Here is a file of hymn texts for funerals; the version of the hymns is as in the 'Common Praise' hymnbook: Funeral hymn texts
There are two files, one for each side of an A4 page (there are six A5 size pages in total).
Download PDF file (31 Kb) Funeral vigil - side 1
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It seems that prayers are not commonly said at exhumations; rather these are more usually said at a reburial service. However, in a particular case that occurred, using a prayer at the exhumation was helpful. In this case, a baby's body was being exhumed and moved to another country for reburial. The prayer therefore reflects these circumstances. The parents were not present at the exhumation but were given a copy of this prayer. When the exhumation had been carrie dout and the mortal remains were ready to be moved, a short service was held consisting of: a sentence of scripture; the prayer below; the Lord's Prayer; an ending.
our Lord and heavenly Father,
we give thanks for the life you have breathed into humanity,
and we remember before you now the life of N,
who has gone before us to your nearer presence.
As the mortal remains of N are taken to another place of rest,
we put our trust in you.
May those who bear responsibility in this process
show care and compassion,
and be given wisdom and skill,
and may the journey's end be reached
safe in your presence.
In your great mercy comfort those who grieve,
and grant that all who look to you
may continually grow in hope and faith
until they come to know the fullness of your love
in the glory of your eternal kingdom,
where all your children rejoice in your holy presence for ever;
through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ.