The Funeral Service

I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand up at the last upon the earth:whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.

We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions.

I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.

The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.




O SAVIOUR of the world, who by thy Cross and precious Blood hast redeemed us : Save us and help us, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

THE Lord is my shepherd: therefore can I lack nothing.
He shall feed me in a green pasture : and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.
He shall convert my soul : and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness, for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me ; thy rod and thy staff comfort me.
Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.
But thy loving-kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord : and let light perpetual shine upon them.


(Sermon – if a family eulogy is to follow)

(HYMN - Optional)


(or Family Eulogy, if sermon has preceded)

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

OUR Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done; In earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil for thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Enter not into judgement with thy servant, O Lord;

For in thy sight shall no man living be justified.

Grant unto him/her eternal rest;

And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

We believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord;

In the land of the living.

O Lord, hear our prayer;

And let our cry come unto thee.

FATHER of all, we pray to thee for those whom we love, but see no longer. Grant them thy peace; let light perpetual shine upon them; and in thy loving wisdom and almighty power work in them the good purpose of thy perfect will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

ALMIGHTY God, Father of all mercies and giver of all comfort; Deal graciously, we pray thee, with those who mourn, that casting every care on thee, they may know the consolation of thy love ; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O HEAVENLY Father, who in thy Son Jesus Christ, hast given us a true faith, and a sure hope: Help us, we pray thee, to live as those who believe and trust in the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, and the resurrection to life everlasting, and strengthen this faith and hope in us all the days of our life: through the love of thy Son, Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

May Christ the good shepherd enfold you with love, fill you with peace, and lead you in hope, to the end of your days; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be among you and remain with you always.Amen.



Lord  now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace: according to thy word.For mine eyes have seen thy salvation.

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people:

To be  a light to lighten the Gentiles and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

Burial in Churchyards and Burial Grounds

Darrington Churchyard is full and is only open for burials for those who have reserved a gravespace by faculty or in existing graves where there is space.

Wentbridge Churchyard is full and is only open for burials for those who have reserved a gravespace by faculty - or in existing graves where there is space.

Villagers of Kirk Smeaton and Little Smeaton may purchase a gravespace in the parish council cemetery in Kirk Smeaton.