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National Day of Mourning and Lament | 12-noon June 1, 2020

Updated: Jun 1

“Let this tragic moment not pass without us honoring the many among us who have lost their lives or lost their loved ones and commending them and ourselves to God’s love and peace.” --Presiding Bishop Michael Curry.


As the U.S. exceeds 100,000 documented deaths from COVID-19, mayors of cities across the U.S., together with faith leaders of many different denominations and beliefs, have called for a day of mourning and lament.


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National Day of Mourning and Lament | 12-noon June 1, 2020

An Order of Service for Noonday (p. 103 BCP)


  • Opening Acclamation and Gloria

  • Hymn #209

  • Psalm 121, p. 104

  • John 11.17-19, 30-36 (followed by 1-minute silence to mourn the dead) see below

  • Kyrie ("Lord have mercy") p. 106

  • The Lord's Prayer p. 106

  • Salutation and Collect p. 107

  • Burial Office Prayers see below

  • Dismissal


Reading (John 11.17-19, 30-36)

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”


Burial Office Prayers

O God of grace and glory, we remember before you this day those who have died. We thank you for giving them to us, their family and friends, to know and to love as a companion on our earthly pilgrimage. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see in death the gate of eternal life, so that in quiet confidence we may continue our course on earth, until, by your call, we are reunited with those who have gone before; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord; And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

https://episcopalchurch.org/concerning-covid19/worship-formation https://episcopalchurch.org/files/the-impact-of-death.pdf

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