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  • Writer's pictureFr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Funeral Program for Aaron M. Duplechien Jr. (2012-2023)

Burial Eucharist for

Aaron Michael Duplechien, Jr. (2012-2023)

December 2, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.

Today's Ministers: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector; The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon; Mr. Joel Morehouse, Organist; Ms. C. Toni Blue, Verger

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The people's responses are written in black bold italics.

Unspoken instructions are written in red italics.

The Burial of the Dead


The Processional Anthem

[BCP, p. 491 / Hymn S-381]

I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord. Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though she die. And everyone who has life, and has committed herself to me in faith, shall not die for ever.

As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives and that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up; and in my body I shall see God. I myself shall see, and my eyes behold him who is my friend and not a stranger.

For none of us has life in herself, and none becomes her own master when she dies. For if we have life, we are alive in the Lord, and if we die, we die in the Lord. So, then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's possession.

Happy from now on are those who die in the Lord! So it is, says the Spirit, for they rest from their labors.

[Words: Public Domain. Music: Mode 8 antiphon melody; adapt. Bruce E. Ford © 1985 Bruce E. Ford, Church Publishing, Inc. All rights reserved.]

Welcome from the Rector

[The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda]

Gathering Sentences

[EOW2, p. 132]

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).

“For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears.... But you, O Lord, reign forever; your throne endures to all generations” (Lamentations 1: 16a; 5:19).

God said, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13a).

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’” (Matthew 19:14)

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes” (Revelation 7:17).

The Collect of the Day

[EOW2, p. 133]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:

Holy God, your beloved Son took children into his arms and blessed them. Help us to entrust Aaron Michael to your never-failing lovingkindness. Comfort us as we bear the pain of his death, and reunite us in your good time in your Paradise; through Jesus Christ our Savior who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Gracious God, we come before you this day in pain and sorrow. We grieve the loss of Aaron Michael, a precious human life. Give your grace to those who grieve that they may find comfort in your presence and be strengthened by your Spirit. Be with this your family as they mourn, and draw them together in your healing love; in the name of the one who suffered, died, and rose for us, Jesus our Savior. Amen.

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah (61:1-3)

[Dr. Alona Curry]

1 The Lord God’s spirit is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news to the poor, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release for captives, and liberation for prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and a day of vindication for our God, to comfort all who mourn, 3 to provide for Zion’s mourners, to give them a crown in place of ashes, oil of joy in place of mourning, a mantle of praise in place of discouragement. They will be called Oaks of Righteousness, planted by the Lord to glorify himself.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Lord’s My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

[Evangelical Lutheran Worship #778]

1 The Lord's my shepherd; I'll not want. He makes me down to lie in pastures green; he leadeth me the quiet waters by. He leadeth me, he leadeth me the quiet waters by.

2 My soul he doth restore again, and me to walk doth make within the paths of righteousness, e'en for his own name's sake; within the paths of righteousness, e'en for his own name's sake.

3 Yea, though I walk in death's dark vale, yet will I fear no ill; for thou art with me, and thy rod and staff me comfort still; for thou art with me, and thy rod and staff me comfort still.

4 My table thou hast richly spread in presence of my foes; my head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows. My head thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup overflows.

5 Goodness and mercy all my life shall surely follow me, and in God's house forevermore my dwelling place shall be; and in God's house forevermore my dwelling place shall be.

[Words: The Psalms of David in Meeter, Edinburgh, 1650, Public Domain. Music: James L. Macbeth Bain; arr. Gordon Jacob, Copyright © 1925, Oxford University Press. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #40096. All rights reserved.]

A Reading from the First Letter of St. John (3:1-2)

[Mr. Zenas Phillips]

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us in that we should be called God’s children, and that is what we are! Because the world didn’t recognize him, it doesn’t recognize us. 2 Dear friends, now we are God’s children, and it hasn’t yet appeared what we will be. We know that when he appears we will be like him because we’ll see him as he is.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Mark (10:13-16)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

[The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis]

13 People were bringing children to Jesus so that he would bless them. But the disciples scolded them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he grew angry and said to them, “Allow the children to come to me. Don’t forbid them, because God’s kingdom belongs to people like these children. 15 I assure you that whoever doesn’t welcome God’s kingdom like a child will never enter it.” 16 Then he hugged the children and blessed them.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Homily

by The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector

There’s a Friend for Little Children

[The Hymnal 1892 #553]

1 There's a friend for little children Above the bright blue sky, A friend Who never changes, Whose love will never die; Our earthly friends may fail us, And change with changing years, This friend is always worthy Of that dear Name He bears.

2 There's a rest for little children Above the bright blue sky, Who love the blessed Saviour, And to the Father cry; A rest from every turmoil, From sin and sorrow free, Where every little pilgrim Shall rest eternally.

3 There's a home for little children Above the bright blue sky, Where Jesus reigns in glory, A home of peace and joy; No home on earth is like it, Nor can with it compare; For every one is happy Nor could be happier there.

4 There's a song for little children Above the bright blue sky, A song that will not weary, Though sung continually; A song which even angels Can never, never sing; They know not Christ as Saviour, But worship Him as King.

5 There's a crown for little children

Above the bright blue sky,

And all who look for Jesus

Shall wear it by and by;

All, all above is treasured,

And found in Christ alone.

Lord, grant Thy little children

To know Thee as their own.

[Words and Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved.]

The Apostles’ Creed

[BCP, p. 496]

In the assurance of eternal life given at Baptism, let us proclaim our faith and say,

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers for the Departed

[Ms. Trudy Crichlow; EOW2, p. 135]

In the peace of God, let us pray, responding “O God, have mercy.”

In the assurance of your mercy, in thanksgiving for the life of your child Aaron Michael, and in confident expectation of the resurrection to eternal life, we pray,

O God, have mercy.

Remember Aaron Michael’s parents, Aaron and Natalie. Help them to hold each other in their hearts, that this sorrow may draw them together and not tear them apart, we pray,

O God, have mercy.

Remember Aaron Michael’s sister Olivia, that they may be enfolded in love, comforted in fear, honored in their grief, and kept safe, we pray

O God, have mercy.

Remember all the family and friends of Aaron Michael, that they may know the consolation of your love, and may hold Aaron Michael in their love all the days of their lives, we pray

O God, have mercy.

Support them in their grief, and be present to all who mourn, we pray

O God, have mercy.

Teach us to be patient and gentle with ourselves and each other as we grieve, we pray

O God, have mercy.

Help us to know and accept that we will be reunited at your heavenly banquet, we pray

O God, have mercy.

Finally, our God, help us become co-creators of a world in which children are happy, healthy, loved and do not know want or hunger, we pray

O God, have mercy.

The Priest concludes the prayers with this Collect:

Compassionate God, your ways are beyond our understanding, and your love for those whom you create is greater by far than ours; comfort all who grieve for this child Aaron Michael. Give them the faith to endure the wilderness of bereavement and bring them in the fullness of time to share with Aaron Michael the light and joy of your eternal presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace

[BCP, p. 360]

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

The Offertory

[BCP, p. 376]

Notes About Holy Communion:

  • All baptized Christians of any denomination are invited to come forward to participate fully in Communion. Baptized children may receive Communion at the discretion of their parents or guardians.

  • You may receive Communion kneeling or standing. Please extend your hands forward to receive the Body of Christ (bread). If you would like to receive the Blood of Christ (wine), the minister will take the bread from your hand and dip (intinct) it in the wine for you, then place it in your mouth. If you would only like to receive the bread, you may consume it and return to your seat.

  • If you need gluten-free bread for Communion, please raise your hand when you are at the altar rail.

  • If you would not like to receive Communion for any reason, please cross your arms over your chest, and the Priest will say a blessing over you.

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"Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God." [Ephesians 5:2]

Blest are the Pure in Heart

[The Hymnal 1982 #656; Element Bearers: Ms. Pamela Alexis and Mr. TJ Duplechien]

1 Blest are the pure in heart, for they shall see our God; the secret of the Lord is theirs, their soul is Christ's abode.

2 The Lord, who left the heavens our life and peace to bring, to dwell in lowliness with us, our pattern and our King;

3 he to the lowly soul will still himself impart and for his dwelling and his throne will choose the pure in heart.

4 Lord, we thy presence seek; may ours this blessing be; give us a pure and lowly heart, a temple fit for thee.

[Words: Sts. 1 and 3, John Keble, alt.; sts. 2 and 4, William John Hall, alt., Public Domain. Music: Franconia, melody Johann Balthasar König; adapt. and harm. William Henry Havergal. All rights reserved.]

Eucharistic Prayer 1 (Enriching Our Worship)

[EOW1, p. 57]

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is truly right, and good and joyful, to give you thanks, all-holy God, source of life and fountain of mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord; who rose victorious from the dead, and comforts us with the blessed hope of everlasting life. For to your faithful people, O Lord, life is changed, not ended; and when our mortal body lies in death, there is prepared for us a dwelling place eternal in the heavens. Therefore, joining with Angels and Archangels and with the faithful of every generation, we lift our voices with all creation as we sing:

Hymn S-130:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might

Heaven and earth are full, full of your glory

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, of the Lord!

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

[Music: Music: Franz Peter Schubert from Deutsche Messe; arr. Richard Proulx, Copyright © 1985, 1989 G.I.A. Publications, Inc. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #00210. All rights reserved.]

The people stand or kneel.

Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe and giver of life. You formed us in your own image and called us to dwell in your infinite love. You gave the world into our care that we might be your faithful stewards and show forth your bountiful grace.

But we failed to honor your image in one another and in ourselves; we would not see your goodness in the world around us; and so we violated your creation, abused one another, and rejected your love. Yet you never ceased to care for us, and prepared the way of salvation for all people.

Through Abraham and Sarah, you called us into covenant with you. You delivered us from slavery, sustained us in the wilderness, and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. Then, in the fullness of time, you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. Born into the human family, and dwelling among us, he revealed your glory. Giving himself freely to death on the cross, he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

On the night before he died for us, Our Savior Jesus Christ took bread, and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, we proclaim the mystery of faith:

Christ has died.

Christ is risen.

Christ will come again.

Remembering his death and resurrection, we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. By your Holy Spirit, may they be for us the Body and Blood of our Savior Jesus Christ. Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit and live as Christ’s Body in the world. Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons, that with Blessed Mary the Mother of God, Blessed Matthew our Patron, Blessed Anna Alexander our Diocesan Patron, and all your saints, past, present, and yet to come, we may praise your Name for ever.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever. AMEN.

The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Fraction Anthems

We break this bread to share in the Body of Christ.

We who are many are one body, for we all share in the one bread.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: Grant us your peace.

Look! Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. The Gifts of God for the people of God.

It Is Well (When Peace Like a River)

[LEVASII #188]

1 When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like seabillows roll; Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul, It is well, it is well with my soul.

2 Though satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And has shed His own blood for my soul. [Refrain]

3 My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought My sin not in part, but the whole Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul! [Refrain]

4 And, Lord, hast the day when the faith shall be sight, The clouds be rolled back as a scroll, The trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend, “Even so” it is well with my soul. [Refrain]

[Words: Horatio Spafford, Public Domain. Music: Philip P. Bliss, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #95056. All rights reserved.]

There Was Joy in Heaven

[Hymns Ancient and Modern #625]

1 There was joy in heaven, there was joy in heaven, when this goodly world to frame the Lord of might and mercy came; shouts of joy were heard on high, and the stars sang from the sky, glory to God in heaven.

2 There was joy in heaven, there was joy in heaven, when the billows heaving dark, sank around the stranded ark, and the rainbow’s watery span spake of mercy, hope to man, and peace with God in heaven.

3 There was joy in heaven, there was joy in heaven, when of love the midnight beam dawned on the towers of Bethlehem, and along the echoing hill angels sang, 'On earth good will, and glory in the heaven!'

4 There was joy in heaven, there was joy in heaven, when the soul that went astray turns to Christ, the living Way, and, by grace of heaven subdued, breathes a prayer of gratitude; oh, there is joy in heaven.

[Copyright © 1904 The Proprietors of Hymns Ancient and Modern. All rights reserved.]

The Post-Communion Prayer

[EOW2, p. 137]

Let us pray.

Almighty God, we thank you that in your great love you have fed us with the spiritual food and drink of the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ, and have given us a foretaste of your heavenly banquet. Grant that this Sacrament may be to us a comfort in affliction, and a pledge of our inheritance in that kingdom where there is no death, neither sorrow nor crying, but the fullness of joy with all your saints; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.

A Eulogy

[Mr. Aaron Duplechien, Sr.]

How Great Thou Art (Instrumental)

[Performed by Ms. Olivia Duplechien]

Over the Rainbow

[Performed by Mrs. Katie Debreaux]

The Commendation

[BCP, p. 499]

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

You only are immortal, the creator and maker of mankind; and we are mortal, formed of the earth, and to earth shall we return. For so did you ordain when you created me, saying, "You are dust, and to dust you shall return." All of us go down to the dust; yet even at the grave we make our song: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Give rest, O Christ, to your servant with your saints, where sorrow and pain are no more, neither sighing, but life everlasting.

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant, Bette. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.

The Blessing of the People

[Adapted from The Book of Occasional Services 2018, p. 9]

The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do God's will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in God's sight; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always. Amen.

The Dismissal

[BCP, p. 366]

Let us go forth in the name of Christ! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Now The Day Is Over

[The Hymnal 1982, #42]

1 Now the day is over, night is drawing nigh, shadows of the evening steal across the sky.

2 Jesus, give the weary calm and sweet repose; with thy tenderest blessing may our eyelids close.

3 Grant to little children visions bright of thee; guard the sailors tossing on the deep, blue sea.

4 Comfort every sufferer watching late in pain; those who plan some evil from their sin restrain.

5 Through the long night watches may thine angels spread their white wings above me, watching round my bed.

6 When the morning wakens, then may I arise pure, and fresh, and sinless in thy holy eyes.

[Words: Sabine Baring-Gould, alt., Public Domain. Music: Merrial, Joseph Barnby, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #OLOFOB521. All rights reserved.]

Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), Enriching Our Worship 2 (EOW2), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the Common English Bible (CEB) translation.

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