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  • Writer's pictureFr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Funeral Program for Jacqueline L. H. Bryant (1927-2024)


Burial Office & Holy Eucharist for

Jacqueline Lorraine Hill Bryant (1927-2024)

March 2, 2024 at 11:00 a.m.


Today's Ministers: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector; The Rev. Ella Roundtree-Davis, Deacon; Ms. Beryl C. Dandy, Music Director; Mr. Lavon Stevens, Guest Musician; Ms. C. Toni Blue, Verger


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II

The people's responses are written in black italics.

Unspoken instructions are written in red italics.



The Burial of the Dead



Prelude



Welcome from the Rector



The Opening Anthem

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


R: 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. [R]

 

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. [R]

 

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. [R]

 

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


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



The Collect of the Day

[BCP, p. 493]


The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray:


O God, who by the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ destroyed death, and brought life and immortality to light: Grant that your servant Jacqueline, being raised with him, may know the strength of his presence, and rejoice in his eternal glory; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.



A Reading from the Wisdom of Solomon (3:1-5, 9)


1 But the souls of the righteous are in the hand of God, and no torment will ever touch them. 2 In the eyes of the foolish they seemed to have died, and their departure was thought to be a disaster 3 and their going from us to be their destruction, but they are at peace. 4 For though in the sight of others they were punished, their hope is full of immortality. 5 Having been disciplined a little, they will receive great good, because God tested them and found them worthy of himself; … 9 Those who trust in him will understand truth, and the faithful will abide with him in love, because grace and mercy are upon his holy ones, and he watches over his elect.

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 


A Reading from Psalm 139:1-11

 

1    LORD, you have searched me out and known me; *    

you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar.

2    You trace my journeys and my resting-places *    

and are acquainted with all my ways.

3    Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, *    

but you, O LORD, know it altogether.

4    You press upon me behind and before *    

and lay your hand upon me.

5    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; *    

it is so high that I cannot attain to it.

6    Where can I go then from your Spirit? *    

where can I flee from your presence?

7    If I climb up to heaven, you are there; *    

if I make the grave my bed, you are there also.

8   If I take the wings of the morning *    

and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,

9    Even there your hand will lead me *    

and your right hand hold me fast.

10 If I say, "Surely the darkness will cover me, *    

and the light around me turn to night,"

11  Darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; *    

darkness and light to you are both alike.

 


A Reading from the Second Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians (4:16-5:9)


16 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17 For our slight, momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18 because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen, for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. 5:1 For we know that, if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this tent we groan, longing to be further clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3 for surely when we have been clothed in it we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan under our burden because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 The one who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a down payment. 6 So we are always confident, even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 8 Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to him. 

 

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 


LEV #69: In the Garden

 

1 I come to the garden alone,

While the dew is still on the roses;

And the voice I hear, falling on my ear,

The Son of God discloses.

 

Refrain:

And He walks with me, and He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

 

2 He speaks, and the sound of His voice

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing;

And the melody that He gave to me

Within my heart is ringing. [Refrain]

 

3 I’d stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling;

But He bids me go through the voice of woe,

His voice to me is calling. [Refrain]


[Words and Music: C. Austin Miles, Public Domain. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #94968. All rights reserved.]



The People stand, as they are able, for the reading of the Gospel.


The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew (11:25-30)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

[Jesus said,] 25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Sermon

by The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda, Rector



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

[BCP, p. 497]


For our sister Jacqueline, let us pray to our Lord Jesus Christ who said, "I am Resurrection and I am Life."


Lord, you consoled your friends Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for Jacqueline, and dry the tears of those who weep. Hear us, Lord.


You wept at the grave of Lazarus, your friend; comfort us in our sorrow. Hear us, Lord.


You raised the dead to life; give to our sister eternal life. Hear us, Lord.


You promised paradise to the thief who repented; bring our sister to the joys of heaven. Hear us, Lord.


Our sister was washed in Baptism and anointed with the Holy Spirit; give her fellowship with all your saints. Hear us, Lord.


She was nourished with your Body and Blood; grant her a place at the table in your heavenly kingdom. Hear us, Lord.


Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our sister; let our faith be our consolation, and eternal life our hope.


The Celebrant concludes with the following prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to you our sister Jacqueline, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that her death may recall to us your victory over death, and be an occasion for us to renew our trust in your Father's love. Give us, we pray, the faith to follow where you have led the way; and where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, to the ages of ages. 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, from any church or denomination and of any age, are welcome to receive Communion in this church.

  • Please remain in your pews during the distribution of Communion; the minister(s) will come to serve you where you are.

  • As the minister approaches you with the bread (Body of Christ), extend your hands with palms open and facing up. The customary response to the minister's words is "Amen."

  • You may eat the bread alone. But if you wish to receive the wine (Blood of Christ), give your bread to the second minister, who will dip it in the wine and place it on your tongue.

  • If you or someone in your care is unbaptized or would prefer not to receive Communion for any reason, they should cross their arms over their chest. This signifies to the priest that they wish to receive a blessing instead.


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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]



LEV #191: His Eye is on the Sparrow

 

1 Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heav’n and home,

When Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

 

Refrain:

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

 

2 “Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;

Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. [Refrain]

 

3 Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me. [Refrain]


[Words: Civilla D. Martin. Music: Charles H. Gabriel; arr. Horace Clarence Boyer, Copyright © 1992 Church Publishing Inc. All rights reserved.]



Eucharistic Prayer A

[BCP, p. 361]


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 him thanks and praise.


It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


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 we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:


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!

Hosanna in the highest! Hosanna in the highest!

 

[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.


Holy and gracious Father: In your infinite love you made us for yourself, and, when we had fallen into sin and become subject to evil and death, you, in your mercy, sent Jesus Christ, your only and eternal Son, to share our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.


He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself, in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.


On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, "Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me."


After supper he 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 shed for you and for many 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.


We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving. Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.


Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him. Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.


All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ: By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. 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

[BCP, p. 364, 407]


Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

Therefore let us keep the feast!

 

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

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

O 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!



LEV #203: There is a Balm in Gilead

 

Refrain:

There is a balm in Gilead

to make the wounded whole;

There is a balm in Gilead

to heal the sin-sick soul.

 

1 Sometimes I feel discouraged,

And think my work’s in vain,

But then the Holy Spirit

Revives my soul again. [Refrain]

 

2 If you cannot preach like Peter,

If you cannot preach like Paul,

You can tell the love of Jesus,

And say He died for all. [Refrain]

 

3 Don’t ever be discouraged

For Jesus is your friend,

And if you lack for knowledge,

He’ll ne’er refuse to lend. [Refrain]

 

[Words and Music: Traditional Negro Spiritual. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84268. All Rights Reserved.]



LEV #152: Let Us Break Bread Together

 

1 Let us break bread together on our knees (on our knees)

Let us break bred together on our knees (on our knees)

 

Refrain:

When I fall on my knees, with my face to the rising sun,

O Lord have mercy on me (on me)

 

2 Let us drink wine together on our knees (on our knees)

Let us drink wine together on our knees (on our knees) [Refrain]

 

3 Let us praise God together on our knees (on our knees)

Let us praise God together on our knees (on our knees) [Refrain]


[Words and Music: Traditional Negro Spiritual. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84125. All Rights Reserved.]



The Post-Communion Prayer

[BCP, p. 498]


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.



Family Acknowledgements



"Ave Maria" (Franz Schubert)



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, Jacqueline. 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 bless the Lord!

Thanks be to God!



LEV #106: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

 

1. Precious Lord, take my hand 

Lead me on, let me stand 

I'm tired, I’m weak, I’m lone 

Through the storm, through the night 

Lead me on to the light 

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me on

 

2. When my way grows drear

Precious Lord linger near 

When my light is almost gone 

Hear my cry, hear my call 

Hold my hand lest I fall 

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me on 

 

3. When the darkness appears

And the night draws near 

And the day is past and gone 

At the river I stand 

Guide my feet, hold my hand 

Take my hand precious Lord, lead me on


[Words and Music: Thomas A. Dorsey, Copyright © 1940 (renewed). Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #264573. All Rights Reserved.]



Permissions and Credits: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), Enriching Our Worship 1 (EOW1), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), and other sources cited. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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