• Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Funeral Program for Raleigh Bryant, Jr.


Burial Office & Holy Eucharist for

Raleigh Bryant, Jr. (1924-2020)

Saturday, July 17, 2021, at 11:00 AM


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The Holy Eucharist: Rite II


The Burial Office



The Opening Anthem

[BCP, p. 491]


I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord. Whoever has faith in me shall have life, even though he die. And everyone who has life, and has committed himself 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 himself, and none becomes his own master when he 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.



Presentation of Honors

The Frogs, Inc.



The Eulogy

Mr. Leonard Law, Jr.



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 Raleigh Bryant, 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, forever and ever. Amen.


A Reading from the Letter of St. Paul to the Romans (14:7-9)

7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 23, King James Version

[BCP, p. 476]

Read in unison.

1 The LORD is my shepherd; * I shall not want.


2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; * he leadeth me beside the still waters.


3 He restoreth my soul; * he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name's sake.


4 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, they comfort me.


5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; * thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.


6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, * and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. John (11:21-27)

Glory to you, Lord Christ.

21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.



The Homily

The Rev. Fr. Guillermo A. Arboleda



Hymn #680: O God, our Help in Ages Past

[Verses 1-2, 5-6]


1 O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast,

and our eternal home:


2 Under the shadow of thy throne,

thy saints have dwelt secure;

sufficient is thine arm alone,

and our defense is sure.


5 Time, like an ever-rolling stream,

bears all our years away;

they fly, forgotten, as a dream

dies at the opening day.


6 O God, our help in ages past,

our hope for years to come,

be thou our guide while life shall last,

and our eternal home.

Words: Isaac Watts (paraphrase of Psalm 90:1-5), alt., Public Domain.

Music: St. Anne, melody att. William Croft, alt., Public Domain; harm William Henry Monk, Public Domain.

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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.


The Prayers of the People

[BCP, p. 497]


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


Lord, you consoled Martha and Mary in their distress; draw near to us who mourn for Raleigh, 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 brother eternal life. Hear us, Lord.


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


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


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


Comfort us in our sorrows at the death of our brother; 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 brother Raleigh, who was reborn by water and the Spirit in Holy Baptism. Grant that his 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. 377]


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 appropriate response to the minister's words is "Amen." Consume the bread after the priest places it in your hand.

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not presently serving the consecrated wine (Blood of Christ) to the people.

  • 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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LEV #203: There is a Balm in Gilead

[Verses 1-3]


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: Traditional, Public Domain.

Music: American Melody, Public Domain; arr. Carl Haywood © 1992 from The Haywood Collection of Negro Spirituals.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #84268. 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:


LEV #255:

Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy Lord God of hosts

Heaven and earth are filled with your glory.

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!


[Words: Public Domain; Music: Grayson Warren Brown, A Mass for a Soulfoul People © 1979 North American Liturgy Resources. Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #98299. 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 for ever. AMEN.



The Lord’s Prayer

[BCP, p. 364]


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

LEV #264:

Our Father, which 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 debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


[Words: Public Domain; Music: Albert May Malotte, arr. Fred Bock © 1934 (Renewed) G. Shirmer, Inc. Reprinted with permission. All Rights Reserved.]



The Fraction Anthem

[BCP, p. 364]


Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia!


The Gifts of God for the people of God.



AAHH #686 / LEV #152: Let Us Break Bread Together

[Verses 1-3]


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

Let us break bread 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: Traditional, Public Domain.

Music: Negro Spiritual, Public Domain; arr. Jimmie Abbington © 2000 GIA Publications, Inc.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #95817. 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.



The Commendation

[BCP, p. 499]

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Raleigh. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive him 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 Enriching Our Worship 1, p. 71]


Live without fear: your Creator has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother. Go in peace to follow the good road 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 into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit!

Thanks be to God!



Today's Ministers:

Celebrant & Preacher: The Rev. Guillermo A. Arboleda

Assisting Priest: The Rev. Canon John T. W. Harmon

Organist & Choirmaster: Ms. Beryl C. Dandy

Readers: Ms. Alexis Harden & Ms. Leslie Harden



Note: This service is reproduced from The Book of Common Prayer 1979 (BCP), The Hymnal 1982 (Hymn), Lift Every Voice and Sing II: An African American Hymnal (LEV), African American Heritage Hymnal (AAHH) and other sources cited. The Scripture readings are from the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible.

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