The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Thomas Merton's Funeral Liturgy



Liturgy and Texts Audio
Processional Hymn:  


First Reading and Responsorial Psalm:
Jonah 1:1 - 2:2.

Second Reading:
Ephesians 1: 3 - 19a.

Gospel Acclamation Chant:  

John 17: 24-26.

Universal Prayer:  

Offertory Procession Chant

Cistercian Preface - Holy, Holy, Holy:  

Eucharistic Canon

Lords Prayer - Lamb of God

Communion Psalm 33 - Taste and See:  

Song of Mary:  

Prayer after Communion

Now Raise We Thanks to God:  

Sonata in D Major:

Reading of a Text by Fr. Louis

Invitatory Prayer - Trisagion Chant - Final Collect  


Blessing of Grave, Litany and Interment  

Psalm 117  

Invitatory Prayer and Three-fold Supplication  

Final Collect and Blessing  

O Lord God,
Unto Thy gracious mercy
We have committed our brother,
Make Your face to shine upon him,
Be gracious unto him,
Lift up Your countenance upon him,
And give him peace,
Both now and forever more.
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Concluding Acclamation of the Risen Lord  


"A Letter to Mother Laetitia About the Funeral of Fr. Louis" by Fr. Chrysogonus Waddell.
Published in the journal Liturgy 4.1 (March 1970): 45-68.



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