The Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University

Reception of the Body



Reception of the Body
December 17th, 1968
Liturgy and Texts Audio


Dear Brethren,
it was the Lord Jesus himself who said,
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest."
Let us pray, then, for our Father Louis,
that, having lived and died in the Lord,
he may rest now from his labors,
and enter into the light and glory of God's eternal Sabbath Rest.

The Litany  


Almight God, our Father in heaven,
before whom all love who die in the Lord who died for us,
receive our Brother Louis into the courts of your heavenly dwelling place.
He has longed and yearned for your courts, O Lord;
let his heart and soul now ring out his joy
to you, O God, the living God,
the God of those who live!
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Psalm 83  

Hymn - Come, My Way, My Truth, My Life

Psalm 125  

Gospel: John 14: 1-3.  
Commemoration of Our Lady  
Behold, Mary

Final Collect  

O Lord, who place upon our lips the songs of redemption,

and make us joyful with the sure expectation of deliverance from bondage,

grant that we who now sow in tears,

may one day, with our departed brother,

come into the heavenly homeland,

full of song, and carrying sheaves of glory:

Through Jesus Christ ...





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