Thanksgiving Requiem Mass
for life of Aisla Anne Wotherspoon

Held at Guardian Angels Church
Wynnum, Brisbane
October 5, 2005

Entrance Hymn: Abide With Me

Abide with me, fast falls the eventide.
The darkness deepens, Lord, with me abide.
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
Help of the helpless, O abide with me

Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day.
Earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away.
Change and decay in all around I see.
O Thou who changest not, abide with me

Hold Thou Thy Cross before my closing eyes.
Shine through the gloom and point me to the skies.
Heaven's morning breaks and earth's vain shadows flee.
In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me

Opening Prayer:

Father of mercy, look kindly on your servant Aisla who
has set down the burden of her years. We give thanks
for her long life now embraced in your eternal love.
As she served you faithfully throughout her life,
may you give her the fullness of your peace and joy.
We make our prayer in the name of Jesus our Risen Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-6,9

The souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God,
no torment shall ever touch them.
In the eyes of the unwise, they did appear to die,
their going looked like a disaster,
their leaving us, like annihilation;
but they are in peace.
If they experienced punishment as people see it,
their hope was rich with immortality;
slight was their affliction, great will their blessing be.
God has put them to the test
and proved them worthy to be with him;
he has tested them like gold in a furnace,
and accepted them as a holocaust.
Those who trust in the Lord will understand the truth,
those who are faithful will live with him in love;
for grace and mercy await those he has chosen.
(This is the Word of the Lord)

Responsorial Hymn: The Lord is My Shepherd

The Lord is my Shepherd, and I want to follow
Wherever He leads me, wherever He goes.
Over the mountains, the waters and by-ways,
Valleys and highways, He's waiting for me.
I want to go to meet Him there,
To lay myself down in His love.
The Lord is my shepherd, and I want to follow
Wherever He leads me, wherever He goes

And while on the journey, to where we are going,
He promised to be there, to help us along.
And over the mountains, we'll walk on together,
To know all the wonders, He's given to us.
I want to go to meet Him there,
To lay myself down in His love.
The Lord is my shepherd, and I want to follow
Wherever He leads me, wherever He goes

Second Reading: Romans 8:14-23

Everyone moved by the Spirit is a son of God. The spirit
you received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into
your lives again; it is the spirit of sons, and it makes us
cry out, 'Abba, Father!' The Spirit himself and our spirit
bear united witness that we are children of God. And if
we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and
coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share
his glory.
I think that what we suffer in this life can never be
compared to the glory, as yet unrevealed, which is waiting
for us. The whole creation is eagerly waiting 
for God to reveal his sons. 
It was not for any fault on the part of
that it was made unable to attain its purpose,
it was made so by God; but creation still retains the hope
of being freed, like us, from its slavery to decadence, to
enjoy the same freedom and glory as the children of God.

From the beginning till now the entire creation, as we know,
has been groaning in one great act of giving birth; and not
only creation, but all of us who possess the first-fruits of
the Spirit, we too groan inwardly as we wait for our bodies
to be set free. (This is the Word of the Lord)

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia: Anyone who eats my flesh and
drinks my blood, has eternal life, and I shall raise them up
on the last day. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Gospel: John 6:51-58

Jesus said to the Jews
'I am the living bread which has come down from heaven.
Anyone who eats this bread will live for ever;
and the bread that I shall give is my flesh,
for the life of the world'.
The the Jews started arguing with one another:
'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?' they said.
Jesus replied: 'I tell you most solemnly,
if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink
his blood, you will not have life in you.
Anyone who does eat my flesh and drink my blood
has eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day.
For my flesh is real food and my blood is real drink.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood
lives in me and I live in him.

As I, who am sent by the living Father,
myself draw life from the Father,
so whoever eats me will draw life from me.
This is the bread come down from heaven;
not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead,
but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.'
(This is the Gospel of the Lord)

Prayers of Intercession:

1: Dear God, please bless all the staff of Leamington
Nursing Home for their kindness and dedication
in looking after Aisla these past four years.
Lord, hear us: (Lord, hear our prayer)

2: Dear God, we pray for everyone in our families,
especially the sick and elderly. May your peace and grace
give us strength for each day.
Lord, hear us: (Lord, hear our prayer)

3: Dear God, we pray for everyone in this church today.
Please protect and strengthen our faith, hope and love.
Lord, hear us: (Lord, hear our prayer)

4: Dear God, we pray for all our deceased relatives and
friends. May they share your eternal life
and may their prayers in heaven help us here on earth.
Lord, hear us: (Lord, hear our prayer)

Offertory Hymn: Hail Queen of Heaven

Hail Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star,
Guide of the wanderer here below.
Thrown on life's surge, we claim thy care,
Save us from peril and from woe.
Mother of Christ, Star of the Sea,
Pray for the wanderer, pray for me

And while to Him, who reigns above
In Godhead One in persons Three,
The source of life, of grace, of love,
Homage we pay on bended knee.
Do thou, bright Queen, Star of the Sea,
Pray for thy Children, pray for me

Prayer over the Gifts:

Heavenly Father, receive the sacrifice we offer for your
handmaid Aisla. Give her eternal joy in the land of the living,
and let us join her one day in the happiness of all the saints.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen

Preface of the Dead:

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Christ, who rose from the dead,
our hope of resurrection dawned.
The sadness of death gives way to
the bright promise of immortality.
Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed, not ended.
When the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death
we gain an everlasting dwelling place in heaven.
And so with all the choirs of angels in heaven
we proclaim your glory and join in their unending hymn
of praise:

Communion Hymn: Soul of My Saviour

Soul of my Saviour, sanctify my breast.
Body of Christ be Thou my saving guest.
Blood of my Saviour, bathe me in Thy tide.
Wash me with water flowing from Thy side

Strength and protection may Thy Passion be.
O blessed Jesus, hear and answer me.
Deep in Thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me.
So shall I never, never part from Thee

Guard and defend me from the foe malign.
In death's dread moments make me only Thine.
Call me and bid me come to Thee on high,
When I may praise Thee with Thy saints for aye

Prayer after Communion:

Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus Christ gave us the
sacrament of his body and blood to guide us on our
pilgrim way to your kingdom. May your handmaid Aisla,
who faithfully and lovingly shared in the Eucharist,
now come to the banquet of eternal life
Christ has prepared for us in Heaven.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Final Commendation:

Our sister Aisla has died with faith in Christ.
Confident in our hope of eternal life,
we commend her to the loving mercy of our heavenly Father
and accompany her with our prayers.
Aisla was adopted as God's daughter in Baptism,
and was nourished at the Table of the Lord.

May she now inherit the promise of eternal life
and take her place at the table of God's children in heaven.
Let us pray also on our own behalf, that we who now
mourn and are sad, may one day be with our sister Aisla
in the presence of the Lord of Life

Farewell Antiphon:

Saints of God, come to her aid. Hasten to meet her, angels
of the Lord. Receive her soul and present her to God the
Most High.

May Christ, who called you, take you to himself.
May angels lead you to the bosom of Abraham.
Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High. 

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Receive her soul and present her to God the Most High

Commendation Prayer:

Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Resurrection and the Life.
As you raised your friend Lazarus from death to life,
so we ask you to lead our sister Aisla from death in this world
to eternal life with you in the unseen world
where you live and reign for ever and ever. Amen

Commendation Antiphon:

May the angels lead you into paradise. May the martyrs
come to welcome you and take you to the holy city,
the new and eternal Jerusalem

Final Hymn: How Great Thou Art (Mum's favourite hymn)

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the works Thy hands have made.
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation,
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art


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