The Reverend John C. Danforth
The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane
Bishop of Washington and Dean of the Cathedral
The President of the United States
President George H. W. Bush
The Right Honourable the Baroness Thatcher, L.G., O.M., F.R.S
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
The People stand as the procession enters.
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord;
he that believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live;
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me
shall never die.
When he has reached the rood screen landing,
the Celebrant faces the congregation.
When the casket is in position, and the bearers have departed,
the Celebrant says
O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered:
Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servant Ronald, and
grant him an entrance
into the land of light and joy,
in the fellowship of thy saints;
through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord,
who liveth and reigneth
with thee and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The People are seated.
The first reader steps down to the landing,
and the second reader steps up to the reading desk
The second reader steps down, and
both readers are led back to their seats.
Towards the end of the anthem,
Mr. Mulroney is led to the landing lectern for his tribute.
As Mr. Mulroney returns,
the landing lectern is removed.
The Celebrant stands at his stall, faces the congregation,
and introduces Baroness Thatcher's videotaped tribute,
then takes his seat again.
When the tape is finished,
Mr. Bush is led to the pulpit for his tribute.
Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Glory, glory,
His truth is marching on
During the last chorus,
the third reader is led to the lectern for the Gospel lesson.
As the reader returns to his stall, the Celebrant goes to the pulpit for the homily.
During the last verse,
the Vicar is led to the bottom of the lectern steps.
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 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,
for ever and ever. Amen.
The Vicar steps up to the lectern reading desk to lead the prayers.
As the Vicar is led back to his stall,
the organ begins the hymn introduction.
Sung by all
During the last verse,
vergers lead the Bishop of Washington,
the Vicar, and the Celebrant to the foot of the casket,
the Celebrant at the foot, the Vicar to his left,
and the Bishop to his right,
where they face the congregation
Give rest, O Christ, to thy servant with thy saints,
where sorrow and pain are no more,
neither sighing, but life everlasting.
The Celebrant, facing the body, says
Into thy hands, O merciful Savior,
we commend thy servant Ronald.
Acknowledge, we humbly beseech thee,
a sheep of thine own fold,
a lamb of thine own flock,
a sinner of thine own redeeming.
Receive him into the arms of thy mercy,
into the blessed rest of everlasting peace,
and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.
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 his will,
working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;
Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
As the introduction to the anthem begins,
the three clerics are escorted back to their stalls.
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