The Liturgical Advisory Committee (LAC) of the Church of Ireland has published a series of pastoral liturgical resources intended for use in circumstances of sudden or unexpected death. These resources, which include Pastoral Guidelines, Prayers of Intercession, Propers for use in a Service of Holy Communion, and a complete Service of the Word for use in the Case of a Sudden or Unexpected Death, are the result of several years’ work by LAC members in consultation with experts beyond the Committee.
Speaking about the resources as they were launched through the Worship section of the Church of Ireland website, the Most Revd John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, said: “I suspect that all of us who are called to minister to people in the circumstances provided for in this material from the Liturgical Advisory Committee will have felt our inadequacy in the face of such tragedy and deep grief. The flexible resources produced here by the LAC will, at the very least, give us a framework and an anchor of simple yet profound words, to help us minister in all the bewilderment that surrounds these events.”
The materials are available at this link: https://bit.ly/3CUiB7s