Thou knowest, Lord, the secrets of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to our prayer; but spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and merciful Saviour, thou most worthy judge eternal, suffer us not, at our last hour, for any pains of death, to fall from thee.When it is time for me to bid fare thee well to this mortal coil, I should like Brigid to send my soul Bound For Glory. If she is unavailable, I shall have to settle for second best (say, the Bard of Avon). Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.
- Book of Common Prayer
It's hardest for those left behind when Eternity comes as a bolt from a clear blue sky. Our prayers go out to SciFiChick, and even more to her family, grappling with the dream turned suddenly to dust.
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,Amen.
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.