The Committal of Ashes

After a cremation, the family may wish to mark the reverent disposal of the ashes in a dignified way. It can be a significant moment in a time of bereavement, a final letting-go of the one who has died. It is therefore an act which is rightly accompanied by the prayers of the Church. This service provides a means of doing this.

When all are gathered together, the minister shall say one or more of the following sentences.

Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection and the life; even in death, anyone who believes in me, will live.'
John 11:25

'Set your troubled hearts at rest. Trust in God always, trust also in me. There are many dwelling places in my Father's house; if it were not so, I should have told you; for I am going there on purpose to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to myself, so that where I am, you may be also.'
John 14:1-3

Saint Paul said, `I am convinced that there is nothing in death or life, in the realm of spirits or superhuman powers, in the world as it is or the world as it shall be, in the forces of the universe, in the heights or depths - nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord.'
Romans 8:38,39

The following may be said God our Father we thank you for N, the years we shared with her/him, the good we saw in her/him, the love we received from her/him. We thank you that s/he is in your care and trust in your promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer is said in one of the following forms, or in the form on page 863.

With faith and hope we pray

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.

I runga i te whakapono me te tumanako ka inoi tatou

E to matou Matua i te rangi Kia tapu tou Ingoa. Kia tae mai tou rangatiratanga. Kia meatia tau e pai ai ki runga ki te whenua, kia rite ano ki to te rangi.
Homai ki a matou aianei he taro ma matou mo tenei ra. Murua o matou hara, Me matou hoki e muru nei i o te hunga e hara ana ki a matou.
Aua hoki matou e kawea kia whakawaia; Engari whakaorangia matou i te kino:
Nou hoki te rangatiratanga, te kaha, me te kororia, Ake ake ake. Amine.

The Committal of Ashes

The minister prays

We thank you, loving Creator, that we have been able to entrust N into your keeping. Through Christ's victory we have hope in life eternal. So now, we commit the ashes of her/his mortal body to the ground/to their final resting place.

For a committal at sea the minister says

to their resting-place in the deep.

The ashes are placed in their resting place.

The Prayers

The minister says one or both of the following and/or other appropriate prayers.

Father, accept our praise and thanksgiving for the lives of all your faithful people who have served you on earth and are now at rest. Grant that we too may dedicate ourselves to your service, following their good examples, and share with them your heavenly kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful Father, to all who mourn, grant faith and courage to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience, not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your goodness in the past, and in the sure expectation of sharing in the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

A priest says

The peace of God which passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you now and for ever.


The minister and people say together

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all. Amen.