Funeral Mass
Friday 15th May 2009
at 12 noon

Order of Service

Introductory Music: "Nimrod" - Elgar.

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Hymn

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O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul! my Savior God, to Thee:
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!

When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees;
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:

Then sings my soul etc.

And when I think that God, His Son not sparing,
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin:

Then sings my soul etc.

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 etc


First Reading

Wisdom 3: 1 - 6,9
Marie-Thérese Hardy

 

Hymn

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The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want;
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.

My soul He doth restore again
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
E'en for His own name's sake.

Yea, tho' I walk in death's dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod
And staff me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnished
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.

Goodness and mercy, all my life,
Shall surely follow me;
And in God's house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.

 

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 15: 50 - 55 Christopher Green
 

Gospel Acclamation

Allelulia, Allelulia,
I AM the Resurrection and the Life.
Whoever believes in me will never die.
Allelulia.

 

Gospel Reading

Luke 24: 13 - 16, 28 - 35.

 

Homily


Offertory Hymn

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Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in thine earthly home;
lo! round thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to thee our voice we raise
In songs of love and heartfelt praise
sweet Sacrament divine.

Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home of every heart,
where restless yearnings cease,
and sorrows all depart.
there in thine ear, all trustfully,
we tell our tale of misery,
sweet Sacrament of peace.

Sweet Sacrament of rest,
ark from the ocean's roar,
within thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of rest.

Sweet Sacrament divine,
earth's light and jubilee,
in thy far depths doth shine
the Godhead's majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray
that earthly joys may fade away:
sweet Sacrament divine.
 

After the administration of Holy Communion Stephanie and Sarah Green sang the Pie Jesu from A. Lloyd-Webber's Requiem. Listen using the media player below.


 

Tribute by David Cruickshank

My mum was a very caring, selfless and strong individual, she had spent the majority of her working life as a teacher and so therefore was a natural with children. This also made her a very good mother, she did her all for Jonathon and me all her life, making sure we were always healthy, working hard in school and were happy.

She not only put in 100% for her children, but for her whole family as well. When my father had a stroke and had to retire from work she was the one who kept the family together, she took a part-time job as a teacher to make sure we were financially secure, as well as looking after Dad and being a full time mum to us.

She was a very religious woman and kept her faith in God all her life, despite any difficulties she was going through and always tried to make sure my brother and I kept our faith. She was an active member of our parish and took part in giving lifts to the elderly and housebound for many years, until she became too ill.

John Boy, our family pet dog, loved my mum dearly and was inseparable from her. And even though he was initially intended for me, Mum was clearly the one John Boy loved the most Whenever she was out he would wait miserably by the front door until she came home. He will surely miss her.

She will be sorely missed by myself, Jonathon, Dad and everyone who knew her and it was such a shame she was taken from us at such an early age, so therefore I hope to, in my life, make up for the time she missed on Earth.


Tribute by Marie-Thérese Hardy

To have been with Susan and to have shared a little of her journey during these final months has been a privilege. Her Faith and knowledge of God have been an inspiration as she prepared us to accept the Divine Plan for her and for all of us. I shall miss her charm, quietness and peaceful acceptance of the Divine will. The strength of the Holy Spirit flowed from her and touched us all. The medical staff loved her and were concerned for her and for her family.

She loved this life and she said for her the hardest thing was to relinquish it even though she knew the greatness of heaven lay ahead of her. She did not want to leave her husband and children. She was aware how much she was needed and it was hard for her to relinquish her life here. She was realistic and not afraid to ask for things. When she lost her sight she was able to make me laugh because she said she did not have to look at herself in a mirror and confront her lack of hair!

She regarded any suffering as a vocation for the salvation of souls and offered herself entirely to God depending on his mercy. The result was that to be with her in conversation was itself a prayer. She remained herself to the end. It is this same total dependence on God and his Blessed Mother that she desired to leave to her husband and children and to all of us who knew her. Her greatest boast was that her sons David and Jonathan are faithful to the Mass. That is the legacy she most wanted.

She was thoughtful. She was profoundly aware of how affected her parents John and Ninette were by her illness. The fact they are there for her husband and children made it easier for her to go.

Susan’s life was adventurous, whether escaping from the Lebanon lying on the floor of a taxi with bullets flying, teaching traveller’s children or being married to Don, the love of her life.

My real entry into Susan’s life was when my husband George and I were honoured to be Jonathan’s godparents. It led to the sharing of lives.

We spent long days in Kew Gardens where the children learned to walk, playing games such as the dragon’s den, we’d run out of the ice house screaming pretending to be frightened by a dragon, running up hill and down again by the temperate house as aeroplanes, eating ice creams at the various restaurants dotted around the gardens; running under and through the water jets to get cool on those long hot summer days; halcyon times before school was even on the horizon. Susan was never afraid to look ridiculous – I often wonder what others may have thought of these loony mums! The days were long and sun filled. Susan and I would arrive before the gardens opened and be the last to leave in the evening. Then we struggled to keep tired children awake long enough to get home in the rush hour traffic – my way was loud songs!

On days of inclement weather you all came over to play – play consisted mostly in emptying every box of toys, scattering everything all over the room, running wildly around the house playing whatever came to mind so long as it was raucous and boisterous! Then there were the birthday parties – lots of pass the parcel and cakes with candles.

All this was before the move to Chelmsford. Even when in Chelmsford we met during school holidays and watched David and Jonathan learn to swim and ride their bikes. I was privileged to be present when David and Jonathan received First Holy Communion – a sign of God’s special favour.

Sue knew how hard you worked to keep her with you at home and it gave her great joy to see you cook even when it didn’t turn out quite right! She could still laugh when dinner did not arrive except in the shape of ambrosia rice!

Susan always smiled. She was often exhausted. She was always doing all she could. She loved her teaching jobs. She had a special care for all those entrusted to her. Her special love were her twins and her husband. She always talked about you. She was so proud of all that you did, your every success. She knew before she died that you could cope in daily life without her. She knew too that you can depend on Ninette and John and your many cousins, aunts and uncles.

As our children grew to adulthood our move to the north of England and all that entailed meant we saw less of each other though we were in constant contact. Ten years ago when Sue was in hospital undergoing surgery and radiation treatment I was very aware of her concern that she be allowed to live to see her children grow to be capable adults, that was her prayer. And her prayer was answered.


Final Hymn

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Love Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love thou art;
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy grace receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Never more thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve thee as thy hosts above,
Pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
Glory in thy perfect love.

Finish then thy new creation
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restored in thee,
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!


 

Exit Music: "In Paradisum" - Fauré

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Crematorium

Hymn

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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.

I need Thy presence ev'ry passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter's pow'r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

I fear no foe, with Thee at hand to bless;
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness;
Where is death's sting? where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if Thou abide with me.

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


For the final meditation Stephanie and Sarah Green sang the "the Lord Bless You and Keep You" by J. Rutter. Listen using the player below.