"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Noahide Funeral Service of my father, Major Harold ‘Jerry’ Chambers

July 5, 2011

in Judaism:,Noahide - The Ancient Path,The Soul,The Torah

Funeral Service of Major Harold ‘Jerry’ Chambers.

Shalom, this is a funeral conducted for Jerry in his faith as a Noahide.

We find that Isaac and Ishmael buried their father, Abraham. Esau and Jacob, in turn, buried their father Isaac.

The Midrash tells us that it was in the merit of Japheth having joined Shem in the covering of Noah’s nakedness, that the dead of Gog and Magog (nations descended from Japheth) merited burial. (Ezekiel 39)

Funerals are not an appropriate occasion for ostentation, the simpler the better.

Prayer to HaShem

Heavenly Father – Creator of the Universe , Lord of Lords and King of Kings, Blessed be your name to whom all flesh will bow, we acknowledge the wonderful gift of life, you have given us all.

And we thank you for Jerry’s long life.

You, who through your mercy and goodness has created man in your image, and given the Torah – the blue print of the world, as guidance for us to understand your will and obey.

The Torah is the tree of life, and all may benefit from its life giving qualities. The Torah encompasses all the nations, and all men, and gives us all guidance to know of You – our Creator.

The Jews are your representative on this earth, a chosen people, a kingdom of priests and a holy nation who witnessed the spectacular giving of the Torah and who are a light to all the nations. Through this blessing, we gentiles who are Noahides are the beneficiary of your care, love and providence.

May your countenance  shine  upon us, as we his family and friends, bury Harold John Chambers who knew you, and acknowledged you as the God of Israel – his Redeemer, Lord and Saviour.

The Service
The coffin is placed to the side of the open grave or on the device designed to hold it above the grave.

The Prayer
The directors (David and Josh) of the service leads the mourners in prayer in unison:

(All) O LORD, what significance has man that You should consider him?

Man is like a brief breath, a passing shadow; like grass which flourishes in the morning and in the evening fades and withers.

The years of our lives are threescore and ten or, with strength, fourscore; yet they are filled with toil and trouble, they are soon gone and we depart this world.

So teach us, O GOD, to use our days wisely. Guard the man who is blameless and behold he who is upright,
for there is a future for the man of peace.

Surely the LORD will redeem my soul from the grave, He will surely receive me.

The LORD redeems the souls of His servants; none of those who take refuge in Him will be condemned.

The dust returns to the earth as it was, but the spirit returns to GOD Who gave it.

The directors (David and Josh) says:

The Sheltering Rock, His work is perfect, for all His ways are rooted in justice.

Our LORD is a God of faithfulness without iniquity; He is just and perfect in all His deeds.

He rules above and below, He takes away life and He gives it,
He brings down to the grave and raises up from the grave.

Eulogies are now given by those who knew the deceased and wish to share their memories.

It is good to reflect on the contribution the deceased made in his lifetime to the betterment of the world. It is appropriate to use the occasion to draw lessons from the life of the deceased for the improvement of his family and friends.

The soul of the deceased will benefit from good deeds performed by those who were inspired by him.

All Recite in Unison:
Psalm 23:

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures: He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul: He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies:

You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

The coffin is lowered into the grave and a handful of earth is thrown on to the  coffin by the mourners.

The directors (David and Josh) recites:

O compassionate GOD, Who dwells on high, grant perfect rest beneath the sheltering wings of Your Presence (Shechina), among the holy and pure whose souls shine as the brightness of the firmament, to the soul of Jerry, son of George and Jesse who has gone to eternal rest and in whose memory charity is offered.

May Jerry’s repose be in paradise.

May the Lord of Mercy protect him under the cover of His sheltering presence forever,
and may his soul be bound up in the bond of eternal life.

May the LORD be his possession, and may he repose in peace and let us say, “Amen.”

The mourners reply:

Amen.

The chief mourners (Yvonne, Dave and Josh) say:

The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away, praised be the Name of the LORD.

Those gathered (friends) turn to the chief mourners and say to them:

(Friends) May the LORD, blessed be His Name, comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

The directors (David and Josh) leads the assembled in the reading of:

Psalm 16

King David sang:

(All) Protect me, GOD, for I have turned to You for shelter.

My soul declares that only the LORD is my God even though I am undeserving of His good.

It is only in the merit of my holy ancestors who are now in their graves that I enjoy Your favor.

Whereas those who run after pagan gods will see their sorrows multiplied; as for me, I will neither serve them nor allow their names to be on my lips.

The LORD is the source of my sustenance and it is He Who guides my destiny.

My role in GOD’s plan is pleasant and all that befalls me is beautiful to me.

I will bless the LORD Who has given me good advice, even my own intellect steers me to choose His ways.

I have set the LORD before me at all times; because He supports me I shall not stumble.

Therefore, my heart rejoices and my soul is elated, even my physical body rests securely.

For You will not abandon my soul to the grave, You will not let Your pious one see destruction.

You will make known to me the ways that lead to eternal life, the full measure of joy in the light of Your countenance, the delights that are in Your power to bestow for eternity

As the mourners leave they throw their flower on to the coffin.

A personal note – My father Jerry died at the age of 92 on the 22nd June 2011. He found the path of truth at the age of 90, and was a courageous man and suffered his illness and pain with great dignity and never complained. His eyesight was very impaired and he became very deaf. So his love of reading and listening to music came to an end. He truly was a great trooper and we miss him very much. He however is a in a better place.

Thank you to Rabbi Michael Katz for the template of  the Noahide funeral, which we modified to make it personal to Dad and found it extremely beneficial.


 

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