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Danny Boy

A few months ago there was a Chat With Pat column where Pat told of an Irish funeral she attended.

In the article she mentioned that at the end of the funeral mass, a song was sung in the vestibule of the Church. The melody was the classic Irish ballad "Danny Boy" but the words had been changed for the occasion.

We have had a huge response to this article and many people have asked for the words. We contacted Sister Joan from St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Willowick and she has supplied them for us.

"Go Silent Friend"
The Iona Community

Go, silent friend,
your life has found its ending:
To dust returns your weary mortal frame.
God, who before birth called you into being,
Now calls you hence, his ascent still the same.

Go, silent friend,
your life in Christ is buried;
For you He lived and died and rose again.
Close by His side your promised place is waiting
Where, fully known, you shall with God remain.

Go, silent friend,
forgive us if we grieved you;
Safe now in heaven, kindly say our name.
Your life has touched us, that is why we mourn you;
Our lives without you cannot be the same.

Go, silent friend,
we do not grudge your glory;
Sing, sing with joy deep praises to your Lord.
You, who believed that Christ would come back for you,
Now celebrate that Jesus keeps his word.




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