O Loving God (Receive His/Her Soul) - McCoy

This funeral hymn was written by American Roman Catholic liturgical musician Paulette M McCoy (b 1953).

It was published in 2004 by OCP Publications, and sheet music for this arrangement, set by Randel DeBruyn, is still available (link below).

With meter 12 10 12 10, the hymn is set a tune which may be called either LONDONDERRY AIRE or AIR FROM COUNTY DERRY - which is also used for the Irish folk-song Danny Boy, and other hymns including I Cannot Tell why He Whom Angels Worship.
 
It is not the same as the Celtic Song of Farewell - though they are both sung to the same tune.


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Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on this website. A rough outline is:
O loving God, we send our daughter(son) home to you ...

Chorus:
Receive her/his soul and let eternal light shine,
eternal light forever on her/his soul,
so she/he may be forever in your dwelling place,
and be at rest in peace until we meet her/him there

Vs. 2
O loving God, have mercy and forgiveness ...

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O loving God, we send our daughter(son) home to you,
home to a place of everlasting love,
to join there with the angel choirs and blessed saints,
and to behold your glorious holy face.

Chorus:
Receive her/his soul and let eternal light shine,
eternal light forever on her/his soul,
so she/he may be forever in your dwelling place,
and be at rest in peace until we meet her/him there

Vs. 2
O loving God, have mercy and forgiveness
Upon your servant's now departed soul,
And may your grace and love enfold her/him evermore,
So she/he may dwell in paradise at last.

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