Friday 15th May 2009
at 12 noon
Order of Service
Introductory Music: "Nimrod" - Elgar.
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:
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
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
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
Wisdom 3: 1 - 6,9
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.
1 Corinthians 15: 50 - 55 Christopher Green
Gospel AcclamationAllelulia, Allelulia,
I AM the Resurrection and the Life.
Whoever believes in me will never die.
Luke 24: 13 - 16, 28 - 35.
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.
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
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.
A Reading from the Book of Wisdom
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if in the eyes of men, indeed they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love;
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.
A Reading from St Paul's 1st Epistle to the Corinthians
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
A Reading from the Gospel According to Luke
And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named
Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were
conversing with each other about all these things which had taken
place. 15 And it came about that while they were conversing and
discussing, Jesus Himself approached, and began traveling with them. 16
But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him.
17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.
18 And one of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?”
19 And He said to them, “What things?”
And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, 20 and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him up to the sentence of death, and crucified Him.
21 “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened.
22 “But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels, who said that He was alive.
24 “And some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.”
25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!
26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
28 And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He would go farther. 29 And they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” And He went in to stay with them.
30 And it came about that when He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.
32 And they said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 And they arose that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, 34 saying, “The Lord has really risen, and has appeared to Simon.”
35 And they began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
Donations in memory of Susan may be made payable to CANCER RESEARCH and sent to:
Chelmsford Star Co-operative Funeral Services
78 Broomfield Road,
Exxex, CM1 1SS