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‘In the midst of life we are in death.’

July 16, 2017

In the midst of life we are in death
Usage
An acknowledgment that death, both spiritual and physical, is an ever-present possibility and reality.
Definition
The prayer is said at the graveside, acknowledging human mortality and fallibility and asking God for mercy. ‘In the midst of life we are in death’ (Taken from Book of Common Prayer, 1662, Burial of the Dead). ‘In the midst of life we are in death’ (Taken from Common Worship, Funeral Service).

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