O’Connor, Brigit Ann Service Sheet 2003

Brigit Ann O’Connor

2nd December 1963 – 19th June 2003


Faith is a quality of human living. At its best it has taken the form of serenity and courage and service; a quiet confidence and joy that enable one to feel at home in the universe, and to find meaning in the world and in one’s life, a meaning that is profound and ultimate, and is stable no matter what may happen to ones self at the level of immediate event.

Smith, “Faith and Belief”


I may be able to speak the languages of men and even of angels, but if I have not love, my speech is no more than a noisy gong or a clanging bell. I may have the gift of inspired preaching; I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; I may have all the faith needed to move mountains – but if I have not love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burned – but if I have not love, it does me no good.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous, or conceited, or proud; love is not ill-mannered, or selfish, or irritable; love does not keep a record of wrongs; love is not happy with evil, but is happy with the truth. Love never gives up; its faith, hope and patience never fail.

1 Corinthians, 13

God’s Grandeur

The World is charged with the grandeur of God.
It will flame out, like shining from shook foil;
It gathers to a greatness, like the ooze of oil
Crushed. Why do men then now not reck his rod? Generations have trod, have trod, have trod;
And all is seared with trade; bleared, smeared with toil; And wears man’s smudge and shares man’s smell; the soil Is bare now, nor can foot feel, being shod.

And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs – Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.

Bernard, Gabriel and Sally would like to thank you all for coming to celebrate the life of Brigit and invite you all to refreshments served in the hall.

Celebrant: Yavanna Redgrave

Programme prepared by
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