Pierre Elliott Trudeau:
State Funeral for Pierre Elliott Trudeau
October 3, 2000
Order of service: Introductory Rite, Liturgy of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist, Communion, The Farewell Celebrating Clergy
1. Entrance procession hymn : Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (J.S. Bach)
2. Opening of the Mass
a) Greeting: Cardinal Turcotte
May the God of hope
Give you abundant peace in faith,
And may the Lord
always be with you.
And also with you.
b) Opening remarks: Cardinal Turcotte
3. Prayers of supplication
Music: Messe aux cathédrales (C. Gounod) Choir
4. Opening prayer: Cardinal Turcotte
Let us pray.
Lord, you created us for life,
And death cannot resist
You have rooted our trust in you
In the mystery of the cross of your
And you have marked us forever
With the sign of his
Deliver our friend, Pierre Elliott Trudeau,
From all which
can keep him away from you;
Let him share in the joy of your friends, the
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
Your Son, who lives
and reigns with you and the
Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and
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Liturgy of the Word
5. First reading: (1 Corinthians, Chapter 15) The Prime Minister of
A reading from 1 Corinthians 15
"Now if Christ raised from the dead is
what has been preached, how can some of you be saying that there is no
resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, Christ
himself cannot have been raised, and if Christ has not been raised then our
preaching is useless and your believing it is useless; indeed, we are shown up
as witnesses who have committed perjury before God, because we swore in evidence
before God that he raised Christ to life. For if the dead are not raised, Christ
has not been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, you are still in your
sins. And what is more serious, all who have died in Christ have perished. If
our hope in Christ has been for this life only, we are the most unfortunate of
all people. But Christ has in fact been raised from the dead..Death came through
one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one
man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ..
Never give in then, my dear brothers, never admit defeat; keep on working at the
Lord's work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in
Give thanks to the Lord.
6. Psalm 41 (sung)
Mon âme a soif du Dieu vivant;
Quand le verrais-je face à face?
un cerf altère
cherche l'eau vive,
ainsi mon âme te cherche,
The Lord will give them strength in
their pain, will bring them back
to health. As for me, I said: "Lord, have mercy on
my soul for I have sinned against you."
Mon âme a soif de Dieu,
quand pourrais-je m'avancer,
paraître face à Dieu?
uphold me I shall be unharmed
and set in your presence for
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
from age to
7. Second reading: (Daniel 4: 7 - 12) Alexandre Trudeau
A reading from the book of Daniel
"I saw a tree in the middle of the
world; It was very tall. The tree grew taller and stronger, until its top
reached the sky. Its foliage was beautiful, its fruit abundant, in it was food
for all. For the wild animals it provided shade, the birds of heaven nested in
its branches, all living creatures found their food on it. I watched the visions
passing through my head as I lay in bed. Next a watcher, a holy one, came down
from heaven. At the top of his voice he shouted, ‘Cut the tree down, lop off its
branches, strip off its leaves, throw away its fruit; let the animals flee from
its shelter and the birds from its branches. But leave stump and roots in the
ground, bound with hoops of iron and bronze, In the grass of the field. Let him
be drenched with the dew of heaven, let him share the grass of the earth with
Hymns: Gregorian chants, 4 verses Choir
from Notre Dame Basilica Mass
8. Gospel (John 15: 9-13): Rev. Jean-Guy Dubuc
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Gospel according to
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
"As the Father has loved me, So I
have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, You will remain
in my love, Just as I have kept my Father's commandments, And remain in his
love. I have told you this So that my own joy may be in you And your joy be
complete. This is my commandment: Love one another, As I have loved you. A man
can have no greater love Than to lay down his life for his friends."
the word of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Rev. Jean-Guy Dubuc
10. Prayers of the faithful
a) Opening Cardinal Turcotte
Let us pray with confidence to God, the Almighty Father, who raised His only
Son, Jesus Christ, from the dead.c) Conclusion: Cardinal Turcotte
Let us pray to the Lord.
For our departed brother, that he might find his place in our
Father's house, in the joy of eternal life; Lord, in your mercy, hear our
prayer. We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother,
Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Strengthen our hope, so that we may live In the
expectation of your Son's coming; Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
all who are seeking to give meaning to their lives, that, through their faith,
they might discover The light to guide them in their search; Lord, in your
mercy, hear our prayer.
Many people die by violence, war and famine each day.
Show your mercy to those who suffer unjustly These sins against your love, and
gather them to The eternal kingdom of peace; Lord, in your mercy, hear our
For the men and women of our time, That their lives on earth might be
more Fraternal and more just; Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
of us assembled here to worship in faith, That we may be gathered together again
in God's kingdom; Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For all who place
themselves at the service of others, that they might not lose their courage And
that they might find joy;
Almighty God, you who call all people to share in your life, welcome our
prayer that it might be instrumental in bringing about salvation for the living
and for the dead. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,who lives
and reigns for ever and ever.
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Liturgy of the Eucharist
11. Preparation of the gifts
a) Hymn: Ave Maria (Bach and Gounod)
Nadya Blanchette, soprano; Anne Robert, violinist
b) Presentation of the
bread and wine: Cardinal Turcotte
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation.
Through your goodness we have
his bread to offer, which each has given and human hands have made. It will
become for us the bread of life. Blessed be God forever.
As this water
mingles with wine. For the sacrament of the Covenant, May we be united with the
divinity of Him who took on our human form.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of all
creation. Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, Fruit of the vine
and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink. Blessed be God
Humble and poor, we beseech you, Lord, Receive us; may the sacrifice
we make today Be acceptable to you.
c) Censing of gifts and altar: Cardinal Turcotte
d) Washing of hands: Cardinal Turcotte
Wash away my iniquity, Lord. Cleanse me from my sin.
12. Prayer over the gifts: Cardinal Turcotte
Pray, friends, that our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty
Father. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, For the praise and
glory of His name, For our good and the good of all of His Church.
Lord, have mercy on your servant, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, in whose name we offer
the sacrifice of praise. May this offering of forgiveness and peace grant him
eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.
13. Preface: Cardinal Turcotte
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
lift them up to the Lord.
For everything that was beautiful and great in the
life of our friend, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, let us give thanks to the Lord our
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Truly, it is right to give
you thanks, and to offer you our praise, always and everywhere, Most Holy
Father, eternal and omnipotent God, through Christ our Lord.
It is in Him that the hope of a joyful resurrection shines for us; and though
we are burdened by the law of death, we are consoled by the promise of eternal
life, since, for all men and women who believe in you, O Lord, life does not
perish, but is transformed; and when their days on earth are over, an eternal
home is already prepared for them in heaven. Therefore, with the angels and all
the saints, we praise your glory as we sing:
14. Acclamation Hymn: Sanctus (from Messe aux cathédrales)(C. Gounod)
15. Eucharistic prayer: Cardinal Turcotte
Father, you are holy indeed, and all creation rightly gives you praise. All
life, all holiness comes from you through you Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, by the
working of the Holy Spirit. From age to age you gather a people to yourself, so
that from East to West a perfect offering may be made to the glory of your
And so, Father, we bring you these gifts. We ask
you to make them holy by the power of your Spirit; that they may become the body
and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, at whose command we celebrate this
On the night he was betrayed, he took bread and gave you thanks and praise.
He broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said: "Take this, all of you,
and eat it: this is my body which will be given up for you."
When supper was
ended, he took the cup. Again he gave you thanks and praise, gave the cup to his
disciples, and said: "Take this, all of you, and drink from it: this is the cup
of my blood, the blood of the new and everlasting covenant. It will be shed for
you and for all men so that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in memory of
16. Proclamation of faith: Cardinal Turcotte
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith.
Christ has died.
Christ will come again.
17. Continuation of the eucharistic prayer: All co-celebrants
Father, calling to mind the death your Son endured for our salvation, his
glorious resurrection and ascension into heaven, and ready to greet him when he
comes again, we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living
Look with favour on your Church's offering, and see the Victim
whose death has reconciled us to yourself. Grant that we, who are nourished by
his body and blood, may be filled with his Holy Spirit, and become one body, one
spirit in Christ.
a) Intercession of the saints: 1st co-celebrant
May he make us an everlasting gift to you and enable us to share in the
inheritance of your saints, with Mary, the virgin Mother of God; with the
apostles, the martyrs, and all your saints, on whose constant intercession we
rely for help.
b) Prayer for the world and for the Church: 2nd co-celebrant
Lord, may this sacrifice, which has made our peace with you, advance the
peace and salvation of all the world. Strengthen in faith and love your pilgrim
Church on earth; your servant, Pope John Paul, bishop Jean-Claude Turcotte and
all the bishops, with the clergy and the entire people your Son has gained for
Father, hear the prayers of the family you have gathered here before
you. In mercy and love unite all your children wherever they may be.
c) Prayer for the deceased: Cardinal Turcotte
Remember Pierre Elliott Trudeau. In baptism he died with Christ: may he also
share his resurrection, when Christ will raise our mortal bodies and make them
like His own in glory.
Welcome into your kingdom our departed brothers and
sisters, and all who have left this world in your friendship. There we hope to
share in your glory when every tear will be wiped away. On that day we shall see
you, our God, as you are. We shall become like you and praise you forever
through Christ our Lord, from whom all good things come.
18. Doxology: All co-celebrants
Through Him, with Him, in Him, In the unity of the Holy Spirit, All glory and
honour is yours, Almighty Father, forever and ever Amen.
Hymn: Excerpt from The Messiah (G.F. Handel): Choir
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19. Our Father
a) Invitation: Cardinal Turcotte
God our Father, we give you thanks for this new light that your love sheds in
our lives and in the lives of those who are now near to you. Encouraged by those
who came before us, and together with the vast procession of saints, we say with
b) Prayer: All
Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy Kingdom come; Thy
will be done on earth As it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, And
forgive us our trespasses As we forgive those Who trespass against us.
lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
c) Embolism: Cardinal Turcotte
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil and grant us peace in our day. In your
mercy keep us free from sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful
hope for the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. For the Kingdom, the power and
the glory are yours forever and ever.
20. Prayer for peace: Cardinal Turcotte
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles: I leave you peace, my peace I
give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and grant us
the peace and unity of your kingdom where you live for ever and ever. Amen.
21. Exchange of the peace: Cardinal Turcotte
May the peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.
22. Breaking of bread Hymn: Agnus Dei (from Messe aux cathédrales) (C.
23. Preparation of the celebrant for communion: Cardinal Turcotte
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, by the will of the Father and power
of the Holy Spirit, your death has brought life to the world; may your body and
blood deliver me from all my sins and from every evil; may I ever remain
faithful to your commandments and may I never be parted from you.
24. Presentation of the eucharist: Cardinal Turcotte
This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Happy are those
who are called to this supper. Lord I am not worthy to receive you, but only say
the word and I shall be healed.
May the Body of Christ give me eternal life.
May the Blood of Christ give me eternal life.
25. Communion Hymns: Lux Aeterna Choir
Sonata in A minor
(1st movement) (J.-S. Bach) Anne Robert, violinist
26. Moment of silence
27. Prayer after communion: Cardinal Turcotte
Let us pray.
Renewed by the life-giving Sacrament, We pray to you, Lord,
for our brother, Pierre Elliott Trudeau: as you have welcomed him into your
fraternal friendship, may he be cleansed by this Eucharist and enjoy everlasting
happiness In the peace of Christ, who reigns for ever and ever.
28. Eulogies: Roy
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29. Monition: Cardinal Turcotte
Before we go our separate ways, let us take leave of our brother, Pierre
Elliott Trudeau. May our farewell express our affection for him; may it ease our
sadness and strengthen our hope. One day, we shall joyfully greet him again when
the love of Christ, which conquers all things, destroys even death itself. Let
us reflect on what he means to us, And on what he is for God.
30. Music Hymn: Excerpt from the Passion according to St. Matthew -- Ami
que Dieu appelle (J.-S. Bach) Choir
31. Censing: Cardinal Turcotte
As a sign of respect for you, Pierre, we let this incense rise to God, who
has called you to share in His glory.
b) Hymn: Entre tes mains Seigneur Jesus (1st part)(L. Deiss) Choir
32. Aspersion: Cardinal Turcotte
We hope and believe that we will all be raised again! As a sign of this
faith, I bless this body In the name of the Father, and of the Son, And of the
b) Hymn: Entre tes mains Seigneur Jesus (2nd part)(L. Deiss) Choir
33. Final prayer: Cardinal Turcotte
Let us pray again to the Lord.
God our Father, strengthen our faith and
our hope, As we convey Pierre Elliott Trudeau to his rest. You know all his toil
on this earth. For this, we pray:
That all that for him was great and holy
May be respected and preserved; That any evil he may have done be pardoned; And
that he may be rewarded for the good he has done.
Through Jesus Christ, your
Son, Who died and rose again, and lives with You And the Holy Spirit now and
forever more. Amen.
34. Signing of the registers: Justin Trudeau, Alexandre Trudeau
Hymn: Lacrymosa (from Mozart's Requiem) Choir
35. Farewell to the congregation: Cardinal Turcotte
Dear friends, May every mark of affection And every gesture of friendship
that you give to others be a sign of God's peace for you.
Go in the peace of
Praise to you, Oh Lord.
a) Hymn: In Paradisum (G. Faure) Choir
Canada Pierre Grandmaison, organist 37. Exit
Music: Excerpts from works by G. Faure, Pierre Grandmaison, organist
President: Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, Archbishop of Montreal
Reverend Marcel Gervais, Archbishop of Ottawa
The Most Reverend Yvon Bigras,
p.s.s. C.S.S., Pastor of Notre-Dame Basilica
The Reverend René Martin, Master
The Reverend Jean-Guy Dubuc
Jean-Pierre Guindon, Director of
the Choir of Notre-Dame Basilica
Pierre Grandmaison, Organist and Musical
Nadya Blanchette, Soprano