Program for the state funeral of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner

State Funeral of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C.


October 6, 2020, at 11 a.m.
St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica
Toronto, Ontario

“In any democracy, there is always a tug-of-war between policies to achieve equality, and policies to promote excellence. I am certain that Canada can achieve both equality and excellence.”

John Turner

State Funeral Mass of the Right Honourable John Napier Wyndham Turner P.C., C.C., Q.C.

Principal Celebrant & Homilist:

Msgr. Samuel Bianco, P.H.

Honourary Pallbearers:

Order of Service

Introductory rite


(Please Stand)

Processional Hymn: Amazing Grace

(Please be seated)


Reverend Edward Curtis, Rector, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica


The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

Words of remembrance

Opening prayer

(Please stand)

Let us pray.

O God, almighty Father, our faith professes that your Son died and rose again; mercifully grant that through this mystery, your servant John, who has fallen asleep in Christ, may rejoice to rise again through him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Please be seated)

The liturgy of the word

First Reading

Book of Job 19:23-27
By Andrew Turner

O that my words were written down!
O that they were inscribed in a book!
O that with an iron pen and with lead
they were engraved on a rock forever!
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and that at the last he will stand upon the earth;
and after my skin has been thus destroyed,
then in my flesh I shall see God,
whom I shall see on my side,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Second Reading

Book of Revelation 21:1-7
By Michael Turner

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

Gospel acclamation

(Please stand)


Matthew 5: 1-12

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.

Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.

The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

(Please be seated)


General intercessions

The Very Reverend Douglas Stoute, former Rector of St. James Anglican Cathedral and Dean of Toronto

(Please stand)

Brothers and sisters,

Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and sits at the right hand of the Father,
where he intercedes for his Church.

Confident that God hears the voices of those that trust in thee, Lord Jesus, we join our prayers to his:

In baptism John received the light of Christ. Scatter the darkness now and lead him over the waters of death. Lord in your mercy:

Lord, hear our prayer.

Our brother John was nourished at the table of the Savior. Welcome him into the halls of the heavenly banquet. We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

Many friends and members of our families have gone before us and await the kingdom. Grant them an everlasting home with your Son. We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

Many people die by violence, war, and famine each day. Show your mercy to those who suffer so unjustly these sins against your love, and gather them to the eternal kingdom of peace. We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

Those who trusted in the Lord now sleep in the Lord. Give refreshment, rest, and peace to all whose faith is known to you alone. We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

The family and friends of John seek comfort and consolation. Heal their pain and dispel the darkness and doubt that come from grief. We pray to the Lord:

Lord, hear our prayer.

We are assembled here in faith and confidence to pray for our brother John. Strengthen our hope so that we may live in the expectation of your Son’s coming.

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, Lord, in thy mercy, grant us safe lodging, a holy rest and peace at the last. Amen.

(Please be seated)

The liturgy of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn: Ave Maria

Pray, brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God the almighty Father.

(Please stand and reply)

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 his holy Church.

Prayer over the gifts

As we humbly present to you these sacrificial offerings, O Lord, for the salvation of your servant John, we beseech your mercy, that he who did not doubt your Son to be a loving Saviour, may find in him a merciful Judge.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

The preface

The Lord be with you. And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

In him the hope of blessed resurrection has dawned,
that those saddened by the certainty of dying
might be consoled by the promise of immortality to come.

Indeed for your faithful, Lord,
life is changed not ended,
and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust,
an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.

And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions,

and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven,
we sing the hymn of your glory,
as without end we acclaim:


Eucharistic prayer

(Please kneel)

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
and all you have created
rightly gives you praise,
for through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
by the power and working of the Holy Spirit,
you give life to all things and make them holy,
and you never cease to gather a people to yourself,
so that from the rising of the sun to its setting
a pure sacrifice may be offered to your name.

Therefore, O Lord, we humbly implore you:
by the same Spirit graciously make holy
these gifts we have brought to you for consecration,
that they may become the Body and Blood
of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
at whose command we celebrate these mysteries.

For on the night he was betrayed he himself took bread,
and, giving you thanks, he said the blessing,
broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying:

“Take this, all of you, and eat of it, for
this is my body, which will be given up for you.”

In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took the chalice and, once more giving thanks, he gave it to his disciples saying:

“Take this all of you, and drink from it, for
this is the chalice of my blood, the blood
of the new and eternal covenant, which will be
poured out for you and for many for the
forgiveness of sins. Do this in memory of me.”

Memorial acclamation

The mystery of faith.

We proclaim your death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial
of the saving Passion of your Son,
his wondrous Resurrection and Ascension into heaven,
and as we look forward to his second coming,
we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.

Look, we pray upon the oblation of your Church
and, recognizing the sacrificial Victim by whose death
you willed to reconcile us to yourself,
grant that we, who are nourished
by the Body and Blood of your Son,
and filled with his Holy Spirit,
may become one body, one spirit in Christ.

May he make of us
an eternal offering to you,
so that we may obtain an inheritance with your elect,
especially with the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with your blessed Apostles and glorious Martyrs
with Saint Michael and with all the Saints,
on whose constant intercession in your presence
we rely for unfailing help.

May this Sacrifice of our reconciliation, we pray, O Lord,
advance the peace and salvation of all the world.
Be pleased to confirm in faith and charity
your pilgrim Church on earth,
with your servant Francis our Pope and Thomas our Bishop,
the Order of Bishops, all the clergy,
and the entire people you have gained for your own.

Listen graciously to the prayers of this family,
whom you have summoned before you:
in your compassion, O merciful Father,
gather to yourself all your children
scattered throughout the world.

Remember your servant John whom you have called from this world to yourself.

Grant that he who was united with your Son
in a death like his,
may also be one with him in his Resurrection,
when from the earth
he will raise up in the flesh those who have died,
and transform our lowly body
after the pattern of his own glorious body.

To our departed brothers and sisters, too,
and to all who were pleasing to you
at their passing from this life,
give kind admittance to your Kingdom.

There we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory,
when you will wipe away every tear from our eyes.
For seeing you, our God, as you are,
we shall be like you for all the ages
and praise you without end,
through Christ our Lord,
through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.

Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, for ever and ever. Amen.

Communion rite

At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

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; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us Lord, we pray from every evil, graciously grant us peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Lord, Jesus Christ, who said to your apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you. Look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. And with your spirit.

Let us offer each other the sign of peace.

(Please bow or nod)

Agnus dei

(Please kneel)

Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

(Please remain in your place until the Ministers of the Eucharist have taken their positions.)

Holy Communion

Communion Hymns:

Prayer of St. Francis
O God, Beyond All Praising

Prayer after communion

(Please stand)

Lord God, whose Son left us, in the Sacrament of his Body, food for the journey, mercifully grant that, strengthened by it, our brother, John, may come to the eternal table

of Christ.

Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Final commendation

Before we go our separate ways, let us take leave of our brother John. 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.

(All pray in silence)

(The coffin is sprinkled with holy water as a reminder of Baptism)

In Baptism, John shared in the death and resurrection of Christ. May he be welcomed into the glory of eternal life.

(The coffin is incensed)

As a sign of respect for our brother, John, we let this incense rise to God, who called him to share in his glory.

Song of Farewell:

In my body, I shall look on God, my savior.

Prayer of commendation

Into your hands, Father of mercies, we commend our brother, John, in the sure and certain hope that, together with all who have died in Christ, he will rise with him on the last day.

We give you thanks for the blessings which you bestowed upon John in this life: they are signs to us of your goodness and of our fellowship with the saints in Christ.

Merciful Lord, turn toward us and listen to our prayers: open the gates of paradise to your servant and help us who remain to comfort one another with assurances of faith, until we met in Christ and are with you and with our brother forever. Amen.

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.

In peace, let us take our brother to his place of rest.

National anthem

O Canada

Recessional hymn

How Great Thou Art


Special guests John McDermott (voice) and Jason Fowler (guitar), for the interpretation of the hymns Amazing Grace and Ave Maria

William O’Meara, Organist, St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

Noah Beaudry, Cantor, St. Michael’s Choir School

Owen Philipson, Cantor, St. Michael’s Choir School

Clergy, staff and volunteers of St. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica

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