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Praying for the deceased

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Praying for the deceased

We are aware that November is a month dedicated in a particular way to praying for the deceased.  It is something we have reflected upon in these pages before (see here and here).  It struck me recently that among the people who pray in this world, there are a great number who do not pray for the repose of souls.  It is even more important, therefore, that we are careful to practise this spiritual act of mercy and pray for the dead whenever we hear news of a death.  This can make reading the paper a long process and it can make watching the news a very prayerful time!  It can also mean a witness to faith as a hearse passes along the road but most importantly, those prayers are pure gift to those whom we may not have known and to those who grieve their loss.

 

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

R. And let the perpetual light shine upon them.

And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

or, in our universal language:

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei, requiescant in pace. Amen.

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