Thursday, October 31, 2013

Suffering and light

As we prepare for the month of November, a month dedicated to the Holy Souls, I urge you to keep our beloved dead in prayer and perhaps incorporate some of these suggestions:

·      Between November 1 -8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray (out loud or mentally), for the faithful departed.

·      On All Soul’s Day, devoutly visit a Church or oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed.

·      Devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead.

·      Devoutly recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or recite the prayer:  Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May they rest in peace.”

And some, or all, of these ideas in your family prayers:

·      Add part of the eternal rest prayer to the end of grace at meals:  …and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

·      Pray the eternal rest prayer when you pass a cemetery-this can remind you of our eternal destiny.

·      Pray the eternal rest prayer between decades (if you pray the entire Rosary) or after a decade if you pray one decade as a family.

“Count it all joy my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” James 1:6

My prayers are with you,