Feast of All Souls - Holding in Prayer


November is a special time to pray for all who have died. We celebrated the Feast of All Saints and of All Souls.  During the entire month of November, we will be bringing into our prayer at each Mass all those for whom we have been asked to pray.  Members of our families… a spouse, a sister, a brother, a parent or child… or friends, have gone before us to their eternal home.  They are now with the Lord in the Communion of Saints.  Although they may not be canonized as public saints, they have served us as examples of the Lord’s love and are saints within our families.  None were perfect… but, they did strive to be expressions of God’s presence.  Each day this month, it is my hope that we will return to the many names listed in the October 28th Parish bulletin.  Let’s speak the names – quiet within, or even aloud… maybe a page each day and then begin all over again.  We mention the names of those who were loved by ourselves and by others and we bring them to the Lord.  In our prayer, we are able to enter into a living relationship with the Communion of Saints!  And, we ask them to Pray for Us, too!!

Prayer

Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and console us.
As we renew our faith in Your Son,
whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope
that all our departed brothers and sisters
will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen
 

Eternal Rest grant unto them (him/her),O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them (him/her).
May they (he/she) rest in peace.