Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pray for Your Dead

The Tridentine (Latin) Mass today was a beautiful and solem requiem. The altar was draped in black, and so was Fr. 

"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen." -Prayer of St Gertrude the Great

Today's feast is a reminder that our dearly departed need us.  So often when someone we love dies, we cannonize them, remembering just all the good things they did.  But it is arrogant to presume that anyone (other than the Holy Saints revealed to us) has made it to Heaven.  We hope that they are not in Hell, but rather that they are in Purgatory, waiting to join God in eternal life and complete unity.  Don't forget about them!

In Fr.'s homily he recommended that today is a good day to take out the old photo albums and share stories of our family members who have died.  And just because we didn't know a family member (perhaps a great great grandparent), doesn't mean we shouldn't pray for them.  Praying for all generations of my family today, those who have died, those now on Earth, and those to come.

       "Eternal rest, grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace!

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