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Celebrating November with All Saints and All Souls

Celebrating November with All Saints and All Souls

During the month of November it is our Catholic tradition to remember all of the Faithful Departed (All Souls), and to pray that all those who have died— our loved ones, and those people around the world whom we will never meet— will through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


The Church teaches us that praying for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy. The greatest prayer we could ever offer for the dead is the prayer of the Mass. At Mass we unite our own personal prayers — those emanating from our lips, our hearts, even our bodies — to Christ’s own prayer. Pope Francis teaches us that: “Church tradition has always urged prayer for the dead, in particular by offering the celebration of the Eucharist for them: it is the best spiritual help that we can give to their souls, particularly to the most abandoned ones. The foundation of prayers in suffrage of souls is in the communion of the Mystical Body.”

 

Please send us the names of those whom you would like remembered in our prayers using the link provided below. 

 

https://www.damien-hs.edu/PrayerRequest/

 

Below, you will also find an All Souls prayer courtesy of Catholic Relief Services that can be prayed by you and your family during the month of November.

 

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

All Souls Day Prayer


Merciful Father,


On this day, we are called to remember those who have died,

Particularly those who have died in the past year,

And pray for their joyful reunion with you, their loving creator.

As your son taught us to call the stranger 

neighbor, our fallen are many—


Names we will never know, 

Voices we have never heard,

In lands we may never visit,

Yet brothers and sisters all.

And so we pray.


For victims of war, 

caught in the crossfires of conflicts we could not quell,

for soldiers and civilians, adults and children, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


For those who have died seeking a haven 

where they hoped to find safety

and opportunity for themselves and for their families, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


For victims of hunger, denied their share in the 

bounty you have placed before us, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


For victims of COVID-19, Malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases,

who died before adequate care could reach them, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


For those refugees seeking asylum from war,

who died in a land that was not their home, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


For victims of emergencies and calamities everywhere,

who died amid chaos and confusion, we pray …

Grant eternal rest, O Lord.


Lord, as you command, we reach out to the fallen.

We call on you on behalf of those we could not reach this year.

You raised your son from the dead

that all may share in his joyful resurrection.


In Jesus' name, we pray …


Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,

Et lux perpetua luceat eis.

Requiescant in pace.


Amen


All Souls prayer courtesy of Catholic Relief Services, 2020