Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pray for the Dead: It's Still November!

This is a re-post from last year about this time; seems like a good time to repeat it.

It’s still November, and it’s still an especially good time to pray for the dead!

It’s a good time to get in the habit of praying for the dead on a daily basis, and not just in November. There are some nice traditional prayers to pray for the dead each day of the week.  Go here to access them.

Here are some interesting excerpts from a couple of other blogs – be sure to go and read the whole post at the link provided.

“Can the Poor Souls Pray for Us?” posted by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush, New Theological Movement

In the month of November, it is fitting that we think on the poor souls in purgatory. While it is a matter of faith that the saints can pray for us, and likewise that we can pray for the poor souls, there is no little question as to whether the souls in purgatory can pray for us. While there is much popular devotion today – which seems also to be supported by the experiences of certain more recent saints (for example, St. Pio) – by which the faithful invoke the intercessory power of the holy souls, it is good to recognize that the majority of the tradition is decidedly against this possibility.
Granting that nearly every Church Doctor has either implicitly or even explicitly held that the poor souls cannot pray for us, is there any ground for imploring their intercession?

“A Month for Real Charity” posted at La Nueva Primavera (The New Springtime)

Every day, people do heroic acts to help others. Firemen rescue people from burning buildings. Police rescue victims from their persecutors. Missionaries deliver food, clothing and education to the poor. Yet, one of the greatest areas of need remains ignored: The fate of the poor souls.

Purgatory is a fact. Catholics are REQUIRED to accept Purgatory as a dogma of their faith.

You never hear it preached? It's still there.

You don't like to think about it? It's still there.

How can a merciful and loving God permit such a thing?


Here’s the De Profundis – the traditional psalm/prayer said for the dead (from Fish Eaters)

Out of the Depths / De Profundis
English version:

Latin version:
Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord: Lord hear my voice.
De profúndis clamávi ad te, Dómine: Dómine, exáudi vocem meam.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
Fiant aures tuae intendéntes: in vocem deprecationes meae.
If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Si iniquitátes observaveris, Dómine: Dómine, quis sustinébit.
But there is forgiveness with Thee: because of Thy law I wait for Thee, O Lord.
Quia apud te propitiátio est: et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Dómine.
My soul waiteth on His word: my soul hopeth in the Lord.
Sustinuit ánima mea in verbo ejus: sperávit ánima mea in Dómino.
From the morning watch even until night let Israel hope in the Lord:
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem: specret Israel in Dómino.
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plentiful redemption.
Quia apud Dóminum misericordia: et copiósa apud eum redémptio.
And He shall redeem Israel, from all their iniquities.
Et ipse redimet Israel, ex ómnibus iniquitátibus ejus.

Note: This partially indulgenced prayer is Psalm 129, one of the 7 Penitential Psalms, the others being Psalms 6, 31, 37, 50, 101, and 142.

1 comment:

  1. When I learned the importance of praying for the souls in Purgatory I have never stopped since that time ...and the beautiful prayer of St. Gertrude , I try to remember that prayer at least once each day! I will NEVER to forget to pray for them , they are counting on our prayers for there release !


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