Praying for our dead




We seem to give them back to Thee, 0 God who gavest them to us. Yet as Thou didst not lose them in giving,So do we not lose them by their return.

Not as the world giveth, givest Thou 0 Lover of souls. What Thou givest Thou takest not away, For what is Thine is ours also if we are thine. And life is eternal and love is immortal, And death is only an horizon, And an horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.

Lift us up, strong Son of God that we may see further; Cleanse our eyes that we may see more clearly; Draw us closer to Thyself That we may know ourselves to be nearer to our loved ones who are with Thee. And while Thou dost prepare a place for us, prepare us also for that happy place, That where Thou art we may be also for evermore.

Bishop Brent










An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the first to the eighth of November; on other days of the year it is partial.

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed [November 2 {as well as on the Sunday preceding or following, and on All Saints’ Day}] piously visit a church. In visiting the church it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

To acquire a plenary indulgence it is necessary also to fulfil the following three conditions: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit; it is, however, fitting that communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day as the visit.

The condition of praying for the intention of the Holy Father is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary. A plenary indulgence can be acquired only once in the course of the day.

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