In honor of All Souls Day, please click here to see my previous post on the traditions of this day including a special plenary induglence you can obtain for the dead. I will be at a Solemn High Requiem Mass today followed by time visiting cemeteries and praying for the dead. Please join me in praying for the repose of the souls of the dead.
Please also see: Devotions for the Dead.
The shared divine life that makes all the faithful one Mystical Body of Christ is not broken by death. Those who are born into eternal life remain our brothers and sisters in Christ. They have a debt of punishment to pay for sin, and God permits us to help them pay it. By personal sacrifices, by any personal prayer, by indulgenced prayers and good works, and especially by having Mass offered, everyone can help shorten Purgatory for relatives and friends, for unmourned derelicts, and for the persecuted of all nations who must die without the Sacraments.
O God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant the souls of Your departed servants forgiveness of all their sins. May our devout prayers obtain for them the pardon that they have always desired; who lives and rules with God, . . .