Wednesday, November 6, 2013

HWP: Requiem Aeternam

As I noted last week, we can gain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory during this first week of November by completing the necessary requirements. Also, we can gain partial indulgences for the faithful departed year round for the faithful departed by devoutly visiting a cemetery and at least mentally praying for the dead. It is also a praiseworthy practice, though a non-indulgenced one, to pray for them at various times throughout the day, such as during the rosary, in daily prayers, and included in the thanksgiving prayer after meals. There are many prayers that could be employed, but this one from the Funeral Ritual is always appropriate: 

Requiem Aeternam

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