Tuesday, November 3, 2009

YEAR OF THE PRIEST: Pray for our dearly departed priests

His Eminence, Father John Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say?"  has posted a suggestion to pray for our dearly departed priests on this Year of the Priests especially on the First Thursday, November 5.  We can gain a plenary indulgence this Year of the Priest.  Thursday, probably because, it was on a Thursday that Christ gave us the Sacrament of Holy Orders and the Blessed Sacrament.

WONDERFUL IDEA!  So I'll join the call.

Please say a prayer for our dearly departed priests.  They prayed for us their whole ministry.  It time to return the favor.

I have included here traditional prayers for the dead including a Prayer for Deceased Priests.  For those who wanted the Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory written by St. Alphonsus Ligouri, please email me so I can send it to you.  The file is too long to be posted here.



Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

Responsory Prayer for the Dead

V. Do not remember my sins O Lord,
R. When you come to judge the world by fire
V. Direct my ways in your sight, O Lord, my God
R. When you come to judge the world by fire
V. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
R. When you come to judge the world by fire
V. Lord, have mercy
R. Christ have mercy. Lord have mercy
V. Our Father in heaven, holy be your name, your kingdom come your will be done on earth as in heaven.
R. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Do not bring us to the test but deliver us from evil.
V. From the gates of Hell.
R. Deliver his soul, O Lord.
V. May he rest in peace
R. Amen
V. Lord hear my prayer
R. And let my cry come to you.

Let us pray.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired; who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.


O God, Thou didst raise Thy servant, N., to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of Thy Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in Thine own Holy Name. We beseech Thee to reward his faithfulness and to forget his faults, admitting him speedily into Thy Holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his labors. This we ask through Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

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