Month of the Holy Souls 15.11.2019
“It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” 2 Maccabees 12:46
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) Taken from www.biblegateway.com
November is a special month in the Liturgical Calendar and the Cycle of Prayer within the life of the Church. During the month of November we remember before God all those who have died; our loved ones, friends and those known to us. We pray for them and commit them into God’s safekeeping and care. We also remember those who have died in war and all who suffer the loss of someone close to them.
In the Tradition of the Catholic Church, as we read the opening scripture verse from the Book of the Maccabees, we can see that it is a good thing to remember those who have died and to offer special prayers for them. A very special time in the Church.
We have our own Book of Remembrance here in School and pupils and staff are welcome to add names of loved ones into the Book and pray for them. A special candle of Remembrance will be kept burning throughout the whole month and this will aid us in our prayer. As a living flame, it reminds us that Jesus is the Light of the World and no darkness can put this light out. There will be opportunities throughout the month to come and light candles in the Chapel in memory of a loved one.
When we lose someone we love, we can feel like the darkness of death and separation has overshadowed our lives and we are can find no light or hope anywhere. Jesus understands our pain for He experienced death and was raised to life again. His Resurrection from the dead gives us light and hope. If we believe and trust in what Jesus has done for us through His Cross and by His Resurrection, we and our loved ones will be raised again to life with Him and will have eternal life in His presence.
Our prayers again this week;
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
May these and all the departed, be granted everlasting rest and peace. Amen.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lover of Souls, have mercy on us.
St Gertrude, pray for us.