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Friday, November 02, 2012

Have pity on me, have pity on me, at least you my friends, because the hand of the Lord hath touched me.

Month of the Holy Souls
Holy Souls' Mass
Transalpine Redemptorist Monastery,
 Christchurch, New Zealand.

Dear Readers, during this month 
we pray especially for the Faithful Departed. 
We encourage the old custom of writing out the names of our dead 
and having them placed upon the altar to be remembered during Mass.
Memento etiam, Domine, famulorum famularumque
tuarum N. et N. ...
Be mindful also, O Lord, of Thy servants and handmaids
N. and N. ...
 Therefore I warmly invite you 
to make a list of those departed members of your family, 
or a list of your friends who have died, 
and even including your enemies; 
since Our Lord has told us 
to pray for them as well. 
...who have gone before us with the sign of faith
and sleep in the sleep of peace.
... qui nos praecesserunt cum signo fidei
et dormiunt in somno pacis.
Having made the list email it to us. 
We will print it out and place it on the altar 
near the tabernacle. 
Every day during Holy Mass at the Memento of the Dead 
the priest will include those souls in the Mass he is offering. 
What you could so easily do for your dead relatives, friends and enemies
is to make a list of their names and have them included too.
By this act you will be doing something useful for these souls
if they are in Purgatory. 

The Church applies the following words of Holy Scripture
to the dead who,
from the other world, cry to you
pleading for the charitable assistance
that you could easily lend them:
 Have pity on me, have pity on me, 
at least you my friends, 
because the hand of the Lord hath touched me. 
(Job 19:21) 
Address your List of the Dead 


Matt H said...

Thank you for offering this opportunity to your readers!

Anne B said...

Yes, thanks Father!
May they rest in eternal peace.

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