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All Saints’ all Souls’ 2018 2018-11-02T12:36:15+00:00

 

 

November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, or All Souls. On this day, we pray that all those who have died— our loved ones, and also those people around the world who we will never meet— through the mercy of God, will rest in peace. 

Merciful Father,

On this day, we are called to remember those who have died,
Particularly those who have died in the past year,
And pray for their joyful reunion with you, their loving creator.
As your son taught us to call the stranger
neighbor, our fallen are many—

Names we will never know,
Voices we have never heard,
In lands we may never visit,
Yet brothers and sisters all.
And so we pray.

For victims of war, caught in the crossfires of
conflicts we could not quell,
for soldiers and civilians,
adults and children, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

For those migrants who have died seeking a
haven where they hoped to find safety
and opportunity for themselves and for their families, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

For victims of hunger, denied their share in the
bounty you have placed before us, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

For victims of AIDS, Malaria, Ebola, and other infectious diseases,
who died before adequate care could reach them, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

For those refugees seeking asylum from war,
who died in a land that was not their home, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

For victims of emergencies and calamities everywhere,
who died amid chaos and confusion, we pray …
Grant eternal rest, O Lord.

Lord, as you command, we reach out to the fallen.
We call on you on behalf of those we could not reach this year.
You raised your son from the dead
that all may share in his joyful resurrection.

In Jesus’ name, we pray …

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine,
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Requiescant in pace.

Amen

From the early days of the Church followers of Christ gathered around the tombs. They gathered to pray for the entire church but particularly for those who have died. On or near All Souls’ Day parishes with cemeteries will celebrate Mass at the cemetery or have a blessing of the graves. Here are some of the local ones.

Ames, Our Mother of Mercy
Nov. 4, 1 p.m., Our Mother of Mercy Cemetery, Cemetery Road
Blessing of the graves

Eastgate, St. Anne
Nov. 2, after 8 a.m. Mass, St. Anne Cemetery, down FM 686 from the church
Rosary in the cemetery

Liberty, Immaculate Conception
Nov. 2, noon, Immaculate Conception Cemetery, corner of Grand and Bowie
Blessing of the graves

Orange, St. Mary
Nov. 3, 11 a.m., St. Mary Cemetery, 4320 Meeks Drive
All Souls’ Mass at the cemetery

Raywood, Sacred Heart
Nov. 4, following the 10:30 a.m. Mass, Sacred Heart Cemetery, at the parish, 3730 FM 160
Blessing of the graves

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