- Friday, 02 November 2012 07:34
For more than a 1000 years Holy Church has remembered all the dead on one day and reminding the faithful what we believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus and thus for those who die in grace. Spend some time with the Mass Collect below. It is not merely remembering the dead, as good as it is, but also to hold fast to the faith we are Baptized into: Christ’s death and resurrection.
As a way of entering into what the Lord desires, the Church formed the All Souls Indulgence. Read about it here. You have until November 8 to observe the conditions of the Indulgence.
God, who has raised Jesus from the dead, will give life also to your mortal bodies, through his Spirit that dwells in you.
With the Church we pray,
O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son, having conquered death, should pass over into the realm of heaven, grant, we pray, to your departed servants that, with the mortality of this life overcome, they may gaze eternally on you, their Creator and Redeemer.
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- Wednesday, 07 December 2011 11:22
The words of FDR still ring in the ears: “a date which will live in infamy.”
Today is the 70th anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor. 2402 Americans were killed, 1282 injured.
Let us pray for those who perished and those who continue to be burdened with the tragedy. May God be merciful and loving.
Show us, Lord, the immense power of your goodness, that, as we weep for our brothers and sisters taken from us by a sudden death, we may be confident that they have passed over into your eternal company.
- Wednesday, 02 November 2011 05:53
The Church remembers before God the Father Almighty all the dead. Our Commemoration of the faithful departed –All Souls– is a poignant time remember and live life more intensely.
In Rome, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of this gesture of remembrance:
Today, the day after the Solemnity of All Saints, the Church invites us to pray for the faithful departed. This yearly commemoration, often marked by visits to the cemetery, is an occasion to ponder the mystery of death and to renew our faith in the promise of eternal life held out to us by Christ’s resurrection. As human beings, we have a natural fear of death and we rebel against its apparent finality. Faith teaches us that the fear of death is lightened by a great hope, the hope of eternity, which gives our lives their fullest meaning. The God who is love offers us the promise of eternal life through the death and resurrection of his Son. In Christ, death no longer appears as an abyss of emptiness, but rather a path to life which will never end. Christ is the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in him will never die. Each Sunday, in reciting the Creed, we reaffirm our faith in this mystery. As we remember our dear departed ones, united with them in the communion of the saints, may our faith inspire us to follow Christ more closely and to work in this world to build a future of hope.