Each year, on November 2nd, the Catholic Church celebrates All Souls’ Day. This celebration is a church-wide commemoration of all the faithful departed. The somber tone of the Liturgy of this day is a reflection of the heart. While we all rejoice in the promise of everlasting life, death brings tears to our eyes. It is on this day that we recall those “who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again;” parents, grandparents, sons and daughters, godparents, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, teachers, mentors, priests, religious, and all who have had a presence in our lives. We rejoice that they rest in the peace of Christ until the great day of resurrection and reward.
We pray for these and “for all who have left this world in God’s friendship.” We further pray, as the Liturgy eloquently proclaims, that “we may share in the Lord’s glory when every tear will be wiped away” and that we shall see God face to face. And so, we come on this day, mindful of our Baptism when we were “baptized into the death of the Lord” in the hope of resurrection.
I invite you to take a few moments to complete the below petition. Remembering those we love, we join our voices with all the Church as we pray, Eternal rest grant to your servants, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.