Saturday, November 26, 2011

Our Prayers Continue...

Although the universal Church focuses on November as the time to pray for the dead, the Dominican Order has many suffrages throughout the year to pray for the holy souls in purgatory.

We THANK YOU for sharing with us the names of your beloved family and friends who have begun their eternal life with the Lord. It is a great privilege to be able to place their names in our chapel before our altar where throughout the month of November the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each day.

November 2nd marks the day when we at Corpus Christi Monastery take on a new appearance by wearing our black cappas at all major liturgical functions. The cappa, which is part of the habit, signifies penance and reminds us of our obligation to pray for all the holy souls. On "All Souls Day" we not only remember the dead, but offer our prayers and sacrifices to aid in their release from Purgatory.

As part of our daily prayers together in community, we pray the De Profundis for our deceased. Printed below are the words and we ask you to continue to spiritually join us from your homes in remembering the souls of our faithful departed.

De Profundis
Psalm 129

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice.
    O let your ears be attentive,
    to my voice of supplication.
If you, O Lord, mark our iniquities,
Lord who can stand?
    But with You is forgiveness,
    that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in His word.
    My soul waits for the Lord;
    more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn
let Israel wait for the Lord.
    For with the Lord is kindness
    and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
From the gates of hell deliver their souls, O Lord.
Lord, listen to my prayer and let my cry for help reach you.

Let us pray: O God, creator and redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls and of all your servants and handmaids
the remission of all their sins, that they may obtain by our
loving prayers the forgiveness which they have always desired.
Who live and reign forever, AMEN.

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