A Prayer for the Dead

A Prayer for the Dead

A Prayer Book for Catholic Families

Our Christian belief does not view death as an ending. As we pray in the Mass for the Dead, “Indeed for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and, when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for them in heaven.” Because life is changed, not ended, we continue to have communion with all those who have gone before us in death. Our prayers for those who have died and their prayers for us are the way we celebrate this relationship.

Let perpetual light shine upon them,
with your Saints for ever, for you are merciful.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
with your Saints for ever, for you are merciful.
Amen.


This prayer and reflection is from A Prayer Book for Catholic Families