All Souls’ Day
All souls’ day
A day of remembrance
Of all our deceased
A day of prayers
For the souls in purgatory
A prayer for the dead
A prayer for the sinners
A prayer for all souls
Lord by Thy agony
Prayer for the Dead By Saint Ignatius of Antioch
Receive in tranquility and peace, O Lord,
the souls of your servants
who have departed this present life to come to you.
Grant them rest and place them in the habitations of light,
the abodes of blessed spirits.
Give them the life that will not age,
good things that will not pass away,
delights that have no end,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer from the Liturgy of Saint James
Remember, O Lord,
the God of Spirits and of all Flesh,
those whom we have remembered
and those whom we have not remembered,
men of the true faith,
from righteous Abel unto to-day;
do thou thyself give them rest there
in the land of the living, in thy kingdom,
in the delight of Paradise,
in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, our holy fathers,
from whence pain and sorrow and sighing have fled away,
where the light of thy countenance visited them
and always shined upon them.
Flowering the graves
In many countries, the graves are cleaned and flowered in remembrance of the deceased. A feast for the eyes. And when visiting the cemetery, people say a prayer or leave a burning candle.
In our modern societies, age, illness and dead have become a new tabu. A terrible sin of pride. For we all end there: in the grave.
With the years the graves around me are growing…
a strange feeling… of gratitude and homesickness
Gratitude for all what was
Homesickness for all that is no more…
All my dear ones gone…