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V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
A Prayer for the Faithful departed. O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that, through pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.
On the day of a person's decease or burial. O God, whose property is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly beseech thee for the soul of thy servant N., which thou hast this day commanded to depart out of this world, that thou wouldst not deliver it into the hands of the enemy, nor forget it unto the end, but wouldst command it to be received by thy holy Angels, and conducted to Paradise, its true country; that, as in thee it hath hoped and believed, it may not suffer the pains of hell, but may take possession of eternal joys. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
On the third, seventh, or thirtieth day after burial. Vouchsafe, we beseech thee, O Lord, to admit the soul of thy servant N., the third (seventh, or thirtieth) day of whose burial we commemorate, into the fellowship of thy Saints and Elect, and to pour down upon it the perpetual dew of thy mercy. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
On the anniversary of a person's burial. O God, the Lord of mercy and pardon, grant to the soul of thy servant N., the anniversary of whose burial we commemorate, the place of refreshment, the blessedness of rest, and the brightness of light. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For one lately deceased. Absolve, we beseech thee, O Lord, the soul of thy servant N. from every bond of sin, that, being raised in the glory of the resurrection, he may be refreshed among thy Saints and Elect. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Bishop or Priest. O God, who, amongst apostolic priests, hast adorned thy servant N. with the pontifical (or sacerdotal) dignity, grant, we beseech thee, that he may also be associated with them in everlasting fellowship. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Father and Mother. O God, who hast commanded us to honour our father and mother, have compassion, in thy mercy, on the souls of my father and mother; forgive them their sins, and grant that I may see them in the joy of eternal brightness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Friends and Benefactors. O God, bountiful in forgiving, and lovingly desirous of man's salvation, we humbly beseech thy mercy in behalf of our friends, relations, and benefactors, who have passed from this world, that, through the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin and all the Saints, thou wouldst permit them to come to the full participation of everlasting happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For all that lie in a church or churchyard. O God, by whose mercy the souls of the faithful find rest, mercifully grant to thy servants N. N., and to all that, here and every where, have slept in Christ, the pardon of their sins, that, absolved from all guilt, they may rejoice with thee for all eternity. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Man deceased. Incline thine ear, O Lord, to our prayers, wherewith we humbly beseech thy mercy, that thou wouldst grant to the soul of thy servant N., which thou hast commanded to depart out of this world, a place in the region of light and peace, and wouldst make it the associate of thy Saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
For a Woman deceased. Have mercy, we beseech thee, O Lord, according to thy goodness, on the soul of thy servant N., that, being delivered from the corruptions of mortality, it may be restored to the inheritance of everlasting salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.
For many deceased. We offer to thee, O Lord, our most humble supplications in behalf of the souls of thy servants; beseeching thee, that whatever defilements they have contracted in this mortal life, thou wouldst mercifully pardon, and wouldst set them in the abode of thy redeemed and blessed ones. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
An invocation of the Most Holy Trinity for the Souls
in Purgatory. O God of all goodness, Father of mercies, who, at the prayers and fastings of thy faithful people, didst vouchsafe to send thy Angels to break asunder the fetters of thy holy apostle Peter, and to open the doors of his prison; hear even also on this day the prayers and supplications of thy Church, and send thy Angel to the souls for whom we pray, that, the doors of their prison being
opened wide, they may be happily received into the bosom of thy mercy. Pater, Ave, Gloria.
O Son of God, Saviour of souls, who didst refresh the three children in the burning fiery furnace, pour down upon the souls, that cry to thee from the flames, thy heavenly dew. Thy precious blood alone can quench the flames of purgatory; oh, let it now flow down upon these suffering souls, and do thou, O Lord, have mercy upon them. Pater, Ave, Gloria.
O Spirit of love, have compassion on the cruel torment which these souls endure, that are filled with the purest charity, and, aspiring without ceasing towards their God, cry aloud in their distress, “I thirst: I thirst after my God !” and yet cannot attain unto the object of their love, nor receive the least drop of that torrent of pure delights. O Holy Spirit, grant that, having felt the fiercest pangs of love, they may taste its heavenly delights in a blessed eternity. Amen. Pater, Ave, Gloria.
Seven Supplications for the holy Souls in Purgatory,
THROUGH THE MOST BITTER PASSION AND
DEATH OF CHRIST.
For every Day of the Week.
Sunday. O Jesus, our defence and health, who for our sakes didst endure so great agonies in the garden, that thy sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground; through this thy most precious blood, I humbly beseech thee, have mercy on the holy souls in purgatory, especially (that soul which is most destitute]. Deliver them from all their torments, and wipe away all tears from their eyes. (Apoc. vii. 17.) Pater, Ave, De profundis.
Monday. O Jesus, our Redeemer and Saviour, who wast taken captive for our sins; through these thy most cruel bonds, I humbly beseech thee, have mercy on the holy souls in purgatory, especially (that soul which is nearest entering into heaven]. Loose all the bonds of their sins, wherewith human frailty hath entangled them in this life, that with joy they may sacrifice to thee the sacrifice of praise. (Ps. cxv. 17.) Pater, Ave, De profundis.
Tuesday. O Jesus, joy of my heart, who didst permit thy blessed countenance, on which Angels desire to look, to be blindfolded, spit upon, and struck with blows; through this thy incomprehensible patience, I humbly beseech thee, have mercy on the holy souls in purgatory, especially [that soul which was to be delivered last]. Admit them into the brightness of thy light, and fill them with joy with thy countenance. (Ps. xv. 11.) Pater, Ave, De profundis.
Wednesday. O Jesus, crown of our glory, who for our pride wast lacerated with scourges, and ignominiously crowned with cruel thorns; through this thy extreme humility, I humbly beseech thee, have mercy on the holy souls in purgatory, especially [that soul for which I am most bound to pray]. Vouchsafe to grant that they may speedily obtain the crown of eternal glory; for thou art he that crowneth us with mercy and compassion. (Ps. cii. 4.) Pater, Ave, De profundis.
Thursday. 0 Jesus, our life and resurrection, who, departing out of this world, didst leave us thy flesh and blood for meat and drink; through this thy infinite love, I humbly beseech thee, have mercy on the holy souls in purgatory, especially (that soul which was most devout to this sacrament of love). Conduct them to the fountains of life, and grant that they may speedily eat and drink at thy table in thy kingdom. (Luke xxii. 30.) Pater, Ave, De profundis.