In Communion with the Dead
(If you are alone or with others, you can slowly read the following words. If there is someone you wish to pray for/with – maybe have a photo of them nearby. Begin by lighting a candle, if you can. If you can be silent, pause, breath slowly and begin to focus your thoughts towards God.)
“God calls each one of us by name. Everyone’s name is sacred… It demands respect as a sign of the dignity of the one who bears it.” Catechism 2158
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by name. You are mine.” Isaiah 41:1
“Can a mother forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child of her womb? Even though these forget, yet I will never forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:15-16
“Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10: 20
• Bring to mind the names of those you have known who have died…those recent and those who are close to you….so many names….let your memory acknowledge them all as they pass before you.
• We give thanks for the lives that they lived, the joys, memories and the times that were challenging… God you were there in the midst of it all.
• We pray that all they held sacred will continue to mean much to us and go on living in our hearts and our lives
• Let us reach out and pray for who mourn the death of a loved one, a child, a family member, a parent, a colleague or a friend. We pray for those who have experienced unspeakable loss and for those who find it difficult to overcome their sorrow.
• Let us pray for those who are discouraged, that they wont hate the light of life, but that they keep an open heart…
• Let us pray for those who have died alone, but are not forgotten… God is close to all who call on his name….
In the words of St Teresa of Avila we pray, For peace of soul
Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you. All things are passing:
God alone is changeless. Patience gains all things,
Who has God wants nothing. God alone suffices.
In all our prayers we give thanks to Jesus Christ our brother who died our death so that we might live his life. Amen.
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