One of the core doctrines of the Catholic Church—found in every statement of belief, from the Apostles' Creed on—is the Communion of Saints. We do not walk through this life—or the next—alone; the Church Militant here on earth, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Triumphant in Heaven are one in Christ.
We pray for each other here on earth; we pray for those who have gone before us, that they may be loosed from their sins; and they, in turn, pray for us, that we may join them one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.
For our novena this week, in honor of my godfather, Paul Janasik, I have chosen the Church's daily prayers for the faithful departed. There is a different prayer for each day, and you can find a link to each on that page. (I've also included links to each day below for your convenience.) As you pray these prayers, please keep my Uncle Paul, as well as your own dear departed, in mind.
In this Month of the Precious Blood of Jesus, we recall Christ's Sacrifice—the shedding of His own Blood, which redeemed us from our sins. It is through death—figuratively in Baptism, and then literally—that we enter into eternal life. Our prayers for those who have passed on more fully unite us to them, in the Death and Resurrection of Christ our Lord.
Daily Prayers for the Faithful Departed: