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Prayers for the Faithful Departed

Prayer for the dead is one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform. Our prayers help them during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of heaven. These prayers are especially suited for offering a novena on behalf of the dead, or for praying during those seasons of the year (November, in the Western Church; Lent, in the Eastern Church) designated by the Church as times of fervent prayer for the faithful departed.

De Profundis
The De Profundis is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of vespers (evening prayer) and in commemorations of the dead. It is also a good psalm to express our sorrow as we prepare for the Sacrament of Confession.

Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory
While we know that all who are in Purgatory will enter into Heaven, we are still bound by charity to try to lessen the suffering of the Holy Souls through our prayers and deeds. While our first responsibility is to those people we have known, it is important to remember in our prayers those souls who are most forsaken.

A Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.

A Prayer for a Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.

A Prayer for Deceased Parents
This prayer is a good way to remember our parents who have gone before us.

Prayer for All the Deceased
This beautiful prayer, drawn from the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, reminds us that Christ's victory over death brings us all the possibility of eternal rest.

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Christ's mercy encompasses all men. He desires the salvation of everyone, and so we approach Him with confidence that He will have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory, who have already proved their love for Him.

Eternal Rest
Find the text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.

Eternal Memory
This prayer is used in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches. The "eternal memory" mentioned in the prayer is remembrance by God, which is another way of saying that the soul has entered heaven and enjoys eternal life.

Weekly Prayers for the Faithful Departed
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.

Sunday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
This is a prayer for the faithful departed to be offered on Sundays.

Monday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
This prayer is said on Mondays for the souls of the faithful departed.

Tuesday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
On Tuesdays, Catholics pray this prayer for the souls of the faithful departed.

Wednesday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Catholics pray this prayer on Wednesdays for the souls of the faithful departed.

Thursday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
We should remember the faithful departed on Thursdays by praying this prayer.

Friday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
This prayer is offered on Fridays for the souls of the faithful departed.

Saturday Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Catholics pray this prayer on Saturdays for the souls of the faithful departed.

Indulgence for a Visit to a Cemetery
This indulgence for a visit to a cemetery encourages us to spend a moment in prayer for the souls in Purgatory.

Prayer for the Dead by Saint Ignatius of Antioch
This ancient Prayer for the Dead is traditionally attributed to the martyr Saint Ignatius of Antioch.

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
In St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we seek repentance and ask mercy for those who have died.

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