May the angels lead you into Paradise.
May the martyrs come to greet you on the way.
May they lead you home to the holy city, to the new and eternal Jerusalem.4
- Pray for the faithful departed, especially your beloved dead.
- When you close your praying for the dead, allow them to present you to Jesus, our Creator and Redeemer.
- Chat with Jesus about the ways your affection chooses Jesus, and Jesus’ affection chooses you.
- Ask Jesus for the grace to choose him more single-heartedly.
- Close saying slowly the Lord’s Prayer. Jesus gave us his prayer out of affection for us. Slowly praying it helps us practice the church’s faith—Jesus’ faith—each day we are alive.
- St. Augustine, On the Care To Be Had for the Dead, 6.
- Eucharistic Prayer I. Each Eucharistic Prayer remembers the faithful departed with different wording.
- Collect for the Solemnity of All Saints, Roman Missal.
- Order of Christian Funerals 176, 203, 294, 315, 339.
- On the Care To Be Had for the Dead. Sixteen times in its 23 sections: Sections 5; 6 (3 times); 7 (4 times); 9 (3 times); 10; 11 (2 times); 22 (2 times).
- Ibid., 7.
- Prayer after Communion, Order of Christian Funerals, 410.