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5 Prayers for the dead (that you can take to the cemetery)

Remember, O Lord, that they are Thy creatures, not made by strange gods, but by Thee …

While the Catholic tradition of visiting a cemetery during the first week of November and especially on All Souls Day (November 2) is rooted deep in our cultural history (even the pope goes every year), we might find ourselves at the graveyard and unsure what to say.

We are there principally to pray for the departed, confident in hope that God’s mercy has been extended to them, but aware that few of us leave earth without the effects of sin still staining our souls.

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