Prayer for the Faithful Departed, by Blessed John Henry Newman

Blessed John Henry Newman, c.1888O God of the Spirits of all flesh, O Jesu, Lover of souls, we recommend unto You the souls of all those Your servants, who have departed with the sign of faith and sleep the sleep of peace. We beseech You, O Lord and Saviour, that, as in Your mercy to them You became man, so now You would hasten the time, and admit them to Your presence above. Remember, O Lord, that they are Your creatures, not made by strange gods, but by You, the only Living and True God; for there is no other God but You, and none that can equal Your works. Let their souls rejoice in Your light, and impute not to them their former iniquities, which they committed through the violence of passion, or the corrupt habits of their fallen nature. For, although they have sinned, yet they always firmly believed in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; and before they died, they reconciled themselves to You by true contrition and the Sacraments of Your Church.

O Gracious Lord, we beseech Thee, remember not against them the sins of their youth and their ignorance; but according to Thy great mercy, be mindful of them in Your heavenly glory. May the heavens be opened to them, and the Angels rejoice with them. May the Archangel Saint Michael conduct them to You. May Your holy Angels come forth to meet them, and carry them to the city of the heavenly Jerusalem. May Saint Peter, to whom You gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven, receive them. May Saint Paul, the vessel of election, stand by them. May Saint John, the beloved disciple, who had the revelation of the secrets of heaven, intercede for them. May all the Holy Apostles, who received from You the power of binding and loosing, pray for them. May all the Saints and elect of God, who in this world suffered torments for Your Name, befriend them; that, being freed from the prison beneath, they may be admitted into the glories of that kingdom, where with the Father and the Holy Ghost You live and reign, one God, world without end.

Come to their assistance, all you Saints of God; gain for them deliverance from their place of punishment; meet them, all you Angels; receive these holy souls, and present them before the Lord. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine on them.

May they rest in peace. Amen.