Please Remember Me
Please Remember Me
If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. We know that Christ, raised from the dead, dies no more; death no longer has power over him. (Romans 6:8-9)
November 2 is the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed, known familiarly as All Souls Day. On this day, we pray that all those who have died— our loved ones, and also those people around the world who is known by God alone, that through the mercy of God, they will rest in peace. As Saint Thomas Aquinas said that praying for the dead is the greatest act of love one can perform on behalf of any one--living or dead. When every Mass is celebrated around the world, the priest and faithful lift their prayers for both the living and the dead. This act of prayer is at the heart of the Catholic faith, the foundation of our worship, and that is why praying for the living and the dead is considered a spiritual work of mercy. St. Monica who had prayed for her son’s, Augustine, conversion for 32 years. After his conversion, Monica became quite ill and it became evident that she would soon die. As she lay dying, St. Monica told Augustine: “Lay this body anywhere, let not the care for it trouble you at all. This only I ask, that you will remember me at the Lord’s altar, wherever you be.” “Remember me at the Lord’s altar” was Monica’s request. So today, on this commemoration of the faithful departed, we, too, remember our loved ones at the Lord’s altar. In fact, we don’t just remember our loved ones. As Augustine prayed for his mother Monica, as Christians have done for 2000 years, we pray for them, we offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the faithful departed.
God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.
Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.
In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever. (Catholic online prayer)
Hail Mary full of grace…
Peace in Christ,
Father Vincent-Vuong Nguyen
PLEASE JOIN US
at St. Clare, Houston. Mass for All Souls at 8:30 AM. Also "A Plenary indulgence, applicable to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who on any and day from Nov. 1st- 8th, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the departed. On All Souls Day, a Plenary indulgence is granted to those who devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed."
Sent by Fr. Vincent Nguyen on Friday, November 2 at 7:03AM