40 Days Prayer for the Faithful Departed

First 9 consecutive nights will be The Holy Rosary to Our Blessed Virgin Mother

Daily Prayer for 31 Consecutive Nights
After The 9 Consecutive Nights of The Holy Rosary Lead: In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. ALL: Merciful Lord Jesus! Listen to the prayers of the souls in purgatory. Listen to our prayers for the soul of the faithful departed/especially for the soul of _________/through the infinite merit of your life/passion and death/we beseech You to grant______pardon for all his/her shortcomings on earth. Lead: O God/You alone are ever merciful and sparing of punishment. ALL: Humbly we pray in behalf of the soul of_______whom You have commanded to go forth from this world. Do not forget him/her but command that his/her soul be taken up by the holy angels and brought to paradise. So that since he/she hoped and believed in You/ he/she may share the joys of Your eternal kingdom. Lead: Absolve/O Lord/the soul of Your faithful servant______from every bond of sin. ALL: So that_____may rise again to life in the glory of the resurrection with your saints. May the angels welcome______to paradise where there is everlasting peace. AMEN. Lead: By Your Holy Incarnation. ALL: Have Mercy on the soul of _______ By Your Holy Birth. By Your Baptism. By Your Suffering on the Cross. By Your Death and Burial. By Your Resurrection. By Your Ascension. By Your Coming of the Holy Spirit. Lead: Christ have mercy on us. Lead: Lord have mercy on us. All: All: Christ have mercy on us. Lord have mercy on us.

Lead: To You O God our Father/we humbly commend_____/in his/her mortal life on earth/You loved him/her with great love. Now that he/she has been freed from the sufferings/trials/and evils of earth/grant that your mercy and goodness will bring him/her to Your paradise/where there is no more grief or suffering/questioning/ or temptations/but only peace and joy/with Your Son and the Holy Spirit/forever and ever. 1

ALL: Blessed be God/ the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ/a gentle Father and the God of comfort and joy/who comforts us in our sorrows and pains/so that we can offer to others/in their sorrows and pains/the comfort we have received from God ourselves. Let us trust him. Through His Son who invites us/saying, “Come to me/all you who labor and burdened/and I will give you eternal rest”. Lead: Most merciful Father into your hands we entrust the soul of______. For we are sustained with the sure hope that he/she will rise again on the last day/at the resurrection/with all those who have died in Christ. All: We give you thanks O Lord/for all the good things /which You gave Your servant_____/during his/her mortal life/as signs of Your infinite goodness and love for him/her and of the communion of saints in Christ. In Your great mercy/ O Lord/accept our prayers that the gates of paradise may now be opened to him/her. In our turn/may we be comforted by the faith/until one day we hasten to meet Jesus Christ/where we may all be together forever/united with the Lord/and with our loved ones. Lead: Dear_____may the angels lead you into paradise. May the martyrs and saints await your coming/and escort you to the holy city. May the choirs of angels welcome you/and with the poor man Lazarus/and all your dear ones/may you enjoy everlasting rest and happiness. Let us pray ALL: Merciful Father/into your hands we commend the soul of _____. We are confident that with all who died in grave, he/she will be raised to life and live with Christ forever. We thank you for all the blessings you gave him/her in this life. Lord/hear our prayers. Welcome_______to heavenly paradise and help us to comfort each other with the assurance of our faith in Jesus Christ. Lead: Lord Jesus/You wept for Your friend Lazarus. ALL: Comfort us in our sorrow. You raised the dead to life. Grant______eternal rest. He/she was washed clean at baptism and anointed with the oil of salvation. Receive him/her to the company of the saints. He/she was nourished with Your body and blood at the Holy Eucharist.

Lead: And now let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words that our Savior taught us. ALL: Our Father…….. Lead: Eternal rest grant unto_______O Lord.


ALL: And let perpetual light shine upon him/her. Lead: May the soul of _______rest in peace. ALL: AMEN. Lead: Friends/let us first think of God’s living and loving presence in our midst/here and now... and let us think of our beloved_____as still very much alive in another and happier life…..(PAUSE)… Lead: Lord have mercy on us. All: ALL: Lord have mercy on us

May the faith which is our greatest treasure on earth/be now our consolation. May our belief in Jesus Christ be our guarantee of eternal life/for He promised us: “I am the resurrection and life. Whoever believes in me/even though he dies/shall live again. Every living person who believes in me shall never die/but shall posses everlasting life.”

Lead: O God/Your days are without end. Your mercies are too many to count. Cause us never to forget that our life is very short and uncertain. Let Your Holy Spirit guide us through this present life. Giving justice and charity to people we meet from day to day/so that at the end/we may be accounted worthy to enter into your eternal kingdom/our final home. ALL: Lord/open our lips and enflame our hearts/ and cleanse them of useless and evil thoughts. Enlighten our minds/that we may seriously meditate on Thy sufferings and death/ and the pains endured by Thy most glorious Mother/and deign to hear and receive us before Thy great majesty. Thou liveth and reigneth forever. AMEN. (Pray the Apostles Creed, 1 Our Father, 3 Hail Mary’s, 1 Glory Be)
I BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,


the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Lead Prays the Sorrowful Mysteries 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The Agony in the Garden. The Scourging at the Pillar. The Crowning with Thorns. The Carrying of the Cross. The Crucifixion and Death on the Cross. (In the decades of the Rosary; for the Our Father, say the following) ALL: My most merciful Jesus/look down with eyes of pity on the faithful soul of_______for whom Thou suffered and died on the cross. Amen. ( On the beads for the Hail Mary, say the following: ) *Response: Have mercy on the soul of ________________. Lead: My Jesus/through Thy bloody sweat in the garden… My Jesus/through Thy blow thou received on Thy sacred face… My Jesus/through Thy cruel scourging Thou endured… My Jesus/through Thy crown of thorns that pierced thy head… My Jesus/through Thy carrying of the cross on the path of bitterness… My Jesus/through Thy face covered with blood which thou allowed to be imprinted on the veil of veronica… My Jesus/through Thy bloody garments which were cruelly removed from Thy wounded body… My Jesus/through Thy holy body nailed on the cross… My Jesus/through Thy hands and feet pierced with cruel nails… My Jesus/through Thy sacred side pierced with a lance and from which flowed blood and water… Lead: Eternal Rest Grant unto _____________, O Lord. All: And let perpetual light shine upon him/her


Lead: May he/she rest in peace. All: AMEN. Lead: Glory be to the Father, to the Son, And to the Holy Spirit All: As it was in the beginning/ is now and ever shall be world without end. AMEN. (Repeat for each sorrowful mystery) (After the 5 sorrowful mysteries, say the following) Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Lead:. Pray for us O holy Mother of God, All: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us Pray All: Most sweet Jesus/ who in Thy desire to redeem the world/ deigned to be born/ circumcised/ mocked by the Jews/ to fall into the hands of Thy enemies/ through the treacherous kiss of Judas/ to be bound and brought to the place of sacrifice like a lamb/ brought before Caiphas/ Pilate/ and Herod. Spat on/ accused and condemned with false witnesses/ to be slapped and have Thy sacred body covered with wounds/ from the cruel scourgings. To be crowned with thorns/ Thy face covered with a purple cloth in Mockery/ stripped of Thy garments/ nailed and elevated on the cross between two thieves/ as if Thou were one of them. Offered gall and vinegar to drink/ and to be pierced in Thy side with a lance/ deliver, O Lord, the soul of ______________/ from his/her great sufferings through Thy most bitter passion/ bring him/her to Thy glory/ and deliver him/her from the pains of hell/ through the merits of Thy holy passion and death on the cross/ so that he/she may be worthy to enter that kingdom/ where Thou brought the good thief/ who was crucified with Thee/ who liveth and reighneth with the Father and the Holy Spirit forever/ AMEN.. Litany for the Faithful Departed


Lord… Have mercy on us Christ… Have mercy on us Lord… Have mercy on us Christ… Hear us Christ… Graciously Hear us God the Father of Heaven Have mercy on the soul of __________. God the son, Redeemer of the World, Have mercy on the soul of __________. God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on the soul of __________. Holy Trinity, One God Haver mercy on the soul of _________. Holy Mary Pray for the soul of ____________________ Holy Mother of God Holy Virgin of Virgins Saint Michael All Ye Angels and Archangels All Orders or Blessed Spirits Saint John the Baptist Saint Joseph All Ye Holy Patriarchs and Prophets Saint Peter Saint Paul Saint John All Ye Holy Apostles and Evangelists Saint Stephen Saint Lawrence All Ye Holy Matyrs Saint Gregory Saint Ambrose Saint Augustine Saint Jerome All Ye Holy Bishops and Confessors All Ye Holy Doctors All Ye Holy Priests and Levites All Ye Holy Monks and Hermits Saint Mary Magdalene


Saint Barbara All Ye Holy Virgins and Widows All Ye Saints of God Be Merciful… Spare ______________O , Lord From All Evils O, Lord deliver _____________ From the Rigor of Justice O, Lord deliver _____________ From the Power of the Devil O, Lord deliver _____________ From the Gnawing worm of conscience O, Lord deliver _____________ From Long-Enduring Sorrow O, Lord deliver _____________ From Eternal Flames O, Lord deliver _____________ From Intolerable Cold O, Lord deliver _____________ From Horrible Darkness O, Lord deliver _____________ From Dreadful Weeping and Wailing O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thine Admirable Conception O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Holy Nativity O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Most Sweet Name O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Baptism and Holy Fastings O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Prompt Obedience O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thine Infinite Love O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Bloody Sweat O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Sorrow and Anguish O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Bonds O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Scourging O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Crowning with Thorns O, Lord deliver _____________


Through Thy Carrying of the Cross O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Most Cruel Death O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Most Holy Wounds O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Most Bitter Cross and Passion O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thy Holy Resurrection O, Lord deliver _____________ Through Thine Admirable Ascension O, Lord deliver _____________ Through the coming of The Holy Sprit, The Paraclete, O, Lord deliver _____________ In the Day of Judgement O, Lord deliver _____________ We Sinners O, Lord deliver _____________ Thou Who Forgavest Magdalene and Didst Hearken to the Prayer of the Thief. We beseech thee hear us Thou who savest freely thine elect We beseech thee hear us Thou who has the keys of heaven and hell We beseech thee hear us That thou wouldst be pleased to deliver the souls of our parents, relatives, friends, and benefactors, from the pains of hell. We beseech thee hear us That thou wouldst be please to have mercy on those of whom no special remembrances is made on earth We beseech thee hear us That thou woulds be pleased to grant them all the pardon and remission of all their sins We beseech thee hear us That thou wouldst be pleased to fulfill all their desires We beseech thee hear us That thou wouldst be pleased to receive them into the company of the blessed We beseech thee hear us King of Awful Majesty. We beseech thee hear us Son of God We beseech thee hear us Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Grant unto ___________ rest Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world. Grant unto ___________ rest Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.


Grant unto ___________ rest everlasting Christ, Hear us Christ, graciously hear us Lord, Have Mercy Christ, have mercy From the Gates of Hell Deliver the soul of ___________ O, Lord. Lord, Hear our Prayer And let our cry come unto thee Let Us Pray All: O God/ the creator and redeemer of all the faithful/ grant unto the soul of ___________, thy servant departed/ the remission of all his/her sins/ that by pious supplications he/she may obtain the pardon of which he/she has always desired/ grant this, O God/ who livest and reignest world without end. AMEN. O Eternal God/ Who besides the general precept of charity/ has commanded a particular respect for parents/ kindred/ and benefactors/ grant we beseech thee/ that as Thy instruments by which Thy providence bestowed on us our birth,/education/ and innumerable other blessings/ so our prayers may be the means to obtain for _________. A speedy release from excessive sufferings/ and free admittance to Thine infinite joys/ through Jesus Christ/ Our Lord. AMEN. Let Us Pray All: O, God/ whose property is ever to have mercy and to spare/ we humbly beseech Thee in behalf of Thy servant _______________/ whom Thou has this day called out of this world/ that Thou wouldst not deliver him/her into the hands of the enemy/ nor forget him/her forever/ but bid the holy angels/ lead him/her into paradise/ his/her true contry. That for as much as in Thee/ he/she has placed his/her hope and trust. He/she may not endure the pains of hell/ but may come to the possession of eternal joys/ through our Lord Jesus Christ/ Thy son/ who liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit/ God, world without end. AMEN. Be merciful/ we beseech Thee O Lord/ to the soul of Thy servant____________/ for whom we offer to Thee the sacrifice of praise/ humbly beseeching Thy majesty that/ by those holy and propitiatory offering/ he/she may be found worthy to win everlasting rest/ through our Lord Jesus Christ/ Thy Son/ who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit God/ world without end. AMEN. Grant we beseech Thee/ Almighty God/ That the soul of Thy servant__________/ which has this day departed out of this world/ may be cleansed by this sacrifice/ and delivered from sins/ and may receive forgiveness and everlasting rest/


through our Lord Jesus Christ/ Thy Son/ who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Spirit/ God/ world without end. AMEN. Absolve O Lord/ the soul of Thy servant________/ from every bond of sin/ so that by Thy aid he/she may deserve to escape the judgement of wrath/ and come to the enjoyment of Beatitude in eternal light. Eternal rest grant unto _________O Lord. And let Perpetual light shine upon him/her From the gates of Hell. Deliver his/her soul/ O Lord May he/ she rest in peace. AMEN. O Lord/ hear our prayer. And let our cry come unto Thee The Lord be with you. And with Thy Spirit A Christian View of Death We picture death as coming to destroy; Let us rather see it as Christ coming to serve. We think of death as ending; Rather think of it as a new life beginning. We think of it as losing; Rather let us think of it as winning a final victory. We think of death as parting; Rather think of it as meeting of love ones. We think of death as going away; Rather think of it as arriving home at last. Death is not extinguishing the light…. It is putting out the lamp because the day, the eternal day has dawn. ALL: Lord/ help us to see death for what it truly is/ the end of poverty and the beginning of riches/ the end of frustration and the beginning of fulfillment/ the end of fear and the beginning of peace/ the end of weakness and the beginning of strength/ the end of pains and hurts and the beginning of joy and love. O Lord Jesus/ whose rich and unforgettable life/ was lived in the faith/ that the love which surrounds us/ is a real dependable as that of a father/ let the same sense of trust and hope steady us at this time.


Let not grief overwhelm us/ or a sense of loss embitter us/ but out of our sadness/ let there arise a new joy for so much given to us. Help us to see/ that what we love becomes a part of us/ interfused within our lives/ blended with mind and memory/ hollowed forever within our soul/ let not take away our hope. Or berevement blind us/ to what always remains good and lovely and indestructible. O gracious Spirit of Peace/ come alive within our experience and hurt/ within our sorrow and isolation/ within the sadness of today and the loneliness of tomorrow/ come alive as the peace and trust/ which nothing in life or death can kill. Cast out our fears/ and let not our hearts be troubled/ knowing that this world remains our Father’s house. Lead: O God our Father/ from whom we came and to whom we return/ let us be convinced by the sight of earth/ that is only the body which dies and corrupts/ but the more important half of a person/ his spirit and soul/ by which he thinks and loves/ is not touched by death/ but transfer to a new and endless life beyond the grave. So now/ O Lord/ help us believe that our beloved________/is indeed just “departed” to a better world/ where at this moment he/she is alive/ is conscious and full of love for each of us/ and awaits our coming one by one! ALL: Farewell dear______. Pray for us as we pray for you. Until we are together again and home at last! In the name of the Father/ and of the Son/ and of the Holy Spirit/ AMEN.

Novena prayer is compiled by Christopher Manansala

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