02 November 2007

All Souls Day

Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN
Resting place of my parents

My 82 year-old aunt was telling me that as a child she remembers spending a good part of the day in church. They would pray six Our Fathers, Hail Marys and Glory Be's for the intentions of the Pope to receive a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. Then they would run outside and touch the ground and run back in and start the prayers over again for another soul.

I usually just say a good novena.

Hubby said he'd watch the kids tonight if I wanted to attend Mozart's Requiem at St. Agnes. I'm debating...just don't know if I have enough energy to make it!

Day of Judgment, Memling Triptych, Gdansk

From the Dies Irae
Tearful that day,
on which will rise from ashes
guilty man for judgement.
So have mercy, O God, on this man.

Compassionate Lord Jesus,
grant them rest. Amen.

For my parents and all the departed in my family
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And may perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May the souls of the faithfully departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
R. Amen.


Anonymous said...

Amen! and the Dies Irae is my Priest's favorite song.

Divine Mercy said...

did you go last night?

swissmiss said...

No, I didn't go :( I was so tired I fell asleep before the kids were even in bed!