Prayers for the Deceased

to On Eagle's Wings

God of power and mercy, you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with Your Son in His suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may come before you free from sin. Amen.

O Lord, grant those who have died the joy of Your Presence, and us who are living the happiness of knowing this.


Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities.
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Let us pray.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired; who lives and reigns for ever and ever.  Amen.

Prayer After Death of Loved One

Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord!
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

May Christ, Who called you, take you to Himself;
may angels lead you to Abraham's side.
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may Your light shine upon him/her forever.
Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

Let us pray: We commend our brother/sister, (Name) to you, Lord.
Now that he/she has passed from this life,
may he/she live on in Your presence.
In Your mercy and love, forgive whatever sins he/she
may have committed through human weakness.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayer for the Deceased Person

Almighty Father, eternal God, hear our prayers for Your son/daughter (Name) whom You have called from this life to Yourself. Grant him/her light, happiness, and peace. Let him/her pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all Your saints in the light You promised to Abraham and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him/her from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him/her up with all Your saints. Pardon his/her sins and give him/her eternal life in Your kingdom. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for the Deceased Person and for Mourners

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister. Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.

By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever. Amen.

Rosary for the Dead

This rosary consists of 40 beads in memory of the 40 hours
which Our Lord is thought to have spent in Limbo.
There are also the 5 introductory beads as on the Dominican Rosary.
One begins and ends this chaplet with the
De profundis or an Our Father and Hail Mary.
On the large beads is made acts of faith, hope, and charity.
On each small bead is said: "Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation."
Each decade is concluded with: "Eternal rest grant unto them, etc."
The final prayer is as follows:
V. Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
V. May he/she rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.
a May the love of God and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ bless us and console us and gently wipe every tear from our eyes:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
R. Amen.

For a Particular Soul

Almighty Eternal God, in Your fatherly goodness, be kind to the soul of Your servant, (Name). Cleanse him/her whom You have called from this world of all his/her faults, take him/her into the Realm of Light and Peace and into the Community of Your Saints, and give him/her his/her share of Eternal Delight in Your Kingdom. God, You Creator and Saviour of all the faithful, forgive all the sins of all Your servants' souls. Let them receive forgiveness through our pious prayer, for which they have always been yearning. For this we pray through Jesus, Our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, You always love to distribute Mercy and Graces. For this reason, I never cease asking of You to think of the souls of Your servants whom You have taken from this world. Do not leave them under the power of the enemy and do not ever forget them. Order Your Holy Angels to take and lead them to their heavenly home. They hoped for You, they believed in You. So do not let them endure the punishments of Purgatory, but let them have the Eternal Joys. Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

God of faithfulness, in Your wisdom You have called Your servant (Name) out of this world; release him/her from the bonds of sin, and welcome him/her into Your Presence, so the he/she may enjoy eternal light and peace and be raised up in glory with all Your saints. Amen.

Lord our God, the death of (Name) recalls our human condition and the brevity of our lives on earth. But for those who believe in Your love, death is not the end, nor does it destroy the bonds that You forge in our lives. We share the faith of Your Son's disciples and the hope of the children of God. Bring the light of Christ's resurrection to this time of testing and pain as we pray for (Name) and for those who love him/her, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, hear our prayers; in Your mercy, bring us to Your place of peace and light the soul(s) of Your servant(s) [name the deceased persons], whom You have summoned from this world. Call him/her/them to be numbered in the fellowship of Your saints. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

When a Parent Dies

God of our ancestors in faith, by the covenant made on Mount Sinai You taught Your people to strengthen the bonds of family through faith, honor, and love. Look kindly upon (Name), a father/mother who sought to bind his/her children to You. Bring him/her to Your heavenly home where the saints dwell in blessedness and peace. Amen.

When a Parent Dies

Lord God, You commanded us to honor our parents. Kindly have mercy toward the souls of my father and mother; forgive them their sins and allow me to see them again in the joy of Eternal Light! Through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

When a Spouse Dies

Eternal God, You made the union of man and woman a sign of the bond between Christ and the Church. Grant mercy and peace to (Name), who was united in love me. May the care and devotion of his/her life on earth find a lasting reward in heaven. Look compassionately on his/her children and me, as now we turn to Your mercy and love. Strengthen our faith and lighten our loss. Amen.

For an Elderly Person

God of mercy, look kindly on Your servant (Name) who has set down the burden of his/her years. As he/she served You faithfully throughout his/her life, may You give him/her the fullness of Your peace and joy. We give thanks for the long life of (Name), now caught up in Your eternal love. We make our prayer in the Name of Jesus, Who is our risen Lord now and forever. Amen.

For One Who Died After a Long Illness

Most faithful God, lively is the courage of those who hope in You. Your servant (Name) suffered greatly, but placed his/her trust in Your mercy. Confident that the petition of those who mourn pierces the clouds and finds an answer, we beg You, give rest to (Name). Do not remember his/her sins, but look upon his/her sufferings and grant him/her refreshment, light, and peace. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For One Who Died Suddenly

Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of (Name), show us the immense power of Your goodness and strengthen our belief that he/she has entered into Your Presence. Amen.

For One Who Died Accidentally or Violently

Lord our God, You are always faithful and quick to show mercy. (Name) was suddenly (or violently) taken from us. Come swiftly to his/her aid, have mercy on him/her, and comfort his/her family and friends by the power and protection of the cross. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For One Who Died by Suicide

God, lover of souls, You hold dear what You have made and spare all things, for they are Yours. Look gently upon Your servant (Name), and by the Blood of the corss forgive his/her sins and failings. Remember the faith of those who mourn and satisfy their longing for that day when all will be made new again in Christ, our risen Lord, who lives and reigns with You forever and ever. Amen.

For All the Faithful Departed

God, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Your servants and handmaids the forgiveness of all their sins. Through our devout prayers may they obtain the pardon which they have always desired. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Departed Loved Ones

O Almighty God, Who by the love which You have for men, have willed to take our humanity, to live a life of hard work, to suffer a most cruel Passion, and finally to die on the Cross, I beseech You, by the infinite merits purchased for us with Your Precious Blood, look mercifully on the suffering which is endured by the holy souls in Purgatory. Accept, O merciful God, the prayers which I offer for them, and call them to the glory of heaven. I recommend to You the souls of my relatives, friends, and benefactors, and in a special manner of those to whom I may have been an occasion of sin by my bad example.

Most Holy Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Comforter of the Afflicted, intercede for those souls, that, by your powerful intercession, they may be admitted to enjoy that kingdom which is prepared for them. Amen.

~~ from "Prayers for Today," published by Leaflet Missal Co.

Prayer for a Deceased Pope

In Your wise providence, O God, You wished Your servant (Name) to be counted one of the Popes. Please number him also among the company of Your saintly Pontiffs, we beg You, since he ruled as Vicar on earth of Your only Son. This we ask through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for a Deceased Bishop

It was You, O God, Who made Your servant (NAME) a successor of the apostles by raising him to the episcopal order. May he also be associated with them forever. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son. Amen.

Prayer for a Deceased Priest

Among Your apostolic priests, O God, You honored Your servant (Name) with the priestly dignity. Grant too, to number him always in their company. Through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Any Deceased Man or Woman

We beg You, Lord, in Your kindness to have pity on the soul of Your servant (name). Grant him/her now freed of this life's dangers, a place of lasting safety. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Parents

It was You, O God, Who commanded us to honor our father and mother. In Your kindness have mercy on the souls of our parents, and forgive them their sins. Grant that we may see them again in the brightness of Your everlasting glory. We ask this through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer for a Deceased Brother, Relative, or Friend

You are, O God, quick to pardon and desire man's salvation. In Your goodness we ask You to grant our deceased brothers, relatives, and friends everlasting happiness. With the help of Blessed Mary ever Virgin and all Your saints, we ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Deceased Son or Daughter

O God, You gave us a son/daughter, and in Your wisdom and love have called him/her home to You before us. Please listen to our humble prayer: pardon his/her sins and faults, and grant that we may be reunited safely in Your Presence. Through Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, we beg this of You. Amen.

A Prayer for the Forgotten Dead

O merciful God, take pity on those souls who have no particular friends and intercessors to recommend them to You, who either through negligence of those who are alive or through length of time, are forgotten by all. Spare them, O Lord, and remember Your own when others forget to appeal to Your mercy. Let not the souls You have created be parted from You, their Creator. Amen.

See specific prayers for:

When a Child Dies

Holy Souls in Purgatory
All Souls Novena
For Those Who Mourn
Mother of the Faithful Departed

See also the beautiful Safely Home poem.

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