November is the month we traditionally remember those who have died and gone before us. It is a work of mercy to pray for our dead. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, “even as others who have no hope … For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven … and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.
The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought “well and religiously concerning the resurrection.” It was believed that “they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them” and that “it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.
During the month of November, the de profundis will be prayed for the faithful departed, whose names are placed in the Book of Remembrance. The de profundis will be available in the newsletter during the month of November for you to pray it at home. It is also available below for you to download.
The Book of Remembrance
The November Dead Lists are now available for you to write the names of your family members and friends who have died and have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. The lists collected will be placed in the Book of Remembrance at the Cathedral, and all of the souls named will be remembered daily during the recitation of the de profundis.
If you would like to include names of your family members or loved ones, either download the blank list, below, and return it to Clergy House along with your donation, if you wish. Alternatively, you can complete the form below, and in the ‘notes’ section, list the names of the people you wish to pray for. These will be printed off and placed in the Book of Remembrance.
Virtual Book of Remembrance
Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Let us offer up our prayers for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed, particularly the souls of our deceased parents, relations, and friends, and for those who have been members of the Cathedral community.
Out of the depths I have cried to thee, O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let thy 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 the, 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 its iniquities.
V/ Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R/ And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V/ May they rest in peace.
V/ O Lord, hear my prayer.
R/ And let my cry come unto thee.
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 supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired; Who livest and reignest world without end.