Archdiocese of Manila releases prayer for the departed

The Liturgical Commission of the Archdiocese of Manila has released a prayer for the departed in time for the observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day on Nov. 1 and 2.


The Archdiocese of Manila said the prayer may be recited by the faithful in their homes or during a visit to the cemetery or columbarium when permitted by quarantine protocols. 

The commission said the head of the family may serve as prayer leader while other members may serve as readers.

 The "Family Prayer for the Departed" reads: "O God, almighty Father, who has strengthened us by the Cross and promise us a share in the mystery of your Son's resurrection, mercifully grant, we pray, that your departed servants may be gathered into the company of your chosen ones. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, our God, forever and ever. Amen." 

The commission said the head of the family may sprinkle holy water on the tomb of the deceased after the concluding prayer.

The prayer is also available in Filipino and can be accessed via the commission's Facebook page.

All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day are two important feasts for the Catholic faithful. 

During these days, the faithful honor all the saints -- known and unknown -- and pray and visit their beloved dead in the cemetery.