All Souls’ Day

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The Last Judgment, by Hans Memling, 1466-1473

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

All Souls Day Prayer

Lord God,
you are the glory of believers
and the life of the just.
Your Son redeemed us
by dying and rising to life again.
Since our departed brothers and sisters
believed in the mystery of our resurrection,
let them share the joys and blessings
of the life to come.
Amen.

Pray the Holy Rosary for the Dead:

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,

and let perpetual light shine upon them.

May they rest in peace.

Amen.

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Mary, Undoer of Knots

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Mary, Undoer of Knots, Unknown Artist, 1700

Prayer to
Our Lady, Undoer of Knots

Holy Mary, full of God’s presence during the days of your life, you accepted with full humility the Father’s will, and the Devil was never able to tie you around with his confusion. Once with your son, you interceded for our difficulties, and, full of kindness and patience, you gave us [an] example of how to untie the knots of our life. And by remaining forever Our Mother, you put in order, and make more clear, the ties that link us to the Lord. Holy Mother, Mother of God, and our Mother, to you, who untie with motherly heart the knots of our life, we pray to you to receive in your hands (the name of person), and to free him/her of the knots and confusion with which our enemy attacks. Through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil, Our Lady, and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find Him in all things, may have our hearts placed in Him, and may serve Him always in our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Prayer attributed to Pope Francis when he was Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary

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The Madonna of the Rosary, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, 1675-80

Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
to be fittingly prepared for the offering of these gifts,
and through the Mysteries of the most Holy Rosary,
so to meditate upon the life,
Passion and glory of Thine only-begotten Son,
that we may be made worthy of His promises.
Who liveth and reigneth with God the Father,
in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God,
world without end.
Amen.

“We can never sufficiently recommend the saying of the Rosary, not simply with the lips but with the attention of the soul to the divine truths, with a heart filled with love and gratitude.”

St. John XXIII

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