November is the traditional month of praying for those who have died. As Father Bill wrote in his Pastor’s Note in the bulletin this past weekend, Traditional Catholic teaching speaks of the Church as having three “states”: the pilgrim church on earth (us), the church being purified (those who have died and are being purified, whom we remember on All Souls Day) and the church in heaven (the saints who have died and are in glory, whom we remember on All Saints Day).
Praying for the Dead is mentioned in 2 Maccabees 12: 43-46. The belief is that if the dead were in hell, no prayers would help them, and if they were in heaven, they wouldn’t need any prayers. (Rev. John Trigilio Jr., Ph.D., ThD, and Rev. Kenneth Brighenti, Ph.D., Catholicism for Dummies, p. 290.)
So, God in his mercy prepares those who have died to be welcomed into his presence in heaven, through a process of purification called, in Catholic Tradition, purgatory.
Please join us in praying for those who have died… it is a way of ministering to others that we can do while we are staying close to home.
Other opportunities here at Nativity include:
Book of Life
The Book of Revelation speaks of a Book of Life where the names of all those who have been saved are inscribed. Mindful of this we invite you to inscribe the names of your loved ones who have died in our parish Book of Life. It lifts these names up in prayer during the month of November. The book can be found by the ambry near the baptismal font.
There will be a basket of cleaned pens for you to sign the book or you are welcome to use your own pen.
Evening of Remembrance
Join us on Monday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in remembering those who have died this past year. We will remember them by praying for them, calling them by name, and lighting a candle. Anyone who has had a family member, relative, or friend die this past year is invited to attend. We are strongly encouraging all to wear a face covering and to observe social distancing. Any questions please call Sr. Sharon at 701-232-2414 ext. 126.
Please join us with these suggested prayers or other prayers of your own.
Some Suggested Prayers for the Dead
Some suggested Prayers for the Dead and lines or phrases that emphasize praying for the dead:
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Divine Mercy Chaplet
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Oh My Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
For the Poor Souls:
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
O gently Heart of Jesus, ever-present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them.
Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Blood fall upon the devouring flames.
And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen.
The greatest prayer of all
The Eucharistic Liturgy, the Mass.
Preparing for Liturgy at Nativity:
A Reminder From Fr. Bill
*I appreciate the efforts of our Nativity community to wear masks, as this is a sign of charity: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated: “a cloth face covering may not protect the wearer, but it may keep the wearer from spreading the virus to others.” The Knowledge that all are wearing masks may help some to overcome their fears and return to Mass, especially given the recent rise of the risk level from yellow to orange for our county.
*Please wash your hands before leaving home, or here at Nativity after you arrive, or both.
*Bring along your own hand sanitizer to use before and after communion.