The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day)

Date: 
Thu, 11/02/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.
And so, on this day, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed,
on this Feast of All Souls
we call to mind our departed loved ones
and we pray for their everlasting happiness.
We pray that God will turn his face away from their sins
and that He will receive them into his holy and eternal presence.
 
It is our faith that Jesus Christ is victorious over death
and that those who believe in him, who follow him…share in this victory.
 
We also know from our own experience of living:
life in Christ is a process.
With the passing of time, the image of Christ within each of us continues to be perfected.
Because of sin, this personal transformation is frustrated.
And when death takes hold of us
our oneness in Christ is in need of final completion. 
 
As an act of love, as an act of service to those have died,
especially those who have been close to us,
we pray for and work for the completion of their journey to the Kingdom.
We do so with assurance:  all the faithful, both living and dead
make up the Body of Christ.
The good of each member is communicated to the other members.
We pray for our deceased loved ones….they pray for us.
They now see what remains a mystery to us
and they pray that we will come to know this mystery more completely.
We, on the other hand, have opportunities they do not have…
opportunities to act with mercy toward others….
and so we pray that our living will help complete what was left unfinished in their living.
 
It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead….
and there is no greater prayer than the Eucharist.
As Christ is present to us in this sacrament…
as we taste His victory over the darkness of sin
Christ is present to the faithful departed…..
who rejoice in that victory
and taste the sweetness of eternal peace.
 
Our prayer today:  “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. 
May they rest in peace.  Amen!  May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen!”