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From Deacon Dick
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Memorial Day 2020
Despite the pandemic, many of us visit either physically or spiritually the graves of deceased loved ones.
I offer this prayer in either case. May all our loved ones Rest in Peace.
Prayer for Visiting a Grave in a Cemetery
God of Abraham and of Moses,
Lord of the Living, who visited Jesus within His grave and filled Him with the fullness of eternal life,
Hear our prayer this day as we come to the burial place of (name).
With reverence, we visit this sacred shrine where his/her body was placed
Within the womb of the earth to await the final day of glory.
We pause in silence to be united with him/her.
May the breath of creation that surrounds this grave –
In trees, grass and earth, birds and sun –
Join us in prayer.
May this pilgrimage remind us of what we already know:
That nothing dies; rather, life is only transformed into new life.
Lord, until that day
When all the holy dead shall rise in the splendor of Your glory,
May all the dead bask in Your eternal light and peace.
Prayer For Spiritual Communion
I believe You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Pope’s Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic
You always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has take upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us
from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
- Pope Francis