Prayers for the Departed

Praying for departed souls helps us accompany them at the time of their death, during their funeral and burial. But even after these ceremonies, our close ones still need our prayers : may we help their souls rest in peace, and join the Kingdom of the Lord (you can also pray for the souls in purgatory), may they intercede to the Lord on our behalf, and may we all taste the communion of saints.

Discover beautiful prayers to entrust the souls of your dead close ones, that you can recite on All Souls’ Day (November 2nd), on All Saints’ Day, when visiting a grave, or simply at home.  

Prayer to God the Father for the Departed

“God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


Requiem Aeternam

“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.”

Learn the Latin version of this prayer and many other Christian prayers in Latin

Prayer to Unite Those Who Have Died with God

“O Lord, Your sorrowing Mother stood by Your Cross; help us in our sorrows to share Your sufferings. Like the seed buried in the ground, You have produced the harvest of eternal life for us; make us always dead to sin and alive to God. 

Shepard of all, in death you remained hidden from the world; teach us to love our hidden spiritual life with You and the Father. In Your role as the new Adam, You went down among the dead to release all the just there since the beginning; grant that all who are dead in sin may hear Your voice and rise to new life. 

Son of the living God, You have allowed us through baptism to be buried with You; grant that we may also rise with You in baptism and walk in newness of life.”

Short Prayer at Home for Your Departed Loved Ones

“Saints, Angels or Stars,

may all those who crossed our paths

with whom we laughed, shared, and even cried,

be blessed for their actions on earth,

and bring us the peace granted to them by the Lord.”

Pray for Your Family and the Souls in Purgatory on Hozana

Discover the many prayer communities on Hozana to help you enrich your oratory content. Say a novena to St. Ann to pray for families, and entrust to Mary’s Mother the families of the world: may they live in peace and harmony now and forever! Pray for the faithfully departed with a novena to the Holy Souls in purgatory. Say a novena to the Divine Mercy of Christ to ask the Lord to watch over us and save the departed souls in His infinite mercy. 

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