For us Sons of the Divine Providence, as heritage from our Founder St Luigi Orione, one of the most commonly recited prayers is the Prayer for the dead or for our Faithful departed. It is however, one of the greatest acts of charity we can perform to our brothers and sisters who have left this earthly world for the journey towards the New Jerusalem. Through our prayers, we try to help the faithful departed during their time in Purgatory, so that they can enter more quickly into the fullness of Heaven and from there, in the company of the Angels and the Saints intercede for us.
As in a particular manner our Mother Church invite during this month of November to pray more for the souls of her departed sons and daughters, our Community of the formation house in Nairobi has chosen this year to celebrate this prayer at Muthangari, the religious and priest cemetery, near St Austin Catholic Parish. We have been fortunate to have with us Fr Isaac Vondoame from Togo, on his way journeying to the Mozambique where he is appointed for mission.
Every day, at evening prayer, after mentioning the name of our brothers, sisters and confreres departed, we use to say for them Requiescat In Pace "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen".
After our prayer leaded by Fr Stan, we have also taken this opportunity to visit the first In landed Parish of Kenya, St Austin Catholic Parish a jewel of an architectural beauty worthy of the great old buildings.
Let's all together pray for the Souls in Purgatory:
Father, God of all consolation, in Your unending love and mercy for us You turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, we ask You to deliver the souls in Purgatory, especially those for whom we now pray...
(Mention them here.)
Welcome them into Your presence and bless them with eternal light and peace. Raise them up to live forever with all Your saints in the glory of the Resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.