On the way home, we called into Castle Hill Cemetery. To pray for souls in this month of November, this month of remembering those who have gone before us; followed by a walk around, reading some of the older, interesting tombstones. We recognised some names from families at church and from streets in our area.
History in tombstones?
For centuries, people have marked graves and commemorated the dead. Stones were originally used by prehistoric man to keep wild animals from digging up the gravesite. Today cemetery markers are artifacts, and when studied like an artifact, will reveal historical information. In addition, the inscriptions and accurate dating on the tombstone disclose even more insight to the past. From the lesson plans of the History Detective
Collect (from Masses for the Dead):
Merciful Father,hear our prayer and console us.As we renew our faith in Your Son,whom You raised from the dead,strengthen our hope that all our departed brothers and sisters will share in His resurrection,who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
You sent Christ Jesus your Son to wash away the sins of all mankind through His perfect sacrifice,and you cleansed our departed brothers and sisters in the waters of baptism. May His perfect sacrifice free them from the power of death and give them eternal life. In your mercy, O Lord, grant them eternal rest, and may perpetual light shine on them forever. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.May they rest in peace. Amen.
Réquiem ætérnam dona eis, Dómine,et lux perpétua lúceat eis.Requiéscant in pace. Amen