religion, Unschooling

Pegging Prayers for All Souls

I have talked about pegs, pegs in our day, before.

And Lissa has that great blog post on pegs, too.

Lately, I have been trying to naturally, rhythmically, seamlessly, add more prayer into the life of our family.

I used the idea of pegs yet again.

Specifically, I have pegged an additional prayer to our evening Grace before meals..most days..especially those days when we don’t have visitors and when we are actually home for dinner, however late that dinner may be. Even if that dinner is leftovers again, or make yourself a sandwich again. ( She says guiltily. She who hasn’t cooked a dinner since Wednesday of last week. NO, Pam, I didn’t end up cooking last night, either!)

During September, we re-visited the Latin prayer ~ Memorare before dinner. Food means I have a captive audience!

In the month of October, I pegged the prayer to St Joseph to grace before dinner.

This month of November, of Holy Souls, I am pegging this prayer..

My Jesus, by the sorrows Thou didst suffer in Thine agony in the Garden, in Thy scourging and crowning with thorns, in the way to Calvary, in Thy crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; do Thou deliver them from the dire torments they endure; call them and and admit them to Thy most sweet embrace in paradise. Our Father…, Hail Mary…., Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Liturgically speaking, for All Souls and Requeim Masses, the priest may wear black vestments.

The use of black represents Christian realities. Christians are people of hope ; we are also aware of the reality of sin and of judgement. We do not presume to know the state of another’s soul. We know that we have a tendency towards sin and that we do not always resist, nor always repent of our sins. So, we hope and pray.

Black has overtones of mourning , and acknowledges our emotional response to loss , and reminds us of our need to pray for the repose of the deceased’s soul. It also is a reminder and symbol of our belief in purgatory, where the suffering souls require our prayers and Masses.
Black represents our mourning and reminds us that there is work to be done — the work of prayer.

The gold or silver which adorns the black vestment gives us that silver-lining of Christian hope .
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1 thought on “Pegging Prayers for All Souls”

  1. Really great idea Leonie!Actually I've been thinking along the food, captive audience thing too. One of my pet peeves at present is children eating and then rushing off. I've nagged, I've stressed the importance of waiting till all are finished, unitl you are excused etc. Anyhow I've hit on the solution, I'm going to re-instate Grace After Meals. Now I just have to remember!

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