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Archdiocese of Manila releases ‘Family Prayer for the Departed’ ahead of ‘Undas’

The prayer may be recited by the faithful in their homes or during a visit to the cemetery

The Archdiocese of Manila has released a prayer for the faithful departed ahead of the observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, also known as “Undas” in the Philippines this weekend.

The prayer may be recited by the faithful in their homes or during a visit to the cemetery.

The archdiocese’s Commission on Liturgy said the head of the family may serve as prayer leader while other members may serve as readers.

A portion of the “Family Prayer for the Departed” reads:

“O God, almighty Father, who has strengthened us by the Cross and promise us a share in the mystery of your Son’s resurrection, mercifully grant, we pray, that your departed servants may be gathered into the of your chosen ones. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, our God, forever and ever. Amen.”

The commission said the head of the family may sprinkle holy water on the tomb of the deceased after the concluding prayer.

The prayer is also available in Filipino and can be accessed via the commission’s Facebook page.

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At least once a year, during the month of November, Filipinos troop to cemeteries to visit their departed loved ones.

The annual observance of All Souls’ Day is an opportunity for families to get together.

In many parts of the country, cemeteries look like party places, prompting church leaders to remind the faithful that the day is supposed to be dedicated to the solemn remembrance of the dead.

This year, however, the government decided to close cemeteries across the country to prevent the possible spread of the new coronavirus disease.

The City of Manila was the first to order the closure of its public and private cemeteries and memorial parks from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1.

The Archdiocese of Manila also urged the faithful to schedule the blessing of the tombs of their dear departed ahead of the annual observance.

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