Prayers for the Dead

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Novena for Our Beloved Dead. This is the 9-day prayer that should be prayed starting on the day a loved one dies.

Nobena para sa Mahal na Yumao. This is the Filipino version of the 9-day prayer for a recently-deceased loved one.

Pagsisiyam sa mga Kaluluwa. This is the Filipino version of the novena that the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls (PWHS), an apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc., suggests we pray starting October 25th of every year, to end on All Souls’ Day.

Pagbisita Panalangin at Pagbasbas sa Puntod. As the title suggests, this is the recommended prayer when one visits the grave of a loved one. Holy water may be obtained from any church and may be used even by lay people.

A Week of Prayers for the Holy Souls. These are prayers for each day of the week lifted from the Liturgy of the Hours.

Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great. This is a powerful prayer that saves thousands of souls in purgatory each time it is uttered. The PWHS recommends that we say this prayer several times a day.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my home and within my family, Amen.


4 responses to “Prayers for the Dead

  1. Jo

    August 3, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Please offer up a prayer for my father, James. He passed away in 1994, September. I have been dreaming of him lately. God bless you all.

  2. Jo

    August 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Please offer up a prayer for the Benedictine Monks from Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside CA. They have been an inspiration for me in my last Retreat. Also for Fr. Crowley who is leaving for India on a mission. Thank you. God bless you all

  3. quess rolan

    January 20, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Questions for Roman Catholics

    by Matt Slick

    1. When Jesus instituted the supper, he had not yet been crucified. How then was the Eucharist is crucified body and blood?
    2. If, as the Roman Catholic Church teaches, that the Eucharist Wine is the literal blood of Christ, then how is that not violating the Old Testament law against drinking the blood of any flesh (Lev. 17:14)?
    Interpreting Scripture
    3. Does the phrase “let each man before he convinced his own mind” mean that a person is able to look at the Scriptures and be fully convinced according to what he sees it says? If not, why not?
    4. If the phrase “let each man before he convinced his own mind” means that he is able to interpret Scripture on his own, what does he do if he believes what he sees in Scripture contradicts the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching?
    5. If the phrase “let each man before he convinced his own mind” means that he is able to interpret Scripture on his own, then doesn’t that contradict the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church which denies you the right to interpret God’s word regarding faith, morals, and doctrine in a manner inconsistent with what it proclaims?
    6. How many verses has the Roman Catholic Church officially, infallibly interpreted?
    7. Can you, as a Catholic, pray directly to Jesus, not going through Mary, and ask Jesus to forgive you of all of your sins?
    8. If you did, would you be forgiven of all your sins?
    9. If you were, then do you need all the rituals and sacraments of the RCC?
    10. If you’re not forgiven by Jesus, then why is Jesus not enough to save you?
    11. Do you really believe that Mary is able to hear and understand the prayers of millions of people all over the world, simultaneously, in different languages, spoken, and thought?
    12. Why pray to Mary when Jesus said to come to him (Matt. 11:28), ask him anything (John 14:14), and he has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18)? Isn’t Jesus capable enough without Mary?
    Oral tradition
    13. What exactly is oral tradition?
    14. Where does this oral tradition come from in present day?
    15. How is the oral tradition passed down? By word of mouth only?
    16. Is all the oral tradition inspired and inerrant?
    17. Are these oral traditions immune from corruption through the many centuries and hundreds of generations of oral communication?
    18. If these oral traditions are written down and how are they oral traditions?
    19. Who then are these people who have this oral tradition?
    20. When is the oral tradition given to them?
    21. Is it given to them in the halls of the Vatican? Is there a special room where they meet, and everybody in it talks about things of ancient times?
    22. Do the members of the magisterium recognize what is ancient oral tradition and what is not? If so, how?
    23. If not, how does the Church know which oral traditions are true and which are false?
    24. What standard does the magisterium use to judge what is authentic oral tradition?
    25. Is a Protestant wrong for praying to Jesus alone and asking Jesus to forgive them all of his sins?
    26. What is the saving gospel?
    27. Are you keeping the commandments of God?
    28. Are you doing what is necessary to be saved? In Roman Catholicism that which is necessary for salvation includes the church (CCC 846), baptism (CCC 1257), penance (CCC 980), sacraments (CCC 1129), service and witness to the faith (CCC 1816), keeping the ten commandments (CCC 2036 and 2070), and detachment from riches (CCC 2556).
    29. If you are keeping the commandments of God, do you also go to confession?
    30. Since it is possible for you to lose your salvation in Roman Catholicism, are you doing enough good works to keep yourself saved?
    31. Is it okay to exceed what is written in Scripture and teach things that are not taught in Scripture as though they are doctrinally true?

    • jbalcoreza

      January 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

      Hello Matt,

      Your questions are out of place because they have nothing to do with the article upon which you posted this comment.

      Nevertheless, they are interesting.

      Your doctrinal questions can be more adequately answered by other websites such as, and Please do check them out (if you haven’t done so) and send the web administrators an email if you have further questions, as I am sure they will be glad to provide further information to those who genuinely wish to be enlightened.

      As for the questions you posted that are personal in nature (or that have personal significance to me), here are my responses:

      7. Yes, as a Catholic I certainly can (and do!) pray directly Jesus and ask him to forgive my sins. On top of that, in the spirit of true contrition and humility, I go to the sacrament of confession to receive grace that Jesus makes available to those who seek it.

      8. Yes. Jesus is God, afer all.

      11. Yes. Because Mary is now in heaven with the Lord, where she is not bound by space and time.

      12. Of course Jesus is capable enough! You can be Catholic without praying to Jesus through Mama Mary, but a judicious Catholic who takes time to know his faith will find that having a personal relationship with Mama Mary deepens one’s personal relationship with Jesus.

      25. No, a Protestant is not wrong for praying to Jesus alone and asking Jesus to forgive his sins. Catholics (myself, for example) do that all the time. We just take an extra step – that of going to sacramental confession.

      27. I try to keep God’s commandments, although many times I fail. I keep trying, though.

      28. I try to do what is necessary to be saved, although as I mentioned above, I often fail.

      29. I go to confession precisely because I often fail in my effort to keep God’s commandments.

      30. I certainly hope so. I try to do good works as much as I can, but I am not sure if they are enough to keep the salvation that Jesus has earned for me on the cross. That is for God alone to judge. My goal is to live a life of grace and die in a state of grace — doing good works is only one part of that.

      31. Yes. The Scripture itself does not teach that it is the only source of truth.

      God bless you, Matt!


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