Prayers for Deceased Members
Every Nocturnalist in good standing at the time of death is entitled to the Mass and prayers specified in number 40 of the Statutes of the Society. Toward the end of every hour of the night of vigil, the following prayers shall be said for all deceased members of our society.
Let us pray for our departed brother and sister adorers (especially for those who died during the past month) that God may grant them repose and the reward of eternal life.
Leader: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Right: Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Left: If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
Right: But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
Left: I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Right: My soul waits for the Lord more than who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
Left: O Israel, hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
Right: And with him is great power to redeem.
Left: It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Leader: Let us pray (Pause):
Father in heaven, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, as our redeemer. We ask your merciful love for your servants, our brother and sister adorers. Through the death of Jesus, you opened the gates of life for those who believe in him. Our brother and sister adorers believed with a firm, adoring faith. Do not permit them to be parted from you, but by your glorious power, grant them a place of light, joy, and eternal peace. Grant this through Christ, our Lord.
Leader: Most merciful Father, we commend all departed Nocturnalists into your hands. We are filled with the sure hope that they will rise again on the last day with all those who have died in Christ. Father, in your great mercy, accept our prayer that the gates of paradise may be opened for our brother and sister adorers. In life, they were dedicated Nocturnalists and spent many hours praying in union with your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in his Eucharistic mystery ― the same mystery wherein Christ broke the snare of death, and rose again for the salvation of all who believe in you. Grant peace to your servants awaiting the call of your Son to share the full light of your face and the everlasting joy of your presence. We ask this in your mercy through Christ our Lord and redeemer.
Leader: May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.