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40th Day Prayer For The Faithful Departed

40th Day Prayer For The Faithful Departed

On the 40th day after the death of a Christian, it is customary to pray for those who have died. This prayer is known as the Prayer for Faithful Departed. It is said that this prayer was composed by St. Basil the Great (AD 329-379) during the plague in Caesarea, which killed 70,000 people within three years. The prayer can be prayed for any faithful departed person; however it is most commonly said on behalf of family members or friends who have passed away.

Lord Jesus Christ, Who said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you;” do not let the soul of Your departed servant be forsaken and left alone in darkness. Rather, let it come to where the angels keep vigil until the Day of Resurrection. And when finally they are counted in Your Book of Life, may they be found worthy to receive from Your generous Hand Your crown of glory and eternal life.

  • LORD JESUS CHRIST, Who said, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you;” do not let the soul of Your departed servant be forsaken and left alone in darkness. Rather, let it come to where the angels keep vigil until the Day of Resurrection. And when finally they are counted in Your Book of Life, may they be found worthy to receive from Your generous Hand Your crown of glory and eternal life.

Let this cup of remembrance pass round among us, so that we may all share in it and never forget one another.

Let us remember the departed. Let us share a cup of remembrance. Let us not forget one another.

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain; for the former things have passed away.

May this Prayer on behalf of the Faithful Departed help them attain eternal rest. Amen

May this prayer for the faithful departed help them attain eternal rest. Amen.

A Prayer For The Faithful Departed

O God, who hast taught us that it is not possible to love our neighbor without loving him as ourselves, and hast shown us how to love even our enemies: grant unto those whose deaths we lament the same grace which thou didst grant to Mary Magdalene on the first day of her conversion; that they may be received into heaven by thee through her intercession, who now lives in glory with thee and with thy Son Jesus Christ.

The 40th day prayer for the faithful departed is a great way to remember those who have passed on, as well as pray for them. This prayer can be done in any language, but it has been written in English so that everyone can understand it easily. It is also important to note that this prayer should only be recited once every year because there are many people who have passed away before us; therefore, it would not be right if we did not provide them with the same prayers do others get when they die today.”

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