There are times in our lives when we lose people we love, and it can be extremely devastating. We feel like there’s so much we want to say to the person that has passed on, but can no longer do so. It is often difficult to find the words to help guide us through this time of grief. Fortunately for us, many of these good prayers for the recently deceased have been written by people who have experienced similar loss, and their profound words can help us express what’s in our hearts in times of sorrow.
Good Prayers For The Recently Deceased
1. Hail Mary, full of grace
This is one of the most well-known prayers in Christian liturgy. It is a prayer to the Virgin Mary, and it is also frequently used as a general prayer for intercession and protection. In this case, you could pray this particular Hail Mary for your recently deceased friend or family member—it’s not necessary to use the standard version during Mass or at other times when it might be inappropriate to do so (such as during certain parts of the day or week).
2. Our Father
Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father, which is the most commonly used prayer in the world. It is a prayer of forgiveness, love, peace, unity, and thanksgiving.
The first half of this prayer asks for God’s blessings on our daily lives: “Father” refers to God as our creator; “Hallowed be thy name” speaks of God’s holiness; “Thy Kingdom come” reminds us that God has a plan for all creation; “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” acknowledges that we should follow Christ’s example when acting in accordance with His will; “Give us this day our daily bread” reminds us that we should depend upon God for everything we need (food or otherwise); “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” calls upon God’s mercy and forgiveness, and finally ends by asking Him to protect us from evil (“Lead us not into temptation”).
3. The Divine Mercy prayer
The Divine Mercy prayer is a traditional prayer to recite when someone dies. It asks for God’s mercy, which is considered an important part of the Catholic faith. The prayer has been translated into over 180 languages and has been called “the most popular prayer in the world”.
The Divine Mercy devotion originated with Saint Faustina Kowalska, a nun who was born in 1905 in Poland and became known as Sister Mary Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament because she died at age 33 from tuberculosis. She claimed that Jesus appeared to her three times between 1931 and 1935, telling her that he wanted his mercy to be known throughout the world by everyone through praying for it with this specific prayer written by him: “It is my desire that [this] devotion be spread over all the earth.”
4. Prayer for the dead
The prayers that follow are said to be appropriate for use at the funeral, wake or memorial service of a recently deceased person. They may also be used at any time during the first year following death. These prayers are offered for anyone who has died and needs to be prayed for by others in order for them to find peace or rest in their eternal home.
5. Eternal rest
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
Lord, hear our prayers
and let your mercy be upon him.
Heavenly Father, we pray for your blessing on the soul of this person who has passed away. Please watch over them and protect their family from harm as the days go by. We know that you will not leave us forever, but with our faith in you, we can face any trial that comes our way with strength and courage. Give those who have died eternal life in heaven where they will be free from pain and suffering forevermore; grant them everlasting peace at last! Amen
6. Prayer for a deceased son or daughter
- G-d, our Father, we ask that you receive into your loving arms the soul of your servant [name].
- May his/her soul and the souls of all the deceased rest in peace.
- Eternal light shine upon him/her and may his/her memories be eternal.
- We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
7. The Hail Holy Queen prayer
Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us Oh Holy Mother Of God That We May Be Made Partakers Of The Divine Grace And At The Day Of Judgment Obtain Eternal Life Through The Great Mercy Of Our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
8. I am sorry prayer
I am sorry for the way I have treated you. My actions have caused harm, which I cannot take back. However, since then, I have tried to make things right by making amends with others and striving to be a better person. While this may not be enough to erase the past, it is my humble hope that you will find it in your heart to forgive me anyway.
If you do forgive me, then please accept my apology and know that I will take care of myself better than before so as not to get into any more trouble again! If however you are angry with me even now or think that what happened between us was too terrible for words like “forgive” or “apologize” then let me once again ask your forgiveness on behalf of myself and all those who hurt themselves by being part of our quarrels in life.
9. The sorrow prayer
Pray for the soul of the deceased. When someone you love dies, the first thing that comes to mind is your loss and how much you’ll miss them. You might be feeling guilty or angry with yourself, thinking that if you’d done things differently they would still be alive. You may have trouble accepting what has happened or finding peace with it.
In times like these, it’s important to remember that there is comfort in knowing God holds our loved ones in his arms until we meet again; this gives us great hope because we know that death isn’t final – only a transition into eternal life. Praying for their souls will help them find peace and comfort in heaven until we’re together again one day on earth!
10. These are traditional prayers to recite when someone dies.
- Prayers for the recently deceased. These are traditional prayers to recite when someone dies. They are not meant to be said to the deceased or God, but rather to comfort the living who are grieving the loss of their friend or loved one.
- Prayers for healing: For those who have been injured or sick, there are many different words that can be said in order to ask for healing from God and/or from doctors and nurses (who also serve as healers).
It is always difficult to say goodbye. Whether you are saying farewell to a friend or family member, these prayers for the dead can offer comfort and help us remember that life is eternal. The death of someone we love is never easy, but it’s important not to lose hope in God. He can provide solace when we need it most and keep our loved ones close in spirit even after they have passed on from this world.