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Lauds from the Office of the Dead
Recited daily throughout the Month of November
Tuesday & Fridays from Septuagesima to Easter, & from Trinity Sunday until Advent

Abridged Version

For the repose of the souls of the departed members of our Congregation and Community, our families, friends, relatives, and benefactors, and all those enrolled in the Purgatorian League:

V. Come Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful;
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created;
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us Pray:

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Ghost, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us by that same Holy Ghost that we may be made truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation; through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Open + my mouth, O Lord, to bless Thy holy Name. Cleanse + my heart from all vain, evil, and distracting thoughts. Enlighten my understanding, inflame my will, that I may worthily recite this Office with attention and devotion, and may deserve to be heard in the Presence of Thy Divine Majesty, through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, in union with that Divine intention with which Thou didst praise God on earth, I offer to Thee this hour.

Pater Noster… (silently) Ave Maria… (silently)

Ant. The bones which Thou hast broken shall rejoice.

Psalm 50

Have mercy upon me, O Lord, after Thy great mercy.

And according to the multitude of Thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgression, and my sin is always before me.

Against Thee--Thee only--have I sinned and done evil in Thy sight; that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and mayest overcome when Thou art judged.

For behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.

For behold, Thou desirest truth: the hidden secrets of Thy wisdom Thou hast made manifest unto me.

Sprinkle me with hyssop and I shall be clean; wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness, that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy Presence, and take not Thy Holy Ghost from me.

Restore unto me the joy of my salvation and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.

Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation, and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.

O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

For Thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it: Thou delightest not in burnt-offering.

The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

O Lord, grant them eternal rest,

And let the everlasting light shine upon them.

Ant. The bones which Thou hast broken shall rejoice.
Ant. From the gates of the grave deliver my soul, O Lord!

Canticle of Ezechias

I said: In the midst of my days,

I shall go to the gates of the grave.

I looked for the residue of my years. I said: I shall not see the Lord my God in the land of the living.

I shall behold man no more with the dwellers in the land of rest.

Mine age is departed and is rolled up from me, as a shepherd's tent.

My life is cut off as by a weaver; my web was scarce begun when He cut me off; from day even to night wilt Thou make an end of me.

I thought I might live till morning; as a lion, so doth He break all my bones.

From day even to night wilt Thou make an end of me: like a swallow's fledgling, so did I twitter; I did coo as a dove.

Mine eyes fail with looking upward.

O Lord, I am seized; undertake for me. What shall I say, or what will He answer me, seeing Himself hath done it?

I will recall to remembrance before Thee all my years, in the bitterness of my soul.

O Lord, if by these things men live and in such things is the life of my spirit, so wilt Thou chasten me and make me to live; behold, mine anguish is turned into peace.

But Thou hast delivered my soul from destruction: Thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

For the grave cannot praise Thee; death cannot celebrate Thee; they that go down into the pit cannot hope for Thy truth.

The living, the living, he shall praise Thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known Thy truth.

O Lord, save me, and we will sing our songs all the days of our life in the house of the Lord.

O Lord, grant them eternal rest.

And let the everlasting light shine upon them.

Ant. From the gates of the grave deliver my soul, O Lord!
Ant. Let everything that hath breath, praise the Lord!

Psalm 150

Praise the Lord in His sanctuary.

Praise Him in the firmament of His power.

Praise ye Him in His mighty acts. Praise ye Him according to His excellent greatness.

Praise Him with the sound of trumpet. Praise Him with psaltery and harp.

Praise Him with timbrel and choir. Praise Him with strings and organs.

Praise Him upon the loud cymbals. Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord.

O Lord, grant them eternal rest.

And let the everlasting light shine upon them.

Ant. Let everything that hath breath, praise the Lord!

V. I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me;
R. Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord.

Ant. I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die.

Canticle of Zachary

+ Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;

For He hath visited and redeemed His people.

And He hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David:

As He spake by the mouth of His holy prophets, which have been since the world began:

That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us:

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers; and to remember His holy covenant,

The oath which He swore to our father Abraham, that He would grant unto us.

That we (being delivered out of the hand of our enemies) might serve Him without fear,

In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of our life.

And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest; for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways;

To give knowledge of salvation unto His people, by the remission of their sins:

Through the tender mercies of our God, whereby the Dayspring from on high hath visited us;

To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death; to guide our feet into the way of peace.

O Lord, grant them eternal rest,

And let the everlasting light shine upon them.

Ant. I am the Resurrection and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me, shall never die.

Pater Noster… (silently)
V. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.
R. Sed libera nos a malo.

De Profundis

Psalm 129

Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice.

Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

For there is forgiveness with Thee: because of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord.

From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plenteous redemption.

And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

O Lord, grant them eternal rest,

And let the everlasting light shine upon them.

V. From the gates of the grave.
R. Deliver my soul, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. Hear my prayer, O Lord.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us Pray:

Upon the Death of a Member of our Congregation:

O God, Whose way it is to have mercy always and to pardon, we humbly beseech Thee for the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) (Name), whom Thou hast bidden (this day) to depart from the world, not to deliver him (her, them) into the hands of the enemy, nor to forget him (her, them) forever, but to bid him (her, them) be taken up by the holy Angels and conducted to Paradise, our home, so that, as he (she, they) hoped and believed in Thee, he (she, they) may not have to bear the sufferings of Hell, but possess everlasting joys; through Our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, One God forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.

V. O Lord, grant him (her, them) eternal rest.
R. And let the everlasting light shine upon him (her, them).

V. May he (she, they) rest in peace.
R. Amen.

On other Occasions (Anniversary of death or burial, etc.)

O Lord, incline Thy ear to the prayers whereby we humbly call upon Thee to set the soul(s) of Thy servant(s), (Name) whom it hath pleased Thee to call from this world, in a place of peace and light, and to put him (her, them) in the company of Thy saints.

Lord, we beseech Thee in the tenderness of Thy great mercy to have pity upon the soul(s) of Thy servant(s). Purge him (her, them) from the defilements whereby in this (these) dying body(ies) he (she, they) has (have) been stained, and give him (her, them) inheritance in everlasting salvation.

O God, Who yearnest to save the souls of men and art eager to pardon, hear, we beseech Thee, the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our holy Patron, the Saints of the Fatima Crusade, and all Thy Saints, and grant to the departed members and benefactors of our Congregation and Community, and our relatives and friends that are dead speedily to come unto repose without end and the blessed joys of Heaven.

O God, Who art Thyself at once the Maker and the Redeemer of all Thy faithful ones, grant unto the soul(s) of Thy servant(s) remission of all his (her, their) sins, that by pious supplication he (she, they) may attain that indulgence he (she, they) has (have) ever longed for; Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, forever, unto ages of ages. Amen.

V. O Lord, grant him (her, them) eternal rest.
R. And let the everlasting light shine upon him (her, them).

V. May he (she, they) rest in peace.
R. Amen.

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