Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Wednesday 23 June |
Saint of the Day: Bl. Ioan Suciu
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

This Psalm can be prayed for deceased relatives and friends

ALL SAINTS DAY

Pascal Deloche | GoDong

Philip Kosloski - published on 11/04/19

Psalm 130, known as the "De profundis," is historically connected to praying for the souls of the dead.

Among the many traditions of the Catholic Church is praying the De profundis for the faithful departed. This title is taken from the first two words of Psalm 130 in Latin, which begins “Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord” (De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine).

It is one of the shortest Psalms and reflects the cry of an individual for God’s mercy. In 1736 Pope Clement XII encouraged Catholics to pray this Psalm for the dead, even making it a part of a person’s daily schedule. He wrote that it should be prayed while kneeling during the evening hours when the local church bell would sound, signaling everyone to stop what they were doing to pray.

Added to the Psalm is the short prayer “Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord,” one of the most common prayers of the Catholic Church for the deceased.

If you are looking for a prayer to intercede for your beloved relatives or friends, try praying Psalm 130 and cry out to God, that his mercy might wash over them so that they may be admitted to the eternal joys of Heaven.

Out of the depths I call to you, Lord;Lord, hear my cry!May your ears be attentiveto my cry for mercy.If you, Lord, keep account of sins,Lord, who can stand?But with you is forgivenessand so you are revered.I wait for the Lord,my soul waitsand I hope for his word.My soul looks for the Lordmore than sentinels for daybreak.More than sentinels for daybreak,let Israel hope in the Lord,For with the Lord is mercy,with him is plenteous redemption,And he will redeem Israelfrom all its sins.Eternal rest give to them, O Lord.And let perpetual light shine upon them.May they rest in peace.Amen.V. Lord, hear my prayer.R. And let my cry come unto Thee.Let us pray.O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful; grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that by our devout supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.V. May they rest in peace.R. Amen.


WOMAN,PRAYING,CEMETERY

Read more:
A prayer for each day of the week to save suffering souls in Purgatory


GERTRUDE THE GREAT

Read more:
Pray St. Gertrude the Great’s powerful prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Tags:
DeathPrayers for a Particular Need
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
SUMMER SHED
Zelda Caldwell
Catholic priest’s chapel is finalist in “Shed of the Year&#...
2
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
3
FATHER ANIMATION
Zoe Romanowsky
Animated film shows the power of fatherhood in just one minute
4
Enneagram
Philip Kosloski
Can Catholics use the Enneagram personality system?
5
KSIĄDZ
Theresa Civantos Barber
5 Thoughtful ways to honor a priest this Father’s Day
6
SPANISH FLU
Bret Thoman, OFS
What Padre Pio saw in the Spanish Flu of 1918
7
Eric Clapton, Luciano Pavarotti, East London Gospel Choir
J-P Mauro
Hear Clapton and Pavarotti sing a prayer to the “Holy Mothe...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.