Bereavement Novena

Our community of faith prays with all parishioners who have lost someone to death this year.

Calling to mind our own needs and asking God for Divine Help and Guidance in this
time of grief we reflect and pray with confidence that we may draw near our God who is
always near to us. May each of us “receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time
of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Preparation for each day: Set apart about 15 minutes for quiet reflection and center your
mind and heart on the God of Love and Compassion who grieves with you and others as together
we journey through this time of loss.

Day 1    Sunday, November 1    God’s Guidance in Darkness
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those in our parish family who have experienced the death of a family members, a friend or colleague.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from Psalm 23 for meditation
    The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    He leads me beside still waters,
    He restores my soul.
    He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.
    Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
    I fear no evil, for You are with me.
    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies,
    You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
    And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long.
    
If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 2    Monday, November 2    God is with the Brokenhearted
Take a deep breath. We offer today’s prayer for all those who have died from COVID-19.
 
Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from Isaiah (61:1-2) and St. Luke (4:20-21) for meditation
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners.
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor,
and to comfort all who mourn.

The eyes of all in the Synagogue were fixed on Him.
Then (Jesus) began to say to them:
‘    “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 3    Sunday, November 8    God Shares Our Grief
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those who have died alone, before they were born or from some other form of violence.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from St. Luke (7:12-15) for meditation
As Jesus approached the gate of the town, a man who died was being carried out.  He was his mother’s only son, and she was a widow.  With her was a large crowd from the town.  When Jesus saw her, He had compassion for her and said to her, “Do not weep.”  Then He came forward and touched the coffin, and the bearers stood still.  And He said, “Young man, I say to you, rise!”  The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 4    Wednesday, November 11        God Weeps With Us
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those who have died in old age.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from St. John (11:33-35, 41-44) for meditation
When Jesus saw Mary weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was greatly disturbed in Spirit and deeply moved.  He said, “Where have you laid him?”  They said to Him, “Jesus, come and see.”  Jesus began to weep … and He looked upward and said, “Father, I thank You for having heard Me.  I know that You always hear Me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that You sent Me.” When He said this He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, his a hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 5    Sunday, November 15        God Shares Our Dying
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those who have died before they had the chance to reach old age.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from St. Luke (23:44-49) for meditation
It was about noon, and the darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, while the sun’s light failed, and the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father into Your hands I commend My Spirit”.  Having said this He breathed His last.  When the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God and said, “Certainly this man was innocent.”  And when all the crowds who had gathered there for this spectacle saw what had taken place, they returned home, beating their breasts.  But all His acquaintances, including the women who had followed Him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things.”

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.


Day 6    Thursday, November 19        We Will Live Forever
Take a deep breath. We offer today’s prayer for all those who have died who were parents and grandparents.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from St. John (11:25-26; 14:1-3) for meditation
“I am the resurrection and the life.  Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die.” …
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s House there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you may be also.”

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 7    Sunday, November 22        Life Is Changed
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those who were spouses.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from 1 Corinthians 15:51-52, 54-55, 57 for meditation
Listen, I will tell you a mystery!  We will not all die, but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised imperishable and we’ll be changed.  When this perishable body must put on imperishability, and this mortal body puts on immortality, then the saying that is written will be fulfilled:  “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  “Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death is your sting?” Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 8    Sunday, November 29        Hope Is Our Strength
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for veterans, for essential workers, and all who have died in the service of others.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 for meditation
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about those who have died, so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.  For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with Him those who have died.  For this we declare to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will by no means precede those who have died.  For the Lord Himself with a cry of command, with the Archangel’s call and with the sound of God’s trumpet, will descend from Heaven, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up in the clouds together with them to meet the Lord; and so we will be with the Lord forever.  Therefore encourage one another with these words.

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God of those who grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Day 9    Monday, November 30        We Will Meet Again
Take a deep breath.  We offer today’s prayer for all those who have no one to remember them.

Read slowly the Opening Prayer of the Day
God who knows our grief, in Your love, be with us in this sacred moment.  We need your comfort amid the confusion of discovering that being human means losing those we love.  Help us to bear the pain and loss we feel, and renew our faith in the life to come.  We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.

Slowly read the Scripture passage from Revelation 21:1-4 for meditation
Then I saw a new Heaven and a new earth; for the first Heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying:  “See the home of God is among mortals.  He will dwell with them as their God; they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them; He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

If you are able, choose one word that you noticed while you meditated and ask for God’s grace to show you what it means for your life.  
To recall throughout the day: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted,” (Matthew 5:4).

    Slowly and with intention pray an Our Father, a Hail Mary, a Glory Be
    Read slowly the Closing Prayer of the Day
We thank you God Of Those Who Grieve, for the treasured gift of love, for those we have shared our lives with, and the memories we are blessed to hold in our hearts.  Console us, wipe away our tears and see us through another day.  Death is not the last word, for Jesus gave us the hope and promise of a life that is everlasting.  We await that promise fulfilled as we pray through Your Son, who experienced death and now lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.