This article presents short prayers and novenas (short prayers recited for consecutive days) for your loved ones to help rest in peace in the Kingdom of God.
Praying for the deceased family member is a way to express faith and honor the souls of the dead. Through prayer, you ask God for his forgiveness, invoking his grace and mercy to grant eternal peace for the souls.
As you practice and exercise praying for the dead, you form a loving and deep connection with the Lord. Praying for the dead is acknowledging the circumstances as part of the grieving process.
May you continue to pray and worship the Lord; he will grant you peace, healing, forgiveness, and acceptance.
God’s love and mercy transcend death. All you have to do is to praise and honor his name!
Lord, I pray to you all the souls of the departed
Welcome them warmly into your Kingdom
May they rest peacefully in your loving arms
Give them eternal happiness and love that they will never feel pain, sadness and frustration in life
I lift them up to your almighty hands
May you continue watching over their loved ones
I pray this in glory and praise in your name! Amen.
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Short Prayer for a Peaceful Death
You pray for the souls of a loved one and the departed in pleading with God to show mercy to them so that they may find peace and happiness in his Kingdom.
Heavenly Father, I come to you to pray for the soul of a loved one
Provide him with your benevolence and love as he enters your Kingdom
Take away all the grudge and regrets and forgive his sins
Bestow him your light and grace
May his soul and the souls of the departed rest in peace. Amen!
Prayer for the Family of the Dead
Losing someone is devastating. So, praying grants peace not only for the departed but for the deceased as well.
Seek refuge in the Lord as he is willing to welcome you in his arms.
Dear God, I invoke your presence at a time of distress
Our loved one passed away, and we couldn’t feel more heartbroken
Please take away all of weary and burden in our hearts
Comfort us with your loving, gentle heart
Give us strength and courage to stand up in your glory
May you grant us peace and the soul of our departed loved one
We sing your praise and rejoice for your triumph! Amen.
Goodbye Short Prayer for the Dead
Prayer to honor the soul of your loved one and honor God’s righteousness. You make an absolute relationship and communication through God in praying your heart out to him.
Oh God, we humbly ask you to grant peace to the soul of a loved one
Bless and have mercy to his eternal soul
Forgive his sins, for he was a faithful man who loved your children
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Welcome him warmly into your Kingdom
As he rests in peace by your side, may you comfort those who were left behind
We thank you for all the love, benevolence, and kindness you showed us!
We devote ourselves to you and worship your purity
Let us feel your presence and walk with us as we carry on in this life. Amen!
Divine Mercy Novena: 9 Days Prayer for the Dead Novena
Lord Jesus Christ appeared to Saint Faustina and encouraged her to spread his Divine Mercy to the world. Divine Mercy Novena is short and straightforward but is a miraculous prayer to send the departed into the merciful hands of the Lord.
[pray each novena every day for 9 consecutive days]
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 1
“Today bring to Me ALL MANKIND, ESPECIALLY ALL SINNERS, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me.” — Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Most Merciful Jesus, whose very nature it is to have compassion on us and to forgive us, do not look upon our sins but upon our trust which we place in Your infinite goodness. Receive us all into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart, and never let us escape from It. We beg this of You by Your love which unites You to the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon all mankind and especially upon poor sinners, all enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion show us Your mercy, that we may praise the omnipotence of Your mercy for ever and ever.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 2
“Today bring to me the souls of Priests and Religious and immerse them in my unfathomable mercy. It was they who gave me strength to endure my bitter passion. Through them, as though channels, my mercy flows out upon mankind.” — Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Most Merciful Jesus, from whom comes all that is good, increase Your grace in men and women consecrated to Your service that they perform worthy works of mercy, and that all who see them may glorify the Father of Mercy who is in Heaven.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the company of chosen ones in Your vineyard – upon the souls of Priests and Religious – and endow them with the strength of Your Blessing. For the Love of the Heart of Your Son in which they are enfolded, impart to them Your Power and Light, that they may be able to guide others in the way of salvation, and with one voice sing praise to Your boundless Mercy for ages without end.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 3
“Today bring to me all devout and faithful souls and immerse them in the ocean of my mercy. These souls brought me consolation on the Way of the Cross. They were that drop of consolation in the midst of an ocean of bitterness.” — Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Most Merciful Jesus, from the treasury of Your Mercy, you impart Your graces in great abundance to each and all. Receive us into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart and never let us escape from it. We beg this grace of You by that most wondrous love for the heavenly Father with which Your Heart burns so fiercely.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon faithful souls, as upon the inheritance of Your Son. For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion grant them Your blessing and surround them with Your constant protection. Thus, may they never fail in love or lose the treasure of the Holy Faith, but rather, with all the hosts of Angels and Saints, may they glorify Your boundless Mercy for endless ages.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 4
“Today bring to me those who do not believe in God and those who do not yet know me. I was thinking also of them during my bitter passion, and their future zeal comforted my heart. Immerse them in the ocean of my mercy.” — Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Most Compassionate Jesus, you are the Light of the whole world. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who as yet do not believe in You or do not know You. Let the rays of Your Grace enlighten them that they, too, together with us, may extol Your wonderful Mercy, and do not let them escape from the abode which is Your Compassionate Heart.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who do not believe in Your Son, and of those who as yet do not know You, but who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Draw them to the light of the Gospel. These souls do not know what great happiness it is to love You. Grant that they, too, may extol the generosity of Your Mercy for endless ages.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 5
“Today bring to me the souls who have separated from my Church and immerse them in the ocean of my mercy. During my bitter passion they tore at my body and Heart, that is, my Church. As they return to unity with the Church, my wounds heal, and in this way, they alleviate my passion.” — Jesus to Saint Faustina.
Most Merciful Jesus, Goodness Itself, you do not refuse light to those who seek it of You. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who have separated from Your Church. Draw them by Your Light into the unity of the Church, and do not let them escape from the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart; but bring it about that they, too, come to glorify the generosity of Your Mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon the souls of those who are separated from Your Son's Church, especially those who have squandered Your Blessings and misused Your Graces by obstinately persisting in their errors. Do not look upon their errors, but upon the love of Your Own Son and upon His Bitter Passion, which He underwent for their sake, since they, too, are enclosed in His Most Compassionate Heart. Bring it about that they may glorify Your great Mercy for endless ages. Amen
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 6
Today bring to me the meek and humble souls and the souls of little children and immerse them in my mercy. These souls most closely resemble my Heart. They strengthened me during my bitter agony. I saw them as earthly angels, who will keep vigil at my altars. I pour out upon them whole torrents of grace. Only the humble souls are capable of receiving my grace. I favor humble souls with my confidence.
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said “Learn from Me for I am meek and humble of heart”. Receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart all meek and humble souls and the souls of little children. These souls send all Heaven into ecstasy, and they are the Heavenly Father's favorites. They are a sweet-smelling bouquet before the Throne of God; God Himself takes delight in their fragrance. These souls have a permanent abode in Your Most Compassionate Heart, O Jesus, and they unceasingly sing out a hymn of love and mercy.
Eternal Father, turn Your Merciful gaze upon meek and humble souls and upon the souls of little children, who are enfolded in the abode which is the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls bear the closest resemblance to Your Son. Their fragrance rises from the earth and reaches Your very Throne. Father of Mercy and of all Goodness, I beg You by the love You bear these souls and by the delight You take in them. Bless the whole world, that all souls together may sing out the praises of Your Mercy for endless ages.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 7
Today bring to me the souls who especially venerate and glorify my mercy and immerse them in my mercy. These souls sorrowed most over my passion and entered most deeply into my spirit. They are living images of my compassionate heart. These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.
Most Merciful Jesus, whose Heart is Love Itself, receive into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls of those who particularly extol and venerate the greatness of Your Mercy. These souls are mighty with the very power of God Himself. In the midst of all afflictions and adversities they go forward confident of Your Mercy. These souls are united to Jesus and carry all mankind on their shoulders. These souls will not be judged severely, but Your Mercy will embrace them as they depart from this life.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls who glorify and venerate Your greatest attribute, that of Your fathomless Mercy, and who are enclosed in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. These souls are a living Gospel; their hands are full of deeds of mercy and their spirits, overflowing with joy, sing a canticle of mercy to You, O Most High! I beg You O God: show them Your Mercy according to the hope and trust they have placed in You. Let there be accomplished in them the Promise of Jesus, who said to them that during their life, but especially at the hour of death, the souls who will venerate this fathomless Mercy of His, He, Himself, will defend as His Glory.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 8
Today bring to me the souls who are detained in purgatory and immerse them in the abyss of my mercy. Let the torrents of my Blood cool down their scorching flames. All these souls are really loved by me. They are making retribution to my justice. It is in your power to bring them relief. Draw all indulgences from the treasury of my Church and offer them on their behalf. Oh, if you only knew the torments they suffer, you would continually offer for them the alms of the spirit and pay off their debt for my justice.
Most Merciful Jesus, You Yourself have said that You desire mercy; so, I bring into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart the souls in Purgatory, souls who are very dear to You, and yet, who must make retribution to Your justice. May the streams of Blood and Water which gushed forth from Your Heart put out the flames of Purgatory, that there, too, the power of Your mercy may be celebrated.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon the souls suffering in Purgatory, who are enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. I beg You, by the sorrowful Passion of Jesus Your Son, and by all the bitterness with which His most sacred Soul was flooded: Manifest Your mercy to the souls who are under Your just scrutiny. Look upon them in no other way but only through the Wounds of Jesus, your dearly beloved Son; for we firmly believe that there is no limit to Your goodness and compassion.
The Divine Mercy Novena: Day 9
Today bring to me souls who have become lukewarm and immerse them in the abyss of my mercy. These souls wound my Heart most painfully. My souls suffered the most dreadful loathing in the Garden of Olives because of lukewarm souls. They were the reason I cried out: “Father, take this cup away from me, if it be Your will”. For them the last hope of salvation is to run to my mercy.
Most Compassionate Jesus, you are Compassion Itself. I bring lukewarm souls into the abode of Your Most Compassionate Heart. In this fire of Your Pure Love let these tepid souls, who, like corpses, filled You with such deep loathing, be once again set aflame. O Most Compassionate Jesus, exercise the omnipotence of Your Mercy and draw them into the very ardor of Your Love; and bestow upon them the gift of Holy Love, for nothing is beyond Your power.
Eternal Father, turn Your merciful gaze upon lukewarm souls who are nonetheless enfolded in the Most Compassionate Heart of Jesus. Father of Mercy, I beg You by the bitter passion of Your Son and by His three-hour agony on the Cross, let them too, glorify the Abyss of Your Mercy.
[you can pray the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy after praying the Divine Mercy Novena as an act of Spiritual Communion]