I attended the 40th day of death celebration of Carleen Reyes’ mother (Ma. Zayda Gutierrez-Mazzilli) in St. Andrew the Apostle Parish. We had a Holy Mass, then Novena Prayer, then dinner.
Although I have seen the novena prayer version before, I kinda liked a part or parts of it (see below that I picked from it) or let’s say, it rekindled my like for it, the novena prayer version, or parts of it.
Lord, help us to see death for what it really is, the end of poverty and the beginning of riches, the end of frustration and the beginning of fulfilment, the end of fear and the beginning of tranquillity, the end of pain and the beginning of joy, the end of weakness and the beginning of strength.
LORD GOD, grant that we will never forget that life is very short and uncertain. Let Your spirit guide us in holiness, justice and service to our brothers and sisters.
I think these parts of the novena prayer are also apt for those near death and even for those who are not in the dying stage yet but will surely die one day. In fact, I think it should be prayed more often by the living before they die.
Resolution for myself: I will make a poster out of the prayer above and include it in my “Memento Mori” album.