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12 Best Novena Prayers for the Dead

The novena prayer for the dead is an old tradition that was originally created into a nine day cycle of masses to pray for the deceased individual. Here is a look at some novena prayers for the dead you can recite as a part of this practicing tradition.

Prayer #1

Lord our God, receive our supplications,
prayers and mortifications and sighs
in suffrage for the holy souls for whom we make this novena;
and we pray that by the motherly love
bestowed on you by your most holy Mother,
when she followed you on the way of sorrow up to Mount Calvary,
and grant what we ask of you in this novena
for your greater honour and glory.
Amen.

Prayer #2

Merciful God, we beseech you,
by the pain which your Holy Mother saw you suffer
and agonise on the cross,
that the holy souls in purgatory be freed from those pains;
especially for the soul of _____________,
for whom we are praying and offering in This novena.
Bring those who are submerged in their sins
to a true knowledge of their guilt
and grant what we ask of you in this novena,
for your greater honour and glory.
Amen.

Prayer #3

Almighty Father, to whom nobody asks without the hope of receiving,
by the intercession of St. Joseph
and the Blessed Virgin Mary,
enable the suffering souls in purgatory
to be able to leave that place,
especially for the soul of ____________.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer #4

Gracious God,
through whose mercy the saints rest in glory,
we beg you to set free those blessed souls in purgatory,
especially for the soul of___________,
for whom we are praying in this novena.
May you radiate your compassion and love
to them so they may enter into your Kingdom.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer #5

Souvereign Lord,
in whom it is proper to be merciful,
through the intercession of St. Michael, the archangel,
and by the sorrow of your Blessed Mother
who suffered when the soldier pierced your side with a lance,
have mercy on the soul of __________
for whom we are offering this novena
and bring him/her to your eternal rest in heaven,
for the better glory and honour of your name.
Amen.

Prayer #6

Lord Jesus Christ,
incline your ears to our petitions.
Have mercy on the souls in purgatory,
especially for the soul of_______
for whom we make this novena.
We humbly ask you to set them free
and bring them to the happiness in heaven,
for the greater glory and honour of your name.
Amen.

Prayer #7

Lord of mercy, hear our prayer.
May our brother/sister _______,
whom you called your son/daughter on earth,
enter into the Kingdom of peace and light,
where your saints live in glory.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever.
Amen.

Prayer #8

Creator and Redeemer of all mankind,
through the infinite merits of passion,
death and resurrection,
we beg you to shower the immense treasures of your clemency
on those blessed souls,
especially for the eternal repose of the soul of ___________.
Bring those who are in sin
to a true knowledge and repentance
and grant what we ask for in this novena,
through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Prayer #9

Lord God, you are the glory of the believers
and the life of the just.
Your Son redeemed us by dying and rising to life again.
Our brother/sister ________________,
was faithful and believed in the resurrection.
Give to him/her the joys and the blessings of 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.

Prayer #10

Accept this prayer which I offer You, merciful Father, for those who have died, those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith, and those whose faith in this life was known to You alone. Have mercy on them all and bring them into Your kingdom of peace and light without end where You and Your saints live in the happiness which this world has not known and cannot give. Amen.

Prayer #11

O gentle Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on them. Be not severe in Your judgments, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon the devouring flames. And, Merciful Savior, send Your angels to conduct them to a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Amen.

Prayer #12

Immortal God, Holy Lord, Father and protector of everything Thou hast created, we raise our hearts to Thee today for those who have passed out of this mortal life. In Thy loving mercy, Father of men, be pleased to receive them into Thy Heavenly company, and forgive them the failings and faults of human frailty. Thy only Son, Christ, our Savior, suffered cruelly that He might deliver them from the second death. By His merits may they share in the glory of His victory over sin and death.

We pray for all the faithful who have died, but in particular for those dear to us – parents, relatives and friends. Nor do we forget those who did us good while on earth, who helped us by their prayers, sacrifices, and example. We pray also for any who have done us harm and stand in need of Thy special forgiveness. May the merits of Our Virgin Mother Mary, and those of all Thy Angels and Saints, speak for us and assist them now. This we ask in Christ’s name.
Amen.

Check out the following video for one example of a rosary novena for the dearly departed. This will help to bring comfort to the individual’s passing.