We should always pray for the souls in Purgatory. Those poor souls can do nothing, for themselves, to speed their entry into God’s Kingdom. November is especially set aside for praying for the dead. While it is important to pray for all of the faithful departed, we should intercede particularly for the deceased members of our own families. The Church begins her funeral rites at the Vigil for Deceased (wake service) with the words, “we believe that all the ties of friendship and affection which knit us as one throughout our lives do not unravel with death.”
In November’s spirit of prayer for the faithful departed, let me introduce you to my Great-great-great-grandfather.
I don’t know his first name–my grandmother thinks his last name might be Jardin. Perhaps he was from Edinburgh, Scotland. All I know about him is what my grandmother tells me. By her own admission, this isn’t much and might be wrong. Based on the pictures below, it seems that he was a taxidermist by trade.
The photo below was found in the same bunch, I know nothing about them–perhaps they are family, too?
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Don’t forget: each of us should pray for the blessing of a happy (read: sacramentally prepared) death.