9 DAYS NOVENA FOR THE DEAD

STARTING MONDAY 24TH October 23, 2022.

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ENDING 2ND NOVEMBER 2022

Introduction

In the moments of sorrow, the Lord is in our midst and comforts us with his words: Blessed are the sorrowful; they shall be consoled.


Opening Prayer

Loving and merciful God,
we entrust our sister/brother to your mercy.
You loved him/her greatly in this life:
now that s/he is freed from all its cares,
give him/her happiness and peace for ever.
The old order has passed away:
welcome him/her now into Paradise
where there will be no more sorrow,
no more weeping or pain,
but only peace and joy with Jesus your Son,
and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.


REFLECTION 7

Isaiah 65:20

No more shall there be in it
an infant who lives but a few days,
or an old man who does not fill out his days,
for the young man shall die a hundred years old,
and the sinner a hundred years old shall be accursed. 

Isaiah uses images from his age to paint a magnificent poetic picture to describe the joys of the world to come. Christians differ over whether to read this as (1) an idealized description of restored Jerusalem (leading into eternal joys), (2) an intermediate “millennial” state, or (3) the eternal state itself. Certainly the expression “new heavens and a new earth” would seem to suggest the eternal state (because of Rev. 21:1).

On the other hand, the mention of people dying, even at an advanced age, as well as the presence of the sinner (Isa. 65:20), seem to suggest this is not the eternal state. To argue for a millennial state (which is not explicit here), one would have to understand the millennial state to include both death and unbelief among unbelievers during the millennial period.

However, the mention of the animals (Isa. 65:25) evokes Isaiah 11:6–9, which is part of an oracle describing the messianic era (see note on Isa. 11:10). Hence (and in view of the larger context of Isa. 40–66) some interpreters read these verses as describing an idealized future for Jerusalem—not simply as a restored city but as the center of the world, in which all manner of people know and delight in God and live at peace with each other (as Isa. 2:2–4; Isa. 9:6–7; Isa. 11:1–10).

Under such circumstances, human community and piety flourish. At the same time, the description goes far beyond anything that the world has ever seen, inviting the believing reader to yearn for more and to play his or her role as the story unfolds to its glorious end (cf. Isa. 2:5).


DAY 7 – NOVENA FOR THE DEAD

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.

May the souls of the Faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.


All Souls Day Closure Mass will be on 2nd Nov, 2022 at 8.00 pm. EAT


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Diana

Amen

Josephine Mane

Amen

Rosemary Ben

Amina 🙏🙏

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