STARTING MONDAY 24TH October 23, 2022

ENDING 2ND NOVEMBER 2022

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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 8

Hebrews 2:14–15

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

A human Savior was necessary, because human beings (children) are in need of a propitiatory sacrifice and a sympathetic high priest (Heb. 2:17–18). Jesus was fully human, as the “children” are and as the high priest had to be (see Heb.

5:1–2). Jesus’ death, by cleansing his followers of sin, destroys the death grip of the devil (cf. 1 John 3:8) and gives hope and deliverance to those who were in slavery to the fear of death.

Satan’s power is not absolute, but is under the control of God, who ultimately rules over life and death (Deut. 32:39; Job 2:6; Ps. 90:3; Ps. 139:16; Rev. 1:18). Nevertheless, Satan “was a murderer from the beginning” (John 8:44), and he does have power to harm people to some extent (cf. Mark 5:2–5; Luke 13:16).

The verse at least means Satan has power to work in the realm of death, and to incite people into sin that leads to death (cf. Rom. 6:16, 23). However, the emphasis of the verse is not on Satan’s power but on Christ’s triumph over Satan and over death.


DAY 8 – NOVENA FOR THE DEAD

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.


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


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