Chaplet for the Dead

How to pray the Chaplet for the Dead

The Chaplet for the Dead contains 45 beads. It begins with the Crucifix, 5 introductory beads and 4 sets of 10 beads (40 beads). This Chaplet has no medal. The 40 beads are in memory of the 40 hours which Our Lord is thought to have spent in Limbo.

One begins and ends this devotion with the

De Profundis or the

Our Father and the

Hail Mary.

On the large beads is made acts of

Faith

Hope and

Charity.

On each small bead, you say:

“Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.”

Each set of 10 beads is concluded with:

“Eternal Rest Grant unto (him/her)
and let the perpetual light shine upon (him/her).
May (he/she) rest in peace.”

Conclude with:

V. Eternal rest grant unto (him/her), O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon (him/her).

V. May (he/she) rest in peace.
R. Amen.

V. May (his/her) soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen. +

May the love of God
and the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ
bless us and console us
and gently wipe every tear from our eyes.
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

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What is prayer?

Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God.

Let us lift up our hearts with our hands to the Lord in the heavens. (Lamentations 3:41)

How do we know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly?

We know that God always hears our prayers if we pray properly because Our Lord has promised: “If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you.”

And whatever you ask in my name, that I will do, in order that the Father may be glorified in the Son. (John 14:13)

Why do we not always obtain what we pray for?

We do not always obtain what we pray for, either because we have not prayed properly or because God sees that what we are asking would not be for our good.

You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it upon your passions. (James 4:3)

Prayer from the Baltimore Catechism