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May eternal rest

Additional Prayers for the Dead

All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, "May eternal rest" indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned From the beginning the Church has honoured May eternal rest memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrificeso that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.

The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead. The United Methodist Church teaches the "truth of intercessory prayer for the dead" and that "prayer for the dead has been a widespread practice throughout Christian history [and] is a profound act of love addressed to a God of love".

The translation used by English-speaking Roman Catholics is:. The translation used by English-speaking Lutherans is: The translation used by English-speaking Anglicans is: Eternal God, we praise you for the great company of all those who have finished their course in May eternal rest and now rest from their labor.

We praise you for those dear to us whom we name in our hearts before you. Especially we praise you for Name, whom you have graciously received into your presence. To all of these, grant your peace. Let perpetual light shine upon them; and help us so to believe where we have not seen, that your presence may lead us through our years, and bring us at last with them into the joy of your home not made with hands but eternal in the heavens; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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