We remember and pray for the deceased because of God’s divine love for us, and our sacred love for one another.
St. Paul teaches, “Love never ends.” (1 Cor. 13:8) Since love never ends, our prayers never end; our communion with the departed never end; our union with them through Christ never ends.
Just as we love and respect our living brethren, so do we love and respect those who have departed this life. We express our love for our departed friends and relatives through prayer. Just as we pray for the living that the Grace of God may be upon them, so do we pray for the dead that they may become worthy of the presence of God.
Lord have mercy and grant heaven to those who are asleep.