- Eternal Rest (Prayer)
Roman Catholic Church, the prayer Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord is a prayerthat is offered for deceased members of the Church. It is offered during the funeralservices for the deceased, and also in memory of deceased persons. The Church maintains that this prayer grants a partial indulgencefor souls in purgatory. The text is taken in part from the Jewish apocalypse 2 Esdras, which is not accepted as scripture by Catholics.
The current form of the prayer is as follows,
P. "Eternal rest grant unto them (him her), O Lord."
R. "And let perpetual light shine upon them (him, her)."
P. "May their soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace."
In keeping with modern church practice, this prayer is usually spoken in the
The prayer in Latin is as follows:
'"Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis). Requiescat (-ant) in pace. Amen." - "Eternal rest grant unto him/her (them), O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her (them). May he/she (they) rest in peace. Amen."A
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