Thursday, June 15, 2017

A Poem - or, rather, a petitionary prayer

Lawrence Hall

For the Faithful Departed

Do we all holy rites.
Let there be sung Non nobis and Te Deum

-Henry V, 4.viii.115-116

Workmen approved indeed1, from far away
Like Abraham, exiled from the fields of home
But leaving here in their adopted land
Their blessings always, through family and faith

And so we ask Our Lady in several voices -
     Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
     Notre-Dame de LaSalette
     Our Lady of the Americas -

To welcome Luis and Oscar to God’s Home,
That promised Place of refreshment, light, and peace2

1 2 Timothy 2:15
2 from several Catholic prayers for the departed

Of your kindness pray for the repose
of the souls of Luis Castro and Oscar Rivera

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