Rest In Peace
Requiescat in pace
The very many ways we refer to our lost Loved One
R.I.P or Rest in Peace or in the Latin
Requiescat in pace.
There are many others but I’ll stay with the three more formal forms.
As a very active Catholic (Roman) I have a deep regard to the Churchs’ teaching on remembered the passed.
There is no doubt that both Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians (e.g., Greek and Russian Orthodox) have much in common regarding the whole matter of purgatory and prayers for the departed. For example, both see a foundation for such prayers in Holy Scripture. In 2 Maccabees 12:42-46, for example, the Jewish hero Judas Maccabeus ordered sacrifices to be offered in the Temple for the souls of his soldiers killed in battle, that their sins might be forgiven: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins” (verse 46).
This passage does NOT appear in Protestant Bibles. My humble opinion regarding this matter is “please never assume that I was Canonised a Saint at death”. I would never be so presumptuous as to expect that I was that pure of heart & mind, that I would find immediate access to Paradise.
PLEASE: always pray for me at the Altar of the Lord, as I continue to pray for my deceased loved ones. Many who have been dead for hundreds of years. If I am wrong I am certain that Jesus will use these prayers for someone else unknown to me. we are taught that if we pray for a departed soul, they will be the dearest possible friends and will pray for us even if they are in Purgatory.
It is very very sad to hide the passing of anyone, for there maybe someone who is touched enough to utter a prayer before the Lord whilst at the celebration of the Eucharist (Mass). A wonderful aspiration on the hour is to say:
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
and may perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace, Amen”
Why should we bother about prayer for our dead.
See page: Purgatory The True Story