The deceased friends, employees and benefactors of the Order are prayerfully remembered today by Dominicans throughout the world, not only because it is a holy and wholesome thing to do but because it’s an expression of appreciation for their lives and for the many material ways in which they have helped us. Our deceased friends and benefactors were faithful to God just as they were faithful to us while they were alive. Each in their own way lived the Dominican charisms of community, truth and charity and have followed the teachings of the Gospel. They have helped to feed us, provide us with drink and clothing, they may have visited us when we were sick, and comforted us in our trials and attended to our material needs.
Not only have our deceased friends and benefactors prayed for us and helped to support us, but they also shared in our apostolates and our ministries. Through their monetary contributions, charity, prayers, presence and participation, they have all shared in our works of mercy.
Today we pray that all our deceased friends and benefactors enjoy the vision of God in heaven. We are blessed and grateful that they were and continue to be a part of our lives. They continue to support us and care for us through their prayers and we are united with them in spirit, prayer and charity.
And so let us pray for them as they pray for us, and let us thank God for their many gifts, especially the gift of their lives, which they have so generously given to our community and to the Order of Preachers.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.