At a Wake or Prayer Service for the Dead – "Requiem Æternam" Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen. Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
May s/he rest in peace. Amen.
May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Suaimhneas síoraí tabhair dó (dí), a Thiarna, agus go lonraí solas suthain air (uirthi). Tabhair maithiúnas dár ndeartháir (ndeirfiúr) agus tabhair ionad sosa faoi shíocháin dó (di).
Going to Confession –
Examine your conscience, that is, reflect on what sins you have
When you come before the priest, begin by making the Sign of the
Cross and continue by saying:
“Bless me, Father, I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last
confession. These are my sins...”
List the sins you have committed that came to
mind when doing your examination of conscience.
Penance -The priest will suggest you to pray as a response to God’s
The priest will then ask you to pray your “Act
of Contrition,” demonstrating your sorrow for your sins.
ACT OF CONTRITION
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against You whom I should love
above all things. I firmly intend, with your help,
to do penance, to sin no more, and
to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
O my God, I am heartily sorry
for having offended you and I detest all my sins,
because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell;
to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.
The priest will extend his hands in your
direction and he will pray the Prayer of Absolution:
You respond: Amen.
“I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life”
As Christians we believe in the Holy Trinity, that there are Three Divine Persons in One God. The Holy Spirit is that Third Person, often referred to as the Bond of Love between the Father and the Son.
It is through the Spirit of God that Life comes to be. “Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Gen 2:7)
“who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified”
Everything we can say about the Father and the Son, we can say about the Holy Spirit, except that One is the Father, One the Son and One the Spirit, but aside from that they are in perfect relationship with One another, and they exist in Perfection within the Godhead.
“who has spoken through the prophets”
It is the Spirit who has made God known before Christ came to reveal the Father to all.
“I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.”
These are the Four Marks of the Church. One reflects the Unity of the Church, that there is one Church established by Christ here on Earth. Holy means that the Church is set apart from the secular world. Catholic comes from the Greek katholikos, meaning Universal, the Catholic Church is not limited by time or space, race or culture. Apostolic means that the Church has been founded on the Apostles, those closest followers of Jesus, whom He commissioned to lead; for 2000 years we have had unbroken Apostolic succession through the bishops, who are the successors of the Apostles.
“For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by
the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.”
At Mass, we bow during this part of the Creed, because we are filled
with awe at the outpouring of Love God has for us, in emptying
Himself, and becoming one of us. The Creator has become part of
“For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death
and was buried”
Many people back away from this reality, but the fact remains that
Jesus Christ suffered and died in order to save us. As St. Paul wrote:
“we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to
Gentiles foolishness” (1 Cor 1:23).
“ and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.”
It is through His Resurrection that Christ has conquered Death, and
offers to us the gift of eternal life with the Father.
“He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the
We believe that Jesus’ Resurrection was an actual rising of His
physical body, transformed and glorified, and that He ascended in that
glorified body, rejoining the Perfection of the Godhead.
“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his
kingdom will have no end.”
As Christians, we believe that the world as we know it will come to an
Impatient for the coming fight, And as we wait the morning's light,
Here in the silence of the night, We'll chant a soldier's song.
Chorus: Soldiers are we whose lives are pledged to Ireland; Some
have come from a land beyond the wave. Sworn to be free, No more
our ancient sire land Shall shelter the despot or the slave. Tonight we
man the gap of danger. In Erin's cause, come woe or weal. Mid
cannons roar and rifles peal, We'll chant a soldier's song.
In valley green, on towering crag, Our fathers fought before us, And
conquered 'neath the same old flag That's proudly floating o'er us.
We're children of a fighting race, That never yet has known disgrace,
And as we march, the foe to face, We'll chant a soldier's song.
The Nicene Creed
“I believe in one God”
Even though this is the belief of all people who identify themselves a Christians, and although we recite it together, there is a need for us to actually profess our own belief.
What we believe is that there is only One God, Perfect within the Godhead Itself.
“the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.”
Within the Perfection of the Godhead are Three Divine Persons, the first being the Father, through which everything, that is the Universe itself, Time and Space, everything that existed, exists or will exist, has been created by Him.
“I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.”
Jesus Christ is the Word of God, Who has existed with the Father before Time itself was created. Within the Perfection of the Godhead, these Two exist in perfect Unity with each other.
“God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father”
There is no difference between the Father and the Son; they are consubstantial, which is to say that the same Divinity which the Father possesses is possessed by the Son.
“through him all things were made.”
Everything that exists, outside of God, came into being because God spoke His Word, saying that things should exist. 25