Dr. Salvacion R. Gatchalian

 

Novena Prayer for Our Dearly Departed

 

SALVACION RODRIGUEZ GATCHALIAN, MD

 

LEADER: Lord, help us to see death for what it really is / the end of poverty and the beginning of riches / the end of frustration and the beginning of fulfillment / the end of fear and the beginning of tranquility / the end of pain and the beginning of joy / the end of weakness and the beginning of strength. Let no grief overwhelm us / nor a sense of loss embitter us / but out of our sadness let there arise a new joy / for so much was given to us.

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord.

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

 

LEADER: O gracious Spirit of Peace / come live within our experience and hurt / within our sorrow and isolation / within the sadness of today and the loneliness of tomorrow. Come alive as the peace and trust / which nothing in life or death can kill. Cast out our fears and let not our hearts be troubled / knowing that this world remains our Father’s house.

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord.

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

LEADER: O most merciful God / we humbly beseech You to lead her into Paradise / her true country / for in as much as in You / she put her hope and trust / grant that she may come to the possession of eternal joy

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord.

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

 

LEADER: To you O Lord / we humbly commend SALVACION. In her mortal life / You loved her always with a great love. Now that she has been freed from all the evils of this earth / we bid Your mercy. Bring her into Your Paradise / where there is no more grief or mourning or sadness / but peace and joy with Your Son / and the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

 

LEADER: O God / You overcame death through Your only begotten Son / and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. We beg you to welcome SALVACION / who walked the way of life of Your Son. Fulfill Your promise to her whom You have called to Yourself. Grant her Your glory and life / through our Lord Jesus Christ

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

LEADER: We give thanks for all the good things which You gave to SALVACION in this mortal life / as a sign of Your goodness / and of the communion of saints in Christ our Lord. In Your great pity / accept our prayer / that the gates of Paradise may be opened to her. In our turn / may we be comforted by the words of faith / until we hasten to meet Christ / where we may all be forever with the Lord / and with our dear SALVACION.

 

Lord our God / Your days are without end / Your mercies too many to count. Cause us never to forget / that our life is short and uncertain. Let Your Holy Spirit lead us through this present journey / in holiness and justice / all the days of our life. And after we have served you on earth / in communion with Your Church / and in perfect charity with all men / may we joyfully come to Your Kingdom / through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Eternal rest grant unto SALVACION, O Lord

 

RESPONSE: And let perpetual light shine upon her.

 

LEADER: May she rest in peace

 

RESPONSE: Amen