I offer Mass once a month for the deceased priests of my Diocese.
A priest friend once commented to me that the priest’s section of the diocesan cemetery was rather neglected: in other words, very few go there to visit the graves, put flowers on them, clean them, etc. Not to my credit, I wouldn’t know – I’ve never been by there myself! Is this saying something or what? But I do try to pray for them at least. And I must make the resolution to go by the cemetery next time I’m home, to recite some prayers.
Some priests quip that a dead priest is a forgotten priest. Cynical? Perhaps. But I tend to think there is a grain of truth to it – at least insofar as prayer for the dead appears, in some areas, to be a largely forgotten concept nowadays!
Maybe we tend to remember more readily the truly remarkable priests who have impacted our lives, and forget those who were not (to us) so extraordinary. Maybe there are some priests we didn’t particularly like, even. If that is the case, then for our own sake – that is, to grow in charity – we should definitely pray for them!
Whatever the case may be, please remember to pray for our deceased priests!
Here is a good prayer for us all to recite today:
Let us pray.
O God, you raised your servant(s), (here name him/them, if applicable), to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ, according to the Order of Melchisedech, giving him (them) the sublime power to offer the Eternal Sacrifice, to bring the Body and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ down upon the altar, and to absolve the sins of men in your own Holy Name. We beseech you to reward his (their) faithfulness and to forget his (their) faults, admitting him (them) speedily into your holy Presence, there to enjoy forever the recompense of his (their) labors. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.