Category Archives: Graves and Cemeteries

Visits to the Cemetery

Portions of this post are reblogged from last year; this is an annual post on a fruitful pious devotion for November:

Catholic Culture has an excellent article regarding a very beneficial pious activity that can aid in your own spiritual progression. It also is a good reminder of where we’ll end up someday. (A grave. Morbid, true, but you wouldn’t be here unless you’re more aware than most people that you will die someday.)

Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November is something I blog about here annually. It is about the act of visiting a cemetery during the first 8 days of November. Half of the “Graves and Cemeteries” category are reblogs of it and this will probably be the last time I’ll post on it (at least on its own). The article is now a standalone link in the “Afterlife Links” section.

To summarize from the “Catholic Culture” site:Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls: A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest  is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:

 ‘Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.'”

The article explains the differences between plenary and partial indulgences.

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Praying for the Dead During November

Catholic Culture has an excellent article regarding a very beneficial pious activity that can aid in your own spiritual progression. It also is a good reminder of where we’ll end up someday. (A grave. Morbid, true, but you wouldn’t be here unless you’re more aware than most people that you will die someday.)

Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November is something I blog about here annually. It is about the act of visiting a cemetery during the first 8 days of November. Half of the “Graves and Cemeteries” category are reblogs of it and this will probably be the last time I’ll post on it (at least on its own). The article is now a standalone link in the “Afterlife Links” section.

To summarize from the “Catholic Culture” site:Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls: A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest  is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:

 ‘Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.'”

The article explains the differences between plenary and partial indulgences.

November 2nd is on a Saturday this year, and so it makes a good day to combine Mass, the Sacrament of Confession and this devotion. On Saturday you can obtain a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls in Purgatory using the practice described above; and an additional plenary one for yourself if you make a good Confession and attend Mass. The latter is the most common manner in obtaining a plenary indulgence. Go to Confession on Saturday afternoon, which is when most parishes offer it, and then stick around for the Sunday Vigil Mass.

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Getting ready for November

November is due to arrive at the end of the week, and that is an important month for myself and this blog. The Solemnity of All Saints on the 1st and the Feast of All Souls on the 2nd are two of my favorite days on the Church’s liturgical calendar.

Not to mention that my Mom died in 2005 on the 7th. I noticed that 8 years ago, today, she was transferred from the ICU to a private room at the hospital from where she died.

And so I will attempt to write more on death, dying and the devotions regarding such things like I usually try to do. Most of the material that is not original to me (such as links from Spirit Daily, New Advent and other people’s blogs) may actually be posted to the social network Pages this blog has. Links to them are here:

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Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November

Catholic Culture has an excellent piece on the Catholic practice of indulgences and praying for the dead:

Praying for the Dead and Gaining Indulgences During November

Included is an explanation for a devotion that I’ve written about previously, that of visiting a cemetery and praying for the holy souls in Purgatory during the first eight days of November:

Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls: A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory. A plenary indulgence, again applicable only the Souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, that one Our Father and the Creed be recited.

Praying for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy. The dead have no recourse to their own prayers, they are entirely dependent upon our charity. The time of their own merit (life) is over. Our prayers for them, as well as the offering up of our earthly sufferings, trials and tribulations, assists in easing their progression through Purgatory.

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November 2011

It’s that time of the year, FourLastThingers! NOVEMBER!!!!!! My favorite time of the year. Others can have their Aprils and the Spring showers and flowers and others their July vacations and Summer trips, me, I go for the Month of the Dead. (November is my favorite month, Lent is my favorite season.)

And so, during this second-busiest time of the year here at The Four Last Things, I would just like to point out that if you were to go to the Categories over there in the right sidebar, clicking on “November” would bring you a wealth of past articles dealing with various Catholic topics such as Purgatory and death. (We all die someday, a reminder of that is why I began this death blog in the first place.)

As long as we’re on the subject of death and dying, there is one article I’d like to point out, it concerns an old devotion within the Church involving visiting a cemetery in early November:

Devotion for visiting a cemetery and a Church

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Find A Grave

I discovered through a conversation on Facebook an interesting site called: Find A Grave. Millions of cemetery records and photos of gravesites (tombstones) are listed there. There is also a search function where you can locate specific records.

I already found someone who’s grave I had searched for a few years ago. An old and dear friend of my family. My parents tended his grave for several years after his death in 1980, and the last time I was ever there was with my Mom in 1996. After she died in 2005, I went on a major nostalgia/sentimental binge and tried to locate his grave. I couldn’t. I went to every cemetery in the immediate vicinity of my old hometown, looking at a photo of my Dad kneeling at the grave, trying to match that image with the landscape. Nope. I don’t know how I forgot, but he was buried in a cemetery a few miles south of town. I found him! 🙂

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Cemeteries in the quiet places

I ran across a blogpost today from Katlupe of Homesteading On The Internet that I found of interest.

“Homesteading” has various meanings, the easiest is living simply off the land as much as one can. Usually a homesteader has a house and small farm somewhere, or at least a house with sufficient land around to grow things. There are also “urban homesteaders”, people who live in cities and make the most of their small surroundings.

It is an interest of mine as my wife and I live in the country in a nice house with lots of acreage. Eventually I hope to go beyond small vegetable gardens and live far more “self-sufficiently” than we presently do. Anyway, the point of all this is Katlupe’s post:

Little Country Cemeteries On Back Roads

She wrote a nice piece on country cemeteries that pop up in the rural countryside. You are driving about and suddenly just by the roadside is a small, possibly slightly overgrown and always very old, cemetery.

My attraction to these places is one of the reasons why I started this blog. I intend to (but alas, haven’t done so just yet) take my small digital camera with me on my days off from work, and when I see these country cemeteries, stop off and wander through them and take pictures of the headstones. Not all, just those that strike my fancy for whatever reason. This “project” was planned to be an major theme of this blog.

Perhaps I shall start doing this. My work schedule has changed and this makes it easier for my wife and I to take day trips throughout Western and Central New York State (we live near Lake Erie, and I am originally from the Syracuse and Utica areas) and cameras are a requirement for our travels (Rose is a photographer, see: ARTIST4GOD: Rose Santuci-Sofranko)

Small cemeteries in “the middle of nowhere” are a wonderful reminder of one’s mortality, and the peaceful surroundings help you to meditate on that and reflect of God. Death is not always an enemy.

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Cemetery visits

(NOTE: reposted from an earlier date. In addition to what I have below, Colleen Hammond has some excellent additional material: “Holy Works and Indulgences for All Souls Day and the Octave”

Now, my repost:

There is a devotion for visiting a cemetery that results in an indulgence for the devotee. An indulgence is described here: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Indulgences

(Via New Advent.)

Anyway, an indulgence is granted when a Catholic visits a cemetery or a Church and prays for the dead on any of the first 8 days of November. The indulgence granted is for only those souls suffering in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence is granted if you recite one Our Father and the Creed, with the provision that you have been to Confession within a week, before of after, received Holy Communion and recited an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the Pope, and have no attachment to venial sin. If any of these conditions are lacking, the indulgence will be partial. On any time of the year outside the first 8 days of November, it is a partial one.

It is important to glance over the linked article in the Catholic Encyclopedia to get a better understanding on all this “indulgence” material. It’s a good read.

At any rate, it is a good thing to visit the dead. It is a reminder to us that life on Earth is temporary and that there is another life awaiting us.

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"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

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MINISTERING AT GRAVESIDE

Here is a brief article from Spirit Daily concerning a wonderful devotion about praying for the dead:

MINISTERING AT GRAVESIDE

I have posted on this before, and will post a few more reminders tomorrow (or you can look through the Archives).

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"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

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Devotion for visiting a cemetery and a Church (UPDATED)

NOTE: This is an updated version of a previous post. I erred in some information.

There is a devotion for visiting a cemetery that results in an indulgence for the devotee. An indulgence is described here: CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Indulgences

(Via New Advent.)

Anyway, an indulgence is granted when a Catholic visits a cemetery or a Church and prays for the dead on any of the first 8 days of November. The indulgence granted is for only those souls suffering in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence is granted if you recite one Our Father and the Creed, with the provision that you have been to Confession within a week, before of after, received Holy Communion and recited an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the Pope, and have no attachment to venial sin. If any of these conditions are lacking, the indulgence will be partial. On any time of the year outside the first 8 days of November, it is a partial one.

It is important to glance over the linked article in the Catholic Encyclopedia to get a better understanding on all this “indulgence” material. It’s a good read.

At any rate, it is a good thing to visit the dead. It is a reminder to us that life on Earth is temporary and that there is another life awaiting us.

Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! (Thank you!!)

"The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts"

and "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics"