Irish Rosary for the Dead from Patrick Denn’s The Catholic Children’s Religious Primer

Found another interesting old Irish chapbook by the tireless Patrick Denn. It was a sort of simple pre-catechism and prayer book, including several litanies and rosaries. The Rosary for the Dead was a pretty big deal back in the early 1800’s in Ireland, and it’s a similar but simpler format than the Poor Souls/Hearts of Jesus and Mary versions of the Rosary for the Dead. So here you go.

1. Sign of the Cross (obviously)

2. Say a rosary, but with the Our Father on the big beads, and “O compassionate Lord Jesus, have mercy on them!” on the little beads.

3. Instead of the Glory Be, recite:

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And may perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.

4. At the end, recite Psalm 129/130 — “Out of the depths”.

5. Then the closing verse and response:

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And may perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gates of Hell…
R. …Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

6. Then the final prayer:

We implore Thee, O Lord, to absolve all their sins from the souls of Thy faithful, so after that having risen again, they may live in the glory of the Resurrection, amid the saints and the elect. Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

[And then the Sign of the Cross again, of course.]

The more popular Chaplet for the Dead is obviously a close cousin.

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