Nov  2011 04
A Prayer for All Souls

Katrina Schwartz offers a prayer for the living, as we remember those who have gone before.


God, this day is no holier than yesterday, no different from tomorrow. Yet we call it All Souls Day, and by so doing we make an intentional effort to remember and to honor those who have departed from among the living. May they rest in peace.

At the same time, God, may we choose to live this day among the living. We confess that we are not very good at it really. We choose to stare at the images on our iPods rather than bask in the brief but bright beauty that is autumn. We choose to gobble down our to-go dinners in front of the TV with the cast of Glee rather than find fellowship with one another at table. We choose to play “Words with Friends” rather than make friends with your Word.

Forgive us, God.

May we who are among the living live in the splendor of your creation, in fellowship with one another, and in the light of your word. This day and every day may the departed rest in peace, and may your peace rest on the living. Amen.


Katrina Schwartz

Assistant to Admissions and Student Services

Phillips Theological Seminary

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