The Special Duty of Children Towards Their Deceased Parents

"Honor thy father, and forget not the groanings of thy mother. Remember that hadst not been born but through them, and make a return to them; as they have done for thee." (Eccl. vii. 29-30)

Next to God, our parents are our greatest benefactors, entitled to most tender love and gratitude, which is the sacred duty of every child. This duty does not end with this life; it is extended even to eternity. Should our departed parents find no relief in their pains? Must they cry out in bitter anguish: "I have reared sons and daughters, but they have forgotten me?"

If we compassionate the misery of strangers, if we do not heartlessly send a beggar from our doors, oh, let us remember how near and dear father and mother are to us, and how greatly we are indebted to them. After their death we owe them prayers, alms, good works, and Masses.

They cry out to us for mercy. Would it not be the highest degree of ingratitude were we to forget those who bestowed their best love and care on us in life? The commandment of God, "Honor thy father and thy mother" is an obligation also towards our deceased parents.

Prayer: O God, who hast commanded us to honor father and mother, look in loving kindness upon the souls of my father and mother, and forgive them their trespasses, and grant unto me the joy of being re-united to them in the glorious light of everlasting life. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord. Amen.

Special Intercession: Pray for the souls of parents who have been forgotten by their children.

Lord grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. (Three times.)

Practice: Mortify yourself by an act of obedience.

Invocation: My Jesus, mercy!

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Comment by Flavia Talladen Schott on September 7, 2018 at 9:59pm


Comment by Judy Muller on November 6, 2016 at 7:50am

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory........especially those of our family and lineage and those who have  no one to pray for them ..........Precious Blood of Jesus, cleanse them......Amen.

Comment by AnnaMaria on October 18, 2016 at 8:29pm


Comment by Alley on May 28, 2015 at 11:57pm

Kate, I am praying for your deceased family, with love always.

My ancestors are from Scotland and Ireland.

Comment by Kate Jackson on May 23, 2015 at 3:05am

For my father, relatives and forgotton ancestors - for Mr Warwick:

May they rest in peace. Amen.

Comment by Kate Jackson on May 8, 2015 at 7:16am
May the souls of the Faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
Comment by john blatner on May 8, 2015 at 4:35am may your soul rest in peace.
Comment by Kate Jackson on September 28, 2014 at 3:16am
My Jesus mercy. Amen.
Comment by RosaMaria W. Arrojo on April 15, 2014 at 5:48pm


Comment by Kate Jackson on April 15, 2014 at 3:38pm

Grant them respite from their purgatory. May the souls of the faithful deparrted through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen

for My Dad - Peter Dean, Michael Coyne, Aunty Irene, Uncle Gordon, Nanas and Grandads Coyne and Dean, Gwyn Saint, Mr Trueman, Tom and Margaret Jordon, 

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