Praying The Rosary For The Dead

Jon Elordi

Jon Elordi

The Rosary is a great source of comfort and spirituality for many of us. It consoles us with its repetition and petitioning to our blessed mother. There’s no time better to pray the Rosary than after someone’s passing. As Catholics, we know that death is not the end but the beginning of eternity.


Part of the reason to pray the rosary for the deceased is that the souls in purgatory are cannot pray for themselves. By praying for them on earth we can expedite their arrival to heaven and into eternal glory with God.

Purgatory exists because most people do not die pure. We have venial sins on our souls and we have to atone for every sin on our soul. Purgatory is a cleansing fire that purifies our souls in preparation for heaven. Think of an iron sword worked on by a blacksmith. Heated and repeatedly hammered to remove the impurities and strength it until it is ready to be shaped into its final form. Purgatory does the same thing for our souls. Our impurities are removed until e are ready to be with God.

There are many suffering souls in purgatory. Praying for them can help them along in their journey and give them hope to getting closer to Christ.

How to Pray The Rosary for the Dead

During the funeral vigil, pray the Glorious Mysteries. We pray the Glorious Mysteries because they are the mysteries concerned with Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus dies in the Sorrowful Mysteries, but he conquers death in the Glorious Mysteries. The Msyteries of the Glorious Msyteries are:

  1. The Resurrection of Jesus
  2. The Ascension of Jesus to Heaven
  3. The Decent of the Holy Spirit
  4. The Assumption of Mary
  5. The Coronation of Mary

Jesus was the lamb of God. His sacrifice is what has enabled us to beat death and to join God in heaven. The Glorious Mysteries are therefore fitting to pray for a deceased loved one.

Eternal Rest Prayer

To make the rosary for more fitting pray the eternal rest prayer after every decade instead of the Fatima prayer:

Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord,
and let Your perpetual light shine upon him/her.
May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through Your mercy, rest in peace. Amen

Psalm 130

To end the Rosary pray psalm 130 instead of praying Hail Holy Queen(Salve Regina)

Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

The Rosary is a powerful spiritual tool for us to use in this life. It is adaptable to almost any situation. We often pray for ourselves of the people we love in our lives. But we shouldn’t forget the people who have died. When we die we’ll all want someone praying for us to get through purgatory. This is the reason why in November the Catholic church asks us to pray for all the souls in purgatory.

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