Monday, I had the blessing of visiting the Congregation of Holy Cross cemetery on the campus of Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. This is ONE of my absolutely favorite places to pray - it is beautiful, peaceful and to me, a sacred place of Pilgrimage. Those remembered here include Father Francis Grogan, who died on Flight #175, September 11th, and among those buried here, is the man known as the Rosary Priest, Father Patrick Peyton. The other men, all members of Congregation of Holy Cross, though maybe not as familiar as the Frs. Grogan and Peyton, are no less important. All the souls of the faithfully departed are of great concern to God and therefore should also be to us.
When I come to this cemetery, or any cemetery for that matter, I have a very special prayer I offer for those Holy Souls buried (or remembered) there. This devotion to the pray for those who have passed on before me has been a great source of blessings and grace, one I consider a great privilege to participate in.
This prayer, which is actually a set of prayers, is the one presented in The Pieta Prayer Book and is truly one of my absolute favorites.
While at the cemetery (**personally, I like to walk up and down the rows, looking prayerfully at each name) we are to pray:
"We must say many prayers for the souls of the faithful departed, for one must be so pure to enter heaven." St. Jean Marie Vianney