Almighty God and Father, it is our certain faith that your Son, who died on t he cross, was raised from the dead, the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Grant that through this mystery your servant [insert name], who has gone to his/her rest in Christ, may share in the joy of his resurrection. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins (2 Maccabees 12:46).
David J. Conrad