2 Machabees 12: 46
The Lord is My Shepherd
The Lord God’s spiritual benefits to faithful souls
The Lord ruleth (in Hebrew, is my shepherd, viz., to feed,
guide, and govern me) me: and I shall want nothing.
He hath set me in a place of pasture.
He hath brought me up, on the water of refreshment:
He hath converted my soul.
He hath led me on the paths of justice,
for his own name’ s sake.
For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evils, for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff, they have comforted me.
Thou hast prepared a table before me
against them that afflict me.
Thou hast anointed my head with oil;
and my chalice which inebriateth me, how goodly is it!
And thy mercy will follow me all the days of my life.
And that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
unto length of my days.
"All that the Father gives to
me shall come to me; and him
that comes to me, I will not
Because I came down from
heaven, not to do my own
will, but the will of Him that
Now this is the will of the
Father who sent me: that of all
that he hath given me, I
should lose nothing; but
should raise it up again in the
And this is the will of my
Father that sent me: that every
one who sees the Son, and
believes in Him, may have
life everlasting, and I will
raise him up in the last day."
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
From the gates of hell, deliver
their souls, O Lord.
May they rest in peace, through
the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
O Lord, hear my prayer,
And let my cry come unto Thee.
Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful; grant unto the souls of
Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins: that through our
devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who
lives and reigns world without end. Amen
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen
From The Raccolta,
Prayers and Devoltions; 1957
The Day of the Dead
by William-Adolphe Bourguereau; 1859; Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France;
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