Holy Souls – November 2nd

Remember those, O Lord,
Who in your peace have died,
Yet may not gain love’s high reward
Till love is purified!

With you they faced death’s night,
Sealed with your victory sign,
Soon may the splendour of your light
On them for ever shine!

Sweet is their pain, yet deep,
Till perfect love is born;
Their lone night-watch they gladly keep
Before your radiant morn!

Your love is their great joy;
Your will their one desire;
As finest gold without alloy
Refine them in love’s fire!

For them we humbly pray;
Perfect them in your love!
O may we share eternal day
With them in heaven above.

– James Quinn, SJ