Today, in the 1962 Dominican Rite Calendar, we commemorate the Anniversary of the Deceased Parents of the members of our Order. The ferial office is prayed, with a commemoration of Ss. Vedast and Amand. At Pretiosa, the Anniversary is announced as follows:
"The anniversary of our Fathers and Mothers;"
O God, Lord of mercies, give to the souls of your servants, whose anniversary we keep, the home of refreshment, the blessedness of peace and the brightness of light. Through Christ our Lord.
O God, You have commanded us to honor our father and mother; in Your loving kindness have mercy on the souls of our parents; forgive them their sins, and bring us to see them in the joy of eternal light. Through our Lord…
The Order never lets us forget how much we owe to our fathers and mothers, and when they have departed this life, we are urged to pray fervently for their release from purifying flames of Purgatory. By becoming members of the Third Order we are bound even more closely to our beloved parents and become even more faithful than we have been to those whom God has commended us to honor. Although we can never repay the debt of gratitude we owe to our parents, still in some measure we can repay them for the years of constant care and solicitude in watching over our temporal and spiritual welfare by helping them by our prayers, Masses, and Holy Communion when they are anxiously awaiting their entrance into Heaven. Surely they in turn will be even more helpful to us here below when they are at last before the Throne of God in the realm of eternal happiness.
I can tell you sincerely that when my father passed away a few years ago, it was a tremendous source of comfort to me to know that the entire Dominican Order will be praying for him until the end of time.