May the Divine assistance always remain with us. And may all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
End of the year. End of "The Holidays" [well, the end for most people -- we keep the holiday lights going through Twelfth Night at least - crowndot].
Thoughts turn toward absent members of the festive gathering, friends and family who have gone before us into the next life.
I like the gentle words of the new (Advent, 2011) translation of the second Eucharistic Prayer, where it says:
Remember also our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection and all who have died in your mercy: welcome them into the light of your face."All who have died in your mercy."
The mercy of God is infinite and inscrutable. And that's a good thing.