This being the month of November, which is dedicated to the the dead, this slight variation of the traditional Rosary for the Dead is offered as a means of praying for the repose of the souls of those who have passed on from this world. The traditional Rosary for the Dead is composed of a string of beads made up of four decades (in contrast to the 5-decade Rosary of Our Lady, with which most are familiar), in honor of the 40 hours that passed between the Crucifixion and Resurrection. There are no mysteries to meditate upon, the focus of the prayers being on the souls of the dead.
In its oldest form, the beads to count the introductory prayers consisted of a cross or the medal of Our Lady of Suffrage, plus one bead between that medal and center piece. In modern Rosaries for the Dead, the introductory beads often mirror the traditional Rosary: a cross, a large bead, three smaller beads, and a second large bead. Depending upon the particular set of beads used, these introductory prayers are slightly modified. One can, of course, use a regular 5-decade Rosary to count the prayers, and conclude after the fourth decade is complete.
Here then, is the Gnostic Rosary for the Dead:
1. On the cross, make the Sign of the Cross, and pray:
Remember them, O Lord, in Thy kingdom, the faithful souls whom we knew but see no longer, especially (name those for whom you wish to pray). Grant them Thy peace; let the light above the Æons shine upon them; grant them we pray thee, a place of refreshment, a blessed tranquility, and the splendor of Thy Gnosis. O Eternal One, who abidest ever outside the limitations of time, we beseech Thee to shed forth upon Thy faithful children on earth, in heaven, and in the underworld, the bright beams of Thy light and supernal comfort. Amen.
2(a). If the chaplet has only one bead between the cross and the loop of four decades, pray the Requiem prayer on that bead:
Repose in the eternal Fullness grant unto them (him/her), O Lord, and let the Light above the Æons shine upon them (him/her). May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
℣. O Lord, hear my prayer;
℟. And let my cry come unto Thee.
2(b). If the chaplet has more than one bead after the cross, on the large beads pray the previous Requiem prayer, followed by Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love on the three smaller beads:
Act of Faith:
My God, I believe in Thee, because Thou art Truth itself.
Act of Hope:
My God, I hope in Thee, because Thou art infinitely good.
Act of Charity:
My God, I love Thee with all my heart, and above all things, because Thou art infinitely perfect; and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of Thee.
3. For each decade, pray on the large beads:
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord; they rest from their labors, and their works live after them.
4. On each of the smaller beads, pray either one of the following, being consistent throughout the Rosary:
Faithful Heart of Sophia, be my salvation.
O Light, Thou art my Savior and my Redeemer. (from the Pistis Sophia)
5. Conclude each decade with the Requiem prayer:
℣. Repose in the eternal Fullness grant unto them (him/her), O Lord;
℟. And let the Light above the Æons shine upon them (him/her).
May they (he/she) rest in peace.
6. After completing the fourth decade, conclude the Rosary with the De Profundis – Psalm 130 in the Hebrew Bible, Psalm 129 in the Septuagint – followed by the Sign of the Cross:
Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe our iniquities, O Lord, who shall endure it? For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath relied on His word: my soul hath hoped in the Lord. From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord. Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
For the traditional Catholic Rosary for the Dead, based on the Pious Propaganda of the Rosary for the Dead by the Archconfraternity of Notre Dame du Suffrage, go here.