This doctrine is found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 1030-1032: "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned...From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God. The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead..."
Requiem Aeternam dona eis, Domine
R. et lux perpetua luceat eis:
Requiescant in pace. R. Amen.
The translation used by English-speaking Roman Catholics is:
- Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord
- and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
May s/he rest in peace. Amen.
- May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
- through the mercy of God, rest in peace.