peachofthesunshine said: You know, I've heard "repose of the soul" my whole life, but I'm not sure what it means. Obviously it can apply to the living, but at a first glance, it looks like it should be a prayer for the dead. Do you know what it means?
Hello! Your guts are right! It is a prayer or type of prayer for the dead if you will. When you pray for the “repose of the soul” you are praying for some one in Purgatory. The Holy Souls have passed this earth, and are in need of our prayers to attain the Eternal goal of Heaven. Therefore, when praying for a soul you are trying to lessen their time in Purgatory. Prayers like the Mass or the Most Holy Rosary can do the trick. As for the living, I am not so sure you would pray a prayer for their repose soul since they are still alive, and repose means rest and tranquility. I hope I answered your question sufficiently. If you need a little bit for reading there’s a link!