Prayer for Memorial Mass

O Blessed Trinity, we thank You for having graced the Church with
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien and for allowing the poetry of your
Creation, the mystery of the Passion of your Son, and the symphony
of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him and his sub-creative imagination.

Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of Mary,
he has given us through his literary legacy a living image of Jesus the Wisdom of God Incarnate, and has shown us that faith and good works are the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life and the divine union and eternal communion present with You in the Eucharist— when Heaven weds earth.

Grant us, present here to remember him on this, the 45th anniversary of his death, the graces we implore this day according to Your will and through the intercession of Your angels and saints. May eternal rest be granted to his soul, and let your perpetual light shine upon him, all the faithful departed, and especially those in most need of Your mercy. Amen.