Ask Father: De Profundis

Dear Father: I watch TV rosaries and at the end they say a special prayer and above it says ‘De Profundis’? What does that mean?

Dear friend in Christ,

“De Profundis” means “out of the depths” in Latin. It is a reference to the first line of Psalm 130, which I’ve included for you here. This Psalm is usually said for the souls of those who have died.

Psalm 130: De profundis. A prayer of a sinner, trusting in the mercies of God. The sixth penitential psalm.