Blessing of Cadavers

Dear friend,

Praised be Jesus and Mary!

We ended our second month in med school with the Blessing of Cadavers.

(I should have posted this a long time ago. I forgot. I was reminded because we will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass for the cadavers next week.)

To those who are not familiar with the term, a cadaver is a dead body intended for dissection.

When it was announced that there could only be 3 representatives per group who could attend the blessing, I immediately told our group leader that I would like to be there. I was very curious.

Blessing of Cadavers

The blessing started with a prayer so that God may help us to become His instruments of goodness. We prayed that we may be mindful of the privilege and opportunity to use the cadavers ad an effective learning tool to help us understand the functions of the different parts of the body, but more importantly, may we go deeper into the mystery of God’s most valuable creation.

That was one of the first few things we did during the beginning of our journey towards becoming a doctor. Since we have decided to take the risks and be bold in studying medicine, one of the things we must learn is Human Anatomy. We must learn all the different parts of the human body, how they are connected and how they function together.

For Christians, the body is sacred because it is God’s creation. Therefore, it deserves dignity. The church allows that these (dead) bodies be subject to dissection and studies to further enhance our knowledge, so that we can promote health. We were reminded to remember that the cadavers were once living with souls, and they sacrificed their physical bodies for studies. They must be treated and handled with utmost respect.

We were reminded that God guides our lives and, by His command, we shall return to the dust. Those who died still live in God’s presence. Their lives changed but did not end. We prayed for the dead to be accompanied by Christ who died and now lives and in the Kingdom where all tears are wiped away. We prayed that God may unite us as one family to sing God praise forever and ever.

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We prayed A Litany of Being God’s Instrument of Goodness. It was beautiful.

A Litany of Being God’s Instrument of Goodness

Response: God who sings through us, we thank you.

For the talents and the abundance of gifts that are ours
For the faith that stirs and grows in our hearts
For the many people who have been your instruments of goodness in our lives
For the moments when we have known the song of your presence in a special way
For the times when your goodness has made music through us…

Response: God of goodness, help us to trust in you.

When fear rises up in us and we do not believe in our ability to be your instrument
When the busyness and schedules of our lives press upon us and create questions about your song within us
When we doubt your presence in the difficult aspects of our days
When we lose sight of the truth that we are called to be instruments of goodness
When emptiness, loneliness, and other struggles keep us from hearing your melody of love

Response: God of love, sing your song through us.

As we grow in believing in our goodness
As we allow more and more of who we are to be influenced by your presence
As the song of your love grows in us and the call to be your instrument becomes clearer to us
As we struggle to know how and when to share our gifts and goodness with others
As we go forth from here with the desire to be your instruments of love…

Closing Prayer

Glory be to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Amen. (Eph. 3:21)

All for Jesus!

In Him,
Kristine G. Veneracion

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