From a reader…
We pray with our Necrologium every night during Compline and we have many “Servants of God” along with “Venerables” and “Blesseds” among the dead of our Congregation.
I was wondering, do we pray for their souls?
Servants of God are those whose causes for beatification/canonization have been opened. Until they are official declared “Blessed” So-and-So we don’t have a statement of moral certitude from the Church that they are in heaven. “Venerable” means that the person lived a life of heroic virtues, but they have not yet been declared “Blessed” or “Saint”.
Yes, we can pray for the repose of the souls of “Servants of God” and that they be brought swiftly into the glory of heaven, if they do not already enjoy it.
Some will pray to a “Servant of God” for intercession even though their causes have not yet progressed. That said, there must be no public cult for a “Servant of God”. That is not permitted until at least beatification.
Our prayers for a Servant of God who is, in fact, in heaven – though we don’t know that for sure now – are not in vain. God knows how to dispose of the good works we perform for the sake of the souls in Purgatory.