The Month of November is offered to “The Holy Souls in Purgatory.”
These souls are those who have passed away but must atone for their venial sins. Purgatory is a place of cleansing of the soul. When the cleansing is completed the soul is free of sin and may enter Heaven.
It is said that a moment in Purgatory has more suffering than a lifetime on earth. This is because souls in Purgatory sense the presence of God but because they can not be with God they suffer in the greatest of longings.
The Holy Souls of Purgatory can not be freed from their sins and lifted into Heaven without the intervention of faithful souls on earth who pray for them. Praying for the dearly departed (especially those who we know) is a traditional duty highly recommended by the Church. Our prayer and sacrifices for Holy Purgatory Souls is an act of charity which gains indulgence.
Several books have expressed evidence that those on earth who pray for souls in Purgatory, do not go without reward. When souls are cleansed of sin and enter Heaven the souls pray before the throne of God for all the earthly souls who prayed for them.
It is sad that of all the devotions offered by the faithful of the Church it seems the practice of praying for Purgatory souls as fallen by the wayside. Our Lady of Medjugorje on July 21, 1982 spoke these words in a message to the world,
Concerning Purgatory; "There are many souls in Purgatory. There are also persons who have been consecrated to God - some priests, some Religious. Pray for their intentions, at least the Lord's Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be seven times each, and the Creed. I recommend it to you. There is a large number of souls who have been in Purgatory for a long time because no one prays for them."
This message clearly shows us the devotions of prayers and sacrifices for Purgatory Souls have fallen away. As a result of Catholics who no longer pray for Purgatory souls Our Lady of Medjugorje tells us, “There are many souls in Purgatory.. no one prays for them." Again I would mention not only are their many souls in Purgatory but one moment in Purgatory is more painful than a lifetime on earth. For a moment just try to imagine the Holy Souls suffering! Holy Souls in Purgatory are in agony beyond a level unknown to earthly souls, prompting this message from Our Lady.
On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.
On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.
Conditions for both indulgences:
1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.
6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)
Psalm 129 : De Profundis
Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shall mark iniquities, Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness, and by reason of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night let Israel hope in the Lord;
For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel, from all his iniquities.
Prayer for the Deceased by Saint Nicholas
Lord, God of holiness and light.?You do not allow any shadow of darkness or evil in your sight, and so in your mercy you grant to those who have left
this world burdened with sin, a time of purification, applying to them the spiritual treasurers of your holy Church. Hear my prayer and through the merits of Christ,
the Blessed Virgin, the saints, and all your faithful people?bring to an end this time of waiting?for our beloved dead, especially _____.
In your providence you have chosen Saint Nicholas as a special intercessor on behalf of the departed.
Hear also his fervent prayer for those whom I recommend to you through his intercession. Amen.
Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, pray for us.
The Holy Father's Prayer Intentions for November 2016
Universal:Countries Receiving Refugees: That the countries which take in a great number of displaced persons and refugees may find support for their efforts which show solidarity.
Evangelization:Collaboration of Priests and Laity:That within parishes, priests and lay people may collaborate in service to the community without giving in to the temptation of discouragement.
Remember to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory ...
Did you remember to say a prayer
for the Holy Souls today?
If you forgot just stop right now
and for the poor souls pray.
Make it one of your daily goals
to pray for the Holy Souls.
Eternal rest grant unto them (him or her) O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them (him or her); may they (he or she) rest in peace. Amen.
Saint Gertrude is invoked for souls in purgatory and for living sinners. Our Lord told St Gertrude that the following prayer would release 1000 souls from purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
Prayer for Mercy for the Souls in Purgatory
Have mercy, O gentle Jesus, on the souls detained in purgatory. Thou Who for their ransom didst take upon Thyself our human nature and suffer the most cruel death, pity their sighs and the tears shed when they raise their longing eyes toward Thee; and by virtue of Thy Passion, cancel the penalty due to their sins. May Thy Blood, O tender Jesus, Thy Precious Blood, descend into purgatory to solace and refresh those who there languish in captivity. Reach forth Thy hand to them, and lead them into the realms of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
O Gentlest Heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory have mercy on the soul of Your departed servant. Be not severe in Your judgement, but let some drops of Your Precious Blood fall upon him (her), and send, O merciful Saviour, Your angels to conduct him (her) to a place of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.
May the Angels lead him (her) into Paradise. May the Martyrs receive him (her) at his coming and take him (her) to Jerusalem, the Holy City. May the Choirs of the angels receive him (her), and may he (she), with the once poor Lazarus, have rest everlasting. Amen.
Eternal Father, I offer You the Holy Wounds of Your Son, and His Precious Blood, for the conversion of sinners and for the relief of the souls in Purgatory.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
Eternal Father, by virtue of Your generosity and love, I ask that You accept all my actions, and that You multiply their value in favour of every soul in Purgatory. Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
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Saints of the Month
11/01 Solemnity of All Saints
A Holy Day of Obligation and feast in honor of all the Saints.
11/02 All Souls Day
We pray for the dead...
11/03 St. Martin de Porres
He was the illegitimate son of a freed woman of Panama.
11/04 St. Charles Borrowmeo
Fought tirelessly for peace in the wake of the storm caused by Martin Luther.
11/05 Bl. Bernard Lichtenberg
Vicar of the Catholic Cathedral in the center of Berlin.
11/06 Bl. Christina Stommeln
At the age of five she received a vision of Jesus.
11/07 St. Willibrord
Apostle of Frisia, Netherlands, a missionary archbishop.
11/08 Bl. John Duns Scotis
One of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries..
11/09 St. Benignus of Armagh
He was baptised into the Catholic faith by St. Patrick, and became his favourite disciple.
11/10 St. Leo the Great
Leo is known as one of the best administrative popes of the ancient Church.
11/11 St. Martin of Tours
He was ordained an exorcist and worked with great zeal against the Arians.
11/12 St. Josaphat
He became bishop of Vitebsk (now in Russia) at a relatively young age.
11/13 St. Francis Xavier Cabrina
Frances Xavier Cabrini was the first United States citizen to be canonized.
11/14 St. Nicholas Tavelic
Nicholas and his companions were canonized in 1970.
11/15 St. Albert the Great
He was known as the "teacher of everything there is to know.
11/16 St. Gertrude
Gertrude is inseparably associated with the devotion to the Sacred Heart.
11/17 St. Elizabeth of Hungary
One-day she snuck out of the castle whilst her husband was engaged in matters of state in order to take bread to the poor Read more...
11/18 St. Rose Philippine Duchesne
She made a deep impression on the Potawatomi who named her "the woman who prays always."
11/19 St. Agnes of Assisi
Agnes was the sister of St. Clare and her first follower.
11/20 Bl. Milagros Ortells
"She was very compassionate and always offered to provide any service to the religious sisters."
11/21 Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old.
11/22 St. Cecilia
Is said to have heard heavenly music inside her heart when she was forced to marry the pagan, Valerian.
11/23 St. Clement I
He became the fourth Pope and Bishop of Rome continuing to convert Romans from the religion of the old Roman gods to Christianity.
11/24 Sts. Andrew Dung-Lac & Companions
One of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862.
11/25 St. Catherine of Alexandria
A popular story: her body was carried by angels to Mount Sinai, and that the monastery there was built in honor of this event.
11/26 St. Leonard of Port Maurice
...called "the great missionary of the 18th century" by St. Alphonsus Liguori.
11/27 Bl. Bernadine of Fossa A historian and ascetical writer.
11/28 St. James of the Marches
Inspired by his apostolic example, more than 200 of the noblest young men of Germany were impelled to enter the Franciscan Order.
11/29 St. Francis Anthony Fasani
When Saint Francis Anthony Fasani was 14 he received the habit of St Francis among the Conventuals.
11/30 St. Andrew, the Apostle
Andrew, Peter's brother, and John were the first disciples to follow the Lord.