When we hear “The Church”, we usually only think about the church on earth. However, the Church actually comprises those on earth, those in heaven and those in purgatory. So because of the gift of communion which the Lord has given us consequent upon our membership in his Body, we can apply prayers and acts of charity to those holy souls in purgatory. Remember, they pray for you as well, and the Saints in heaven also pray for us.
Powerful prayers for those in purgatory:
This is a prayer St. Gertrude received from Our Lord:
Eternal Father, I offer You 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, for those in my own home, and in my family. Amen.
Another prayer: Chaplet of the Holy Souls.
Begin with this prayer
Let us pray:
May the prayer of Your suppliant people, we beseech You, O Lord, benefit the souls of Your departed servants and handmaids, that You both deliver them from all their sins and make them partakers of Your redemption. Amen.
Sign of the Cross +
V. O Lord, open my lips.
R. And I shall praise your name.
V. O God, come to my aid.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
R. As it was in the beginning…
Now for Specific Souls in Purgatory:
O Jesus, You suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness. Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:
(Mention the name of each person you want to pray for. Anyone you know who has died can be included since we do not know while on earth the fate of these souls)
Response to each name is: Jesus, have mercy!
Using your rosary, begin as customary with the Apostles’ Creed. Pray the decades of the Sorrowful Mysteries:
After the decade we pray:
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your five Holy Wounds and through all of Your Sacred Blood that You shed, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and in particular on our parents, spouses, relatives, spiritual guides and benefactors. Complete the healing of their purification and let them enjoy and participate fully in Your Salvation. Amen.
After the customary Hail Holy Queen or Memorare, add:
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them with your Saints forever more, because You are gracious.
May the divine assistance remain always with us. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.