November 4, 2010
Every time we pray the Apostles’ Creed we say, “I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints…“.
Perhaps the most overlooked members of the communion of saints are the souls in Purgatory, yet offering prayers for their release into heaven is one of the easiest ways of gaining fellow prayer warriors to help us in our daily life.
Imagine the joy of the soul who can do nothing for herself but who is released to the Beatific Vision through our intercession. Will she not plead to God on our behalf for the graces to remain faithful to Him in this life and join her in praise of the Trinity at our death? What greater return of charity for charity can there be?
Praying for the Poor Souls is a kind of almsgiving open to all and one which will bring down great blessings on us. Since November is the month dedicated to the Poor Souls, I present the following from a post I wrote last November.
Chaplets and rosaries are particularly useful to people who aren’t well enough to get to Mass, and who feel just too weak or tired to do any other devotions or read the Bible.
On the large beads:
V. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb without blemish or spot (1 P. 1:19)
R. For the refreshment and deliverance of the souls in Purgatory
(One can add here, especially those of my family, or of my ancestry, or of priests. The Holy Spirit sometimes moves one to pray for particular groups of Holy Souls.)
Ten times on the small beads:
V. By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus —
R. Purify and deliver their souls.
After having said five decades, one concludes with:
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
How easy is this?! Please spread this devotion. Also, Monday is the day of the week dedicated to the Poor Souls. We can pray this chaplet every Monday throughout the year in memory of the faithful departed. “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Maccabees 12:46)
R. Now and forever. Amen.
(Click on the link above to read why I am ending my posts with this.)
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