By his wounds we are savedjesus

To sit down on the fire
is so much pain….
I can only stand

to the closed gates
my eyes do gaze
as Almighty peers through His hands

Welcomed not-
but held back-

I am made to stand
in wonder and awe
and intense and searing pain

My heart no longer merits
by thoughts of joy or mercy
but through yours I do now see
and ocean of love before me

Beckon for me
and let ye not forget
how wondrous it was
the day we met

Forget me not
for my hearts still beats
and burns in fire
at Heaven’s gates

I haven’t died
I have just passed on
my soul is in action
though my body is gone

Further now I see
what dread is inside of me
I need your help and prayers
that surely would release me

Forget me not, for our days were one
pray to the Holy Spirit
the Father and the Son

for I await in agony
and cannot help myself
but surely this in what I gaze
is far better off than Hell.

My sentence was immeasurable
for that which is all time
but surely you could cut that short
if your prayers were considered mine

For one drop of water or blood
My seared tongue does crave
my tears did not just die out
when I was buried in the grave

Help me daughter
please pray for me
Forget us not
whom shall forever be.


To assist the souls in Purgatory is to perform the most excellent of the works of mercy, or rather it is to practice in a most sublime manner all the works of mercy together; it is to visit the sick; it is to give drink to those who thirst for the vision of God; it is to feed the hungry, to ransom prisoners, to clothe the naked, to procure for poor exiles the hospitality of the Heavenly Jerusalem; it is to comfort the afflicted, to instruct the ignorant – in fine, to practice all works of mercy in one.”
(St Francis de Sales)

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.

St 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.

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.


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.

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.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them
May they rest in peace. Amen.

5 Apostles’ Creed
1 Hail Holy Queen
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
1 Requiem

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and buried. He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, where he sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. O God, our refuge and our strength, graciously look upon Thy people who cry to Thee; and through the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of blessed Joseph, her spouse, and of Thy holy Apostles Peter and Paul and of all the saints, in Thy mercy and kindness hear the prayers which we pour forth for the conversion of sinners and for the freedom and exaltation of Holy Mother the Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen.

Dear Lord, as I remember
The Holy Souls today,
May thou in my November,
My sufferings allay.
Ah! Answer not tomorrow,
My agonising cry.
If to their voice of Sorrow,
I make Lord no reply.
But as I heed the sighing,
Of those who yearn for Thee,
Dear Lord when I am dying,
Do Thou remember me.


(Daniel A Lord, SJ)

Sin is the one thing that holds back the progress of men and women. True progress is man’s ascent to God. Only sin blocks his path.
Vice and crime throw human beings back to animal levels when they should be mounting toward the angels.
Death in mortal sin means the complete failure that is hell. It flings a man, who is destined for eternal happiness, into eternal loss and pain. Death in venial sin or with the punishment due to sin still on the soul means a halt in the progress toward heaven. The poor soul – poor indeed in his eagerness to reach God and the tedious, painful delay that keeps him from God – must linger in God’s prison-house.
This is the sad land of purgatory.
It is a place of anxious, almost impatient waiting.
Since there are in purgatory relatives we loved and friends we knew and thousands of others who call to us for help, we pause and say:

O God, the creator and redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of thy servants and handmaids departed, the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

Nothing else is humanly harder to bear than painful waiting.
All the souls in purgatory are sure one day to reach heaven. They know how wonderful heaven is and how desirable is God. But they cannot follow the violent impulse that drives them toward their happiness. They must hunger for God and still be withheld from the possession of Him.
In hell there is only bleak and hopeless despair.
In purgatory there is hope and certainty and love and eagerness – and long periods of waiting .… waiting …. waiting ….
There is suffering too in purgatory, the suffering that washes away in flame the stains of guilt and cleanses as with fire the soul that will eventually enter into the presence of the spotless God. But the real pain of purgatory is that awful eagerness for God who is just out of reach, and that longing to go home to heaven, which is almost seen but as yet unattainable.
Nothing defiled can enter heaven; that we know. So purgatory is the place where defilement is removed, where the souls that are destined for glory are prepared by punishment and tedious delay for their glorious home-coming with God.
For the love we bear our friends in purgatory we pray:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

This life on earth is, as we have heard a thousand times, a time of merit.
When through the Church’s indulgences we avail ourselves of the merits of Christ and of the saints, we can wipe away the guilt of forgiven sins and eliminate the punishment due to venial sins, as we can also do through penance and deeds of charity.
But once the soul enters purgatory, the time for that soul to gain merit is ended.
When we suffer on earth, we can offer our suffering to God, increasing thereby our future happiness in heaven and cancelling out the pains of purgatory. When a soul suffers in purgatory, he slowly and tediously cancels the debts of sins; he gains no further merit for heaven.
Nor are there indulgences in purgatory, nor fresh use of the merits of Christ, of His Mother, and of the saints.
Thanks however to our union in the Mystical Body of Christ, thanks to the communion of the saints, we can gain merit for the suffering souls. We can win indulgences and apply them to the period of waiting of these souls. We can cut their sufferings and speed their entry into heaven by whatever of good that we offer for them on earth.
In all generosity we say for these souls who depend upon us:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

Swiftly the memory even of the dear dead seems to pass from human minds.
Memory is like the tears upon a coffin, swiftly evaporated, quickly dried.
The rush of the days fills the minds and hands of the living. The press of old associations and the establishment of new friends helps supplant and elbow into dusty corners of our minds the friends now hidden in God’s penitentiary.
But these prisoners do not forget us.
In the slow, painful dragging of the days they have time to remember. They are so hungry for God that they have little heart for new companions. They are made sensitive – as pain always makes us sensitive – to memory, to neglect, to hope for deliverance, to the knowledge that those who once cried aloud their love have so swiftly forgotten.
With gratitude do they think of those who do remember them.
With sadness they think of those who have so swiftly dropped them.
They pray to God, who loves them even in their exile, for the thoughtful and the mindful. They beg that those who have pushed them away for the near and the living will drop into their prison house a thought, a prayer, a good deed in ransom.
Remembering our own dear dead, we pray for them:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

These in purgatory are the friends of God.
These are the souls who will in a short time be glorious and powerful saints in heaven.
Their souls are saved. Their crowns are awaiting them. Their thrones are prepared, and their mansions are ready.
God loves them deeply, as He loves all those faithful sons and daughters who fought the good fight.
Their prayers for others come straight to His throne. They can no longer pray for themselves; their time to merit is over. They can pray and they do pray for those on earth whom they love.
That loving mother in purgatory is interceding for her children …. That devoted father is now more devoted …. Those friends have not forgotten the value of their friendship …. Those relatives are bound to us with ties much closer than blood.
Most of all, the holy souls pray for their benefactors. Our slight remembering of them wins for us a great measure of intercession from them. We pray thoughtlessly; they pray with the intensity of souls who are coming ever closer to God. We ask for deliverance for them; they beg God for a thousand blessings for us.
In sheer wisdom and to our own advantage we say:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

Our souls hunger for God with far more intensity than ever a starving body hungers for food.
Here in this world we are distracted by the pressure of the life about us.
In purgatory there are no distractions.
Their eyes fixed on the closed gates of heaven, the holy souls long for God, yearn for God, hunger and thirst for God.
The terms of their sentence ring in their ears: “Thus and thus long shall you remain separated from your joy, until these sins and these misdeeds and these blemishes and these stains have been atoned for.”
Balanced against their consuming hunger for God is their certainty that they would not dare enter His presence with the slightest stain upon them. They almost wish that the fires burned more fiercely and more rapidly so that the pain could be at once more intense and more cleansing.
Imagine then their gratitude for every prayer or good deed by which we help them cleanse their souls and speed them on their way to God.
Imagine the leaping joy with which they welcome any act by which we cut their sentence, shorten their stay in purgatory, and hasten their entrance into heaven.
We can give joy to these holy souls here and now as we say:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

What food is to a starving man ….
What drink is to the parched sailor riding the tropic seas on a raft ….
What light is to the man long blind ….
What restored health is to the patient invalid ….
What freedom is to the prisoner ….
All this and far, far more is release from purgatory to a holy soul.
And when food …. light …. health …. freedom come suddenly, unexpectedly, the human heart leaps and bounds, and the soul knows the sharp ecstasy of joy.
So it is with each prayer that we say for the beseeching souls in purgatory.
Our prayer is bread and water and light and health; it is a reprieve and a release and freedom and a home-coming. It is the cutting of bonds, the lessening of weary waiting, the termination of exile, the sudden glorious lift that picks them up and seems almost to shoot them toward the center of their joy, God Himself.
For us that prayer is an almost careless gesture. For us a routine act of charity.
…. Prayer, an alms, a bit of fasting, a good deed done …. forgotten in the doing. For them something beyond price and measure, something for which they can repay us only in the immortal coin of eternity.
Such a good deed we perform as we pray:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

Then on a happy day release comes.
Perhaps for souls whose friends on earth forgot them and for whom because of valid reasons God showed no special consideration that release comes only at the end of long and bitter centuries. Perhaps it comes far sooner than they dared to hope. Their friends have remembered them. Prayers have poured in upon them. God has accepted these in part or in full payment of their debt.
But late or soon the release comes, the sentence is finished, the grim gates of purgatory swing open. Ahead are the white and shining portals of the eternal city.
Like the rush of light the released soul sweeps upward toward God.
Fierce winds have not the fierce intensity that marks this flight of a soul from exile to the happiness for which God destined it.
Then in the presence of God there is the moment of triumph, the welcome by the Trinity, the entrance into the heavenly mansion …. the enthronement of another saint. As that moment shall begin for that soul, an eternity of bliss and incomparable happiness that shall be without flaw, never to be marred by uncertainty or disillusionment. For then, the soul shall possess God for all eternity.
We can have part in that swift flight to joy if we pray:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.

Joy does not cause the souls in heaven to forget.
On the contrary joy makes them more alive to memory.
The soul that has entered into bliss does not for a second forget the generous friends on earth who helped him reach God and glory.
Now a saint in heaven, he uses to the full his power of intercession.
He prays God to be merciful and generous to the generous.
By name he mentions to Christ and to Mary those who mentioned his name when he was helpless to help himself.
He speaks to the Trinity about his friends.
He becomes in effect a mighty benefactor, persuasively beseeching God to extend mercy and grant favours to those who remembered him in purgatory.
He prays with the fervour of new-found joy that their passage through life will be safe, their stay in purgatory brief, their entrance into heaven swift and triumphant. He prays that one day they too might behold the beatific vision and see God, face to face through the endlessness of eternity. It is their unselfish urge to share so great a bliss that we ask them to send us.
To help insure for ourselves a shortened purgatory, we pray:

Recite “The Prayer For The Holy Souls”.


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