Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Prayer to our Lady for the Souls in Purgatory

Holy Mother Church encourages the faithful to pray for the Souls in Purgatory throughout the year, but we especially are encouraged to pray and offer sacrifices for them during the month of November. The following prayer to our Lady asks for Mary's intercession for the Suffering Church, those Souls in the purifying fires of Purgatory.

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Our Lady of Intercession

Most holy Mary, Our Lady of Intercession whose maternal tenderness gathers in one embrace all the souls redeemed by the Precious Blood of thy Son Jesus, we come before thy royal throne with sadness in our hearts as we remember those who have gone before us, but also with unlimited confidence in thine intercession. Death, which burst asunder the bonds of earth, has not destroyed the affection which binds us to those who lived in the same faith as we do. O Mary, countless souls await with unutterable anxiety the assistance of our prayers, and the merits of our good works in that place of expiation. Urged by the charity of Jesus Christ, we raise our countenance and heart in supplication to thee, the compassionate Mother of all believers, in favor of those suffering souls. Make our prayers of good effect, O Mary; obtain for them the power to move the Heart of Jesus our Redeemer through thy motherly intercession.

Let thine incomparable holiness supply the defects of our misery, thy love make good our languid affection, thy power strengthen our weakness. Grant, O Queen of Heaven, that the ardent desire of the souls of the departed to be admitted to the Beatific Vision may soon be satisfied. We pray to thee, O Mother, especially for the souls of our relations, of priests, of those who were zealous in honoring thee, of those who did good to the souls of others, of those who wept with them and for them and, finally, for the souls of those who are forgotten. Grant that one day, when we are all reunited in Heaven, we may be able to rejoice in the possession of God, in the happiness of thy dear presence, in the fellowship of all the Saints, thanking thee forever for all the blessings thou hast obtained for us, O Mother, who art our unfailing comfort. Amen.

***Hail Mary three times, and one Eternal rest grant unto them, etc.
---The Raccolta

The following link provides a beautiful rendition of the "Dies Irae" chant.  This hymn is the marvelous Latin hymn used in Requiem Masses and also fitting to recite or sing for the holy souls.


  1. You are welcome! I hope you and your family have blessed upcoming feast days of All Saints and All Souls! God bless!


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