Remembering your dearly departed during the month on November in our daily Masses

Dear Friends and Supporters of St. Mary’s Hermitage,

November will be here soon, and our minds turn toward Purgatory and the Holy Souls who dwell there for a period of time, expiating their faults. Holy Mother Church admonishes us to pray more fervently for those souls, both those we know and unknown to us, during the month of November.

You may be aware, the custom we keep in our chapel here is to place the names of our and your deceased family members and all our other loved ones and friends on our altars, where our priest faithfully remembers these souls at each one of our Masses offered during the month of November. We wish to invite you to send us, before the 1st of November, the names of the deceased you wish to remember and we would be happy to include these souls to this great gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for their speedy release from purgatory and into eternal peace. One Mass is four offered at our chapel each day, and a remembrance of your deceased loved ones will be made at each Mass, each day during the month of November, starting on Holy Souls Day.

We are rightly told to pray for the souls in purgatory. But we also believe that they will also be praying for us. It makes sense if you think about it: they are, after all, closer to God than we are, and therefore their petitions may have greater intercessory power. This was in fact, the basic argument of many theologians and saints such as St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Catherine of Genoa.

Mary is the “consolation of the souls in Purgatory”: In the writings of St. Brigid, tells us about hearing Jesus say to His mother: “You are My Mother, the Mother of Mercy, and the consolation of the souls in purgatory.” St. Brigid also tells us that Mary told her that as a poor, sick person, bedridden, suffering, and abandoned, will be relieved by words of encouragement and consolation, and so are the souls in Purgatory consoled and relieved by simply hearing her name.

To make the customary offering of €10 for the remembrance or more for as many names as you wish to submit, PLEASE CLICK HERE your donation will serve to support St. Mary’s Hermitage and email us the details (full name or names, your name and contact details).

If we knew we could still help those we love who have departed from this world, wouldn’t we want to do everything that we could for them?  By virtue of the comforting doctrine of the Communion of Saints, the prayers and merits by each one of us is capable of helping many; the Church is able to add her prayers to those of the Saints in heaven and of those in purgatory and provide what is lacking to all the souls in purgatory – most especially through the sacrifice of the Holy Mass. Yet also during those moments that you cut into your day for your own personal prayers,  including the charitable remembrance of “our brethren who have passed out of this life.”  Of Heaven, Holy Scripture says, “There shall not enter into it any thing defiled, or that worketh abomination or maketh a lie, but they that are written in the book of life of the Lamb.” (Apocalypse 21:27)

If we know more about the life of these souls in purgatory who are being purified by God after death, we would begin to understand both their sufferings and their joys.  Understanding gives wisdom and greater charity to our prayers for them. 

To learn more about this mystery of mercy in God’s loving Providence over our souls please read these books by following the links:

Purgatory by Henry Grey Graham

The souls in purgatory by Fr. Joseph Husslein SJ

The consolations of purgatory by Fr. Henry Faure SM

A Remembrance for the living to pray for the dead by Fr. James Mumford SJ

PRAYERS FOR EVERY DAY IN THE WEEK IN AID OF THE SOULS IN PURGATORY.

FOR SUNDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which thy divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and amongst them all, especially that soul which is most destitute of aid ; and bring it to thy glory, there to praise and bless thee for ever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundis.

FOR MONDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which thy divine Son Jesus shed in his cruel scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory, and amongst them all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into thy glory ; that so it may soon begin to praise and bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundis.

FOR TUESDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which thy divine Son Jesus shed in his bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and in particular, amongst them all, deliver that one which would be the last to issue from those pains, that it tarry not so long a time before it comes to praise thee in thy glory and bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundi’s.

FOR WEDNESDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which thy divine Son Jesus shed through the streets of Jerusalem when he carried the cross upon his sacred shoulders, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that soul which is richest in merits before thee ; that so, on that throne of glory which awaits it, it, may magnify thee and bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundi*.

FOR THURSDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious body and blood of thy divine Son Jesus, which he gave with his own hand upon the eve of his passion to his beloved apostles to be their meat and drink, and which he left to his whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and life-giving food of his own faithful people,deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one which was most devoted to this mystery of infinite love ; that, with thy divine Son, and with thy Holy Spirit, it may ever praise thee for this thy wondrous love in thy eternal glory. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundi’s.

FOR FRIDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which thy divine Son shed on this day, upon the wood of the cross, from his most sacred hands and feet, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that soul for which I am most bound to pray; that the blame rest not with me that thou bringest it not forthwith to praise thee in thy glory and to bless thee forever. Amen.

Our Father ; Hail Mary, and the De profundis.

FOR SATURDAY.

Lord God almighty, I beseech thee, by the precious blood which gushed forth from the side of thy divine Son Jesus, in the sight and to the extreme pain of his most holy mother, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one amongst them all which was ever the most devout to this great lady ; that it may soon attain unto thy glory, there to praise thee in her, and her in thee, world without end. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De profundis.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Leo XII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 1 8, 1826, granted to all the faithful who, with at least contrite heart and devotion, shall say these prayers assigned for each day of the week, with the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the De profundis, and pray, moreover, for some time, for the intention of his Holiness: An indulgence of one hundred days, once a day.

NOVENA OR SEVEN DAYS DEVOTION IN SUFFRAGE FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY.

The Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IX., by a rescript dated at Gaeta, Jan. 5, 1849, and by another of the S. Congr. of Bishops and Regulars, – Jan. 28, 1850, and finally by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Nov. 26, 1876, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, devoutly make at any time during the year the novena or seven days’ devotion in suffrage for the souls in Purgatory, with any formula of prayer, provided it be approved by competent ecclesiastical authority, An indulgence of three hundred days, on each day.

A plenary indulgence, either during the course of the novena or seven days devotion, or upon one of the eight days immediately following, if, truly penitent, having confessed and communicated, they pray for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

CATHOLIC LEAGUE OF PERPETUAL SUFFRAGE FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY.

In order to maintain and diffuse ever more and more among the faithful the holy and salutary thought of praying for the departed, some pious Romans projected and proposed a so called Catholic League of perpetual suffrage for the holy souls in purgatory, to which any one may belong by reciting each day, three times, Give them eternal resit, etc., in behalf of the holy souls.

His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, Aug. 19, 1880, granted to all the faithful who, with contrite hearts, recite, three times, Give them eternal rest, etc.: An indulgence of two hundred days, once a day.

THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a decree of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, January 17, 1888, granted to the faithful who shall perform some pious practice for the relief of the souls in Purgatory, every day during the whole month of November, whether in public or in private, An indulgence of seven years and as many quarantines on each day of the month; A plenary indulgence, once during the same month, on any day of the month, on the usual conditions: Confession and Communion, and a visit to a church or public oratory, and there praying for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

AN OFFERING TO THE FIVE WOUNDS OF OUR LORD FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY.

Prevent, we beseech thee, O Lord, our actions by thy inspirations, and further them with thy continual help; that every prayer and work of ours may always begin from thee, and through thee be likewise ended. Through Christ our Lord:

Eternal rest give to them, O

Lord, and let perpetual

light shine upon them.

OFFERING.

We offer to thee, Eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to thee that are now in Purgatory, the most Precious Blood which flowed from the wound in the left foot of Jesus, thy Son, our Saviour, and the grief of Mary, his most loving Mother, present on Calvary when he was so cruelly wounded.

Pater, Ave and Requiem.

We offer to thee, Eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to thee that are now in Purgatory, the most Precious Blood which flowed from the wound in the right foot of Jesus, thy Son, our Saviour, and the grief of Mary, his most loving Mother, present on Calvary when he was so cruelly wounded.

Pater, Ave and Requiem.

We offer to thee, Eternal Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to thee that are now in Purgatory, the most Precious Blood which flowed from the wound in the left hand of Jesus, thy Son, our Saviour, and the grief of Mary, his dearest Mother, present on Calvary when he was so cruelly wounded.

Pater, Ave and Requiem,

We offer to thee, Eternal Divine Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to thee that are now in Purgatory, the most Precious Blood which flowed from the wound in the right hand of Jesus, thy Son, our Saviour, and the grief of Mary, his dearest Mother, present on Calvary when he was so cruelly wounded.

Pater, Ave and Requiem.

We offer to thee, Eternal Divine Father, Father of mercies, for those souls so dear to thee that are now in Purgatory, the most Precious Blood and the water which flowed from the opened side of Jesus, thy Son, our Saviour, and the grief of Mary, his most loving Mother, present on Calvary when he was so cruelly wounded.

Pater, Ave and Requiem.

PRAYER.

And now, in order that our poor prayers may be made more worthy to be offered to God, we turn to thee f most gracious Lord Jesus, and humbly entreat thee that thou wouldst thyself offer to thy Eternal Father the sacred wounds in thy feet and hands and thy sacred side, together with thy most Precious Blood, thy agony and thy death. And thou, too, most sorrowful Mother, Mary, offer up, with the bitter passion of thy most beloved Son, the sighs and tears and all thy grief in his sufferings; in order that, through the merits of them all, the souls now suffering in the burning flames of Purgatory may obtain relief and refreshment, and thus, freed from that prison-house of torments, they may be clothed with glory in heaven, and there praise the divine mercy forever Amen.

Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sins, that by thy help they may be enabled to escape the judgment of punishment and enjoy the happiness of light eternal.

V. Eternal rest, etc.

R. And let perpetual light, etc.

V. From the gates of hell.

R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto thee.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

LET US PRAY.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that through pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which

they have always desired. Who livest, etc. Eternal rest, etc.

His Holiness, Leo XIII., by a rescript of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, September 15, 1888, granted to the faithful who shall recite the above offerings An indulgence of two hundred days, once a day.

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