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Belated prayer for souls in Purgatory and reminder on Plenary Indulgences November 2, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Interior Life, sanctity, Spiritual Warfare, Tradition, Virtue.

Hopefully you’ve been to Mass today.  I have not, yet.  I’ve been having a really tough time of late.  My truck transmission, which I had been trying to save for weeks, finally imploded last night.  There’s a nice unexpected $2000 bill.  I am so busy at work I barely have time to breathe, let alone blog.  This may continue for some time.  So here’s a quick if late post containing a prayer for the souls in Purgatory as well as requirements regarding gaining a plenary indulgence for the poor souls.  It’s not easy.

After each invocation say:
My Jesus, mercy
O JESUS, Thou didst suffer and die that all mankind

might be saved and brought to eternal happiness.

Through the Agony of Thine Crown of Thorns

I offer it to Thy Eternal Father that Thou wilt

hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:
My dear parents and grandparents,

My brothers and sisters and other near relatives,
My godparents and sponsors of Confirmation,
My spiritual and temporal benefactors,
My friends and neighbors,
All for whom love or duty bids me pray,
Those who have offended me,
Those who have suffered disadvantage of harm through me,
Those who are especially beloved by Thee,
Those whose release is near at hand,
Those who desire most to be united to Thee,
Those who endure the greatest suffering,
Those whose release is most remote,
Those who are least remembered,
Those who are most deserving on

account of their services to the Church,
The rich who are now the most destitute,
The mighty who are now powerless,
The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly,
The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness,
The poor, who did not seek the treasures of Heaven,
The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer,
The indolent, who neglected to perform good works,
Those of little faith, who neglected

the frequent reception of the Sacraments,

The habitual sinners, who owe

their salvation to a miracle of grace,
Parents who failed to watch over their children,

Superiors who were not solicitous

for the salvation of those entrusted to them,
Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures,

The worldly minded, who failed to

use their wealth and talents in the service of God,

Those who witnessed the death of others,

but would not think of their own,
Those who blasphemed and committed

sacrilege without due reparation,
Those who violated the dignity of the human body

and mind through impurity,
Those who are Purgatory because of me,
Those who did not provide for the life hereafter,
Those whose sentence is severe because

of the great things entrusted to them,
The popes, kings and rulers,
The bishops and their counselors,
My teachers and spiritual advisors,

The deceased priests of this diocese,


The priests and religious of the Catholic Church,
The defenders of the holy Catholic Faith,

Those who died on the battlefield,
Those who fought for their country,
Those who were buried in the sea,
Those who died suddenly in accidents

and from other causes,
Those who died of sudden illness,
Those who suffered and died of lingering illnesses,
Those who died without the last rites of the Church,
Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours,
For those who procured abortions or aborted their children,
For those who promoted or practiced contraception,
For those who gave scandal, especially to children,
My own poor soul when I shall have to

appear before Thy judgment seat.
Eternal rest grant unto all of these,

O Lord; and let the perpetual light of

Thine countenance shine upon them soon. Amen.

Prepare now to assist in helping the poor souls in purgatory.  Many poor souls (also known as holy souls because they can no longer commit any sins) have no one to pray for them. Less than 1% of those who die go straight to heaven.  We can never assume our recently deceased friends and relatives are in heaven, even if they were fortunate to receive an apostolic blessing before they died.


(1) compile your list of deceased relatives and friends

and enroll them in novena masses and prayers during the month of November

(2) Plan to go to confession on to offer indulgences for the holy souls

The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all the days from November 1 to November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed (standard requirements for indulgences apply*).

Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer, “Requiem aeternum, dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).

*Requirements for obtaining a plenary indulgence:

Do the work while in a state of grace,
Receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception),
Receive Eucharistic communion (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception),

Pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient),

Have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.

Requirements for a partial indulgence: The work must be done while in a state of grace and with the general intention of earning an indulgence.


Only baptized persons in a state of grace who generally intend to do so may earn indulgences.

Indulgences cannot be applied to the living, but only to the one doing the work or to the dead.

Only one plenary indulgence per day can be earned (except for prayer at the hour of one’s own death).

Several partial indulgences can be earned during the same day.

If only part of a work with plenary indulgence attached is completed, a partial indulgence still obtains.

If the penance assigned in confession has indulgences attached, the one work can satisfy both penance and indulgence.

Confessors may commute the work or the conditions if the penitent cannot perform them due to legitimate obstacles.

In groups, indulgenced prayer must be recited by at least one member while the others at least mentally follow the prayer.

If speech/hearing impairments make recitation impossible, mental expression or reading of the prayer is sufficient.

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