"Say the Rosary every day...Pray, pray a lot and offer
sacrifices for sinners...I'm Our Lady of the Rosary.
Only I will be able to help you.
...In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph." Our Lady at Fatima
The Holy Souls in Purgatory
"Pray! Pray very much! Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High." "Make everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended..." These were the words at the Angel's second appearance to the three children of Fatima.
2 MACCABEES, 12:45-46:
"And because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins."
One of my dearest personal devotions concerns the "Poor Souls", the souls who died in God's grace but await their entrance into Heaven because of the spiritual effects ofsin they have yet to atone for. The Poor Souls languish and are purified in the Fire of Divine Love in a state known as "Purgatory". As these souls can no longer help themselves through penance, prayer, and good works the Church encourages us to spiritually assist them by offering prayers and sacrifices on their behalf to lessen their time of purification.
It is said that the Poor Souls are very aware of their spiritual benefactors and gratefully intercede for those who assist with their release from Purgatory. They can also be powerful advocates at the hour of death, as there have been many reports of how the Poor Souls who have already reached Heaven, have appeared to their benefactors in the final moments of life both to comfort them in death then escort them into Paradise.
Here are just a few ways that a person can assist the Holy Souls:
1. Attend Mass on their behalf and/or have Masses offered for their relief/release.
2. Pray for them using traditional Prayers for the Dead (see below) or the Holy Rosary.
3. Perform charitable works on their behalf (e.g. visit a sick person, give alms, etc.)
4. Offer sacrifices, big or small, for them (fasting is especially powerful).
5. Last, but certainly not the least, encourage others to pray for them.
+ PRAYERS FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY +
* TRADITIONAL PRAYER FOR THE DECEASED:
Grant unto them, O Lord, eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
* ST. GERTRUDE'S PRAYER for the HOLY SOULS (as revealed to her by Our Lord):
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most precious blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ, in union with all the Masses being 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.