Gratitude of the Delivered Souls.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Gratitude of the Delivered Souls.

PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION.

My God, I firmly believe that Thou art here present. I acknowledge that on account of my many sins I am utterly unworthy to appear before Thy sacred countenance. Yet, confiding in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, I venture to address Thee, to call upon Thy holy name, and meditate upon Thy commandments, in order that I may acquire a better knowledge of Thy holy will, and accomplish it with more fidelity. Wherefore enlighten my understanding that I may perceive what I ought to do or leave undone for the promotion of Thy glory and my own salvation; at the same time excite my will, that I may repent with my whole heart of my past sins, and resolve for the future to do all that Thou requirest of me. Grant me above all to know Jesus, my divine Teacher and Guide, more clearly, that I may love Him more dearly, and consequently labor, struggle and suffer with greater generosity and self-sacrifice in imitation of His example. Holy Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, show Jesus to me now, and let me study thy divine Son to the salvation of my soul. Holy Guardian Angel, keep far from me all distracting thoughts; my patron saint, come to my assistance. Amen.

Gratitude of the Delivered Souls.

Prelude.—Let us represent to ourselves the joy of a soul leaving the prison of Purgatory. Heaven is open before her, the angels and saints welcome her with fraternal joy, and the Heart of Jesus inclines Itself sweetly towards this new citizen of the heavenly Jerusalem; and she, in her turn, directs her gaze towards the soul to whose satisfactions she owes her deliverance.

Meditation.—The soul that we release from Purgatory is laid under a particular obligation to us, both because of the singular benefit it receives from entering all the sooner into glory, and also because of the tremendous sufferings from which it is delivered. Thus, it is bound to obtain for its benefactors perpetual graces and blessings from God. The blessed know that the good they have received is infinite, and being most grateful, they strive to show gratitude proportionate to the greatness of their enjoyment. But we gain more than the friendship of the souls we deliver: we gain the love of their guardian-angels, and of the saints to whom those souls were specially devoted; and we become also more dear to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, because of His pleasure at the release of His dear spouse, and her entry into His celestial joy.

Resolution.—Pray sometimes with particular confidence to the souls whose deliverance may have been hastened by our previous satisfactions, or which may have obtained their entrance into heaven.

Aspiration.—“According to the kindness that I have done to thee, thou shalt do to me.” (Genesis xxi. 23.)

EXAMPLE.

GENEROSITY OF BLESSED MARY OF THE ANGELS.

Mary of the Angels carried her charity towards the souls in Purgatory as far as offering to pay  for them. One year, on the eve of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, she expressed to her sisters a wish that they should all fast with her on bread and water, for the repose of the Holy Souls. The nuns assented with all their hearts, but their confessor forbade them to obey their fervent desire, and it happened that Mary of the Angels was immediately seized with an attack of violent fever, which kept her for the whole day in a most suffering condition. The next day a great number of souls appeared, to thank her, on their way to heaven.

PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION.

My God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the graces and all the light Thou hast conferred on me during this meditation. Pardon me all the negligence and the distractions of which I have been guilty, and give me strength to carry out the resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy honor. Help me to do this, sweet Virgin Mary; and if I ever forget my good resolutions, I entreat my Angel Guardian to recall them to my memory. Amen.

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November Devotion: The Holy Souls in Purgatory.

Virtues to practice: Charity and kindness.


Most loving Jesus, I humbly beseech Thee, that Thou Thyself wouldst offer to Thine eternal Father in behalf of the Holy Souls in purgatory, the Most Precious Blood which poured forth from the sacred wounds of Thine adorable Body, together with Thine agony and death. And do thou likewise, O sorrowful Virgin Mary, present unto Him, together with the dolorous Passion of thy dear Son, thine own sighs and tears, and all the sorrows thou didst suffer in His suffering, in order that, through the merits of the same, refreshment may be granted to the souls now suffering in the fiery torments of purgatory, so that, being delivered from that painful prison, they may be clothed with glory in heaven, there to sing the mercies of God for ever and ever. Amen.
Absolve, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from every bond of sin, that with Thy gracious assistance they may deserve to escape the judgment of vengeance and enjoy the blessedness of everlasting light.

V. Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
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.

Let us pray.

O, God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful; grant unto the souls of Thy servants and handmaids the remission of all their sins: that through our devout supplications they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.
Eternal rest, etc.

An indulgence of 3 years. A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if these prayers are said daily for a month (S. C. md., Sept. 15, 1888; S. P. Ap., April 25, 1934).

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