FRIENDS OF THE SUFFERING SOULS


ROSARY FOR THE HOLY SOULS
IN PURGATORY


ROSARY
LITANY FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
PRAYER FOR A DECEASED PERSON
PRAYER OF ST NICHOLAS
PRAYER OF ST GERTRUDE
PRAYER OF CARDINAL NEWMAN
ST NICHOLAS OF TOLENTINE


 ROSARY

Creed, Our Father, three Hail Marys...

1. The Agony in the Garden
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your bloody sweat of fear that You shed on the Mount of Olives, we ask You to have Mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Deliver them from their fear and pain and console them with the Cup of Heavenly Comfort!
Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. ...
The Fatima prayer: 0 my Jesus...


2. The Scourging at the Pillar
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your painful Scourging which You tolerated so patiently for us sinners, we ask You to have Mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Retract from them the pain of Your Anger and give them Eternal Relief.
Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. ...
The Fatima prayer: 0 my Jesus...


3. The Crowning of Thorns
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your painful Crowning which You suffered so patiently
for us sinners, we ask You to have mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory and give them the crown of Eternal Delight!
Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. ...
The Fatima prayer: 0 my Jesus...


4. The Carrying of the Cross

Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your painful Car­rying of the Cross, which You suffered so patiently for us sinners, we ask You to have Mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Re­move from them the heavy burden of suffer­ing and lead them into Eternal Peace!
Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. ...
The Fatima prayer: 0 my Jesus...

5. Jesus Dies on the Cross
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Your painful Cru­cifixion, which You suffered so patiently for us sinners, we ask You have Mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory! Turn Your Holy Face toward them and let them today be in Paradise with You!
Lord, grant them eternal rest and let perpetual light shine upon them. ...
The Fatima prayer: 0 my Jesus...


After the fifth decade we pray:

Lord, Jesus Christ, through your five Holy Wounds and through all of Your Sacred Blood that You shed, we ask You to have Mercy on the Holy Souls in Purgatory , and in particular for our parents, relatives, spiritual guides, and benefactors! Heal their painful wounds and let them enjoy and participate fully in Your Salvation. Amen.

Let us pray
Hail Holy Queen.....
Saint Michael the Archangel.............
Remember 0 Most Gracious ......

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LITANY for Specific Souls in Purgatory

0 Jesus, You suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness. Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of my dear parents and grand­parents.
Response: Jesus, have Mercy!
My brothers and sisters and other near relatives,
My Godparents and sponsors of Confirmation,
My spiritual and temporal benefactors,
My friends and neighbours,
All for whom love or duty calls me to pray,
Those who have suffered disadvantages or harm through me,
Those who are especially beloved by You,
Those whose release is near at hand,
Those who desire most to be united with You,
Those who endure the greatest sufferings,
Those who are least remembered,
Those whose release is most remote,
Those who are most deserving because of their services to the Church,

The rich, who now are the most destitute,
The mighty, who now are 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 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 advisers,
The Priests and religious of the Catholic Church,
The defenders of the holy faith,
Those who died on the battlefield,
Those who fought for their country,
Those who were buried in the sea,
Those who died of apoplexy,
Those who died of heart attacks,
Those who suffered and died of cancer or AIDS,
Those who died suddenly in accidents, Those who died without the last rites of the Church,
Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours,
My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Your judgment seat,


Eternal rest grant unto them, 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them forever more
with Your Saints because You are so gracious.

Priest/Prayer Leader: The Lord be with you.

Response: And with your Spirit.

ALL: May the prayer of your suppliant people, we beseech you, 0 Lord, benefit the souls of your departed servants and handmaids, that You both deliver them from all their sins and make them partakers of your redemption. Amen.

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Prayer for a Deceased Person

0 Lord, God of Holiness and Light, You do not allow any shadow of darkness or evil in Your sight and so in Your Mercy You grant to those who have left this world burdened with sin, a time of purification, applying to them the spiritual treasures of Your Holy Church. Hear my prayer and through the merits of Christ, the Blessed Virgin, the Saints, and all of Your faithful people, bring to an end this time of waiting for our beloved dead, especially for (.....).

In Your Providence You have chosen Saint Nicholas of Tolentine as a special intercessor on behalf of the departed; hear also his fervent prayer for those whom I recommend to You, through his intercession.


Prayer OF ST NICHOLAS for the Deceased

Saint Nicholas, you were attentive to the pleas of many needy souls and through your prayer and penance you hastened their enjoyment of the Vision of God. Look with compassion on our beloved deceased, and obtain for them by your prayers the full forgiveness of their sins so that they may experience the happiness and peace of the Father's Presence.
Saint Nicholas of Tolentine pray for us.

(Repeat three times) Jesus and Mary I love You, save souls

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Prayer of Saint Gertrude

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen

Cardinal Newman's Prayer

0 most gentle heart of Jesus, ever present in the Blessed Sacrament, ever consumed with burning love for the poor captive souls in Purgatory, have mercy on the souls of Your servants.

Bring them from the shadows of exile to Your bright home in Heaven, where we trust You and Your Blessed Mother have woven for them a crown of unfolding bliss. Amen.

Saint Nicholas (Carruti) of Tolentine

(1245-1305) was a simple priest and Augustinian Friar who touched the lives of many. His spirit of prayer, penance and devotion to the Holy Souls was notable. He often fasted and performed other works of penance, spending long hours in prayer. He received visions, including images of Purgatory, which friends ascribed to his lengthy fasts. He had a great devotion to the recently dead, praying for the souls in Purgatory as he travelled around his parish, and often late into the night. The story is told that Nicholas, while asleep in bed, heard the voice of a deceased Friar he had known. This Friar told Nicholas that he was in Purgatory, and urged him to celebrate the Eucharist for him and other souls there, so that they would be set free by the power of Christ. Nicholas did so for seven days. The Friar again spoke to Nicholas, thanking him and assuring him that a large number of souls were now with God. In 1884 Pope Leo XIII proclaimed Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Patron Saint of the Souls in Purgatory. Feast Day: September 10th.

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