Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Novena for the Holy Souls - Day 3

Ask for Our Mother's Help

Our own prayers are efficacious in helping pay the debts of the poor souls in Purgatory. We could however, make our prayers even more helpful by seeking the assistance of Our Blessed Mother. She takes our small insignificant prayers and enhances them, embossing them – taking our stones and turning them into priceless jewels, which her Son, Our Lord accepts from her holy hands with joy. It would be a pious and good thing to offer your veneration of Mary and the saints with the intention of aiding the Poor Souls. If you help them, be assured they will help you in all your needs with their prayers.

The Blessed Virgin Mary said to St. Bridget of Sweden: “I am the Mother of the souls in Purgatory, their torments are continually eased in some manner through my intercession. For it pleases the Lord to remit in this manner some punishments which are theirs due by justice.” (Source: Thirty-Day Devotions for the Holy Souls by Susan Tassone. Our Sunday Visitor Pub.)

Let us pray for our faithful departed:

O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee by the precious blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the holy souls in purgatory, and in particular that one amongst them all which would be the last to depart out of those pains, that it may not tarry so long a time before it come to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless Thee forever. Amen+

Our Father, Hail Mary

Eternal rest grant unto them, let eternal light shine upon them, may they rest in peace. Amen+

Reflection on the end of man: What things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. (Galatians 8)

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