The souls in purgatory wait for our prayers. More often than not, we forget about these suffering souls very quickly after their deaths. November is the month the Church dedicates to praying for the souls in purgatory. This practice seems to ignite within us an awareness of the importance of praying for these souls. The Youtube video below by Jerome Chong, features a wonderful retired priest of our diocese, Rev. Msgr. Daniel J. Hermes. He is a kind, gentle man, who gives a wonderful homily concerning the souls. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I will also add a chaplet for the dead below the video.
The Chaplet of the Dead: To be prayed on rosary beads
This Chaplet is composed of four decades or 40 beads, in honor of the memory of the forty hours that our Lord Jesus Christ passed through Limbo, to deliver and conduct to heaven all the souls of the saints who died before him.
Begin with the De Profundis or One Our Father and one Hail Mary.
De Profundis: Psalm 129 Out of The Depths
Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If you, O Lord, shall mark iniquities; Lord, who can stand it?
For with Thee, there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even unto night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him plentious redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen
On the large beads pray:
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
O my God, I believe in Thee, because Thou art Truth Itself;
I hope in Thee because Thou art infinitely merciful;
I love Thee with my whole heart, and above all things because Thou art infinitely perfect, and I love my neighbor as myself for love of Thee.
I am truly sorry for having sinned, because Thou are infinitely good, and sin displeases Thee.
I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, never more to offend Thee. Amen
On the small beads pray:
Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.
Conclude with the De Profundis
Indulgence of 60 years each time it is prayed, applicable to the souls in purgatory.
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