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Prayer for the poor souls in purgatory

"Eternal rest give to them, O Lord..."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned" (CCC 1030-1).

Augustine said, in The City of God, that "temporary punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by others after death, by others both now and then; but all of them before that last and strictest judgment." It is between the particular and general judgments, then, that the soul expiates its sins: "I tell you, you will never get out till you have paid the very last copper." (Luke 12:59).

Prayer for the poor souls in purgatory

O 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, My Jesus Mercy!
My brothers and sisters and other near relatives, My Jesus Mercy.
My godparents and sponsors of confirmation, My Jesus Mercy.
My Spiritual and temporal benefactors, My Jesus Mercy.
My friends and neighbours, My Jesus Mercy.
All for whom love or duty bids me pray, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who have offended me, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who have suffered disadvantage or harm through me, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who are especially beloved by You, My Jesus Mercy.
Those whose release is near at hand, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who desire most to be united to You, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who endure the greatest sufferings, My Jesus Mercy.
Those whose release is most remote, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who are least remembered, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who are most deserving on account of their services to the Church, My Jesus Mercy.
The rich, who now are the most destitute, My Jesus Mercy.
The mighty, who now are powerless, My Jesus Mercy.
Those once spiritually blind, who now see their folly, and idleness, My Jesus Mercy.
The poor, who did not seek treasures of heaven, My Jesus Mercy.
The tepid, who devoted little time to prayers, My Jesus Mercy.
The indolent, who neglected to perform good works, My Jesus Mercy.
Those of little faith, who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments, My Jesus Mercy.
The habitual sinners, who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace, My Jesus Mercy.
Parents who failed to watch over their children, My Jesus Mercy.
Superiors who were not solicitous for the salvation of those entrusted to them, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures, My Jesus Mercy.
The worldly-minded, who failed to use their wealth and talents in the service of God, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who did not provide for the life hereafter, My Jesus Mercy.
Those whose sentence is severe because of the great things entrusted to them, My Jesus Mercy.
The popes, kinds and rulers, My Jesus Mercy.
The bishops and their counselors, My Jesus Mercy.
My teachers and spiritual advisers, My Jesus Mercy.
The deceased priest of this diocese, My Jesus Mercy.
The priests and religious of the Catholic Church, My Jesus Mercy.
The defender of the holy faith, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who fought for their country, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who were buried in the sea, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who died of apoplexy, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who died of heart attacks, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who suffered and died of cancer, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who died suddenly in accidents, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who died without the last rites of the Church, My Jesus Mercy.
Those who shall die within the next twenty four hours, My Jesus Mercy.
My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Your judgement seat, My Jesus Mercy.

PRAYER

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them; For evermore with Your Saints, because You are gracious.

P. The Lord be with you.
S. And with your spirit.

May the prayer of Your suppliant people, we beseech you, O Lord, benefit the souls of Your departed servants and handmaids: That You may both deliver them from all their sins, and make them to be partakers of Your redemption, Amen. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine on them, Amen.

May their souls and souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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