LANGUENTIBUS IN PURGATORIO


(The Suffering Souls in Purgatory) 

The suffering souls in Purgatory,
Who are being purified in excessive heat,
And are tormented by severe punishment,
Assist them, in your compassion, O Mary!

You are the open-wide fount who wash away the faults of men.
All you help, rejecting none:
Extend your hand to the Dead,
Who in pain languish continually, O Mary!

To you the souls of the Dead lovingly sigh,
Desiring to be rescued from pain
And to stand in your sight,
To possess eternal joys, O Mary!

As they groan, hasten, Mother;
In mercy, show them your heart.
May Jesus through His wounds
Be pleased to heal them: ask this, O Mary!

You are true hope to them that call upon you.
The Holy Souls Sodality cry to you for their brethren.
Appease your Son, that in Heaven
He may give them their reward, O Mary!

Grant that the tears we shed at the feet of the Judge,
And which you regard with kindness,
May soon extinguish the avenging flames,
That the Holy Souls may join the choirs of Angels, O Mary!

And when the strict accounting takes place
In the terrible and awesome Judgment of God,
As He judges us, supplicate your Son,
That with the Saints may be our portion, O Mary!

LITANY TO OUR LADY, HELP OF SOULS IN PURGATORY

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.

Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mary, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Holy Mother of God, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of the Angels, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Mother of Mount Carmel, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Mother most Merciful, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Mother of Compassion, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Mother of Pity, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.

Our Lady of Fatima, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of La Salette, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Ransom, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Quito, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of the Rosary, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady, Help of Christians, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Mercy, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Clemency, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Tears, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.
Our Lady of Victories, Intercede for the souls of the faithful departed.

Beg thy Son, to spare the souls in Purgatory, 
 We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, to deliver the souls in Purgatory from all pain, 
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, to deliver the souls in Purgatory from His just wrath, 
We beseech Thee, O Mericiful Mother, hear us.

From the flames of fire, beg thy Son to deliver the poor souls in Purgatory, 
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

From the region of the shadow of death, beg thy Son to deliver the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Through Thine Immaculate Conception, beg thy Son to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through the power of His Nativity, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through the power of His Most Holy Name, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through the multitude of His tender mercies, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through His most bitter Passion, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through His most Sacred Wounds, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through His most Precious Blood, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, through His ignominious death, by which He destroyed our death, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, Who didst absolve the sinner woman and hear the prayer of the good thief, to show mercy to the poor souls in Purgatory,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, to release our deceased parents, relations and benefactors from the bonds of their sins and the punishment due for them,
We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, to hasten the day of visiting His faithful departed soul, detained in the receptacles of sorrow, and to speedily transport them to the city of eternal peace, 
 We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Beg thy Son, to shorten the time of expiation for their sins and graciously admit them into the holy sanctuary, into which no unclean thing can enter, 
 We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

That through thy prayers and sufferings, and especially by the inestimable Sacrifice of thy Son on Calvary, renewed in each Sacrifice of the Mass, beg Jesus to receive them into the tabernacle of rest and crown their longing hopes with everlasting fruition, Son of God, We beseech Thee, Merciful Mother, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant them eternal rest.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant them eternal rest.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Grant them eternal rest.

V. Christ, hear us.
R. Christ, graciously hear us.

V. Lord, have mercy on us.
R. Christ, have mercy on us.

Pray the "Our Father" ….

V. And lead us not into temptation, 
R. But deliver us from all evil. Amen. 

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, Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy departed servants the remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired. Through the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and the intercession of His most Holy Mother. Amen.

Let us pray: O God, the Giver of pardon and the Lover of the salvation of men, we beg Thy clemency on behalf of our brethren, kinsfolk and benefactors who have departed this life, that by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints, Thou wouldst receive them into the joys of Thine everlasting kingdom. Through the merits of Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and the intercession of His most Holy Mother. Amen. 

Purgatory 

Our Lady Queen of PurgatoryWhat is purgatory? Purgatory is simply the place where already saved souls are cleansed of the temporal effects of sin before they are allowed to see the holy face of Almighty God. Revelation 21:27 tells us that “...nothing unclean will enter [Heaven].”

Purgatory is God’s way of ensuring that Revelation 21:27 is true and that nothing unclean will enter Heaven. It is only through Christ’s sacrifice that we are shown this mercy! It is Christ and Christ alone Who allows us access to the Father.

Many people ask, “Where is the word purgatory in the Bible?” It will not be found in the Bible, but the concept of a “final cleansing” or “purgation” for those who require it is very evident in the Bible, in the writings of the early Church Fathers, and in the Old Testament religion whence Christianity sprang.

Daniel 12:2, Matthew 12:32, 1 Corinthians 3:13-15, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Hebrews 12:14, Hebrews 12:22-23, 1 Peter 4:6 and Revelation 21:10, 27 all speak of purgatory in their telling of the need for purification, prayers for the dead, Christ’s preaching to the dead, and how nothing unclean will see God.

Tertullian says in his work, The Crown 3:3, dated A.D. 211: “We offer sacrifices for the dead on their birthday anniversaries.”

Cyprian of Carthage writes in A.D. 253: “It is one thing to stand for pardon, another thing to attain to glory; it is one thing, when cast into prison, not to go out thence until one has paid the uttermost farthing; another thing at once to receive the wages of faith and courage. It is one thing, tortured by long suffering for sins, to be cleansed and long purged by fire; another to have purged all sins by suffering. It is one thing, in fine, to be in suspense till the sentence of God at the day of judgment; another to be at once crowned by the Lord.”

St. Teresa of Avila interceding for the souls in purgatory The Church Fathers speak of purgation. For examples, St. John Chrysostom in his Homilies on 1 Corinthians 41:5, A.D. 392, says: “Let us not hesitateSt. Teresa of Avila interceeding for the Souls in Purgatory to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

And St. Augustine says in City of God, A.D. 419: “Temporal punishments are suffered by some in this life only, by some after death, by some both here and hereafter, but all of them before that last and strictest judgment. But not all who suffer temporal punishments after death will come to eternal punishments, which are to follow after that judgment.”

Archaeology also indicates the antiquity of the Christian belief in purgatory, the Final Theosis: the tombs of the ancient Christians were inscribed with words of petition for peace and for rest, and at the anniversaries of deaths, the faithful gathered at the graves of the departed to make intercession for those who had gone before.

Praying for the Dead

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass freeing souls from purgatory “And making a gathering, he [Judas] sent twelve thousand drachms of silver to Jerusalem for sacrifice to be offered for the sins of the dead, thinking well and religiously concerning the resurrection (for if he had not hoped that they that were slain should rise again, it would have seemed superfluous and vain to pray for the dead) and because he considered that they who had fallen asleep with godliness, had great grace laid up for them. It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” – II Maccabees 12:43-46

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass freeing the souls in PurgatoryThose who have died in a state of grace are not truly “dead”; they are our beloved in Heaven or in purgatory (on their way to Heaven) and will forever be, world without end, part of the Communion of Saints – the Church Triumphant (the Saints in Heaven, whether or not they are beatified or canonized), the Church Suffering (the saints in purgatory, the holy souls), and the Church Militant (the saints on earth).

Because we cannot know, aside from those the Church has beatified or canonized, who is already in Heaven, who is in purgatory for a time, or who is damned, we pray for the dead for the rest of our lives, assuming they are in purgatory, while hoping they are in Heaven and not damned.

We also ask those who have died to pray for us. While those whom the Church has deemed to be of the Church Triumphant (the canonized Saints) are in Heaven for certain and are, therefore, in no need of our prayers for them, we have always asked for them to pray for us. As to the Church Suffering in purgatory, St. Thomas Aquinas teaches that they are not able to know, by themselves, our prayers; however, it is piously believed, and taught by St. Alphonsus Liguori, that God makes our prayers known to them – not directly, as they are deprived of the beatific vision until they enter Heaven, but by infusing this knowledge into their souls. St. Bellarmine teaches that because the Church Suffering is so close to God – much closer than we are and having the great consolation of knowing they are saved – their prayers for us are very effective. So, as you pray for your dead loved ones and all the holy souls in purgatory, ask them to pray for you, too!

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