Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory - Hozana

Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

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Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

InactiveJoin us for nine days of prayers with St. Alphonsus Liguori for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, to lessen their suffering and hasten their entrance into Heaven.

InactiveJoin us for nine days of prayers with St. Alphonsus Liguori for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, to lessen their suffering and hasten their entrance into Heaven.

From Oct 25 to Nov 2, 2019 - Every day

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St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) - bishop, founder of the Redemptorist order, patron saint of moral theologians, and Doctor of the Church - considered prayer for the Faithful Departed as one of the most important duties of Christian charity. 

The Holy Souls in Purgatory (or the Faithful Departed) are members of the Church who are undergoing the purification of their souls before entering Heaven. They are dubbed "the Church Suffering", in opposition to "the Church Triumphant" - the Saints in Heaven - and the "Church Militant" - the Saints on Earth. 

The souls in purgatory are unable to pray for themselves, nor can they do anything to lessen their sufferings and shorten their stay in purgatory. That's why they depend on us to pray for them. Praying for them is a great act of charity that diminishes their suffering, and allows them to complete their purification process faster. 

Consider the Communion of Saints, with its three intertwined entities: The Church Triumphant prays for the Church Militant, and we - the Church Militant - pray for the Church Suffering. It works both ways, as the Holy Souls will pray for us in return to express their gratitude. As thus, while we are praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we can request that they pray for us: during this novena, we will mention the favor we hope to obtain from God through their intercession. 

If you feel inclined to do so, please share in the comments section the name of your departed beloved ones, relatives, friends, acquaintances. We will pray for each one of them by name. 

November is a good time of the year to pray this novena, since we are remembering the Faithful Departed on November 2nd. But you can pray this novena anytime during the year as part of a special devotion to the Holy Souls. 

Content of the novena:
Everyday, you'll receive:

  • A Bible verse,
  • A short meditation,
  • A daily prayer, 
  • The recurrent prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, O Most Sweet Jesus).

It's not a lot and it won't take too much of your time, but the effects are considerable!

Picture: Candles placed at the graves during the All Souls' Day ceremony of Homage and Remembrance at Newark Cemetery, by Laurence Goff.  

Community prayer

O Most Sweet Jesus

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them, O Lord, have mercy on them. O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord. O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord. O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord. O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord. O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord. O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

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