“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
O Great Saint Joseph
O Great Saint Joseph, you were completely obedient to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Obtain for me the grace to know the state of life that God in His providence has chosen for me. Since my happiness on earth, and perhaps even my final happiness in heaven, depends on this choice, let me not be deceived in making it. Obtain for me the light to know God's Will, to carry it out faithfully, and to choose the vocation which will lead me to a happy eternity. Amen.
St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Corinthians tells us, “Every man’s work shall be manifest; for the day of the Lord shall declare it, because it shall be revealed in fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work burn, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as by fire.”
Death cannot destroy the affection your loved ones bore for you in life, but that affection is now sweeter, purer, more constant. United with God in Heaven, are offering atonement to Him in Purgatory, they love us with a deeper, everlasting love.
Prayers for the Faithful departed far more acceptable to God than prayers for the living: for
the suffering souls are in the greatest need and cannot help themselves.
St. Ambrose tells us: “All that we give through charity to the Souls in Purgatory is changed
into grace for us, and after our death we will find the merit of it increased a hundredfold.”
O Lord Jesus Christ, have compassion on Thy Church suffering. Temper Thy justice with pity and open the gates of Heaven for the souls in Purgatory, that they may praise and glorify Thee forever. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, deliver the souls of the faithful departed from the flames of hell, and let Thine angels bring them into the holy light. We offer Thee, O Lord, a sacrifice of prayer and praise, accept them in behalf of all the souls in Purgatory, that they may pass from death to life everlasting with Thee in heaven. Amen.
O Lord Jesus, by the merits of the sorrows of Thy Virgin Mother, release from Purgatory the soul that is dearest to Thee. Place it today in Heaven, that in union with the angels and Thy Blessed Mother it may forever praise Thee. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, by Thy terrible agony in the Garden, we beseech Thee to have pity on the Souls in Purgatory, particularly the soul who has the most to suffer through us. Deliver it from the torments, that it may join the heavenly throng in forever glorifying Thee. Amen.