As we leave the month of November, specially dedicated to praying for those who have gone before us, we remember that praying for our loved ones is not limited just to November. On the contrary, November is devoted to the Holy Souls to re-kindle our love and our prayers for all the souls in purgatory, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Moving into the remembrance of the Incarnation by which we, and all the Holy Souls, were redeemed, we present them in a special way to our Infant King, asking Him Who Is Love Incarnate to pour forth His loving compassion upon these souls who long to see His face and to bring them fully into the Kingdom of His Love this Christmas season. Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace!
Through Thy Nativity, O Lord, deliver them!
"In profound adoration of the Most Holy Trinity, and under the patronage of Mary, Mother of the Church, and St. Louis Marie de Montfort..." ~ from the MSSR Vow Renewal Formula
At the end of a Sister's first year of profession, she renews her vows for three additional years. The ritual for the renewal of vows is simple, unadorned with the solemnity and symbols of first profession, yet this profession profoundly embraces the Sister in her totality, expressing the deepening of her spousal bond with Christ and her joyful intention to be His true mirror in all aspects of her life.
O Mary, Mother of Fairest Love, intercede for us, obtain for us all the graces we need to be pleasing to your Divine Son, to be fruitful in our apostolates for His glory, and for perseverance in grace and our vocation!
Loving Christ above all else!
Mary, Queen and Model of Religious, pray for us!
Blessed Solanus Casey, pray for us!
The life consecrated through the profession of the evangelical counsels is a stable form of living by which the faithful, following Christ more closely under the action of the Holy Spirit, are totally dedicated to God who is loved most of all, so that, having been dedicated by a new and special title to His honor, to the building up of the Church, and to the salvation of the world, they strive for the perfection of charity in the service of the kingdom of God and, having been made an outstanding sign in the Church, foretell the heavenly glory. ~ Code of Canon Law, 573.1
Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the "Mother" of Churches, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. St. John Lateran, as the Pope's Cathedral Church, holds a preeminent place in the life of the Church and this feast presents us with the opportunity to thank God for the gift of His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us!
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis: requiescant in pace. Amen.
November, the month dedicated to praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, is observed with special love by the Sisters. It is our custom to write out the names of our deceased loved ones and place the list on the altar so that they can be particularly remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the month. Each of the Sisters includes the Holy Souls in her daily prayers for the month and we strive to visit the graves of the faithful departed frequently, especially this first week when plenary indulgences can be gained for the souls in purgatory.
Indulgences for the Holy Souls
Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day
A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted to the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory on November 2nd, All Souls Day.
Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence on All Souls Day
Visiting a Cemetery
Praying for the Souls in Purgatory
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when saying the “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen." or " Resquiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis: requiescant in pace. Amen."
~ From the Handbook for Indulgences
“O Almighty God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one Communion and fellowship in the mystical body of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, grant us grace so to follow Thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those unspeakable joys which Thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love Thee; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.” ~ Collect for All Saints' Day
Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico
Christ the Crown of All the Saints
"When we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, we ought to repeat to ourselves the words that St. Augustine heard: Cur non poteris quod isti, quod istae? What reasons have we for not tending to holiness? Oh, I know well what each one is tempted to say: 'I have such or such a difficulty, I have such or such a trial to contend with, I cannot become saint.' But be sure that all the saints have met with such difficulties, such trials, and much greater ones than yours. Thus then none can say, 'Holiness is not for me.'" ~ From Blessed Abbot Marmion's book, Christ in His Mysteries
Mary, Queen of all saints, pray for us!
All ye Saints of God, intercede for us!
All ye consecrated to God, pray for us!