Chaplet for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

(I am reposting this prayer because it is a beautiful and appropriate prayer for today, All Souls Day.)

Traditionally in the Catholic Church, November is the month for remembering and praying for the dead – the holy souls in purgatory.

In 2 Maccabees 12:46 we learn that it “is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead.”

I’ve had a great devotion to the holy souls for a long time. I’ve always prayed the rosary, or novena for them and now, thanks to Barb at Suffering With Joy, I’ve discovered a new way to pray for the souls: a chaplet for the poor souls. It is a beautiful prayer that doesn’t take very long at all to pray!

Chaplet for the Poor Souls in Purgatory

For your convenience, I am posting the prayer here, but Barb has a short reflection on the holy souls that I encourage you to read.

Chaplet for the Poor Souls

On the large beads:

V. Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, the lamb without blemish or spot (1 Ps 1:19)

R. For the refreshment and deliverance of the souls in Purgatory

(One can add here, especially those of your family, or of your ancestry, or of priests. The Holy Spirit sometimes moves one to pray for particular groups of Holy Souls.)

Ten times on the small beads:

V. By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus –

R. Purify and deliver their souls.

After having said five decades, one concludes with:

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

V. May they rest in peace.

R. Amen.

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace!


Here is a printable version of this chaplet: Chaplet for the Poor Souls in Purgatory  No opt-in required.

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  1. Thanks for linking to my post. I enjoy visiting your site, too.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      No problem. I hope scores of people get inspired to pray the chaplet for all the souls in purgatory. 🙂

  2. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
    JBR…recently posted…STOPPING OUR PAINMy Profile

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I saw the shorter version recently and heard that Jesus promised St. Gemma the release of 1000 souls each time it’s prayed and I’ve been meaning to write it down so I could pray it. I’m going to have to print this out!
    Sylvia…recently posted…Sunday Snippets 11-13-2010My Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Yes, do print it! And make a few copies to give to anyone who may want to pray it as well.

      God is so good, isn’t He? Being able to release 1000 souls just for praying a prayer that takes only a few minutes to say. Why wouldn’t we say it??!!


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