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!

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

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (April 1, 2012)

Here’s this week’s contributions to RAnn’s weekly Sunday Snippet meme (As always, come check out other Sunday Snippet posts, or join in with your own):

This is up late this week because we have been celebrating my son’s 7th birthday! We had a huge party yesterday and today was spent cleaning and recuperating. 🙂 In any case, I’ve been giving some link-love this week:

Weekly Goals

My latest Top Ten Favorite Blogs

Giving to God what is God and to Cesar (a link to Barb’s excellent post)

Guest Post: 5 Things to Think About Before Homeschooling

Giving to God What is God’s and to Caesar What is Caesar’s

Barb over at Suffering with Joy, has a fantastic, thought-provoking reflection about our Christian “rights, duties and obligations” as citizens of the US.

Here’s a peek:

“Our society has become confused as to what is Caesar’s and what is God’s. A large percentage of society, in fact, doesn’t believe in God and therefore doesn’t believe that anything belongs to Him. And so we have the fallacious law of behavior: what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine. And I’ll pay Caesar with your money to get the free stuff that Caesar “owes me”.

I highly recommend and encourage you to go to Barb’s blog and read her post here.

Why I Love Jesus

Barbara over at Suffering With Joy tagged me in the “Why I love Jesus” meme. It is a perfect meme for Lent. Here are the ground rules:

  • Those tagged will share 5 things they “love” about Jesus
  • Those tagged will tag 5 other bloggers
  • Those tagged will provide a link in the comment section here with their names (and responses) so that others can read them.

Having given the rules, I am going to break them by combining this meme with this week’s “Top Ten Tuesday” contribution and offer 10 reasons I love Jesus instead of 5:

1. He was born in a manger, in poverty, for my sake.

2. He lived 30 years in silence and obedience and humility for my sake.

3. He spent 3 years preaching and teaching and healing  and performing miracles for my sake.

4. He endured great suffering and pain before dying a horrible death for my sake.

5. He rose again in His own power, spent 40 days more on earth and Ascended into Heaven for my sake.

6. He sent the power of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of Confirmation, given  His Body in the Eucharist and strength in the Sacrament of Confession, for my sake.

7. He has given the Scriptures, His Living Word, as spiritual nourishment and food, for my sake.

8. He is ALWAYS there for me, loving me and showing me His infinite love and mercy.

10. He has given me the example of His mother and all the saints to help me understand what it means to love Him back!

In short, I love Jesus because He is EVERYTHING to me: my Savior, my Healer, my Friend, my Guide, my Truth, my ALL. Loving Jesus absolutely works for me!  By the way, Jesus did all of the above not only for my sake, but for YOURS. Why do you love Jesus?

I tag:

Anne at Living in the Two Hearts

Kathleen at So Much to Say, so Little Time

Joann at Into Stillness

Jen at the Big Binder

Angela at Free Spirit Haven