Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prayers and Purgatory!

As All Souls' Day draws nearer, it is good to think about the many graces that are available for those who have gone before us and are enduring spiritual purification in purgatory. They can be our loved ones, members of our community, and souls we don't know from all places of the world and history. To pray for them is to help them in their journey to Heaven. And the cool thing is that once they get there - they'll be praying for us before the Throne of God! It's good to have friends in high places, so let's gain these many graces for our beloved departed.

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who fulfill the following conditions:
  • Visit a Church on November 2, All Souls' Day
  • Offer an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Pope's Intentions
  • Offer an Our Father and the Creed for the Faithful Departed
  • Make a good confession and be free from all attachment to sin
  • Receive Holy Communion that day (or ASAP following if unable that day)
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is also granted to the faithful who fulfill the following conditions:
  • on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed (the 'Eternal rest grant unto them...' suffices)
  • Offer an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Pope's Intentions
  • Make a good confession within a week of All Souls' Day (before or after)
  • Be free from all attachment to sin
  • Receive Holy Communion that day (or ASAP following if unable that day)