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November 2nd, 2008

November 02 – All Souls’ Day

All Souls\' Day

All Soul’s Day also known as “The Day of the Dead” is a Roman Catholic day of remembrance for friends and loved ones who have passed away. The living pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. All Souls’ Day commemorates the faithful departed. This day is observed in the Roman Catholic Church, churches of the Anglican Communion, Old Catholic Churches, and to some extent among Protestants. All Souls’ Day is also known as the Feast of All Souls, Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed.

The commemoration of all the faithful departed is celebrated by the Church on 2 November, or, if this be a Sunday or a solemnity, on 3 November. The day purposely follows All Saint’s Day in order to shift the focus from those in heaven to those in purgatory. It is celebrated with masses and festivities in honor of the dead. While the Feast of All Saints is a day to remember the glories of Heaven and those there, the Feast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven.

The Office of the Dead must be recited by the clergy and all the Masses are to be of Requiem, except one of the current feast, where this is of obligation. The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins.

It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven. Upon death, it is believed that souls have not yet been cleansed of sin. Praying for souls of loved ones helps to remove the stain of sin, and allow the souls to enter the pearly gates of heaven. Through prayer and good works, living members of the church may help their departed friends and family. There are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven: one for the celebrant, one for the departed, and one for the pope.

This is the day when the Church commemorates and prays for the holy souls in Purgatory, undergoing purification of their sins before entering heaven.

Prayers:-

Merciful Father,
hear our prayer and console us.
As we renew our faith in Your Son,
whom You raised from the dead,
strengthen our hope
that all our departed brothers and sisters
will share in His resurrection,
who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Eternal Rest grant unto them (him/her),
O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them (him/her).
May they (he/she) rest in peace.

We suppliants, O Lord,
pour forth our prayers
for the souls of Thy servants and handmaids,
that Thou wouldst mercifully pardon
whatsoever they have committed
through human frailty
and graciously bring their sufferings to an end.
Through Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

My God,
bestow Thy blessings and Thy mercies
on all persons
and on those souls in Purgatory
for whom I am in charity, gratitude, or friendship bound
and have the desire to pray. Amen

O God,
who has commanded us
to honor our father and mother:
in your mercy
have pity on the souls of my father and mother
and forgive them their trespasses;
and make me to see them again
in the joy of everlasting brightness. Amen.

Incline Thine ear, O Lord,
unto our prayers,
wherein we humbly pray Thee
to show Thy mercy
upon the soul of Thy servant [Name],
whom Thou hast commanded
to pass out of this world,
that Thou wouldst place him
in the region of peace and light,
and bid him be a partaker with Thy Saints.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We beseech Thee, O Lord,
according to Thy loving-kindness,
have mercy upon the soul of Thy handmaiden [Name],
and now that she is set free
from the defilements of this mortal flesh,
restore her to her heritage of everlasting salvation.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the bloody sweat
which Thou didst suffer
in the Garden of Gethsemane,
have mercy on these Blessed Souls.
Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the pains
which Thou didst suffer
during Thy most cruel scourging,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the pains
which Thou didst suffer
in Thy most painful crowning with thorns,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the pains
which Thou didst suffer
in carrying Thy cross to Calvary,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the pains
which Thou didst suffer
during Thy most cruel Crucifixion,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the pains
which Thou didst suffer
in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus,
through the immense pain
which Thou didst suffer
in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul,
have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

(Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention your intentions here)

Blessed Souls,
I have prayed for thee;
I entreat thee, who are so dear to God,
and who are secure of never losing Him,
to pray for me a miserable sinner,
who is in danger of being damned,
and of losing God forever. Amen.

October 1st, 2008

The Purgatory – Part 04

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Read this Part 04 only after reading the first three parts linked below…

The Purgatory – Part 01

The Purgatory – Part 02

The Purgatory – Part 03

If a soul completes its purification on Earth itself, through prayer, deeds of penance, sacraments etc, then that soul need not spend much time in Purgatory. Those who had led a good life without sins might be having a selfish love for themselves. This selfish love urges them to abstain from many religious rituals, which makes them eligible for punishments. So these souls need very hard punishment to destroy the HARD CRUST created on the surface of their selfish love.

Even though God has given many opportunities to those who lead a pure life to help others, if they move away from these blaming personal inconveniences, it is due to their selfish love for themselves. Some souls give visions that the reason for them being in Purgatory is due to their not fully utilizing the chances they got to help others on Earth.

When one soul gets purified in Purgatory, the Guardian Angel of that soul teaches the soul all about praises to Lord and the need for them. Yes, the presence of one’s Guardian Angel in Purgatory surely brings some joy to the soul, but no relief. A soul gets relief only through its pains in purgatory and the prayers it gets from the earth.

Even though the pain a soul suffers in Purgatory is unbearable beyond words, it doesn’t wish to go back from Purgatory or for someone to free it from there. They only wish for the quick melting down of the selfish love they have, which separates them from God’s love. They are thankful to God and are always hopeful. They strongly believe in the truth that after purification, they will all get the bright sacred cloth promised for them. All other souls rejoice when one soul gets promotion to Heaven. Through the purification in purgatory, all the souls understand the virtues like pain, kindness, service, brotherly love etc and they rejoice in these virtues.

The souls in Purgatory eagerly wait for the day of remembrance of all the souls. On that day they get more joy and more relief. The level of happiness they enjoy then will be according to the level of pain they experience at that time. Their joy know no bounds when they see the bright rays coming out of them. They will then get convinced that they will be able to love God more, in future.

The souls also come to know how much harmful it was to commit even a simple sin while they were on Earth. In Purgatory, some souls experience solitude. Those souls who are in the empty corners of Purgatory experience many times the pain that the others experience. They are there, as those souls caused many others to move far away from God, through their false teachings or beliefs. Those souls are also responsible for those sins committed by others who followed them, moving away from God. Because these souls used the god given talents to publicly blame God and disrespect the Church.

As pride is the most serious sin, the souls which had pride, have to remain in the purgatory for a very long time. These souls were those people who said they don’t need God and who were reluctant to follow Him, while on Earth. This soul gets ready to suffer more pains, admitting the fact that it had been a fool on Earth. They fully understand that they are in the Purgatory only because of God’s kindness and love, and that they should have gone to permanent hell, if otherwise. When Mother Mary comes to Purgatory to comfort the souls, these souls move away from Her. Because Her purity and love to God creates more pain and sorrow in these souls. Another reason for this is that these souls feel more and more ashamed as they didn’t love or respect Mother Mary, while on earth.

We have seen that those who loved Mother Mary more, while on earth, are able to receive more relief from Her in the Purgatory. Virgin Mary comes and makes clear all the selfish love and demerits which separates the soul from God. Thus the soul gets to heaven very quickly than expected. Virgin Mary will never forget the love we had shown to Her , while on earth. If a person alive loves and respects mother mary, prays for a dear soul who suffers in purgatory, She will free the soul from Purgatory. The prayers of the person alive touch Mother Mary very deeply.

The best weapon to free souls from purgatory is the Rosary. It helps to destroy the HARD CRUST formed on the surface of a soul’s love to God. A soul which had a personal relationship with Mary while on earth and if for him, a person alive who also loves Her prays, then we can see that the soul gets a better and brighter place in purgatory. Those who were eligible to receive the love of Mother Mary, they were seen more joyful in purgatory, through various visions to saints. Since these souls had received some special insights from others, they can attain the needed knowledge very quickly.

Those souls who had not loved or respected Mother Mary while on earth, suffer gravest pains in Purgatory. Many visions say that when she comes to purgatory and when Her shadow falls on these souls, they experience strong pains and sufferings.

September 21st, 2008

The Purgatory – Part 03

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Read this Purgatory Part 03 after reading the first two parts linked below.

The Purgatory – Part 01

The Purgatory – Part 02

There is one more important thing. The fire that punishes or tortures the soul is created by the soul itself. The soul itself is responsible for its pains in this condition. Due to their selfish love for themselves, they created the hard crust on the surface of their love to God. In short, the awareness that it is not God, they themselves created this painful situation for them, tortures them more and more. They then understand that they reached purgatory as they offended God’s blessings when they were alive and engaged in various sinful acts. Thus they get purified by their intense desire to be with god.

God doesn’t want anyone to be in the purgatory. On the other hand, they understand that it’s due to God’s kindness and love that they are able to go through this state. They grasp how much God loved them when they were alive on earth. This intensifies their pain much more. The souls get this insight in varying degrees according to the type of sins they had committed when they were alive. Thus the soul understands how ungrateful he was to God and how much he neglected and misused God’s love.

In purgatory, the awareness and thoughts of the soul are all purified. The soul learns when and how it made those mistakes, through thoughts or deeds. By the virtue of these painful experiences in the purgatory, the soul gets removed from all the dirty affairs and begins to emit true love. Thus, by the time, it reaches heaven, the soul completely understands what God is and what His ways are. The soul which completely understands now all goodness and God’s love, begins to praise and thank God.

So the purgatory is not only a place to get rid of the punishments of sins, but also a school where we learn lessons about God, Almighty. While they are in purgatory, these souls have no time or chance to obtain more merits. They just need to undergo the purification created by themselves, which is according to the lifestyle they selected while on earth. But we people who now live on earth can obtain a lot of merits from God, by helping these souls. We can pray to Lord Jesus to lessen their sufferings and to quickly give those insights and knowledge about Him. The Holy Masses which we offer specially in their name, the prayers for their salvation, the merciful deeds we do etc will act as a tool which will break the ‘HARD CRUST’ formed in the surface of their love for God.

Offering these souls to the Holy Blood of Jesus Christ is a very good way to help them. When we offer these souls to God, by meditating Jesus, His sufferings and sacrifices for souls etc, then the HARD CRUST will break and will be destroyed to a great extent. If we are not doing the above said good deeds and prayers for these souls, then they will have to work really hard to destroy this hard crust. It’s easy for us to imagine how difficult that will prove to be for the souls.

Some souls stay in purgatory for quite a long time. Those, who had believed that they were very pious and god fearing during their life on earth will have to suffer very much in purgatory. The reason for this is their pride. The people on earth will never pray for these souls, as in their view, these souls were very much god-fearing and pious and wont be needing any prayers to reach heaven. And  as these souls don’t get any prayers from people on earth, they have to suffer a longer time in purgatory. So it will be very nice if we pray and offer Holy Masses for this type of souls also. Even some saints are there in purgatory. They have revealed that the reason for them not being able to go to heaven was due to the selfish love they had for themselves.

Goto The Purgatory – Part 04

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