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Our Lady of Grace Parish

18700 N. Saint Gabriel Way, Maricopa, Arizona  85138-3228

Phone: 520-568-4605               Fax:  520-568-0861

Novena for the Relief of the Souls in Purgatory

First Day - November 2nd

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world! Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith: O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope: O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love: O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

Lord, we see your holiness, your justice, and your mercy shining upon all your creatures. "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and pure hearts." (Ps 24:3-4). No impurity can enter the Kingdom of Heaven because You are three times Holy. O my God, fill us with an abhorrence for sin, and grant us the grace while we're still here on earth, to atone for the sins we have committed. "Against you, you alone, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight . . . " (Ps 51:4).

Resolution:

Let us pray that the divine Heart of Jesus sets the hearts of the faithful on fire, with an ardent compassion and love for the souls of the faithfully departed. We should not a single day go by without offering prayers or good deeds for their deliverance from Purgatory.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!  If you, O Lord, should bark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.  Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray: O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.

V.: May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

R.: Lord, grant them eternal rest! May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for our Deceased Parents:

O Lord, your commandment tells us to honor our parents: I ask your compassion for my father and mother. Forgive them for their sins and grant that I may some day see them in the glory of Heaven, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

Second Day - November 3rd

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

Let us ask our Guardian Angel to guide our thoughts to that place where divine Justice allows souls to be purified before they can enter into Heaven. Even if the only benefit of Purgatory was that of reviving memories too quickly forgotten, we should thank God for having provided us with a remedy for our unfaithfulness to Him and for the relief of the souls in Purgatory.

Resolution:

Let us pray, using these devotions, for the relief of the souls in Purgatory.  Each evening, as we prayerfully look back over our day, let us ask ourselves:  What have I done today for the relief of the souls of my departed family members and friends?  They long to tell us:  If only we could return to earth, we would ask you to atone and make amends for the times we were unfaithful full!  You, who can still touch the Heart of god and apply to him in his justice through your prayers, help us quickly enter into Heaven; we will remain eternally grateful to you.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should bark iniquities, Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered. I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem. It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for our Deceased Friends and Benefactors:

O Lord, You lovingly forgive us and You desire to save us.  We ask, through your compassionate mercy and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin May and all the saints, that the souls of our brothers and sisters, relatives, friends and benefactors who have left this world, may be placed in the glory of the Eternal Beatitude, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.  Amen.

Third Day - November 4th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

What words could truly express the suffering and longing of the souls in Purgatory, as they wait to enter into the joy of Heaven? They recall all of their unfaithfulness and the errors of their lives, which are obstacles that bar their entry into glory. What regrets! What remorse at having chosen earthly pleasures over this eternal rapture! These poor souls, in their suffering and confusion say, with David, ". . . and my sin is ever before me." (Ps 51:3). In offering relief for these poor souls, we receive the very gratitude of God Himself.

Resolution:

Today, let us make an act of self-denial or renunciation for the relief of souls in Purgatory. Let us become faithful in little things! In God’s sight, nothing is little or small when offered to Him, and for the salvation of precious souls.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for our Deceased Bishops and Priests:

O Lord, You have elevated your servants to the dignity of the episcopacy and the priesthood. Grant us the grace to enjoy, with them, your eternal bliss, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Fourth Day - November 5th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

Fire!  Doesn't this word make our souls shiver? Being totally engulfed in, and penetrated to our innermost being by flames: what a cruel torture!  The sight of a fire moves everyone.  Who will not outdo each other trying to save from certain death anyone overcome and threatened by flames?  Why then are we so insensitive to such a pathetic fate for the souls crying to us for help?

Resolution:

Today, let us pray to Our Lord and ask Him to apply the merits from the torment He suffered while on the Cross to the souls who might be in Purgatory through our fault.  For our part, let us decide to practice the fifth precept of the Church:  You shall observe the prescribed days for fasting and abstinence.  It is a self-denial that helps us gain control over our passions and, provides freedom for our souls.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for a Deceased Man:

O Lord, hear our prayer. We ask your mercy for the soul of your servant,                                           , whom You recalled from this world.  May he be admitted into your light and peace, and begin sharing in the happiness of the Saints.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Fifth Day - November 6th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

How soon we forget or tire of praying for the deceased. When they die we feel pain and sorrow; perhaps our mourning lasts for a month or a year or more, and then it's over. We believe our dearly departed are already in Heaven and they no longer need our prayers! If only we thought about the purity that a soul must have to possess God! Then we would know that the uncountable venial sins committed need to be expiated and the few penances offered in reparation for the forgiveness of mortal sins must be increased.

Resolution:

It would be a loving and holy deed to organize, with family and friends, a communion of prayers for the souls in Purgatory.  Seven people could each offer one day of the week for them.  On my day, I would remember the precious souls of my own dearly departed, and offer up for them my good works, as well as a specific abstinence or self-denial.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!  If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for a Deceased Woman:

O Lord, we implore You to have pity on your servant                              ,  that, in being separated from the influence of sin, she may enter into the joy of eternal salvation. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Sixth Day - November 7th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

One of the most impelling reasons for rescuing the souls in Purgatory is to give them freedom from suffering.  After death, the time of mercy ends and justice begins.  All possibility of merit ceases for a soul leaving this world, since it no longer has the freedom to choose between good and evil.  In Purgatory, sufferings are devoid of merit - it is simply the satisfaction of an acquired debt. In his infinite mercy, God has given us the keys of Purgatory.  We have in hand the keys to a prison full of captives begging for their freedom.  Yes, we are their hope of liberation.  It is the formal teaching of the Church that, while alive, we have the power to free these souls.

Resolution:

Saint John Chrysostom recommends this pious act: have somewhere in your home, in an obvious location, a special money-box, into which family members might each occasionally deposit an offering to have masses said for the souls in Purgatory.  When was the last time we had a mass celebrated for our dearly departed?
(Missionaries are, like some of these souls, completely isolated and forgotten.  They are at this moment readily available to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Giving them this task would be doubly meritorious!)

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for Missionary Souls:

O Lord, we implore You to deliver the souls of your servants from the suffering that binds them, so that, in coming to the glory of their resurrection, they be united with your saints and the elect.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Seventh Day - November 8th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

In a beautiful parable, our Lord condemned the rich person for the hardheartedness of his attitude toward the poor beggar (Lk 16:19).  Aren't people who remain insensitive to the sufferings of the souls in purgatory just as callous?  Yet it is not strangers but our parents and relatives who ask for our compassion!  Many things should remind us of them: the house we live in, the name we bear, the goods from their estate that we enjoy; all this and still we forget them!  Is it possible that they say these words of Job: "...my relatives have forsaken me, my friends have forgotten me." Forgetting the dead infers a serious disregard for solemn promises we make.  What son or daughter has not promised his or her dying parent that they would never forget them!

Resolution:

Even after finishing this novena, the "De Profundis" is a beautiful prayer to be prayed every night before going to sleep.  Also, spreading the devotion of this novena is pleasing to our Lord, and informs the faithful of the Church, of which we, are an integral part.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for Our Deceased Parents:

O Lord, may our offerings of prayer benefit the souls of our parents.  May they be cleansed of their sins, and may they share in the joy of redemption.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Eighth Day - November 9th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

What a magnificent and consoling truth, that of the Communion of Saints!  What a loving image it is to see mankind, in the midst of its own struggles, extending a rescuing hand to suffering souls of Purgatory!  We believe in the holy Church, here on earth, in Purgatory and in Heaven. through loving charity we are moved to help the afflicted.  There are souls in purgatory who are completely neglected and abandoned, even by their closest family and friends.  Even their names are forgotten; their lives lost to memory, and their graves never honored.  What an added suffering for them, this desertion!

Resolution:

As often as we are able, let us offer our prayers and our works for these deserted souls.  We will then become their father, mother, brother, sister and friend.  Today, we offer the loneliness of Jesus’ Passion for the most abandoned souls in Purgatory; are they not brothers and sisters who, like Jesus on the Cross, are starving for our love?

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for Those buried in Our Cemeteries:

O Lord, through your mercy for the faithfully departed resting in peace, grant your servants and all who rest in Christ, full pardon for their sins, absolution for their faults and eternal joy. We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Ninth Day - November 10th

Preparatory Prayers:

  • May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be forever loved throughout the world!  Our Lady, consoler of the souls in Purgatory, pray for us!
  • Act of Faith:  O my God, I believe in You, because You are truth itself and I believe all the truths You have revealed to your holy Church.
  • Act of Hope:  O my God, I hope in You, because You are always faithful to your promises.
  • Act of Love:  O my God, I love You above all things with my whole heart and souls, and I love my neighbor as myself, for the love of You.

Meditation:

Would adding more days to this novena increase our understanding of the consolation this devotion offers to the sufferings souls?  Would we respond to its urgent need?  Let us open the gates of heaven to the holy souls of Purgatory!  In the days that we have, let us give God the Father the joy of crowning his children?  Let us carry the Cross of our Divine Savior and give his Passion new triumph!

Resolution:

Our money will not come with us into the next life; our friends will follow us as far as the grace; only our loving deeds and good works will accompany us to our reunion with our Lord and Creator.  “Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord,” (Rev.14:13).  We must never lose an opportunity to come to the assistance of the precious souls of the dead.

De profundis (Psalm 130):

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord!  Lord, hear my voice.  Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?  But there is forgiveness with You, so that You may be revered.  I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning; more than those who watch for the morning.  O Israel, hope in the Lord!  For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with Him is great power to redeem.  It is He who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.  Amen.

Lord, hear my prayer and may my cry come to You.

Let us pray:  O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all mankind, grant to the souls of your faithfully departed servants the remission of all their sins, so that, through our prayerful appeals, they may obtain the indulgence they seek; we pray to You Lord, our God, who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.

V.:  May the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

R.:  Lord, grant them eternal rest!  May your eternal Light shine on them.

Prayer for all the Souls of the Faithfully Departed:

O Lord, Creator and Redeemer of all humanity, grant to them, the souls of your faithfully departed servants, the remission of their sins, so that, through our fervent supplications, they may obtain the indulgence that they have always sought.  We ask this through You who lives and reigns forever and ever.  Amen.