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7 Days Miracle Prayer for Souls in Purgatory! Have You Lost a Loved One? Then Pray Now

7 Days Miracle Prayer for Souls in Purgatory! Have You Lost a Loved One? Then Pray Now

Seven Days of Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Prayer for Each Day

Preparatory Prayer

My Jesus, by the sorrow You suffered in Your agony in the Garden, in Your scourging and crowing with thorns, in Your journey to Calvary, in Your crucifixion and death, have mercy on the souls in purgatory, and especially on those that are most forsaken; deliver them from the torments they endure; call them and admit them to Your most sweet embrace in paradise, where You live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Eternal Rest

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.

Concluding Prayer

Merciful Father, hear our prayers 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.

Sunday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which Your divine Son Jesus shed in the Garden, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that one which is the most forsaken of all, and bring it into Your glory, where it may praise and bless You for ever. Amen.

Monday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which Your divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory, and among them all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into Your glory, that it may soon begin to praise You and bless You for ever. Amen.

Tuesday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which Your divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and among them all, particularly that soul which is in the greatest need of our prayers, in order that it may not long be delayed in praising You and Your glory and blessing You for ever. Amen.

Wednesday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which Your divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem while He carried on His sacred shoulders the heavy burden of the Cross, deliver the souls in purgatory and especially that one which is the richest in merits in Your sight, so that, having soon attained the high price in glory to which it is destined, it may praise You triumphantly and bless You forever. Amen.

Thursday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Body and Blood, Your divine Son Jesus, which He Himself on the night before His Passion gave as meat and drink to His beloved Apostles and bequeathed to His Holy Church to be the perpetual Sacrifice and life-giving nourishment of His faithful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, but most of all, that soul which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite love, in order that it may praise You therefore, together with Your divine Son and the Holy Spirit in Your glory for ever. Amen.

Friday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which Jesus Your divine Son did shed this day upon the tree of the Cross, especially from His sacred Hands and Feet, deliver the souls in purgatory, and particularly that soul for whom I am most bound to pray, in order that I may not be the cause which hinders You from admitting it quickly to the possession of Your glory where it may praise You and bless You for evermore. Amen.

Saturday

O Lord God omnipotent, I beseech You by the Precious Blood, which gushed forth from the sacred Side of Your divine Son Jesus in the presence and to the great sorrow of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in purgatory and among them all especially that soul which has been most devout to this noble Lady, that it may come quickly into Your glory, there to praise You in her, and her in You through all ages. Amen.

 

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3 Powerful Devotions For Fridays During Lent – Every Catholic Should Know These

3 Powerful Devotions For Fridays During Lent – Every Catholic Should Know These

Lent is a time when Christians meditate upon the Passion and death of Jesus Christ who died on the Cross at Calvary for the Salvation of mankind.

Jesus died at 3:00pm on Good Friday so every Friday of Lent should remind us of the death of Jesus Christ especially at 3:00pm.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church spells out plainly, “the Church has never forgotten that ‘sinners were the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured’ … the Church does not hesitate to impute to Christians the gravest responsibility for the torments inflicted upon Jesus.” This reality is not meant to drive us into depression, but to help us acknowledge the pain our sins cause the One whom our hearts desire.

Over the centuries various devotions were developed to highlight this fact and to arouse within the faithful a deep sense of sorrow for sin. Lent is a time to “repent and believe in the Gospel” and meditating on Jesus’ passion is one way to awaken us from our spiritual slumber and turn us toward God.

Here are three powerful devotions from the Raccolata that can help in that regard and are most appropriate during the Fridays of Lent.

Kneel down at 3:00 to pray 5 Our Fathers and 5 Hail Marys

In a local Church council held by St. Charles Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, it was decreed that the church bell should ring every Friday at 3:00, to remind the faithful of the Passion of Jesus Christ at that hour. This devotion was very popular and Pope Benedict XIV extended the practice to the universal Church. He declared in 1740 that all churches should ring the bells of their churches every Friday at 3:00. He also invited the faithful to kneel down and say five Our Fathers and five Hail Marys in memory of the Passion and agony of Jesus Christ, praying for the intentions of the Holy Father and the conversion of sinners.

Meditate for 3 hours on the Passion of Christ

In recognition of Jesus’ love for humanity and his intense suffering for three hours on the cross, a priest from Lima, Peru, Father Alphonsus Messia, developed a particular devotion in the 18th century. It consists of devotional exercise on Good Friday or any other Friday, where a person meditates according to their abilities on the sufferings of Jesus Christ during the three hours he hung on the cross. The exercise begins at 12:00 noon and ends at 3:00. A person may meditate on any aspect of the Passion, such as the last seven phrases of Christ or his sacred wounds, using a spiritual book or biblical commentary or led by a priest.

Pray this prayer of St. Pius V

O my Lord Jesus Christ crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open Thy ears, and listen to me as Thou didst listen to Thy eternal Father upon Mount Tabor.

O my Lord Jesus Christ crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open Thine eyes, and look upon me as Thou didst look from the tree of the Cross upon Thy dear Mother sorrowing and afflicted.

O my Lord Jesus Christ crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open Thy blessed mouth, and speak as Thou didst speak to St. John when Thou gavest him for son to Thine own most beloved Mother.

O my Lord Jesus Christ crucified, Son of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, open Thine arms, and embrace me as Thou didst open them upon the Cross to embrace the whole human race.

O my Lord Jesus Christ crucified, Son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, open Thy Heart, and receive therein my heart, and hear me in all that I ask of Thee, if so be it be agreeable to Thy most holy will.

 

I will add a fourth and very important devotion which every Catholic should practice at 3:00pm every Friday of Lent and it is simply “The 3:00 0’clock prayer at the hour of Mercy”.

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a Fount of Mercy for us, I trust in You

The above prayer should be prayed daily at 3:00pm but especially on Fridays during Lent.you can also add the Chaplet of Divine Mercy prayer.

 

If You Get Tempted This Lent, Say This Simple Prayer

If You Get Tempted This Lent, Say This Simple Prayer

This prayer reminds us of the great spiritual battle that occurs in our own Lenten desert.

The holy season of Lent is chiefly inspired by the decision of Jesus to prepare for his public ministry by first going into the desert for 40 days. While there, he engaged in a great spiritual battle with the devil, as it is narrated in the Gospels (cf. Matthew 4:1-11). The reality of Jesus’ encounter reminds us that we also have a battle to fight, and this battle is often heightened during the penitential season of Lent.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church confirms that “We are engaged in the battle ‘between flesh and spirit’” and “[s]uch a battle and such a victory become possible only through prayer. It is by his prayer that Jesus vanquishes the tempter, both at the outset of his public mission and in the ultimate struggle of his agony.”

One prayer that emphasizes these spiritual truths is a prayer from St. Aloysius Gonzaga. It is a prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, asking the angelic being for assistance in this daily struggle against the Evil One. It also references a tradition that St. Michael led the Jewish people through the desert during their 40 years of wandering before reaching the Promised Land. In this way it is fitting for St. Michael to accompany us in our own Lenten journey through the desert.

O Victorious Prince, most humble guardian of the Church of God and of faithful souls, who with such charity and zeal took part in so many conflicts and gained such great victories over the enemy; for the conservation and protection of the honor and glory we all owe to God, as well as for the promotion of our salvation, come, we pray Thee, to our assistance, for we are continually besieged with such great perils by Thy enemies: the flesh, the world, and the devil; and as Thou wast a leader for the people of God through the desert, so also be our faithful leader and companion through the desert of this world, until Thou conduct us safely into the happy land of the living, in that blessed fatherland from which we are all exiles. Amen.

The 4 Powerful Psalms That Every Catholic Must Know By Heart

The 4 Powerful Psalms That Every Catholic Must Know By Heart

The psalms are powerful prayers that express the deepest desires of our heart.

One of the most appreciated and used books to pray of the whole Bible is the Psalter (the Book of Psalms), traditionally understood as the personal prayers of King David.

It is generally admitted that David most likely wrote many (but probably not all) psalms, and these poetic prayers reveal an inner life filled with pain, doubt, hope, sadness and joy, with such richness that, thousands of years later, remain a perfect reflection of the human condition. It does not matter what you need to express with prayer: there is an appropriate psalm for it.

The psalms are the basis of the Liturgy of the Hours (or Divine Office), which the Church encourages all Christians to pray as much as possible, to enrich the personal relationship with God.

For centuries, monks and nuns used to memorize the psalms, since scrolls and books were not easy to use. In particular, the nocturnal psalms, which were prayed in Matins and Complete, had to be learned to avoid the use of candles and fire.

The Church still recommends memorizing some psalms to pray with them, especially in times of difficulty or joy. These prayers are particularly powerful means of expressing the depths of the heart and the desires and emotions far beyond words.

Here four specially recommended psalms:

We start with the shortest

Psalm, the 117

O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Psalm 130

Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.

Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?

But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.

Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Psalm 51

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.

Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.

Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.

12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

King James Version (KJV)

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

King James Version (KJV)