The Seven Our Fathers and Hail Marys

In a private revelation to Saint Bridget, Our Lord revealed a devotion to honour His Holy Wounds and Precious Blood. It was a daily recital of seven Our Fathers and seven Hail Marys for twelve years: “Know that I will grant the following five graces to those who recite every day for twelve years (or until their death, should they die before):

  1. They will avoid Purgatory.
  2. They will be numbered amongst the martyrs, as though they had shed their blood for the faith.
  3. I will maintain the souls of three of their children (or relatives) in a state of sanctifying grace.
  4. The souls of their relatives, up to four generations, will avoid Hell.
  5. They will know the date of their death one month in advance.”

This revelation was confirmed by Pope Innocent X who added that a soul will be released from Purgatory on Good Fridays through this devotion.

The Flame of Love

Between the years 1961 and 1981 in Hungary, Elizabeth Kindelmann received apparitions and messages from the Lord Jesus and the Virgin Mary. The central theme was the Flame of Love of Mary’s Immaculate Heart. Jesus revealed to Elizabeth that “the Flame of Love of my Mother is for you what the ark was for Noah”. Our Blessed Mother then added, “the Flame of Love of my Immaculate Heart is Jesus Christ Himself!”

What does the Flame of Love have to do with Purgatory? On October 13, 1962 (the 45th anniversary of the final apparition at Fatima), Our Lady revealed to Elizabeth the following message:

“My Daughter, your compassion for suffering souls moved my Motherly heart so much that I will grant the grace that if anyone anywhere will say Three Hail Mary’s in reference to my Flame of Love, then on each occasion a soul will be freed from Purgatory. Furthermore, “In the month of the Holy Souls [November] ten souls will be freed from Purgatory for each Hail Mary… Suffering souls will also feel the effect of the grace coming from my Motherly Flame of Love.”

This is a simple devotion that can be said frequently to help the souls in Purgatory. Our Lady also revealed a way to help family members suffering in Purgatory:

“Families doing the hour of atonement on Thursdays or Fridays will receive the special grace of delivering from Purgatory, within eight days, one deceased member of their family after one single day of severe fasting [on water and bread].”

While the Flame of Love is not focused on devotions to Purgatory, there are many references in on how we can help the holy souls. You can learn more by visiting www.flameoflove.org.

Chaplet of St. Michael

Chaplet of St. Michael

A devotion given to Antonia d’Astonac from St. Michael, Archangel. It promises, among other things, deliverance from Purgatory for yourself and all relatives.

Background 

Saint Michael appearing one day to Antonia d’Astonac, a most devout Servant of God, told her that he wished to be honoured by nine salutations corresponding to the nine Choirs of Angels, which shoud consist of one Our Father and three Hail Marys in honour of each of the angelic choirs.

Promises of St. Michael 

Whosoever would practice this devotion in his honour would have, when approaching the Holy Table, an escort of nine angels chosen from each one of the nine choirs. In addition, for the daily recital of these nine salutations he promised his continual assistance and that of all the holy angels during life, and after death deliverance from Purgatory for themselves and their relations.

Method of Reciting the Chaplet

There are nine beads plus a medal on the chaplet. You begin by saying the following invocation on the medal.

MEDAL

O God, come to my assistance.
Chaplet of St. Michael

O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory Be

FIRST BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and celestial Choir of Seraphim, may the Lord make us worthy to burn with the fire of perfect charity.

Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SECOND BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Cherubim, may the Lord vouchsafe to grant us grace to leave the ways of wickedness to run in the paths of Christian perfection.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

THIRD BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Thrones, may the Lord infuse into our hearts a true and sincere spirit of humility.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

FOURTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choice of Dominions, may the Lord give us grace to govern our senses and subdue our unruly passions.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

FIFTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Powers, may the Lord vouchsafe to protect our souls against the snares and temptations of the devil.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SIXTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Virtues, may the Lord preserve us from evil and suffer us not to fall into temptation.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

SEVENTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Principalities, may God fill our souls with a true spirit of obedience.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

EIGHTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Archangel, may the Lord give us perseverance in faith and in all good works, in order that we gain the glory of Paradise.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

NINTH BEAD By the intercession of St. Michael and the celestial Choir of Angels, may the Lord grant us to be protected by them in this mortal life and conducted hereafter to eternal glory.
Our Father, then 3 Hail Marys
Amen.

On the 4 remaining beads, say one Our Father in honour of each of the following angels: St. Michael, St. Gabriel, St. Raphael, and our Guardian Angel.

The chaplet is concluded with the following prayers:

V. Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ
R. That we may be made worthy of His promises.

Almighty and Everlasting God, who by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, hast appointed the most glorious Archangel, St. Michael, Prince of Thy Church, make us worthy, we beseech Thee, to be delivered from all our enemies that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may conducted by him into the august presence of Thy Divine Majesty. This we beg through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Special Offering of the Mass for the Souls in Purgatory

O God of love, Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, on this altar behold the unbloody sacrifice of the body and blood of Thy Son, representing that of His most holy death and grievous Passion, which He, the great High Priest, offered Thee on Calvary. In consideration of this holocaust of sweet odor, have mercy on the souls in purgatory; open to them the gates of heaven, that they may love and praise Thee, and enjoy Thee eternally in the abode of the saints. Together with the sufferings of The divine Son, I likewise offer The the sorrows of His blessed mother, whose souls was crucified at the foot of her Son’s cross; for the lance which pierced the side and heart of Jesus, thine adorable Son, also transfixed the soul and heart of Mary, according to Simeon’s prophecy, and made her the queen of martyrs. Behold then , O heavenly Father! the disfigured countenance of They Son on the cross and the crucified heart of His Mother at the foot of this same cross; and by the merits of all the sufferings of that son and that Mother, grant eternal repose to the souls in purgatory.

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Infant of Prague Prayer for Poor Souls

Praying for the holy souls through the Infant of Prague.

O Infant Jesus,

I form the belief that I shall be granted forgiveness
of sins and place it into the hands of Your most Holy Mother Mary;

I commend myself to all and every Holy Mass that is celebrated this day
and all over the globe, and I offer all this on behalf of the poor souls of purgatory.

Amen