The following prayer will release 1000 Holy Souls from Purgatory each time it is said. It came from St. Gertrude the Great. This would be a good prayer to memorize.
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Thy divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
Based on Psalm 130, a cry to God for help from a soul in Purgatory.
Out of the Depths
Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord – Lord hear my voice! Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication. If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark our iniquities, O Lord, who can abide it? For with Thee there is mercy, and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord. My soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From morning watch even unto night, let Israel hope in the Lord. For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him is plentiful redemption. And He shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Let Us Pray
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy departed servants the full remission of all their sins, that through our pious supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired. Thou who livest and reignest world without end.
The rosary is a traditional Catholic devotion that was given to Saint Dominic in an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1214. The word rosary is derived from rosarium, which is Latin for “rose garden”. The purpose of this devotion is to meditate on the mysteries in the history of our salvation. It consists of four sets of mysteries which are broken up in five groups (or decades) that consist of 11 beads: 10 for Hail Mary prayers starting with an Our Father and ending with a Glory Be prayer. Its been said that a sign of a true Catholic is devotion to Mary, especially one who carries a rosary in their pocket. This is one of the great devotions in the Catholic faith and I recommend all to pray this daily.
Many people don’t pray the rosary, they just say it. The correct words come out of their mouth while their minds wander. Each decade of the rosary is associated with a mystery to be meditated upon. This meditation is not the same as that used in Eastern religions where they empty their head of all thoughts. Instead, each decade is actively thought about while saying the prayer words. The three prayers in each decade is a timing mechanism which takes about three minutes to complete before moving to the next part of the rosary.
The next question is: what do you think of while praying a mystery? Most of the rosary is based directly on the Bible so its important to read and understand what is written. If you don’t regularly read the Bible, this is a good reason to start.
It takes about 15 minutes to pray the rosary. Everyone has time to pray at least one rosary a day. If not, then spend a day writing down all of your activities, including your idle times. If you don’t have time for prayer your Christian life has to be seriously questioned because your putting worldly affairs ahead of God.
You don’t have to pray all four rosaries everyday. Start with one and try to increase it later. Remember that you are praying this to help the souls in Purgatory. The rosary is most powerful prayer after the Mass and has the advantage of being able to pray it anywhere at anytime.
How To Pray The Rosary
A great place to learn how to pray the rosary is from the group who brought it to us, the Dominican Fathers in their Rosary Center website. The instructions for the rosary can be found at www.rosary-center.org/howto.htm. For the most benefit in praying the rosary, enroll in the Rosary Confraternity through this site. In addition to getting special protection from the Mother of God, you will also get various partial and plenary indulgences.
Fifteen Promises of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary
Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the rosary, shall receive signal graces.
I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the rosary.
The rosary shall be a powerful armor against Hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the rosary, shall not perish.
Whoever shall recite the rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he but just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
Whosoever shall have a true devotion for the rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
Those who are faithful to recite the rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the rosary.
The faithful children of the rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the rosary.
All those who propagate the holy rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
All who recite the rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only son Jesus Christ.
Devotion of my rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan Imprimatur: Patrick J. Hayes, D.D. (Archbishop of New York)
On July 18, 1830, St. Catherine Laboure was awaked by a child who asked her to come to the chapel. There she saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, who said,
“God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.”
Our Lady returned for a second apparition to St. Catherine on November 27, 1830. This time Mary was within an oval frame and standing on a globe (sorry flat earthers). Rays of light were coming out of gems from the many rings she was wearing. Mary said that these symbolized the graces that are shed upon those who ask for them. The oval frame had these words written around it: O Mary, conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to thee.
The frame was rotating and on the other side appeared an M under a cross. At the bottom was the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a crown of thorns. Beside it was an Immaculate Heart of Mary with a sword through it. There were stars around the entire image. She noticed that some of these stars weren’t lit and asked Our Lady why. Mary said, “those are the graces which people forget to ask. And then requested that medals be made with these images and all who wear them will receive great graces.”
There have been many miracles documented with the Miraculous Medal. One of them was a 74 year old widow in 1834 who had a very difficult time walking after a cripping accident. She also needed assistance sitting and standing. After receiving the medal she went to Confession. Note: prayers are much more effective when in a state of grace. This was followed the next day by First Friday devotions and the start of a novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary. She also venerated the medal she wore 20 times a day. On the 7th day of the novena, she was miraculous healed and was able to walk, climb stairs, and kneel without help.
You can find miraculous medals at any Catholic gift stores or online. Make sure the medal matches what Our Lady gave us. I’ve seen medals that are different designs or text. A prayer you can say with the medal is one from St. Maximilian Kolbe,
conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to you,
and for all who do not have recourse to you,
especially the enemies of the Church
and those recommended to you.
You can also say other prayers like the Memorare, or any other devotion. A very simple prayer is the text on the medal,
conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Just put the medal on and brace yoursel for the graces and miracles that will come.