The month of November is traditionally dedicated to praying for the souls in Purgatory. Purgatory is the state of final purification for those who have died in God’s grace and friendship, but are not yet completely perfected in their union with God.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes Purgatory as a “final purification” where “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (CCC 1030).
Praying for the souls in Purgatory is an act of mercy and charity since these souls can no longer pray for themselves. They rely on the prayers of the living to help shorten their purification process so they can attain the fullness of life with God in heaven.
There are two feast days dedicated for our departed brethren: November 01 is All Saints’ Day, a day of honoring those who are already in Heaven, and November 02 is All Souls’ Day, a day of honoring and praying for the faithful departed who are not in Heaven.
Since we don’t know who is in Heaven and who is in Purgatory, it’s always best, for their sake, to assume that our loved ones are in need of our continued support after their passing. Offering masses, rosaries, fasts, and indulgences on their behalf can help expedite their journey to Heaven.
PRAYER FOR THE SOULS IN PURGATORY
O Divine Heart of Jesus, I ask You to grant eternal rest to the souls in Purgatory, the final grace of salvation to those who shall die today, true repentance to sinners, the light of faith to unbelievers, and Your goodness, blessings, and favors to me and to all my loved ones.
To You, O most compassionate Heart of Jesus, I commend these souls.
(Here state the names of your departed loved ones)
I offer You, on their behalf, all the graces granted for deeds of holiness, love and sacrifice, together with the spiritual merits of Your most Holy Mother Mary, and of all the saints and angels, and all the sacrifices of the Holy Mass, Communions, prayers and good works, which shall be accomplished today throughout the world. Amen.