Prayer for Souls in Purgatory

If a loved one passed away or someone lost a dear member of their family, prayers for souls in purgatory are essential. You may have a peace of mind believing that your loved ones have an Eternal Life with God; prayers for their dearly departed’s souls will not hurt.

Beware that the souls of people who have died in the grace of God will undergo purification in purgatory. That way, they can enter heaven. This makes praying for the souls in purgatory critical.

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Privileged Altar at St. Malachy’s Church

November is dedicated to the poor souls in purgatory. The church encourages everyone to offer almsgiving, works of penance, indulgences, and prayers to the suffering souls. 

Below are the prayers you can offer for the souls in purgatory to help them achieve the holiness necessary to enter heaven:

Heavenly Father, in union with the merits of Jesus and Mary,
I offer to You for the sake of the poor souls all the satisfactory value of my works during life,
as well as all that will be done for me after death.
I give You my all through the hands of the Immaculate Virgin Mary that she may set free whatever souls she pleases, according to her heavenly wisdom and mother’s love for them.
Receive this offering, O God, and grant me in return an increase of Your grace.

Heroic Act Of Charity Prayer

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

R. And let the perpetual light shine upon them.

And may the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.


Eternal Rest Prayer

Your prayer for the souls in purgatory can shorten their time there. This makes your prayers a better gift for them.

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