Prayers for Our Loved Ones in Purgatory

As we close out All Souls Day, I realize I’ve been remiss in something I’d been planning to do here on the blog. Today saw Pope Benedict XVI pausing for quiet prayer in the Crypt beneath St. Peter’s Basilica to remember the souls of the faithfully departed pontiffs who have gone before him. Seeing the photo of him that was shared today on the website reminded me of my own amazing time spent praying in that very place just a few years ago during the Beatification of Blessed John Paul II.

Today, I invited you to join me in remembering the names of loved ones gone before us in the comments section below — feel free to list them by first name, by relationship to yourself, or simply to say “please pray for my beloved departed” or something equally as all-inclusive. It would be an honor to pray with you for the souls of your loved ones, and I ask you to carry my intentions (for the names I will list in the comments) with you this weekend as well.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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  • lisahendey

    Lisa here. Today I’m praying in a special way for:
    Bessie, Roy, Patty, Wayne, Sheri, P., and several other deceased relatives. Thank you for your prayers for their souls… may they rest in peace!

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  •!/NYKensington Kensington

    Please pray for the souls of my mother, Marcia; my Uncle Ted; my Aunt Pat; my grandmother, Helen; my Uncle Fred; my grandfather, Fred; and my brother, Timothy. Thank you!

    • lisahendey

      Absolutely – thank you for sharing the names of your loved ones! I’ll be carrying them with me this weekend!

  • Margaret Rose Realy

    Almighty God I offer you the most Precious Blood of your Divine Son Jesus in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere. For sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my own family. Amen.

  • alex

    Pray for the repose of the souls of: Edmund J. Gaughan, Christopher Fusick, Elsie Gaughan, Walter Gaughan (who knew Archbp. Fulton J. Sheen), Thomas and Helen Cole. God Be Blessed Forever.

  • Lori

    Thanks for your prayers, Lisa! You have mine as well. Please remember my cousin Evan, my uncle Joe, my colleague Florence, my aunt Birdie, and my grandparents Edith and Jack and Vera and Jim. And Christopher Hitchens.

    Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world and the prayers and works of people everywhere who pray for this intention, along with any indulgences I earn today, for our beloved souls in Purgatory.

  • Marcus Allen Steele

    Please pray with love my my Dad Bud, my mother Grace, my unborn child killed by the evil of abortion (Matthew? Grace?), my aunts Ellen and Elenor, Don, Ellen, Jack, Shirley and my buddies killed in the service of their country. God bless their souls.

  • Rafael

    Please pray with love for the souls of my Dad Raul, my mother Araci, my grandfather Rafael, my grandfather Manoel, my grandmother Maria, my grandmother Antonia.

  • john

    Please pray for my Mother who, suffered so greatly with Alzheimer’s disease> She passed away Oct. 10 2008. father of 93 years who has been suffering with the same disease in a nursing home going on three years. Please pray for my brother-in-law Fred Gillis who passed away last year after a long battle with lung cancer. Also my brother-in-law, Ronnie who died in the coal mines in Glace Bay and was the last man, who didn’t make it out of the pit. From that day forward, the mines have been closed permanently. For all my grandparents and that of my wife, our aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in faith. May God Grant them eternal Rest.

  • Betty Adol

    Please pray for the souls of my son JED Edward Lim, my mother Munah Malis, My Father Adol Ontai, My Sisters Soceilia Adol, Jane Adol,My Brothers Henry Adol, Vincent , Raymond,Romeo, my step Father Pain Dambis, my uncles Jimmy James Malis, James Jimbun Malis and my friends and relatives. May The Lord Jesus grant peace and joy in heaven.