November: Praying For the Holy Souls

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It must have been forty years ago -- or more -- that I opened the Latin-English missal published by the Abbey of Saint-André-de Bruges and found a stunning woodcut of a chalice turned upside down with the Precious Blood of Christ falling like a gentle rain into purgatory to bring refreshment and deliverance to the Holy Souls.

The offering of the Precious Blood of Christ for the Holy Souls is a mighty form of intercession on their behalf. Given that I am a firm believer in the value of repetitive prayer, of simple invocations repeated over and over again in the form of a chaplet or rosary, I began to pray for the Holy Souls in this way. Readers of Vultus Christi may want to make this prayer their own during the month of November, even on a daily basis. It is prayed on an ordinary rosary.

On the large beads:

V. Eternal Father,
I offer Thee the Precious Blood of Thy Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Lamb without blemish or spot (1 P 1:19) --
R. For the refreshment and deliverance of the souls in Purgatory.

(One can add here, especially those of my family, or of my ancestry, or of priests. The Holy Spirit sometimes moves one to pray for particular groups of Holy Souls.)

Ten times on the small beads:

V. By Thy Precious Blood, O Jesus --
R. Purify and deliver their souls.

After having said five decades, one concludes with:

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.

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Thank-you Father for this chaplet. I am always looking for prayers for the poor souls in purgatory, especially for Priest.

Father:

Thank you so much for the chaplet, which I will use during this month.
I think "the Lamb with blemish or spot (1 P 1:19)" should read "without blemish".

May the Lord bless you for the encouragement you provide to your readers.

Father:
Nice to see you back on line and thank you for the chaplet for the Holy Souls. I began praying it yesterday. You have someone praying with you in Baltimore. Best wishes for your remaining time in France.

Dear friends, Thank you for catching the heretical typo! I drove to the house of my friends in Reugney this morning to correct it.

How do you explain the value of repetitive prayer? I would like to know a good way of explaining it to others.

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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