NOVENA FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY I

O Jesus, Thou didst suffer and die
that all mankind might be saved
and brought to eternal happiness.
Through the Agony of Thine Crown of Thorns
I offer it to Thy Eternal Father
that Thou wilt hear our pleas
for further mercy on the souls of:

My dear parents and grandparents,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My brothers and sisters and other near relatives,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My godparents and sponsors of Confirmation,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My spiritual and temporal benefactors,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My friends and neighbors,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

All for whom love or duty bids me pray,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who have offended me,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who have suffered disadvantage of harm through me,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who are especially beloved by Thee,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those whose release is near at hand,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who desire most to be united to Thee,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who endure the greatest suffering,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those whose release is most remote,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who are least remembered,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who are most deserving on account of their services to the Church,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The rich who are now the most destitute,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The mighty who are now powerless,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The poor, who did not seek the treasures of Heaven,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The indolent, who neglected to perform good works,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those of little faith,
who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The habitual sinners,
who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Parents who failed to watch over their children,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Superiors who were not solicitous
for the salvation of those entrusted to them,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The worldly minded,
who failed to use their wealth and talents in the service of God,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who blasphemed and committed sacrilege without due reparation,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who violated the dignity of the human body and mind through impurity,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who are in Purgatory because of me,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who did not provide for the life hereafter,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those whose sentence is severe
because of the great things entrusted to them,
The popes, kings and rulers,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The bishops and their counselors,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My teachers and spiritual advisors,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The deceased priests of this diocese,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The priests and religious of the Catholic Church,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

The defenders of the holy Catholic Faith,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who die on the battlefield,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who fought for their country,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who were buried in the sea,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who died suddenly, in accidents and from other causes,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who died of sudden illness,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who suffered and died of lingering illnesses,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who died without the last rites of the Church,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

For those who procured abortions or aborted their children,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

For those who promoted or practiced contraception,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

For those who gave scandal, especially to children,
My Jesus, mercy and relief through Thy Sacred Wounds

My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Thy judgment seat.

PRAYER

Eternal rest grant unto all of these, O Lord;
and let the perpetual light of Thine countenance
shine upon them soon.

Amen.

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