All Souls Day, November 2, is the day we all pause to remember our loved ones who have passed and all other souls who have departed. It’s a day that we remember all those who have died and pray for the repose of their soul. It’s also a day we spend time praying for all the souls in purgatory. If you are unsure how to pray for your loved one or the souls in purgatory then here are two recommended prayers:
Prayer for the soul of your loved one:
“Merciful and loving Father, we remember now in prayer our dearly departed. May they (you can also insert your loved one’s name) rest in peace with you and experience the eternal joy of heaven. As we renew our faith in your Son, whom you raised from the dead. Your power brings us to birth, Your providence guides our lives, and by Your command we return to dust. Lord, those who die still live in Your presence, their lives change but do not end. In company with Christ, who died and now lives, may they rejoice in Your kingdom, where all our tears are wiped away. Unite us together again in one family, to sing Your praise forever and ever. Heal our grief, merciful Lord, strengthen our hope that we, too, will one day share in the resurrection of your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen”
Prayer for all the souls in purgatory:
“I offer Thee the most precious blood of thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.”
Prayer is powerful. It is important we pray for the souls of our loved ones and for all those in purgatory. However, All Souls Day should not be the only day we pray for these souls. It should be a day we remember, and spend extra time, in prayer for them but it should not be the only day of the year we pray for them.