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Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

November 2, 2016 by  
Filed under All Souls, Commemoration, Litanies, Liz Estler, Mercy, Prayer

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

All Souls Holy Souls Purgatory


Editor's Note: Dear faithful friends and readers, on this All Souls' Day (the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed) during this year of mercy, and throughout the month of November, which the Church dedicates to the deceased, we invite you to join us in praying this litany for the holy souls in purgatory (one of several commonly available for private use).  Not only will it benefit them, but it is an excellent examination of conscience for us as well.

“Make us know the shortness of our life, that we may gain wisdom of heart.”
Psalm 90:12


O Jesus, Thou suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness.  Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:

My dear parents and grandparents, my Jesus mercy!
My brothers and sisters and other near relatives, my Jesus mercy!
My godparents and sponsors of confirmation, my Jesus mercy!
My spiritual and temporal benefactors, my Jesus mercy!
My friends and neighbors, my Jesus mercy!
All for whom love or duty bids me pray, my Jesus mercy!

Those who have offended me, my Jesus mercy!
Those who have suffered disadvantage or harm through me, my Jesus mercy!

Those who are especially beloved by Thee, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose release is near at hand, my Jesus mercy!
Those who desire most to be united to Thee, my Jesus mercy!

Those who endure the greatest sufferings, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose release is most remote, my Jesus mercy!
Those who are least remembered, my Jesus mercy!

Those who are most deserving on account of their services to the Church, my Jesus mercy!
The rich, who now are the most destitute, my Jesus mercy!
The mighty, who now are powerless, my Jesus mercy!
The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly, my Jesus mercy!
The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness, my Jesus mercy!
The poor, who did not seek the treasures of heaven, my Jesus mercy!
The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer, my Jesus mercy!
The indolent, who neglected to perform good works, my Jesus mercy!
Those of little faith, who neglected the frequent reception of the Sacraments, my Jesus mercy!
The habitual sinners, who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace, my Jesus mercy!
Parents who failed to watch over their children, my Jesus mercy!
Superiors who were not solicitous for the salvation of those entrusted to them, my Jesus mercy!
Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures, my Jesus mercy!
The worldly-minded, who failed to use their wealth and talents in the service of God, my Jesus mercy!
Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own, my Jesus mercy!
Those who did not provide for the life hereafter, my Jesus mercy!
Those whose sentence is severe because of the great things entrusted to them, my Jesus mercy!

The popes, kings and rulers, my Jesus mercy!
The bishops and their counselors, my Jesus mercy!
My teachers and spiritual advisors, my Jesus mercy!
The deceased priests of this diocese, my Jesus mercy!
The priests and religious of the Catholic Church, my Jesus mercy!

The defenders of the holy faith, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died on the battlefield, my Jesus mercy!
Those who fought for their country, my Jesus mercy!
Those who were buried in the sea, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died of apoplexy, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died of heart attacks, my Jesus mercy!
Those who suffered and died of cancer, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died suddenly in accidents, my Jesus mercy!
Those who died without the last rites of the Church, my Jesus mercy!
Those who shall die within the next twenty-four hours, my Jesus mercy!
My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before Thy judgment seat, my Jesus mercy!

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them: For evermore with Thy saints, because Thou art gracious.

May the prayer of Thy suppliant people, we beseech Thee, O Lord, benefit the souls of Thy departed servants and handmaids: that Thou mayest both deliver them from all their sins, and make them to be partakers of Thy redemption. Amen.

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


Art for this post on the “Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory”: Detail of Purgatory Angels on stained glass windows, Catedral de San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico, Daderot, 21 October 2011, PD-Worldwide, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Liz Estler

Editor, Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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  • Fr William Barrocas

    That was another First in my life -that Litany for the Souls in Purgatory. Shall use it today November 02 2016 All Souls Day and whenever possible through the year. Thanks a million for providing that special Litany that too just today. God bless you.

    • LizEst

      You’re quite welcome, Fr. Barrocas. May it benefit the Holy Souls!

  • Jeanette

    Lovely. I’ve never seen this before Liz. Thank you for providing this Litany for the Souls in Purgatory.

    • LizEst

      You’re welcome, Jeanette. May the Holy Souls benefit from your prayers!

  • Patti Knudsen

    Nice, Liz. Did you create this one, or find it somwhere??

    • LizEst

      Thanks, Patti. To God be the glory! I did not create this one. It was on an old holy card but is also commonly available. May the holy souls receive assistance from your prayers!

  • LizEst

    Sorry, Vivas. We are not able to assess this link. Please see
    our Frequently Asked Questions (particularly question 4 and its
    subquestions) here:

    • Vivas

      Your authors promote Scepter’s books (Scepter Publishers)…not sure why your not allowing this. Please discuss with Dan Burke. Thanks.

      • LizEst

        Because (from the description on site) “the text was written in the latter half of the twentieth century by an anonymous author and contains a private revelation of purgatory”. Short of reading the book ourselves, we have no way of knowing whether or not what is contained therein is consonant with what the Church teaches. Since we cannot determine this, we are not including the link.

        • Vivas

          You can determine this – it is a link to the Publisher.
          It is Scepter Publishers! Who is faithful to the Church! The preface is from Henri Brincard the Bishop of Puy in Velay France. Again please check with Dan Burke – he knows Scepter Publishers well (publisher of Jacques Philippe, The Navarre Bible Commentary, Opus Dei works etc).

          • LizEst

            Checking. ; )

          • LizEst

            Decision stands.

          • Vivas

            I was able to delete my part but not the rest of course – please delete the rest.

          • LizEst

            OK. Deleting the rest of the discussion per your request.

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