The following is from the Pieta prayer booklet:
"The Holy Souls in purgatory are incapable of helping themselves. They depend on the works of mercy by the living and the mercy of Jesus and Mary to shorten their time in purgatory. Their souls are very dear to God's Heart. He is most generous to those who offer every good act, suffering prayers, or Holy Mass for these souls. In gratitude they intercede for us.
(St. John Vianney once said: 'The good God will render us back the good we do for them (poor souls) a hundredfold.')
On August 16, 1969, in San Damiano, Italy, Our Lady asked that we pray very much for the poor souls and that if we pray these prayers, 'we'll deliver so many souls, so many souls!'
'Pray: 5 Apostle's Creed;
1 Hail Holy Queen;
1 Our Father
1 Hail Mary
1 Glory Be
1 Requiem (Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them, and may they rest in peace. Amen.)
Requiem Indulgenced by Pope Leo XIII, March 22, 1902
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great
Our Lord showed St. Gertrude the Great that the following prayer would release a vast number of souls (NOTE: I believe it is a 1000 souls) from purgatory each time it is said.
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. Amen
(The prayer was extended to include living sinners by adding..."for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.")"
Don't forgot to visit a cemetery until November 8th for plenary indulgence when you pray for the Holy Souls and the usual conditions: prayers for the Holy Father, Confession, Mass attendance and Holy Communion. See yesterday's post for more information.
A kindness shown to a Holy Soul in purgatory will not be forgotten. They will intercede for you.
Lastly, tomorrow is Saturday, our lady's day. I read somewhere and it could be church tradition too that Our Lady goes to Purgatory to personally escort many souls to heaven on her feast days.