NOVEMBER, MONTH FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED AND HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY. AV summary and text.
The month of November is traditionally dedicated by the Church to offer suffrages for all the faithful departed and the holy souls in purgatory.
A suffrage is an intercessory prayer on behalf of someone, in this case, of our dear brothers and sisters who have gone before us. Through the communion of saints, and the merits of the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ, we here on earth could “expedite” the entry into heaven of all our faithful departed brothers and sisters who are still in purgatory, purifying themselves from the temporal punishment left by their sins which were already forgiven in the Sacrament of Confession, by offering the Holy Mass, the best prayer possible, for them.
As the Compendium of the Catechism teaches us:
“Because of the communion of saints, the faithful who are still pilgrims on earth are able to help the souls in purgatory by offering PRAYERS in suffrage for them, especially the EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE. They also help them by almsgiving, INDULGENCES*, and works of penance.” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.211)
Dear friends, let us live the virtues of solidarity, justice and charity with all our faithful departed brothers and sisters and with the Holy Souls in Purgatory during this month by praying and offering suffrages for them, especially the Holy Mass, so that they may enter God’s glory as soon as possible.
Let us have the noble desire to “EMPTY” purgatory this month of November, pleading for God’s abundant mercy for our faithfully departed brothers and sisters in need. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, intercede and pray for your suffering children in Purgatory so that they may quickly be purified and enter into the heavenly vision of the Most Blessed Trinity as soon as possible!
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS.
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