So on this Feast of the Commemoration of the Dead (All Souls), I invite all who read this post to pray for all those departed before us.
Lux æterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in æternum, quia pius es.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis, cum Sanctis tuis in æternum, quia pius es. Amen.
[And in English:
May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with your Saints forever, for you are kind.
Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them, with your Saints forever, for you are merciful.
Novena Day 9
Great are all the sufferings of the holy souls: the fire, the grief, the darkness, the uncertainty of the time of their deliverance from prison; but the greatest of all these sorrows is this, that these holy souls are separated from their divine Spouse, and deprived of His beatific vision.
Prayer: O my God! How was it ppossible that I, for so many years, have borne tranquilly the separation from Thee and Thy holy grace! O infinite Good, how long-suffering hast Thou shown Thyself to me! Henceforth, I shall love Thee above all things. I am deeply sorry for having offended Thee. Grant me the grace of holy perseverance and do not allow that I should ever again fall into sin.
Have compassion on the holy souls in purgatory. I pray Thee, moderate their sufferings; shorten the time of their misery; call them soon unto Thee in heaven, that they may behold Thee face to face and forever love Thee.
O Mary, Mother of God, come to their assistance with thy powerful intercession, and pray for us also who are still in danger of eternal damnation.
O most sweet Jesus, have mercy on them!
On Thy spouses have compassion,
on these suffering children Thine;
make these holy souls partakers
of Thy happiness Divine.
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great, to release 1000 souls from Purgatory
Eternal Father, 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 sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church,
those in my own home and within my family.
All 9 days of this novena found on my blogposts have been extracted from Susan Tassone's "Praying in the Presences of Our Lord for the Holy Souls" and is a novena by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri.
Susan's writing on the Holy Souls are all worth purchasing and reading, and I highly encourage you to buy her materials from any worthy supplier. The ISBN for this particular book is 978-0-87973-921-8.