Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Happy All Souls Day!

November is truly one of my most favorite liturgical months.  I love the Holy Souls and I love the idea of having an entire month dedicated to praying for them.  Usually we take the names of family and friends who have died, including the most recent ones first and then choosing others to fill up the entire month.  Every day we pray for the soul of a different person.

I would usually just print out a calendar page for the month and write people's names on each day, but this year I think we'll "spice" it up a bit and just write out names on pieces of paper and pick one from a container every day.  I'm trying to come up with an idea for a container that would represent a soul but so far I haven't had much luck :)  Any ideas would be appreciated!

Especially during this month don't forget the prayer of St. Gertrude.  Our Lord dictated the following prayer to her to release 1,000 Souls from Purgatory each time it is said.

"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. Amen."
Have a holy day!