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Prayer to Release the Souls of Purgatory

Posted on 03/25/2005 9:15:48 PM PST by murphE

To be said on Fridays.

Pope Pius IX declared that by reciting this prayer 5 times on Friday, we release 5 souls from Purgatory and we release 33 souls from Purgatory by reciting it on Good Friday. This prayer should be recited before a Crucifix, with a contrite heart and praying a few moments for the Pope.

I adore you, O glorious Cross, which was adorned with the Heart and Body of my Savior Jesus Christ, stained and covered with Blood. I adore you, O Holy Cross, out of love for Him, Jesus, who is my Savior and my God.


TOPICS: Catholic; Prayer
KEYWORDS: catholic; goodfriday; prayer

1 posted on 03/25/2005 9:15:48 PM PST by murphE
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To: Canticle_of_Deborah; pascendi; Salvation
It is still Good Friday where you are, right?

ping

2 posted on 03/25/2005 9:17:15 PM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: tnGOPgirl
If as little as 10 percent of the world's roughly 1 billion Roman Catholics said this prayer at on at least 3 Good Fridays

But they don't, just ask them.

4 posted on 03/25/2005 10:02:00 PM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: tnGOPgirl
"If as little as 10 percent of the world's roughly 1 billion Roman Catholics said this prayer..."

If.

You know what? Everybody does everything except what they ought to do.

5 posted on 03/25/2005 10:25:03 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: murphE
Pope Pius IX declared that by reciting this prayer 5 times on Friday, we release 5 souls from Purgatory and we release 33 souls from Purgatory by reciting it on Good Friday.

Curious, do you have a source for this? I must admit I'm puzzled as to how Bl. Pius IX knew this.

6 posted on 03/25/2005 10:32:29 PM PST by gbcdoj
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To: gbcdoj

Yes, where did the Pope go to get this information?


7 posted on 03/25/2005 11:01:52 PM PST by tessalu ( A)
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To: gbcdoj
I haven't seen this prayer before. I said it anyways.

But he could have known this in virtue of the authority to bind and loose.

8 posted on 03/25/2005 11:13:32 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: gbcdoj
"I must admit I'm puzzled as to how Bl. Pius IX knew this."

You shouldn't have been. Ever heard of binding and loosening?

Pope Bl. Pius IX in Apostolicae Nostrae Caritatis:

"Indeed We have decided to offer the treasures of divine gifts, whose dispensation the Most High entrusted to Our care, so that your faithful may pray with more fervent love and more abundant fruit. For this reason, by the mercy of almighty God and trusting in the authority of His blessed apostles Peter and Paul, We confer, by the power of binding and loosing which the Lord gave to Us, a plenary indulgence of all sins as in a jubilee. This indulgence will be granted to all the faithful of your dioceses who accomplish the following acts within a three month span to be determined by each one of you and computed from the day which you decide upon. They must have humbly confessed their sins with sincere regret for them, and after being purified with sacramental absolution, they must have reverently received the sacrament of the Eucharist. They must also visit three churches designated by you or one of the churches three times and must say prayers there for the exaltation and prosperity of Holy Mother Church and the Apostolic See, for the elimination of heresies, for the peace and harmony of the Christian princes, and for the tranquillity and unity of the whole Christian people. Moreover they should fast once within the same period and give some alms to the poor. This indulgence can also be applied to the souls in purgatory."

There you go.

9 posted on 03/25/2005 11:21:55 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: murphE

Quoting stuff is cool.


10 posted on 03/25/2005 11:22:28 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: murphE

It was and I did ;-)


12 posted on 03/26/2005 12:17:14 AM PST by Canticle_of_Deborah
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To: murphE; tnGOPgirl
 ***Pope Pius IX declared that by reciting this prayer 5 times...***


"By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered o­ne sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,....

For by o­ne offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified."

- Heb 10
13 posted on 03/26/2005 2:53:44 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: tnGOPgirl
***Of course, but those who die as Christians, but have unrepented sin have to be cleansed right?***


"For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

For o­ne will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person o­ne would dare even to die-- but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation."

Rom 5

15 posted on 03/26/2005 3:04:55 AM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: murphE

Always a good reminder. Thanks.


16 posted on 03/26/2005 4:46:27 AM PST by Desdemona
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To: TheTruthess

Oh the tangled web....


17 posted on 03/26/2005 6:44:41 AM PST by Rokke
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To: PetroniusMaximus
If you threw in some blue and green text, or up the point size or something, I might be convinced of what you're trying to infer, but didn't actually come out and say.

Give it a whirl. I'm on the dense side. If that doesn't work, we can go for allcaps and see if that works.

18 posted on 03/26/2005 6:58:09 AM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
If you notice I did not put this in general discussion, it was put under Catholic Prayer. It was not an invitation for Protestants to challenge Catholic doctrine on purgatory. It was not an apologetics thread.

If you don't accept the doctrine on purgatory so be it. If by the grace of Our Lord you should end up there one day, you'll be pleased to know many Catholics will be praying for you, as they pray for all the souls in purgatory with no one to pray for them, because all of their relatives do accept its existence.

19 posted on 03/26/2005 7:40:06 AM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: gbcdoj
I must admit I'm puzzled as to how Bl. Pius IX knew this.

He doesn't have to "know" it. As the Vicar of Christ on earth, the visible head of Holy Mother Church, with the authority to bind and loose, he alone has the authority to grant plenary indulgences and set the conditions there of. Which of course is just a drawing on the spiritual treasure of the Church made up of the superabundant merits of Our Lord, Our Holy Mother and the saints. The merits of the Passion and death of Our Lord are infinite, and these he left to the Church.

But of course, as a well catechized Catholic, I'm sure you knew this.

20 posted on 03/26/2005 8:02:06 AM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: pascendi; PetroniusMaximus
"This indulgence will be granted to all the faithful of your dioceses who accomplish the following acts within a three month span to be determined by each one of you and computed from the day which you decide upon. They must have humbly confessed their sins with sincere regret for them, and after being purified with sacramental absolution, they must have reverently received the sacrament of the Eucharist. They must also visit three churches designated by you or one of the churches three times and must say prayers there for the exaltation and prosperity of Holy Mother Church and the Apostolic See, for the elimination of heresies, for the peace and harmony of the Christian princes, and for the tranquillity and unity of the whole Christian people. Moreover they should fast once within the same period and give some alms to the poor."

I don't think I can even understand all that, or figure it out. Maybe if Petronius Maximus would color code it, it would become clearer.

I offer every Mass I go to for the souls in Purgatory.

Just a thought: I've often thought it a little presumptuous to pray for the release from Purgatory those souls that are presumably there to atone for their sins. My reasoning (though maybe faulty) is that Neither I nor they would want to leave before everthing is accomplished.

The only situation I can imagine (in my finite mind) where prayer would release them is that souls would be languishing there after their purification is complete.

21 posted on 03/26/2005 8:03:22 AM PST by Arguss (Take the narrow road)
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To: Arguss
My reasoning (though maybe faulty) is that Neither I nor they would want to leave before everything is accomplished.

Of course purgation would have to be accomplished in order for a soul to go to heaven, but Our Lord can accomplish anything in an instant if He so chooses, no?

22 posted on 03/26/2005 8:11:06 AM PST by murphE (Never miss an opportunity to kiss the hand of a holy priest.)
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To: murphE; pascendi
I have simply never heard of a Pope decreeing exactly how many souls would be freed from purgatory by a prayer. (Couldn't he logically, then, make one that would free every soul in purgatory by being said once?) Again, do you have a source?

pascendi, the jurisdiction of the Church (binding and loosing) does not extend to the souls in purgatory: And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. Catholic Encyclopedia ("Indulgences"):

To say that an indulgence of so many days or years is granted means that it cancels an amount of purgatorial punishment equivalent to that which would have been remitted, in the sight of God, by the performance of so many days or years of the ancient canonical penance. Here, evidently, the reckoning makes no claim to absolute exactness; it has only a relative value.

God alone knows what penalty remains to be paid and what its precise amount is in severity and duration. Finally, some indulgences are granted in behalf of the living only, while others may be applied in behalf of the souls departed. It should be noted, however, that the application has not the same significance in both cases. The Church in granting an indulgence to the living exercises her jurisdiction; over the dead she has no jurisdiction and therefore makes the indulgence available for them by way of suffrage (per modum suffragii), i.e. she petitions God to accept these works of satisfaction and in consideration thereof to mitigate or shorten the sufferings of the souls in Purgatory.


23 posted on 03/26/2005 9:09:11 AM PST by gbcdoj
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To: murphE

I'm of the opinion that 12.7 angels can dance on the head of a pin.


24 posted on 03/26/2005 9:10:31 AM PST by Lazamataz (Cleverly Arranging 1's And 0's Since 11110111011...)
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To: PetroniusMaximus

PM, do you want to start a thread to discuss indulgences?


25 posted on 03/26/2005 9:11:22 AM PST by gbcdoj
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To: gbcdoj

***PM, do you want to start a thread to discuss indulgences?***

Purgatory/Indulgences? Sure. I am willing to discuss it.


26 posted on 03/26/2005 12:58:22 PM PST by PetroniusMaximus
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To: tnGOPgirl

tnGOPgirl,

That is interesting arithmetic; However, it is up to God to apply indulgences. We do not control Him in the execution of His justice in purgatory. For example, let's say that my uncle died, and I pray for him to come out of purgatory. It is up to God to accept those prayers on his behalf. God may very well say 'no' to those prayers and instead apply the spiritual benefits of such prayer to another soul. It is all up to God. While it is generally accepted that God will apply the merits of such prayer to the souls we pray for, this is not absolutely certain.


27 posted on 03/26/2005 2:32:48 PM PST by SaintThomasMorePrayForUs
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To: gbcdoj
You have two different things going on here, gbc. You have this statement:

"pascendi, the jurisdiction of the Church (binding and loosing) does not extend to the souls in purgatory..."

...to which you responded with the Scriptural passage which is at the bottom of this post, but addressing the same you also responded with this quote:

"...Here, evidently, the reckoning makes no claim to absolute exactness; it has only a relative value."

You're mixing two things:

1. Whether the pope can specify the exact number of souls released from purgatory, and

2. Whether the pope can declare that an indulgence can be applied to the holy souls in Purgatory, and more to the point, whether this is an action of "binding or loosing".

The latter is what the text I provided indicates. As to #1? I'm not sure. I can neither confirm nor deny that.

But your statement that the binding and loosing has nothing to do with Purgatory... to the contrary. It does include it, and the text I provide jives with that assumption.

The only disagreement here that I can tell is over this:

"And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven."

As to whether this includes those in Purgatory. I say it does; you may say otherwise.

It's a good question. I'm interested in it.

28 posted on 03/26/2005 4:54:39 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: murphE

There's always the prayer of St. Getrude the Great, which is supposed to release 1000 souls 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.

(see Catholic Online:)
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=424


29 posted on 03/26/2005 5:01:17 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: pascendi
But your statement that the binding and loosing has nothing to do with Purgatory... to the contrary. It does include it, and the text I provide jives with that assumption.

On the contrary: the "binding and loosing" there applies to what is "granted to all the faithful of your dioceses who accomplish the following acts".

From the Catholic Encyclopedia ("Purgatory"), which has more of the opinions of the doctors:

(2) St. Bonaventure (IV, Sent., dist. xx, p. 2, q. v) agrees with St. Thomas, but adds that such "relaxation cannot be after the manner of absolution as in the case of the living but only as suffrage (Haec non tenet modum judicii, sed potius suffragii). This opinion of St. Bonaventure, that the Church through its Supreme Pastor does not absolve juridically the souls in purgatory from the punishment due their sins, is the teaching of the Doctors. They point out (Gratian, 24 q. ii, 2, can.1) that in case of those who have departed this life judgment is reserved to God; they allege the authority of Gelasius (Ep. ad Fausturn; Ep. ad. Episcopos Dardaniae) in support of their contention (Gratian ibid.), and they also insist that the Roman Pontiffs, when they grant indulgences that are applicable to the dead, add the restriction "per modum suffragii et deprecationis". This phrase is found in the Bull of Sixtus IV "Romani Pontificis provida diligentia", 27 Nov. 1447.

The phrase "per modum suffragi et deprecationis" has been variously interpreted by theologians (Bellarmine, "De indulgentiis", p.137). Bellarmine himself says: "The true opinion is that indulgences avail as suffrage, because they avail not after the fashion of a juridical absolution 'quia non prosunt per modum juridicae absolutionis'." But according to the same author the suffrages of the faithful avail at times "per modum meriti congrui" (by way of merit), at times "per modum impetrationis" (by way of supplication) at times "per modum satisfactionis" (by way of satisfaction); but when there is question of applying an indulgence to one in purgatory it is only "per modum suffragii satisfactorii" and for this reason "the pope does not absolve the soul in purgatory from the punishment due his sin, but offers to God from the treasure of the Church whatever may be necessary for the cancelling of this punishment".

If the question be further asked whether such satisfaction is accepted by God out of mercy and benevolence, or "ex justitia", theologians are not in accord--some holding one opinion, others the other. Bellarmine after canvassing both sides (pp. 137, 138) does not dare to set aside "either opinion, but is inclined to think that the former is more reasonable while he pronounces the latter in harmony with piety ("admodum pia").

On the other hand the quote from Bellarmine would seem to indicate that the Pope could make an indulgence that would release a certain number of souls from purgatory; but Paul VI's Indulgentarium Doctrina divides them into plenary and partial indulgences, and there are no categories for some sort of "super-plenary" indulgence that would free multiple souls from all their sins.

Still, I'd be interested in seeing that indulgence grant by Bl. Pius IX, if it actually exists. (although it would be abolished now anyway by the publication of the new Enchiridion of indulgences, as I understand it?)

30 posted on 03/26/2005 9:02:48 PM PST by gbcdoj
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To: gbcdoj
"the pope does not absolve the soul in purgatory from the punishment due his sin, but offers to God from the treasure of the Church whatever may be necessary for the cancelling of this punishment".

That's pretty much exactly what I had in mind. The pope, in virtue of his authority to bind and loose, can make available indulgences to the Church Militant, which can be applied to the Church Suffering in purgatory.

31 posted on 03/26/2005 11:09:13 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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To: gbcdoj
Which means, practically speaking...

We'd all best get off our collective lazy butts and commit ourselves to this task.

My own lazy butt included, without a doubt.

There was one saint, I forget which one, who had forfeited all the merit of all their indulgences and instead applied them to the Church Suffering. On the saint's deathbed, near the moment of death, a devil was hounding the saint; one of the devices he used was to try to scare the saint into wishing they had not passed away from him/herself the merit of the indulgences. At which point God stepped in and not only retained the merit which was offered to the holy souls, but also applied the merit for the saint's own benefit as well.

That's by memory; can't recall which saint it was, or the exact details, but merely the principles at work in the situation.

32 posted on 03/26/2005 11:43:30 PM PST by pascendi (Quicumque vult salvus esse, ante omnia opus est, ut teneat catholicam fidem)
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