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14 Ways to help the Holy Souls in Purgatory

  1. The best way to help is to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered up for them 1 or devoutly assist at Holy Mass for their relief.

  2. Make the Stations of the Cross for their consolation.

  3. Pray the Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary for them.

  4. Gain indulgences for them 2

  5. Offer up pains, self-denials and sufferings for their relief.

  6. Pray, offer up works of mercy and practice virtues for their consolation.

  7.  Ask the Blessed Mother to choose an unknown soul for you to pray for.3

  8. Lovingly sprinkle Holy Water, in faith and with trust, for their cleansing.

  9. Light their darkness, as an act of love, by burning a blessed candle for them.

  10. Liturgical prayers like:
    • De Produnis (Psalm 129 {Official prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory} , found in most Catholic prayer books.)

    • Pray the Office of the Dead or Vespers, the liturgical hours of the Church.

    • "Eternal Rest" prayer:

      Eternal Rest grant unto them O Lord and let perpetual live shine on them and may the souls and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace.

    • Prayers from the Roman Missal for the Souls in Purgatory

  1. Visit a Church or Chapel and spend some time in front of the Blessed Sacrament for their comfort and relief.

  2. Visit a Cemetery, and pick out a number of grave stones and say some prayers for their souls.

    (From November 1st - 8th, a plenary indulgence can be obtained for the departed souls by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead.)


    Check out our "Start-up" page.

  4. Organize collections for Masses for the Holy Souls.  Check out how we have organized our Masses for the Holy Souls Program.

1 All monthly donations to Helpers of the Holy Souls go to having Holy Masses offered up for the relief or deliverance of souls in Purgatory.
2 Catechism of the Catholic Church 1471-1479. The Handbook of Indulgences also may be consulted.
3 e.g, Rosaries, rosary decades, Stations of the Cross, special prayers, any merciful acts, etc.