While we strive to live according to the Word of God and His teachings, we may sometimes step out of the lane. As years proceed, your soul gets ‘contaminated’ with sin, requiring you to confess and repent to cleanse it again.
Unfortunately, when we die, we take our sins with us, but God gives us another chance to free ourselves from the devil’s hand. The Roman Catholic denomination believes that these souls waiting for cleansing stay in purgatory before they are lifted to the Kingdom of God.
Through the prayers of the living, the spirits can be transferred to Heaven for eternal life. Below are five prayers to release souls in purgatory.
Before you even start, save these miracle prayers for the holy souls in purgatory.
1) Short St. Gertrude Prayer for Souls in Purgatory
Thank You for the gift of life today that I may repent my sins and pray for souls in purgatory. Lord, I humbly bow before Your throne, seeking Your mercies and compassion on behalf of these beloved souls.
May You forgive their sins and negligence. May they soon reunite with You in Your Kingdom and sing hallelujah with You forever.
In the name of Jesus, I pray and believe. Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
The discussion about souls in purgatory can be confusing sometimes, even to the Roman Catholics, who are its origin. Many don’t understand how cleansing happens, who undertakes it, or how long it takes until one can be free to rise to God’s kingdom.
Purification of sinful souls in purgatory simply involves the forgiveness of sins one has committed while on earth.
It is performed by God the Creator and doesn’t have a specific duration- maybe it depends on the intensity of sins committed.
However, you can be guaranteed that these souls in purgatory need your faithful prayers. You should never get tired of praying for them because, through your intercession, they will be freed from pain and distress.
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2) St. Gertrude Prayer to Release Souls from Purgatory
“Dear St. Gertrude,
I come before You with a humble heart interceding for the souls in purgatory today because they are not in a position to pray for themselves.
May this prayer evoke God’s mercies so You both may release them from the shackles of suffering. May You forgive their sins and purify their hearts in preparation to receive them in Heaven.
In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
It’s believed that when you pray for souls in purgatory, you will get someone who will intercede on your behalf when you die. However, that shouldn’t convince believers to live unrighteously because they will be prayed for and forgiven.
While the above prayer can substantially minimize one’s stay in purgatory, living according to God’s teachings is more advisable to be welcomed in His kingdom, as stated in Matthew 5:10.
The Bible also emphasizes the importance of leading a Godly life:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Matthew 5:10
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.” — Psalm 34:19;
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.” — Proverbs 11:30.
3) St. Gertrude Prayer to Release 1,000 Souls in Purgatory
“Our Father who is in Heaven,
By the pain that Your son, Jesus, was betrayed and suffered at the hands of men, I pray for Your mercies on 1,000 souls in purgatory. I understand this is punishment for their sins, but O’ God forgive them.
Lord, may You release all of them today, especially those who feel neglected and have no one praying for them. Please embrace them in Your Kingdom today and tell them to rejoice with Your forever.
Thank You, Father. Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
The Bible makes it clear in James 5:16 that we should pray for one another, including for the suffering souls in purgatory. God calls every believer to pray for others as this keeps us united to His heart and each other.
Every day, when you embark on your usual prayers, it’s important to remember the souls awaiting purification in purgatory. When you don’t know what to say, the above prayer can guide you in interceding, and God will free them.
What’s better is urging your friends and family to repent their sins while still alive. Furthermore, preach the gospel of God to every believer to reduce the number of souls that may end up in purgatory.
4) Saint Gertrude Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
I offer this prayer on behalf of the holy souls in purgatory today, requesting that You may release and welcome them in Your warm and loving hands.
God, may You touch the hearts of every sinner across the universal Church and those in my own family and home. I pray that You may cleanse their hearts and teach them Your ways before their death to save them from purgatory.
In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
Do you know enough about the prayer of St. Gertrude, the great for the holy souls in purgatory? St. Gertrude was a German nun and writer of the 13th century whom God graced with plenty of Heavenly abilities and visions.
It is believed that Jesus released thousands of souls from purgatory into His hands due to her faithful intercessory prayer.
Since then, the Church, more so, the Roman Catholic doctrine, has encouraged believers to recite this prayer for the souls suffering in purgatory so they may be alleviated from pain.
Our role as believers is to pray with unshakeable faith and let God work His miracles. You can easily memorize this prayer and say it alongside your daily devotions or whenever you remember a holy departed soul among your friends and family.
5) St. Gertrude Prayer to Protect the Holy Souls in Purgatory
“Lord God, the most Merciful,
Look down upon the souls in purgatory and remember them, O, Father. I pray that You may protect them from further suffering and forgive them for their shortcomings.
I believe that through Your love and compassion, they will soon be united with You and witness your unending love in their Heavenly home. Receive this prayer, oh Lord, and reward me with an increase of Your grace.
In Your mighty name, I pray and trust. Amen.”Original StAgnes.net prayer. Copying prohibited, except with source.
We should always pray for souls in purgatory, especially in November, which is the holy month set aside for praying for the dead. The above prayer effectively protects and releases souls from purgatory to their new glorious home, Heaven.
You can say it anywhere, including in your home, at Church, or alongside the graveyard of your departed beloved. Many believers choose to include this prayer as part of the All Souls’ Day (November 2nd) or St- Gertrude’s Feast Day (November 16th) celebrations.
The writings do not state the number of souls to be released from purgatory through this prayer.
Nonetheless, you can specify any number, believing God will fulfill and exceed it out of His love and compassion.
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Saint Gertrude Will Really Help the Souls in Purgatory?
Indeed, Saint Gertrude will help thousands of souls in purgatory through these prayers. This is one of the visions she was given by Jesus Christ- praying for souls in purgatory.
As highlighted earlier, 1,000 souls are believed to be released from purgatory through her prayer. Therefore, you should not doubt Saint Gertrude’s power to help these souls waiting for purification.
As the Bible says in Job 22:27, you can pray to God, and He will certainly hear your prayers and answer them according to His will. So, yes, your Saint Gertrude prayers will not be in vain regarding releasing souls from purgatory.
Can I Pray These Prayers Every Day?
Sure! You can say these prayers for souls in purgatory every day, and at any time you wish to.
God does not dictate how many days we can pray for one another but urges us in Luke 22:32 to strengthen our brothers through prayers as He does for us.
Even better, you can blend the prayers with your morning or evening prayers for more effectiveness. That way, they will be hard to forget as they will have become part of your daily requests.
Praying for souls in purgatory every day can evoke God’s compassion, love, and mercies by welcoming more souls into His Kingdom. He will also bless you in many different ways.
Again, the teachings about souls in purgatory remain unclear to many believers. Hence, the majority may end up not interceding for these beloved souls while others do it incorrectly.
Hopefully, you’ve gotten a better understanding of these souls and how to facilitate their purification through prayers. The above prayer samples are practical, especially if you say them with great faith and trust in God.
Above all, praying for souls in purgatory should be taught across all Catholic Churches and any other that has embraced similar beliefs. However, it’d be best to preach about honoring God’s Word and commandments.