'More souls of the dead than the living climb this mountain to attend my Masses and seek my prayers.'Our Lady of Grace Capuchin Friary atop Mt. Gargano had a steady stream of visitors seeking Padre Pio's prayers and assistance. From St. Pio's own admission, the greatest number of these were souls from Purgatory! On many occasions souls would come to him seeking his prayers to release them from the torments of purgatory.
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
Our prayers and intercession on behalf of the souls in Purgatory have a powerful effect. How often do we remember these souls? There are those who have made it their ministry to pray for them, but these men and women are small in number. We can all make a difference through our prayer and sacrifice. Let us take a moment now, at this moment, and remember in the coming days of our novena to lift those in Purgatory to God as we celebrate Mass and pray our daily prayers.
St. Gertrude's Prayer for the Souls in 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. Amen. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus "