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Purgatory: Gift of God's Mercy

PURGATORY: Gift of God’s Mercy
We offer prayers, especially Masses, and also our sacrifices to help those faithful departed souls who are in need of final purification in purgatory before entering Heaven.
Here are teachings from The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) Read more:  Indulgences and Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory


 III.       The Final Purification, or Purgatory

1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire:607 (1Cor 3:15; 1Pet 1:7) (954, 1472)

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.608 (cf Mt 12:31)

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.”609 (2 Macc 12:46) From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead: (958; 1371; 1479)

Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.611 (Job 1:5)


We Pray What We Believe

Prayers for the Dead are Included in every Mass
Listen carefully at Mass and you will notice that we pray in each Eucharistic Prayer at every Mass for the faithul departed. It is a very Catholic thing to pray for the holy souls.


Eucharistic Prayer I (The Roman Canon)

    95.      Commemoration of the Dead.

    With hands extended, the Priest says:
         Remember also, Lord, your servants N. and N., [Celebrant with concelebrants]
         who have gone before us with the sign of faith
         and rest in the sleep of peace.

    He joins his hands and prays briefly for those who have died and for whom he intends to pray.

    Then, with hands extended, he continues:
         Grant them, O Lord, we pray,
         and all who sleep in Christ,
         a place of refreshment, light and peace.

    He joins his hands.
         (Through Christ our Lord. Amen.)


The Roman Missal: Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II, Third Typical Edition. (Washington D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011), 642.


Eucharistic Prayer II

         Remember also our brothers and sisters
         who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection,
         and all who have died in your mercy:
         welcome them into the light of your face.


The Roman Missal: Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II, Third Typical Edition. (Washington D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011), 649.


Eucharistic Prayer III

         † To our departed brothers and sisters [Celebrant or one concelebrant]
         and to all who were pleasing to you
         at their passing from this life,
         give kind admittance to your kingdom.
         There we hope to enjoy for ever the fullness of your glory

    He joins his hands.
         through Christ our Lord,
         through whom you bestow on the world all that is good.†


The Roman Missal: Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II, Third Typical Edition. (Washington D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011), 654.


Eucharistic Prayer IV

         Remember also
         those who have died in the peace of your Christ
         and all the dead,
         whose faith you alone have known.


The Roman Missal: Renewed by Decree of the Most Holy Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, Promulgated by Authority of Pope Paul VI and Revised at the Direction of Pope John Paul II, Third Typical Edition. (Washington D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011), 661.


— Fr Hans Ruygt

 
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