Many Christians pray for the souls in purgatory and ask the Lord to allow them into heaven because they cannot pray for themselves. These prayers ask the Lord to show His divine love and mercy to those we have lost.
Prayers for The Souls In Purgatory
Prayer of St. Gertrude for the Souls in Purgatory
Heavenly Father, I beg Thee, with Thy gracious love of mercy and Thy tender paternal compassion, to soften the pains of this place where souls are purged before they can enter into the joys of paradise.
Let them be saved from the flames destined to consume them here, like straw stacks in a great fire. Behold these souls, O Lord; Thou knowest how little time they have had for their own purification, and also behold how great is their sorrow for their sins; behold what sufferings they endure here because of our sins!
Pity them and draw them out from this dark place by Thy power unto Thine infinite light. It is in the mighty name of Jesus, Thy Son, and our Saviour, that I pray for them.
Corinthians 3:15If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori for the Souls in Purgatory
O my Jesus, my hope, my joy! I pray for your soul, for that soul which desires to leave the pains of purgatory. I pray to You, O my Jesus, by the sanctity of Your Mother, by her faith and resignation to Your will, by the sufferings she endured in her life and which at last brought her to heaven; I pray that you remember those souls which even now in the pains of purgatory bless and thank You, O Jesus, for Your love.
I pray to you by the ardent desire of Your heart, by the most bitter passion You endured, by that glorious crown of thorns which was a proof of Your love for us. I pray You, O my Jesus, that as You came to free mankind from hell and open to them heaven itself; so now You will remember those souls which are suffering in purgatory so long as they are being purified from their passions.
I pray You also by the love with which You loved those souls who were suffering there before us; it is to them that we owe our present happiness. Amen.
Corinthians 3:13each man’s work will become evident for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work.
Prayer of St. Francis de Sales for the Souls in Purgatory
O Eternal God and Creator of all things, You have given to poor sinners, who are closely joined with You and subject to You, a great consolation. Their souls may be delivered from the pains of purgatory because they are not yet perfectly united with Your Son, Jesus Christ.
I beseech Thee by the merits of our Blessed Lady and Virgin Mother; do Thou deliver those souls who now long for the pardon of their sins. Do Thou make them worthy to enter into the joys of heaven with all the Angels and saints where Thy glory is spread over all creation forever.
Peter 3:19After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits—
Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas for the Souls in Purgatory
Lord Jesus Christ, You compassionately suffer with sinners in this life, have mercy on Your creatures who are suffering in purgatory.
By Your death and resurrection, You have won us a place in heaven with the Angels and Saints; grant these souls a share in Your victory over sin and the power of evil. By the love you have shown us, redeem these loving souls from their sufferings and bring them into eternal glory.
I ask this through the merits of Your suffering, passion and death. Amen.
Corinthians 7:1Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
Prayer of Faith for the Souls in Purgatory
O Jesus, for the sake of those in purgatory begotten by faith, I entreat You to have mercy on their souls and to deliver them from this darkness of the underworld. I pray that many of those living in sin may remember their misery and that, for the sake of Your mercy, they may be pardoned.
I pray that Your merciful assistance may be brought to light for all those in awe and sorrow over there. I ask this through the merits of Your most holy passion; through Mary, the Mother of Mercy; through the intercession of all the Saints and beloved Fathers; through the merits of my Immaculate Conception; and Your own most holy Passion.
Corinthians 5:10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.
Prayer of Salvation for the Souls in Purgatory
O Jesus, King of Mercy, I know that the greatest affection You have ever bestowed upon souls is the salvation of those in purgatory. What fills Your Heart with joy is a soul that repents and believes in You. I pray for those souls who do not know You and for those who have forgotten You because of sin.
I pray that all may come to know and love You before it is too late. O Jesus, by Your Blood which has redeemed the world, by Your sufferings and death, give me a deep love for souls in purgatory so that I may obtain their salvation. Amen
John 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Prayer of Hope for the Souls in Purgatory
Almighty God, You are our loving Father in heaven; You are rich in mercy and compassion. You love those who have gone before us to the place of punishment in purgatory. Please give them hope, a spark of faith, and a desire to see You, their God and Savior.
Help them to see that this time will pass quickly; give them the grace of an open mind so that they can turn their gaze toward Your mercy. Please restore hope and light to these souls who have no one else to pray for them nor any means to escape from their suffering except through Your mercy and through our prayers.
Through Christ Our Lord, Amen
Corinthians 15:52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
Prayer of Faith for the Souls in Purgatory
Heavenly Father and Eternal God, I know You have not forgotten the souls in purgatory who wait for the light of day to come. You have already given souls to those still on earth, burdened by pain and troubled conscience.
May their time pass quickly and illumine them with the light of Your mercy; also, may my own prayers do this for me. May these souls be delivered from prison, during which time they may see Your goodness and receive a taste of Your sweetness. By the merits of Your Son Jesus, give these souls your grace so they will praise You forever and ever.
Luke 12:47And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.
Bible Verses for The Souls In Purgatory
Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Now Saul had given Michal his daughter, David’s wife, to Palti the son of Laish, who was from Gallim.
As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.
Prayer Points for The Souls In Purgatory
- Pray for the souls in purgatory so they may be released from their suffering and enter God’s presence.
- Pray for the families and friends of those in purgatory that they may be comforted knowing their loved ones are at peace.
- Pray for all who have died without knowing Christ, that they may find mercy in the afterlife.
- Pray for all who have died without a chance to repent of their sins so they may find forgiveness in our lord.
- Pray for all who have died without a chance to receive the sacraments so they may find grace in the afterlife.
- Pray for all who have died without a chance to make amends for their wrongs so they may find peace in the afterlife.
Let us share your prayer for the souls in purgatory around the world.