Joyful Mysteries for the Holy Souls

Opening Scripture:


“Then he took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice… Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved of their sin.” (2 Maccabees 12:43, 46)


Opening Prayer:


Lord, I offer this Rosary for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, especially all of my family and friends, the souls for whom no one prays, and that soul who currently suffers the most. I also offer this Rosary for the soul I hold closest to my heart today (state intention). We petition your Sacred Heart on their behalf, Lord, that they may be alleviated of their sufferings. We pray with great confidence in Your Divine Mercy. Through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we beg the release of a great multitude of the sons and daughters that You so desperately wish to hold in eternal joy. And if it be Your will, Lord, may these prayers also atone for any stain of sin that may be present in me, that it may shorten any purgation due me at the time of my death. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.


The St. Gertrude Prayer:


(According to tradition, the Lord told St. Gertrude that each time she piously recited the following prayer, He would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory.)

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with all the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, those in the universal Church, and in my own home. Amen.


The Mysteries…


The Annunciation:


By the merits of Jesus and Mary at the Annunciation, may all the Holy Souls in Purgatory find favor with God and be brought quickly into Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.


- For all those who avoided the Sacrament of Reconciliation in this life, Our Father…

1. For all deceased fathers, Hail Mary…

2. For all fathers who supported the abortion of their children in this life, Hail Mary…

3. For all deceased mothers, Hail Mary…

4. For all mothers who supported the abortion of their children in this life, Hail Mary…

5. For all those who died with lukewarm hearts, Hail Mary…

6. For those suffering in the lowest level of Purgatory, Hail Mary…

7. For all those guilty of slander and/or gossip in this life, Hail Mary…

8. For all those who abused their bodies in this life through bad habits, Hail Mary…

9. For all deacons, priests, bishops, cardinals, and popes from every age, Hail Mary…

10. For all religious sisters detained in Purgatory, Hail Mary…

- For all those who died of alcohol- or drug-related overdose, All Glory Be…


The Visitation:


By the merits of Jesus and Mary at the Visitation, may all the Holy Souls in Purgatory be sanctified and leap for joy in Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.


- For all those who betrayed their spouse in the marriage covenant, Our Father…

1. For all those who fell away from the Church before their death, Hail Mary…

2. For those who made knowledge an idol in their life, Hail Mary…

3. For all those who died in unforgiveness, Hail Mary…

4. For all those who mistreated the temples of their bodies in this life, Hail Mary…

5. For all those who were guilty of the sin of omission in this life, Hail Mary…

6. For those who embraced lies in this life, Hail Mary…

7. For government leaders in Purgatory from every age and every nation, Hail Mary…

8. For those who participated in witchcraft in this life, Hail Mary…

9. For those who died a self-proclaimed unbeliever, Hail Mary…

10. For those who served the false god of money, Hail Mary…

- For those who lacked charity in this life, All Glory Be…


The Nativity:


By the merits of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the Nativity, may all the Holy Souls in Purgatory be led through the dark night to the Holy Family who awaits them in Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.


- For those who lived this life in anger, Our Father…

1. For those who struggled with gluttony in this life, Hail Mary…

2. For those who struggled with sloth in this life, Hail Mary…

3. For those who struggled with lust in this life, Hail Mary…

4. For those who struggled with greed in this life, Hail Mary…

5. For those who struggled with envy in this life, Hail Mary…

6. For those who struggled with pride in this life, Hail Mary…

7. For those who received the Blessed Sacrament unworthily in this life, Hail Mary…

8. For those who practiced false religions in this life, Hail Mary…

9. For those who took their own life and are mercifully detained in Purgatory, Hail Mary…

10. For those who took another person’s life, Hail Mary…

- For those who embraced heresy in this life, All Glory be…


The Presentation:


By the merits of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the Presentation, may all the Holy Souls in Purgatory finally behold the Lord Jesus like the prophet, Simeon. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.


- For all children and teenagers who died unexpectedly, Our Father…

1. For all adults who died unexpectedly, Hail Mary…

2. For those who avoided Holy Mass in this life, Hail Mary…

3. For those who persecuted Christians in this life, Hail Mary…

4. For those who neglected their children emotionally or physically, Hail Mary…

5. For those who misused God’s Name in this life, Hail Mary…

6. For those who were guilty of stealing in this life, Hail Mary…

7. For those who participated in new age practices, Hail Mary…

8. For those who embraced or supported homosexuality, Hail Mary…

9. For those who died with a bitter heart, Hail Mary…

10. For those who lived as agnostics in this life, Hail Mary…

- For those who lived in impurity in this life, All Glory be…


The Finding of Jesus in the Temple:


By the merits of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph at the Finding in the Temple, may all the Holy Souls in Purgatory find the Lord Jesus in Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, Oh Lord, and let your perpetual light shine upon them.


- For those who abused children in this life, Our Father…

1. For those who were abused as children and lived sinfully from the effects of it, Hail Mary…

2. For all teachers and mentors who led the youth astray, Hail Mary…

3. For all attorneys and judges who did not uphold the truth, Hail Mary…

4. For those who withheld from the poor in this life, Hail Mary…

5. For those who lived and died with hardened hearts, Hail Mary…

6. For the authors of false doctrine, Hail Mary…

7. For those who made their image an idol or false god, Hail Mary…

8. For those who participated in violence in this life, Hail Mary…

9. For those who did not pray in this life, Hail Mary…

10. For those who did not trust in God’s Mercy in this life, Hail Mary…

- For that soul in Purgatory who currently suffers the most, Hail Mary…


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