Just as the Saints pray for us, we on earth can pray for the poor souls in Purgatory. And more than that, we can also obtain indulgences for them that can partially or completely free them from their purgation! This is a tremendous act of mercy that can nourish the sainthood within each of us.
1 – 8 November:
An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed.
The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial.
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed, piously visit a church, a public oratory or — for those entitled to use it — a semipublic oratory.
In visiting the church or oratory, it is required, according to Norm 16 of the same Apostolic Constitution, that “one Our Father and the Creed be recited.”
Here is more information about plenary indulgences and how they may be obtained. Let us revive this tradition and partake in the rich graces of our Lord and Church!
Just think of all the poor souls who have nobody to pray for them after they die… perhaps they have no family or friends left… perhaps their surviving loved ones do not believe in Purgatory and in praying for the dead… perhaps their surviving loved ones simply haven’t been educated about Purgatory and praying for the dead.
Remember that the poor souls cannot pray for themselves (they can, however, pray for us, and especially for those who pray for them).
For their sake and the sake of our own souls, let us pray and obtain those indulgences! If you don’t think you are in a state of grace to obtain a plenary indulgence, ask for it anyway! Something I always say to God when I am asking for indulgences for the poor souls is:
Lord, I know I am not worthy to obtain such a blessed gift, but I pray that You may overlook my unworthiness and look instead to those poor souls who are suffering and yearning so greatly to be in Your presence at last!
If you are seeking a plenary indulgence for yourself, of course, then you want to make sure you have fulfilled all the requirements.
Note that you cannot obtain indulgences for other living persons. Only for yourself and for the poor souls in Purgatory.