7 Good Catholic Prayers for Souls in Purgatory

Many have experienced the loss of a loved one. Praying for the souls in purgatory can help them, and also provide you with great comfort and hope that they will be spending their Eternal Life with God. The Prayer for St. Gertrude is just one example of a prayer you can recite. Here are some other Catholic prayers for souls in purgatory.

1 Peter 4:6
Holy God, I pray for the souls that are in purgatory right now, I pray that You have Your divine way within those lives that await to be judged. For the reason that the gospel was proclaimed, even to the dead, was so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged, they might live in the Spirit as You do. They await hoping that they get to spend eternity living in the Spirit as You do, Amen.

2 Corinthians 5:10
Beautiful One, I understand that we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due to us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. I pray for the souls in purgatory because You will rightly assess all that they have done, both good and bad, oh merciful God I pray for the protection of their souls, in Jesus Name, Amen.

2 Corinthians 7:1
God of Heaven, as I reflect upon the souls in purgatory that await their judgment and face either salvation or condemnation, I pray that I purify myself from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out reverence for You. Lord, I pray that those who wait in purgatory considered this also, we shall all be held accountable for our actions, none will be excused so Your word tells me, Amen.

Hebrews 9:27
Righteous Judge, the word declares that just as people are destined to die once, after that they will face judgment. I pray heavenly Father for those in purgatory who have already died once and now await judgment. I am thankful that You are a just God who will judge all to equal measure according to how You see fit. Thank You for Your omnipotence and righteous nature, I know that I too will one day be judged, and I pray that Your Spirit continues to guide me until that day, Amen.

Hebrews 12:14
Blessed Saviour, I pray for the souls who wait in purgatory right now until the Day of Judgment. I rejoice for those who obeyed Your word and made every effort to live in peace with everyone on earth and aimed to be holy; without holiness, no one will see You. I pray that I too remain holy whilst on earth because the ultimate goal is to see You and cry out ‘holy, holy, holy’ like the heavenly hosts do, Amen.

Hebrews 12:23-24
Awesome Lord, I rejoice, for the day that all souls will be judged (including those in purgatory) is coming! I rejoice for the assembly of the firstborn that is already enrolled in heaven, and I rejoice for You God are the judge of all! Again, I rejoice for the spirits of the righteous are made perfect in You, through Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, and through the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel, Amen.

1 Corinthians 3:13
Precious Father, I pray for the souls in purgatory that wait for their work to be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. I thank You because all things will be brought to the truth and to light regardless of how dark or light they are. Blessed be Your Name Father, Amen.

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