A Short Tour Through Purgatory

Prayer - Saint Margaret-Mary, whom Our Lord has chosen to establish and spread everywhere the devotion to his divine Heart as an inexhaustible source of graces, you who have heard the souls of purgatory asking for this new way by which they may be liberated from their suffering, and who have delivered by this means a multitude of these poor souls, obtain for us the grace to fulfill in a holy manner this pious request of a short tour through purgatory, accompanied by the Scared Heart of Jesus. Amen.

Offering Of Our Day - O divine Heart of Jesus, as we accompany you on this short tour through purgatory we offer you everything good we have done and will do today. We ask that all your merits be applied to these holy suffering souls. And you, holy souls in purgatory, at the same time, please use all your influence to obtain for us the grace to live and die in the love for and dedication to the Scared Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and to respond without resistance to his desires on us. Amen.

Offering - Eternal Father, we offer you the blood, the passion and the death of Jesus Christ, the sorrows of the Most Blessed Virgin and those of Saint Joseph, for the remission of our sins, for the deliverance of the souls in purgatory, and for the conversion of sinners. Amen.

Petition - May the Scared Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere!

-O Mary, Mother of God and Mother of mercy, pray for us and the departed.

-O saint Joseph, model and patron of the friends of the Scared Heart of Jesus, pray for us. Amen.

Prelude - With our love for the Scared Heart of Jesus, and with the abundance of his graces, let us go down in thought, for a moment, into the devouring flames of purgatory!

1) So many souls are now arriving to start their painful captivity. Happy are they to have avoided hell forever… They are saved… But they are also sadly burdened with many imperfections… Exiled for a time from their celestial heritage, in a fire of atonement.

2) What a holy legion, almost entirely purified, just about ready to fly to heaven…! Let us provide for these souls that final atonement which will hasten their joyful departure by a few moments, and let us ask them to remember us when they are in the eternal kingdom.

3) What a multitude is found there! They have been imprisoned for a long time now, and are still to remain there for a longer time…!

In purgatory are found the souls of lay people, religious, deacons, priests and the souls of our dear ones.

Let us gaze upon them, let us listen to their groans, let us offer them a word of friendship and compassion, let us pray for them so that may be admitted as soon as possible into the glory of God. Amen.

Sunday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the time lost… I did not think those moments on earth to be so precious, so fleeting, nor so irreparable… if I only knew… If I could only… Precious time!… Today, I appreciate you as you deserve. You were given to me to be used entirely in the love of God, for my sanctification, for the edification of my neighbour. I used you for sinfulness, for pleasure, for works, which are now causing me such bitter regrets! O time lost, you have passed now, with no hope of ever being retrieved.”

“O you who still live on earth, consecrate on our behalf to the Heart of Jesus, a few of these hours where grace is so abundantly and freely offered unto you! We thank you in advance.”

Spiritual bouquet: “The sufferings of the souls in purgatory are so great that one day seems like a thousand years to them.” (Saint Vincent Ferrier)

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the very precious Blood of Jesus shed in the Garden of Olives for the most forgotten of souls in purgatory. I implore you, lead that soul into your place of glory, so that you may be adored and blessed throughout eternity. Amen. Sweet Heart of Jesus, grant that I may love you more and more. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Monday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the gifts that I wasted… My fortune, my health, my talents, my social standing: all this could have been for me a powerful means of salvation if only I had used them for the glory of God. All these gifts vanished from my sight at the moment of my death! Ah! If I were rich today with these perishable gifts, what would I not give away to increase by one degree the glory that God has reserved for me in heaven, and to spread the devotion to the Scared Heart of Jesus, and make it known on earth.”

Oh you who, on earth, still possess some worldly treasure, you will be held accountable… Think about this… Use that treasure justly, in piety and in charity. Pay your debts to the living and the dead. We thank you in advance.”

Spiritual bouquet: “Alms open wide the gates of heaven.” (Saint John Chrysostom)

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the most precious Blood of Jesus shed during his cruel scouring, I implore you to deliver the souls in purgatory, especially those who are to enter soon into your glory, so that they may begin immediately to praise you for all eternity, and constantly intercede for us. Amen. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Tuesday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the graces I scorned… They were offered to me in such great abundance, at every instant of my life: Christian regeneration, a vocation, the sacraments, the word of God, holy inspirations, good examples, favours following the forgiveness of my sins. What graces! I refused some, reluctantly accepted others, and abused most of them. Ah! If only for an instant I had the liberty to quench my thirst at these sources of mercy gushing from the Scared Heart of Jesus, spurned by sinners as well as by the indifferent!”

“Oh you, on earth, listen to Saint Margaret-Mary telling you from heaven above: ‘There is no one in the world who cannot experience all sorts of relief if he or she had for Jesus Christ an appreciative love such as that shown by the devotion to his Scared Heart.’”

Spiritual bouquet: “The benefit of one single grace is greater than all the worldly good of the whole universe,” (Saint Thomas Aquinas)

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the most precious Blood of Jesus, shed during his painful crowning with thorns, I implore you to deliver the souls in purgatory, especially those who are to be the last to leave this place of torments, so that they may not be delayed in praising you in your glory and in blessing you for all eternity. Amen. Eternal father, I offer you the precious Blood of Jesus Christ, in expiation for my sins, and for the needs of the holy Church. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Wednesday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the evil that was done… It seemed so easy and gratifying then. I would stifle feelings of remorse amidst pleasures. Now, its weight cripples me, its bitterness is my torment, its memory pursues me and tears me apart. Mortal sins forgiven, but not yet atoned for; venial faults and minor imperfections, it is too late to understand all their harmful effects! Ah! If I could return to life. No promise, no pleasure, no wealth, no enticing words would be able to induce me to commit the smallest sin.”

“Oh you who still enjoy the freedom to choose between God and the world, think of the thorns, the Cross, the flames which have tortured the heart of Jesus; they will tell you what our sins have cost him in suffering. Think about the belated and painful regrets which you will have for your sins in purgatory; as for now it would cost you do little to confess all your past sins in the sacrament of reconciliation, and to avoid them in the future.”

Spiritual bouquet: “For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life?” (Mk 8:36)

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the most precious Blood of Jesus, shed along the sorrowful Way while he carried so heavy a Cross on his scared shoulders, I implore you, deliver the souls in purgatory especially those who have the most merit in your eyes, so that, elevated to the sublime positions they are expecting, they may not be delayed in praising you on high and blessing you for all eternity. Amen. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you my heart, my spirit, and my life; help me in my final agony, that I may die peacefully in your company. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Thursday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the scandals I’ve caused… If only I had just my own sins to regret! If only the consequences of my scandals were stopped with my death! If only I could, from here, hold back from the slippery slopes of the abyss so many poor souls, still on earth, who are following my sad examples and my corrupting doctrine! But no: because of me, they will continue to do wrong for a long time. I am being held to account for my part in causing all these sins.”

“Oh you who have come to visit me, accompanied by the Sacred Heart, and who flash in my eyes the brilliant rays of his light, you have in him the surest and easiest way to convert more souls than I could have led astray while on earth by cooperating with his grace, and motivating yourself with his zeal.”

Spiritual bouquet: “To each according to his works.”

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the adorable Body and the most precious Blood of Jesus who, on the eve of his passion, gave himself as a perpetual sacrifice, I implore you to deliver the souls in purgatory, especially those most devoted to this mystery of infinite love. May they finally praise you forever through the merits of your divine Son, Jesus Christ. Amen. O my Jesus, mercy and forgiveness! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Friday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the penance not done… How easy it would have been then when still in the world! How harsh it is today in purgatory! Here the slightest pain is much more intense than the greatest agony on earth. I should have then accepted with resignation all trials and suffering, denied myself a few pleasures and given alms through chartable works.”

“Oh you who are suffering in this valley of tears, rejoice that the slightest sorrow, suffered with a Christian attitude to satisfy God’s justice and offered to the Scared Heart in a spirit of reparation, can shorten or better still, completely eliminate a long and painful purgatory.”

Spiritual bouquet: “Accomplish, then, worthy fruits of penance.”

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the most precious Blood which Jesus, your divine Son, shed on the Tree of the Cross, especially by the wounds of his scared hands and feet, I implore you to deliver the souls in purgatory, particularly those that I am most drawn to pray for, so that it will not be my fault if you do not invite them into paradise immediately to praise you forever. Amen. O Jesus, sweet and humble Heart, make my heart like yours! (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

Saturday

What do you regret, holy souls in purgatory, about the earth that you have left?

“I regret the little amount of charity that I had on earth for the souls in purgatory… I could have been so useful to them during my life! Prayers, penances, alms, charitable works, communions, holy masses, devotion to the Scared Heart; all means that were available to me to console these poor souls, hostages in this place of fire, gloom and suffering. If I had thus acted, I would have benefited from powerful graces to avoid sin, and in this way, I would have avoided a long and painful period of purification.”

“Ah! If I could now return to earth, how many holy masses I would attend! How many I would have celebrated for these forgotten souls! What prayers I would offer to heaven for their intention! Alas! I can no longer do so - but you can!”

Spiritual bouquet: “In all justice, we deserve to suffer.”

Prayer: O Lord, God Almighty, by the most precious Blood flowing from the Heart of Jesus, and by his Mother, a silent witness to this drama of salvation, I implore you to deliver the souls in purgatory and, in particular, those who were most devoted to this great Queen, so that they may be admitted into your glory as soon as possible and praise you through her forever and ever. Amen. O Mary, who entered this world immaculate, obtain for me from God the grace to leave it without sin. (Our Father, Hail Mary, Miserere)

The Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.

The Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Miserere (Psalm 51)

Prayer for cleansing and forgiveness. It was written after Nathan the prophet had come to inform David of God’s judgment against him because of his adultery with Bath-sheba, and his murder of Uriah, her husband.

"Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment. Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.

You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be wither than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, then you will delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then young bulls will be offered on your altar. Amen"

Source: With permission from Praycard Publications; praycard: ENG108, www.praycard.net.

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