The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November:
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
O St. Margaret Mary, whom the Lord has chosen to reveal to the whole world all the treasures hidden in His merciful Heart of Love! O thou, who hast heard how the Poor Souls in Purgatory begged for this new remedy, the devotion to the Sacred Heart, which relieves them so effectively of their torments! O thou, who hast set free so many of these poor prisoners by practicing this devotion: obtain for us the grace to make this Pilgrimage worthily in the company of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Amen.
I unite all my intentions with all the faithful, who make this pilgrimage daily.
Consecration of the Day
Divine Heart of Jesus, in making this pilgrimage with Thee as my Companion, I consecrate to Thee all my thoughts, words and actions of the entire day. I pray Thee to unite my small merits with Thine and to apply them to the Poor Souls, especially the soul of Thy servant (s), N. N.
Likewise do I entreat you, holy souls, to help me obtain the grace to persevere in love and loyalty toward the Sacred Heart, by submitting readily and without complaint to whatever designs He may have in my regard.
Eternal Father, we offer Thee the Blood, Passion and Death of Jesus Christ, and the sorrows of the most holy Mary and St. Joseph, in payment for our sins, in suffrage for the holy souls in Purgatory, for the wants of our Holy Mother the Church, and for the conversion of sinners. Amen.
"May the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere."
"Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us."
"St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart, pray for us."
Let us for a moment, in company with the Sacred Heart, descend in spirit into the consuming flames of Purgatory.
How many of these souls are beginning their painful imprisonment this very moment! How many of them have been there for a long time and shall be there for a longer time to come! And what a holy legion, almost entirely purified and cleansed at the present moment, shall rise to heaven this very day!
How happy the Poor Souls are! They have escaped hell forever. They are certain to obtain eternal happiness. They are friends of God; they are saved.
And yet, how miserable they are at the same time. They must still suffer temporal punishment for the sins which have been already forgiven them. The gates of the heavenly fatherland are still closed to them; they are sentenced to expiating fire.
Behold them in their present plight! Listen to their lamentations! Speak to them a word of friendship and sympathy, and hasten to their assistance!
Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord, Lord hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark our iniquities, O Lord, who can abide it?
For with Thee there is mercy; and by reason of Thy law I have waited on Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath waited on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even unto the night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
For with the Lord there is mercy; and with Him is plenteous redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Regret: The scandal which I have given.
Resolution: To assist the souls of the faithful departed from North and South America, especially those of my native town. I also recommend myself to those who are entering heaven at this moment.
Thought for the Day: "The Son of man will render to everyone according to his works." (Math. 16,27 )
Exercise: Give someone a picture or book treating of the Sacred Heart.
Special Intention: Pray for the soul which had the greatest devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament.
Motive: That soul will obtain for you the grace to receive Holy Communion worthily at the hour of death as a pledge of your eternal salvation.
O Lord God Almighty, I pray Thee, by the Precious Blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve of His Passion to His beloved Apostles to be their food and drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a perpetual sacrifice and life-giving food of His own faithful people, deliver the souls in Purgatory and especially that one which was most devoted to this mystery of infinite love, that it may with Thy same divine Son, and with Thy Holy Spirit, ever praise Thee for Thy love therein in eternal glory. Amen.
Our Father . . . Hail Mary
Ejaculation: My Jesus! Mercy!