Souls in Purgatory

Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O Jesus, You suffered and died that all mankind might be saved and brought to eternal happiness. Hear our pleas for further mercy on the souls of:

For my dear parents and grand­parents,     Jesus, have mercy!
My brothers and sisters and other near relatives,     Jesus, have mercy!
My godparents and sponsors of confirmation,      Jesus, have mercy!
My spiritual and temporal benefactors,     Jesus, have mercy!
My friends and neighbors,     Jesus, have mercy!
All for whom love or duty calls me to pray,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who have suffered disadvantages or harm through me,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who are especially beloved by you,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those whose release is near at hand,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who desire most to be united with you,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who endure the greatest sufferings,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who are least remembered,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those whose release is most remote,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who are most deserving because of their services to the Church,     Jesus, have mercy!
The rich, who now are the most destitute,     Jesus, have mercy!
The mighty, who now are powerless,     Jesus, have mercy!
The once spiritually blind, who now see their folly,     Jesus, have mercy!
The frivolous, who spent their time in idleness,     Jesus, have mercy!
The poor who did not seek the treasures of heaven,     Jesus, have mercy!
The tepid, who devoted little time to prayer,     Jesus, have mercy!
The indolent, who neglected to perform good works,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those of little faith, who neglected the fre­quent reception of the sacraments,     Jesus, have mercy!
The habitual sinners, who owe their salvation to a miracle of grace,     Jesus, have mercy!
Parents who failed to watch over their children,     Jesus, have mercy!
Superiors who were not solicitous for the salvation of those entrusted to them,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who strove for worldly riches and pleasures,     Jesus, have mercy!
The worldly-minded, who failed to use their wealth and talents in the service of God,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who witnessed the death of others, but would not think of their own,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who did not provide for the life here­after,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those whose sentence is severe because of the great things entrusted to them,     Jesus, have mercy!
The popes, kings, and rulers,     Jesus, have mercy!
The bishops and their counselors,     Jesus, have mercy!
My teachers and spiritual advisers,     Jesus, have mercy!
The priests and religious of the Catholic Church,     Jesus, have mercy!
The defenders of the holy faith,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who died on the battlefield,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who fought for their country,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who were buried in the sea,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who died of strokes,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who died of heart attacks,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who suffered and died of cancer or AIDS,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who died suddenly in accidents,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who died without the last rites of the Church,     Jesus, have mercy!
Those who shall die within the next 24 hours,     Jesus, have mercy!
My own poor soul when I shall have to appear before your judgment seat.     Jesus, have mercy!

Closing Prayers

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
Let perpetual light shine upon them forever more
with your saints in heaven because you are so gracious.

LEADER: The Lord be with you.

RESPONSE: And with your Spirit.

May the prayer of your suppliant people, we beseech you, O Lord,
benefit the souls of your departed servants and handmaids.
Deliver them from all their sins and make them partakers of your redemption.


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Patricia Barry
Patricia Barry

Very beautiful litany that covers all aspects of life which depends on the mercy of God….
Thank you..I have shared this on this special day for the Holy Souls….


Beautiful Litany encompassing all Holy Souls. This Litany has been in circulation since at least prior to the 1600’s. One of the first Litany’s was in 590 or thereabouts, The Litany of the Saints, one of my favorites. Thank you for sharing.

Gertrude Maria Drewitttt
Gertrude Maria Drewitttt
Reply to  Patricia Barry

Dear Patricia , I thank you for this beautifully written LITANY. Praying this Litany has really moved me spiritually , and so, I intend to share it with others..Do keep me in your prayers, as I feel very left out and alone . Thank-you once again, and may The Holy Spirit pour His grace upon you.


I will be praying for you here at this Holy Hour


♥️beautiful, I will keep and say this prayer….especially as I pray for plenary indulgence each day this month for the souls in purgatory. The last day is reserved for me.♥️

Irene Attard
Irene Attard

Absolutely Beautiful ♥️♥️

Marie Hayes
Marie Hayes

Thank you for composing this most meaningful prayer for the holy souls in purgatory. You brought to mind those for whom I would not have remembered. I am grateful for being able to pray this lovely prayer.


Beautiful litany, may God grant them perpetual light and free them from their terrible sufferings.


Thank you for this beautiful litany fir the Holy Souls.


My intention is to pray this beautiful, all-encompassing Litany every day for the rest of my life. Please pray for my perseverance. So many Souls need our help and will help us when we can no longer help ourselves to see the Face of Jesus and spend eternity resting in the Peace of Our Lord.

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Shanti Rodrigues
Shanti Rodrigues

Beautiful litany which covers all suffering souls in purgatory. May Jesus have mercy and grant them eternal rest

Marjie Riddell
Marjie Riddell

I always include” Those that have died from drug overdoses and alcoholism”
Jesus have mercy.

Lou Ann smith
Lou Ann smith

Please pray for Vincent, Ann, and Wilfred Mosser. I pray this litany will one day release them from purgatory. May we all say this litany everyday to give aid to our faithful departed family members and friends.

Barb Gregorio
Barb Gregorio
Reply to  Lou Ann smith

Yes, we must pray for all our family members, and for the dead..
May God have mercy on them all.

Elizabeth mbele
Elizabeth mbele

Elizabeth mbele


From where my Lord, Thou art knoweat of my my shortcomings and weaknesses, Jesus , have mercy!


I’m very devoted praying for The Holy Souls in Purgatory. I pray for them every night.
I say the daily prayer for the souls in Purgatory, the Novena , and then I say this last.
This is a beautiful litany..

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