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Our Blessed Mother appeared to 15 eyewitnesses at the Church of Knock in Ireland in 1879.At about 8:00 p.m. on Thursday of the 21st of August in 1879, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and Saint John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of the Church at Knock in County Mayo, Ireland. Beside them, and a little to the right, was an altar with a cross and the figure of a lamb, around which angels hovered. There were 15 official witnesses to the apparition, young and old. They watched it for two hours in pouring rain and recited the Rosary.

Jesus Christ, in His merciful love, purifies Holy Souls in Purgatory and welcomes them into Heaven.A litany is a form of prayer with a common response to each petition or supplication. In this Litany for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, the response after each petition is: Jesus, have mercy! 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 Holy Souls in Purgatory.

The Rosary of  the Blessed Virgin Mary can be prayed for the release of the Holy Souls in Purgatory into Heaven.The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory is very similar to the Sorrowful Mysteries of the daily Rosary. Click Here for detailed information on how to pray the Rosary. In praying the Sorrowful Mysteries for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, just include two, brief additional prayers at the end of each Rosary Mystery. After the First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden, pray:

In the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Blessed Virgin Mary is crowned as Queen of Heaven from the Book of Revelation, Chapter 12.Venerable Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever (Luke 1:26-38). At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary “mother of my Lord” (Luke 1:39-56). As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship.

This original artwork of the Blessed Virgin Mary is by illustrator Jason Koltuniak, and it is published in the children's book, Saved by the Alphabet.On Thursday, August 15, Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This significant feast day recalls the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. Venerable Pope Pius XII confirmed this belief about the Virgin Mary as the perennial teaching of the Church when he defined it formally as a dogma of Catholic faith in 1950, invoking papal infallibility to proclaim:

Saint Alphonsus Liguori had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and he wrote many beautiful prayers invoking her intercession.The feast of Saint Alphonsus Liguori is August 1. He was an Italian bishop, writer, and a great theologian. He is also a Doctor of the Church, and he and wrote many beautiful prayers. Below is a prayer Saint Alphonsus Liguori wrote in honor of Our Lady. He loved her very much!

This statue of Our Lady of Fatima, featuring the Immaculate Heart of Mary, is owned by the World Apostolate of Fatima in Saint Louis, Missouri.The Missionaries of the Holy Family are honored to offer the First Saturday Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at Saint Wenceslaus Church -- 3014 Oregon Avenue, Saint Louis, Missouri 63118 -- on Saturday, August 3, 2019, from 2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please bring family and friends!

Saint Peter holding the gold key to the Kingdom of Heaven and the silver key to Purgatory.“Always pray for the dead. If deceased persons are prayed for by offering the Eucharist or by any prayer and have no further need of purification, the prayers are not unavailing. The deceased in heaven receive an increase in their intimacy of God’s love and an increase in their own intercessory power.” – Saint Thomas Aquinas (who called this “accidental glory”) Excerpt from the book, Day by Day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, by Susan Tassone © 2014.

Pope Saint Gregory the Great first implemented the Gregorian Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.In the summer of 2016, the Provincial Office of the Missionaries of the Holy Family (MSF) in Saint Louis, Missouri took over the work of the MSF Mission Office that was previously in West Point, Virginia. While most requests for Masses and special Gregorian Masses come from within the United States, many are received from countries all over the world via the website of the North American Province. We are happy to report that: Gregorian Masses are making a big comeback!

The Souls in Purgatory have already been saved, but need purification for entrance into Heaven. Turning to supplication, they prayed that the sinful deed might be fully blotted out. The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to 2,000 silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice.