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A Holy Souls Rosary Inspired by the Visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich

Oct 26, 2017 By Ashley Osmera

Every November 2nd the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of All Souls, a day devoted to remembering and praying in a special way for the Church Suffering— the Holy Souls in Purgatory who are being purified on their way to heaven after death. The Church sees this practice as so important that the entire month of November is dedicated especially to this petition.

As the feast approaches, many of us will have questions re-awakened in our minds:

  • What exactly is Purgatory?
  • What does the Church teach about its necessity?
  • Who exactly are the Holy (Poor) Souls? How can they be both poor and holy?

If these questions arise in your mind, we have written a few articles answering all of these and more in depth, so feel free to check out the links below before continuing:

Read: What Do Catholics Really Believe About Purgatory? 

And: Didn't the Church Do Away with Purgatory?

Praying for the Holy Souls

In regards to the Church Militant (that's us!) praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote:

"The practice of recommending to God the souls in Purgatory, that He may mitigate the great pains which they suffer, and that He may soon bring them to His glory, is most pleasing to the Lord and most profitable to us. For these blessed souls are His eternal spouses, and most grateful are they to those who obtain their deliverance from prison, or even a mitigation of their torments. When, therefore, they arrive in Heaven, they will be sure to remember all who have prayed for them."

What an incredible exchange of love! We can pray for the Holy Souls now, since they can no longer pray for themselves, and when they reach heaven they can intercede on our behalf. This powerful reflection reminds us of the beautiful reality of the mystical Body of Christ in which we, the souls in heaven, and the souls in purgatory all share!

In light of this inspiration, how can we pray more specifically and intentionally for the Holy Souls?

Mary is the Mother of all souls

One beautiful way to intercede for them is to offer the recitation of the rosary on their behalf. Our Lady told St. Bridget:

“I am the Mother of all the Poor Souls, for my prayers serve to mitigate their sufferings every single hour that they remain there (in Purgatory).”

While Mary herself never experienced the stain of sin, her life was, like ours, a journey of faith with Christ. What better way to pray than to ask our Mother, and the Mother of All Souls, to aid the souls in purgatory as they are being perfected in Christ on their journey to heaven.

With this in mind, I’d like to share with you a breathtaking means by which we can pray in a special way for the poor souls in purgatory: The Catholic Company's exclusive Holy Souls Rosary!

Shop the Holy Souls Rosary Click the image to shop this rosary

Inspiration from a Holy Woman

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, a 19th century mystic, experienced multiple visions of purgatory. In one, she saw suffering souls go from dark to light as she prayed fervently for them. (You might be interested and surprised to know that this same holy woman's visions on the passion of Jesus form the basis for the worldwide acclaimed film, "The Passion of the Christ.")

Very moved by such imagery, The Catholic Company decided to design a rosary based on this vision. The opening beads and first decade of the rosary have a coal-black hue. As you continue praying, the beads lighten, and end in lovely pure white pearls, signifying the fact that the souls who receive our prayers are purified and prepared to enter heaven.

A Unique Crucifix

The crucifix on this rosary is a unique one called the "Unity Cross." Its roots come from the Schoenstatt movement, but it has quickly spread far and wide outside the movement.

In the image, Mary stands beneath the cross of Christ, and catches in a chalice the Precious Blood which falls from Christ’s pierced heart. This captures an intimate moment of attachment and union between Mother and Son—a union that each member of the Body of Christ shares in and strives for.

Schoenstatt explains that the image expresses Christ’s desire that “all may be one.” (John 17:21)

This goes back to the reason we’re praying the rosary for the Holy Souls in the first place: to support our brothers and sisters in Christ who await their entrance into heaven!

Let us gather together with Mary, who we can imitate in aiding Christ's mission to redeem mankind, and bring every soul to heaven with Him.

Mary, Most Merciful Mother, pray for All Souls.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we place all our trust in You!

 

If you feel inspired to pray with the Holy Souls Rosary, you can click here to purchase it.

For an "on the go" version, you can purchase one of our decade Holy Souls bracelets here and here.

 

More ways to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory:

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Ashley Osmera Ashley Osmera

Ashley grew up in Charlotte, NC and found her way back there in adulthood. She graduated from Belmont Abbey College with a degree in Psychology, and hopes to pursue a degree in Counseling at the graduate level. Ashley enjoys reading, being outdoors, and all of the fine arts, including writing, art, theatre, ballroom dance, and music. Her favorite devotion is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and she also has a newfound love for St. John Paul II and Mary Undoer of Knots. Ashley has written digital content for a variety of religious and secular institutions.

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