PRAYER TO FREE US FROM THE PURGATORY

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March 14: St. Mathilda   

St. Mathilda received a private revelation from the Virgin Mary on how the Three Hail Marys honor the three persons of the Blessed Trinity:

“The first Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Father, Whose omnipotence raised my soul so high above every other creature that, after God, I have the greatest power in Heaven and on earth. In the hour of your death I will use that power of God the Father to keep any hostile power from you.

“The second Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Son, Who communicated His inscrutable wisdom to me . . . In the hour of your death I will fill your soul with the light of that wisdom so that all the darkness of ignorance and error will be dispelled.

“The third Hail Mary will be in honor of God the Holy Ghost, Who filled my soul with the sweetness of His love and tenderness and mercy . . . In your last hour I will then change the bitterness of death into Divine sweetness and delight.”
Lord’s Prayer for the Poor Souls, as given to St. Matilda

OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN:

We most humbly beseech You–good, merciful and eternal Father–forgive the Poor Souls who You Yourself have taken as Your children, who did not love You and who pushed You away from them and neglected to give You sufficient honor. As reparation and penance I offer You all the love and good deeds of Your most beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord.

HALLOWED BE THY NAME:

I most humbly beseech You–good, merciful and eternal Father–forgive the Poor Souls who did not give glory to Your Name, who often spoke unworthily or thoughtlessly. As reparation and penance I offer You all the sermons with which Your most beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, honored Your Name while here on earth.

MORE THY KINGDOM COME:

We beseech You most humbly–good eternal and merciful Father–forgive the Poor Souls who did not attend to Your kingdome with a burning love and a yearning wish but who often enriched themselves with earthly goods. As reparation and penance, I offer You the great offering that Your most beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, made so that all can be taken into Your kingdom.

THY WILL BE DONE, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN:

We beseech You most humbly–good, eternal and merciful Father–forgive the Poor Souls who did not serve Your Will but often followed their own will and who thereby did not do Your Will. As reparation and penance, we offer You the Holy and Divine Heart of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and its total will service.

GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US:

We beseech You most humbly–good, eternal and merciful Father–forgive the Poor Souls who offered no resistance to big temptations but who fell to the urgings of evil and into ruin. As reparation and penance we offer You the obedience, the tiring work, all the bitter sufferings and the death of Your most beloved Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord.

AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL:

We most humbly beseech You–good, eternal and merciful Father–forgive the Poor Souls and lead them as well as our souls, through the merits of Your most beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, into the kingdom of Your Holiness, which You Yourself are.

Amen.

St. MATHILDA

St. Matilda was born circa 895 in Westphalia, Germany, to a noble family. She was raised by her grandmother, an abbess. At the age of 18, Maatilda married King Henry I of Germany y. The couple have five children including Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor.

King Henry I died and in 936 and St. Matilda spent the rest of her life doing good works. She established several Benedictine abbeys, visited the sick, and educated the ignorant.

St. Matilda died on March 14, 968, in Quedlinburg Abbey, Germany. Her remains, as well as those of her husband, are interred at the abbey.

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