“Dari sebab itu maka disuruhnyalah mengadakan korban penebus salah untuk semua orang yang sudah mati itu, supaya mereka dilepaskan dari dosa mereka.” – 2 Makabe 12:46
November – The month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory
The feast day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, under the Novus Ordo calendar, falls on the 2 November. The Traditional Catholic calendar celebrates the feast day on 3 November. Regardless of the change in feast day, the month of November is offered for the Holy Souls. The Holy Souls in Purgatory are purified by fire to pay back for sins that have been forgiven but have not been fully atoned for before they can go to heaven. For those who have family members, relatives and friends who are deceased, it is good to pray for their souls as these souls rely on the faithful who are still living to pray for their souls. They in return will pray for those who pray for them when they enjoy beatific vision. The Mass and Rosary are two most powerful prayers as means to speedily release their souls in purgatory. The short traditional Catholic prayers i.e. the ‘Our Father’, ‘Hail Mary’ and etc. and penance and sacrificial work can also shorten their time in Purgatory. The church grants indulgences to her children who visit and pray at the cemetery from November 1 -9.
"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins." - 2 Mach 12:46