#GoodFriday and You: Prayers for Holy Souls in Purgatory and Plenary Indulgences

Something which would enormously help every aspect of the life of the Church in the modern world is a revival of classic devotions and the return to a style of prayer which, to our ears, seems quite formal and, at times, florid. Spontaneous prayer is good. Spontaneous prayer that has been shaped and formed and rests on a solid foundation of well-crafted and classic prayers is better.

Today, Good Friday, there is a devotional prayer of St. Bridget for the Poor Souls, Holy Souls in Purgatory. It was revealed to St. Bridget that if this prayer is said devoutly 33 times on Good Friday, 33 souls would be released from Purgatory and 3 souls on ordinary Fridays.


I adore Thee, O Holy Cross, which has been adorned with the tender, delicate and venerable hands and feet of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and immured with the Precious Blood. I adore Thee, my God, nailed to the Cross for me. I adore Thee again, O Holy Cross, for the love of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

You don’t have to do them all at once.

Also, you have the opportunity to gain plenary indulgences under the usual conditions on Good Friday.

From the Handbook of Indulgences:

“A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who

  1. Devoutly assist at the adoration of the Cross in the solemn liturgical action of Good Friday; or

  2. Personally make the pious Way of the Cross, or devoutly unite themselves to the Way of the Cross while it is being led by the Supreme Pontiff and broadcast live on television or radio.”

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  1. JustaSinner says:

    Listened to your podcast of Stations for priests while praying the prescribed prayer 33 times. Best day this year…

  2. Aquinas Gal says:

    There is also a plenary indulgence for those who renew their Baptismal promises during the Easter Vigil.

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