PRAYER WARRIORS OF THE HOLY SOULS
An Apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc.
Keeping the centuries-old devotion alive
“Of all prayers, the most meritorious, the most acceptable to God are prayers for the dead, because they imply all the works of charity, both corporal and spiritual.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
The Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls (PWHS) is a Catholic association committed to deliver the holy souls from the purifying torments they endure in purgatory at the soonest possible time so as to enable them to enjoy the beatific vision of God. The Association endeavors to create and spread global awareness of the plight of the holy souls and to encourage an increasing number of the faithful to pray for their deliverance from purgatory. PWHS also directs its efforts to inform the faithful on how to avoid purgatory.
The Association’s center of activity is at the Manila Cathedral (Lower Level), Cabildo corner Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila. To date, PWHS has over 226,000 members in 70 countries.
A globally recognized Foundation where the Religious and the Lay may practice their faith through various activities in the fields of education, social services, spiritual upliftment, and financial aid.
To plan, organize and implement alternative activities that enhance spiritual growth, and improve quality of life.
– To undertake Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary educational levels initially in Dumangas, Iloilo thru the St. Louis De Montfort Academy, which was opened last June, 2008.
– To work side by side with the Catholic Church in efforts that promote religious practices and traditions that demonstrate great reverence for life and after-life, like the apostolate called “THE PRAYER WARRIORS OF THE HOLY SOULS”.
– To engage in programs that promote social responsibility and civic involvement so as to be in solidarity with other similarly situated entities in a cooperative spirit aimed at improving the quality of life of all men.
MASSES OF REMEMBRANCE (New venue)
“The infinite value of the Mass makes it the most important prayer we have to offer up for the holy souls in purgatory.” – The Council of Trent
11:00 A.M., Every 2nd Monday of the month
Manila Cathedral (Lower Level),
Cabildo corner Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila
Future MASSES OF REMEMBRANCE will be at the same time and venue, every second Monday of the month, until further notice.
ALA-ALANG WALANG HANGGAN
Radio Veritas 846
8:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Every 2nd Saturday of the month
THE MARCH OF SAINTS
In the Catholic tradition, the solemnity of All Saints Day is a time to honor and celebrate all of God’s saints and “blesseds,” including those who have not yet been recognized as well as those saints who are not known to the Church, e.g., the holy souls who have been released from purgatory and who now enjoy the Beatific Vision of God.
Today there is a growing concern among Christians, in general, that the modern celebration of Halloween, on the eve of All Saints Day, trivializes and even glamorizes evil, the occult, and pagan practices and beliefs that are incompatible with the Christian faith and the true meaning of All Saints Day. The Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls has embarked on an initiative to promote and encourage Christian-oriented activities associated with All Saints Day. One activity that PWHS is aggressively promoting is “The March of Saints,” which is directly identifiable with All Saints Day and serves as a Christ-centered alternative to Halloween.
On the eve of All Saints Day, on All Saints Day itself, or in the days before or after All Saints Day, children dressed in costumes, depicting their favorite saint, parade around their parishes to the beat and music of a marching band. Fun and solemnity combine to create an experience that is both positive and uplifting. People’s attention is drawn away from glamorized symbols and personifications of evil and rightfully focused on the heroic lives of the saints and their victory over evil by the grace of God.
The March of Saints, with its combination of fun and solemnity, is an alternative that is positive and uplifting, that emphasizes the triumph of good over evil, and celebrates God’s providence and all-powerful protection.
PILGRIMAGE FOR THE HOLY SOULS
To gain as many indulgences as possible for the holy souls in the month of November, PWHS undertakes the “Pilgrimage for the Holy Souls” from November 1 to 8 of each year. The Enchiridion of Indulgences (No. 13) states: “Visit of a Cemetery. Only Applicable to the souls in Purgatory when one devoutly visits and prays for the departed. A plenary indulgence is bestowed for this work each day between November 1 and November 8.”
THE 40-HOUR PRAYER VIGIL FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
In preparation for All Souls Day, PWHS Main and its chapters, prayer groups, and groups hold a 40-Hour Vigil of continuous prayer for the holy souls in purgatory. Those who cannot attend the vigil held by PWHS Main hold their own vigil in their respective churches using the same format. The vigil is usually held in October, preferably October 14 to 16 so that the last day of the vigil coincides with the feast of St. Gertrude the Great.
The vigil begins on the first day with a Solemn Mass of Exposition at 6:00 P.M. followed by the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. The Blessed Sacrament remains on the altar in a monstrance for the next 40 hours. The PWHS and its chapters, prayer groups, and groups take turns in ensuring an uninterrupted 40-hour period of prayer and fasting for the holy souls. At the end of the 40-hour vigil, a priest gives the benediction and reposes the Blessed Sacrament. The 40-hour vigil concludes with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
COMMEMORATION OF THE FEAST OF ST. GERTRUDE THE GREAT
Saint Gertrude had a deep empathy for the holy souls in purgatory. It is because of the deep devotion and love that she bore for the holy souls that she is honored in a special way by the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls. On November 16, Saint Gertrude’s feast day, PWHS offers a mass in her honor.
In addition, PWHS actively promotes the following Prayer of Saint Gertrude, taught to her by Our Lord, which has the power to release (in faith) 1,000 souls from purgatory with each devout recitation.
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen.”