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Chapel-Shrine of the Holy Souls in the Manila Cathedral

We would like to invite you to visit the Chapel-Shrine of the Holy Souls in the Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, where it is set to be the center of devotion and prayer for the dead this coming November. The Santo Entierro of the Cathedral was also placed in the said Chapel.

The Holy Souls Chapel is located at the right side facing the main altar of the Cathedral, fourth Chapel from the main door.

To know more about the said chapel, kindly appreciate the text below taken from the website of the Manila Cathedral (http://manilacathedral.ph/about/).

We hope that you can visit the Holy Souls Chapel as we celebrate the Season of Remembrance.

Thank you and God bless.
Chita G. Monfort
Executive Director

 

Chapel-Shrine of the Holy Souls
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CHAPEL-SHRINE OF THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY

The devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory has been a practice in the Manila Cathedral for centuries. This is evidenced by the inclusion of a Chapel dedicated to the Holy Souls among the several chapels incorporated in the rebuilding of the Manila Cathedral every now and then after being destroyed either by fire or earthquake or typhoon or bombings like what happened during the Battle of Liberation in World War II.

The earliest available record attests to the inclusion of a Chapel dedicated to the Holy Souls in the third structure of the Manila Cathedral, whose rebuilding was completed in December 1641. The Chapel which was called “Souls in Purgatory” was donated by a certain Capitan Antonio de Espinosa and his wife Maria de Riaga (Maria Acriaza in other books), a descendant of one of the oldest families in Manila.

No mention is made in the available records for the incorporation of a Chapel dedicated to the Holy Souls in the rebuilt structures of the Manila Cathedral starting from the fourth (1681-1751), then fifth (1760-1852), sixth (1858-1870) and seventh (1879-1945). However,there is a reference to a Chapel intended for Our Lady of Sorrows for the 5th and 7th structure of the Manila Cathedral. The Chapel planned for Our Lady of Sorrows, whether it materialized or not because it was included in another chapel, served as a designated place for observing the devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

The present structure of the Manila Cathedral, the eighth (8th) and the Post-War reconstruction designed by Archt. Fernando Ocampo, has eight (8) chapels. One of them is the Chapel of the Blessed Souls in Purgatory, where you are now. It is now referred to as the Chapel-Shrine of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. It is a Chapel-Shrine de facto because it is a living testimony to the devotion to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, which started in the Manila Cathedral in the past centuries and has continued to the present day through the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls.

The Chapel-Shrine has a marble altar piece by the Italian Giuseppe Perischetti. It has a unique marble relief that depicts the souls in Purgatory assisted by holy angels, raising their prayer to Mary, as refugium peccatorum (refuge of sinners). Moreover, it shows the saints whom Liturgy invokes in the commendatio animae (commendation of the soul): St. Michael the Archangel, St. John the Evangelist and Sts. Peter and Paul.

Endorsement for “The Season of Remembrance” – Diocese of Novaliches

Endorsement
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This Chancery is pleased to convey its greetings of respect to all the Parish Priests of the Diocese.
It is my pleasure and honor to endorse to you the book entitled: The Season of Remembrance, published by Monfort “Shared Blessings” Foundation, Inc. and being distributed and promoted by the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls. The Book contains prayers, devotions, and activities that provide our dear departed, in particular, and the holy souls, in general, with the greatest spiritual benefits – plenary and partial indulgences to aid in the relief of their suffering and hasten their release from purgatory.
I have given them permission to promote the book in our Diocese. Please give them your usual courtesy and your much needed help.
Given in the Chancery in Fairview, Quezon City, 2 October 2015.
Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD
Bishop
Diocese of Novaliches
MOS Endorsement - Diocese of Novaliches

Memo of Archbishop Ramon Arguelles re Nov celebration

Dear PWHS members and friends,

We would like to share with you the Memorandum on honouring the Holy Souls sent by His Excellency Most Rev. Ramón C. Arguelles, DD, Archbishop of Lipa, to the flock of his Archdiocese.

We hope and pray that more Bishops will endorse to their respective Dioceses the Season of Remembrance activities initiated by the apostolate for the plight of the Holy Souls.

Thank you and may God bless us all!

 

Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls

An Apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc.

 

Chita G. Monfort

Executive Director

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MARCH OF SAINTS 2015 Campaign

Dear All,

Last July 25, 2015 , we launched “THE SEASON OF REMEMBRANCE” book, which contains prayers and devotions for the Holy Souls, and activities for the months of October and November.

In this regard, we would like to encourage you to assist us in campaigning for these activities, starting with the MARCH OF SAINTS on October 31, in your respective parishes. The March of Saints is our initiative to evangelize family members and make them appreciate more the heroic lives of the saints and their victory over evil by the grace of God.

Kindly see the attached file, the March of Saints flyer, and share it to your family, friends, and respective parish priest.

The March of Saints video is made available on youtube, and here’s the link:

Let us ask for the blessing of the Almighty God, with the intercession of All the Saints, as we celebrate the March of Saints, and the Season of Remembrance activities, to give honor and glory for all the little and humble acts of faith, hope and love of these Holy Men and Women.

 

Yours in Christ,

PRAYER WARRIORS of the HOLY SOULS
An Apostolate of the Monfort Foundation, Inc.

 

Chita G. Monfort
Executive Director

March of Saints flyer

NATIONAL PRAYER FOR THE PAPAL VISIT

To be prayed Before the Post Communion Prayer of Every Mass
From August 1, 2014 until January 14, 2015

God of mercy and compassion, we come to you in our need and lift up to you our nation as we prepare for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.
After every invocation we say together:
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may be faithful to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may be eager to meet and listen to Pope Francis
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may be compassionate with the poor and the needy
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may be merciful with the weak and the lost
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may humbly confess our sins and return to God
Bless your Church Lord!
That we may frequently and devoutly receive Holy Communion
Bless your Church Lord!
Let us pray.
God our Father, we are all your children. Make of us a nation of mercy and compassion eager to meet Pope Francis. Make us a nation of holiness and heroism through Christ our Lord. Amen.

pope

How Did This All Start?

Q: How did this all start? How did the association of Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls come about?

A: A dear friend of mine, by the name of Violy Santos, gave my first copy of Read me or Rue It last February, 1991.I didn’t get to read it right away as we were in the middle of a national campaign. My husband, Narcing who was an incumbent congressman from Iloilo, was running for senator, he didn’t make it in that May ’92 election amidst the proliferation of entertainment people gunning for the same position. It was God’s design, that He gave Narcing and I a short vacation from politics. Some time in June, 1992, and having more time on his hands now, Narcing came across the booklet that Violy gave me. He read it in one sitting, and insisted on my reading it, too. I was struck at the way this booklet had effect on him, as usually he just browses over the reading materials I would pass on to him. As I was reading the booklet, I realized why he was insistent on my reading it. Reading halfway thru the booklet, I was already convinced that we would have to do something.

It didn’t take long for us to print the first 1,000 copies of Read me or Rue it, the booklet that convinced us to form the association called, Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls. This took place on July, 1992.

Seven years later, we have:

  1. Printed and distributed 64,000 copies of Read me or Rue It;
  2. A Tagalog version called Basahin O Pagsisihan and we have printed and distributed 3,700 copies of it since 1996;
  3. Distributed 1,200 copies of Unpublished Manuscripts on Purgatory
  4. Hundred of members of the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls in Metro Manila and in the provinces;
  5. Foreign based members of the Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls residing in Hongkong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Dubai, Australia, USA, Saudi Arabia
  6. Launched a quarterly publication for the members, to start with this issue;
  7. Organized the Monfort (Share Your Blessings) Foundation, Inc. to ensure the continuity of this project;

Some of our plans for the future include:

  1. An Ilongo version of Read Me or Rue It for our Visayan friends;
  2. Printing of a booklet on How to Avoid Purgatory (Note: we recently received permission to do so)
  3. Printing of a 9-day Novena Mass cards for departed loved ones;
  4. Setting up of provincial chapters and overseas chapter;

An ambitious project is to have a national Congress for the first time, where we can further strengthen our association and push for its objectives.

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 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Chapel (Lower Level), Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Cubao, Quezon City. To date, PWHS has over 226,000 members in 70 countries.

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 cor. Beaterio, 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

 

 

 

CONTACT US

Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls
Business Address: Tel. nos.: (63 2) 531 0391 532 2831 Local 100
Fax: (63 2) 531 0391 532 2831 Local 107
E-2 Gueventville I (RSG 1) Hotline SMS: (63 2) 918 9290603
Monfort Foundation Building Website: www.pwhs.ph
Calbayog Street Email: info@pwhs.ph
Barangay Highway Hills Facebook: www.facebook.com/PrayerWarriorsoftheHolySouls
Mandaluyong City 1550 Twitter: www.twitter.com/holysouls
Metro Manila, Philippines