MASSES OF REMEMBRANCE
“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
Every month, PWHS offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the following intentions:
- To remember and pray for the eternal repose of the souls of victims who perished in major calamities, wars, tragedies, and other unfortunate events of major significance that occurred during that particular month, in previous years and in recent times as well;
- To commend to God all departed PWHS members, family members, relatives, friends, and especially those whose death anniversaries and birthdays fall on that particular month;
- To honor a saint who was devoted to the holy souls in purgatory and whose feast day falls on that particular month; and
- To remember and pray for the living members of PWHS as well astheir families and friends who are celebrating their birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions during that month in thanksgiving for the graces and blessings received from the Lord.
PWHS Main holds its Masses of Remembrance every second Monday of the month at the Lower Level of the Immaculate Conception Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, Intramuros, Manila. Confession is also made available during the Mass of Remembrance. PWHS chapters, prayer groups, and groups hold their Masses of Remembrance in their respective parishes and dioceses. These Masses are usually officiated by their respective bishop, parish priest or spiritual director.
Schedule of Masses of Remembrance in different areas, which will resume once religious gatherings in full capacity is allowed:
11:00 A.M., every 2nd Monday of the month
Manila Cathedral (Lower Level)
Cabildo corner Beaterio Sts., Intramuros, Manila
11:00 A.M., every 2nd Monday of the month
Nativity Chapel, Cubao Cathedral
Lantana St., Cubao, Quezon City
6:00 P.M., every 1st Wednesday of the month
St. Clement Parish
Doña Aurora St., Angono, Rizal
7:00 P.M., every 3rd Friday of the month
Jesus, Lord of Divine Mercy Parish
Mapayapa Village 1, Pasong Tamo, Quezon City
6:30 P.M., every last Wednesday of the month
St. Joseph Parish
Napocor Village, Tandang Sora, Quezon City
Every 2nd Monday of the month
Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity Cathedral
Brgy. Gahonon, Daet, Camarines Norte
All Mondays of the month
Good Shepherd Chapel
Archbishop’s Residence Compound, Naga City
6:00A.M., every 2nd Monday of the month
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Tacloban City, Leyte
12:00NN, every 2nd Monday of the month
San Pedro Cathedral
Davao City, Davao del Sur
Future MASSES OF REMEMBRANCE will be at the same time and venue 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 Prayer Warriors of the Holy Souls (PWHS) broadcasts a one-hour program entitled “Ala-Alang Walang Hanggan” (Eternal Memories) from 8:00P.M. to 9:00P.M., every second Saturday of the month on Radio Veritas (DZRV 846 kHz), a 24-hour Roman Catholic AM station. Radio Veritas is owned and operated bythe Archdiocese of Manila through the global Broadcasting System in the Philippines.
Ala-alang Walang Hanggan is anchored by select PWHS members. The program focuses on various purgatorial matters in line with the Church’s doctrine on purgatory. A key segment of the program is a reflection on various topics on purgatory delivered by Fr. Jojo Zerrudo, PWHS spiritual director.
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.”