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The Value of Blessed Candles

Blessed Candles are sacramentals. This means that Holy Church by her prayers and blessings makes them sacred articles, which, when used with respect and great faith, bestow countless blessings and graces on all.

On February second, which we call Candlemas, the Church blesses wax candles in a most solemn ceremony. On this day, we honor the Divine Child Jesus as a Light to illumine the Gentiles. At the blessing, on this day, the priest pronounces five beautiful prayers.

In the first prayer, he addresses Almighty God as follows: “O holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, we humbly beseech Thee that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and to sanctify these candles for the service of men, and for the health of bodies and souls, be they on land or water, and wouldst hear from Thy Majesty, the voice of this Thy people, who desire reverently to bear them in their hands and to praise Thee in song: and wouldst show mercy to all that call upon Thee.”

In this blessing, the effects of the blessed candles are briefly stated. The other prayers continue to explain these effects.

If, during the year, the priest is asked to bless candles, he uses the following prayer: “O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, we implore Thee to bless these candles, and through the power of the holy Cross, to bestow upon them Thy heavenly benediction, who has given them to mankind to dispel darkness and may they, through the sign of the holy Cross, obtain such blessing that wherever they be placed the powers of darkness may vanish, trembling and affrighted, with all their aids and accomplices, and be driven from these dwellings, and never again dare disquiet or molest them that serve Thee, Almighty God.”

The above proves to us what rich blessings we derive through the merits of Jesus Christ when we use the blessed candles in a spirit of faith. When we do not make frequent use of blessed candles we lose precious graces.

When and why we should use Blessed Candles

Holy Church prescribes blessed candles to be used at every Holy Mass- in conferring all the Sacraments- in public processions- at Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament- in all solemn functions and around the dead.

The Faithful should make use of them

1. In times of sickness or plague.

2. When storms are raging, on land or sea.

3. In seasons of drought or excessive rains.

4. Every day, at least for a short period, to ask God’s protection in the home and on members of the family.

5. To prevent discord, hatred and ill-will.

6. In times of doubt, distress and anxiety.

7. When a child is born.

8. When in danger from fire or flood.

9. In times of persecution.

10. Burning constantly at the bedside of the dying.

11. For the relief of the Souls in Purgatory.

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A Week of Prayers for the Holy Souls

PRAYER FOR SUNDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Blood which Your Divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, deliver the Souls in Purgatory and especially that soul amongst them all, which is most destitute of spiritual aid; and bring it into Your Glory where it may praise and bless You forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary.

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.

PRAYER FOR MONDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Blood which Your Divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel scouraging deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul amongst them all, which is nearest to its entrance into Your glory; that it may soon begin to praise and bless You forever. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.

PRAYER FOR TUESDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Blood which Your Divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter crowning with thorns, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular that one amongst them all, which would be last to depart out of those pains; that it may not tardy so long a time before it comes to praise You in Your Glory and bless You forever. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.
PRAYER FOR WEDNESDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Blood which Your Divine Son Jesus shed in the streets of Jerusalem, when He carried the Cross upon His Sacred shoulders, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that soul which is richest in merits before You, so that having soon attained the right place in glory to which it is destined, it may magnify You and bless You forever. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.

PRAYER FOR THURSDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Body and Blood of Your Divine Son Jesus, which He gave with His own hands upon the eve of His Passion to His beloved Apostles to be their food and drink, and which He left to His while Church to be a perpetual Sacrifice and the life-giving food of His own faithful people, deliver the Souls in Purgatory and especially that one which was most devoted to this Mystery of infinite Love; that it may with Your Divine Son, and with the Holy Spirit, ever praise You in Your Glory forever. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.


PRAYER FOR FRIDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I pray You, by the Precious Blood which Your Divine Son shed on this day upon the wood of the Cross, especially from His most sacred hands and feet, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and in particular that soul for which I am most bound to pray; that no neglect of mine may hinder it from praising You in Your Glory and blessing You forever. Amen

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.


PRAYER FOR SATURDAY

O LORD God Almighty, I beseech You, by the Precious Blood which gushed forth from the sides of Your Divine Son Jesus in the presence and to the extreme pain of His most Holy Mother, deliver the Souls in Purgatory, and especially that one amongst them all, which was most devout to her; that it may come quickly into Your Glory, there to praise You, in her, and her in You, through all the ages. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Eternal rest.

PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH

O God, who has doomed all men to die, but has concealed from all the hour of their death; grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice, in the embrace of Your Love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

INDULGENCED PRAYERS TO AID THE SUFFERING SOULS

  1. My God and my all.
  2. Teach me, O Lord, to do Your will, because You are my God.
  3. O God, come to my aid. O LORD, make haste to help me.
  4. Jesus, for You I live – Jesus, for You I die – Jesus, I am Yours in life and in death. Amen
  5. From a sudden and improvised death, deliver us, O Lord.
  6. Into Your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
  7. Sweetest Jesus be not my judge, but my Saviour.
  8. Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, deliver the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
  9. Praised be Jesus, and Mary. Now and forever. Amen.
  10. Jesus, Mary, Joseph.
  11. My Jesus, mercy!
  12. Jesus, my God, I love You above all things.
  13. Sweet Heart of Jesus grant that I may ever love You more and more.
  14. Jesus, keep and humble of Heart make my heart like into Yours.
  15. Sacred Heart of Jesus, Your Kingdom come.
  16. Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in you.
  17. Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
  18. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
  19. Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us.
  20. Mary, Help of Christians; pray for us.
  21. Queen of the most Holy Rosary, pray for us.
  22. O Mary, conceived without original sin, pray for us who have recourse to You.
  23. O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Yours.
  24. Jesus, Mary and Joseph. I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with You.

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