Rorate Caeli

The Most Hopeful Night for the Poor Souls

Below, please find the sixty-fifth posting of enrolled Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society.

It's been a long-held belief that Christmas is the time when the most souls are released from Purgatory. It is also said that the consecration of the Mass is the time that many souls are released. So for those of us going to Christmas Masses, the consecration at these Masses in particular, we know the graces pouring forth from the altar are sending many souls to Heaven. 

While they won't be posted online, please send the names of your deceased loved ones today. As long as they're in our inbox they're enrolled in the Society. Get them in just in time for Christmas then make your offertory intention for all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society. 

How to enroll souls: please email me at and submit as follows: "Name, State, Country." If you want to enroll entire families, simply write in the email: "The Jones family, Ohio, USA". Individual names are preferred. Be greedy -- send in as many as you wish and forward this posting to friends as well.

Please consider forwarding this Society to your family and friends, announcing from the pulpit during Holy Mass or listing in your church bulletin. We need to spread the word and relieve more suffering souls.

Please pray for the enrolled Souls and the 17 holy priests saying Traditional Masses for the Society:

"For all the souls enrolled in the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society: Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the Faithful departed rest in peace. Amen."

Then ...

Almighty and ever living God,
we ask Thy blessing upon the priests
who offer Masses for the Purgatorial Society.
Give them a greater awareness of the grace
that Thou dost pour out through the Sacraments,
and by their devout celebration of the Sacred Mysteries,
increase in them a love for Thee.
Give strength to Thy priests, O Shepherd of the flock;
when they are in doubt, give them the assurance of faith,
and in Thy goodness confirm them as heralds of Thy Truth
to all who seek to follow in Thy path.
We ask this through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal Priest,
Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity with the Holy Ghost,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Enrolled Souls of the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society:

Charlotte Bacon, Connecticut, USA
Daniel Barden, Connecticut, USA
Rachel Davino, Connecticut, USA
Olivia Engel, Connecticut, USA
Josephine Gay, Connecticut, USA
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, Connecticut, USA
Dylan Hockley, Connecticut, USA
Dawn Hochsprung, Connecticut, USA
Madeleine F. Hsu, Connecticut, USA
Catherine V. Hubbard, Connecticut, USA
Chase Kowalski, Connecticut, USA
Jesse Lewis, Connecticut, USA
James Mattioli, Connecticut, USA
Grace McDonnell, Connecticut, USA
Anne Marie Murphy, Connecticut, USA
Emilie Parker, Connecticut, USA
Jack Pinto, Connecticut, USA
Noah Pozner, Connecticut, USA
Caroline Previdi, Connecticut, USA
Jessica Rekos, Connecticut, USA
Avielle Richman, Connecticut, USA
Lauren Rousseau, Connecticut, USA
Mary Sherlach, Connecticut, USA
Victoria Soto, Connecticut, USA
Benjamin Wheeler, Connecticut, USA
Allison N. Wyatt, Connecticut, USA
Dead of the Typhoon Bopha, Philippines
Adam Lanza, CT, USA
Nancy Lanza, CT, USA
Angelo Antonio Fernandes, Goa, Índia
Piedade Ferrão, Goa, Índia
Leonara, Goa, Índia
Br. Urbano, Goa, Índia
Francisco Rosario Mascarenhas, Goa, Índia
Inacinha Rodrigues, Goa, Índia
Belinda Fernandes, Goa, Índia
For the Fernandes family & ancestors, Goa, Índia
For the Mascarenhas family & their ancestors, Goa, Índia
Floyd Sonnen, Canada
Tom and Amelia Balboa, California, USA
Robert Bork, Virginia, USA
Therese Lucienne Lanceley, British Columbia, Canada
Anita Marie Caldwell, British Columbia, Canada
Maria, Australia
Donna J. Capozzoli, California, USA
John J. Capozzoli, California, USA
Lean Vernon Acain, Guam
Valerio Mores
Sue Mary Mores
Thomas L. Moretti
Byron Christopher Lee
Jeremy Michael Perez
Frank Mores
Benvenuta Mores
Kenneth Mores
Antone Mores
Carlo Mores
Mary Lou Mores
Isabell Marizza
Antonette Cervantes
Jim Bloch
The Mores Family
The Moretti Family
The Toro Family
The Williams Family
The Pomykala Family
The Smrekar Family
The Wang Family
The Schaumleffel Family
The Busboom Family
The Johnson Family
The Jaeger Family
The Eneix Family
The Ellars Family
The Geyer Family
The Surges Family
Jacintha Saldanha, London, England
Fr. John Edwards, SJ, London, England
Carol Lang, Illinois, USA
Fr. Bernard Davenport, England
Fr. John Edward, SJ, England
Canon John Devane, England
Msgr. Michael Smith, England
Fr. Anthony Pyle, England
Canon Alfred Patrick Pearson, England
Paul R. Dinello, Sr., Pennsylvania, USA
David Verbaneck, Pennsylvania, USA
Rosemarie Scozzie, Pennsylvania, USA
Margaret Anne DiGeorge, Pennsylvania, USA
Patricia Bruenning, WI, USA
William fisher, WI, USA
Helen Herolt, WI, USA
Grace Hughes, WI, USA
Ellie Lane, WI, USA
David Olley, WI, USA
Janice Petzke, WI, USA
Wallace Terry, WI, USA
Howard Woller, WI, USA
Bertha Zelenski, WI, USA
Erlinda Fule, Metro Manila, Philippines
Bishop Walter F. Sullivan, Virginia, USA
Rosario de Asis Panahon, Mindoro, Philippines
Jose Leo B. Rosana, Albay, Philippines
Stanley Moore, Pennsylvania  USA
Louis Leclair, British Columbia, Canada
Elizabeth Gurnee, WI, USA
Elmer Robinson, MD, USA
The Kovacs family, Budapest, Hungary
The Nemeth family, Budapest, Hungary
Madonna Martin, Virginia, USA
Bishop Pedro N. Bantigue, San Pablo, Philippines
Bishop Jose Song Sui-Wan S.D.B., Sao Gabriel da Cachoeira, Brazil
Warren Watson  Arkansas  USA
Redd Griffin   Illinois  USA
Antonio Milliosa, Guam


  1. I don't recall when having assisted at Novus Masses that prayers for the Souls in Purgatory were offered during Prayers of the Faithful.

    Perhaps priests who offer said Mass will begin to include such prayers into the Prayers of the Faithful.

    That would be an edifying "tradition" to bring to the Mass to replace the usual "let us pray that the Church will recognize the gifts that women can offer to the Church" (wink, wink...priestesses)...and various "agenda" petitions that mark Novus Ordo Masses.


  2. Truth Seeker4:33 PM

    "It's been a long-held belief that Christmas is the time when the most souls are released from Purgatory. It is also said that the consecration of the Mass is the time that many souls are released."

    Is this the teaching of the Church or merely a pious legend?

  3. Yes, it is a de fide teaching...

    Of course it's a pious legend, that allows for the growth of salutary practices, what is wrong with you?

  4. Anonymous5:30 PM

    Your posting for the Holy Souls perfectly coincides with my Mass intention for this morning: the Vigil Mass of Christmas offered for the Rorate Purgatorial Society.

    Side note to "Truth Seeker": a confirmation of this instinct of the faithful to pray for the Holy Souls today seems indicated by the age-old singing of the De Profundis at Vespers tomorrow and throughout the Octave (retained, I believe, even in the Paul VI breviary, by some merciful Providence).

    --Fr. Capreolus

  5. Happy Christmas to all.

    I'm offering my TLM tomorrow (Missa in Aurora) in York, England, for the Holy Souls of the Rorate Purgatorial Society.

    Father Smith RAChD.

  6. Anonymous7:06 PM

    God bless you Fathers'! And glad you're home safely from Afghanistan Fr. Smith!

  7. Anonymous1:20 AM

    If I send names in your inbox will they later be public like ones on this post?


  8. Anonymous3:24 AM

    Yes they will be made public.

  9. Spy Kid1:00 AM

    There is a little book called "An unpublished manuscript on Purgatory" I read a while ago. Although just a private revelation, there is explicit mention that most souls leave purgatory on Christmas.

    I find it fascinating that more souls would be released on Christmas than on All souls day or on Easter Sunday.

  10. Anonymous7:31 PM

    That book is FREE here:


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