The Church, as a pious mother, dresses in mourning, and strives to appease God in favor of those souls who died in grace, but are detained in the prisons of purgatory to expiate the penalty due for their sins. In Spain was born, several centuries ago, the privilege that on this day all priests can celebrate three Masses for the deceased, a custom that, after Madrid had enjoyed, Pope Benedict XV extended to the universal Church.
V/. Blessed souls freed from purgatory.
R/. Pray for us.