HOLY ALLIANCE Devotion

Updated: Nov 15

A 12 DAY DEVOTION to receive grace, indulgence and strength. Click on video to learn more.


Holy Alliance / 12 Saints, Souls & Sinners Devotion


We invite you to join us for a twelve day devotion where you "enlist" a Holy Alliance of Saints and Souls to pray alongside you! Watch the video of Lauren above for more information and then follow the steps below to participate. We have also created a convenient Printable Version of these instructions. We will pray this devotion as The God Minute Community from Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 27. If you need help picking Saints, you can check out this List of Patron Saints, which might serve as a guide. Some TGM favorites to consider, as well: St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Catherine Labouré, St. Martin de Porres, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Jude the Apostle, St Frances Cabrini and so many more.


DEVOTION INSTRUCTIONS [printable version]


Step 1:

Make a list of 12 saints, a list of 12 loved ones (or people you know of) who have passed away, and a list of 12 people on earth (family, friends, politicians, etc.) whose conversion or spiritual welfare you’d like to pray for.


Step 2:

Each day of the 12 days, choose one name from each list.


Step 3:

“Enlist” your Saint by asking them to pray with you to gain an indulgence for the Soul. Pray this prayer for the Soul:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Most Holy Saint [insert chosen saint name], Through your example of selfless suffering and love, you have obtained eternal happiness. I call on you and beg that you intercede for the soul of [insert chosen soul name]. Please bring this intention to Jesus and ask that He wash his/her soul clean. Together, may our prayer strengthen and unite this soul with the Sacred Heart of our beloved Savior. Through the tender love of Mary, Queen of Saints, and the Divine Mercy of Christ our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Here's where we offer two separate versions of the devotion, so you can choose what you are most comfortable with or have the time for in your day.


BEGINNER METHOD


Step 4:

“Enlist” your Saint and your Soul by asking them to pray with you for the person here on earth. Pray this prayer for them:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Most Holy Saint [insert chosen saint name], and blessed soul of [insert chosen soul name]. I ask that you intercede for the conversion of [insert name of chosen living person]. Please bring this intention to Jesus and beg that He make Himself so powerfully known to him/her. Together, may our prayer convert even the hardest of hearts. Through the tender love of Mary, Queen of Saints, and the Divine Mercy of Christ our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

ADVANCED METHOD


Step 4:

Choose ONE of the following ways to gain a plenary indulgence:

  • visit a cemetery and pray for the dead

  • piously visit a church or oratory and recite the Our Father and the Creed

  • spend 30 minutes reading sacred scripture

  • pray a rosary in a church or with a group (you can even use our Pray-Along Rosary video)

  • 30 minutes of Eucharistic adoration

If homebound, due to Covid:

Step 5:

“Enlist” your Saint and your Soul by asking them to pray with you for the person here on earth. Pray this prayer for them:

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Most Holy Saint [insert chosen saint name], and blessed soul of [insert chosen soul name]. I ask that you intercede for the conversion of [insert name of chosen living person]. Please bring this intention to Jesus and beg that He make Himself so powerfully known to him/her. Together, may our prayer convert even the hardest of hearts. Through the tender love of Mary, Queen of Saints, and the Divine Mercy of Christ our Lord, Amen. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

STEP 6:

Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy “with” your Saint and Soul for the conversion of the person here on earth. If you want, you can even use our Pray-Along Chaplet of Divine Mercy video.


FAQS


It is 12 Days long. When does it begin?

As The God Minute Community, we will be praying the devotion from Monday, November 16 - Friday, November 27. However, you can pray the 12 days at any time!


How can a person “follow along”? Is it at a certain time or do we just do it whenever we want and follow the printed outline?

We don't plan to host a live praying of this devotion, but instead encourage our community members to add it to their daily prayer, whenever is convenient for them, using the outline provided here.


What happens if I start it but I miss a day?

Don't worry! Just tack on another day at the end.


Why is it referred to as the Saints, Souls and Sinners devotion?

The goal is to acknowledge the three places we are calling upon to join our Holy Alliance - saints in heaven, holy souls in purgatory, and those of us still here on earth, of which we are all sinners. Plus the three "S" titles gives it a catchy name!


What is purgatory?

That's a great question! According to the Catholic understanding, purgatory, which comes from the latin root "purgare" or to make clean or purify, is a place or condition of temporal punishment for those who, departing this life in God's grace, are not entirely free from venial faults, or have not fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. One thing to note is that those souls in purgatory have already received their particular judgment and are on their way to heaven. It's sort of just a pitstop on the way where they are "made clean" so they can be ready to meet their Savior. Here's a link to what the catechism of the Catholic Church says about purgatory.


What is an indulgence?

Another really great question! In short it's "the remission before God of the temporal punishment due for sins already forgiven as far as one's guilt is concerned." Indulgences on behalf of the souls in purgatory helps with lessening the "temporal punishment" for their already forgiven sins. For a more in-depth explanation, this USCCB document might help.