The mother of Jesus in art, life and devotion.
De Maria, numquam satis.
The statue of the Madonna della Guardia in Gavi, Italy.
Mary is depicted as the patroness of the holy souls, who call on her from the flames of purgatory.
A devotional image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the souls in purgatory.
Mary sorrowing, Mother of all Christians, pray for the poor souls in purgatory.
An American devotional image from 1937 of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Maria SS. della Libera
The statue of Our Lady of Liberation in Partanna, Italy. She is called upon for the release of souls from purgatory.
Today it is All Souls day, when Catholics worldwide remember the dead.
Traditionally Mary is called upon as the intercession of the souls in purgatory, as shown on the painting by Ludovico Carracci.
Madonna del Carmine
An Italian devotional image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of the souls in purgatory.
A painting of Our Lady of Light in Naxxar, Malta.
History and iconography
A statue of Mary weeping for the poor souls in purgatory in the church of St Wolfgang in Mondsee, Austria.
Madonna SS. del Carmine
Souls are released from purgatory through the intercession of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Regina Decor Carmeli
An Italian print of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. According to Catholic belief she is the patroness of the souls in purgatory.
The delivering of souls from purgatory.
Maria SS. del Suffragio
The souls in purgatory with the Eye of Providence, the Holy Wounds, and the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
(Source: pristinelolita, via catolicam)
A painting by Francesco de Mura of Mary descending into purgatory to intercede for the souls trapped there.