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DYING PRAYERS

A collection of beautiful prayers for the dead or dying.


Preparing for death is an experience everyone must face. It is one time the faithful need the helping hand of the priest. Priests gain much joy and satisfaction in being able to give this assistance, in helping people die happily, with full preparation to meet their Creator.

Prayer For The Dying  

Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray You, by the agony of Your most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Your Immaculate Mother, to wash in Your Most Precious Blood the sinners of the world who are now in their agony, and who will die today.

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. Amen.

Recommendation of the Departing Soul to God

V. Peace to this house.

R. And to all who live in it.

Let this water (sprinkling with holy water) call to mind your baptismal sharing in Christís redeeming passion and resurrection.

The Litany for the Dying 

Lord, have mercy.

Christ. have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Holy Mary. pray for him (her). 

After each invocation, respond with: Pray for him (her).

All you holy angels and archangels.

Holy Abel,

All you choirs of the just.

Holy Abraham,

St. John the Baptist.

St. Joseph.

All you holy patriarchs and prophets.

St. Peter,

St. Paul,

St. Andrew,

St. John.

All you holy apostles and evangelists.

All you holy disciples of the Lord.

All you holy innocents.

St. Stephen,

St. Lawrence,

All you holy martyrs.

St. Sylvester. 

St. Gregory,

St. Augustine,

All you holy bishops and confessors,

St. Benedict,

St. Francis,

St. Camillus,

St. John of God,

St. John Neumann,

All you holy monks and hermits,

St. Mary Magdalene,

St. Lucy,

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton,

All you holy virgins and widows,

All you holy saints of God, intercede for him her).

Be merciful, spare him (her), 0 Lord!

Be merciful, deliver him (her), 0 Lord!

Be merciful, deliver him (her), 0 Lord!

After each invocation, respond with: Deliver him (her,) 0 Lord! 

From your anger,

From deathís dangers,

From an unholy death,

From the punishments of hell,

From every evil,

Through your cross and passion,

From the power of the devil,

Through your birth,

Through your death and burial,

Through your glorious resurrection,

Through your wonderful ascension,

Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler,

In the day of judgment,

We who are sinners, we implore you, hear us.

That you would spare him (her), we implore you, hear us.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 

PRAYER

Go forth from this world, 0 Christian soul, in the name of God the Father almighty, who created you; in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who suffered and died for you; in the name of the Holy Spirit, who sanctified you; in the name of the glorious and holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary; in the name of blessed Joseph, her illustrious spouse; in the name of the angels, archangels, thrones, domi≠nations, principalities, powers, virtues, cherubim and seraphim; in the name of the patriarchs and prophets; in the name of the holy apostles and evangelists; in the name of the holy martyrs and confessors; in the name of the holy monks and hermits; in the name of the holy virgins and of all the saints of God. May peace come to you today, and may your home be in holy Sion. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

O God of compassion and kindness, in your boundless mercy you erase the sins of the penitent and remove the guilt of past wrongdoing by the grace of forgiveness. Look with kindness on this your servant, N., and listen to his (her) prayer as he (she) asks with his (her) whole heart for the remission of all his (her) sins. Make new in him (her), O most loving Father, whatever has been damaged by earthly weakness and profaned by the deceit of the devil; and bind to the body of the Church this member who has been redeemed. Listen with mercy to his (her) sighs, O Lord. Look with mercy on his (her) tears; and as his (her) trust is only in your mercy, admit him (her) to the sacrament of reconciliation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

Dear brother (sister), I commend you to almighty God, and I entrust you to him who created you, so that, when by your dying you have paid the debt to which every man is subject, you may return to your Maker, to him who formed you from the clay of the earth. Then, when your soul goes forth from your body, may the radiant company of angels come to meet you. May the assembly of the apostles, our judges, welcome you. May the victorious army of white-robed martyrs meet you on your way. May the joyful throng of confessors gather about you. May the glorious choir of virgins receive you. May the patriarchs en≠fold you in the embrace of blessed peace. May St. Joseph, beloved patron of the dying, Fill you with confidence, and may the holy Mother of God, the Virgin Mary, lovingly turn her eyes toward you.

And then, gentle and joyful, may Christ Jesus appear to assign you a place among those who stand forever in his presence. May Christ, who was crucified for your sake, free you from excruciating pain. May Christ, who died for you, free you from the death that never ends. May Christ, the Son of the living God, set you in the ever blooming garden of his paradise, and may he, the true Shepherd, recognize you as one of his own. May he free you from all your sins and assign you a place at his right hand in the company of his elect. May you see your Redeemer face-to-face; and, standing in his presence forever, may you see with joyful eyes Truth revealed in all its fullness. And so, having taken your place in the ranks of the blessed, may you enjoy the happiness of divine contemplation forever and ever. We ask this through the same Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

O Lord, receive your servant into the place of salvation which he (she) is hoping to receive from your mercy. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver your servant, O Lord, from the dangers of hell, from constraining punishments, and from all distress. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Noah from the flood. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Job from his sufferings.  

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Moses from the power of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Daniel from the den of lions. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered the three young men from the fiery furnace and from the power of the unjust king.  

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Susanna from an unjust condemnation. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered David from the power of King Saul and the might of Goliath. 

R. Amen. 

Deliver the soul of your servant, O Lord, as you delivered Peter and Paul from prison.  

R. Amen. 

We commend to you, O Lord, the soul of your servant, N., and we beg of you, 0 Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, that you would not refuse the welcoming embrace of the patriarchs to this soul for whose sake you in your mercy came down upon earth.

Recognize him (her). O Lord, as your creature, made not by strange gods but by you, the only true and living God, for there is no God other than you, and no works like yours.

Give joy, O Lord, to his (her) soul by the sight of you. Remember not the sins and intemperance he (she) has committed, urged on by the Ď1 madness and fever of evil desire. Indeed he (she) sinned; yet never did he (she) deny the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, but believed in them, had zeal for Godís cause, and faithfully adored him who made all things. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

We implore you, O Lord, do not remember the faults of his (her) youth and his (her) ignorance; but rather through your great mercy, be mindful of him (her) in the splendor of your glory. 

May heaven open for him (her); may the angels rejoice with him (her). Receive your servant, O Lord, into your kingdom. 

May he (she) be taken up by holy Michael, the archangel of God, who leads the armies of heaven. 

May the holy angels of God come to meet him (her) and take him (her) into the heavenly Jerusalem. 

May he (she) be welcomed by blessed Peter, the apostle to whom God gave the keys of the kingdom of heaven. 

May he (she) be aided by St. Paul, the apostle who was worthy to be Godís chosen instrument. 

May St. John, the favored apostle of God to whom were revealed the secrets of heaven, intercede for him (her). 

May all the holy apostles, on whom has been conferred the power of binding and loosing, pray for him (her). 

May all who have endured great sufferings in this world for the sake of Christ, the saints and the chosen of God, intercede for him (her), so that, freed from the bonds of the flesh, he (she) may attain to the glory of the kingdom of heaven. 

Through the help of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns forever and ever. 

R. Amen. 

O Virgin most kind, Mary, Mother of God, most loving consoler of those in distress, commend to your Son the soul of his servant, N., so that, because of your motherly intervention, he (she) may be freed from the terrors of death, and may joyfully arrive, in your company, at his (her) longed-for home in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

To you do I turn for refuge, St. Joseph, patron of the dying, at whose happy deathbed Jesus and Mary stood watch. Because of this twofold pledge of hope, I earnestly commend to you the soul of this ser≠vant, N., in his (her) last agony; so that he (she) may, with you as protector, be set free from the snares of the devil and from everlasting death, and may attain to everlasting joy. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen.

Three Beautiful Prayers

Which are very useful to a dying person, and should be prayed often as an act of mercy.

There once was a Pope in Rome who was surrounded by many sins.  The Lord God struck him with a fatal illness.  When he saw that he was dying, he summoned Cardinals, Bishops and learned persons and said to them:  "My dear friends!  What comfort can you give me now that I must die, and when I deserve eternal damnation for my sins?"  No one answered him.  One of them, a pious curate named John, said:  "Father, why do you doubt the Mercy of God?"  The Pope replied:  "What comfort can you give me now that I must die and fear that I'll be damned for my sins?"  John replied:  "I'll read these prayers over you; I hope you'll be comforted and that you will obtain Mercy from God."  The Pope was unable to say more.  The curate and all those present knelt and said an Our Father, then the following Prayers:

1. Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, God and Man, Thou who in fear sweated blood for us on the Mount of Olives in order to bring peace, and to offer Thy Most Holy Death to God Thy Heavenly Father for the salvation of this dying person...
If it be, however, that by his sins, he merits eternal damnation, then may it be deflected from him.  This, O Eternal Father through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Dear Son, Who liveth and reigneth in union with The Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen

2. Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Who meekly died on the trunk of the Cross for us, submitting Thy Will completely to Thy Heavenly Father in order to bring peace and to offer Thy Most Holy Death to Thy Heavenly Father in order to free...  (this person)  ...and to hide from him what he has earned with his sins; grant this O Eternal Father!  Through Our Lord Jesus Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in union with the Holy Spirit now and forever.  Amen.

3. Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ!  Thou Who remained silent to speak through the mouths of the Prophets:  I have drawn Thee to me through Eternal Love, which Love drew Thee from Heaven into the body of the Virgin, which Love drew Thee from the body of the Virgin into the valley of this needful world, which Love kept Thee 33 years in this world, and as a sign of Great Love, Thou hast given Thy Holy Body as True Food and Thy Holy Blood as True Drink, as a sign of Great Love, Thou hast consented to be condemned to death, and hast consented to die and to be buried and truly risen, and appeared to Thy Holy Mother and all Thy Apostles and the hearts of all who hope and believe in Thee.  Through Thy Sign of Eternal Love, open Heaven today and take this dying person  ...and all his sins into the Realm of Thy Heavenly Father, that he may reign with Thee now and forever. Amen.

Meanwhile, the pope died.  The curate persevered to the third hour, then the Pope appeared to him in body and comforting him; his countenance as brilliant as the sun, his clothes as white as snow, and he said:  "My dear brother!  Whereas I was supposed to be a child of damnation I've become a child of happiness.  As you recited the first Prayer, many of my sins fell from me as rain from Heaven, and as you recited the second Prayer, I was purified, as a goldsmith purifies gold in a hot fire.  I was still purified as you recited the third Prayer.  Then I saw Heaven open and the Lord Jesus standing on the Right Hand of God the Father, Who said to me:  "Come, all thy sins are forgiven thee, you'll be and remain in the Realm of My Father forever. Amen!"

With these words, my soul separated from my body and the Angels of God led it to Eternal Joy.

As the curate heard this he said:  "O Holy Father!  I can't tell these things to anyone, for they won't believe me."  Then the Pope said:  "Truly I tell thee, the Angel of God stands with me and has written the prayers in letters of gold for the consolement of all sinners.  If a person had committed all the sins in the world, but that the three Prayers shall have been read (over him) at his end (death), all his sins will be forgiven him, even though his soul was supposed to suffer until the Last Judgment, it will be redeemed (freed)."

The person who hears them read, he won't die an unhappy death, also in whose house they shall be read.  Therefore, take these prayers and carry them into St. Peter's Basilica and lay them in the Chapel named the Assumption of Mary, for certain consolation.  The person who will be near death, who reads them or hears them read, gains 400 years indulgence for the days he was supposed to suffer in Purgatory because of his guilt.  Also, who reads this Prayer or hears it read, the hour of his death shall be revealed to him.  Amen! 

Prayers at the time of Death

Into your hands, 0 Lord, I commend my spirit!

Lord Jesus Christ, receive my spirit.

Holy Mary, pray for me.

Mary, Mother of grace, Mother of mercy, protect me from the enemy, and receive me at the hour of my death.

St. Joseph, pray for me.

St. Joseph, with your spouse, the Blessed Virgin, open to me the heart of divine mercy!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony!

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in your blessed company may I sleep and rest in peace. 

R. Come to his (her) aid, 0 saints of God; come forth to meet him (her), angels of the Lord, receiving his (her) soul, presenting it to the Most High.

V. May Christ, who has called you, now receive you, and may the angels bring you to Abrahamís bosom.

R. Receiving his (her) soul, presenting it to the Most High.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him (her), 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him (her).

R. Receiving his (her) soul, presenting it to the Most High.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy. 

Our Father... 

V. And lead us not into temptation.

R. But deliver us from evil.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him (her), 0 Lord.

R. And let perpetual light shine upon him (her).

V. From the gates of hell.

R. Save his (her) soul, 0 Lord.

V. May he (she) rest in peace.

R. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come to you.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you. 

Let us pray.

O Lord, we commend to you the soul of your servant, N., that, having departed from this world, he (she) may live with you. By the race of your merciful love wash away the sins that in human frailty he (she) has committed in this life. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

Grant, O Lord, that, while we here lament the departure of your servant, we may ever remember that we are most certainly to follow him (her). Give us grace to prepare for that last hour by a good life, that we may not be surprised by a sudden death, but be ever watching when you will call, so that we may enter into eternal glory. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen. 

A Prayer for the Dying 

Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray You, by the agony of Your most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Your Immaculate Mother, to wash in Your Most Precious Blood, the sinners of the world who are now in their agony, and who will die today. 

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. Amen. 

A 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, and that I may deserve to quit this world in the peace of a good conscience, and in the embrace of your love through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. 

In Loving Memory Of 

THE LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil; for thou art with me thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies; Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. 

Consecrating The Last Two Hours Of Our Life To The Most Holy Virgin 

Prostrated at thy feet, and humiliated by my sins, but full of confidence in thee, O Mary! I beg thee to accept the petition my heart is going to make. It is for my last moments, Dear Mother I wish to request thy protection and maternal love so that in the decisive instant thou wilt do all thy love can suggest in my behalf.

To thee, O Mother of my soul, I consecrate THE LAST TWO HOURS of my life. Come to my side to receive my last breath and when death has cut the thread of my days, tell Jesus, presenting to Him my soul, "I LOVE IT." That word alone will be enough to procure for me the benediction of my God and the happiness of seeing thee for all eternity. 

I put my trust in thee, my Mother and hope it will not be in vain. 

O Mary! Pray for thy child and lead Him to Jesus!

Prayers for a Good Death

O Lord Jesus, God of goodness, and Father of mercies, I draw nigh to Thee with a contrite and humble heart; to Thee I recommend the last hour of my life, and that judgment which awaits me afterwards.

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my feet, benumbed with death, shall admonish me that my mortal course is drawing to any end,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my hands, cold and trembling, shall no longer be able to clasp the crucifix, and, against my will, shall let it fall on my bed of suffering,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my eyes, dim and troubled at the approach of death, shall fix themselves on Thee, my last and only support,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my lips, pale and trembling, shall pronounce for the last time Thy adorable name,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my face, pale and livid, shall inspire the beholders with pity and dismay; when my hair, bathed in the sweat of death, and stiffening on my head, shall for bode my approaching end,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my ears, soon to be forever shut to the discourse of men, shall be open to that irrevocable decree which is to fix my doom for all eternity,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my imagination, agitated by dreadful spectres, shall be sunk in an abyss of anguish; when my soul, affrighted with the sight of my iniquities and the terrors of Thy judgments, shall have to fight against the angel of darkness, who will endeavor to conceal Thy mercies from my eyes, and plunge me into despair,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my poor heart, oppressed with suffering and exhausted by its continual struggles with the enemies of its salvation, shall feel the pangs of death,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When the last tear, the forerunner of my dissolution, shall drop from my eyes, receive it as a sacrifice of expiation for my sins; grant that I may expire the victim of penance; and then, in that dreadful moment,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my friends and relations, surrounding my bed, shall be moved with compassion for me, and invoke Thy clemency in my be behalf,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When I shall have lost the use of my senses, when the world shall have vanished from my sight, when my agonizing soul shall feel the pangs of death,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my last sighs shall force my soul from my body, accept them as signs of a loving impatience to come to Thee,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my soul, trembling on my lips, shall bid farewell to the world, and leave my body lifeless, pale, and cold, receive this separation as a homage, which I willingly pay to Thy Divine Majesty, and in that last moment of my mortal life,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When at length my soul, admitted to Thy presence, shall first behold the splendor of Thy Majesty, reject it not, but receive me into Thy bosom, where I may forever sing Thy praises; and in that moment when eternity shall begin for me,

Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

Let us pray.

O God, who has doomed all men to die, but hast concealed from all the hour of their death; grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice, and that I may be made worthy to quit this world in the peace of a good conscience and in the embrace of Thy love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. O Refuge of sinners, O Mother of those in their agony, forsake us not in the hour of our death, but obtain for us perfect sorrow, sincere contrition, remission of our sins, a worthy reception of the most holy Eucharist, the strengthening power of the Sacrament of Anointing; that we may present ourselves without fear before the throne of that Judge who is both Just and Merciful, our God and our Redeemer. Amen.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my 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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