Prayers for the Dying

Crucifixion c. 1648, Giulio Carpioni, oil on canvas, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Crucifixion c. 1648, Giulio Carpioni, oil on canvas, Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

The following prayers for the dying have been handed down over the centuries as part of the Catholic Church’s rituals for departing souls.  Anyone can say these prayers at the bedside of the dying in the absence of a priest.  Since the last sense to go is hearing, persons can derive much comfort, even if they appear to be unconscious.

Prayer I

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father…

Hail Mary…

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us on the Cross, deign, I implore Thee, to offer up and show toGod the Father almighty, onbehalf of this thy servant, N., all the bitter sufferings and pain which Thou didst endure on the cross for us wretched sinners, particularly in that hour when Thy holy soul left Thy sacred body.  Free him/her in this hour of his/her death from all the pains and sufferings which he/she fears he/she deserves for his/her sins.  Thou Who with the Father and the Holy Spirit livest and reignest God forever and ever. Amen.

Prayer II

O Lord, in Thy mercy, receive Thy servant into the place of salvation which he/she is hoping to receive from Thy mercy. Amen.

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

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Enoch and Elias from the death that all in this world must die.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Noah from the flood. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Job from his sufferings.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Isaac from becoming a sacrifice at the hand of his father, Abraham. Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Lot from Sodom and its flames.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Moses from the power of Pharaoh, King of Egypt.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Daniel from the den of lions.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver the three young men from the fiery furnace and from the power of the unjust king.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Susanna from an unjust condemnation.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver David from the power of King Saul and the might of Goliath.  Amen.

Deliver, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant, as Thou didst deliver Peter and Paul from prison.  Amen.

And as Thou didst deliver blessed Thecla, Thy virgin and martyr, from three cruel torments, so deliver the soul of this Thy servant, and cause him/her to rejoice with Thee in the good things of heaven.  Amen.

We commend to Thee, O Lord, the soul of Thy servant N., and we beg of Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, that Thou wouldst not refuse the welcoming embrace of the Patriarchs to this soul for whose sake Thou didst, in thy mercy, come down upon earth.

Recognize him/her, O Lord, as Thy creature, made not by strange gods but by Thee, the only true and living God, for there is no God other than Thee, and no works like Thine.

Give joy, O Lord to his/her soul by the sight of Thee.    Amen.

Elect Being Called to Paradise 1499-1502, Luca Signorelli, fresco, Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto

Elect Being Called to Paradise 1499-1502, Luca Signorelli, fresco, Chapel of San Brizio, Duomo, Orvieto

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