Prayers for a Happy Death

This sounds odd to modern people. How could one's death be happy? However, we all will die and do we want to die in God's grace? If death comes, don't we want to be ready spiritually so as to be received into God's home? So we pray that we will be ready for death when it comes.


Jesus, Mary, and good Joseph, bless us, now and in the agony of death.

Indulgence - Pius X, June 9, 1906.


Prayer for a Happy Death

By Cardinal Newman

O MY Lord and Savior, support me in my last hour by the strong arms of Thy sacraments, and the fragrance of Thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me; and let your own body be my food, and Thy blood my sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and Thy glorious saints and my own dear patrons smile on me, that in and through them all I may die as I desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen.

My Jesus, mercy.

Indulgence - Pius IX, Sept. 24, 1846.

Prayer for a Sick Person.

MOST merciful Jesus, Who are the consolation and salvation of all who put their trust in Thee, we

humbly beseech Thee, by Thy most bitter passion, grant the recovery of his health to Thy servant N.N., provided this he for his soul's welfare, that with us he may praise and magnify Thy holy name. But if it be Thy holy will to call him out of this world, strengthen him in his last hour, grant him a peaceful death and life everlasting. Amen,


Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory be to the Father...


Prayer for a Deceased Person

O GOD, Whose property it is ever to have mercy and to spare, we beseech Thee on behalf of the soul of Thy servant whom Thou has called out of this world; look upon him with pity and let him be conducted by the holy angels to paradise, his true country. Grant that he who believed in Thee and hoped in Thee may not be left to suffer the pain of [punishment], but may be admitted to eternal joy. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son our Lord, Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost lives and reigns world without end. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary.

V. Eternal rest give unto him, 0 Lord;
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.

Litany, and Otber Prayers for a Happy Deatb

LORD, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven. Have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world. Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost. Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God. Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us. (Repeat the pray for us for each of the following.)
All ye holy angels and archangels,
Holy Abraham,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All ye holy patriarchs and prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. John,
St. Jude,
All ye holy apostles and evangelists,
All ye holy disciples of Our Lord,
All ye holy innocents,
St. Stephen,
St. Lawrence,
All ye holy martyrs,
St. Sylvester,
St. Gregory,
St. Augustme,
St. Basil,
St. Ambrose,
St. Francis de Sales,
St. Vincent de Paul,
St. Aloysius,
St. Stanislaus,
All ye holy bishops and confessors,
St. Benedict,
St. Dominic,
St. Francis of Assisi,
St. Ignatius,
St. Philip Neri,
St. Camillus de Lellis,
St. John of God,
All ye holy monks, hermits, and founders ot Religious Orders,
St. Mary Magdalene,
St. Lucy,
St. Scholastica,
St. Teresa,
St. Catharine,
St. Clara,
St. Ursula,
St. Angela Merici,
St. Jane Frances de Chantal,
St. Barbara,
All ye holy virgins and widows,
All ye saints of God, intercede for us.
Be merciful unto us. Spare us, 0 Lord.
Be merciful unto us. Hear us, 0 Lord.
From Your anger, O Lord deliver us. (Repeat the 'O Lord deliver us.')
From the peril of death,
From an evil death,
From the pains of hell,
From all evil,
From the power of the devil,
By Thy nativity,
By Thy cross and passion,
By Thy death and burial
By Thy glorious resurrection,
By the grace of the Holy Ghost the Comforter,
In the day of judgment,
We sinners, beseech Thee, hear us
That Thou would spare us, we ask you, hear us. (Repeat)
That Thou would vouchsafe to bring us unto true repentance,
That Thou would vouchsafe to grant eternal rest to all the faithful departed,
Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world. Have mercy on us!
Lamb of God forgive us our sins. Grant that we may die in Thy love and Thy grace!
Lamb of God, by Thy precious blood. We beseech Thee to hear us and to lead us to life everlasting.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Let us pray

We beseech Thy clemency, O Lord, that Thou would vouchsafe so to strengthen Thy servants in Thy grace, that, at the hour of death, the enemy may not prevail over us, and that we may deserve to pass with Thy angels into everlasting life.

Almighty and most merciful God, Who, for Thy thirsting people, did bring forth from the rock a stream of living water, draw forth from the hardness of our hearts tears of compunction, that we may bewail our sins, and receive forgiveness of them from Thy mercy.

O Lord Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, behold us prostrate at Thy feet. With our whole heart we detest our sins of thought, word, and deed, and because we love Thee above all created things we steadfastly purpose, by the help of Thy grace, never more to offend Thee, and rather to die than to commit one mortal sin. Amen.

O Jesus, Who, during Thy prayer to the Father in the garden, was so filled with sorrow and anguish that there came forth from Thee a bloody sweat; have mercy on us

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was betrayed by the kiss of a traitor into the hands of the wicked, seized and bound like a thief, and forsaken by Thy disciples; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who, by the unjust council of the Jews, was sentenced to death, led like a malefactor before Pilate, scorned and derided by impious Herod; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was stripped of Thy garments, and most cruelly scourged at the pillar; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was crowned with thorns, buffeted, struck with a reed, blindfolded, clothed with a purple garment, in many ways derided, and overwhelmed with reproaches; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was less esteemed than the murderer Barabbas, rejected by the Jews, and unjustly condemned to the death of the cross; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was loaded with a cross, and led to the place of execution as a lamb to the slaughter; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was numbered among thieves, was blasphemed, and derided, made to drink of gall and vinegar, and crucified in dreadful torment from the sixth to the ninth hour; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who did expire on the cross, Who pierced with a lance in presence of Thy holy Mother, and from Whose side poured forth blood and water; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was taken down from the cross, and bathed in the tears of Thy most sorrowing Virgin Mother; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

O Jesus, Who was covered with bruises, marked with the five wounds, embalmed with spices, and laid in the sepulcher; have mercy on us.

Have mercy on us, 0 Lord; have mercy on us.

V. He has truly borne our sorrows.
R. And He bath carried our grief.

Let us pray

GOD, Who, for the redemption of the world, did deign to be born, to be circumcised, to be rejected by the Jews, and betrayed by Judas with a kiss; to be bound with fetters, and led like an innocent lamb to the slaughter; to be ignominiously brought before Annas, Caiphas, Pilate, and Herod; to be accused by false witnesses, to be scourged, buffeted, and reviled; to be spit upon, to be crowned with thorns, and struck with a reed; to be blindfolded, to be stripped of Thy garments, to be nailed to a cross and raised thereon, to be numbered among thieves, to be made to drink of gall and vinegar, and to be pierced with a lance: do Thou, 0 Lord, by these Thy most holy sufferings, which we Thy servants, commemorate, and by Thy most holy cross and death, deliver us from the pains of hell, and conduct us, as Thou did conduct the penitent thief, into Thy paradise. Who lives and reigns, world without end. Amen.


Prayer for the Faithful in their Agony.

MOST merciful Jesus, Lover of souls! I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thy immaculate Mother, cleanse in your own blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and to die this day. Amen.

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, pity the dying.

F.X.Lasance, My Prayer Book, Benziger Brothers (1908)

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