Prayers for the Dying

to Be Not Afraid

3 Reasons Why St. Joseph is the Patron of the Dying

1) He is the foster father of the Eternal Judge, Who can refuse him no request.
2) He is terrible to the demons; the Church calls him the Terror of demons and Conqueror of Hell.
3) His own death was most beautiful, for he died in the arms of Jesus and Mary; this is the principal reason why he is the patron of a happy death; the death no other Saint was so happy, so glorious. St. Francis de Sales was of the opinion that St. Joseph died of the love of God; St. Alphonsus Liguori considered this most reasonable.

The Special Prayer of the Pious Union of St. Joseph  

O St. Joseph, foster father of the Child Jesus and true spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us and for the dying of this day (or this night). Amen.

Prayer for the Agonizing

O St. Joseph, protector of those in agony, take pity on those who at this very moment when I pray to thee are engaged in their last combat.

O blessed Joseph, take pity on my soul too when the hour of the final battle shall arrive for me. Then, O my holy patron, do not abandon me, but grant me thine assistance; show that thou art my good father, and obtain that my Divine Savior may receive me with mercy into that abode where the elect enjoy a life that shall never end. Amen.

Prayer for the Souls in the Agony of Death

Eternal Father, by the love Thou bearest toward St. Joseph, who was chosen by Thee from among all men to exercise Thy divine fatherhood over the Thy Son made Man, have mercy on us and upon all poor souls who are in their agony.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be . . .

Eternal Son of God, by the love Thou bearest toward St. Joseph, who was Thy most faithful guardian upon earth, have mercy on us and upon all poor souls who are in their agony.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be . . .

Eternal Spirit of God, by the love Thou bearest toward St. Joseph, who guarded with such tender care most holy Mary, Thy beloved spouse, have mercy on us and upon all poor souls who are in their agony.

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be . . .

Serious Illness

Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to share our human nature, to redeem all people, and to heal the sick. With this in mind I beg You to look with compassion on Your humble servant N., support them with Your power, comfort them with Your protection, and give them the strength needed to fight against evil. Since You have given N., a share in Your own passion, help them to find hope in suffering for You, Jesus. Amen.

Terminal Illness

Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, to wash in Thy 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.

Prayer for a Happy Death

Father, You made us in Your own image and Your Son accepted death for our salvation. Help us to keep watch in prayer at all times. May we be free from sin when we leave this world and rejoice in peace with You for ever. Amen.

Prayer for a Good Death

O Jesus, while I adore Your dying breath, I beg You to receive mine. Since I do not know whether I shall have command of my senses when I depart from this world, I offer You even now my last agony and all the sorrows of my passing. I give my soul into Your hands for You are my Father and my Savior. Grant that the last beat of my heart may be an act of perfect love for You. Amen.

Prayer for a Holy Death

O Christ, let me confess Your name with my last breath. In Your great mercy receive me and do not disappoint me in my hope. Open the gates of life for me, and let the prince of darkness have no power over me. Protect me by Your kindness, shield me with Your might, and lead me by Your right hand to the place of refreshment, the tabernacle You have prepared for Your servants and for those who revere You. Amen.

Prayer Toward the End of Your Life

Lord, be merciful now that my life is approaching its end, and the evening awaits me. There is not enough time for me to cleanse myself of my sins, for they are so many. Heal me while I am still on earth, and I shall truly be healthy. In Your mercy, move me to repent so that I shall not be ashamed when I encounter You in heaven. Amen.

Prayer at the Moment of Death:
Encouragement to Go Forth

In the name of God the almighty Father Who created you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, Who suffered for you, in the name of the Holy Spirit, Who was poured out upon you, go forth, faithful Christian. May you live in peace this day, may your home be with God with Zion, with Mary the virgin Mother of God, with Joseph, and all the angels and saints. Amen.

God of power and mercy, you have made death itself the gateway to eternal life. Look with love on our dying brother/sister, and make him/her one with Your Son in His suffering and death, that, sealed with the blood of Christ, he/she may come before you free from sin. Amen.

Prayer for Forgiveness and Peace

My brother (sister) in faith, I entrust you to God Who created you. May you return to the One Who formed you from the dust of this earth. May Mary, the angels, and all the saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life. May Christ Who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace. May Christ, the Son of God, Who died for you take you into His kingdom. May Christ, the Good Shepherd, give you a place within His flock. May He forgive your sins and keep you among His people. May you see your Redeemer face to face and enjoy the sight of God forever. Amen.

Litany to St. Joseph for a Dying Person

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.

St. Joseph, foster father of Christ, we beseech thee, hear us.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for (Name) forgiveness of his/her sins, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her great patience, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her a perfect resignation, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her a living and unshaken faith, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her a firm confidence, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her ardent charity, we beseech thee, hear us.
Avert from him/her the attacks of the enemy, we beseech thee, hear us.
Protect him/her from the temptations that assail him/her, we beseech thee, hear us.
Preserve him/her from despondency and despair, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her the grace of Jesus Christ, we beseech thee, hear us.
Assist him/her and do not abandon him/her, we beseech thee, hear us.
Come to his/her aid in his/her weakness, we beseech thee, hear us.
Assist him/her in his/her abandonment, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her a happy death, we beseech thee, hear us.
Obtain for him/her a merciful judgment, we beseech thee, hear us.

Conduct his soul to the vision of Jesus, there to obtain mercy for him/her. Amen.

Aspirations for the Dying
[To be pronounced in the presence of a dying person]

O God, be gracious to me; O God, have mercy on me; O God, forgive me my sins!
O God the Father, have mercy on me; O Jesus, be gracious to me;
O Holy Spirit, strengthen me!
O God the Father, do not reject me; O Jesus, do not abandon me;
O God the Holy Spirit, do not forsake me!

O my God, into Thy hands I commend my spirit;
O Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!
O Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on me!

O Jesus, I believe in Thee; O Jesus I hope in Thee; O Jesus, I love Thee!
O Jesus, I place all my trust in Thy bitter Passion!
O Jesus, in Thy Sacred Wounds I hide myself!
O Jesus, I enclose myself in Thy Sacred Heart!

Holy Mary, Mother of God, assist me!
Holy Mary, protect me from the evil spirit!
Holy Mary, turn thine eyes of mercy upon me!
O Mary, Mother of mercy, obtain grace for me from thy dear Son!
Come to my aid, O Mary, in this my anguish and need!
O Mary, enclose me in thy virginal Heart!
O Mary, commend me to thy Son, present me to thy Son, reconcile me with thy Son!

St. Joseph, obtain for me grace and mercy!
St. Joseph, assist me in my struggle against the enemy of my salvation!
St. Joseph, to thee do I entrust my soul: do thou save it for me!
St. Joseph, remember me, and obtain mercy for me!

O holy Guardian Angel, do not abandon me, but combat for me and preserve me from the evil one!

My dear Patron Saints, pray for me!

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, into Thy hands I commend my spirit!

ST. JOSEPH, ADVOCATE OF THE DYING AND THE SINNER,
PRAY FOR US WHO HAVE RECOURSE TO THEE.

Prayer for God's Freedom

Accept your servant, Lord, into the place of salvation
for which he/she hopes.

R.
Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, from every pain and suffering.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Abraham from his enemies.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Noah from the flood.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Job from his sufferings.

R.
Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Moses
from the hand of the Pharoah.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Daniel from the den of lions.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed the three young men
from the burning fire.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Susanna from false witness.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed David
from the attacks of Saul and Goliath.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, as You freed Peter and Paul from prison.
R. Amen.
Free your servant, Lord, through Jesus our Savior,
Who suffered death for us and gave us eternal life.
R. Amen.

Stay With Me, Lord

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often. Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches; I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it's dangers. I need You. Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more. With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.

O Lord, grant those who have died the joy of Your Presence, and us who are living the happiness of knowing this.

Prayer to Obtain Final Perseverance

Eternal Father, I humbly adore and thank Thee for having created me, and for having redeemed me by means of Jesus Christ. I thank Thee for having made me a Christian by giving me the true faith, and by adopting me for Thy child in holy Baptism. I thank Thee for having given me time for repentance after my many sins, and for having, as I hope, pardoned all my offenses against Thee. O Infinite Goodness! I thank Thee also for having preserved me from falling again as often as I should have done if Thou hadst not held me up and saved me. But my enemies do not cease to fight against me, nor will they until death, that they may again have me for their slave; If Thou dost not keep and help me continually by Thine assistance, I shall be wretched enough to lose Thy grace anew. I therefore pray Thee, for the love of Jesus Christ, to grant me holy perseverance till death. Thy Son Jesus has promised that Thou wilt grant us whatever we ask for in His name. By the merits, then of Jesus Christ, I beg of Thee for myself, and for all those who are in Thy grace, the grace of never more being separated from Thy love, but that we may always love Thee in this life and in the next.
 
Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.

PRAYER FOR THOSE IN THEIR AGONY 

O most merciful Jesus, lover of souls,lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, wash in Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and are to die this day. Amen.

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

O St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus Christ and true Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us and for the dying today [or tonight].

Pray 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be

The Daily Practice of Adopting an Unknown Dying Soul  

God's mercy is so abundant that He wants to shower it upon earth. He sent His only Son, Our Lord to redeem sinners at the cost of Calvary. Christ would have died on that Cross to redeem but one soul, yet the One Sacrifice was sufficient for all. Redemption, however, does not suffice for salvation, as St. Paul warns us to work out our salvation "in fear and trembling."

With the great Apostasy predicted by the Apostle to the Gentiles come upon us in these last days many souls are going to Hell: they either do not know how, or cannot pray for themselves.

But Jesus Christ is waiting and now is the acceptable time, if only we, who do believe and do pray would only make it a daily habit of unfathomable charity and mercy, to spiritually adopt an unknown dying sinner, asking God for the grace for that person to repent or ask for mercy in his last moments. As a pledge of our fidelity and trust in Christ's mercy, all we have to do is ask through our prayer offering, perhaps, if so moved, to offer the intention of our entire day, or to forego one small pleasure that is licit in exchange [not necessary but a gracious little work]; at the very least we should make the intention of bearing one inconvenience that day with more patience than is our usual wont, for the repentance of that soul.

Any formula of prayer can be used, but for those who prefer an assist, here is a short invocation that can be said for that soul:

A Prayer for the Dying and a Special Soul

O most merciful Jesus, Lover of souls,
I beseech You, by the agony of Your most Sacred Heart,
and by the sorrows of Your Immaculate Mother,
wash clean in the Your Blood the sinners of the whole world
who are to die this day.

Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt
with the intention of entrusting him or her to your Shepherd's care:
I beseech You for the grace to move this sinner, who is in
danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my
trust in Your great mercy.

If it should please Your Majesty to send me a suffering this day
in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too,
shall please me very much, and I thank you, Most Sweet Jesus,
Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank You for this
opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies
You have shown me. Amen.

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

~~taken from Catholic Tradition website

You may wish to also read prayers to St. Jude, St. Raphael the Archangel, St. Roch, St. Rita, St. Peregrine,
and other prayers for the
sick.

Plenary Indulgence at the Hour of Death

My Lord God, even now resignedly and willingly, I accept at Thy hand, with all its anxieties, pains, and sufferings, whatever kind of death it shall please Thee to be mine. Amen.

(By a decree of the Congregation of Indulgences of 9 March 1904, His Holiness Pope Pius X, has granted a plenary indulgence at the moment of death to all the faithful who, on any day they may choose, will receive the sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist and make this act for the love of God.)

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Recommended Reading

Finding Your Way to Say Goodbye: Comfort for the Dying and Those Who Care for Them And You Visited Me: Sacramental
Ministry to the Sick and the Dying
Living Well & Dying Well: A Sacramental View of LIfe and Death : A Sacramental View of LIfe and Death A Ritual for Laypersons: Rites for Holy Communion and the Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying   On Christian Dying : Classic and Contemporary Texts  Our Greatest Gift : Meditation on Dying and Caring

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