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Catholic Prayer: Litany for the Dying


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Lord have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for him or her. [This response repeated after each petition.]
All you holy Angels and Archangels,
All you choirs of the just,
Holy Abel,
Holy Abraham,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All ye patriarchs and prophets,
St. Peter,
St. Paul,
St. Andrew,
St. John,
St. Jude,
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,
St. Basil,
St. Ambrose,
St. Francis de Sales,
St. Bonaventure,
All you holy bishops and confessors,
St. Benedict,
St. Francis of Assisi,
St. Dominic,
St. Ignatius,
St. Philip Neri,
St. Camillus de Lellis,
St. John of God,
All you holy monks and hermits,
All you founders of religious orders,
St. Mary Magdalene,
St. Lucy,
St. Scholastica,
St. Teresa,
St. Clare,
St. Angela Merici,
St. Jane Frances de Chantal,
All you holy virgins and widows,
All you men and women, saints of God, make intercession for him (or her).
Be merciful, spare him, O Lord.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Lord.

From Thy anger, Deliver him (or her) , O Lord. (Repeat for next invocations.)
From an unhappy death,
From the pains of hell,
From all evil,

From the power of the devil, O Lord, deliver him (or her) . (Repeat for next invocations.)
Through Thy nativity,
Through Thy cross and passion,
Through Thy death and burial,
Through Thy glorious resurrection,
Through Thy admirable ascension,
Through the graces of the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
In the day of judgment,

We sinners: beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou spare him (or her): We beseech Thee, hear us.

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 wouldst vouchsafe so to strengthen Thy servants in Thy grace, that, at the hour of death, the enemy may not prevail over them, and that they may deserve to pass with Thy angels into everlasting life. Amen.

God of mercy, God of goodness; O God, who, according to the multitude of Thy mercies, forgives the sins of such as repent, and graciously remit the guilt of their past offenses, mercifully regard this Thy servant N., and grant him a full discharge from all his sins, who most earnestly begs it of Thee. Remove, O merciful Father, whatever is corrupt in him through human frailty, or by the snares of the enemy; make him a true member of the Church, and let him partake of the fruit of Thy redemption. Have compassion, Lord, on his tears, and admit him to reconciliation with Thee, who has no hope but in Thee, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

I recommend you, dear brother, to Almighty God, and leave you to His mercy whose creature you art; that having paid the common debt, by surrendering your soul, you mayest return to the Maker, who formed you out of the earth. May, therefore, the splendid company of angels meet your soul at its departure; may the court of the apostles receive you; may the triumphant army of glorious martyrs conduct you; may the crowds of joyful confessors encompass you; may the choir of blessed virgins go before you; may a happy rest be yourportion in the company of the patriarchs; and may Christ Jesus appear to you with a mild and cheerful countenance, and give you a place among those who are to be in His presence forever. May you be a stranger to all that which is punished with darkness, chastised with flames, and condemned with torments. May the wicked enemy, with all his evil spirits, depart from you; may he tremble at your approach in the company of the angels, and retire into the horrid confusion of eternal night. May God arise, and your enemies be put to flight. May all who hate him fly before His face. Let them vanish like smoke, and as wax before the fire; so let sinners perish in the sight of God; but for the just, let them rejoice and be happy in His presence. May he rest in peace. Amen.

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