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Catholic Prayer: Litany for the Dying


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This litany is taken from the Official Holy Name Pocket Manual, Bureau of the Holy Name Society, NY, pp. 83-87. Copyright 1914, John T McNicholas. Imprimatur, Sept. 14, 1914, John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York.


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

Holy Mary, pray for him. [This response repeated after each petition.]
All you holy angels and archangels,
Holy Abel,
All you choirs of the just,
Holy Abraham,
St. John the Baptist,
St. Joseph,
All ye 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. Dominic,
St. Francis,
All you holy monks and hermits,
St. Mary Magdalene,
St. Lucy,
All you holy virgins and widows,
All you saints of God, make intercession for him.
Be merciful, spare him, O Lord.
Be merciful, Deliver him, O Lord. [This response repeated after each petition.]
and from Thy anger,
From an unhappy death,
From the pains of hell,
From the power of the devil,
From all evil,
By Thy nativity,
By Thy cross and passion,
By Thy death and burial,
By Thy glorious resurrection,
By Thy admirable ascension,
By the grace of the Holy Ghost the Comforter,

In the day of judgment, We sinners beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou spare him, We beseech Thee to hear us.

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

Let us Pray.

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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