Catholic prayers are a set of prayers common in the catholic church. Among many prayers of blessings, the prayers for the dying are special prayers made to God and to saints on behalf of people dying or even dead.
These prayers aim to comfort the souls of the bereaved and their families, as well as guide the souls of the deceased into God’s mercy.
Here are some powerful catholic prayers for the dying that you can find helpful too, or sharing with loved ones.
- 1 Catholic Prayers For The Sick And Dying
- 2 Traditional Catholic Prayers For The Dying
- 3 Catholic Rosary Prayer For The Dead
- 4 Catholic Prayers For Sudden Death
- 5 Catholic Prayer For Dying Family Member
- 6 Catholic Prayer For Dying Mother
- 7 Catholic Prayer For Someone Dying Of Cancer
- 8 Catholic Prayer For A Peaceful Death
Catholic Prayers For The Sick And Dying
Or you could pray this
Traditional Catholic Prayers For The Dying
Here is a traditional catholic prayer to Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Dying.
Your faith transforms death into the sowing of life; thus, God considers you a just man.
Your heart overflows in the presence of the Lord.
With your hands outstretched to God, your night is full with prayers. Surrounded by the living, you embark upon the great march to the promise Land.
Open our eyes that we may glimpse the road to Life that lies beyond death.
May nothing, not denial, anger, nor depression, separate us from the Love of God.
Strengthen our faith in God who always finds ways of preserving us in his friendship.
Be beside us to hold our hands when we take our first steps toward the Eternal Kingdom.
Catholic Rosary Prayer For The Dead
While the rosary has many purposes, it is often prayed before, during, and after the time of death. It is considered an intercessory prayer, which asks for Mary’s intercession with God so that the deceased may have eternal rest with Him forever. You may pray or recite the rosary without being a member of a Catholic church or you may choose to attend and silently sit or kneel while those gathered say the words of the prayers together.
(Let us pray)
Eternal rest grant unto him/her, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon him/her.
May he/she rest in peace. And may the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
Catholic Prayers For Sudden Death
We know and believe that our times are in Your hands, but Lord it’s so often such a shock to us when a dear loved one meets with a sudden or unexpected death – through an accident or perhaps due to some unforeseen tragedy – long before it would be expected.
Lord, we lift ourselves before you today as we mourn over such a loss – we do not deny the confusion, anger, and devastation that has overtaken us as a result of this loss – without any apparent warning.
You are the God of all comfort Who comforts us in our times of need. We pray that you will uphold us, and we ask that You will draw very close to us – raise up we pray, the right people to minister to us and to be a genuine comfort and support at this time of tragedy and grief.
Lord, we don’t understand why our loved ones should suddenly be removed from us through a sudden, unexpected death – but Lord we trust You to soothe away the hurt in time – for shall not the God of all the earth do right, in Jesus name, we pray, Amen.”
Or you can simply pray these:
Catholic Prayer For Dying Family Member
May you return to Him who formed you from the dust of the earth.
May holy Mary, the angels and 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 who died for you admit you into His garden of paradise.
May Christ, the true Shepherd, acknowledge you as one of His flock.
May He forgive all your sins, and set you among those He has chosen.
May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God for ever.
Catholic Prayer For Dying Mother
Lord, remind her of Your eternal kingdom and light. Surround her in your love from this life and unto the next. Open her heart to You, Lord. May she leave this life with overwhelming comfort and feeling loved. I ask this in Jesus’ compassionate name, Amen.”
Catholic Prayer For Someone Dying Of Cancer
This prayer comes from the Notre Dame Book Of Prayer For People Affected By Cancer.
It is a prayer that will help comfort and empower you, as well as serve as a useful tool for anyone you know who might be going through this difficult time of life.
Lord, let them not forget to give gratitude to those who console and renew them, who shower their strength and love upon them, and who treat and attend to their needs. May each of these people be rewarded for their selflessness and dedication. Provide your son/daughter, during all these days, the wisdom to know your will, the strength to fight to achieve it, and the courage to live always with love. Amen.”
Catholic Prayer For A Peaceful Death
This prayer for a happy death was written by Blessed John Cardinal Henry Newman, the famous Catholic priest, theologian, and Anglican convert to the faith who was beatified by the Holy Father Benedict XVI in September 2010.