10 Catholic Prayers For The Dying

Although death is inevitable, losing a loved one or dying yourself can be a difficult thing to accept. Prayers for the dying helps to bring peace and comfort to the individual and the family involved.

Catholic Prayers For The Dying

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.

Catholic Prayers For The Sick And Dying

“Holy Father, I know that in Your house are many rooms. If it were not so, Jesus would not have told humanity that He went to go and prepare a place for us. As scary as the thought of death is, there is something greater than death for me – everlasting life. I have a place with You in heaven. I know that I will never be alone even through my sickness. I know that death cannot and will not ever separate me from You, Amen.”

Or you could pray this

“Undefeated Warrior, You are the resurrection and the life! Whoever believes in You, though he will die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in You shall never die. Precious Savior, we believe in Your word, for we know that we will live and never die through You! Our eternal lives rest in Your hands, and we know that this soul shall find rest and peace in You. Thank You for being our strength and our peace in our times of great difficulty, Amen.”

Traditional Catholic Prayers For The Dying

Here is a traditional catholic prayer to Saint Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Dying.

“Faithful Joseph, with the fulfilment of the Lord’s promise, you peacefully leave this world in Jesus and Mary’s hands.
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)

“O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord.
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 The Dying

Catholic Prayers For Sudden Death

“Heavenly Father,
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:

“Lord, as we mourn the sudden death of our dear brother/sister, show us the immense power of Your goodness and strengthen our belief that he/she has entered into Your Presence. Amen.”

Catholic Prayer For Dying Family Member

“I commend you, my dear brother/sister, to Almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator.
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

“Dear God of All Comfort, as my beloved mother passes away from this life, please be with her. Let Your overwhelming and gentle presence be known and felt by her. Please be near her in her worry, fear, and doubt. She has lived a beautiful life, given birth to, and supported great destinies up till now. She has made numerous sacrifices on this journey up until this point.
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 of us all, we ask for your help and guidance during this difficult moment in my brother/sister’s life. Deepen his/her faith so he/she may accept suffering even though he/she does not understand the reason for it. Give them the courage to live each day with acceptance. Grant them the strength to deal with uncertainty and fear. Instill in them the virtue to anchor their thoughts and actions. And in their darkest moments, touch them with your love so that they may feel your presence. Help them to remember the many gifts they have been given, and to give thanks for future gifts already on their way. May each day be marked by love, integrity, and peace in their personal lives.
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.

“Oh my Lord and Savior, support this soul in his/her last hour by the strong arms of Thy sacraments and the fragrance of thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over him/her; and let Thine own body be their food and Thy blood their sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to him/her, and their angel whisper peace to them; and Thy glorious saints and their own dear patrons smile on them, that in and through them all, he/she may die as they desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen.”

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