Prayer for the Dying

If someone you love is dying, may this bring you great comfort and hope.

Divine Mercy for the Dying

I have been reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina. I have discovered a practice that is not commonly known – at least not by me. It’s a prayer for the dying.

We Do Not Know the Hour of Death

I agonize over the soul of one, over the philosophies and varied beliefs within the world. Did he follow the right path? Was his way right for him or is there a narrow way that is difficult to walk that requires a certain rigor?

The funny thing about me is I always think I’m on the right path, wherever I am in this moment. It’s the only place I know to be, until I realize I need to be different. I look at my world from the inside out. I can only see yours from the outside in, so who am I to judge what’s in the rooms of your house?

I was glad to find this prayer. It assuages my fear of eternal judgement for those I can only see as shingles and siding, exterior doors and pane glass windows. No matter what a person’s outer appearance, I cannot sift through their heart.

To know there is an avenue not of judgement, but rather as a source of mercy is very settling. It provides me with the assurance that those I care about will know the mercy of God when this life ends. Mercy is what I most want for you. It’s what I most want for myself. Mercy, this is my assurance and comfort in the mystery of death.

When someone is dying, think of this prayer. It is for all souls. No one is excluded.

Who is Saint Maria Faustina

Saint Maria Faustina had visions of Jesus throughout her life. They all focused on His Divine Mercy which can be a particular comfort when this world is ending and a soul wonders what’s next?

Here are a few excerpts from her diary, the promises of Grace, and how to pray the prayer.

The Promise of the Grace of Mercy for the Dying

The words Jesus spoke to her: Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you (1541). Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death (687). When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior (1541). Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy (687). I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy (687). Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. (1731)

How to Recite the Chaplet (Prayer)

The Chaplet of Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. If you don’t have a rosary, say each of the prayers in the number and order as they are written. The Chaplet includes two opening prayers from the Diary of Saint Faustina and ends with a closing prayer.

How to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet

 

The numbers on the rosary beads in the photo correspond to the numbers for the prayers below:

1) On the cross, Make the Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

2) On the bead right above the cross,

Opening Prayer

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!

The next three beads say these three prayers in this order,

3) Our Father

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, Amen.

4) Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.

5) The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

On the fifth bead up from the cross,

6) The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

8) On each of the next 10 small beads say,

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat once for each bead.)

On the bead in between the Decade say,

The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

The second Decade, on each of the 10 small beads say,

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat once for each bead.)

On the bead in between the Decade, on this bead say,

The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

The third Decade, on each of the 10 small beads say,

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat once for each bead.)

On the bead in between the Decade, on this bead say,

The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

The fourth Decade, on each of the 10 small beads say,

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat once for each bead.)

On the bead in between the Decade, on this bead say,

The Eternal Father

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

The Fifth Decade, on each of the 10 small beads say,

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Repeat once for each bead.)

9) On the metal that joins the Decades say,

Holy God

(Repeat three times) Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Closing Prayer

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your Holy Will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

When Someone You Love Is Dying

May this provide comfort to you, when you are in the presence of the dying.

Watch a video of this chaplet, or download an audio version.

 

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