Prayer For A Death

Lord Jesus, our Redeemer, You willingly gave Yourself up to death so that all people might be saved and pass from death into a new life. Listen to our prayers; look with love on Your people who mourn and pray for their dead brother/sister.

Lord Jesus, You alone are holy and compassionate; forgive our brother/sister his/her sins.
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Lord Jesus, You know that my life is drawing to its close and I thank You, Lord, that You have been with me through every stage and scene of my life. How I praise and thank You that when I grew fearful, You were always there to calm my troubled breast. When I was lost, You came to me and found me and carried me home on Your loving shoulders.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, that You have always been my sufficiency. I have stood on that promise where You said, "My grace is sufficient for My strength is made perfect in your weaknesses." Lord, I know that I am soon to come to my heavenly home and I need Your strength and special grace today.

Lord, I feel so weak and a little afraid as I know that my life is ebbing away, and although I know that the final outcome is that I will be standing in Your glorious presence, I need Your sufficient grace Lord, Your dying grace to sustain me as I face the final curtain of death.

Thank You that in Christ, death has lost its sting and the grave has been robbed of its victory in my life, and the lives of all that trust in Your name. For You are my strength and stay, You are my light and life. Thank You that Your grace, Your dying grace, will carry me home. In Jesus' precious name I pray,


Loving Heavenly Father, How I thank You for the life of this dear sister in Christ and for the love she has had for You. You have carried her safely through so many difficulties and have always been the Rock on which her sufficiency has been founded.

Loving Lord, as she draws ever closer to the time when she will be welcomed into Your presence, I pray that You would flood her with the joy of the Lord in the inner recesses of her soul and that the beauty of Your perfect peace, which passes understanding, would be a sweet fragrance to her, as You guard her heart and mind, in Christ Jesus.

Keep her Lord, from any pain or fear of the process of dying, knowing that the passing of Your saints is so precious in Your sight. Thank You for her lovely life and the joy and encouragement and hope that she has been to so many of Your children. Hold her closely Lord Jesus, and may she soon be released into Your presence and hear You say, "well done My good and faithful servant." In Jesus' name I pray,


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 all 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.

Lord Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world,
we pray for your servant N.,
and commend him/her to your mercy.
For his/her sake you came down from heaven;
receive him/her now into the joy of your kingdom.
For though he/she has sinned,
he/she has not denied the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
but has believed in God
and has worshipped his/her Creator.

Father, your Son accepted our sufferings
to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness.
Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brother/sister.
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease
realize that they have been chosen to be saints
and know that they are joined to Christ
in his suffering for the salvation of the world.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

God our Father,
Your power brings us to birth,
Your providence guides our lives,
and by Your command we return to dust.

Lord, those who die still live in Your presence,
their lives change but do not end.
I pray in hope for my family,
relatives and friends,
and for all the dead known to You alone.

In company with Christ,
Who died and now lives,
may they rejoice in Your kingdom,
where all our tears are wiped away.
Unite us together again in one family,
to sing Your praise forever and ever.


The following prayers may be recited immediately after death and may be repeated in the hours that follow.

Saints of God, come to his/her aid!
Come to meet him/her, Angels of the Lord!

R/. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

May Christ, who called you, take you to himself;
may Angels lead you to Abraham's side. R/.

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord,
and may your light shine on him/her forever. R/.

Let us pray.
All-powerful and merciful God,
we commend to you N., your servant.
In your mercy and love,
blot out the sins he/she has committed
through human weakness.
In this world he/she has died:
let him/her live with you forever.
Through Christ our Lord.
R/. Amen.

In your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
deliver them now from every evil
and bid them eternal rest.

The old order has passed away:
welcome them into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
but fullness of peace and joy
with your Son and the Holy Spirit
forever and ever.
R/. Amen.