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Common Catholic Prayers

The Purposes of Prayer

By prayer we adore God for His infinite perfections. We thank Him for His many gifts. We express our sorrow to Him for the sins we have committed. We ask Him for all the things we need, both spiritual and temporal.

 

The Rosary

Stations of the Cross

Ten Commandments

The Beatitudes

Act of Consecration

Act of Contrition (3 forms)

Act of Faith

Act of Hope

Act of Love

Angelus

Anima Christi

Apostle's Creed

Before Meals

Come, Holy Spirit

Confession

Daily Offering

Divine Praises

Doxology

Evening Prayer

Glory to God

Hail, Holy Queen
(Salve, Regina)

Hail Mary

Immaculate Heart of Mary

In Time Of Suffering

In Times Of Sickness

Intercessions

Litany Of Loretto

Litany Of The Holy Name

Lord's Prayer

Magnificat
Canticle of Mary

Memorare

Morning Prayer of St. Patrick

Mother of Sorrows

Novena Prayer to St. Therese

Penance And Reconciliation

Praise Of God For Christ, Our Light

Prayer For Fridays

Prayer for Light

Prayer for Peace

Prayer To Mary

Prayer To The Virgin Mary Regina Caeli

Short Prayers

St. Anthony of Padua

The Jesus Prayer

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony

When Death Is Near

When Someone Has Died

 

Ten Commandments

  1. I am the Lord your God, you shall not have strange gods before me.

  2. Do take the name of your Lord God in vain

  3. Remember, keep holy the Sabbath.

  4. Honor your mother and father.

  5. You shall not kill.

  6. You shall not steal.

  7. You shall not commit adultery.

  8. You shall on bear false witness against your neighbor.

  9. You shall not covet you neighbor's wife.

  10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.

The Beatitudes

  1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

  2. Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.

  3. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

  4. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, they shall be satisfied.

  5. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

  6. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.

  7. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.

  8. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Act of Consecration

Lord Jesus Christ, I consecrate myself today anew and without reserve to your divine Heart. I consecrate to you my body with all its senses, my soul with all its faculties, my entire being. I consecrate to you all my thoughts, words and deeds, all my sufferings and labors, all my hopes, consolations and joys. In particular I consecrate to you this poor heart of mine so that it may love only you and may be consumed as a victim in the fire of your love.  I place my trust in you without reserve and I hope for the remission of my sins through your infinite mercy. I place within your hands all my cares and anxieties. I promise to love you and to honor you till the last moment of my life, and to spread, as much as I can, devotion to your most Sacred Heart.  Do with me what you will, my Jesus. I deserve no other reward except your greater glory and your holy love. Take this offering of myself and give me a place within your divine Heart forever. Amen.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins, because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love.  I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin. Amen.

Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Act of Contrition

O my God, I am sorry for my sins because I have offended you. I know I should love you above all things. Help me to do penance, to do better, and to avoid anything that might lead me to sin. Amen.

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe in you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer, and in the holy Catholic Church and all the truths it teaches. Amen.

Act of Hope

O my God, relying on your great goodness, and on all your promises, I hope to obtain pardon for sins, the help of your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen.

Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul and with all my strength, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. Amen.

The Angelus

The angel spoke God’s message to Mary
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit
Hail Mary …
"I am the lowly servant of the Lord:
Let it be done to me according to your word."
Hail Mary …
And the Word became flesh
and lived among us
Hail Mary …
Pray for us, holy Mother of God
that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Lord,
Fill our hearts with your grace:
once, through the message of an angel,
you revealed to us the incarnation of you Son:
now, through his suffering and death,
lead us to the glory of his resurrection. Amen

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
And close to Thee bid me.
That with Thy saints I may be
Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.

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; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty, from there He shall 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.

Before Meals

Bless us, 0 Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive from thy bounty; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or:

The eyes of all hope in you, Lord, and you give them food in due season. You open your hand, and every creature is filled with your blessing.

Or:

Blessed are you, Lord our God, ruler of the universe, for you bring forth bread from the earth.

Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created, and you will renew the face of the earth.

Lord, by the light of the Holy Spirit you have taught the hearts of your faithful. In the same Spirit help us to relish what is right and always rejoice in your consolation.

Confession

I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned through my own fault in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Daily Offering

O Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

I offer them for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart: for the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians.

I offer them for all the intentions of our Bishops and all Apostles of Prayer and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month. Amen.

Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be his most sacred heart.
Blessed be his most precious blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and immaculate conception.
Blessed be her glorious assumption.
with all the people of your dear earth. May all our prayer, our fasting and our deeds be done in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Doxology

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Evening Prayer

I adore you, my God, and I love you with all my heart. I give you thanks for having created me, for having made me a Christian and for having preserved me this day.

Pardon me for any evil I may have done today; accept any good I have accomplished. Keep me while I take my rest and deliver me from all dangers. May your grace be always with me. Amen.

Glory to God

Glory to God in the highest and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father,
We worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of God the Father: receive our prayers.
for you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the Glory of God the Father. Amen
The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner. Amen

Hail, Holy Queen
(Salve, Regina)

Hail, Holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.  To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.  To you do we send up our sighs, mournings and weepings in this valley of tears.  Turn then, most gracious advocate, our eyes of mercy towards us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of you womb, Jesus.  O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us, holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.  Amen.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among 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

Immaculate Heart of Mary

Father,
You prepared the heart of the Virgin Mary to be a fitting home for Your Holy Spirit.
By her prayers, may we become more worthy temples of Your glory.
Grant this though our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Intercessions

For peace from on high and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
For the welfare of all churches and for the unity of the human family, let us pray...
For (name), our pope, (name), our bishop, and (name), our pastor, and for all ministers of the gospel, let us pray...
For nations and governments and for all who serve them, let us pray...
For this city and for every city and community and for all who live in them, let us pray...
For the good earth which God has given us and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray...
For the safety of travelers, the recovery of the sick, the care of the destitute and the release of prisoners, let us pray...
For an angel of peace to guide and protect us, let us pray...
For a peaceful evening and a night free from sin, let us pray...

In Times Of Sickness

All-powerful and ever-living God, the lasting health of all who believe in you, hear us as we ask your loving help for the sick; restore their health, that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.

Or:

God of love, ever caring, ever strong, stand by us in our time of need.

Watch over your child who is sick, Look after him/her in every danger, and grant him/her your healing and peace.

In Time Of Suffering

Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your Father’s will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me, if it be your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Litany Of The Holy Name

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God have mercy on us
Jesus, Son of the living God have mercy on us
Jesus, splendor of the Father have mercy on us
Jesus, brightness of the everlasting light have mercy on us
Jesus, king of glory have mercy on us
Jesus, dawn of justice have mercy on us
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary have mercy on us
Jesus, worthy of our love have mercy on us
Jesus, mighty God have mercy on us
Jesus, father of the world to come have mercy on us
Jesus, prince of peace have mercy on us
Jesus, all-powerful have mercy on us
Jesus, pattern of patience have mercy on us
Jesus, model of obedience have mercy on us
Jesus, gentle and humble of heart have mercy on us
Jesus, lover of chastity have mercy on us
Jesus, lover of us all have mercy on us
Jesus, God of peace have mercy on us
Jesus, author of life have mercy on us
Jesus, model of goodness have mercy on us
Jesus, seeker of souls have mercy on us
Jesus, our God have mercy on us
Jesus, our refuge have mercy on us
Jesus, father of the poor have mercy on us
Jesus, treasure of the faithful have mercy on us
Jesus, Good Shepherd have mercy on us
Jesus, the true light have mercy on us
Jesus, eternal wisdom have mercy on us
Jesus, infinite goodness have mercy on us
Jesus, our way and our life have mercy on us
Jesus, joy of angels have mercy on us
Jesus, king of patriarchs have mercy on us
Jesus, teacher of apostles have mercy on us
Jesus, master of evangelists have mercy on us
Jesus, courage of martyrs have mercy on us
Jesus, light of confessors have mercy on us
Jesus, purity of virgins have mercy on us
Jesus, crown of saints have mercy on us
Lord, be merciful Jesus, save your people
From all evil Jesus, save your people
From every sin Jesus, save your people
From the snares of the devil Jesus, save your people
From your anger Jesus, save your people
From the spirit of infidelity Jesus, save your people
From everlasting death Jesus, save your people
From the neglect of your Holy Spirit Jesus, save your people
By the mystery of your incarnation Jesus, save your people
By your birth Jesus, save your people
By your childhood Jesus, save your people
By your hidden life Jesus, save your people
By your public ministry Jesus, save your people
By your agony and crucifixion Jesus, save your people
By your abandonment Jesus, save your people
By your grief and sorrow Jesus, save your people
By your death and burial Jesus, save your people
By your rising to new life Jesus, save your people
By your return to the Father Jesus, save your people
By your gift of the holy eucharist Jesus, save your people
By your joy and glory Jesus, save your people

Litany Of Loretto

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy
God our Father in heaven have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the world have mercy on us
God the Holy Spirit have mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one God have mercy on us
Holy Mary pray for us
Holy Mother of God pray for us
Most honored of virgins pray for us
Mother of Christ pray for us
Mother of the Church pray for us
Mother of divine grace pray for us
Mother most pure pray for us
Mother of chaste love pray for us
Mother and virgin pray for us
Sinless Mother pray for us
Dearest of Mothers pray for us
Model of motherhood pray for us
Mother of good counsel pray for us
Mother of our Creator pray for us
Mother of our Savior pray for us
Virgin most wise pray for us
Virgin rightly praised pray for us
Virgin rightly renowned pray for us
Virgin most powerful pray for us
Virgin gentle in mercy pray for us
Faithful Virgin pray for us
Minor of justice pray for us
Throne of wisdom pray for us
Cause of our joy pray for us
Shrine of the Spirit pray for us
Glory of Israel pray for us
Vessel of selfless devotion pray for us
Mystical Rose pray for us
Tower of David pray for us
Tower of ivory pray for us
House of gold pray for us
Ark of the covenant pray for us
Gate of heaven pray for us
Morning star pray for us
Health of the sick pray for us
Refuge of sinners pray for us
Comfort of the troubled pray for us
Help of Christians pray for us
Queen of angels pray for us
Queen of patriarchs and prophets pray for us
Queen of apostles and martyrs pray for us
Queen of confessors and virgins pray for us
Queen of all saints pray for us
Queen conceived without sin pray for us
Queen assumed into heaven pray for us
Queen of the rosary pray for us
Queen of peace pray for us

The Lord's Prayer

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

The Magnificat
(Canticle of Mary)

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant.

From this day all generations will called me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name.

He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation.

He has shown the strength of His arm,
He has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of His servant Israel
for He has remembered His promise of mercy,
the promise He made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever. Amen.

Memorare

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help and sought your intercession, was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen

Morning Prayer of St. Patrick

I arise today through the strength of heaven,
light of the sun, radiance of the moon,
splendor of fire, speed of lightning,
swiftness of the wind, depth of the sea,
stability of the earth, firmness of the rock.
I arise today though God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me, God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me, God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak to me, God’s hand to guard me,
God’s way to lie before me, God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me from the snares of the devil,
from everyone who desires me ill,
afar and near, alone or in a multitude,
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

Mother of Sorrows

Father,
As Your Son was raised on the cross, His Mother Mary stood by Him, sharing His suffering. May she, who is also our spiritual Mother and Patroness in Heaven, help us to find renewed strength at the cross of Christ and so to come to share in His rising to new life, where He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Novena Prayer to St. Therese

O Little Therese of the Child Jesus, please pick for me a rose from the heavenly gardens and send it to me as a message of love.

O Little Flower of Jesus, ask God today to grant the favors I now place with confidence in your hands...(mention specific request)...St. Therese, help me to always believe, as you did, in God's great love for me, so that I might imitate your "Little Way" each day. Amen.

Prayer for Light

O Holy Spirit of God, take me as your disciple. Guide me. Illuminate me. Sanctify me. Bind my hands, that they may do no evil. Cover my eyes, that they may see no more. Sanctify my heart, that evil may not dwell within me. Be my God, be my guide. Wheresoever you lead me, I will go. Whatsoever you command me, in your strength I will do. Lead me, then, unto the fullness of your truth. Amen.

Penance And Reconciliation

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.   In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.

Or:

Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.

Or:

Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Or:

Lord, turn to us in mercy, and forgive all our sins that we may serve you in true freedom.  Father of mercies and God of consolation, you do not wish the sinner to die but to be converted and live. Come to the aid of your people, that they may turn from their sins and live for you alone. May we be attentive to your word, confess our sins, receive your forgiveness, and be always grateful for your loving kindness. Help us to live the truth in love and grow into the fullness of Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Or:

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks. When you punish us, you show your justice; when you pardon us, you show your kindness; yet always your mercy enfolds us. When you chastise us, you do not wish to condemn us; when you spare us, you give us time to amend for ours sins through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Or:

God and Father of us all, you have forgiven our sins and sent us your peace. Help us to forgive each other and to work together to establish peace in the world.

Praise Of God For Christ, Our Light

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, a light no darkness can overpower.

Prayer For Fridays

All praise be yours, God our Creator, as we wait in joyful hope for the flowering of justice and the fullness of peace. All praise for this day, this Friday. By our weekly fasting and prayer cast out the spirit of war, of fear and mistrust, and make us grow hungry for human kindness, thirsty for solidarity from everyone who desires me ill, afar and near, alone or in a multitude.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.

Prayer for Peace

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith: where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may seek not so much to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

Prayer To Mary

We turn to you for protection, holy Mother of God. Listen to our prayers and help us in our needs. Save us from every danger, glorious and blessed Virgin.

Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother.
Blessed be Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

Prayer To The Virgin Mary

Mary, holy virgin mother, I have received your Son, Jesus Christ. With love you became his mother, gave birth to him, nursed him, and helped him grow to manhood. With love I return him to you, to hold once more, to love with all your heart, and to offer him to the Holy Trinity as our supreme act of worship for your honor and for the good of all your children. Mother, ask God to forgive my sins and to help me serve him more faithfully. Keep me true to Christ until death, and let me come to praise him with you for ever and ever. Amen.

Regina Caeli

V.      Queen of Heaven rejoice, alleluia.

R.      The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia.

V.      Has risen as He said, alleluia.

R.      Pray to God for us, alleluia.

V.      Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R.      Because our Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

V.      Let us pray.

R.      God of life, You have given joy to the world by the resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through the prayers of His mother, the Virgin Mary, bring us happiness of eternal life.  We ask this through Christ our Lord, amen

Saint Anthony of Padua

Holy Saint Anthony, gentle and powerful in your help, your love for God and charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Miracles waited on your word, which you were always ready to request for those in trouble or anxiety.

Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). The answer to my prayer may require a miracle. Even so, you are the Saint of miracles.

Gentle and loving Saint Anthony, whose heart is ever full of human sympathy, take my petition to the Infant Savior for whom you have such a great love, and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

Short Prayers

May the almighty Lord give us a restful night and a peaceful death.

Keep us, Lord, as the apple of your eye and shelter us in the shadow of your wing.

Protect us, Lord, as we stay awake; watch over us as we sleep, that awake, we may keep watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace.

Into your hands, Lord, I commend my spirit. O Lord our God, make us lie down in peace and raise us up to life.

Visit this house, we beg you, Lord, and banish from it the deadly power of the evil one. May your holy angels dwell here to keep us in peace, and may your blessing be always upon us.

Hear us, Lord, and send your angel from heaven to visit and protect, to comfort and defend all who live in this house.

Unfailing Prayer to St. Anthony

"Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints"

O Holy St. Anthony, gentlest of Saints, your love for God and Charity for His creatures, made you worthy, when on earth, to possess miraculous powers. Encouraged by this thought, I implore you to obtain for me (request). O gentle and loving St. Anthony, whose heart was ever full of human sympathy, whisper my petition into the ears of the sweet Infant Jesus, who loved to be folded in your arms; and the gratitude of my heart will ever be yours. Amen.

When Death Is Near

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the almighty Father, who created you, in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for you, in the name of the Holy Spirit, who has poured out upon you, go forth, faithful Christian. May you live in peace this day, may your home be with God in Zion, with Mary, the virgin mother of God, with Joseph, and all the angels and saints.

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

When Someone Has Died

Eternal rest grant to him/her/them, 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him/her/them.

Or:

Loving and merciful God, we entrust our brother/sister to your mercy.  You loved him/her greatly in this life: now that he/she is freed from all its cares, give him/her happiness and peace for ever. The old order has passed away; welcome him/her now into paradise where there will be no more sorrow, no more weeping or pain, but only peace and joy with Jesus, your Son, and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Or:

God of all consolation, in your unending love and mercy for us you turn the darkness of death into the dawn of new life. Show compassion to your people in their sorrow Be our refuge and our strength to lift us from the darkness of this grief to the peace and light of your presence. Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, by dying for us, conquered death and by rising again, restored life. May we then go forward eagerly to meet him, and after our life on earth be reunited with our brothers and sisters where every tear will be wiped away. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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