PCS 220-222: Prayers of Commendation, After Death

220. When the moment of death seems near, some of the following prayers may be said:

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the alnighty Father,
who create you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God,
who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit,
who was poured out for 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.

The rite gives four other options: another commendation prayer and this litany:

Welcome your servant, Lord, into the place of salvation which because of your mercy she/he rightly hoped for. (“Amen” or “Lord, save your people.”)
Deliver your servant, Lord from every distress.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Noah from the flood.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Abraham from Ur of the Chaldees.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Job from his sufferings.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Moses from the hand of the Pharoah.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Daniel from the den of lions.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered the three young men from the fiery furnace.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Susanna from her false accusers.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered David from the attacks of Saul and Goliath.
Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Peter and Paul from prison.
Deliver your servant, Lord, through Jesus our Savior, who suffered death for us and gave us eternal life.

Option D, a shorter prayer, and E, Hail H0ly Queen, round out the choices.

PCS 221 gives six choices for a prayer after death. You know the prayer “Saints of God.”  Psalms 130 and 23, too. PCS 222 gives two prayers for the family and mourners present.

222. … For the solace of those present the minister may conclude these prayers with a simple blessing or with a symbolic gesture, for example, signing the forehead with the sign of the cross. A priest or deacon may sprinkle the body with holy water. 

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