Litany for the Commendation of the Dying

At number 220 in the rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick, there is an option for a litany when a person is near the moment of death. The original blog on it is here. At the risk of prolonging the final moments, I thought it needed a bit of reordering and more embellishment:

Welcome your servant, Lord, into the place of salvation which because of your mercy he/she rightly hoped for. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, from every distress. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Noah and his family from the flood. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Job from his sufferings. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Abraham and Sarah from Ur of the Chaldees. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Moses from the hand of the Pharoah. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Hannah from childlessness. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Naomi and Ruth from poverty. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered David from the attacks of Saul and Goliath. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Daniel from the den of lions. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered the three young men from the fiery furnace. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Susanna from her false accusers. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Esther and her people from genocide. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered the Holy Family into Egypt. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Mary of Magdala from evil spirits. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered Peter and Paul from prison. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, as you delivered countless saints into everlasting rest and union with you. R. Lord, save your people.

Deliver your servant, Lord, through Jesus our Savior, who suffered death for us and gave us eternal life. R. Lord, save your people.

I find the text important for times other than the moment of near death. As we remember our deceased loved ones this time of year, perhaps a quiet moment to recall a particular face and presence no longer with us. Maybe name the person, “Deliver your servant N., Lord, as you …”

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Litany for the Commendation of the Dying

  1. I pray it as “Lord, deliver your servant N as you delivered Esther and her people from genocide.

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