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Bostonís Wake
What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/15/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Posted on 04/15/2013 7:18:55 PM PDT by markomalley

In your charity, please pray for the victims in Boston and for their loved ones.

As some prepare for wakes, this is a wake up call for a country and for families and individuals.

One of the most important petitions we Catholics have traditionally prayed is:

A subitanea et improvisa morte… From a sudden and unprovided death, spare us O Lord.”

A sudden death can be a blessing.

A sudden and unprovided death is a horrifying prospect.

What is an “unprovided death”? One by which you die – and you will die – without the Last Rites from the priest or a chance to repent of unconfessed sins even with a perfect act of contrition.

You want to have your temporal affairs in order.  How much more should we have our spiritual affairs in order?  You don’t know the place or the hour.

LUKE 12:20!

There are many good prayers which we could use to ask God to help us to a good death.

Here is a traditional prayer which once was enriched with an indulgence.

A PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE FROMAN UNPROVIDED DEATH

Hear us, O God of our salvation! and issue not the decree for the completion of our days before Thou forgivest us our sins; and because penance avails not in hell, and there is no room there for amendment, therefore do we humbly pray and beseech Thee here on earth, that, giving us time to pray for pardon, Thou wouldst grant us also forgiveness of our sins. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Take away, merciful Lord, all errors from Thy faithful people, avert from them the sudden destruction of the wasting pestilence; that those whose wanderings Thou dost justly chastise, Thou wouldst vouchsafe in Thy tender pity to cherish when corrected. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Antiphon: Sin no longer, O my soul! Think upon the sudden change from sin to endless woe. There, in hell, penance is not accepted, and tears profit not. Turn, then, whilst thou hast time; cry out and say: Have mercy upon me, O my God!

Antiphon: In the midst of life we are in death: whom, then, O Lord, shall we seek to be our helper, save Thee, O Lord! although Thou art indeed angry with us because of sins? O Holy Lord, holy and strong, holy and merciful Saviour! deliver us not ever to a bitter death.

V. – Lest, overtaken by the day of death, we seek time for penance, and be not able to find it.

R. – Hearken! O Lord! and have mercy on us; for we have sinned against Thee.

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, receive in Thy fatherly pity Thy people flying to Thee from Thine anger; that they who fear to be chastised by the rod of Thy Majesty in the suddenness of death, may be made worthy to rejoice in Thy gracious pardon. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We beseech Thee, Almighty God, graciously to incline Thine ear to the assembly of Thy Church, and let Thy mercy prevent Thine anger in our behalf; for if Thou shouldst mark iniquities, no creature shall be able to stand before Thee: but in that marvellous charity, through which Thou didst create us, pardon us sinners, and destroy not the work of Thine own hands by sudden death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God! in Whose sight every heart trembles and every conscience is awed; show forth Thy mercy upon us Thy suppliants, that we, who trust not in the excellence of our own merit, may never know Thy judgments in the suddenness of our death, but may receive Thy pardon. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer

Most merciful Lord Jesus! by Thine agony and bloody sweat, and by Thy death, deliver me, I beseech Thee, from a sudden and unprovided death. O most gentle Lord Jesus! by Thy cruel and ignominious scourging and crowning with thorns, by Thy cross and most bitter Passion, and by Thy goodness, I humbly pray Thee, let me not die unprepared and pass from this life without the Holy Sacraments. Jesus, my best Beloved, my Lord! by all Thy labours and sorrows, by Thy precious Blood, and by Thy most holy Wounds, and by those last words spoken on the cross by Thee: “Deus meus, Deus meus, ut quid dereliquisti me?? – “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me?” and again: “Pater, in manus tuas commendo spiritum meum,” – “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit,” most ardently I pray Thee, save me from a sudden death. Thy hands, O Redeemer! have wholly made and formed me: ah! suffer not death to take me unawares; give me, I beseech Thee, time for penance; vouchsafe that I may pass from this life happily in Thy grace, that I may love Thee with my whole heart, and praise and bless Thee forever and ever.

Amen.

Our Father…
Hail Mary…
Glory Be To The Father…

My dear people… dear readers… GO TO CONFESSION.

Parents of small children… teach your children their Faith and make sure they are making good confessions and good Communions.  Give them a good example.

Fathers, please… go to confession and hear confessions.


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1 posted on 04/15/2013 7:18:55 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
A sudden and unprovided death is a horrifying prospect. What is an “unprovided death”? One by which you die – and you will die – without the Last Rites from the priest or a chance to repent of unconfessed sins even with a perfect act of contrition. You want to have your temporal affairs in order. How much more should we have our spiritual affairs in order? You don’t know the place or the hour.

What is most important is that a person has already received Jesus Christ as Savior, believing in him and his sacrifice on the cross for our sins. It is THIS faith that saves us and prepares us to meet our Father in heaven as his children. Getting your "spiritual affairs in order" is making sure that you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ. The wonderful part of this is that it works for non-Catholics every bit as much as for Catholics.

This is true because Christ suffered for our sins once. He was an innocent person, but he suffered for guilty people so that he could bring you to God. (I Peter 3:18)

2 posted on 04/15/2013 11:14:05 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

All Catholics, even lapsed/inactive ones, need to ponder this.
**What is an “unprovided death”? One by which you die – and you will die – without the Last Rites from the priest or a chance to repent of unconfessed sins even with a perfect act of contrition. You want to have your temporal affairs in order. How much more should we have our spiritual affairs in order? You don’t know the place or the hour.**

Go to Confession!


3 posted on 04/16/2013 7:27:16 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
This former Catholic (not lapsed OR inactive) understands well and is comforted by the truth that it is faith in Jesus Christ that saves and not religious rituals thought up by men. Having ones "spiritual affairs in order" is simply that one has come to saving faith in Jesus Christ and received the gift of God which is eternal life given by his grace through faith. Believing in Christ as savior and Lord is what saves a person and is not based upon how recently he has gone to confession!
4 posted on 04/16/2013 3:20:40 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: boatbums

That Catholic baptismal mark is still on your soul. You are still a Catholic in God’s eyes.


5 posted on 04/16/2013 7:09:07 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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