My Jesus Mercy!
(100 Days Indulgence)
Source: "Catholic Practice at Church and at Home:
The Parishioner's Little Rule Book, a Guide for Catholics
in the External Practice of Their Holy Religion", pp. 104-106,
By Fr. Alexander Klauder, Angel Guardian Press, 1898, Imp.
As it is not always possible
for a Priest
to be *present at the actual moment of
death, especially in
large parishes, and
more especially where the parish covers a
large territory, the faithful
selves endeavor to assist their dying
brethren after the Priest has administered
the last sacraments.
*This is most true during this, the Apostasy.
-Editor of TCW
When they see that the patient's end is
approaching, they should light
a *blessed candle and assist him to hold
it in his
hand, at least during the regular prayers
for the dying and in the actual moment
death. If the agony should last a consid-
erable time, some one else may hold the
candle near by and keep it in readiness.
*"Blessed Candles. Every Catholic
should be provided with one or more blessed
candles. These candles should be of pure bees'
wax. Other kinds, such as parafine, spermacetior
or tallow candles will not answer the purpose of
candles prescribed by
the Church. ... Have a pair
of candlesticks for them, so as to be able to light
them at once when they are needed.
They are needed particularly
Communion or the last sacraments are
administered, as well as at a funeral. It
is well to light them also in times of great
distress, as in sudden dangerous sickness,
on occasions of violent storms, fires, floods,
and the like; as the candles convey a blessing
to the house." -Fr. Klauder, pp. 209-210
Some one should read the prayers for
the dying from the prayer-book as well
as other prayers after them, if the death-
agony should continue.
If the agony should last very long,
these and other prayers may be repeated
from time to time.
The person holding the candle or
kneeling close to the dying person should,
from time to time, and especially at the
last moment, repeat short and fervent in-
vocations to him, such as: "My Jesus,
mercy." "My Jesus, forgive me my
sins; I am heartily sorry for them."
"Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation."
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me,"
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, into your
hands I commend my body and my soul."
''Lord, not my will, but thine be done."
"Father, into Thy hands I commend my
"Angel Guardian and my Holy
Patron, assist me," etc , etc.
Sprinkle the dying person often with
holy water, especially if he should seem
to have a hard struggle.
Let not too many persons crowd into
the death-chamber, especially if it is
small. If there should be many visitors,
let them remain but a short time to say
some prayers and then retire.
Do not sit around in the sick-room or
adjoining rooms, unless
you are sure you
will be needed and can be of assistance.
Prophecy for Today: "only a few priests will be left..."