Clear Explanation of Last Rites | The Final Walk of Life Through Family

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The last few moments of life are for connecting with Lord, which is either through prayers or last rites performed by family and priest. Today, we will inform you about our last rites, their importance in Christianity, and the prayers associated with them.

A last walk of life to heaven is only possible if the last rites are performed well under the guidance of a Priest or Bishop. The seven sacraments are to be completed by the family to get all the sins erased and walk into heaven.

This article embodies the literal meaning of last rites, their importance in Christianity, and the prayers associated with death. You can pay homage to your loved ones through songs explaining the pain of death and losing someone or carrying out prayer meets.

Let us dig deep into this article to make sure that we understand the Last rites in detail.

What are Last Rites? Understand Them Well

What are Last Rites? Understand Them Well

Last Rites are performed by a layman when someone dies in close vicinity, but the priest conducts the Anointing and reconciliations. Some prayers are read. Last rites are committed to clearing the dead human’s path towards heaven but to remove and clear all their sins.

  • Last Rites are one of the essential rituals which are to be performed after and during someone’s death.
  • It might or might not cost you an amount, but you can give the priest a token of gratefulness.

Last Rites in Catholics | A Complete Overview

Last Rites in Catholics | A complete Overview

Following are the points which are explaining the last rites in a catholic religion in a brief detail-

  • Last Rites in Christians is termed as Viaticum, a ritual where prayers are offered to the Lord for the peace of the dead soul.
  • There is a process of Anointing, which is performed after a person’s death, not before or when he is on the verge of dying. It is only and only performed by the Priest or Bishop.
  • Anointing in Christianity is done along with the seven sacraments of Penance which is defined as the ritual to free the dead soul from sins.

Seven Sacraments 

Seven Sacraments

Initiation

  • Baptism
  • Eucharist
  • Confirmation

Healing 

  • Reconciliation
  • Anointing the Sick

Service

  • Holy Orders
  • Matrimony
  • Penance leads to Anointing and then ends with a Viaticum. These three should be followed in the same order to ensure that the dead soul walks as a child of Christ, but not alone.

Last Rites Prayers | A Way to Connect with Almighty: When Dead and Alive

Last Rites Prayers

Following are the popular Last rites Prayers, which you can hmm, after or during someone’s death-

Source: Fr. Martin Pitstick

It may be used over hours or days as you keep vigil at the bedside of a loved one who is preparing to go home to the Lord. These prayers will console the dying and give comfort to those who attend them. 

“The Lord Jesus says,

I go to prepare a place for you, 

and I will come again to take you to myself.” 

Make the Sign of the Cross In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Optional Opening Prayers 

You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the real world and empty Yourself upon us. O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You! (Repeat three times) 

One Our Father 

Leader

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom comes; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

All

Give us this day our daily bread, forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

One Hail Mary 

Leader

Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. 

All

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Apostle’s Creed 

The Apostle's Creed

Leader

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. In Jesus Christ, his only Son, Our Lord, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell; on the third day, he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. 

All

 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.

Then on the “Our Father” beads (before each decade): 

Leader

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, 

All

in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. 

On the “Hail Mary” beads (of each decade)

Leader

For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, 

All

have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

Concluding Doxology (after five decades)

All

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world. (Three times). 

Optional Conclusion 

Leader

Eternal God, in whom Mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself (Diary, 950).

Glory Be

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.

Fatima Prayer

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of thy Mercy. Amen. 

Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

Prayer of Commendation

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

We commend you, my dear brother/sister, to Almighty God, and entrust you to your Creator. May you return to him who formed you from the dust of the earth. May holy Mary, the angels, and all the saints come to meet you as you go forth from this life. 

May Christ who was crucified for you bring you freedom and peace. May Christ who died for you admit you into his garden of paradise. May Christ, the true Shepherd, acknowledge you as one of his flock. May he forgive all your sins and set you among those he has chosen. May you see your Redeemer face to face, and enjoy the vision of God forever. Amen. 

Prayer after Death

Saints of God, come to his/her aid! 

Come to meet him/her, angels of the Lord! 

R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High. 

May Christ, who called you, take you to himself; 

May angels lead you to Abraham’s side. 

R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High. 

Give him/her eternal rest, O Lord, 

And may your light shine on him/her forever. 

R. Receive his/her soul and present him/her to God the Most High.

Let us pray

All-powerful and merciful God, we commend to you _____, your servant. In your mercy and love, blot out the sins he/she has committed through human weakness. In this world he/she has died: let him/her live with you forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen 

The following prayer may also be added 

Almighty and eternal God, hear our prayers for your son/daughter N., whom you have called from this life to yourself. Grant him/her light, happiness, and peace. Let him/her pass in safety through the gates of death, and live forever with all your saints in the light you promised to Abraham 17 and to all his descendants in faith. Guard him/her from all harm and on that great day of resurrection and reward raise him/her up with all your saints. Pardon his/her sins and give him/her eternal life in your kingdom. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen 

Prayer for the family and Friends

Let us pray. 

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. 

R. Amen 

Final Words

This was a complete overview of what last rites mean and their significance in Catholics, and the prayers we can use during the last rites. 

Vansh Sharma
Vansh Sharma
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