Three Very Beautiful Prayers
Which are very useful to a dying person and should be prayed often as an act of mercy.
It is related that there once was a Pope in Rome who was surrounded by many sins. The Lord God Struck him with a fatal illness. When he saw that he was dying, he summoned Cardinals, Bishops and learned persons and said to them, "My dear friends! What comfort can you give me now that I must die, and when I deserve eternal damnation for my sins?" No one answered him. One of them, a pious curate named John, said, "Father, why do you doubt the Mercy of God?" The Pope replied, "What comfort can you give me now that I must die and fear that I'll be damned for my sins?" John replied, "I'll read three prayers over you; I hope you'll be comforted and that you'll obtain mercy from god." The Pope was unable to say more. The curate and all those present knelt and said the following prayers:
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
1. Lord Jesus Christ! Thou Son of God and Son of the Virgin Mary, God and Man! Thou Who in fear sweated blood for us on the Mount of Olives in order to bring peace and to offer Thy Most Holy Death to God, Thy Heavenly Father, for the salvation of this dying person .... If it be; however, that by his sins he merits eternal damnation, then may it be deflected from him. This, O Eternal Father, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Dear Son, Who liveth and reigneth in union with Thee and The Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
2. Lord Jesus Christ! Thou Who meekly died on the trunk of the Cross for us, submitting Thy Will completely to Thy Heavenly Father in order to bring peace and to offer Thy most Holy Death to Thy Heavenly Father in order to free...(this person)...and to hide from him what he has earned with his sins; grant this O Eternal Father! Through Our Lord Jesus, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in union with the Holy Spirit now and forever. Amen.
3. Lord Jesus Christ! Thou Who remained silent to speak through the mouths of the prophets: I have drawn Thee to me through Eternal Love, which Love drew Thee from heaven into the body of the Virgin, which Love drew Thee from the body of the Virgin into the valley of this needful world, which Love kept Thee 33 years in this world. As a sign of great Love, Thou hast given Thy Holy Body as true food and Thy Holy Blood as true drink. As a sign of great Love, Thou has consented to be a prisoner and to be led from one judge to another. As a sign of great Love, Thou hast consented to be condemned to death, and hast consented to die and to be buried and truly risen, and appeared to Thy Holy Mother and all the holy apostles. As a sign of great Love Thou hast ascended, under Thy own strength and power, and sitteth at the right hand of God, Thy Heavenly Father. Thou has sent Thy Holy Spirit into the hearts of Thy apostles and the hearts of all who hope and believe in Thee. Through Thy sign of Eternal Love, open heaven today and take this dying person ... and all his forgiven sins into the realm of Thy Heavenly Father, that he may reign with Thee now and forever. Amen.
Meanwhile the Pope died. The curate preserved to the third hour. Then the Pope appeared to him in body and comforted him; his countenance as brilliant as the sun, his clothes as white as snow, and he said, "My dear brother! Whereas I was supposed to be a child of damnation, I've become a child of happiness. As you recited the first prayer many of my sins fell from me as rain from heaven, and as you recited the second prayer, I was purified, as a goldsmith purifies gold in a hot fire. I was still further purified as you recited the third prayer. Then I saw heaven open and the Lord Jesus standing on the right hand of God the Father, who said to me, "Come, all thy sins are forgiven thee; you'll be and remain in the realm of My Father forever. Amen!
With these words my soul separated from my body and the Angels of God led it to Eternal Joy.
As the curate heard this he said, "Oh Holy Father! I can't tell these things to anyone, for they won't believe me." Then the Pope said, "Truly I tell thee, the Angels of God stands with me and has written the prayers in letters of gold for the consolement of all sinners."
Then the Pope said that these prayers, if they are recited in the presence of a great sinner who is about to die, will aid them with many graces and even assist them in their suffering in purgatory so that they will be freed from any punishments that are due to their sins.
He also said that the person who hears them read should himself trust that the Lord preserves him from an unhappy death. the story tells us that he even had them taken into Saint Peter's Basilica and placed on the altar as a sign of his great esteem for them. He especially desired that anyone who recited these prayers would have the hour of his death revealed to him in order to make a good preparation and avoid purgatory.
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