Ecclesiasticus 7:40, "in all thy works be mindful of thy last end and thou wilt never sin."

Prayer of St. Vincent Ferrer
To be Said Daily
To Ask for a Holy and Happy Death

"Have mercy on me, O God, and hear my prayer" (Ps. iv. 1).

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled" (Ps. vi. 2-3)

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, see my humiliation which I suffer from my enemies" (Ps. ix. 13).

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am afflicted: my eye is troubled with wrath, my soul and my belly"(Ps. xxx. 9).

"Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy" (Ps. l. 1).

"Have mercy on me, O God, for man hath trodden me under foot: all the day long he hath afflicted me fighting against me" (Ps. lv. 1).

"Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me: for my soul trusteth in Thee"(Ps. lvi. 1).

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I cried to Thee all the day. Give joy to the soul of Thy servant: for to Thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my soul" (Ps. lxxxv. 3).

"Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt" (Ps. cxxii. 4).

  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen

Let us pray

   O Lord Jesus Christ, Who willest that no man shall perish, and Who never refusest to lend a compassionate ear to the prayers of Thy children: since Thou hast said with Thy holy and blessed lips: "Whatsoever you ask in my name it will be given you." I ask Thee, in Thy holy name, to grant me at the hour of my death full use of my senses and the power of speech, together with a burning sorrow for my sins, true faith, a well-ordered hope and perfect charity; so that with a pure heart I may exclaim: " Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O God of truth, Who art blessed forever. Amen."

Declarations of St. Vincent Ferrer
To Be Made Daily for the Hour of Death

I know that I have grievously offended my Creator, from Whom I have received so many benefits. I desire to return Him endless thanks for these benefits, and I desire that every creature shall render Him service.

Now, for then, I am heartily sorry for all offences whatsoever that I have committed against God Himself and my neighbor.

I grieve for every negligence and every omission to do good, and for my contempt of the graces God has bestowed upon me.

I desire to remember all my sins and to be filled with a special sorrow for them.

Now, for the hour of my death, I am sorry that I do not remember all the sins which I have committed; if I remembered them, I would confess them to the priest.

I am sorry that, after having received God's pardon for my sins, I have fallen into the same or worse sins.

I pardon, for the love of God, all who in word or deed have offended me or my relations.

I desire to make satisfaction to all whom I have injured in honor, property or reputation.

I solemnly declare that I desire to live no fixed period of time, but only as long as it pleases God to permit me to live.

I solemnly declare that I am trying to die without despair, without vainglory in my works, without any doubts in matters of Faith; and that I clearly understand that one drop of the divine blood of my Lord, shed upon the wood of the cross, would suffice to redeem the whole human race, if it so pleased the Divine Goodness.

I solemnly declare that, if through faintheartedness, because of the fear of the Divine Judgment which I must undergo after death, or through weakness of will, I should fall into despair or into any doubt concerning Faith, which God forbid! I, being of sound mind, reject it now for then, and I desire it to be considered involuntary; for this will never happen voluntarily or after due deliberation.

Having made these declarations, O most holy Mother of God, O holy guardian angel, O holy Father St. Dominic, and all ye chosen ones of God, I commend to you my last wish and desire as the last will and testament of my soul, so that you may be their faithful witnesses in the last hour of my life; and I implore you to obtain for me one tearful glance and one sorrowful sigh from the innumerable sorrows which my Saviour suffered upon the cross to mitigate the agony of the painful gasps with which I will be then afflicted. I humbly implore thee, O advocate of the afflicted, to share with me one sigh from thy virgin heart, and to turn upon me one sad glance from the innumerable sighs and tears which were thine when thou didst stand at the foot of the cross upon which thy Son and my Redeemer died in indescribable anguish. Vouchsafe, at length, to lead me into the luxurious fields of paradise, where thou rejoicest for ever. Amen.


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