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Prayers for the Dying.
(St. Paul’s Prayer)

“The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: not 137 to me only, but to all of them also that love His appearing.” 2 Tim. 4:6-8.

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O Lord, on Thy cross Thou didst cry, “Father, into Thy hands I commend My Spirit!” I, too, commend my spirit into Thy hands now when my end is near. Thou hast redeemed me, O faithful God. Amen.

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Lord Almighty God, Heavenly Father! My time has come to an end, my life is slowly ebbing away. Be Thou with me. O Lord, I suffer much and Thou only canst help me. Be Thou my succor, and shorten and soften my pain. Darkness comes over me and I cry for comfort and strength. Have mercy upon me. Take my soul under Thy protecting wing, that I perish not. Take my sins from me, and blot all my guilt; for Christ’s sake, my Savior and my Lord. Amen.

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