Wednesday, January 9, 2013

HWP: Prayer for a Happy Death

On account of the now-five funerals that I have this week and early next week, I feel inclined to depart from the trend of Thanksgiving Prayers after Mass. With all of these funerals I've been reflecting much more on the passing nature of this life. With all the distractions and busyness of the world today, it can be easy for us to take time for granted and get so caught up in everything going on around us that we can easily fail to prepare ourselves for the real life that awaits us and be caught off guard when the Lord comes to bring us to our eternal reward, wherever it may be. With that in mind, let us pause for a moment and entrust ourselves to St. Joseph's care and pray that our death would be a happy one that ushers us into the great heavenly banquet.

Prayer to St. Joseph for a Happy Death
O Glorious St. Joseph, behold I choose thee today for my special patron in life and at the hour of my death. Preserve and increase in me the spirit of prayer and fervor in the service of God. Remove far from me every kind of sin; obtain for me that my death may not come upon me unawares, but that I may have time to confess my sins sacramentally and to bewail them with a most perfect understanding and a most sincere and perfect contrition, in order that I may breathe forth my soul into the hands of Jesus and Mary. Amen.