The Priceless Litany For A Happy Death

July 17, 2020

On the 9th of March 1904, Pope St. Pius X granted a Plenary Indulgence at the Moment of Death to all who, once during life, on one day after Communion, recite the Acts set out below:

 I. O Lord Jesus, God of Goodness and Father of Mercies, I approach Thee with a contrite and humble heart; to Thee, I recommend the last hour of my life and the decision of my eternal destiny. When my feet, benumbed with death, shall admonish me that my mortal course is drawing to an end, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

II. When my trembling hands shall no longer be able to press the Crucifix to my heart and, despite my efforts, shall let it fall on my bed of sorrows, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

III. When my eyes, dim and troubled at the approach of death, shall fix themselves on Thee, my last and only support, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

IV. When my face, pale and livid, will inspire the beholders with pity and dismay; when my hair, bathed in the sweat of death, and stiffening of my head, shall forebode my approaching end, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

V. When my ears, soon to be forever shut to the discourse of men, shall be to hear my sentence which is to cut me off from the land of the living, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

VI. When My Lips, cold and trembling, shall pronounce for the last time Thy Adorable Name, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

VII. When my friends and relations, standing at my bedside, shall shed a  tear over me and invoke Thy clemency on my behalf, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

VIII. When I have lost the use of my senses; when the world shall have vanished from my sight; when my agonizing soul shall feel the sorrows of death, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

IX. When my sigh shall prompt my soul to burst from the embrace of the body and to spring to Thee on the wings of impatience and desire, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

X. When my soul shall bid adieu to the world and shall leave my body lifeless, pale and cold, receive this separation as a homage which I willingly pay to Thy Divine Majesty, and in that last moment of my mortal life, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

XI. When at length my soul, admitted to Thy Presence, shall first behold the splendor of Thy Divine Majesty, reject me not but receive me into Thy bosom, where I may forever sing Thy praises; and in that moment when eternity shall begin for me, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me!

XII. O God, who has doomed all men to die but has concealed from them the moment of their death, grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice, so that I may deserve to quit this world in the peace of a good conscience and in the embrace of Thy Love, through Christ Our Lord.



OH, MY LORD AND SAVIOR, support me in that hour in the strong arms of Thy Sacraments and by the fresh fragrance of Thy consolations. Let the absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me, and Thy own Body be my food and Thy Blood my sprinkling and let my sweet Mother, Mary, breathe on me, and my Angel whispers peace to me, and my Glorious Saints smile upon me; that in them all and, through them all, I may receive the gift of perseverance, and die as I desire to live, in Thy Faith, in Thy Church, in Thy service, and in Thy Love.