A little while ago I started in a new ministry, volunteering at a Hospice. I pray with the patients and their families.  Tonight I prayed with my first patient who was actively dying, by active I mean they will pass away before the morning.  While the patient was barely conscious the family was in the room and asked me to pray.  Of the many prayers, there is one I wish to share, it is in the category called “Prayers of Commendation”:

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world
in the name of God the almighty Father, who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon you,
go forth faithful Christian.

May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
With Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the angels and saints.  Amen.

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