Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prayer for Those Grieving the Death of a Loved One

The Death of St. Joseph
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God of life and death, You have taken a beloved one from me. My heart is very heavy. I recall that Your Son, Jesus Christ, became man in all things except sin and that He groaned in sorrow at the death of His friend, Lazarus. I unite my grief with Yours dear Jesus, as You stood at the tomb of Lazarus.

O Virgin Mother, you know what it was like losing your husband Joseph, and then your child. dying suspended between earth and heaven, with a sword piercing your sweet soul. To you do I come in sorrow, begging strength from your intercession, from you who fully understand what it is like to lose one so dear and close.

Share with me, dear Mother of God, the courage, the strong faith that you had in the future resurrection. Even after Jesus came back to life and ascended into heaven, you knew you were to be left alone for many years before your own assumption into heaven. You comforted the Apostles as their Queen and Mother during those years. Grant comfort to me now as I sorrow in pain at the loss by the separation that has come as a result of the sin of our first parents and my own sins. Wipe away my tears with the merciful love of your Immaculate Heart as you unite me with my loved one through the grace of the Sacred Heart of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayerbook for Catholics, Father Robert J. Fox


mom said...

I \MyMy dear husband of sixty three year's went home to the Lord three week's ago,I am having a difficult time accepting the will of God.Your prayer means so much to me and I want to thank you for posting it.Please remember me and my family in your prayer's Thank you and God bless you.Ramona

Esther G. said...

Dear Ramona, I am very sorry for our loss. I will remember you and your family in my prayers, especially at Mass. God bless,