Prayers for the Sick and the Dying

We received word this morning that my uncle, Tom Phillips, suffered a heart-attack last night. Had it not been for immediate and continuous CPR, he would have died then and there, but his heart was restarted and he was transported to the hospital alive, but in critical condition. As I write this (8:25 AM, CST), I am unsure of his current status — last I heard he was still unconscious and on a respirator, about to begin cryo treatment in an attempt to slow his body down over the next forty-eight hours.

I know that when I am asked to pray for someone, I often fumble for words. Of course, God hears our fumbling, and it could be rightly said that all of our prayer is fumbling before God, Who is not impressed with our words. “Jesus, help,” is a perfectly good prayer. Still and all, I thought it would be good to share some prayers from The Lutheran Hymnal (and some others) for all who wish to join me in praying for Uncle Tom, for all who are praying for any who are sick or dying, and for any who would simply appreciate having access to prayers to pray in such occasions when speech fails them. I myself am often (perhaps even usually) in this second category. Please send this on to anyone who you think would find it useful.

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.


For the sick and the dying:

O Lord Jesus, who hast made it our lot to bear the cross, give unto us also obedient and submissive hearts that we may willingly take thy yoke upon us and follow Thee in every affliction. Amen.

Almighty God who forgivest all our iniquities and healest all our diseases, who hast proclaimed Thy name to be the Lord that healeth us and hast sent Thy well-beloved Son to bear our sicknesses, look in mercy upon Thine unworthy servants, pardon and forgive us our transgressions, and of Thy lovingkindness remove the plague of sickness with which Thou hast visited us. This we ask according to Thy will, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

O Christ, Thou Son of God, who didst bear for Tom the pain of the cross and has died for his sins, have mercy upon him, forgive him all his trespasses, and suffer not his faith to fail. Amen.

O God the Holy Ghost, our true Comforter in all distress, uphold Tom in patience and right prayer, sanctify him with full assurance, and forsake him not in the last extremity. Lead him from this world of sorrow to the heavenly home. Amen.

Almighty, everlasting, and most merciful God, Thou who dost summon and take us out of this sinful and corrupt world to Thyself through death that we may not perish by continual sinning, but pass through death to life eternal, help us, we beseech Thee, to know and believe this with our whole heart, to the end that we may rejoice in our departure and at Thy call cheerfully enter into Thine everlasting kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

For those whose death is imminent/who have died:

Depart in peace, thou ransomed soul, in the name of God the Father Almighty who created thee; in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, who redeemed thee; in the name of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified thee. Enter now into Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to the innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and Church of the first-born which are written in heaven. The Lord preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore. Amen.

Lover of mankind, refresh the soul that has now departed with heavenly consolation and joy, and fulfill for it all the gracious promises that in your holy Word you have made to those who believe in you. Amen

For all, for all must die:

Soul of Christ, hallow me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me;
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me;
Within Thy wounds hide me;
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee;
From the malicious enemy defend me;
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me come unto Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
Forever and ever. Amen

†”Now, as regards the adversaries’ citing the Fathers concerning the offering for the dead, we know that the ancients speak of prayer for the dead, which we do not prohibit” (Apology XXIV [XII].94)

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  1. I surely pray for Tom Phillips (Eric’s father?). Thanks for posting these prayers. I read them and prayed them. We will pray for Tom and bear in mind that while we earnestly pray the Lord will return him to his family, he is a “ransomed soul” who will one day enter “Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to the innumerable company of angels, and to the general assembly and Church of the first-born which are written in heaven…”

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