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Pray for Your Own Blessed Death

Our modern culture seems to have an obsession with the macabre, but a serious aversion to understanding the dynamic link between life and death, especially the deeper interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit in the context of salvation. Thus, it comes as little surprise that many people avoid discussions about, let alone enjoin themselves in prayers involving their own death.

Below is a vocal prayer that can aid you in talking with God about wanting to follow His will in this life and living with Him in the next. As you can surmise, a prayer like this can launch you into a deeply silent meditation about the eternity that awaits us.

After reading the prayer slowly and deliberately, you could then concentrate on the highlighted portions to open yourself to the stillness that God hopes for you.

"O gracious God, Whose mercy is illimitable; Who for our salvation has suffered the passions, wounds, and death upon the cross, I fervently beseech You: grant that I die not until I please You in all matters, and partake of Your Most Holy Body and Your most Pure Blood. Set me on the path of salvation, and at the time of my death preserve my wretched soul, and drive away from it the dark images of the crafty demons, and make me worthy to inherit everlasting glory. For You are the King of Peace, and the Savior of our souls, O Christ our God, and to You we ascribe glory, together with the Your Father, Who is from everlasting, and Your All-Holy and good and life-giving Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages. Amen."

- Taken from The Divine Liturgy Service Book in English, Church Slavonic, and Serbian, 3rd ed., 2011, based on the existing and church-approved liturgical texts compiled by V. Rev. Bozidar Dragicevich, M.A. with the blessings of His Grace Right Everend Bishop of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Longin.


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