Into Thy hands, O Lord, and into the hands of Thy holy Angels, I commit and entrust this day all Thy people, especially the person who has met sudden death this very day. Illuminate his heart with the grace of Thy Holy Spirit; suffer him not to be separated from Thee, O God, Who lives and reigns with God the Father and the same Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen.
— from a prayer by St. Edmund the Martyr
O Jesus, You said, “Let the little children come to Me.” O Baby Jesus, King of all children, please take under Your loving care all unbaptized babies and children, and especially this beloved child.
O Savior, You died and rose for them, so do not let them go! Since we know that You are the giver of all good things, and all graces come from Your hand, and there is no limit to Your power — we know that however You help these children, it will be better than we can imagine. Let Thy loving will be done!
O Jesus, we trust in You! Please give comfort to the parents of children who die, and to all their families. Strengthen them in faith and hope. Kindly shut the mouths of anyone who talks like Job’s foolish comforters, and open the mouths and hands of those whom You inspire to help.
O Lord Jesus Christ, before the Throne of Your mercy, we beseech You for all this now and at the hour of death, by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your Mother, whose own most holy soul was pierced by a sword at the hour of Your bitter Passion and death. Amen.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, who have known a mother’s pain and sorrow.
Pray for us, O St. Joseph, who have known the pain of a father losing a most beloved son; pray for us, o patron saint of the dying, who died with Mary and Jesus by your side.
Pray for us, O St. Dinocrates, mysteriously helped by your sister St. Perpetua’s intercession.
Pray for us, O holy martyrs who have known sudden death.
Pray for us, O holy souls, with your great desire to see God’s Face.
We ask all these things in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.