Apostolic Blessing with Plenary
Indulgence at the Hour of Death
The apostolic blessing with plenary
indulgence at the hour of death should be imparted, following the reception of
the last sacraments, to those who desire it while still rational and conscious.
It may likewise be granted to anyone who has given any indication of such
desire, or who has seemed contrite before becoming unconscious or irrational.
But it must be denied absolutely to the excommunicated, the impenitent, or those
who die in patent mortal sin.
When the Apostolic Blessing is given at
the conclusion of the Last Rites given without interruption (Asperges,
Confession, Extreme Unction, and Holy Communion) the following form is
employed: The prayers are said in the plural if more than one person is to
receive the blessing.
The priest removes the white stole and
takes up one of violet. He urges the sick person to call upon the holy
name of Jesus at least internally; urges him
to accept the inconvenience and pains of death as expiation for the sins of the
past; and urges him to accept God's will in all things with the hope of divine
Let us pray.
O Merciful God, the most kind Father of mercies, the God of all
consolation, Who dost will that no one who believes and trusts in Thee
should perish, in Thy boundless mercy look favorably on Thy servant (handmaid), N.,
whom the true faith and Christian hope commend to Thee. Come to him (her) with
Thy saving power, and by the Passion and death of Thine only-begotten Son, be
pleased to grant him (her) pardon and remission of all sins. Let his (her) soul
at the hour of its departure find in Thee a most favorable judge, and cleansed
of every stain by the blood of Thy Son, may enter into life everlasting; through
Christ our Lord.
May our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who gave to Peter His
blessed apostle power of binding and loosing, in His most loving mercy accept
thy confession and restore the stole of grace of thy baptismal innocence. And I,
by the power given to me by the Apostolic See, grant thee a plenary indulgence
and remission of all thy sins; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, +
and of the Holy Ghost.
By the sacred mysteries of mankind's redemption, may almighty God remit all
the punishment due thee in the present life and of the life to come, and may He
open to thee the gates of Paradise and admit thee to everlasting happiness.
May almighty God, Father, Son, + and Holy Ghost,
In cases of extreme necessity it
suffices for the priest to say:
By the authority granted me by the Holy See, I impart to thee a plenary
indulgence and the remission of all sins; in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, + and of the Holy Ghost.