In our time of need, the Church offers the beloved prayers of the Mass, the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, along with many other prayers that can bring comfort.

Simple Prayers:

Jesus, I trust in You.

Jesus, I need You, apart from You I can do nothing.

In your mercy, love in me and through me.

Jesus, with all my heart, I cling to You.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I believe in Your love for me.

Keep me, O Lord, as the apple of Your eye; beneath the shadow of Your wings protect me.

God, come to my assistance: O Lord, make haste to help me.

Prayer for healing:

Lord, look upon me with eyes of mercy. May Your healing hand rest upon me, may Your life-giving powers flow into every cell of my body and into the depths of my soul, cleansing, purifying, restoring me to wholeness and strength for service in Your Kingdom. Amen.

Prayer before surgery:

Loving Father, I entrust myself to Your care this day; guide with wisdom and skill the minds and hands of the medical people who minister in Your Name, and grant that every cause of illness be removed. May I be restored to soundness of health and learn to live in more perfect harmony with You and with those around me. I ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Prayer when dying:

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul. Assist me in my last agony, and grant that I may breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen

Bible Promises

When facing illness:

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved; for Thou art my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the LORD… (Jeremiah 30:17)

And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 5:14-15)

When facing death:

Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.  (Luke 23:42)

Whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8)

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. (Psalm 25:1)

Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for You are with me. (Psalm 23:4)

Into Your hands I commend my spirit. (Psalm 31:6a)

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away. (Revelation 21:4)

Encouragement from the Saints

Regarding illness:

“Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear. Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will in his love enable you to profit by them. He has guided you thus far in life. Do you but hold fast to His dear hand, and He will lead you safely through all trials. Whenever you cannot stand, He will carry you lovingly in his arms. Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow. The same Eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow, and every day of your life. Either he will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads and all anxious imaginations.” St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

 “In the same way that a powerful medicine cures an illness, so illness itself is a medicine to cure passion. And there is much profit of soul in bearing illness quietly and giving thanks to God.” St. Amma Syncletica (~270-350)

“The Cross will not crush you; if its weight makes you stagger, its power will also sustain you.” St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)

“I thank God for this illness and these physical discomforts, because I have the time to converse with the Lord Jesus.” St. Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938)

“Your tears were collected by the angels and were placed in a golden chalice, and you will find them when you present yourself before God.” St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)

“In spite of this trial, which takes all enjoyment from me, I can nevertheless, cry out, ‘Lord, you fill me with joy in all that you do.’ For is there a joy greater than to suffer for love?” St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897

“During painful times, when you feel a terrible void, think how the capacity of your soul is being enlarged so that it can receive God – becoming, as it were, infinite as God is infinite.” St. Elizabeth of the Trinity (1880-1897).

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” St. John of the Cross (1542-1591).

“Hope, O my soul, hope. You know neither the day nor the hour. Watch carefully, for everything passes quickly, even though your impatience makes doubtful what is certain, and turns a very short time into a long one. Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you  bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.” St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)

Regarding death:

“It is not Death that will come to fetch me, it is the good God. Death is no phantom, no horrible specter, as presented in pictures. In the catechism it is stated that death is the separation of soul and body, that is all! Well, I am not afraid of a separation which will unite me to the good God forever.” St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)

“How consoling it is to see a just man die! His death is good, because it ends his miseries; it is better still, because he begins a new life; it is excellent, because it places him in sweet security. From this bed of mourning, whereon he leaves a precious load of virtues, he goes to take possession of the true land of the living, Jesus acknowledges him as His brother and as His friend, for he has died to the world before closing his eyes from its dazzling light. Such is the death of the saints, a death very precious in the sight of God.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

“…is not he a fool who seeks after happiness in this world, where he will remain only a few days and exposes himself to the risk of being unhappy in the next, where we must live for eternity? We do not fix our affections on borrowed goods, because we know that they must soon be returned to the owner. All the goods of this earth are lent to us…” St. Alphonsus di Ligouri (1696-1787).

“It is good to think about having our citizenship in Heaven and the saints of Heaven as our fellow citizens….Then it is easier to bear the things that are on Earth.” St. Edith Stein/Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942).