“Let us pray for the dying today, those for whom tomorrow will be too late.” –Ven. Mother Mary Potter.
The Spiritual Hospice Ministry was started in 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cathedral in Rapid City, SD. We receive requests to pray for individuals who are dying anywhere in the U.S. or internationally. These requests are passed along to team members who then take a view minutes to pray The Chaplet of Divine Mercy for them.
We, the members of The Spiritual Hospice Ministry, brothers and sisters in Christ, accept as our mission to:
- PROMOTE devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy;
- PRAY the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the dying. If possible, pray before the Blessed Sacrament or at the person’s bedside; and
- ENCOURAGE others to join The Spiritual Hospice Ministry.
Praying intercessory prayer for the dying is a profound spiritual work of mercy. If you are only able to say one Chaplet in a day, this is OK because God’s ocean of mercy is infinite, but the benefits for a soul can be everlasting. You may find that you also receive spiritual consolation from offering your Chaplet in this way. Read more below.
Jesus taught the Chaplet of Divine Mercy to St. Faustina in a private revelation in Poland in the 1930’s. Our Lord said to her:
“Pray as much as you can for the dying. By your petitions obtain for them trust in My mercy, because they have most need of trust, and have it the least.”
“Be assured that the grace of eternal salvation for certain souls in their final moment depends on your prayer.”
Jesus continues: “You know the whole abyss of My mercy, so draw upon it for yourself and especially for poor sinners. Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul.” (Diary, 1777)
“It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet….when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior.” (Diary, 1541)
Jesus also promises to personally defend us when we die:
“At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet, or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same.“ (Diary, 811)
If we pray for the dying faithfully, God will have mercy on us when our own hour arrives. Imagine when we leave this earth, those people in heaven we prayed for greeting us with joyful hearts for helping them obtain salvation. And of course, we long to hear those words from Jesus’ lips:
“Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master.” (Mt 25:23)
Thank you for responding to Our Blessed Lord’s call to intercessory prayer!
P.S. Here’s a blessing from Saint John Paul the Great for our ministry!