PRAYER TO MARY AT THE HOUR OF OUR DEATH - FROM THE RACCOLTA


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O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee. O Refuge of sinners, Mother of the dying, do not forsake us at the hour of our death. Obtain for us the grace of perfect sorrow, sincere contrition, the pardon and remission of our sins, a worthy receiving of the holy Viaticum, and the consolation of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction, in order that we may appear with greater security before the throne of the just but merciful Judge, our God and our Redeemer. Amen. 

* Why do we especially ask Mary to pray for us at the hour of our death? 

Many people ask their family and friends to pray for them during difficult times. Catholics believe that Mary will pray for us, too, if we ask. In the Hail Mary prayer, when we say, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death,” we are asking Mary to intercede for us not just throughout our lives but also at the time of our death. The deathbed prayers are important because that’s our last chance to make our peace with God in this life. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “Death is the end of man’s earthly pilgrimage, of the time of grace and mercy which God offers him so as to work out his earthly life in keeping with the divine plan, and to decide his ultimate destiny.” (CCC 1013) Thus, we ask Mary to pray that we exit this world with a loving heart and a clean conscience, so that nothing holds us back from spending an eternity with God.

photo: An anonymous Austrian trompe-l'oeil painting of the miraculous image of Maria Hilf.
The image of Mary is surrounded by several references to death: an engraving of Christ as the Man of Sorrows, a skull and an hourglass. The rosary on the wall is a reference to prayer and repentance.
The arrangement of objects make the painting a piece of ‘memento mori’ art, reminding those who look at it of their mortality.
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