Prayer at the Death of a Spouse
Master, Lord, immaculate Creator of all,
in Your love for mankind You created woman from Adam’s rib,
and blessed them, saying: Be fruitful, ultiply and conquer the earth.
You joined the two into one body and commanded that no man separate that which You had joined together.
Look down from heaven, O compassionate Father,
and behold the grief and pain which have fallen upon my heart and soul
as I behold my separation today from the one soul of Your servant,
O Lord, who You,
O Lord, gave to be my husband (wife) and support in this life.
Show Your loving kindness to me, O merciful Lord,
at this hour which is so difficult for my soul to endure! Lord,
Jesus Christ, comforter of those who mourn,
the prophet Isaiah spoke of You,
saying that You would come to heal those whose hearts were crushed.
Be my comforter and hear me as I raise my voice to You with faith.
I pray, O gracious King,
forgive whatever sins my husband (wife) has committed in this life;
whether by word, deed or thought,
knowingly or unknowingly,
receive the soul of Your servant, O Lord,
in Your eternal heavenly kingdom, among the dwelling of the saints.
At Your proper time, grant that my soul,
which longs for that kingdom,
may also dwell in that holy place where,
once again, our souls shall meet and, together,
offer glory and praise to Your all holy name:
Of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.