(*"Blessed Candles. Every Catholic household
should be provided with one or more blessed
candles. These candles should be of pure bees'
wax. Other kinds, such as parafine, spermacetior
or tallow candles will not answer the purpose of
candles prescribed by the Church. ... Have
of candlesticks for them, so as to be able to light
them at once when they are needed.
They are needed particularly when Holy
Communion or the last sacraments are
administered, as well as at a funeral. It
is well to light them also in times of great
distress, as in sudden dangerous sickness,
on occasions of violent storms, fires, floods,
and the like; as the candles convey a blessing
to the house." -Fr. Klauder, pp. 209-210)
Some one should read the prayers for
the dying from the prayer-book as well
as other prayers after them, if the death-
If the agony should last very long,
these and other prayers may be repeated
from time to time.
The person holding the candle or
kneeling close to the dying person should,
from time to time, and especially at the
last moment, repeat short and fervent in-
to him, such as: "My Jesus,
mercy." "My Jesus, forgive me my
sins; I am heartily sorry for them."
"Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation."
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me,"
"Jesus, Mary and Joseph, into your
I commend my body and my soul."
''Lord, not my will, but thine be done."
"Father, into Thy
hands I commend my
spirit." "Angel Guardian and my Holy
Patron, assist me," etc , etc.
Sprinkle the dying person often with
holy water, especially if he should seem
to have a hard struggle.
Let not too many persons crowd into
death-chamber, especially if it is
small. If there should be many visitors,
let them remain
but a short time to say
some prayers and then retire.
Do not sit around in the sick-room or
adjoining rooms, unless you are sure you
will be needed and can be of assistance.
Prophecy for Today: "only a few priests will be left..."
"... Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. ..."