A TRIBUTE TO JOHN CARDINAL O'CONNOR
(2000 - Eternity)


"Into Thy hands I commend my spirit: Thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, the God of truth" -Psalm 30 (31):6, Douay

Go forth, Christian soul, from this world, in the Name of God the Father Almighty, Who created you; in the Name of Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, Who suffered for you; in the Name of the Holy Ghost, Who was poured forth upon you; in the name of the glorious and ever-blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God; in the name of St. Joseph, chaste spouse of the same Virgin; in the name of the Angels and Archangels; in the name of the Thrones and Dominations; in the name of the Principalities and Powers; in the name of the heavenly Virtues, Cherubim and Seraphim; in the name of the holy Apostles and Evangelists; in the name of the holy Martyrs and Confessors; in the name of the holy Monks and Hermits; in the name of the holy Virgins and of all the Saints of God: may your place be this day in peace, and your abode in holy Zion. Through the same Christ our Lord. R.Amen

Come to his assistance, ye Saints of God, come forth to meet him, ye Angels of the Lord; Receiving his soul: Offering it in the sight of the Most High.

V. May Christ receive you, who hath called you, and may the Angels bear you into Abraham's bosom.
R. Receiving his soul: Offering it in the sight of the Most High.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
R. Offering it in the sight of the Most High.
V. Lord have mercy.
R. Christ have mercy.
V. Lord have mercy.

(Silently) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our tresspasses, as we forgive those who tresspass against us.

V. And lead us not into temptation.
R. But deliver us from evil.

V. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon him.
V. From the gate of hell
R. Deliver his soul, O Lord.
V. May he rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer
R. And let my cry come unto You.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with you spirit.

Let us pray

To You, O Lord, do we commend the soul of Your servant, John Joseph O'Connor, that being dead to the world he may live unto You; and whatsoever sins he has committed through the frailty of his mortal nature, wash away by the pardon of Your most merciful love.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

REQUIESCAT IN PACE

"What I would like my epitaph to say is simply that `He was a good priest.'"
-Cardinal O'Connor

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(The text on this page is excerpted from the traditional Catholic Prayers for the Dying.)

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