Commendation of the Soul

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A form of prayer for the dying contained in the Roman Ritual. The practice of bringing the priest to the bed of dying persons is coeval with the Church itself, and Amalarius tells us that several of the ancient Antiphonaries contained prayers for the dying. Parts at least of the present form are very ancient. The words “Subvenite,” etc., “Come to his help, all ye saints of God; meet him, all ye angels of God,” etc., occur in the Antiphonary of Saint Gregory the Great; the beautiful address, “Go forth, Christian soul,” etc., is found in a letter of Saint Peter Damian, written to a friend of his who was near death.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “commendation of the soul”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>