PRAYER IN HONOR OF SAINT BENEDICT FOR A HAPPY DEATH
Once St. Gertrude reminded Sainy Benedict who she had the Heavenly Grace to converse with, of his glorious death, thereupon the holy Patriarch gave her the following assurance : "All who invoke me, remembering the glorious death with which God honored me, shall be assisted by me at their death with such fidelity, that I will place myself where I see the enemy most disposed to attack them. Thus being fortified by my presence, they will escape the snares, which he lays for them and depart happily and peacefully to the enjoyment of the Eternal Beatitude.
0 Holy Father, Blessed by God both in Grace and in name, who, whilst standing in prayer with Thy hands raised to Heaven, didst most happily yield Thy Angelic Spirit into the hands of Thy Creator; and hast promised zealously to defend against all the snares of the enemy, in the last struggle of death, those who should daily remind Thee of Thy glorious departure and Thy Heavenly joys; protect me, I beseech Thee, O glorious Father, this day and every day, by Thy Holy Blessing; that I may never be separated from our Blessed Lord, from the society of Thyself, and of all the Blessed. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
(300 days' indulgence. Pope Pius IX., May 14, 1861)