what is the happy death indulgence?
An indulged prayer for a happy death is a gift of mercy, given to us through the Church to prepare us for the hour of our death (CCC 1014).
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints." (CCC 1471).
A “happy death” is to die in God’s grace and friendship, something we all should hope and pray for.
Prayer written by Cardinal Newman. Pius IX attached an indulgence on Sept. 24, 1846.
O my Lord and Savior, support me in my last hour by the strong arms of Thy sacraments, and the fragrance of Thy consolations. Let Thy absolving words be said over me, and the holy oil sign and seal me; and let your own body be my food, and Thy blood my sprinkling; and let Thy Mother Mary come to me, and my angel whisper peace to me, and Thy glorious saints and my own dear patrons smile on me, that in and through them all I may die as I desire to live, in Thy Church, in Thy faith, and in Thy love. Amen.