Of your charity, pray for the repose of the soul of Margaret McManus, who was found dead at her home in Melbourne yester-day, though she may have died earlier. Margaret, a sometime workmate and a friend of mine from my days living in Melbourne, had suffered ill-health on and off over the last decade, but her death, so unexpected, has been a great shock to all who knew her.
Please pray also for her elderly parents, who face the tragedy of the death of their daughter. She was only forty-four.
Into thy hands, O Lord, we commend thy servant Margaret, our dear sister, as into the hands of a faithful Creator and most merciful Savior, beseeching thee that she may be precious in thy sight. Wash her, we pray thee, in the blood of that immaculate Lamb that was slain to take away the sins of the world; that, whatsoever defilements she may have contracted in the midst of this earthly life being purged and done away, she may be presented pure and without spot before thee; through the merits of Jesus Christ thine only Son our Lord. Amen.
O God, whose days are without end, and whose mercies cannot be numbered: Make us, we beseech thee, deeply sensible of the shortness and uncertainty of life; and let thy Holy Spirit lead us in holiness and righteousness all our days; that, when we shall have served thee in our generation, we may be gathered unto our fathers, having the testimony of a good conscience; in the communion of the Catholic Church; in the confidence of a certain faith; in the comfort of a reasonable, religious, and holy hope; in favor with thee our God; and in perfect charity with the world. All which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—The Book of Divine Worship, The Burial of the Dead: Rite One (Additional Prayers)