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The Proficiscere “Go Forth Christian Soul”

November 2, 2014 by  
Filed under Death and Dying, Liz Estler, Prayers

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The Proficiscere “Go Forth Christian Soul” Art: Poem of the Soul — The Flight of the Soul, Louis Janmot, 1854, PD-US

“Go forth, Christian soul, from this world in the name of God the almighty Father, who created you,
in the name of Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who suffered for you,
in the name of the Holy Spirit, who was poured out upon you,
go forth, faithful Christian.

May you live in peace this day,
may your home be with God in Zion,
with Mary, the virgin Mother of God,
with Joseph, and all the angels and saints.”

The Proficiscere is the prayer of commendation when death seems near
(from the Pastoral Care of the Sick – Rites of Anointing and Viaticum)

 Art: Poem of the Soul — The Flight of the Soul (also known as The Soul's Flight), Louis Janmot, 1854, PD-US,
Restored Traditions, used with permission.

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About Liz Estler

Liz holds a Master of Arts in Ministry Degree (St. John's Seminary, Brighton, Massachusetts), Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Theology (Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation), Liturgy Certificate (Boston Archdiocese), and a BS degree in Biology and Spanish (Nebraska Wesleyan University - Lincoln). She has served as hospital chaplain associate, sacristan, translator and in other parish ministries. She was a regular columnist for a military newspaper in Europe and has been published in a professional journal. She once waded in the Trevi Fountain!

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