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7. Intercession.


O Lord God, grant us an increase of faith, hope, and charity. Root out from among us all sin and vice, infidelity, dissensions, and erroneous opinions. prove the wandering; correct the unbelieving; shew to all in schism the light of thy grace, and restore them to the unity of thy Church. Preserve the pastors and rulers of thy Church, and all kings, princes, and rulers in the same, from all adversities, both of mind and body. Give to all sinners true repentance. Preserve the just in righteousness; establish all their thoughts, words, and works for good. Confirm all who are dedicated to thy name in their holy resolutions. Have mercy upon all, O Lord. Give food to those who labour; comfort those who are oppressed with sorrow; supply the necessities of the needy; heal the sick; support the dying. Forgive all who have sinned with me, or whom I have led into sin. Repay

a hundred-fold with good all whom I have injured, offended, or scandalised. Direct in the way of salvation all my relations and friends; all who pray for me, all who have commended themselves to my prayers, all who think kindly of me. Hear them, O Lord, when they cry unto thee in any tribulation. Bestow perpetual charity both on us and on our enemies. May we all be filled with patience, kindness, and merci. fulness. May envy, hatred, and all bitterness be put away. Have mercy, also, O merciful Father, on all who sleep in Christ, especially on and those with whom I have been familiarly acquainted. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.

O eternal Father, I beseech thee, by the life and death of thy beloved Son, and by the bowels of thy mercies, grant that I may persevere unto the end in good works, and die in thy grace.


O good Jesus, I beseech | thee, by the love of the eternal Father, and by the last words with which thou didst commend thy spirit to him upon the cross, receive my soul at my last hour.

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I lay me down to rest;

Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit, for thou hast redeemed me, O

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

cy on me, and by thy holy inspiration strengthen me always, but especially at the hour of my death.

O most holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

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may he bless, govern, and preserve me, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.

O my God, I firmly be- | lieve that thou art here present, and perfectly seest me, and that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart.


undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.

Our Father. Hail Mary, I believe. Come, Holy Ghost, &c.

Blessed be the holy and Let us place ourselves in the presence of God, and give him thanks for all the benefits which we have received from him, particularly this day.

Lord God of truth. I will sleep in peace, and take my


Thou watchest over me with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours, and preserving me from evil. Blessed be thy holy name; and may all creatures bless thy good

ness for the benefits which | Never permit me to be I have ever received from so base and wicked as to thee, and particularly this repay thy bounties with day. May the saints and ingratitude, and thy blessangels supply my defect in ings with offences and inrendering thee due thanks.juries.

Let us ask of our Lord Jesus Christ grace to discover the sins which we have committed this day; and beg of him a true sorrow for them, and a sincere repentance.

O my Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of the living and the dead, before whom I must appear one day to give an exact account of my whole life; enlighten me, I beseech thee, and give me an humble and contrite heart,

Let us here examine what sins we have committed this day, by thought, word, deed, or omission.

that I may see wherein I have offended thine infinite Majesty, and judge myself now with such a just severity, that then thou mayest judge me with mercy and clemency.

(If nothing occur to your mind wherein you have offended, renew your sorrow for the sins of your past life.) Let us conceive a great sorrow for having offended God.

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Let us endeavour, as much as possible, to put ourselves in the dispositions in which we desire to be found at the hour of death.

O my God, I accept of death as a homage and adoration which I owe to thy divine Majesty, and as a punishment justly due to my sins, in union with the death of my dear Redeemer, and as the only means of coming to thee, my beginning and last end.

I firmly believe all the sacred truths which the Catholic Church believeth and teacheth, because thou hast revealed them. And by the assistance of thy holy grace, I am resolved to live and die in the communion of this thy Church.

Relying upon thy goodness, power, and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, and life everlasting, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ, my only Redeemer, and by the intercession of his blessed Mother, and all the saints.

I love thee with all my heart and soul, and desire to love thee as the blessed do in heaven. I adore all the designs of thy divine

Providence, resigning myself entirely to thy will.

I also love my neighbour for thy sake, as I love myself. I sincerely forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

I renounce the devil, with all his works; the world, with all its pomps; the flesh, with all its temptations.

I desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

Ry. Lord Jesus, receive my soul.

May the blessed Virgin Mary, St Joseph, and all the saints, pray for us to our Lord, that we may be preserved this night from sin and all evils. Amen.

Blessed St Michael, defend us in the day of battle, that we may not be lost at the dreadful judgment. Amen.

O my good Angel, whom God, by his divine mercy, hath appointed to be my

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Prayer of Parents for their Children. O heavenly Father, I commend my children unto thee. Be thou their God and Father; and mercifully supply whatever is wanting in me, through frailty or negligence. Strengthen them to overcome the corruptions of the world, to resist the solicitations of evil, whether from within

or without; and deliver them from the secret snares of the enemy. Pour thy grace into their hearts, and confirm and multiply in them the gifts of thy Holy Spirit, that they may daily grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ; and so, faithfully serving thee here,


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