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servants departed, the remission of all their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired, who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
To thee, O Lord, we recommend the soul of thy servant N., that being dead to the world he may live to thee; and whatever sins he has committed in this life, through human frailty, do thou in thy most merciful goodness pardon, through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.
O eternal Father, graciously accept of the offering which we are preparing to make unto thee. O, be thou pleased to assist us in such a manner by thy grace, that we may conduct ourselves this day as we ought to do in thy divine presence, and that we may so commemorate the death and passion of thy divine Son, as to partake most plentifully of the fruits of this holy Sacrifice, through our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son; who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth world without end. Amen.
Devotions for Mass.
N the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
At the beginning of the Mass the Priest, at the foot of the altar, makes the sign of the cross, saying, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen; and then recites with the clerk the 42d Psalm, Judica me, Deus, &c., Judge me, O God," which you may either recite with him, or pray as follows:
A Prayer at the beginning of the Mass.
O ALMIGHTY Lord of heaven and earth, behold I, a wretched sinner, presume to appear before thee this day, to offer up to thee by the hands of our High-Priest, Jesus Christ, thy Son, the sacrifice of his Body and Blood, in union with the sacrifice which he offered to thee upon the cross; first, for thine own honour, praise, adoration, and glory; secondly, in remembrance of his death and passion; thirdly, in thanksgiving for all thy blessings bestowed on thy
whole Church, whether triumphant in heaven or militant on earth, and especially for those bestowed on me, the most unworthy of all; fourthly, for obtaining pardon and remission of all my sins, and for those of all others, whether living or dead, for whom I ought to pray; and lastly, for obtaining all graces and blessings both for myself and thy whole Church. O, be thou pleased to assist me by thy grace, that I may behave myself this day as I ought to do in thy divine presence, and that I may so commemorate the death and passion of thy Son, as to partake most plentifully of the fruits thereof. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer at the Confiteor.
O BLESSED Trinity, one God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, prostrate in spirit before thee, I here confess, in the sight of the whole court of heaven, and of all thy faithful, my innumerable treasons against thy divine Majesty. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned; I have grievously offended thee through the whole course of my life, in thought, word, and deed, and therefore am unworthy to lift mine eyes to heaven,
or so much as to name thy sacred name; how much more am I unworthy to appear here in thy sanctuary, and to assist among thine angels at these heavenly mysteries, which require so much purity, because Jesus Christ himself is here in person both Priest and Victim! But, O my God, thy mercies are above all thy works, and thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart; and therefore I here venture to come into thy temple, and with the poor publican I strike my breast and say, O God, be merciful to me a sinner; O God, be merciful to me a sinner; O God, be merciful to me a sinner. And I humbly hope to find this mercy which I crave, through that passion and death which is here celebrated. O Fountain of mercy, grant this mercy to me and to all poor sinners. Amen.
After the Confiteor the Priest goes up to the altar, and, having kissed it, goes to the book and reads the Introit.
A Prayer when the Priest goes up to the Altar.
O ADORABLE Trinity, in thy name, and in order to render thee the homage and
honour due to thee, I assist at this most holy and august sacrifice.
O my divine Saviour, I unite my intention to that of the Priest at thy altar, and offer thee this precious victim of my salvation, and I beseech thee to give me the same sentiments as I should have had on Calvary if I had assisted at the bloody sacrifice of thy passion.
Grant us, O Lord, we beseech thee, by the merits of thy saints whose relics are here, and of all thy saints, a contrite and humble heart, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the Holy of Holies. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer at the Introit.
GRANT, O Lord, that we may be truly prepared for offering this great sacrifice to thee this day; and because our sins alone can render us displeasing to thee, therefore we cry aloud to thee for mercy. Glory be to the Father, &c. Amen.
The Kyrie Eleison.
O FATHER of infinite mercy, have pity on thy children; O Jesus, sacrificed for