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BLESSED art thou, O Lord, for that great and precious promise, which thou, in the bowels of thy mercy, didst vouchsafe to give the support of to our fallen parents; that the seed of the woman should break the serpent's head; and for the
pnnc-. tual'accomplishment of that promise, which thou, in the fulness of time, wast pleased to make on this day.
Blessed be thou, O Lord, my God, and my Saviour, for the holy and bitter sufferings of this day! O grant, that what thou wert then content to endure for us men, and for our salvation, may be effectual, for the saving of my
soul in particular.
An Act of CONTRITION.
I have rebelled against the Lord my God, and have fallen by my iniquity; but I will take with me words, and will return unto him, and
my iniquity, and receive me graciously; so will I render the calves of my lips.
Spare me, good Lord, spare me, and give not up thy servant to reproach and ruin. Be merciful, o Lord, be merciful; cease from thine anger, I beseech thee; repent, Lord, of the evil, and let it not be.
I have followed after lying vanities, and forsaken my own mercy,
and have been jusly cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
But, when my soul fainteth, I will remember my God, and will look again towards tlıy holy Temple.
Who is a God like unto thee, that párdonest iniquity, and passest by the transgression of thy people? Thou retainest not thy anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy.
Turn again then, and have coinpassion upon me; do thou subdue all mine iniquities, and cast my sins into the depth of the sea. perform all thy truth, and thy goodness upon thy servant.
O Lord, I have heard thy threatnings, and was afraid : I have consi
dered thy works and was astonished: But do thou in wrath remember mercy.
Behold me, Lord, like thy servant heretofore, clothed with filthy garments, and Satan standing at my right hand; but do thou, by the blood of thy covenant, by the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness, wash me thoroughly from my wickedness; and save me, as a brand plucked out of the fire.
Father, forgive me, for I knew not what I did: alas ! I knew not what I did, when I sinned so grievously against thee. Lord, remember me, in thy kingdom: Lord, lay not the sins of mine enemies to their charge. Lord, lay not my own sins to my charge;
But, by thy agony and bloody sweat, by thy head crowned with thorns, and smitten with fists and staves ; by thine eyes full of tears, and thine ears pierced with slanders and revilings; by thy face miserably defiled with spittle; by thy mouth moistened with vinegar and gall; by thy neck bending under the weight of the cross; by thy back torn and furrowed with scourges; by thy loud and bitter cry, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? By thy heart wounded with a soldier's spear; by the water and blood streaming from that wound; by thy body broken, and thy blood shed, for me; by the saving and significant memorials of thy love and suffer