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our God, and we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.-A. Let us adore and fall down before him.
To-day, if ye shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts, but listen awfully to his word, and bend your knees before his holy altars.-A. We will adore the Lord of glory, we will worship the God of our salvation.
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thy name Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us: And lead us not into temptation: but deliver us from evil. Amen.
A PRAYER BEFORE THE ACTS.
Oh almighty and eternal God, grant to us an increase of Faith, Hope, and Charity; and that we may deserve to obtain what thou promisest, make us to love what thou commandest, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
AN ACT OF FAITH.
E most firmly believe there is one only true and living God; but that in this one God there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; That the Son took to himself the nature of man from the Virgin Mary's womb, by the operation of the power of the Holy Ghost; and that in this our human nature he was cruci
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fled and died for us; that afterwards he rose again, and ascended into heaven; whence he shall come to reward the just with everlasting glory, and to inflict everlasting punishment on the wicked. Moreover we believe whatsoever else the catholic church proposeth to be believed; and this, because God, who is the sovereign truth, which can neither err, nor lead into error, hath revealed all these things to this his church.A. Grant, O God, that we may humbly receive, and firmly hold fast, all those truths which thou hast revealed and thy church hath proposed to our belief.
AN ACT OF HOPE.
GOD, on thy almighty power, and thy infinite mercy and goodness; and because thou art faithful to thy promises, we trust in thee that thou wilt grant us forgiveness of our sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son; and that thou wilt give us the assistance of thy grace, with which we may labour to persevere to the end in the diligent exercise of all good works, and thus deserve to obtain the glory which thou hast promised in heaven.-A. This hope, thus grounded on thy mercy, thy power, and thy promises, still more, O God, confirm and strengthen in us.
AN ACT OF CHARITY.
E love thee, O God, with our whole hearts and above all things, because thy infinite
perfections are most worthy of our love, and because thou art infinitely good to us. For thy sake also, we desire to love every neighbour as we do ourselves; we renounce every thought which is contrary to that love of one another, by which men are known to be the disciples of thy Son; we forgive all who have any ways injured us, and we beg thy grace and mercy for all the world.-A. Thus only, O Lord, can we satisfy our duty and thy commandments to love thee above all things, and our neighbour as ourselves.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION.
GOD, who art infinitely holy, and ever hatest sin, we beg thy pardon for all our offences against thee; we detest them all, and are sorry for them, because they are displeasing to thee, O God of infinite goodness: by thy grace we are resolved to sin no more, and we will avoid those occasions which may lead us into sin.-A. Wherefore, O God, we come before thee this day, to beg pardon of all our past transgressions, and to implore thine assistance for the time to come.
Then are said the Litanies of the Season.
THE WINTER QUARTER,
BEGINNING WITH ADVENT.
have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Father of glory, and Lord of heaven and
Father of mercies, and God of all comfort,
Who hast given thine angels charge of us, Who hast encompassed us with all blessings,
Who hast prepared for us an eternal kingdom,
Have mercy on us.
Who hast called us into the fellowship of thy Saints,
Who givest a good spirit to those that ask it,
Who shewest mercy to those that seek it,
Who permittest us, wretched sinners, to praise thy name.
Who art the comfort of our pilgrimage, and object of our hope,
Be merciful, O Lord, and spare us.
From abuse of those places which are sacred to thee,
From all kind of irreverence in thy holy presence,
From neglect of our prayers,
From sloth, coldness, and indevotion in time of prayer,
From a dissipated and worldly spirit at that holy time,
From dejection and want of hope,
We sinners, We beseech thee, hear us.
Have mercy on us.
O Lord, deliver us.
That we may be ever thankful for whatever opportunities thou art pleased to give us of meeting in thy worship, We beseech thee, hear us.