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or with religious indifference; and grant us time to amend our lives for the future.
Give us, O Lord, this important future, and give us thy protection for the night to come. Let thy providence watch kindly over us, and may thy holy angels attend and guard us; may we be so protected and inspired through the night as to be enabled hereafter to perform better all the duties of our calling, and more faithfully to persevere in thy service. Grant that henceforward we may advance daily to fresh victories over our passions, and to a more perfect observance of thy commandments; grant that we may pass the remainder of our days in thy holy fear, that we may die in thy favour, and that we may then be happy with thee for ever in thy heavenly kingdom. Amen.
PRAYER BEFORE SELF-EXAMINATION.
Almighty Saviour, make known to us if we have offended thee during this day. Oh let us not, at the beginning of a new week, heap up unrepented sins upon our consciences. Discover to us our faults, whether of thought, word, deed, or omission, that we may strictly judge ourselves now, and so escape the terror of thy searching justice.
(Pause for Self-examination.)
AN ACT OF SORROW.
Merciful God, we are sorry from the bottom of our hearts for these and all our offences against
thee. We implore thy clemency, and humbly hope to obtain thy pardon. For this end, we offer thee the sacred merits of thy Son, Jesus Christ, in satisfaction for all our sins. We resolve, by the help of thy grace, never more to offend thee wilfully. We resolve, henceforward, to love thee and to serve thee better than we have hitherto done. Strengthen us and keep us in this good purpose for the glory of thy name, and for the eternal salvation of our own souls. Amen.
PSALM CXXIX. DE PROFUNDIS: FOR THE DEAD.
From the depths we have cried to thee, O Lord, Lord hear our voice.
Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of our supplication.
If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities, Lord, who shall withstand it?
But with thee there is propitiation, and by reason of thy law we have waited for thee, O Lord.
Our souls have relied on his word; our souls have hoped in the Lord.
From the early morning even until night let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he shall redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that, by pious supplications, they may obtain that pardon they have always desired through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Visit, O Lord, we beseech thee, this house and family, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy. Let thy holy angels dwell herein, who may keep us in peace, and may thy blessing be always upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
AN ACT OF UNIVERSAL CHARITY.
Almighty Saviour, Jesus Christ, who has loved mankind so as to offer up thyself to death for us; who wast reckoned amongst the wicked and cruelly wounded for man's iniquity; we beseech thee, O Lord, in thy unspeakable mercy, to inflame our hearts with thy heavenly grace; that the fire of thy charity may always burn in our souls, and produce in us such chastened
affections, such piety, and such a disinterested benevolence, as may, for the love of thee and in imitation of thy universal love, be extended to all creatures.
Grant that to thy greater glory we may earnestly endeavour to promote the salvation of every one.
Grant us also, O Lord, thy divine spirit which may teach us to love our neighbours not in word and show only, but in deed and truth. Take from us all bitterness of mind, even towards our enemies; all anger, disdain, suspicion, envy, and whatever is contrary to pure and sincere charity so that in plain simplicity of heart we may have a good opinion of all, judging none rashly, but loving every one in thee with holy affection, and, both in word and deed, shewing them all kindness and brotherly love.
Oh let us thus endeavour to profit by thy divine instructions which have taught us that this world is only given as a preparation for heaven; that we must here school our tempers to the charity and benevolence of thy kingdom of holy peace where no feelings of jealousy, anger, or pride can ever hope to be admitted. Let us thus endeavour, O Lord, to obtain here, by prayer and penance, such dispositions as may suit us for the company of thy blessed of Paradise. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, &c.
FOR THE DEAD.
Be mindful, O Lord, of thy servants who are gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. To these, O Lord, and to all who sleep in Christ, grant, we beseech thee, a place of refreshment, light, and peace. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
TO BE SHOWN OUR SINS.
O Lord, we are aware of our imperfections, for thou art all holy and pure, and we are made subject to the misguidance of these corruptible bodies. Yet it is our desire to make our conduct more agreeable to thee by checking at once every inclination to evil. Make known to us, therefore, if we have offended thee by thought, word, deed, or omission, that we may feel a proper repentance for the past, and endeavour to avoid hereafter whatever we find to be an occasion and temptation to sin.
(Pause for Self-examination.)
AN ACT OF SORROW.
O God, we are sorry for these as well as for all other sins which we have committed against thy divine Majesty. We are sorry that we have done wrong, because thou art infinitely good, and sin displeases thee. We offer thee our whole hearts, and firmly purpose, by the help of thy grace, never more to offend. Forgive us,