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Redeemer; and as the only means of coming to thee, our beginning and last end.
We firmly believe all the sacred truths thy Church believes and teaches; because thou hast revealed them; and, by the assistance of thy holy grace, we are resolved to live and die in the communion of this thy church.
Relying on thy goodness, power, and promises, we hope to obtain pardon for our sins and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son, our only Redeemer, and by the intercession of his blessed Mother and all the saints. We love thee with our whole hearts, and desire to love thee as the blessed do in heaven.
We forgive all who have injured us, and ask pardon of all we have injured.
We renounce the devil with all his works, the world with all its pomps, the flesh with all its temptations.
We desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.
Father, into thy hands we commend our spirits.
Lord Jesus, receive our souls.
Visit, O Lord, we beseech thee, this house and family, and drive far from them 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.
Our Father, &c.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, &c.
FOR THE Dead.
O God, who hast taught us that it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins, grant, we beseech thee, that our humble prayers in behalf of the souls of thy servants, and our brethren, friends, and benefactors, may be of use to them; so that thou mayest deliver them from all punishment, and make them partakers of the redemption thou hast purchased for them. Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. And may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
OF GRATITUDE FOR GOD'S PROVIDENCE.
Almighty God, we firmly believe that thou art here present, and that thou observest all our thoughts and the most secret motions of our hearts. Thou watchest over us with incomparable love; every moment bestowing favours and
preserving us from evil. Blessed be thy holy name, and may all creatures praise thy goodness for the benefits we have received from thee. May the saints and angels supply our defects in rendering thee due thanks. Never permit us to be so base and wicked as to repay thy kindness with ingratitude, and thy blessings with offences and injuries. Amen.
O Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we humbly crave the light of thy grace to shew us wherein we have offended thee this day by thought, word, deed, or omission: that, by a careful examination of our consciences, we may see what is faulty in our conduct with sorrow, and thy unspeakable mercy with zealous and firm purposes of amendment.
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(Pause for Self-examination.)
ACT OF SORROW FOR LESSER SINS. We are now aware, O Lord, of the carelessness with which we have hitherto squandered away our time. We acknowledge the ingratitude wherewith we have so long abused thy goodness; and we humbly ask thy pardon and implore forgiveness. We are sorry that we have displeased thee; and, from the bottom of our hearts, we regret the offences with which we have so often requited thy goodness in our be Oh keep us from yielding to temptations
for the future.
Make us sensible also, O Lord, of the many ways in which we do wrong without even being aware of it at the time, or afterwards thinking of our negligence. Thou hast said that the just man falls seven times :-how often, therefore, have we not reason to fear that we fall from our duties! and this, without so much as owning our faults! Oh make us watch more carefully over our passing thoughts and words; make us attend more rigorously to all the slightest movements of our tempers, all the hidden springs of our actions. Accept our grateful thanks if thou hast removed us from occasions of committing great and grievous sins: if, through thy mercy rather than our own endeavours, we have none such upon our consciences. Oh make us ever sensible of the favour thou hast shown us in protecting us in preference to so many other souls which are led astray, not by inclinations naturally worse than ours, but by the temptations to which their situations in life expose them.
But, O Lord, teach us also to shew, by our conduct now, that, in any other situation, we should have the strength to resist seductions and to serve thee. Teach us properly to judge of our guilt if we only abstain from offending thee mortally because we have no opportunity of doing so. Grant, O Lord, rather that we may the more carefully watch over our tempers and every bad feeling of our hearts; that, by conforming to thy will in small things, we may deserve thy
protection in all greater dangers and trials to which we may be exposed hereafter. Amen.
Visit, O Lord, we beseech thee, this house and family, and drive far from them 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. Amen.
PRAYERS FOR PARTICULAR SEASONS.
To be added before the concluding night prayer, "Visit, O Lord, we beseech thee "
FOR EMBER DAYS.
Listen, Almighty God, we beseech thee, to the prayers which thy universal church offers to thee at this time; beseeching thy blessing on those who are about to be admitted to thy holy service at the altar. Give thy grace to all who are called to any office and administration amongst thy clergy; and so replenish them with the truth of thy doctrine, and indue them with innocence of life, that they may faithfully serve thee to the glory of thy great name and the benefit of thy holy church. Amen.