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May all our life, St. Joseph, spotless be,

Beneath thy care, from every peril free. (Three hundred days' indulgence once a day; Leo XIII., March 18, 1882.)

Angel of God, who art my guardian, enlighten, guard, direct, and govern me, who have been committed to thee by the divine clemency.

(One hundred days' indulgence each time; Pius VI., Oct. 2, 1795.)

Blessed Michael, archangel, defend us in the combat that we perish not in the dreadful judg


(One hundred days' indulgence once a day; Aug. 19, 1893.)

Prayer for an Invalid Who is in a State of Un= consciousness.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God, heavenly Father, sovereign Master of life and death, mercifully look down on this sick man who is in such great need. Is he not Thy child and has he not honored and loved Thee? and if at times he has offended Thee by sin, has he not made expiation by his contrition and penance?

Unable to console and exhort him, because Thou hast deprived him of speech and hearing, we humbly beseech Thee to give him so much

more interior consolation and strength against every temptation of Satan. Bountiful Father, look mercifully down upon this sick man; do not abandon him who in this hour of utter helplessness is in such need of Thy assistance.

Forgive him all the sins by which he has ever offended Thee, that they may not trouble him at his departure from this world and prevent him from seeing Thy divine face. Do not let him fall into any grievous temptation, but uphold him by Thy powerful grace that neither the pain of illness, nor the fear of death, a want of confidence on account of past sins, nor the wiles of Satan may induce him to fall away from Thee.

Make haste to deliver him from this most distressing state, and let his soul be commended into Thy hands. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

Blessing over a Sick Man.


MAY the Lord bless and guard thee [me].

May the Lord turn His face to thee and be

gracious to thee. May the Lord give thee His peace. I bless thee [myself] in the name of the Lord. May the Lord, Who has made heaven and earth, bless thee from Sion. May God have mercy on thee and let the light of His countenance shine upon thee and be gracious to thee. May the angel of the Lord assist thee. May the Lord relieve thee on thy [my] bed of suffering. May the Lord be merciful unto thee, and not take into account thy sins, and heal thee from all thy weaknesses. May the Lord avert everlasting death from thee, and crown thee with mercy and abundance of grace. The Lord guard and preserve thy soul now and forever. Amen. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thee to defend thee, within thee to refresh thee, round about thee to guard thee, before thee to guide thee, behind thee to protect thee, above thee that He may in every way shelter and bless thee. May the Holy Ghost descend and dwell with thee. May the Blessed Trinity fill thy heart with every good forever and ever. Amen.


Offering of the Illness.

O My beloved Jesus, I most willingly accept and offer to Thee this illness, which Thy divine Heart has sent me as a token of Thy love. I do so with a love similar to Thine and through thankfulness to Thee. Into Thy most sweet Heart I lay all my sufferings and pains, imploring Thee to unite them with Thy sacred Passion and to perfect them through its infinite virtue. Being unable to praise Thee as I ought, owing to my afflicted state, I beseech Thee to praise God the Father for my suffering with the same praise as Thou didst extol Him in Thy bitterest pains while hanging on the cross. I pray Thee offer to Thy Father my interior and exterior distress in union with Thy sacred PasIsion and with the same love with which Thou didst offer to Him all the torments and ignominies Thou hast endured. Amen.

Manner of Following Mass at bome.


(According to Father von Cochem.)


IN the name of the Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, I wish to draw near Thy altars, O Jesus, and participate in all the holy Masses which are said this day and especially at this hour. It is by Thy will, O my Lord and God, that I should pay Thee homage, not at church, but in this my sick-room. So then I will consider in my heart. "Blessed is the man whom God correcteth; refuse not therefore the chastising of the Lord. For He woundeth and cureth. He striketh, and His hands shall heal" (Job v. 17, 18). "Behold the eyes of the Lord are on them that fear Him: and on them that hope in His mercy. To deliver their souls from death: and feed them in famine. Our soul waiteth for the Lord: for He is our helper and protector" (Ps. xxxii. 18-20).

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