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The Father Director then gives the benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, if he has authority from the Bishop of the diocese; if not, he gives benediction with the crucifix, saying: V. Adjutorium nostrum

in nomine Domini.

R. Qui fecit cœlum et terram.

V. Sit nomen Domini benedictum.

R. Ex hoc nunc, et usque in sæculum.

Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris, + et Filii, + et Spiritus Sancti + descendat super vos, et maneat semper.

R. Amen.

V. Our help is in the

name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

V. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

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SENTENCES OR SAINTS OF THE MONTH.

Saints or Sentences of the Month is the name given here to the tickets that bear the name of a Saint, a virtue of this Saint, a sentence on this virtue, and a particular intention for which it is recommended to pray. These tickets are distributed every month in the assemblies of the Brothers and Sisters. At the conclusion of the prayers of the assembly, the Brother Rector leaves his place,-followed by the Assistant on his right, the Master or Mistress of the Novices on the left, and the other Brothers or Sisters walking two and two, modestly and in silence, according to their rank, dignity, or profession,-and kneels before the rails of the sanctuary, behind which is the Father Director with the tickets of the Saints of the month, which he distributes as soon as the Brothers or Sisters present themselves. In order to derive benefit from this salutary practice, the Brothers and Sisters must endeavour to observe what follows:

1. As soon as their Saint has been chosen, they shall place themselves under his protection, and make a solemn engagement with him to honour him in a special manner during the whole month.

2. They shall read his life at the beginning of the month, in order to excite in themselves the love of God, contempt of the world, the practice of virtues and good works, and to choose from the virtues of the Saint that which is most in accordance with their state and requirements.

3. They shall fix on two periods during the day, the one longer, the other shorter, to honour him. During the former they shall invoke him to aid them in practising carefully that one among his virtues which God

has moved them to imitate, and they shall commend to him the particular intention for which they have been charged to pray. They shall also meditate upon the virtues of the Saint and the graces which God has bestowed upon him, endeavouring to humble themselves by reflecting on their own misery, sloth, coldness, and unbelief in comparison with God's graces. They shall call to mind that, if they are not saints themselves, it is their own fault, since they have had the same means of sanctification as the Saints; that they are not of another nature, and have not more difficulties to overcome than the Saints had.

4. On the day of the month upon which the Festival of the Saint falls, they shall unite with the intention of the Church to honour such Saint in an especial manner, and to ask from God, under his patronage, the same dispositions with which he had, during life, been favoured. They shall endeavour on that day to receive Holy Communion, and to assist at the offices celebrated in certain churches in honour of the Saint.

PRAYER TO THE SAINT OF THE MONTH.

O great Saint, who hast happily fulfilled thy pilgrimage in this world of trial, and art now in the enjoyment of the delights of glory in the kingdom of heaven; vouchsafe to obtain for me the grace of imitating thy virtues, and especially of despising, as thou didst, the goods of this world, which are more apparent than real, and more transitory than durable, so that I may be joined only to the true Spouse of souls, to Jesus, who is the Truth, the Way, and the Life, and in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom, of knowledge, and of goodness. Thou knowest the number and the power of the enemies of my soul, the weakness of my virtue, and the strength of my evil inclinations. O great Saint,

who hast encountered the same dangers that I have, and hast known how, by the grace of Jesus Christ, to avoid them; vouchsafe, if it be thy pleasure, to defend me. Commend me to Jesus, my Divine Pastor; implore Him to carry me in His arms, and to bear me in His adorable Heart, so that I may ever continue faithful to Him, ever love Him, and live always as in His presence; pray that He may enrich me with His graces, and that in Him, with Him, and by Him, I may do penance for my sins, and merit, by the entire sacrifice of myself, to see and possess Him eternally in heaven. Amen.

Or this:

Great Saint, who hath been given to me for protector, patron, and model, after Jesus Christ; offer me to Him, to whom thou offeredst thyself during thy life, as a victim of religion and penitence; obtain for me the grace to be faithful in sanctifying myself henceforth to the glory and will of God, in order that at the moment of my death I may be a victim agreeable in His sight, which may be offered to Him, sacrificed and consecrated by Jesus Christ, in a blessed eternity. Amen.

GENERAL ABSOLUTION AND PAPAL
BENEDICTION.

According to the catalogue of Indulgences, the Tertiaries may, in the assemblies or in private, receive general absolution from the Father Visitor, the Father Director, or any other priest specially authorised for that purpose, on all the chief Festivals of our Lord and the Blessed Virgin, on the Festivals of All Saints, St. Peter and St. Paul Apostles, the Seraphic Father St. Francis, St. Clare of Assisi,

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