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itto my necessities; give me strength to avoid every thing evil which thou forbiddest, and to practise the good which thou hast commanded; and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please thee to send me.
Our Father. Hail Mary. I believe. I confess to Almighty God, &c.
[A Litany, or the " Veni Creator," may be added.]
An Act of Faith.
O my God, I firmly believe all that thou hast revealed, and which the holy Catholic Church proposes to me to be believed, because thou art truth itself, which can neither deceive nor be deceived. In this faith I desire to live and die.
An Act of Hope.
O my God, relying on thy gracious promises, I hope, by the merits of Jesus Christ, for the pardon of my sins, grace to serve thee faithfully in this life by doing the good works which thou hast commanded, and eternal happiness in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
An Act of Love.
O my God, I love thee with my whole heart, and above all things, because thou art infinitely good in thyself and infinitely to be loved; and for the love of thee I love my neighbour as myself.
An Act of Contrition.
O my God, I repent with my whole heart of having offended thee; I detest my sins for the love of thee; I firmly resolve never to offend thee again, and by the help of thy grace to avoid every occasion of sin.
Ask the Prayers of the Saints.
Holy Virgin, Mother of God, my Mother and Patroness, I place myself under thy protection, I throw myself with confidence into the arms of thy compassion. Be to me, O Mother of mercy, my refuge in distress, my consolation under suffering, my advocate with thy adorable Son, now and at the hour of my death.
Angel of heaven, my faithful and loving guide, obtain for me grace to be obedient to thy holy inspirations, and so to direct my steps that I may not in any thing depart from the will and commandments of my God,
O great Saint, whose name I bear, protect me, pray for me, that like you I may serve God faithfully on earth, and glorify him eternally with you in heaven. Amen.
Angelus Domini, p. 18.
*Act of Resignation to the Will of God.
May the most just, most high, and most amiable will of God be done, praised, and eternally exalted in all things. Amen.
A DEVOUT RECOMMENDATION, Which may be used every Morning, or at any other time.
I adore and glorify thee, O blessed Trinity, God Almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; I offer myself to thy divine Majesty, humbly beseeching thee to take from me, and from all thy faithful, whatever displeases thee, and to give us that which is grateful in thy sight . Grant that we may here do what thou commandest, and hereafter receive what thou promisest.
To thee, O Lord, I commend my soul and body [my wife and children, my father and mother, my brothers and sisters"]; all my relations, benefactors, friends, and acquaintances; all who have injured or offended me, and all whom I have in any way scandalised, injured, or offended; all who have asked my prayers, or for whom I am accustomed or bound to pray; supply all their necessities, comfort and support them in all their trials and afflictions, deliver them from all temptations, make them in this world truly to know, love, and serve thee, and to enjoy thee hereafter in heaven.
I pray also for thy holy Catholic Church; for its chief Pastor, Pius IX., our Pope, that the spirit of wisdom, fortitude, and piety, may rest upon him ; for the Bishops [especially N. our Bishop], and for all the Pastors and Clergy of thy Church, that they may direct the faithful in the way of salvation; for all religious orders of men and women (to whose prayers and good works I desire to be associated); and for all the faithful. I pray for all heretics, that they may be enlightened; for all poor sinners, that they may be converted; and for the universal spread of truth and righteousness. I pray for this our country, that thou wouldst deliver us from all those evils which we most justly have deserved by our sins, and bring us back into the ways of truth, peace, and godliness. I pray for the Queen, and all who are in authority; for the poor, and all who are tempted or afflicted; and for all who are in their last agony. Lastly, I commend all universally to thy divine protection, beseeching thee to grant to the living forgiveness of their sins, and to the souls departed, rest and peace. Amen.
A DAILY OBLATION.
My God and my all, I most earnestly desire, by my every breath, every thought, every word, every desire, and my every movement of body and soul,—to tell thee a thousand times that I love thee more than life, or any thing in this world; and I offer and dedicate myself to thee, renewing my baptismal vows, together with the promises and resolutions of my life past. I offer thee also (and by every movement of my body and soul I desire to renew the oblation) all the praise, thanks, and adoration of the Church militant, triumphant, and suffering; all that it has offered thee, or will offer to the
end of time; all the love, complacency, and delights thou possessest in thy divine essence; all the homage rendered to thee by my Saviour Jesus Christ in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar; all the Masses that are now celebrating, have been, or will be celebrated to the end of time, to thy honour and glory, without any other wish or desire but that of pleasing thee, loving thee, living for thee, and dying for thee. I am thine, my God and my all; oh, make me so entirely and eternally. Above all, take my heart; extirpate from it all other affections, and make it for the future a furnace of the purest flames of thy most ardent love. Amen.
At going forth.
Shew me, O Lord, thy ways, and teach me thy paths. Direct my steps according to thy word, that no injustice may rule over me. Make perfect my walking in thy paths, that my footsteps may not be moved.
O divine Wisdom, the eternal Word of the Father, I humbly beseech thee, by thy grace, to purge my lips this day from all wicked and unprofitable words, that my mouth may never open but to thy praise and honour, and to the benefit of others.
On going into Church. O Lord, in the multitude of thy mercies, I will enter into thy house, and worship thee in thy holy temple, and praise thy name.
At taking Holy Water.
Sprinkle me, O Lord, with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed; wash me, and I shall be made whiter than the snow. Create in me a clean heart, 0 God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Pater noster, qui es in Our Father, who art in
ccelis, sanctificetur nomen heaven, hallowed be thy
tuum; adveniat regnum name: thy kingdom come:
tuum: fiat voluntas tua, thy will be done on earth
sicut in ccelo et in terra, as it is in heaven. Give us
Panem nostrum quotidia- this day our daily bread,
num da nobis hodie. Et And forgive us our tres
dimitte nobis debita nostra, passes, as we forgive them
sicut et nos dimittimus de- that trespass against us.
bitoribus nostris. Et ne And lead us not into temp
nos inducas in tentationem: tation; but deliver us from
sed libera nos a malo. evil. Amen. Amen.
CREDO IN DEUM.
Credo in Deum, Patrem I believe in God, the
omnipotentem, Creatorem Father Almighty, Creator of
cceli et terra. Et in Jesum heaven and earth. And in
Christum, Filium ejus uni- Jesus Christ, his only Son,
cum, Dominum nostrum; our Lord; who was con
qui conceptus est de Spiritu ceived by the Holy Ghost,
Sancto, natus ex Maria Vir- born of the Virgin Mary,
gine, passus sub Pontio Pi- suffered under Pontius Pi
lato, crucifixus, mortuus, et late, was crucified, dead, and
sepultus; descendit ad in- buried; he descended into
feros; tertia die resurrexit hell; the third day he rose
a mortuis; ascendit ad cce- again from the dead; he
los, sedet ad dexteram Dei ascended into heaven, and
Patris omnipotentis; inde sitteth at the right hand of
venturus est judicare vivos God, the Father Almighty;
et mortuos. Credo in Spiri- from thence he shall come
tum Sanctum, sanctam Ec- to judge the living and the
clesiam Catholicam, Sane- dead. I believe in the Holy
torum communionem, re- Ghost, the holy Catholic
missionem peccatorum, car- Church, the communion of .