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Prayer of St. Aloysius to the Blessed Virgin.
To thee, O holy Mary, my sovereign Mistress, to thy blessed trust and special charge, and to the bosom of thy mercy, this day and every day, and at the hour of my death, I commend myself, my soul and my body; to thee I commit all my hope and all my consolation, my distresses and my miseries, my life and the end thereof; that through thy most holy intercession, and through thy merits, all my works may be directed and disposed, according to thy will and the will of thy Son. Amen.
A Prayer to your Guardian Angel.
*Angel of God, who art my guardian, enlighten, guard, direct, and govern me, who have been committed to thee by the supernal clemency.
>J« God the Father, bless me; Jesus Christ, defend and keep me; the virtue of the Holy Ghost enlighten and sanctify me, this night and for ever. Amen.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit, Lord Jesus, receive my soul.
When you go to Bed, say:
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ »J< crucified, I lay me down to rest . Bless me, O Lord, defend and govern me; and, after this short and miserable pilgrimage, bring me to everlasting happiness. Amen.
A Prayer at settling to Sleep.
O Lord Jesus Christ, whose unwearied eye neither slumbers nor sleeps, but continually watches in defence of thy servants; take me and mine, I beseech thee, into thy protection, and grant, that whilst my body is asleep, my soul may be awake to thee, and that I may hereafter behold thee in that blessed and heavenly country, where thou, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, rulest eternally, and where all the angels, with the blessed saints, are citizens for ever. Amen.
*Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts: the earth is full of thy glory. Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost.
•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 THIRD FORM OF EVENING PRAYER.
>J< In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen.
Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.
Place yourself in the presence of God, and humbly
0 my God, I present myself before thee at the end of another day, to offer thee anew the homage of my heart. I humbly adore thee, my Creator, my Redeemer, and my Judge! I believe in thee, because thou art Truth itself; I hope in thee, because thou art faithful to thy promises; I love thee with my whole heart, because thou art infinitely worthy of being loved; and for thy sake I love my neighbour as myself
Return thanks to God for all his Mercies.
Enable me, O my God, to return thee thanks as I ought for all thine inestimable blessings and favours. Thou hast thought of me, and loved me from all eternity; thou hast formed me out of nothing; thou hast delivered up thy beloved Son to the ignominious death of the cross for my redemption; thou hast made me a member of thy holy Church; thou hast preserved me from falling into the abyss of eternal misery, when my sins had provoked thee to punish me; and thou hast graciously continued to spare me, even though I have not ceased to offend thee. What return, O my God, can I make for thy innumerable blessings, and particularly for the favours of this day? O all ye saints and angels, unite with me in praising the God of mercies, who is so bountiful to so unworthy a creature.
Our Father. Hail Mary. I believe.
Ask of God light to discover the Sins committed this day. O my God, sovereign judge of men, who desirest not the death of a sinner, but that he should be converted and saved, enlighten my mind, that I may know the sins which I have this day committed in thought, word, or deed, and give me the grace of true contrition.
Here examine your Conscience; then say:
0 my God, I heartily repent, and am grieved that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing to thee. I humbly ask of thee mercy and pardon, through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ . I resolve, by the assistance of thy grace, to do penance for my sins, and I will endeavour never more to offend thee.
I confess to Almighty God, &e.
Pray for the Church of Christ. "* God, hear my prayers on behalf of our holy father Pope Pius, our Bishops, our clergy, and for all that are in authority over us. Bless, I beseech thee, the whole Catholic Church; convert all heretics and unbelievers; have mercy upon this country, and restore it again to the ancient faith and communion of thy Church. Pour down thy blessings, O Lord, upon all my friends, relations, and acquaintances, and upon my enemies, if I have any. Help the poor and sick, and those who are in their last agony. O God of mercy and goodness, have compassion on the souls of the faithful in purgatory; put an end to their sufferings, and grant to them eternal light, rest, and happiness. Amen.
Bless, O Lord, the repose I am about to take, that, my bodily strength being renewed, I may be the better enabled to serve thee.
O holy Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, preserve me this night from all evil, whether of body or soul. Holy St. Joseph, St. Michael, and all ye saints and angels of Paradise, especially my guardian angel and my chosen patron, watch over me. I commend myself to your protection now and always. Amen.
'Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts: the earth is full of thy glory. Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost. Amen.
In the name of the ^ Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost . Amen.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.
Our Father. Hail Mary. I believe. Come, Holy Ghost, &c. Let us place ourselves in the presence of God, and give him
thanks for all the benefits which we have received from him,
particularly this day.
O my God, I firmly believe that thou art here present, and perfectly seest me, and that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart . Thou watchest over me with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours, and preserving me from evil. Blessed be thy holy name; and may all creatures bless thy goodness for the benefits which I have ever received from thee, and particularly this day. May the saints and angels supply my defect in rendering thee due thanks. Never permit me to be so base and wicked as to repay thy bounties with ingratitude, and thy blessings with offences and injuries. Let us ask of our Lord Jesus Christ grace to discover the sins
which we have committed this day; and beg of him a true
sorrow for them, and a sincere repentance.
O my Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of the living and the dead, before whom I must appear one day to give an exact account of my whole life; enlighten me, I beseech thee, and give me an humble and contrite heart, that I may see wherein I have offended thine infinite Majesty, and judge myself now with such a just severity, that then thou mayest judge me with mercy and clemency.
Let us here examine what sins we have committed this day, by thought, word, deed, or omission.
(If nothing occur to your mind wherein you have offended, renew your sorrow for the sins of your past life.)
Let us conceive a great sorrow for having offended God.