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Prayers

ORDERED BY OUR HOLY FATHER
POPE LEO XIII.

To be said kneeling, after the celebration
of Low Mass in all Churches of the world.
Hail Mary, &c., to be said thrice by the
Priest and People.

HALL, holy Queen Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, shew unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary !

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

O God, our refuge and our strength, look down in mercy on Thy people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and Immaculate Virgin Mary Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her Spouse, of Thy blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, in mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of our holy Mother the Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Holy Michael Archangel, defend us in the day of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil-May God rebuke him, we humbly pray and do thou, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust down to hell Satan and all wicked spirits, who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

Our Holy Father Pope Leo XIII. grants to all who recite the above Prayers an indulgence of three hundred days.

A Method of Hearing Mass,

Which may be used by those who are, through necessity, absent from Mass.

IT often happens that Christians, through distance of place, indisposition, or other unavoidable impediments, are hindered from being present at the great sacrifice of the mass; in which cases it is proper that they should endeavour to assist thereat at least in spirit, which may be done with great fruit to their souls in this manner :

Let them make choice of a proper time in the morning, and either by themselves, or if they have a family, summoning them together, let them go into their oratory, and there present themselves in spirit before the

whence he shall come to give the just everlasting glory, and the wicked everlasting punishment. Moreover, I believe whatsoever else the Catholic Church proposes to be believed, because God, who is the Sovereign Truth, and can neither deceive nor be deceived, has revealed all these things to this his Church.

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An Act of Hope.

MY God, relying on thy almighty power, and thy infinite mercy and goodness, and because thou art faithful to thy promises, I trust in thee that thou wilt grant me the forgiveness of my sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son; and that thou wilt give me the assistance of thy grace, with which I may labour to continue to the end in the diligent exercise of all good works, and may deserve to obtain in heaven the glory which thou hast promised.

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An Act of Charity.

LORD my God, I love thee with my whole heart, and above all things, because thou, O God, art the Sovereign Good, and for thy own infinite perfections, art most worthy of all love; and, for thy sake, I also love my neighbour as myself.

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An Act of Contrition.

the sake of sovereign goodness and infinite perfections, which I love above all things, I am exceedingly sorry from the bottom of my heart, and am grieved for having offended by my sins this thy infinite goodness; and I firmly resolve, by the assistance of thy grace, never more to offend thee for the time to come, and carefully to avoid all occasions of sin.

An Universal Prayer,

For all things necessary to salvation. Composed by POPE CLEMENT XI.

Priest.-O my God, I believe in thee; do thou strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in thee; do thou secure them. I love thee with my whole heart; teach me to love thee daily more and more. I am sorry that I have offended thee; do thou increase my sorrow.

People.-I adore thee as my first beginning; I aspire after thee as my last end. I give thee thanks as my constant benefactor; I call upon thee as my sovereign protector.

Vouchsafe, O my God, to conduct me by thy wisdom, to restrain me by thy

justice, to comfort me by thy mercy, to defend me by thy power.

To thee I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings; that henceforward I may think of thee, speak of thee, constantly refer all my actions to thy greater glory, and suffer willingly whatever thou shalt appoint.

Lord, I desire that in all things thy will may be done, because it is thy will, in the manner thou willest, and as long as thou willest.

I beg of thee to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my will, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul.

Grant that I be not puffed up with pride, moved by flattery, deceived by the world, or duped by the devil.

Give me grace to purify my memory, to bridle my tongue, to restrain mine eyes, and to mortify my senses.

Give me strength, O my God, to expiate mine offences, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper for my state.

Fill my heart with a tender affection for thy goodness, a hatred for my faults, a love for my neighbour, and a contempt of the world.

Let me always remember to be submissive to my superiors, condescending to mine inferiors, faithful to my friends, and charitable to mine enemies.

Grant, O Jesus, that I may remember thy precept and example, by loving mine enemies, bearing with injuries,

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