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1. An Act of Faith in the presence

of God.

0 MY God! I firmly believe that thou art here, and perfectly seest me that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart. I acknowledge that I am not worthy to come into thy presence, nor to lift up my eyes unto thee, because I have so often sinned against thee. But thy goodness and mercy invite me to come unto thee: assist me, I beseech thee, with thy Holy Spirit, and teach me to pray to thee as I ought.

2. An Act of Adoration and


ETERNAL God! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; the beginning and end of all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being; prostrate before thee in body and soul, I adore thee with the most profound humility. I bless thee, and give thee thanks for all the benefits thou hast conferred upon me; that thou hast created me out of nothing, made me after thine own image and likeness, redeemed me with the precious blood of thy Son, and sanctified me with thy Holy

Spirit. I thank thee that thou hast called me into thy Church, assisted me by thy grace, admitted me to thy sacraments, watched over me by thy special providence; blessed me, notwithstanding my sins and unworthiness, with the continuance of thy gracious protection; and for all the innumerable blessings which I, though undeserving, owe to thy bounty. I thank thee especially for having preserved me during the night past, and for bringing me in safety to the beginning of another day. What return can I make to thee, O my God, for all that thou hast done unto me? I will bless thy holy name, and serve thee all the days of my life. Bless the Lord O my soul, and let all that is within me praise his holy name.

Here call to mind the chief sins of your past life, and make resolutions against the temp. tations and dangerous occasions you may probably meet with this day.

3. An Act of Contrition, with good Resolutions.

MY God, how little have I served thee in time past! how greatly have I sinned against thee! I acknowledge my iniquity, and my sin is always before me. But I repent, O Lord, I repent. I am heartily

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sorry that I have lost that time in offending thee which thou gavest me to be employed in thy service, in advancing the good of my own soul, and obtaining everlasting life. I am sorry, above all things, that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing to thee. I love thee with my whole heart,--at least I desire so to do; and I firmly purpose, by the help of thy grace, to serve thee more faithfully for the time to come.

Receive, I beseech thee, the offer. ing I now make to thee of the remainder of my life.

I renew the vows and promises made in my baptism. I renounce the devil, and all his works; the world, and all its pomps. I now begin, and will endeavour to spend this day according to thy holy will, performing all my actions so that they may be pleasing unto thee. I will take particular care to avoid the failings I am so apt to commit, and to exercise the vir. tues most agreeable to my state and employment.

4. An Oblation. I OFFER to thee, O my God, the life

and death of thy only Son, and with them these my affections and

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resolutions, my thoughts, words, deeds, and sufferings of this day, and of all my life, in honour of thy adorable Majesty, in thanksgiving for all thy benefits, in satisfaction for my sins, and to obtain the assistance of thy grace; that, persevering to the end in doing thy holy will, I may love and enjoy thee for ever in thy glory.

5. A Petition.

THOU knowest, O God, how weak and unable I am to do good. Leave me not to myself, but take me under thy protection, and give me grace faithfully to comply with these holy resolutions. Enlighten my understanding with a lively faith, raise up my will to a firm hope, and inflame it with an ardent charity. Strengthen my weakness, and cure the corruption of my heart; grant that, overcoming my enemies, both visible and invisible, I may make good use of thy grace; and vouchsafe to add to these blessings the inestimable gift of final perseverance.

V. Unto thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my voice.

R. And early in the morning my prayer shall come before thee.

V. Let my mouth be ever filled with thy praises.

R. That I may sing of thy glory, and all the day long of thy greatness. V. Turn away thy face, O Lord, from my sins.

R. And blot out all my iniquities. V. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

R. And renew a right spirit within


V. Cast me not away from thy presence.

R. And take not thy Holy Spirit from me.

V. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.

K. And strengthen me with a perfect spirit.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto thee


LORD God Almighty, who hast safely brought me to the beginning of this day, let thy powerful grace so conduct me through it that I may not fall into any sin, but that all my thoughts, words, and works may be guided by the rules of thy heavenly justice, and tend to the observance of thy holy law, through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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