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fundas me ab expectatione mea. Adjuva me, et salvus ero. Suscipe servum tuum in bonum. Aspice in me, et miserere mei. Intellectum da mihi, et vivam. Gressus meos dirigé secundum eloquium tuum. Clamavi ad te ; salvum me fac, ut custodiam mandata tua. Vide humilitatem meam, et eripe me. Intret postulatio mea in conspectu tuo. Tuus sum ego, salvum me fac. Fiat manus tua, ut salvet me, Doce me facere voluntatem tuam. Ps. xlii. As regards other passages which are obscure, I do not say that there is an obligation of studying interpreters; but at the same time I say that such a study would be certainly one of the best and most useful to which a Priest could apply himself, as the Council of Milan advises: Interpretationem studio adsequatur, unde mens animusque ad aliquem salutarem affectum incendatur. Syn. Mediol. V. part 3. For this purpose it would be well to read Cardinal Bellarmine on the Psalms.
The petitions most pleasing to God are those which are contained in the Pater noster, which is the most excellent of all prayers, taught us from the mouth of Jesus Christ himself; and therefore does the Church require us to repeat it so often in the Divine Office. How especially beautiful are the three first petitions! three most perfect acts of love! Sanctificetur nomen tuum: Adueniat. regnum tuum: Fiat voluntas tua sicut in coelo et in terra! In the first, Sanctificetur nomen tuum, we beg that God would make himself known and loved by all mankind. In the second, Adveniat regnum tuum, we beg of him to take entire possession of our hearts, that he may reign in them by his grace in this life, and by his glory in the next. In the third, Fiat voluntas tua, etc., we ask of him the gift of perfect conformity; so that we may do his will on earth as the blessed do in heaven. In repeating so frequently the Gloria Patri, how many devout acts of faith may we make, of praise, of thanksgiving, of delight in the happiness and perfections of God! St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi, whenever she repeated the Gloria Patri, bowing her head imagined to herself that she was offering it to the executioner in honour of the Faith. Moreover, the Church requires ns at the beginning of all the Hours of the Office to salute and have recourse to Mary the Mother of God; by means of whom we may obtain so many graces, she being the treasurer and dispenser of all the divine graces.
Let us conclude. Many Priests think and speak of the obligation of saying Office as of a great burden; and I say, that those who say it negligently without devotion, and en
deavour to get through it as quickly as possible, have great reason so to speak of it; because they have to labour, for at least an hour, to recite it, and that without any relish, but with much irksomeness. But to those who say it with devotion, entering with their minds into the many devout sentiments which are expressed in it, and accompanying with their hearts the holy affections which it pours forth to God, the Office is not a load, but a relief and delight to the soul, as all good Priests find it; and if it must ever be called a load, it is a winged load, which elevates us and unites us with God.
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Misgam. Gregorius XIII. Pontifex Maximus concessit
cuilibet sacerdoti dicenti sequentem Oratio• nem 50 annorum Indulgentiam.
Ego volo Missam celebrare, et conficere Corpus et Sanguinem Domini nostri Jesu Christi, juxta ritum Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ, ad laudem omnipotentis Dei, totiusque Curiæ triumphantis, ad utilitatem meam, totiusque Curiæ militantis, pro omnibus qui se commendaverunt orationibus meis in genere et in specie et pro felici statu Sanctæ Romanæ Ecclesiæ. Amen.
Gaudium cum pace, emendationem vite, spatium veræ pænitentiæ, gratiam et consolationem Sancti Spiritus, perseverantiam in bonis operibus, cor contritum et humiliatum, atque felicem vitæ meæ consummationem, tribuat mihi omnipotens et misericors Dominus. Amen.
Jesus, Maria, Joseph,
Ad laudem et gloriam Sanctissimæ Trinitatis, in memoriam benedicti Salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi, Vitæ, Passionis, Mortis et Resurrectionis; ac in operum, et meritorum suorum. omniumque Sanctorum unionem; ad laudem quoque et exultationem Beatissimæ semper Virginis ejus Matris Mariæ, Coelestium Angelorum, Sanotorum, atque Sanctarum et signanter N. N. et aliorum Devotorum meorum, offero etiam cum ipsorum Beatorum Spirituum laudibus, Sanctorum omnium precibus et meritis nunc et semper hoc et alia Sacrificia, Officia, Orationes et bona opera totius mundi, pro meis præsentibus, et futuris animæ et corporis necessitatibus; in auxilium et consolationem meam et in remissionem omnium peccatorum meorum, quorum verum contritionem semper habeo et habere intendo, conor et cupio, omniumque vivorum et defunctorum meorum, parentum, fratrum, sororum, consanguineorum, amicorum, inimicorum, benefactorum, in spiritualibus et temporalibus, superiorum, subditorum, ac illorum, quibus fui gravamen, scandalum et occasio peccandi; pro omni gradu Sanctæ Catholicæ Ecclesiæ, ac illius conservatione, augmento, et exaltatione: Christianorum Principum unione et concordia, hæresum extirpatione, Summi Pontificis salute et ani. marum in purgatorio existentium liberatione; pro conservatione et augmento omnium observantium Religionum, pro conversione omnium Infidelium nationum, pro mihi com.