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(Place yourself in the presence of God.)
O my God, I firmly believe that thou art here present, and perfectly seest me, and 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, therefore, with thy holy spirit, and teach me to pray to thee as I ought.
Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love. Šend forth thy spirit, and they shall be created, and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
O God, who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of thy Holy Spirit, grant us, in the same Spirit, to relish what is right, and ever to rejoice in his consolations: through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Make an Act of Adoration.
O 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.
Thank God for all his benefits.
I praise and bless thee, and give thee thanks for all the benefits which 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, so often admitted me to thy sacraments, borne with my ingra titude so long, watched over me by thy special providence; blessed me, notwithstanding my sins and utter unworthiness, with the continuance of thy gracious
protection; and for all the innumerable blessings which I owe to thy undeserved bounty. Particularly this morning, I thank thee for having preserved me during the night past, and for bringing me in safety to the beginning of another day. O my God, how good art thou unto me ! What return can I make unto thee for all that thou hast done unto me? I will bless thy holy name, and serve thee truly all the days of my life. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and let all that is within me praise his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all that he hath done for thee.
Here call to mind the chief sins of your past life, especially of yesterday, and make resolutions against the temptations and dangerous occasions you may probably meet with this day.
AN ACT OF CONTRITION, WITH GOOD RESOLUTIONS. O 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 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 detest all the sins which I have committed against thy divine Majesty, and I resolve never to commit them any more. 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
Receive, I beseech thee, the offering 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 virtues most agreeable to my state and employment.
THE "SUSCIPE" OF ST. IGNATIUS.
Receive, O Lord, my entire liberty; accept my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Whatever I have or possess are thy gifts; thou hast given all to me; to thee I restore all again. All are thine; dispose freely according to thy holy will of me and of all I possess. Give me thy love and thy grace, for with these indeed I am rich enough.
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 make good use of thy grace; and vouchsafe to add to these blessing the inestimable gift of final perseverance.
Here try and foresee your failings and dangers during the day, and say a Pater and Ave and the Creed.
THE LORD'S PRAYER.
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on Earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive
them who trespass us; and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil, Amen.
THE ANGELICAL SALUTATION.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
THE APOSTLES' CREED.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into Hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.
THE CONFITEOR, OR GENERAL CONFESSION.
I confess to Almighty God, to the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the Saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the Holy apostles Peter and Paul, and all the Saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
May the Almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life.
A PRAYER TO YOUR ANGEL GUARDIAN.
O Angel of God, to whose care I am committed by the supreme clemency, illuminate, defend, and govern me this day in all my thoughts, words, and actions. Amen. 100 d. ap.
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Bless us, O Lord, and preserve us from all evil, and bring us to eternal life, and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
When at morning, noon, or evening, the Angelus bell is rung, say:
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived of the Holy Ghost. Hail, Mary, &c. Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail, Mary, &c. And the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises Christ.
Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ thy Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Make the following short Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity. 7 yrs. 7 qrns. app.
O my God, I believe in thee, because thou art truth itself, and I believe thy holy Church, and all it