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THANKSGIVING TO THE BLESSED TRINITY.
Blessed Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, we humbly adore and praise thee. Thou art the highest good from which all other goodness flows. Thou art the well-spring and the giver of happiness, and in thee only is true happiness to be be found. We bless and praise thee who of nothing didst frame heaven and earth and all the creatures therein: who didst make the holy angels to adore thee eternally; who didst create all things for man and man to thy own image and likeness-bestowing on him understanding, knowledge of thee, and free will to adore thee. Blessed, oh Lord be thy name for thy inestimable gifts!
We return thee thanks for having placed us in a world so adorned by thy splendour as to raise our minds to thee: for having taught us to love and serve thee during a life of spiritual hope; and for enabling us to look forward, after a short while of easy service, to the inheritance of lasting bliss to which the great sacrifice of our Redeemer again permits us to aspire.
From the bottom of our hearts we praise thy holy name; and desire that all honour, glory, and adoration, should be given thee by all creatures now and for ever. Amen.
Oh blessed Lord, while we acknowledge thy goodness towards us, enable us to see how we have complied with thy sacred commandments; and whether we have always studied, by the innocence and devotion of our lives, to shew our
thankfulness for all thy favours. Give us thy grace carefully to examine our conduct during this day, and to see whether we have not offended thee either by thought, word, deed, or omission. If we have, let not our sins be hid from us; but discover them fully to our minds as they are already known to thee. *
(Pause for Self-examination.)
AN ACT OF CONTRITION.
We beseech thee, oh Lord, have compassion on thy servants. Judge us not according to our works, for we have been disobedient to thy commandments; but as thou lovest repentance, have mercy on us who before thy face make confession of our sins. For the glory of thy holy name blot out our offences, and let us add the grace of thy pardon to all the mercies we have received from thee.
FOR GOOD FAME AND SPIRITUAL COMFORT.
Help us, oh Jesus, we beseech thee, to spend our time in virtuous actions and in such labours as are acceptable to thee; that we may deserve and keep good names by living peacefully and piously to thy honour, our own comfort, and the benefit of others. Grant us thy grace to avoid all ill company; or, if we chance to come among such, we beseech thee by thine own incorrupt conversation amongst sinners, to preserve us from being overcome by any temptations to sin. Cause us rather, oh Lord, to remember with dread that that thou art present and hearest, and wilt take an account of all our thoughts and actions, and wilt judge us by them.
Destroy not our souls with the wicked; but make us constant in faith, hope, and charitygiving us perseverance in all virtues, and resolution never to offend thee. Enlighten us with spiritual wisdom to know thy goodness and those things which are most agreeable to thee. Grant us the grace to benefit the souls of others by our good examples; and to bring round, by our good conduct, those who misbehave themselves towards us; so that, proceeding wisely from virtue to virtue, we may ever approach nearer to the clear sight of thy glorious majesty.
But comfort us, dear Jesus, in our pilgrimage, and give us grace to place our chief our only joy in thee. Send us heavenly meditations, spiritual sweetnesses, and fervent desires for thy glory encourage our souls with the contemplation of heaven where we may everlastingly dwell with thee. Bring often to our remembrance thy unspeakable goodness, thy gifts, and the great kindness thou hast shewn us: and when thou remindest us of the sins by which we have so often offended thee, comfort us with the assurance of obtaining thy grace by means of that spirit of perfect penance which may cleanse away our guilt, and prepare us for thy kingdom where we may bless and praise thee for ever and ever. Amen.
FOR SCHISMATICS AND HERETICS.
Look down, we beseech thee oh Lord, with pity and compassion on all those deluded souls who, under the name of christians, have gone astray from the paths of truth and unity, and from the one fold and the one Shepherd, thy
only Son Jesus Christ, into the by-paths of error and schism. Oh bring them back to thee and to thy church. Dispel their darkness by thy heavenly light; take off from before their eyes the veil with which the common enemy has blind-folded them; let them see how they have been misled by misapprehensions and misrepresentations. Remove the prejudices of their education: take away from them the spirit of obstinacy, pride, and self-conceit. Give them humble and docile hearts. Give them a strong desire of finding out the truth, and a strong grace to enable them to embrace it, in spite of all the opposition of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Unite us all in this life, in the bonds of brotherly love and divine charity; and enable us to carry the same sentiments into thy heavenly kingdom, where we may for ever praise thee for having led us into the way of salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Visit, oh Lord, we beseech thee, this house and family, and drive far from them all snares of the enemy. Let thy holy angels dwell herein who may keep us in peace, and may thy blessing remain always upon us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the divine assistance remain always with us, and may the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
FOR FRIDAYS AND FASTING DAYS.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
PART OF PSALM XXIV.
Unto thee oh Lord we have lifted up our souls. In thee oh Lord we have put our trust; let us not be confounded.
Shew thy ways to us and instruct us in thy path.
Direct us in thy truth and teach us, for thou art the God our Saviour; and upon thee have we waited all the day long.
Remember, oh Lord, the tenderness of thy compassion; and thy mercies which are from the beginning of the world.
But the sins of our youth and our ignorances remember not.
According to thy mercy mayest thou remember us, for thy goodness sake, oh Lord.
Sweet and righteous is the Lord, therefore will he give a law to sinners in the way.
The mild he will conduct in justice and will teach his ways to the meek.
All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as seek after his covenant and his testimonies.
Look upon us and have mercy on us for we are alone and poor.
The troubles of our hearts are multiplied; deliver us from our distresses.
See our repentance and our sorrow, and forgive us our sins.
Glory be to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without end.
Oh God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers