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of thy people who make supplication unto thee and turn away the scourge of thy anger which we deserve for our sins. Spare, oh Lord, spare thy people; and as thou hast appointed fasting, prayer, and penance as a means of satisfying thy offended justice, grant that we may now find comfort in thy mercy, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven, &c.
FOR THE DEAD.
To thee, oh Lord, we recommend the souls of thy servants departed; that being dead to the world they may live to thee; and whatever sins they may have committed through human frailty, we beseech thee in thy goodness mercifully to pardon.
Eternal rest give to them oh Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
FOR A GOOD LIFE, AND A HAPPY DEATH.
Eternal rest give to us also, O Lord, when our souls shall cast off these bodies of our humiliation and be hurried into thy dread presence. Oh grant that we may often have that moment in our thoughts! Thou hast not created us for this world, where we pass, as it were, only a few moments of our existence. Raise up our thoughts, we beseech thee, to the world of our lasting home: teach us to consider this life as a part of the life to come: teach us to remember that, after death, we shall still continue to live; that we shall still continue to live as we may have lived here-adoring and loving thee in
heaven if we have loved and adored thee here or banished from thy sight then if we now banish thee from our thoughts and dispositions.
Oh Lord, let our tempers and actions be ever directed by the knowledge that this life and the next are one: that if we would hereafter live in heaven we must now live in a manner to suit us for heaven: and that, at the hour of death this life and the next blend into one for a continuance of either happiness or woe.
Oh Lord make us therefore shew by our conduct now that we have already begun to live as we may continue to live hereafter in thy blessed mansions of the just. Amen.
FOR SELF KNOWLEDGE.
Oh Lord Jesus Christ, judge of the living and of the dead, before whom we must one day appear to give an exact account of our whole lives, enlighten us, we beseech thee, and give us humble and contrite hearts, that we may see wherein we have offended thy divine Majesty this day by thought, word, deed, or omission; and may judge ourselves now with such a just severity that thou mayest then judge us with mercy and clemency.
(Pause for Self-examination.)
AN ACT OF CONTRITION.
Most wise and merciful Lord who hast ordained this life as a passage to the future, confining the use of repentance to the time of our pilgrimage here and keeping for hereafter the state of punishment or reward-accept our heartfelt contrition for all our faults, and vouchsafe to us
who are yet alive and still have the means of reconciliation to thee, that we may so repent of all our past faults, for which we humbly beseech thy pardon, and so correct every least departure from the true way of heaven that we may neither be surprised with our minds unprepared nor with our sins unforgiven; but that when our bodies go down to the grave, our souls may ascend to thee, and dwell for ever in thy mansions of eternal felicity. Amen.
FOR FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY, AND RESIGNA
Grant, oh Lord, that we may accept of death as a homage and adoration which we owe to thy divine Majesty; as a punishment justly due to our sins; in union with the death of our dear Redeemer; and as the only means of coming to thee, our beginning and last end.
We firmly believe all the sacred truths thy Church believes and teaches; because thou hast revealed them; and by the assistance of thy holy grace, we are resolved to live and die in the communion of this thy church.
Relying on thy goodness, power, and promises, we hope to obtain pardon of our sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son our only Redeemer, and by the intercession of his blessed Mother and all the saints.
We love thee with our whole hearts, and desire to love thee as the blessed do in heaven.
We forgive all who have injured us, and ask pardon of all we have injured.
We renounce the devil with all his works, the
world with all its pomps, the flesh with all its temptations.
We desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ.
Father into thy hands we commend our spirits. Lord Jesus receive our souls.
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 be 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.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
Hail Mary full of grace, &c.
FOR THE DEAD.
Oh God who hast taught us that it is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be loosed from their sins, grant we beseech thee, that our humble prayers in behalf of the souls of thy servants, and our brethren, friends, and benefactors, may be of use to them; so that thou may'st deliver them from all punishment, and make them partakers of the redemption thou hast purchased for them.
Eternal rest give to them oh Lord,
And may perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.
OF GRATITUDE FOR GOD'S PROVIDENCE.
Almighty God we firmly believe that thou art here present and that thou observest all our thoughts and the most secret motions of our hearts. Thou watchest over us with incomparable love; every moment bestowing favours and preserving us from evil. Blessed be thy holy name, and may all creatures praise thy goodness for the benefits we have received from thee. May the saints and angels supply our defects in rendering thee due thanks. Never permit us to be so base and wicked as to repay thy kindness with ingratitude, and thy blessings with offences and injuries. Amen.
Oh Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, we humbly crave the light of thy grace to shew us wherein we have offended thee this day by thought, word, deed, or omission: that by a careful examination of our consciences, we may see what is faulty in our conduct with sorrow, and thy unspeakable mercy with zealous and firm purposes of amend
(Pause for Self-examination.)
ACT OF SORROW FOR LESSER SINS.
We are now aware oh Lord of the carelessness with which we have hitherto squandered away our time. We acknowledge the ingratitude wherewith we have so long abused thy goodness; and we humbly ask thy pardon and