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craments, or any of the extraordinary graces which God has afforded you! Beg of Him that this holy Unction may produce in you all the happy fruits for which it was instituted by the goodness of your Saviour, by healing your soul of all its weaknesses and spiritual maladies: by fortifying you against all the temptations of the enemy: by supporting and comforting you under all your pains and anguish: by preparing and disposing you for whatever may be the holy will of God in your regard: and, if He sees it expedient for you, by restoring you to your bodily health and strength. In the meantime, keep yourself as much as you can in the company of your Saviour Jesus Christ: but let it be with the dispositions of a true penitent, often bewailing your sins at His feet, and calling upon Him for mercy. Hide yourself in His wounds, and bathe yourself in His precious blood. A truly penitent spirit will be your best security both in life and death. But then, let this be joined with a great confidence in the mercy of God, and in the merits of Jesus Christ who died for you. Keep your eyes fixed upon Him: contemplate the infinite and eternal happiness He has prepared for you in His heavenly kingdom: relinquish from this moment all worldly concerns, and all desires of remaining any longer in this place of banishment: and frequently say with St. Paul, I desire to be dissolved and to be with Christ : resign yourself entirely into His hands: let the consideration of the holy will of God, the glory He has prepared for you, and the sufferings your Saviour endured for your sake, animate you to bear with patience all your sufferings. Offer up all your pains and uneasiness to Him: accept them as a penance justly inflicted on you for your sins: and pray that they may be sanctified and accepted through Him. Beg also the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, and of all the glorious Angels and Saints of God, that you may be helped by their prayers both in life and death.
QUESTIONS PROPER TO BE ASKED OF THE SICK, TO EXCITE THEM TO MAKE ACTS OF THE
- Do you firmly believe all the Articles of Faith which the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church believes and teaches ?
R. I do believe them.
Do you firmly hope that God will be merciful to you: and that through the merits or Jesus Christ you will obtain from Him the forgiveness of your sins, and life everlasting ?
R. I do.
Do you love God with your whole heart? and do you desire to love Him as the blessed do in heaven?
R. I do
Are you, for the love of God, sorry from your heart, for every offence you have committed against Him, and against your neighbour?
R. I am.
Do you, for God's sake, forgive from your heart every one who has ever offended you, or been your enemy?
R. I do.
Do you now, from your heart, ask pardon of every one whom you have offended by word or deed ?
R. I do.
Do you receive your present and future sufferings as a penance justly inflicted on you by Almighty God; and will you endeavour to bear them with the patience becoming a Christian?
R. I do so receive them: and will endeavour to bear them with patience and resignation to the holy will of God.
If it shall please God to restore you again to your bodily health and strength, will you, during the remainder of your life, carefully endeavour to avoid sin, and keep all His divine commandments ?
R. This is my determined resolution.
Short Acts of the most necessary Virtues to be suggested to the Sick, leisurely and distinctly, more especially when they are drawing near to their end, and cannot bear longer prayers.
O my God, I accept of this illness, with which thou hast been pleased to visit me. I bow down my whole soul to adore thee in all thy appointments, and I offer up myself to thee for time and eternity.
Lord, do with me what thou pleasest: not my will but thine be done. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven,
Lord Jesus, who hast died for me, have mercy on me. Lord, I believe in thee. I believe all thou hast taught me by thy Word and by thy Church.
In thee, O Lord, I put all my trust: 0 let me never be confounded.
Hide me, dear Jesus, in thy wounds: bathe my soul in thy precious blood. O protect and defend me in this hour.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit: Lord Jesus, receive my soul.
O my God, I desire to praise thee, to bless thee, and to glorify thee for all eternity.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, &c.
O Divine Love, take thou full possession of of my soul. O my God, teach me to love thee for ever
I give thee thanks, O God, with my whole
heart, for all thy graces and benefits: pardon, I beseech thee, all my ingratitude, together with all the other sins of my whole life.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy great mercy: and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies, blot out all my iniquity.
O God, be merciful to me a sinner.
Incline unto my aid, O God: O Lord, make haste to help me.
Remember, dear Jesus, thou hast purchased me for thyself, by thy precious blood: O let nothing ever separate me from thee.
Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
() my good Angel, stand by me in this hour.
O all ye blessed Angels and Saints of God, assist me by your prayers.
I renounce Satan and all his suggestions: O ye blessed Spirits of God, drive this wicked enemy far from me.
It may likewise be proper, from time to time, to repeat leisurely to the sick person the Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer; as also to set before him the image or picture of Christ crucified, and to present it to him to kiss.