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laborious life and painful death, preserved me a thousand times from hell, and purchased for me all the blessings that are dispensed in thy holy Church.
Divine Spirit! I thank thee for having bestowed upon me so many gifts, and, notwithstanding the contempt I have shown for them, so often regenerated me by thy sanctifying grace... Let us beg pardon of the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost. ETERNAL Father! I beseech thee to pardon the improper use I have made of the body and soul, which thou hast been so good as to bestow upon me, and hast so mercifully preserved. · Son of God! I implore forgiveness for having derived so little benefit from thy holy example, from the maxims of thy gospel and the efficacy of thy sacraments..
Divine Spirit! pardon, I beseech ihee, the insensibility I have shown for thy inspirations, for the light thou hast imparted to my mind and the remorse thou hast awakened in my conscience. ·
Let us offer ourselves to the Father, Son and
Holy Ghost. ii ETERNAL Father! I offer up to thee all my actions of this day, and renounce every sentiment of vainglory that may suggest itself in relation to them.
Eternal Word! I offer up to thee all my thoughts and words, and condemn beforehand those that may be vain and useless...
Spirit of God! I consecrate to thee all the affections of my heart, and renounce the irregular inclinations of my corrupt nature..
Here, pausing awhile, let us foresee the sins to which we are most subject, and firmly resolve to avoid them. An act of resignation into the hands of the
Father, Son and Holy Ghost. ETERNAL Father! I renounce all confidence in my own strength, and abandon myself entirely to thee, that thou mayst strengthen and sustain me.
Son of God! I reject the presumption of my own mind, and give myself up to thee, that I may be governed entirely by thy wisdom.
Divine Spirit! I sacrifice to thee all the desires of my heart, that I may follow only those holy inclinations which thou givest to pious souls.
Eternal Father! be thou the perfection of my soul.
Son of God! enlighten it at every step.
Divine Spirit! do thou govern all its movements.
Our Father, Hail Mary, I believe in God.
Invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Angel guardian and the Saints.
O holy virgin, mother of God!, shew thyself a mother to us, by rendering our prayers agreeable to him who, to redeem us, chose to be born of thee. And ye, O blessed Spirits! to whose care we have been committed; great Saints! whose names we have the honor to bear; all ye elect and friends of God! deign to intercede for us; entreat him to grant us his heavenly peace, to preserve us from all evil and to bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
EVENING PRAYER S.
In the name of the Father, &c. Blessed be the holy, &c. page 384.
An act of Adoration. Most holy and august Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, one God in three persons! I adore thee here really present; I acknowledge thee as my creator and sovereign Lord, and submit myself entirely to thee.
An act of Faith. O my God! I firmly believe all the sacred truths which the Catholic Church believes and teaches, because thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.
An act of Hope. O my God! relying upon thy goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the assistance of thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
An act of Charity. O my God! I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because of thy infinite perfections. I love also my neighbour as myself, for the love of thee.
An act of Thanksgiving. O my God! I thank thee from the bottom of my heart, for having created me, for having redeemed me by the death of thy Son, for having raised him to life again, for having given me his holy spirit, and in general, for all the blessings, natural and supernatural, that thou hast bestowed upon me. An act before the examination of conscience.
GRANT me, O Lord! thy heavenly light to know my sins, as I would wish at the hour of my death to have known them. Make me look upon them with the horror and confusion which they deserve, and grant me the grace to escape the severity of thy judgments by a timely repentance. Though unworthy of this favour, I hope, nevertheless, to obtain it from thy infinite goodness and mercy.
Let us examine the faults we have committed, by thoughts, words, actions and omissions.
An act of Contrition. O my God! I am heartily sorry for all my sins, and I detest them above all things,