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Night Prayers. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, now and for ever. Amen.
Our Father, &c.
Come, Holy Ghost, &c.
thanks for all the benefits which we have received from him, particularly this day.
O my God, I firmly believe that thou art here present, and perfectly seest me, and that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart. Thou watchest over me with an incomparable love, every moment bestowing favours, and preserving me from evil. Blessed be thy holy name; and may all creatures bless thy goodness for the benefits which I have ever received from thee, and particularly this day. May the saints and angels supply my defect in rendering thee due thanks. Never permit me to be so base and wicked as to repay thy bounties with ingratitude, and thy blessings with offences and injuries. Let us ask of our Lord Jesus Christ grace to discover the sins
which we have committed this day; and beg of him a true sorrow for them, and a sincere repentance.
O my Lord Jesus Christ, Judge of the living and the dead, before whom I must appear one day to give an exact account of my whole life; enlighten me, I beseech thee, and give me an humble and contrite heart, that I may see wherein I have offended thine infinite Majesty; and judge myself now with such a just severity, that then thou mayest judge me with mercy and clemency. Let us here examine what sins we have committed this day,
by thought, word, deed, or omission.
(If nothing occur to your mind wherein you have offended, renew your sorrow for the sins of your past life.) Let us conceive a great sorrow for having offended God.
O my God, I detest these and all other sins which I have committed against thy divine Majesty. I am extremely sorry that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, and siu displeaseth thee. I love thee with my whole heart; and firmly purpose, by the help of thy grace, never more to offend thee. I resolve to avoid the occasions of sin; I will confess my sins, and will endeavour to make satisfaction for them. Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy, and pardon me, a wretched sinner. In the name of thy beloved Son Jesus, I huinbly beg of thee so to wash me with his precious blood, that my sins may be entirely remitted. Let us endeavour, as much as possible, to put ourselves in
the dispositions in which we desire to be found at the hour of death.
O my God, I accept of death as a homage and adoration which I owe to thy divine Majesty, and as a punishment justly due to my sins, in union with the death of my dear Redeemer, and as the only means of coming to thee, my beginning and last end.
I firmly believe all the sacred truths which the Catholic Church believeth and teacheth, because thou hast revealed them. And by the assistance of thy holy grace, I am resolved to live and die in the communion of this thy Church.
Relying upon thy goodness, power, and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, and life everlasting, through the merits of thy Son Jesus Christ, my only Redeemer, and by the intercession of his blessed Mother, and all the saints.
I love thee with all my heart and soul, and desire to love thee as the blessed do in heaven. I adore all the designs of thy divine Providence, resigning myself entirely to thy will.
I'also love my neighbour for thy sake, as I love myself. I sincerely forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
I renounce the devil, with all his works; the world, with all its pomps; the flesh, with all its temptations.
I desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.
R. Lord Jesus, receive my soul. May the blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the saints, pray for us to our Lord, that we may be preserved this night from sin and all evils. Amen.
Blessed St. Michael, defend us in the day of battle, that we may not be lost at the dreadful judgment. Amen.
O my good Angel, whom God, by his divine mercy, hath appointed to be my guardian, enlighten and protect me, direct and govern me this night. Amen.
May almighty God have mercy on us, and forgive us our sins, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.
May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us * pardon, absolution, and remission of all our sins. Amen.
V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, this night,
Let us pray. Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all snares of the enemy. Let thy holy angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; and may thy blessing be always upon us, through our Lord, &c.
Save us, O Lord, waking, and keep us while we sleep, that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.
qy For the Holy Catholic Church.
glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, of blessed N., and of
all thy saints, mercifully grant us the blessings of peace I and safety ; that all adversities and errors being re
moved, thy Church may freely and securely serve thee; through our Lord, &c.
For all Degrees of Men in the Church. Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is sanctified and governed: mercifully hear our humble supplications for all degrees and orders therein ; that by the gift of thy grace, all in their several stations, may faithfully serve thee; through, &c.
For the Pope. O God, the Pastor and Governor of all the faithful, mercifully look upon thy servant N., whom thou hast been pleased to appoint the pastor of thy Church; grant, we beseech thee, that both by word and example he may edify those over whom he is set; and, together with the flock committed to his care, may attain everlasting life; through, &c.
For the King or Queen. We beseech thee, O almighty God, that thy servant Victoria our Queen, who, by thy mercy, has received the government of this kingdom, may receive also an increase of all virtues; wherewith being adorned, she may be able both to avoid the enormity of sin [vanquish her enemies], and being made acceptable in thy sight,
may come unto thee, who art the way, the truth, and the life; through, &c.
Another. O God, by whom kings reign, and the princes of the earth exercise their power; O God, who art the strength and support of those kingdoms that serve thee; mercifully hear our prayers, and defend thy servant Victoria our Queen from all dangers; and grant that her safety may conduce to the peace and welfare of thy people; through, &c.
For Bishops, and the People committed to them. Almighty and everlasting God, who alone doest great marvels, send down upon thy servants, the Bishops of thy Church (especially N. our Bishop], and all congregations committed unto them, the spirit of thy saving grace; and that they may truly please thee, pour upon them the continual dew of thy blessing; through, &c.
For a Congregation or Family. Defend, we beseech thee, O Lord, by the intercession of the blessed Mary, ever Virgin, this thy family from all adversity; and mercifully protect us, now prostrate before thee with our whole hearts, from all the snares of our enemies; through, &c.
For the Preservation of Concord in a Congregation.
O God, who art the giver of peace and lover of charity, grant to thy servants true concord and union with thy holy will, that we may be delivered from all temptations which assault us; through, &c.
Against the Persecutors of the Church. Hear the prayers of thy Church, O Lord, we beseech thee, and turn away thine anger from us; that all adversities and errors being done away, we may freely and securely serve thee; through, &c.