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Oh, glorious Queen whom angels, patriarchs,
prophets, apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, and all the host of heaven praise and honour,
pray for us. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the
world, Spare us, oh Lord. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the
world, Graciously hear us, oh Lord. Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the
world, have mercy on us. ANTHEM. We fly to thy patronage, oh holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but protect us in all dangers, oh ever glorious and blessed Virgin.
Pray for us, oh holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY. Pour forth, we beseech thee oh Lord, thy grace into our hearts; that we to whom the incarnation of Christ thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by his passion and cross, be brought to the glory of his resurrection : thro’ the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
OCCASIONAL PRIVATE PRAYERS. GRATEFUL PetitionS TO THE B. V. M.
Most holy Virgin Mary, we acknowledge the many blessings for which we are indebted to your intercession. Oh, continue to watch over us: protect what you have given us : pray for us in all our pains and troubles : and take upon
you the care of our earthly welfare and eternal salvation.
Receive, most blessed Virgin, our thankfulness for the past; and vouchsafe to us, at this time also, your merciful intercession; through Jesus Christ, your Son, who with God the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God world without end. Amen.
AN APPEAL FROM CHRISTS' PROMISES.
Dear Jesus ! thou knowest what I now stand in need of: thou knowest the boon that I am now most anxious to obtain. Oh forgive me if I trust too firmly in thee that I shall not pray for it in vain. Forgive me if I remember that thou hast said “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you.” Behold now I pray to thee; behold now I seek, I knock, I ask. Grant, oh grant me my request; and let not my trust in thy blessed promise be disappointed.
“Whatever you shall ask the Father in my name it shall be granted unto you.” Remember great God, eternal Father whom Christ thy Son taught me to adore as my Father also in heaven, remember this promise of my Redeemer, and fulfil my request. In His name, in the name of Jesus Christ thy Son, I beg of thee to hear my petition, and to bestow this blessing upon me. Redeem, great God, His promise; and enable me so to ask that my faith may be strengthened and assured.
Let me not be disappointed, oh God; for I have trusted in Jesus Christ thy Son, who with
thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.
AN OFFERING OF Self. Oh Lord my God, I beseech thee to give me understanding, and to enable me to do thy will. I offer myself entirely to thee: do with me during my whole life as may tend most to thine own honour and the good of my soul. Receive me, oh God, as thy servant, and appoint me my duty. I renounce every wish that may be contrary to thy providence; and only pray that I may be employed as a tool to work out thy hal. lowed designs.
Direct, I beseech thee, my lot in this world according to my hopes, if those hopes are not displeasing to thee: but if they are so, oh my God, I willingly renounce them, and ask only to be made the means of advancing thy glory upon earth, that I may hereafter be received as a faithful servant into thy eternal joy. Amen.
Night THOUGHTS; WHILE GOING TO SLEEP.
Father into thy hands I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus receive my soul. Receive my soul, dear Jesus, into thy holy keeping. Preserve it from all imaginings that may be displeasing to thee. Grant that I may not die this night: but when I awaken in the morning, restore it to me purified and strengthened-able and willing to Tabour to advance my own salvation and thy merciful intentions in regard to myself, to others, and to thee. Amen.
THANKSGIVING. Oh God, whose mercies are without number, and the treasure of whose goodness is infinite, we give thee thanks for the blessings thou hast bestowed on us : always beseeching thy divine majesty that, as thou hast now granted what we asked, so thou wouldst continue thy favours to us in such a manner that by them we may be prepared for receiving the rewards of eternal happiness. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
FOR THE DYING. Oh almighty and merciful God, who hast prepared for mankind the means of salvation and the rewards of eternal life, look down, in thy mercy, on thy servant now labouring under the calamity of sickness, and be thou the comfort of the soul which thou hast created, that at the hour of death it may be presented to thee by the hands of the angels, without spot. Through.
FOR A FAMILY. Preserve, oh Lord, we beseech thee, this family from all misfortune through the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin: and as, in all humility, they prostrate themselves before thee, do thou mercifully defend them from all the snares of their enemies. Through.
IN ANY NECESSITY. Oh God our refuge and strength, fountain of all goodness, mercifully give ear to the fervent prayers of thy church, and grant that what we ask with faith we may effectually obtain. Thro'
IN A FAMINE OR PESTILENCE. Grant us, oh Lord, the fulfilment of our humble and pious prayers; and by thy goodness deliver us from this famine (or pestilence) that men may be sensible such scourges proceed from thy anger and cease by thy mercy. Through.
For Rain. Oh God in whom we live, move, and have our being, send us, we beseech thee, seasonable rain; that enjoying a sufficiency of the necessaries of this life, we may aspire with more confidence after those blessings which are eternal. Through.
For FAIR WEATHER. Hear us, oh Lord, crying out to thee, and grant our humble request of a dry season; that we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may experience thy clemency and mercy. Through.
AGAINST EVIL THOUGHTS. Oh almighty and most merciful God, regard in thy goodness our prayers; and deliver our hearts from the disquietude of all perverse and evil thoughts, that we may become an abode for thy Holy Spirit. Through.