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O Most afflicted Virgin! I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy heart when, on presenting thy divine Son in the temple, holy Simeon foretold that a sword should pierce thy soul, thereby announcing the share thou shonldst have in the sufferings of thy dear Son. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on this occasion, and beseech thee, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

II.

O most holy and afflicted Virgin! I commiserate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart when thou didst see thy divine Infant persecuted by his own creatures, and wert obliged to flee into Egypt, to save him from the fury of Herod. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, and beseech thee, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

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O most afflicted Virgin! I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart when thou wert separated from thy divine Son, who remained for three days absent from thee after thy journey to Jerusalem. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, and beseech thee, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

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O most holy and afflicted Virgin! I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart when thou didst follow thy dear Son to Mount Calvary, and beheld him sinking under the weight of the cross and of our sins. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, and beseech thee, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, ami a happy death under thy special protection.

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0 most holy and afflicted Virgin I I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart when thou didst stand by the cross of Jesus, and didst witness all his torments, and see him at length expire for the sins of the world. I devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, and beseech thee to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

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0 most holy and afflicted Virgin! I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart when the adorable body of thy divine Son was taken down from the cross, and laid in thy arms. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, and beseech thee, O glorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

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O most holy and afflicted Virgin! I commemorate the sorrow which filled thy maternal heart wuen the sacred body of Jesus was taken from thy arms, and laid in the sepulchre. I most devoutly compassionate thy grief on that occasion, and beseech thee, O g-lorious Queen of Martyrs, to obtain for me, through the sufferings of Jesus Christ, which were the great cause of all thy dolours, a sincere and lively horror of sin, an ardent love of God, a tender and practical devotion towards thee, and a happy death under thy special protection.

Here also may be said the Litany of the Seven Dolours, and the Stabat Mater.

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I. For obtaining Pardon of Sin.

The sins of my youth and my ignorances remember not: according to thy mercy remember thou me, for thy goodness' sake, O Lord. Pa. xxiv. 7.

0 Lord, be thou merciful unto me: heal my soul, for I hare sinned against thee. Ps. zl. 5.

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great mercy. Ps. 1. 1.

Let thy tender mercies come unto me, O Lord, and I shall live. Ps. cxviii. 77.

1 have gone astray like a sheep that is lost: seek thy servant, O Lord. Ps. cxviii. 176.

Enter not into judgment with thy servant, for in thy sight shall no man living be justified. Ps. cxlii. 2.

I will arise and go to my father, and say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am not worthy to be called thy son. Luke xv. 18.

Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me. Luke xviii. 38.

II. For Humility.

It is good for me that thou hast humbled me. Before I was humbled, I offended; therefore have I kept thy word. Ps. crriii. 71, 67.

Our Lord Jesus Christ humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Phil. ii. 8. And shall I be proud!

III. For obtaining a true Estimate of this Life.

We are sojourners before thee, and strangers, as were all our fathers. Our days upon earth are as a shadow; and there is no stay. 1 Par. xxix. 15.

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Declare unto me the fewness of my days. Call me not away in the midst of my days. Ps. ci. 24, 25.

Let my soul die the death of the just, and my last end be like to them. Numbers xxiii. 10.

IV. In Grief and Affliction.

Heal me, O Lord; for my bones are troubled. My soul also is troubled exceedingly. Ps. vi. 2, 3.

My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue hath cleaved to my jaws; and thou hast brought me down into the dust of death. Ps. xxi. 16.

0 Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning; is not hidden from thee. Ps. xxxvii. 9.

Why art thou sorrowful, O my soul? and why dost thou disquiet me? Hope in God, for I will still give praise to him : the salvation of my countenance, and my God. Ps. xlii. 5, 6.

1 am wearied with my groans, and I find no rest. Jeremias xlv. 3.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. Psalm 1. 14.

V. For Resignation.

It is the Lord: let him do what is good in his sight. 1 Kings iii. 18.

If he shall say to me, Thou pleasest me not: I am ready, let him do that which is good before him. 2 Kings xv. 26.

My heart is ready; O God, my heart is ready. Ps. lvi. 8.

Nevertheless, as it shall be the will of God in heaven, so be it done. 1 Machab. iii. 60.

Thy will be done. Matt. xxvi. 42.

Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Acts ix. 6.

VI. For Patience.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away: as it hath pleased the Lord, so it is done: blessed be the name of the Lord. Job i. 21.

If we have received good things at the hand of God, why should we not receive evil? Job ii. 10.

I will take the chalice of salvation, and will call upon the name of the Lord. Ps. cxv. 4.

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