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with a chaste body, and please thee with a clean heart.
O GOD, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of all their sins; that thro' pious supplications they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired.
PREVENT, we beseech thee, O Lord, our actions by thy holy inspirations, and carry them on by thy gracious assistance; that every prayer and work of ours may begin always from thee, and by thee be happily ended.
O ALMIGHTY and eternal God, who hast dominion over the living and the dead, and art merciful to all, whom thou foreknowest shall be thine by faith and good works; we humbly beseech thee, that they for whom we have determined to offer up our prayers, whether this present world still detains them in the flesh, or the world to come hath already received them out of their bodies, may, by the clemency of thy goodness, all thy saints interceding for them, obtain pardon and full remission of their sins, thro' our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who, &c. V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.
V. May the mighty and most merciful Lord graciously hear us.
V. And may the souls of the faithful, thro' the mercy of God, rest in peace.
PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVINGS
UPON SEVERAL OCCASIONS,
Which may be said after the first Collect in the
¶ For Rain.
O GOD, in whom we live, move, and have our being, send us, we beseech thee, such moderate rain, that being sufficiently relieved with temporal supplies, we may more confidently seek after eternal blessings. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ For fair Weather.
HEAR, O Lord, our prayers, and vouchsafe to us, thy servants, the blessings of fair weather, that we who are justly afflicted for our sins, may, through thy mercy, obtain thy favour. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
In the Time of Dearth, Famine, or Pestilence. GRANT us, we beseech thee, O Lord, the effect of our prayers, and mercifully turn away from thy servants all pestilence; that the hearts of men may know that such scourges proceed from thy indignation, and cease by thy mercy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ In Time of War and Tumults.
O God, who puttest an end to war, and by thy powerful protection, dost vanquish all them that assault those who place their trust in thee, help us, thy servants, earnestly craving thy mercy; that the malice of our enemies being appeased, we may praise thee with never-ceasing thanksgiving. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
¶ In Time of Tribulation or Affliction.
O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God! the comfort of the sorrowful, and the support of those who are heavy burthened: give ear to the prayers of all who call upon thee in the day of their trouble and affliction, that meeting with thy mercy in their necessities, their mourning may be turned into joy. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for all Degrees of the Church and
O ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, by whose holy spirit the whole body of the Catholic Church is sanctified and governed, hear, we beseech thee, our humble supplications for all sorts and conditions of men, that guided and governed by thy good spirit, they may be led into the way of truth, and hold the faith in unity of spirit, in the bond of peace, and in righteousness of life. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ A Prayer for our deceased Relations and Friends.
O GOD, the giver of pardon, and lover of human salvation, we beseech thy clemency, that our relations, friends and benefactors, who are departed out of this life, may, by the intercession of the Virgin Mary, and all the Saints, come to the fellowship of eternal happiness. Thro' Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ For a Womah with Child, dritting near to the Time of her Deliverance.
O MERCIFUL God, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to hear the prayers of thy servants, in behalf of thy handmaid bearing child, that as by thy gracious providence she hath conceived, so by thy special blessing, she may in due time patiently suffer the pains of childbirth, and by thy mercy have a safe and speedy deliverance. Thro' Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
¶ An Act of Contrition for Persons in Danger of losing their Lives in a Storm, in War, or in any other Manner.
O GOD, at the recollection that I may shortly be called before thee, to give an account of myself, I am filled with regret for my past life, which is stained with so many sins committed against thy Divine Majesty. I now detest them, O Lord, from the very bottom of my heart, because they are offensive to thy pure and infinite goodness, and I return to thee in sincere repentance, ready to confess them to thy minister; I for ever renounce every evil habit and occasion of sin, most earnestly imploring thy forgiveness, through the merit of Jesus Christ my Saviour; and should it please thee, to preserve me in this present danger, I beg thee to grant me, that from this hour, the remainder of my life may be devoted to true contrition and penance, in the faithful observance of all thy commandments. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Blessings and Mercies of God.
Ir is truly just, O my God, and profitable to me, to give thanks to thee in all places and in all times, for the many benefits which thou continually vouchsafest to bestow upon me. What have I, that does not come from thy liberal bounty? My being, my preservation, all the moments of my life, all my spiritual and temporal blessings, all that I possess, are derived from thee. My God, I am unworthy of thy mercy: what shall I render to thee for so many benefits which thou hast heaped upon me! I will praise thee throughout my whole life; I will invite all men and all
creatures to bless thee, and to give thanks to thee, and to love thee. I will omit nothing to preserve thy favour, and to make it serve to my sanctification and thy glory. I have prayed to thee, and thou hast heard me; I have called upon thy holy name, and thou hast come to my assistance. Be thou blessed, O my God, because thou hast not excluded me from thy mercy; be thou blessed for thy Son Jesus Christ, on whose account thou fillest us with holy benedictions. Through the whole course of my life, I will place my hopes in thee. I humbly beg of thee all the graces which I stand in need of, to take advantage of those which I have already received; so that always advancing from virtue to virtue, I may eternally possess thee in heaven. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
On recovering from Sickness.
MAY all creatures bless thee, O Lord God of heaven. I now give thanks to thee for the sickness thou didst send me and the health to which thou hast restored me. Thou hast afflicted me in thy mercy, and hast had compassion on me. Grant, O Lord, that my gratitude may be eternal: may I always praise thee, and may the strength. I have recovered be always employed in serving thee. I deserved death, and ought to have died in the very moment I transgressed thy divine precepts. But thou hast kept me from perishing, thou hast forgotten my sins, thou hast restored life to me, that I may praise thee, and all my days may be employed in blessing thee. Thou hast not willed the death of a sinner, but his conversion; in order to heal me, thou hast wounded me, and thou hast vouchsafed to make me know that my life is in thy hands; I ought to be ready, then, to resign it to thee whenever it shall please thee, and by means of penance and good works, occupy myself in preparing for death.