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and that thou observest all my actions, all my thoughts, and the most secret motions of my heart, Canst thou suffer in thy holy presence a sinner, who has so often offended thee? It is thy goodness and liberality, which invite and command my poverty to come to thee. Give me grace therefore to pray as I ought.

Come, O holy Spirit ! fill the hearts of thy faithful and kindle in them the fire of thy love.

V. Send forth thy Spirit, and our hearts shall be regenerated,

R. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth

Let us pray.

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Holy Ghost didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, give us , by this same holy Spirit, a love and relish of what is right and just, and the constant enjoyment of his comforts : Though Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee, in the unity of the same Holy Ghost , Jiveth and reigneth one God for ever. Amen.

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An Act of Adoration and Thanksgiving. O

My God! I adore thee as my

Creator and my sovereign Good : and with all possible thanksgiving I acknowledge the many benefits thou hast conferred upon me, in relation both to body and soul. Thou hast created me of nothing; redeemed me by the death of thy Son; sanctified me by the grace of thy Holy Spirit ; preserved me from an infioity of dangers, und from held fire, which I deserved by my sins. Thou knowest I am an unprofitable and an ungrateful Servant, nevertheless thou hast all this time had patience with me; thou hast preserved me this night past, and given me this present day, that I may

labour with more care and diligence than I have hitherto done, to obtain the crown of immortal glory, which thy goodness has prepared for me. O my God! how good thou art towards me! What return can I make for such innumerable benefits? I will bless thy holy name,

and serve thee all the days of

my life.


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Here call to mind the chief sins of your

life-past, and make resolutions against the temptations and dangerous occasions you may perhaps meet with in the day

An Act of Contrition with good Reso

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to lived! How little have I done for thee! I am heartily sorry I have spent and lost that time in offending thee, which thy infinite goodness gave me to be employed in thy service, in advancing the good of my soul, and in purchasing everlasting life : I detest all the sins I have committed against thy divine Majesty! I am sorry that I have offended thee, because thou art infi. nitely good, and sin is infinitely dis, pleasing to thee : I love thee with my whole heart and soul, and I firmly purpose , by the help of thy grace , to serve thee more faithfully for the fu. ture. Receive , I beseech thee , the remainder of my life ; I renew my pro. mises made in Baptisin ; I renounce the devil 2 his works, and all bis pomps ; I



now begin and will endeavour to spend this day according to thy holy will, both as to the nature and circumstances of my actions, performing them so as they may be pleasing to thee. I will take particular care to avoid the failings I am so apt to commit, and to exercise

irtues which are most agreeable to my state and employment.

An Oblation.


Offer to thee , O my God! the life


and with them these my affections and resolutions, my thoughts, words, deeds, and sufferings of this day, and of a![ iny tife, in honour of thy adorable Majesty ; in thanksgiving for all thy benefits, in satisfaction for my sins, and to obtain the assistance of thy grace : that persevering to the end in doing thy holy will, I may love and enjoy thee for ever in thy glory.

A Petition.
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Hou knowest , O God! how good : Leave me not to myself, but take me into thy protection, and give me grace faithfully to comply with these holy resolutions. Enlighten my understanding with a lively faith, raise up my will to a firm hope, and en. flame it with an ardent charity.


Strengthen my weakness, and cure the corruption of my heart; grant that overcoming my enemies, both visible and invisible, I may make good use of thy grace

and vouchsafe to add to these blessings the inestimable gift of final perseverance.

v. To thee, O Lord, I have lifted up my voice.

R. And early in the morning my prayer shall come before thee."

V. Let my mouth be ever filled with thy praises.

Ri That I may publish thy glory, and all the day thy greatness.

v. Turn away thy face, O Lord ! from my sins.

R. And blot out all my iniquities...

V. Create in me a clean heart, O God!

R. And renew a right Spirit in me.
V. Cast me not out of thy Sight.
R. Nor take thy holy Spirit from

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