Imatges de pÓgina

At the beginning of the mass , the priest at the foot of the altar makes the sign of the cross , In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen ; and then recites with the clerk the 42d Psalin , Judica me , Deus, O'c. Judge ine, O God, ec, which you may either recite with him,

or pray as follows:

A prayer for the beginning of the Mass.

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N the name of the Father, and of

the Sou, and of the Holy Ghost Ainen,

I will draw near to thy altar, O my God, there to gain new strength and vigour to my soul, and by thy grace separare me from those unbelievers, who have no trust in thee.

That grace which comforts me, when the remembrance of my sins afflicts and casts ine dowi).

That grace which lets me know there is an everlasting refuge in thy goodness, and that thou art ready to forgive , even our greatest sins, upon a sincere repentance.


The Psalm Judica me Deus, as also the

Gloria in excelsis Deo, and Creed, are not said by the Priest in Masses for the dead, and at some other times, which you may pass over, as

y ll find he does. The Priest , bowing down, says the Con

fiteor, before he goes up to the altar say it with him as follows;

Confess to Almighty God, to the

blessed Mary ever Virgin, to the blessed Michael the Archangel, to the blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you Father , that I have tery much sinned in thought, word, and deed , (here striking your breast thrice) thro' my fault, thro'


fault, thro my most grievous fault Therefore I beseech the blessed Mary ever Virgin blessed Michael the Archangel , blessed John the Baptist the holy Apostles Peter and Paul,, all the Saints, and you Father , to pray for me to our Lord God,

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After the Confiteor, say.

My God, who hast cominanded

us to pray one for another, and in thy holy Church' hast given even to Sinuers, the power of absolving from šin, receive with an equal bounty the prayers of thy People for the Priest and triose of thy Priest for the People,

We beseech ihee, O Lord, by the merits of those Saints, wliose relics are here, and of all the Saints, that thou wouldst vouchsafe to forgive me all my sins. Ainen,

When the Priest goes first to the book ,

and says the Introit, say, G Rant, O Lord,

we may be truly prepared for offering this great sacrifice to thee this day, and because our sins alone can render us displeasing to thee, we call aloud to chee for mercy,

The priest returns to the middle of the oltar, and saying, alternatively, with the clerk, the Kyrie eleison, or Lord have mercy on us, which is said three times to God

the Father ; three

times Christe eleison, or, Christ have mercy on us, to God the Son; and three times again Kyrie eleison, to God the Holy Ghost. Join in this frequent calling for mercy; but let it be with a truly contrite and hunable heart,

After the Kyrie eleison, the priest recites the Gloria in Excelsiş, or, Glary be to God on high, &*c. being an excellent hymn and prayer to God, the beginping of which was sung by the angels af che birth of Christ. Join in this heavenly hymn, and excite in your soul the effec. tions which it expresses.

At the Kyrie Eleison, say,

Ave Mercy on me,

O Lord, and forgive me all my sins. Have mercy on me, O Lord, have mercy on me, according to thy great mercy.

At the Gloria in Excelsis, say,

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peace on earth to men of good will. We praise thee, we bless thee we adere, thee , We glorify thee, we give thee thanks for thy great glory; Lord God, heavenly King , Father Almighty, Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son, Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, who takest away the sins of the world, hear our prayers : Who sittest at the right hand of the Father , have mercy on us. For thou only art holy, thou only art our Lord, thou only, O Jesus Christ together with the Holy Ghost , art most high, in the glory of God the Fatber. - Amen.

When the Priest turns to the People, and

says Dominus Vobiscum.

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E thou always with us, O my God,

and let thy grace never depart from us, that it may continually assist Us.

Here the Priest says the Collects, or

Prayers for the day, say then,


humbly beseech thee , mercifully to gire ear to the prayers of thy ser: vant, which he offers thee in the name


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