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the heaven of heavens cannot contain ; look down on thy unworthy servant, prostrate at the feet of thy mercy, and humbly confessing to thee, in the sight of all thy holy angels and blessed saints, the sinfulness and vanity of my life, and especially the transgressions of this day.
I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Here examine diligently what sins you may have fallen into this
day, by thought, word, deed, or omission; and humbly confessing them, proceed thus :
Of these, and all my other sips, now or at any former time committed, I most sincerely repent, and am heartily sorry for every thought, word, and deed, by which I have displeased the eyes of thy glory, and provoked thy wrath and indignation against me; especially for my disobedience to so holy a law, and my extreme ingratitude to so gracious and bountiful a God. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my iniquity. Wash me yet more from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Create a clean heart in me, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. I beseech thee, O Lord, to hear me, and have mercy upon
And I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.
May Almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen.
And now, O most gracious Benefactor, I praise and magnify thy holy name for thy great and innumerable
benefits, proceeding purely from thy bounty, and intended wholly for my good; particularly for preserving me this day in the midst of so many dangers incident to my condition, and delivering me from the many calamities and miseries which are due to my sins.
Thou art my Creator, O my God, and kind Protector; thou art the ultimate end of my being, and supreme perfection of my nature. Under the shadow of thy wings is perpetual repose, and from the light of thy countenance flows eternal joy and felicity. To thee be glory and honour, to thee adoration and obedience, from all thy creatures for ever.
And since thou hast ordained the day to labour, and the night to take our rest, as I praise thee for the blessings of the day, so I implore thy protection during this night. Let the eyes of thy providence watch over me, and thy holy angels pitch their tents about me; that being safely delivered from all dangers, and comfortably refreshed with moderate sleep, I may the better be enabled to perform the employments of my calling and state of life, and faithfully persevere in the discharge of the duties of thy service; and so daily advance to new victories over my passions, and to a more perfect observance of thy commandments : till, having passed my days in thy fear, I may end them in thy favour, and rejoice with thee for ever in thy heavenly kingdom, through Jesus Christ, our Lord and only Saviour, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.
Prayer for the Dead. 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, through pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon which they have always desired : who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.
Y. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
. May they rest in peace.
Prayer af St. Aloysius to the Blessed Virgin, To thee, O holy Mary, my sovereign Mistress, to thy blessed trust and special charge, and to the bosom of thy mercy, this day and every day, and at the hour of my death, I commend inyself
, my soul and my body; to thee I commit all my hope and all my consolation, my distresses and my miseries, my life and the end thereof; that through thỳ most holy intercession, and through thy merits, all my works may be directed and disposed, according to thy will and the will of thy Son. Amen.
A Prayer to your Guardian Angel. # Angel of God, who art my guardian, enlighten, guard, direct, and govern me, who have been committed to the by the supernal clemency,
The Blessing. God the Father, bless ine; Jesus Christ, defend and keep me; the virtue of the Holy Ghost enlighten and sanctify me, this night and for ever. Amen.
Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Lord Jesuis, receive my soul.
I\'hen you go to Bed, say: In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified, I lay me down to rest. Bless me, O Lord, defend and govern me; and, after this short and miserable pilgrimage, bring me to everlasting happiness. Amen.
A Prayer at settling to Sleep. O Lord Jesus Christ, whose unwearjed eye neither slumbers nor, sleeps, but continually watches in defence of thy servants ; take me and mine, I beseech thee, into
thy protection, and grant, that whilst my body is asleep, my soul may be awake to thee, and that I may hereafter behold thee in that blessed and heavenly country, where thou, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, rulest eternally, and where all the angels, with the blessed saints, are citizens for ever. Amen.
The Trisagium. *Holy, þoly, holy, Lord God of hosts : the earth is full of thy glory. Glory be to the Father, glory be to the Son, glory be to the Holy Ghost.
• Act of Resignation to the Will of God. May the most just, most high, and most amiable will of God be done, praised, and eternally exalted in all things. Amen.
A THIRD PORM OP EVENING PRAYER.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Ainen.
Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of thy love.
Place yourself in the presence of God, and humbly
adore him. O my God, I present myself before thee at the end of another day, to offer thee anew the homage of my heart, I humbly adore thee, my Creator, my Redeemer, and my Judge! I believe in thee, because thou art Truth itself; i hope in three, because thou art faithful to thy promises; I love thee with my whole heart, because thou art infinitely worthy of being loved; and for thy sake I love my neighbour as myself.
Return thanks to God for all his Mercies. Enable me, O my God, to return thee thanks as I ought for all thine inestimable blessings and favours. Thou hast thought of me, and loved me from all eternity; thou hast formed me out of nothing; thou hast delivered up thy beloved Son to the ignominious death of the cross for my redemption ; thou hast made me a member of thy holy Church; thou hast preserved me from falling into the abyss of eternal misery, when my sins had provoked thee to punish me; and thou hast graciously continued to spare me, even though I have not ceased to offend thee. What return, O my God, can I make for thy innumerable blessings, and particularly for the favours of this day? O all ye saints and angels, unite with me in praising the God of mercies, who is so bountiful to so unworthy a creature. Our Father. Hail Mary. I believe. Ask of God light to discover the Sins commitled
this day. O my God, sovereign judge of men, who desirest not the death of a sinner, but that he should be converted and saved, enlighten my mind, that I may know the sins which I have this day committed in thought, word, or deed, and give me the grace of true contrition.
Here examine your Conscience ; then say: O my God, I heartily repent, and am grieved that I have offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing to thee. I humbly ask of thee mercy and pardon, through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ. I resolve, by the assistance of thy grace, to do penance for my sins, and I will endeavour never more to offend thee. I confess to Almighty God, &c.
Pray for the Church of Christ. O God, hear my prayers on behalf of our boly father