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sins, and for those of all others, whether living or dead, for whom I ought to pray ; and lastly, for obtaining all graces and blessings both for myself and for thy whole Church. O, be thou pleased to assist me by thy grace, that I may behave myself this day as I ought to do in thy divine presence, and that I may so commemorate the death and passion of thy Son, as to partake most plentifully of the fruits of it. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Then the priest, bowing down, says the Confiteor, I confess to Almighty God, &c, by way of a general confession to God, to the whole court of heaven, and to all the faithful, of his sins and unworthiness; and to beg their prayers to God for him. And the clerk, in the name of the people, prays for the priest, that God would have mercy on him, and forgive him his sins, and bring him to everlasting life. Then, in the name of all there present, the clerk makes the general confession to God, to the whole court of heaven, and to the priest, and begs his prayers. And the priest prays to God to show mercy to his people, and to grant them the remission of all their sing. All which is done that both priest and people may pnt themselves in a penitential spirit, in order to assist worthily at this divine sacrifice.

Prayer at the Confiteor. O Blessed Trinity, one God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, prostrate in spirit before thee, I here confess, in the sight of the whole court of heaven, and of all thy faithful, my innumerable treasons against

thy divine Majesty. I have sinned, o

I Lord, I have sinned: I have grievously offended thee through the whole course of my life, in thought, word, and deed; and therefore am unworthy to lift mine eyes to heaven, or so much as to name thy sacred name: how much more am I unworthy to appear here in thy sanctuary, and to assist among thine angels at these heavenly mysteries, which require so much purity, because Jesus Christ himself is here in

person both Priest and Victim! But, O my God, thy mercies are above all thy works, and thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart: and therefore I here venture to come into thy temple, and with the poor publican I strike my breast and say, O God, be merciful to me a sinner; O God, be merciful to me a sinner; O God, be merciful to me a sinner. And I humbly hope to find this mercy which I crave, through that passion and death which is here celebrated. O fountain of mercy, grant this mercy to me and to all poor sinners. Amen.

After the Confiteor the priest goes up to the altar, saying, Take away from us, we beseech' thee, O Lord, our iniquities, that we may be worthy to enter with pure minds into the holy of holies, through Christ our Lord. Amen. Say the same with him; and when he kisses the altar, as a figure of Christ and the seat of the sacred mysteries, make an act of love of your divine Saviour, and embrace his feet with humble and tender affection.

When the priest goes up to the altar, he reads what is called the Introit, or entrance of the Mass, which is different every day, and is generally a verse taken out of the Scripture, with the first verse of one of the Psalms, and the “ Glory be to the Father,” &c., to glorify the blessed Trinity.

A Prayer at the Introit. Grant, O Lord, that 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, therefore we cry aloud to thee for mercy. Glory be to the Father.

The priest returns to the middle of the altar, and says alternately 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 call. ing for mercy; and let it be with a truly contrite and humble heart.

After the Kyrie eleison, the priest recites the Gloria in excelsis, or Glory to God on high, &c., which is an ex. cellent hymn and prayer to God, the beginning of which was sung by the angels at the birth of Christ. Join in this heavenly hymn, and excite in your soul the affections which it expresses.

The Gloria in excelsis. Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace to men of good-will. We praise thee ; we bless thee; we adore thee; we glorify thee; we give thee thanks for thy great glory, O Lord God, heavenly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord Jesus

O Christ, the only begotten Son; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, thou who takest away the sins of the world, bave inercy on us : thou who takesť away the sins of the world, receive our prayers : thou who sittest at the right hand of the Father, have mercy on us.

For thou only art holy; thou only art the Lord; thou only, O Jesus Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

[This being a hymn of joy, is omitted in Masses for the Dead, and in the Masses of the Sundays of Advent and Lent.]

At the end of the Gloria in excelsis the priest kisses the altar, and, turning to the people, says,

Dominus vobiscum, The Lord be with you: Answer, Et cuin spiritu tuo, And with thy spirit. As often as this salutation is repeated, pray that our Lord may be always with you, with his ministers, and with his people, by directing and assisting all with his heavenly grace.

The priest returns to the book, and says, Oremus, Let us pray, and then reads the collect or collects of the day, concluding them with the usual termination, Per Dominum nostrum, 8c., Through our Lord Jesus Christ, &c., with which the Church commonly concludes all her prayers. Whilst the priest is reading the collects you may thus join with him ;

A Prayer at the Collects. O almighty and eternal God, we humbly beseech thee mercifully to give ear to the prayers here offered thee by thy servant in the name of thy whole Church, and in behalf of us thy people. Accept them to the honour of thy name, and the good of our souls; and grant to us all mercy, grace, and salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

The collects being ended, the priest reads the Epistle or Lesson of the day. At the end of which the clerk answers, Deo gratias, Thanks be to God, namely, for the heavenly doctrine there delivered. Then follow some sentences of Scripture, called the Gradual, which are every day different.

A Prayer at the Epistle. Thou hast vouchsafed, O Lord, to teach us thy sacred truths by the prophets and apostles. O, grant that we niay so improve by their doctrine and examples in the love of thy holy name, and of thy holy law, that we may show forth by our lives whose disciples we are; that we may no longer follow the corrupt inclinations of flesh and blood, but master all our passions; that we may be ever directed by thy light, and strengthened by thy grace,

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