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Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and life everlasting. Amen.
¶ An Act of Faith in the Presence of God.
O My God, I firmly believe thou art here, and perfectly seest me, 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 therefore grace 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 will be regenerated.
R. And thou wilt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, who by the light of the 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. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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 infinity of danger, and from hellfire, which I deserve 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 the 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 so innumerable benefits? I will bless thy holy name, and serve thee all the days of my life.
¶ 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 Resolutions.
O My God, how ill have I hitherto lived! how little have I done for thee! I am heartily sorry I have spent and lost that time in of fending 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 infinitely good, and sin is infinitely displeasing 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 future. Receive. I beseech thee, the remainder of my life; I renew my promises made in baptism; I renounce the devil, his works, and all his 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 the virtues which are most agreeable to my state and employments.
I OFFER to thee, O my God! the life and death of thy only Son; and with them these my affections and resolutions, my thoughts, words, deeds, and sufferings of this day, and of all my life, 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, may love and enjoy thee for ever
in thy glory.
THOU knowest, O God! how weak and unable I am to do 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 inflame 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 per
V. To thee, O Lord, I have raised my voice. R. And early in the morning my prayer shall come before thee.
V. Let my mouth be ever filled with thy praise.
R. That I may publish thy glory, and all the day thy greatness.
V. Turn thy face, O Lord, away from my sins.
R. And blot out all my iniquities.
R. Nor take thy holy Spirit from me.
V. Restore me to the joy of thy saving mercy.
R. And strengthen me with thy sovereign. Spirit.
V. Our succour is in the name of our Lord.
V. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be poured upon us. R. According to the hopes we have placed in thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my supplications come to thee.
ALMIGHTY Lord and God, who hast brought us to the beginning of this day, let thy powerful grace so conduct us through it that we may not fall into any sins; but that all our thoughts, words, and actions, may be regulated according to the rules of thy heavenly justice, and tend to the observance of thy holy law, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Let us pray.
LORD God, the King of heaven and earth, vouchsafe this day to rule and sanctify, to direct and govern, our souls and bodies, our senses, words and actions, in conformity to thy law and in a strict obedience to thy commands; that by the help of thy grace, O Saviour of the world, we may be fenced and freed from all evil, both now and for ever. Amen.
Let us pray.
O God, who out of thy unspeakable providence art pleased to appoint thy holy angels for our guardians, give ear to the supplications which we make for a continuance of their protection, and that we may be added to their joyful number for all eternity. Amen.
May the blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the saints, be our intercessors with our Lord, that we may be succoured and secured by him, who lives and reigns to everlasting ages. Amen.
May our Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evils, and bring us to life everlasting: and may the souls of the faithful departed, thro' the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
¶ On Sundays and Holidays, either now or at a later Hour of the Morning, the following Office may be said.*
V. O LORD, open thou our lips.
R. And our mouths shall declare thy praise.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Venite exultemus Domino. Psal. xciv. COME, let us praise the Lord with joy: let us joyfully sing to God our Saviour.
The whole of this office is extracted from the Roman Breviary, and with a lecture on the Gospel, may form the Morning Service in those places where a priest cannot be found to celebrate the eucharistic mysteries.