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worship all may behave themselves, both pastor and people, with that true piety, reverence, and respect, as becomes thy adorable Majesty. A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. That it may please thee, mercifully to look down from heaven on those that suffer, and strengthen them in their afflictions.

A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. That it may please thee particularly to have mercy on our relations, friends and benefactors, and open their eyes to see the beauty of thy truth, and to embrace it.

A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. That under the most severe restraints, we may, with the exactest fidelity, perform all our duties.

A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. That by no temptation the weakest of us may be drawn to fall away from thee and thy truth.

A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. That it may please thee to preserve the Catholics of this land from all sin and wickedness, and so to adorn their lives with solid piety, that others seeing their good works, may glorify thee our heavenly Father.

A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. O God, by whose mercy the world subsists, and to whose power every nation of the earth is subject, have mercy on this nation, and according to its necessities, which are all known to thee, pour forth thy blessings upon it. A. We beseech thee, hear us.

P. Give to all its inhabitants, O Lord, the spirit of the gospel, grant that all its magistrates may administer justice, and inspire us all with zeal for unity, peace, and truth."

A. We beseech thee, hear us.
P. Son of God,

A. We beseech thee hear us.

P. Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,

A. Spare us, O Lord.
P. Lamb of God, &c.
A. Hear us, O Lord.
P. Lamb of God, &c.
A. Have mercy on us.

¶ Prayer.

ALMIGHTY and eternal God, whose judgments are righteous, and whose councils are unsearchable; who visitest the iniquities of the parents on their children to the third and fourth generation, and yet at length rememberest mercy: forgive, we beseech thee, the sins of our forefathers, and turn away thy wrath from their posterity : deliver the ignorant from the seduction of false teachers, the learned from the pride and delusion of false wisdom, and all of us from the spirit of contradiction, licentiousness, and error: make us sensible, O Lord, of thy unspeakable blessings, that as we know thee by faith, we may love thee by charity; and fixing all our hopes on the happiness of a future life, we may patiently suffer, in submission to thy holy will, what thou now permittest, and come at length to thy kingdom, thro' Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

WE fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions, in our necessities, but obtain our deliverance from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.

P. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

A. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

¶ Prayer.

GRANT, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we thy servants may enjoy health of mind and body;

and that by the intercession of the ever blessed Virgin, all thy saints likewise interceding for us, we may be delivered from present sorrow, and hereafter enjoy eterual happiness.

A Prayer before the Instructions.

O INCOMPREHENSIBLE Creator, the true fountain of light and only author of all kuowledge, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to enlighten our understandings, and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou, who makest eloquent the tongues of those that want utterance, instruct our tongues, and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of thy holy grace, that what we hear we may apply to thy honour, and the eternal salvation of our own souls, through Jesus Christ our Lord., Amen.

The Epistle and Gospel of the Day are now read, after which follows the Instruction and this Prayer.

STRENGTHEN our minds, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the power of thy grace; that as we have now seen what our duty is, we may be enabled to accomplish it, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

¶ A Prayer to be said by the Priest immediately before Mass.

AND now, O God, calling to mind, with the greatest gratitude, the blessed passion of thy Son, Christ our Lord, as also his resurrection from the dead, and his glorious ascension into heaven; we prepare to offer to thy divine Majesty a pure, holy, and spotless victim; for so thou hast ordained it; the holy bread of eternal

life, and cup of our salvation. Look down, there fore, upon them, O Lord, with a propitious and serene countenance, and accept them, as thou wast pleased to accept the offerings of thy righteous servant Abel, and the sacrifice of our Father Abraham, and that which thy high-priest Melchisedech offered to thee, a holy sacrifice and a spotless victim.

When the Priest reads the Prayer for Christmas, Easter, &c. he omits all the Preface before the Acts of Faith.

For Christmas.

P. GLORY be to God on high.

A. And peace on earth to men of good will.
P. We praise thee.

A. We bless thee.
P. We adore thee.

A. We glorify thee; we give thee thanks for thy great glory.

P. Lord God, heavenly King, Father Almighty.

A. Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son.
P. Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Fa-
ther, who takest away the sins of the world:
A. Have mercy on us.

P. Who takest away the sins of the world:
A. Hear our prayers.

P. Who sittest at the right hand of the Father:

A. Have mercy on us.

P. Thou only art holy.

A. Thou only art our Lord.

P. Thou only, O Jesus Christ, art most high, together with the holy Ghost, in the glory of God the Father.

A. Amen.

P. Blessed Jesus, true God and man, both in the form of an helpless infant.

A. Praise and glory be to thee for ever.

P. Blessed Jesus, who having the heavens for thy throne, didst yet choose a poor stable for thy abode.

A. Praise and glory, &c.

P. Blessed Jesus, who being God incomprehensible, was pleased, in love to us, to be wrapped up in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. A. Praise and glory, &c.

P. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, because be hath visited and hath wrought the redemption of his people.


A. And he hath raised up to us a powerful salvation in the family of David his servant.

P. As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who were from the beginning.

A. That he would save us from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us.

P. To shew his mercy towards our fathers; and to be mindful of his holy covenant.

A. According to the oath which he swore to our father Abraham to grant us.

P. That being delivered from the hands of our enemies, we might serve him without fear.

A. In holiness and justice before him all our days.

P. Through the bowels of the mercy of our God the rising light hath visited us from on high;

A. To enlighten them that sit in darkness and in the shades of death, to direct our feet in the way of peace.

¶ Prayer.

O ETERNAL God, Father Almighty, who, in compassion to lost man, didst send thy only Son to become his redeemer from that unhappy state; grant, we beseech thee, that we who are here assembled to acknowledge thy mercy at this time,

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