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Full text of "Prayer-book for religious : a complete manual of prayers and devotions for the use of the members of all religious communities : a practical guide to the particular examen and to the methods of meditation"

" Whosoever doth not curry his cross and conic after Me, 
can not be My disuplo." Luke xiv 27. 



PRAYER-BOOK FOR RELIGIOUS: 

A COMPLETE MANUAL OF 



anb ebotion* for tfje tee of tlje 
of all &eltgfou* Communities. 



A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO THE PARTICULAR EXAMEN 
AND TO THE METHODS OF MEDITATION 



BY 



REV. F. X. LASANCE, 

Author of" Visits to Jesus in the Tabernacle," "The Sacred 
Heart Book? "Mass Devotions" etc. 



WITH COMPLETE ALPHABETICAL INDEX. 



NEW, REVISED EDITION 



NEW YORK, CINCINNATI, CHICAG 
NZIOER BROTHER 

PRINTERS TO THE HOLY APOSTOLIC SEE A 




fHibil betat. 



REMY LAFORT, 



Censor Librorum. 



Umprtmatur. 



JOHN M. FARLEY, 

Archbishop of New Ytrk. 



NEW YORK, May 16, 1904. 






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&PYRIGHT, 1904, BY BENZIGER BROTHERS. 



preface. 



THE character and the purpose of this book are clearly 
indicated by its title. It is a book of devotions and pray 
ers designed and specially adapted for the use of Relig 
ious. It offers itself to them as a helpful companion in 
all the exercises of religion ; it aims to assist them in the 
particular and general examination; to instruct them in 
the correct and practical methods of making a meditation, 
and to direct them how to converse with God most prop 
erly and profitably in mental and vocal prayer. 

It supplies them with abundant devotions and prayers 
for all the seasons of the ecclesiastical year. 

A member of one of our most illustrious Religious 
Orders remarked one day quite casually in our presence, 
when devotional literature was the topic of conversation : 
"What we need in English is a complete Prayer-book to 
meet the special wants of Religious, so that a Mistress of 
Novices may be able to say to inquiring aspirants to the 
religious life: Besides the Roman Missal, I recommend 
to you this particular book; then you will surely have 
what will prove most serviceable in the convent for the 
hours of devotion. 

Acting on this inspiration or suggestion, we have de 
voted much time and spared no, pains in the compilation 
and adaptation of the present work. It is the result at 
least of honest effort to meet the wants of our various 
Sisterhoods, and it comprises, indeed, a number of little 
Dooks under one title. 



viii Preface. 

which were approved since 1902, are from The New 
Raccolta. 

This book is dedicated most respectfully to the mem 
bers of our Religious Orders, whose heroic life of 
self-denial for the love of God and their neighbor, in the 
following of Christ and in the spirit of their vows of obedi 
ence, chastity, and poverty, is an inspiration and encour 
agement to all who value truth and justice, virtue and 
holiness, while it is, at the same time, a rebuke to the 
worldly-minded, who walk not with God, whose thoughts 
are not of heaven, but of earth, and who, in their nervous 
quest for honor, wealth, and pleasure, in these times of 
individualism or egotism, seek simply the gratification of 
self. 

We plead with these good and edifying Religious for 
an occasional Memento before Jesus in the taSernacle. 

F. X. LASANCE. 



Contents* 

(See complete Alphabetical Index at end of this Contents. ) 

PAGE 

Preface v 

Alphabetical Index i 

The Calendar 15 

Some Movable Feasts of Special Devotion 27 

Fasting-Days 28 

Feasts of Obligation in the United States 28 

Table of Movable Feasts 29 

JBoofe 1f. 

MEDITATION, PRAYER, AND THE PARTICULAR EXAMEN. 

Prayer 40 

For What and for Whom we Should Pray 45 

A Talk about Prayer 49 

Vocal Prayer 58 

Mental Prayer 60 

Is Mental Prayer Easy? 63 

Method of Meditation according to St. Ignatius 69 

Outlines of the Sulpician Method of Meditation 74 

Explanation of the Sulpician Method of Mental Prayer.. 76 
Bishop Bellord s Summary of a Method of Meditation .... 78 
Method of Particular Examination in Striving after Per 
fection 80 

The Subject-Matter of the Particular Examen 81 

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Arranged in Prayers. 91 

JBooh ff . 

GENERAL DEVOTIONS. 

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES IN THE MORNING. ... 117 

On Awaking and Arising 117 

Prayer while Dressing _ 117 

Prayer while putting on the Habit 1 18 

Prayer of St. Gertrude on Awaking 1 18 

Prayer of Blessed Margaret Mary 119 



Contents. 

FAGS 

Prayers before Meditation 121 

Prayers after Meditation 123 

Morning Prayers 126 

Renewal of Vows 132 

Short Formula of Renovation of Vows. 133 

Litany of the Most Holy Name of Jesus 134 

A Short Form of Morning Prayers for Religious 139 

Morning Offering to the Blessed Sacrament 141 

EVENING PRA YERS 142 

Litany of the Blessed Virgin 146 

Consecration of Religious Communities 150 

Act of Consecration for Religious 151 

A Short Form of Evening Prayer 152 

Night Offering to the Blessed Sacrament 154 

Vesper-Song of Our Lady 155 

Compline 157 

A Formula of the Vows 172 

GRACE BEFORE AND AFTER MEALS 173 

GENERAL PRA YERS 187 

Daily Intentions 187 

Daily Prayer for the Associates in the Sacred Heart of Jesus . 188 

Daily Prayer for the Associates in the Sacred Heart of Mary . 188 

Prayer before Examen 189 

Daily Examen 189 

General Examen 191 

An Offering of Communion 192 

Intentions for Holy Communion 193 

Prayer of the Associates for the Communion of Reparation 195 

METHODS OF HEARING MASS 197 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Sunday The Holy 

Trinity 19? 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Monday The Holy 

Souls in Purgatory 199 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Tuesday The Holy 

Angels 200 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Wednesday St. 

Joseph 203 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Thursday The 

Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart. ., 205 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Friday The Pas 
sion and the Sacred Heart of Jesus 214 

Offering of Mass and Communion on Saturday The 

Blessed Virgin Mary. 222 

Prayers Ordered by Pope Leo XIII., to be Said after 

Every Low Mass in all the Churches of the World. . . . 228 

Ordinary Method of Serving a Priest at Mass 229 



Contents, xi 

PAGE 

A Method of Assisting at Mass for Children 233 

The Ordinary of the Holy Mass 239 

Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week Sunday 

Votive Mass of the Blessed Trinity 278 

Monday Votive Mass of the Holy Ghost 281 

Tuesday Mass of the Holy Angels 284 

Wednesday Votive Mass of St. Joseph 287 

Thursday Votive Mass of the Blessed Sacrament 290 

Friday Votive Mass of the Passion 296 

Saturday Votive Mass of the Immaculate Conception 

of the Blessed Virgin Mary 299 

Mass of the Seven Dolors of the Blessed Virgin Mary. . . . 302 

A Method of Hearing Mass for Religious 310 

A Method o." Hearing Mass by Way of Meditation on the 

Passion 323 

The Holy Mass in Union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. . 331 

A Mode of Hearing Mass for the Faithful Departed .... 342 
A Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin 

Mary f 352 

DEVOTIONS FOR CONFESSION 369 

Prayers to the Holy Ghost before Confession 370 

Preparatory Prayers 370 

Examen for Confession 371 

Means of Arriving at Perfection 374 

Interior Practice 376 

Reflections for Contrition and Amendment .380 

Offering of Confession 385 

The Seven Penitential Psalms in Latin and in English. . . . 388 

DEVOTIONS FOR HOLY COMMUNION 401 

Mass in Honor of the Blessed Sacrament before Holy 

Communion 401 

After Mass and Communion (Thanksgiving) 414 

Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion 421 

A Mass of Thanksgiving after Holy Communion 426 

Various Exercises of Devotion for Holy Communion 456 

Simple Prayers for Holy Communion 466 

Litany for Holy Communion . . ; 469 

Short Acts for Holy Communion 472 

After Holy Communion 473 

The Picture of a Good Novice 487 

Reflections and Prayers before and after Communion for 

Religious 489 

A very Commendable Exercise for Holy Communion 504 

INDULGENCED PRA YERS 518 

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament 537 



xii Contents. 



JBooh Iff. 

LITANIES, NOVENAS, INDULGENCED PRAYERS, OFFICES, AND 
PRAYERS FOR PARTICULAR OCCASIONS. 

PAGE 

THE WEEK SANCTIFIED 547 

I. The Holy Trinity: One God 548 

II. The Holy Ghost 551 

Devotions for the Faithful Departed 571 

III. Devotions to the Angels and in Particular to the 

Angel Guardian 578 

IV. Devotions in Honor of St. Joseph 585 

V. Devotions to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Sacred 

Heart of Jesus 601 

The Hour of Adoration 610 

Prayers for Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the 

Hour of Adoration 610 

Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity before the Blessed 

Sacrament 612 

Sentiments of a Religious before the Blessed Sacra 
ment 618 

Reparation and Consecration for Religious 631 

Renovation of Vows for Religious Persons 633 

Litany of the Blessed Sacrament 648 

Litany of the Sacred Heart 651 

Little Office of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 652 

The Holy Hour 66 1 

A Favorite Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus .... 670 
Consecration of Religious Communities and Families. 675 
The Venerable Mother Julie Billiart and Her Devo 
tion to the Sacred Heart 676 

Rosary of the Sacred Heart 677 

The Month of June 681 

VI. Devotions in Honor of the Passion of Our Lord 683 

Thoughts from the Saints 683 

The Via Crucis or Way of the Cross 687 

Litany of the Passion .- 694 

Month of the Precious Blood 73 

Novena in Honor of the Precious Blood of Jesus. . . . 704 

The Ceremonies of Holy Week Explained 707 

VII. Devotions in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary 720 

Reflections of a Religious on Devotion to Our Lady. . 720 
Indulgenced Novenas in Honor of the Blessed Virgin 

Mary 725 

Mysteries of the Holy Rosary 727 

Rosary of the Blessed Virgin 728 

Little Office of the Immaculate Conception 735 



Contents. xiii 

PAGE 

Novena in Honor of the Dolors of the Blessed Virgin. 746 

Officium Parvum Beatae Mariae Virginia (The Office 
of the Blessed Virgin Mary; or, The Hours of 

Our Lady) .................................. 755 

Comments on the Rubrics of the Office of the Blessed 

Virgin Mary. . .............................. 756 

Commemorations ................................ 851 



BONA MORS DEVOTIONS; PREPARATION FOR A HAPPY DEATH; 
EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE FOR EXTRAORDINARY 
OCCASIONS; PRAYERS FOR THE SICK AND DYING; THE 
ADMINISTRATION OF THE LAST SACRAMENTS; THE BURIAL 
SERVICE; A LITTLE BOOK OF NOVENAS; MISCELLANEOUS 
PRAYERS. 

The Monthly Retreat or Day of Recollection and Prayer 

in Preparation for a Happy Death ................ 869 

Thoughts from St. Alphonsus on Death and Eternity. ... 871 

Offering of Mass and Communion for the Monthly Recol 

lection in Preparation for Death ................... 874 

A Bona Mors Litany, and Other Prayers for a Happy Death 898 
Devotions for the Sick, and the Last Prayers ............ 904 

The Order of Administering Holy Communion to the Sick 910 
The Order of Administering the Sacrament of Extreme 

Unction ......................................... 912 

Apostolic Benediction and Plenary Indulgence at the Hour 

of Death ........................................ 916 

Recommendation of a Soul Departing .................. 919 

The Burial Service ................................... 926 

Ordinary of the Mass for the Dead ..................... 936 

Litany of the Saints .................................. p66 

Litany for the Faithful Departed ....................... 975 

The Psalter of Jesus ......... . ....................... py- 

Devotions for Advent and Ember Days ................. 985 

Ember Days .............................. . .......... 087 

A LITTLE BOOK OF NOVENAS: 

Novena for Christmas ................................. 987 

Another Novena to the Holy Child. ... ................. Qp 2 

The Last Day of the Year ............................ 99 8 

Novena to the Infant Jesus ............................ IO oi 

Novena for the New Year ............................. 1002 

Novena for Epiphany ................................. 1003 

Novena to the Holy Name of Jesus ..................... I( x5 

Novena for the Purification of Our Lady ................ IOO 6 



xiv Contents. 

PAGE 

Novena to St. Joseph 1007 

Litany to St. Joseph IO o8 

Novena for the Annunciation of Our Lady 1008 

Novena in Honor of Our Saviour s Passion 1009 

Novena for Easter. In Honor of the Glorious Resurrection. 1012 

Novena for Pentecost . 1013 

Prayers for the Month of May 1015 

Novena for Corpus Christi 1016 

Novena for the Feast of the Sacred Heart 1017 

Novena for the Festival of the Visitation 1018 

Novena for the Assumption 1019 

.Novena for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 1020 

Novena to Our Lady of Mercy 102 1 

Novena for the Feast of the Guardian Angels 1022 

Novena to the Patron Saint of your Religious Order 1023 

Novena for the Feast of Mary s Presentation 1024 

Novena for the Immaculate Conception 1025 

Prayer to St. Augustine 1027 

Novena to St. Benedict, Abbot 1030 

Devotions to St. Francis of Assisi 1031 

Novena to St. Francis of Assisi 1032 

Novena to St. Clara 1033 

Novena to St. Dominic 1033 

Novena to St. Catharine of Sienna 1035 

Novena to St. Francis de Sales 1037 

Novena and Prayers to St. Jane Frances de Chantal 1040 

Novena in Honor of St. Vincent de Paul 1041 

Novena to St. Ignatius Loyola 1042 

Novena to St. Ursula 1044 

Novena to St. Bernard 104^ 

Novena to St. Charles Borromeo 1048 

The Novena of Grace in Honor of St. Francis Xavier. . . . 1049 
St. Francis Xavier, Patron of the Apostleship of Prayer. . 1051 

Novena for the Feast of All Saints 1054 

Novena to St. Anthony of Padua 1054 

Miscellaneous Prayers 1057 

Devout Exercise of the Six Sundays in Honor of St. 

Aloysius Gonzaga 1058 

Indulgenced Aspirations and Short Prayers 1062 

Additional Prayers for Various Occasions 1066 

Prayers for Travelers. . . . 1071 

Prayer for Sisters in Retreat 1074 

Miscellaneous Extracts, Maxims, and Prayers 1079 

Extracts from Masters in the Spiritual Life 1083 

APPENDIX, containing Additional Prayers 1095 

EPISTLES AND GOSPELS mi 



HIpbabetical 

(See Appendix, page 1095, for Additional Prayers.) 



Actions, Offering of all one s, to 
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 515. 

Act of faith, 126, 142, 457, hope, 
126, 142; love, 126, 142, 459; 
contrition, 127, 384, 385, 458; 
of consecration to the Sacred 
Heart, 133, 632, 680; consecra 
tion for Religious, 151; adora 
tion, 361, 457; thanksgiving, 
362; atonement, 362, 440, 636, 
668; supplication, 363; contri 
tion and prayer for pardon, 383; 
sorrow, 384; consecration, 441, 
1076; humility and confidence, 
458; desire, 459; oblation, 459, 
462; adoration, praise, and 
thanksgiving, 461 ; petition, 462; 
trust, 463; praise, 483; oblation 
to the Holy Ghost 558; conse 
cration and choice of St. Joseph 
as a patron, 597; consecration to 
St. Joseph, 599; faith, hope, and 
charity before the Blessed Sacra 
ment, 612; Indulgenced, in honor 
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 628; 
homage to the Eucharistic Heart 
of Jesus, 634; admiration of the 
divine goodness, 644; resigna 
tion, 700; reparation to the 
Heart of Jesus for the first Fri 
day of the month, 626; of praise 
to the Sacred Hearts of Jesus 
and Mary, 724; consecration to 
our Queen and Mother, 753; 
consecration to the most holy 
heart of Mary, 754; consecra 
tion to St. Alpysius Gonzaga, 
1058; consecration to Our Lady 
used in some Religious Houses, 
1075. 



Acts and prayers which may bt 
used during a novena of the 
Sacred Heart, 672. 

Acts for holy communion, Short, 
472. 

Adeste fideles (hymn), 990. 

Administering holy communion to 
the sick, 910; the Sacrament 
of Extreme Unction, 912. 

Adoration, Act of, 361; acts of 
faith and , 457 ; praise and thanks 
giving, Acts of, 461 ; hour of, 
610, 619. 

Adoro Te Devote (hymn). ,118, 435. 

Advent, Devotions for, 985. 

Agnus Dei, Daily prayer for those 
who carry an, 1077. 

Agonizing, Prayers in honor of St. 
Joseph for the, 600. 

Agony, Prayers for the faithful in 
their, 682. 

All Saints, Novena for the Feast 
of 1054. 

Alma Redemptoris (hymn), 167. 

Alphonsus, Thoughts from St., on- 
death and eternity, 871. 

Ambrose and Augustine, Hymn 
of SS., 805. 

Angela Merici, St., Prayer to, 591. 

Angel Guardian, Prayer to the, 1 30, 
578; devotions to the, .578; 
litany of the, 579; prayer to 
one s, 581. 

Angelic Trisagion, The, 117. 

Angels, Offerings of Mass and com 
munion in honor of the, 200; Mass 
of the, 2 84;, devotions to the, 578. 

Angelus Domini, 137. 

"Anima Christi," A paraphrase of 
the, 451. 

Annunciation of Oui" Lady, Nove 
na for the, 1008. 



Alphabetical Index. 



Apostles Creed, 33. 129; Apostles, 
Psalms sung on festivals of the, 
530; a prayer to the Apostles, 
SS. Peter and Paul, 1053. 

Apostleship of prayer, Morning 
offering of the, 133. 

Apostolic benediction and plenary 
indulgence at the hour of death 
(Ritus Benedictipnis Apostolicae 
in Articulo Mortis), 916. 

Aquinas, Prayer of St. Thomas, 416. 

Archangels: Antiphon to St. 
Michael, 585; prayer to St. 
Raphael, 585; prayer to St. 
Gabriel 585; prayer in honor of 
the holy, 1061. 

Articulo Mortis, Ritus Benedic- 
tionis Apostolica? in (Apostolic 
benediction and plenary indul 
gence at the hour of death), 916. 

Aspirations, 117. 124, 550, 579, 564, 
704, 1056, 1062. 

Assisting at Mass for children, 
Method of, 233; short and sim 
ple method of, 236. 

Assumption, Novena for the, 1019. 

Athanasius, Creed of, 33. 

Ave Maris Stella (hymn), 529, 771. 

Ave Regina (hymn), 169. 

Ave Verum (hymn), 218. 



B 

Bellord, Bishop, Summary of a 
Method of Meditation, 78. 

Benedicite, or Song of the Three 
Children, 414. 

Benediction of the Blessed Sacra 
ment, 537; reflections on, 541; 
prayers at, 542. 

Billiart, Venerable Mother Julie, 
and her devotion to the Sacred 
Heart, 676. 

Blessed Margaret Mary, Prayers of, 
119, 484, 672; act of consecra 
tion by, 516; a novena to, 674. 

Blessed Sacrament, ejaculation in 
honor of the Sacred Heart in the, 
133; morning offering to the, 
141; night offering to the, 154; 
offering to the, of Mass and 
communion, 205; Mass of the, 
290; Mass in honor of the, 401 ; 
prayers to the Ht>ly Ghost in 
connection with devotions to 
the, 568; prayers for visits to 
the, 610, 615; acts of faith, 
hope, and charity before the, 612; 
prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori 
for a visit to the, 617; sentiments 



of a Religious before the, 618, 
Sighs to Jesus in the, 638; prayer 
for the glorification of the, 640; 
litany of the, 648. 

Blessed Trinity, Mass of, 278; 
prayer for Sunday to the, 549. 

Blessed Virgin Mary, Memorare to 
the, 146, 724; litany of the, 146; 
offering of Mass and communion 
to the, 222; Mass of the seven 
dolors of the, 302; mode of 
hearing Mass in honor of the , 3 5 2 ; 
ejaculation to the, 368; the Mag 
nificat, or canticle of the, 526; 
psalms for the festivals of the, 
527; devotions in honor of the, 
720; prayer of St. Aloysius 
Gonzaga to the, 725; eleven 
novenas in honor of the, 725; 
novena in honor of the, 726; 
rosary of the, 728; novena in 
honor of the dolors of the, 746; 
a prayer to the Mother of Pure 
Love, 748; the Thirty Days 
prayer to the, 750; three offer 
ings in honor of the, 753; com 
ments on the rubrics of the Office 
of the, 756; novena for tlie 
Nativity of the, 1020; novena 
for the feast of the Presentation 
of the, 1024. (See also under 
Mary and Mother of God. ) 

Bona Mors Devotions; prepara 
tion for a happy death; exami 
nation of conscience for extra 
ordinary occasions; prayers for 
the sick and dying; the adminis 
tration of the last sacraments, 
and the office for the dead, 
869. 

Bona Mors Litany, and other 
prayers for a happy death, A, 
898. 

Bonaventure, St., Prayer of, 417. 

Burial Service, The, 926. 



Calendar, The, 15. 

Canticle, of the Blessed Virgin, 326, 
of the Seraphim, 548. 

Charity, The heroic act of, 571. 

Chaplet of the Holy Ghost, 554; 
of the Rosary for the Dead, 575; 
Indulgenced, of the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, 623; in Honor of 
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, 
743; Little, in honor of the Im 
maculate Conception. 744. 



Alphabetical Index. 



Christmas Day, Psalms for, 536; 
hymn for, 991. 

Church, Prayer to the Holy Spirit 
for the, 557, 1087; prayer for 
the wants of the, 640; prayer 
for the, and for the civil au 
thorities, 642. 

Collect of St. Agnes, 1060. 

Come, Holy Ghost (hymn), 1014. 

Comments on the rubrics of the 
Office of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, 756. 

Communion, Offering of, 192; inten 
tions for. 193; prayer of the asso 
ciates for, 195; spiritual , at Mass. 
306; -what the saints thought of 
spiritual, 308; devotions for, 401 ; 
after Mass and, 414; petitions 
and offering after, 421; reflec 
tions after, 424; a Mass of 
thanksgiving after, 426; various 
exercises of devotion for, 456; 
prayers before, 457; prayers 
after, 461 ; prayer to Our Lady 
after, 464; simple prayers for, 
466; litany for, 469; short acts 
for, 472; after, 47.5; reflections 
and prayers, before and after, 
for Religious 489; a very com 
mendable exercise for. 504; 
spiritual, 637; offering of, for 
the monthly recollection in 
preparation for death, 874; the 
order of administering, to the 
sick, 910. (See also under Holy 
Communion. ) 

Complin , 157. 

Confession, Devotions for, 369; 

Erayers to the Holy Ghost be- 
jre, 370; examen for, 371; 
offering of, 385; prayers after, 
386. 

Confidence, Acts of humility and, 
458. 

Confiteor, The, 142. 

Consecration, Act of religious, 151; 
act of, 441, 1076; act of, by 
Blessed Margaret Mary, 516; 
and prayer to the Holy Ghost, 
568; act of, and choice of St. 
Joseph as a patron, 597; to St. 
Joseph, 599; to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus 133, 632, 650, 
680; of Religious communities 
and families, 150, 675; to Mary, 
our Mother, 723; a form of, to 
the Mother of God, 748; to our 
Queen and Mother, 753; to the 
most holy heart of Mary, 754; 
to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 1058; 
to Ojr Lady, 1075. 



Contrition and amendment, Re 
flections for, 380; act of, and 
prayer for pardon, 383; short 
and efficacious act of, 384; acts 
of, 127, 385, 458. 

Conversion of unbelievers, Prayer 
for the, 568. 

Corpus Christi, On the festival of, 
536; devout exercises for Holy 
Thursday and the feast of, 604; 
novena for, 1016. 

Cor Sanctissimum Jesu, 420. 

Creed, Apostles , 33, 129; of St. 
Athanasius, 33; Nicene, 36. 

Cross, Way of the, 687. 

Crucified, Prayer before a picture 
of Christ, ion. 

Crucifix, Indulgenced prayer before, 
213, 420. 



D 



Daily examen, 189; short method 
of, 190. 

Daily intentions, 187. 

Daily offering to the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus, 636. 

Daily prayer for the associates in 
the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 188; 
in the Sacred Heart of Mary, 188; 
for those who carry an Agnus 
Dei, 1077. 

Dead or Dying, prayers for, 536. 

Dead, the rosary for the, 575. 

Death, Prayer for a happy, 153, 598. 

Desire, Acts of love and, 459. 

Devotion, Various exercises of, for 
holy communion, 456; of the 
Seven Sundays in honor of St. 
Joseph, 585. 

Devotions, for each day in the 
week, 278; for confession, 369, 
for holy communion, 401 ; prayers 
to the Holy Ghost in connection 
with devotions to the Blessed 
Sacrament, 568; for the Faithful 
Departed, 571; to the angels, 
and in particular to the angel 
guardian, 578; in honor of St. 
Joseph, 585: prayer to St. 
Joseph for October, 598; in 
honor of the Passion of Our 
Lord, 680; in honor of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, 720. 

Devout exercise, in honor of the 
seven sorrows and seven joys of 
St. Joseph, 586; to the Blessed 
Sacrament and to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, 601; for all the 
Thursdays in the year, and espe- 



Alphabetical Index. 



cially for Holy Thursday and the 
feast of , Corpus Christi, 604; 
of the six Sundays in honor of 
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 1058. 

Dies irae, dies ilia (hymn), 940. 

Divine goodness, Acts of admira 
tion of the, 644. 

Divine Office, Prayer to be said 
before, 760; prayer to be said 
after, 761. 

Dolors of the Blessed Virgin, A 
no vena in honor of the, 746. 

Dressing, Prayer while, 117. 

E 

Easter, No vena for, 1012. 

Ejaculations, 119, 133, 134, 323, 
338,368, 402, 410,419,420,460, 
600, 618, 6.ss, 637, 639, 702, 726. 

Ember days, 985. 

Epiphany, Novena for. 1003. 

Eternity, Thoughts from St. Al- 
phonsus on death and, 871. 

Eucharistic Heart, Ejaculation to 
the, 338; acts of homage to the, 
634; ejaculation to, 635. 

Evening prayer, Short form of, 152. 

Examen, Prayer before, 189; 
daily, 189; general, 191; for 
confession, 371 ; on the Rules, 881. 

Examination, Method of particu 
lar, 80; a more detailed method 
of, 372. 

Exercise for holy communion, from 
the prayers of the saints, 504; 
pious, of the Fridays in honor 
of the Sacred Heart, 682; in 
honor of Our Lady of Dolors, 745 ; 
of the six Sundays in honor of 
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, 1058. 

Exercises of devotion for holy 
communion, 456. 

Explanation of the Sulpician meth 
od of mental prayer, 76. 

Exterior exercises for every day in 
the month, 684. 

Extracts, maxims, and prayers, 
Miscellaneous, 1127; from mas 
ters in the spiritual life, 1083. 

Extreme Unction, The order of 
administering the Sacrament 
of, 912. 



Faith, Profession of, 37; act of, 
126; acts of, and adoration, 457. 

Faithful Departed, A mode of hear 
ing Mass for, 342; devotions for 
the, 571; prayer for the, 682. 



Fasting-days, 28. 

Faults, A petition to overcome 
one s, 476. 

Feasts of Obligation in the United 
States, 28; of special devotions, 
some movable, 27; table of 
movable, 29. 

Feast of the Sacred Heart, 681- 
novena for the, of the Sacred 
Heart, 1017; of the Visitation, 
novena for the, 1018; of the 
guardian angel, novena for the, 
1022 ; presentation of the Blessed 
Virgin, novena for the, 1024; 
of All Saints, novena for the, 
1054. 

Festivals of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, Psalms for the, 527; of 
the apostles, 530. 

Formula of the Vows, 172. 

Friday, Mass and Communion on, 
214; Mass of the Passion for, 
296; act of reparation for first, 
626; pimus exercise for, in honor 
of the Sacred Heart, 682. 



General examen, 191. 

Gloria Patris, The practice of the 

seven, in honor of the Holy 

Spirit, 556. 
God, Ejaculation to, 323, 618; 

litany of the love of, 550; St. 

Gertrude s offering of the life and 

sufferings of Our Lord to, 699. 
Good Counsel, Prayer to Mary, 

Our Lady of, 746. 
Grace before and after meals, 173. 
Graces, Petitions for, 114; prayer 

to implore, for ourselves, together 

with acts of admiration of the 

divine goodness, 644. 
Guardian Angels, Novena for the 

feast of the, 1022. 



H 

Habit, Prayer while putting on 
the, 118. 

Hail Mary, The, 129. 

Happiness, The Heart of Jesus the 
source of all, 671. 

Heroic act of charity, 571. 

Holy Communion, Devotions for, 
4 OI i 473; petitions and offerings 
after, 421; a Mass of thanksgiv 
ing after, 426; prayer to Our 
Lady after, 464; simple prayers 



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for, 466; litany for, 469; short acts 
for, 472. (See also under Com 
munion.) 

Holy Family, Prayer to the, 1002. 

Holy Ghost, Prayer to the, before 
meditation, 122; votive Mass 
of the, 281 ; prayers to the, be 
fore confession, 370; hymn and 
sequence of the, 551; chaplet 
of the, 554; no vena to the, in 
preparation for the feast of 
Pentecost, 556; the practice ot 
the Seven Gloria Patris in honor 
of the, 556; prayer to the, for 
the Church, 557; short indul- 
genced prayer to the, 557; va 
rious prayers suitable for a 
novena to the, 557; act of obla 
tion to the, 558; offering to the, 
559; Little Office of the, 560; 
pious aspirations for obtaining 
the seven gifts of the, 564; 
and Religious Orders, 566; 
thanksgiving, consecration, and 
prayer to the, 568; prayers to 
the, in connection with devotions 
to the Blessed Sacrament, 568. 

Holy Hour, 661 ; reflections, medi 
tations, and prayers for the, 662; 
prayers for the, in honor of the 
face of Our Lord, 706. 

Holy Name of Jesus, Litany of the, 
134; a prayer to the, 999; no- 
vena to the, 1005. 

Holy souls in purgatory, Indul- 
genced prayer in behalf of the, 
575- 

Holy Scripture, Texts of, to excite 
sorrow for sins, 379. 

Holy Spirit. ( See under Holy Ghost. ) 

Holy Thursday and the feast of 
Corpus Christi : Devout exer 
cises for all the Thursdays in the 
year, and especially for, 604. 

Holy Trinity, Offering of Mass and 
communion to the, 197; prayers 
to the, 548. 

Holy Week, The Ceremonies of, 
explained, 707. 

Homage, Acts of, to the Eucharis- 
tic Heart of Jesus, 634. 

Hope, Act of, 126, 142. 

Hour of adoration, 610; holy, 661. 

Hours of Our Lady, The Office of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary, 755. 

Humility and confidence, Acts of, 
458. 

Hymns: At prime on Sundays and 
week-days throughout the year, 
138; "Now with the Fast-depart- 
vn Light," 163; Alma Redemp- 



toris, 167; Ave Regina, 169; 
Regina Cceli, 169; Tantum Ergo 
Sacramentum, 210, 537, 622; 
Ave Verum, 218; Jesu Dulcis 
Amor Meus, 219; Veni, Sancte 
Spiritus, 282, 553; Lauda Sion 
Salvatorem, 293; Stabat Mater, 
303; "Jesus, Master, teach me, 
480; St. Francis Xavier s hymn 
of love, 482; Veni, Domine Jesu! 
507; Lucis Creator Optime, 525; 
Ave Mans Stella, 529, 771; O 
Salutaris Hostia, 537! "My 
God, My Lord, in Thine own 
place," 611; Te Deum Lauda- 
mus, 539, 805; Veni Creator 
Spiritus, 551; O Filii et Filiae. 
719; Dies Irae, Dies Ilia, 938; 
SS. Ambrosej and Augustine, 805; 
Adeste Fideles, 990; "Oh, 
Come, All Ye Faithful!" (for 
Christmas day), 991; "Come, 
Holy Ghost, 1014; Tota Pul- 
chra Es, Maria, 1026; To the 
Saints and Martyrs of Religious 
Orders, 1028; "Lead, Kindly 
Light," 1079. 

I 

Immaculate Conception, Mass of 
the, 299; Little Office of the 
735; Little Chaplet in honor of 
the, 744; novena for the, 1025. 

Immaculate Heart of Mary, Chap- 
let in honor of the, 743. 

Indulgenced acts in honor of the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 628. 

Indulgenced aspirations and short 
prayers, 1062. 

Indulgenced Chaplet of the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, 623. 

Indulgenced prayer before a cruci 
fix, 213, 420; after the Hail 
Mary, 469; to the Holy Ghost, 
557; in behalf of the holy souls 
in purgatory, 575; in honor of 
the Passion of Our Lord, 700; 
practices and prayers in honor 
of St. Anthony of Padua, 1055. 

Indulgenced Prayers and Ejacula 
tions, 519. 

Indulgences granted by Pope 
Pius IX for a novena in honor 
of the Sacred Heart, 669. 

Infant Jesus, Prayer to the, 989, 
998; novena to the, 1001. 

Intentions, Daily, 187; for holy 
communion, 193. 

Interior practice, 376. 

Invocations and Salutations 
(Morning), 121; to St. Joseph, 



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130; to the Guardian Angel, 
130; to the patron saint, 130, 
131; "Anima Christi," 213; to 
St. Joseph, 599; to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, 671. 
Instruction, Prayers to be said 
aloud before giving, 1073. 



Jesus Christ, Prayers composed by 
St. Clara of Assisi in honor of, 
696; seven offerings of the pre 
cious blood of, 701. 

Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. 
(See under Blessed Sacrament.) 

Jesus, Litany of the Most Holy 
Name of, 134; prayer for the as 
sociates in the Sacred Heart of, 
1 88; Prayer to Jesus, Lover of 
Children, 526; Prayer to Jesus 
Dead, 527; the Psalter of, 977; 
novena to the Holy Child, 992. 

John the Baptist, St., Indulgenced 
prayer to, 527. 

June, Month of, 681. 

June, Prayer to the Sacred Heart 
said daily during month of, 
1075- 



Lent, Novena for, 1009. 

Litanies, novenas, indulgenced 
prayers, offices and prayers for 
particular occasions, 547. 

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, 
134; of the Blessed Virgin, 146; 
for holy communion, 469; of the 
love of God, 550; of the Guardian 
Angel, 579; of the Blessed Sac 
rament, 648; of the Sacred 
Heart, 651; of the Passion, 694; 
and other prayers for a happy 
death, 898; of the saints, 966; 
for the Faithful Departed, 975; 
of St. Joseph, 1008. 

Lord s Prayer, 128. 

Love, Act of, 126. 

Love and desire, Acts of, 459. 

Lucis Creator Optime (hymn), 525. 

M 

Magnificat, or canticle of the 

Blessed Virgin Mary, 526. 
March, Offering to St. Joseph said 

during the month of, 1074. 
Marks of a fervent Religious, 485. 
Martyrs of Religious Orders, Hymn 

to the, 1028. 
Mary, Prayer for the associates in 

the Sacred Heart of, 188; 



pra; 
ligic 



irayer to. 746; prayer of a Re- 
.igipus to, 749; prayer to, for the 
spirit of obedience, 1076; form 
of dedicating a child to, 1076. 
(See also under Blessed Virgin.) 

Mass, Prayer before, 195; offering 
during, 196; methods of hearing, 
197 ; on Sunday, 197 ; on Monday, 
199; on Tuesday, 200; on Wed 
nesday, 203; on Thursday, 205; 
on Friday, 214; on Saturday, 222; 
ordinary method of serving a 
priest at, 229; method of assist 
ing at, for children, 233; devo 
tions for each day in the week, 
278; of the Blessed Trinity, 278; 
of the Holy Ghost, 281; of the 
Holy Angels, 284; of St. Joseph, 
287; of the Blessed Sacrament, 
290; of the Passion, 296; of the 
Immaculate Conception of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, 299; of the 
Seven Dolors of the Blessed Vir 
gin Mary, 302; spiritual com 
munion at, 306; a method of 
hearing, for Religious, 310; 
method of hearing by way of 
meditation on the Passion, 323; 
in union with the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus, 331; for the Faithful 
Departed, 342; in honor of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, 352; in 
honor of the Blessed Sacrament 
before holy communion, 401; 
and communion, 414; of thanks 
giving after holy communion, 
426; Ordinary for the dead, 936. 

Masters in the spiritual life, Ex 
tracts from, 1083. 

May, Prayersforthe month of, 1015. 

Meals, Grace before and after, 173. 

Means of arriving at perfection, 
374- 

Meditation, Method of, according 
to St. Ignatius, 69; outlines of 
Sulpician, 74; Bishop Bellord s 
summary of, 78. 

Meditation, prayers before, 121; 
prayers after, 123; on the Passion 
of Our Lord and Saviour, Jesut 
Christ, and pious exterior and 
interior exercises for every day 
in the month, 684. 

Memorare to the Blessed Virgin, 
146, 724. 

Mental Prayer, 60; Is mental 
prayer easy? 63; Explanation 
of Sulpician method of, 76. 

Method of particular examination 
in striving after perfection, 80; 
of daily examen, 190: ordinary 
of serving a priest at Mass, 229; 



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of assisting at Mass for children, 
2 33 . f hearing Mass for Re 
ligious, 310; of hearing Mass by 
way of meditation on the Pas 
sion, 323; of examination, 372. 

Methods of hearing Mass, 197. 

Monday Offering of Mass and 
communion on, 199; method of 
hearing Mass on, 200; Mass of 
the Holy Ghost on, 281 ; prayer 
to be said on, 574; mode of hear 
ing Mass on, for the Faithful De 
parted, 342. 

Monthly retreat or day of recollec 
tion and prayer in preparation 
for a happy death, 869. 

Morning invocations and saluta 
tions, 1 20. 

Morning offering of the Apostle- 
ship of Prayer, 133; to the 
Blessed Sacrament, 141. 

Morning prayers. Short form of, 
for Religious, 139. 

Mother of God, Prayer to, 723; a 
form of consecration to the, 748. 

Movable feasts of special devotion, 
Some, 27; table of, 29. 



Name of Jesus, Litany of the, 134; 
a prayer to the adorable, 999; 
prayer in honor of, 525; novena 
to the Holy, 1005. 

New Year, An offering of the, 999; 
novena for the, 1002. 

Nicene Creed, 36. 

Night offering to the Blessed Sac 
rament, 154. 

Night Prayers, 142. 

November, Practice for the month 
of, 577- 

Novena to the Holy Ghost La prep 
aration for the feast of Pentecost, 
556; various prayers suitable for 
a, to the Holy Ghost, S57 to St. 
Joseph, 589, 600; to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, 669, 670, 672; 
for a special intention, 674; to 
Blessed Margaret Mary, 674; in 
honor of the precious blood of 
Jesus, 704; in honor of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary for any 
festival, 725, 726; in honor of the 
Dolors of the Blessed Virgin, 746; 
for Christmas, 987; to tne Holy 
Child Jesus, 992, 1001; for the 
New Year, 1002; for Epiphany, 
1003; to the Holy Name of Jesus, 
1005; for the purification of Our 
Lady, 1006; to St. Joseph, 1007; 



for the Annunciation of Our Lady, 
1008; in honor of Our Saviour s 
Passion, 1009; for Easter, 1012; 
for Pentecost, 1013; for Corpus 
Christi , 1016; for the feast of the 
Sacred Heart, 1017; for the 
feast of the Visitation, 1018; for 
the Assumption, 1019; for the 
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, 1020; to Our Lady of 
Mercy, 1021; for the feast; of the 
Guardian Angels, 1022; to the k pa- 
tron Saint of the Religious Order 
to which one belongs, 1023; for 
the feast of the Presentation of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1024; 
for the Immaculate Conception, 
1025; to St. Benedict, Abbot, 
1030; to St. Francis of Assisi, 
1032 ; to St. Clara, 1033 ; 
to St. Dominic, 1033; to St. 
Catharine of Sienna, 1035; to 
St. Francis de Sales, 1037; to 
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, 
1040; to St. Vincent de Paul, 
1041; to St Ignatius Loyola, 
1042; to St. Ursula, 1044; to 
St. Bernard, 1045; to St. Charles 
Borromeo, 1048; of grace in 
honor of St. Francis Xavier, 1049; 
for the feast of All Saints, 1054; 
to St. Anthony of Padua, 1054. 

Novenas, a little book of, 1087. 

Novice, A picture of a good, 487. 



Obedience, Prayer to Mary to ob 
tain the spirit of, 1076. 

Oblation, Act of, 459, 462. 

Offering of the Apostleship of 
Prayer, Morning, 133; to the 
Blessed Sacrament (Morning), 
141; to the Blessed Sacrament 
(Night), 154; of communion, 192; 
during Mass, 196; of precious 
blood, 197; of Mass on Sunday, 
197; on Monday, 199; on Tues 
day, 200; on Wednesday, 203; 
on Thursday, 205; on Friday, 
214; on Saturday, 222; of con 
fession, 385; of sacramental 
penance, 387; after holy com 
munion, 421; before a picture 
of the Sacred Heart, 469; of all 
one s actions to the Sacred 
Heart, 515; to the Holy Ghost, 
559; daily, to the Sacred Heart, 
636; of sufferings of Our Lord, 
690; of the precious blood, 701: 



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of intentions before reciting 
the Rosary, 728; in honor of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, 753; of 
Mass and communion for the 
monthly preparation for death, 
874; for the New Year, 999; to 
St. Joseph during the month of 
March, 1074. 

Office of the Holy Ghost, Little, 
560; Holy Angels, 581; St. 
Joseph, 591; Sacred Heart of 
Jesus, 652; Immaculate Con 
ception, 735; Blessed Virgin 
Mary, 756; Blessed Virgin Mary; 
or, the Hours <,f Our Lady, 
75 S. 

Offkium Parvum Beatae Mariae 
Virginis (The Office of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary), 755. 

O Filii et Filiae (hymn), 719. 

Orders, Religious and the Holy 
Ghost, 566. 

Order of administering holy com 
munion to the sick, The, 910; 
the Sacrament of Extreme 
Unction, 912. 

Ordinary method of serving a 
priest at Mass, 229. 

O Salutaris Hostia (hymn), 537. 

Our Lady, Vesper-song to, 155; 
prayer to, 221; prayer to, after 
holy communion, 464; novena 
for the Purification of, 1006; 
novena for the Annunciation of, 
1008; novena to Our Lady of 
Mercy, 1021; prayer to Our 
Lady of Good Counsel, 1077. 

Our Lord, Devotions in honor of 
the Passion of, 683; St. Ger 
trude s offering of the sufferings 
of, 699; Indulgenced prayer in 
honor of the Passion of, 700. 



Paraphrase of the " Anima Christ!," 
4Si. 

Particular examination, A method 
of, 80; subject-matter of, 81. 

Passion and the Sacred Heart, Of 
fering of Mass and communion, 
214. 

Passion, Mass of the, 296; method 
of hearing Mass by way of medi 
tation on the, 323; devotions in 
honor of the, 683; meditations 
on the sorrowful, of Our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ, 684; 
litany of the, 694; indulgenced 
prayer in honor of the, 700; 
novena in honor of Our Saviour s, 
1009. 

Patron saint, Novena to the, 1023. 



Paul, St., Prayer to, 532. 

Peace, Prayer for, 1062. 

Penance, Short offering of Sacra 
mental, 387. 

Penitential Psalms, The seven (in 
Latin and in English), 388. 

Pentecost, On the festival of, 536; 
novena to the Holy Ghost in 
preparation for the feast of, 556; 
prayer for the feast of, 557; no- 
vena for, 1013. 

Perfection, Means of arriving at, 
374- 

Perseverance, Prayer to St. Joseph 
for, 600. 

Petition, Act of, 462; to overcome 
faults, 476; to obtain graces, 
646; for help, 1073; to St. Vin 
cent de Paul, 1078. 

Petitions, for graces, 114; and of 
ferings after holy communion, 
421; of St. Augustine, 516; 
thirty-three, 1000. 

Picture of a good novice, 487. 

Pius IX., Prayer of, 706. 

Plenary indulgence at the hour of 
death, 916. 

Pope, Prayer for a deceased, 1061; 
prayer for the election of a, 1061. 

Practice, Interior, 376; of the 
Seven Gloria Patris in hoaor of 
the Holy Spirit, 556; Indul 
genced, in honor of St. Anthony 
of Padua, 1057- 

Praise, to the will of God, 130; and 
thanksgiving, Acts of, 461; Act 
of, 483; to the Sacred Hearts of 
Jesus and Mary, Act of, 724. 

Prayer, 40; necessity of, 42; ef 
ficacy of, 43; conditions of, 43; 
a talk about, 49; vocal, 58; 
mental, 60; is mental easy? 63; 
explanation of the Sulpician 
method of mental, 76; of St. 
Ignatius (Soul of Christ, etc.), 
to Our Lord Jesus Christ, 92; 
preparatory, 92; to obtain the 
grace of understanding, 04; to 
excite one s self to repentance, 
95; triple colloquy, 96; colloquy 
on God s mercy and compassion, 
98; to Jesus Christ, Our King, 
99; for assistance in contemplat 
ing the scenes of the gospel, 100; 
to obtain the three degrees of 
humility, 101; on the three 
classes, 103; that we may be re 
ceived under the standard of our 
divine King, 104; before election, 
105; in desolation, 106; that we 
may unite ourselves with the 
sufferings of Our Lord, 107; to 



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Our Lord Jesus Christ risen from 
the dead, 109; to excite love for 
God, no; while dressing, 117; 
while putting on the habit, 118; 
of St. Gertrude on awaking, 
118; of Blessed Margaret Mary, 
119; before meditation, 121; to 
the Sacred Heart, 122; to the 
Holy Ghost, before meditation, 
122; after meditation, 123; morn 
ing, 126; for holy Church, 128; 
Lord s, 128; Hail Mary, 129; of 
the Blessed Virgin, St Joseph, 
your^guardian angel, your patron 
saint, 130; short form of morn 
ing, for Religious, 139; evening, 
142, 152; for a happy death, 153, 
898; daily, for associates in the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus, 188; daily, 
for associates in the Sacred Heart 
of Mary, 188; before examen, 
189; of the Associates for Com 
munion of Reparation, 105; be 
fore Mass, 195; indulgenced, be 
fore a crucifix, 213, 420; to Our 
Lady of Sorrows, 221, 745; to 
Our Lady, Mother of Confidence, 
518; to Our Lady Reparatrice, 
534; to Our Lady, Mother of 
Divine Providence, 1077; to 
the HolylGhost before confession, 
370; for pardon, 383; after 
confession, 386; of St. Thomas 
Aquinas, 416, 1057; of St. Bon- 
aventure, 417; indulgenced, 
443; before communion, 457; 
after communion, 461; to Our 
Lady after holy communion, 464; 
for holy communion, 466; of 
Ven. Father Olier, 468; of 
Blessed Margaret Mary, 484, 672; 
to become a fervent Religious, 
484; reflections and, before and 
after communion for Religious, 
489; for the fulfilling of the will 
of God, 512; for Sunday to the 
Blessed Trinity, 549; to the 
Holy Spirit for the Church, 557; 
to the Holy Ghost, short in 
dulgenced, 557, 568; for the feast 
of Pentecost, 557; for the conver 
sion of unbelievers, 568; in be 
half of the holy souls in purga 
tory, 574, 575; to the Angel 
Guardian, 578, 581; to St. Ra 
phael, archangel, 585; to the 
Archangel Gabriel, 585; of a Re 
ligious to St. Joseph, 588; for a 
happy death, 598; to St. Joseph, 
598, 600, 601; for the agonizing, 
600; for a visit to the Blessed 
Sacrament. 615; of St. Al- 



ehonsus Liguori, to the Blessed 
acrament, 617, 752, 1047; for 
the wants of holy Church, 640; 
for all things needful, commonly 
called the universal prayer, 643; 
when suffering, 679; for the faith 
ful in their agony, 682; in honor 
of the Passion of Our Lord, in 
dulgenced, 700; to the Heart of 
Mary, 723; of St. Aloysius Gon- 
zaga to the Blessed Virgin, 725, 
1058, 1059; in honor of the Im 
maculate Mary, 742; to Our 
Lady of Good Counsel, 746, 1077 ; 
to Our Lady of Lourdes, 747; to 
Our Lady of Light, 748; said in 
some Religious Communities on 
Saturday evenings, 748; of Re 
ligious to Mary, 749; the Thirty 
Days , 750; before and after Di 
vine Office, 760, 761; in prep 
aration for a happy death, 869; to 
the Infant Jesus, 989, 998; to 
the adorable Name of Jesus, 
999; to the Holy Family, 1002; 
before a picture of Christ cruci 
fied, ion; for the month of 
May, 1014; for a happy death in 
honor of St. Benedict, 1031; to 
St. Scholastica, 1031; to St. 
Francis, 1038; for the Order of 
the Visitation, 1038; to obtain 
the protection of St. Francis de 
Sales, 1039; of the Church, 1039; 
to St. Vincent de Paul, 1041; 
to St. Angela Merici, 1043, to St. 
Anselm, 1046; to St. Teresa, 
1047; to St. Ann, 1049; to St. 
Francis Xavier, 1050; to the 
Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, 
1053; to St. Patrick, 1053; in 
any necessity to St. Anthony, 
1056; in affliction and anxiety, 
before a statue of St. Anthony, 
1056; to St. John the Evangel 
ist, 1057; to St. Mary Magdalen, 
1057; to St. Stanislaus Kostka, 
1059; asking for good priests, 
1059; to St. John Baptist de la 
Salle, 1060; in honor of St. Wal- 
burga, 1060; in honor of the holy- 
archangel Michael, 1061, to St. 
Raphael, archangel, protector of 
travelers, 1061; for a deceased 
pope, 1061; for the election of a 
pope, 1061; in time of war, 1061; 
for peace, 1062; before visiting 
the sick, 1072; before school, 
1073; to be said aloud before 
giving instruction, 1073; before 
going to the parlor, 1073; for 
Sisters in retreat, 1074: to the 



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Alphabetical Index. 



Sacred Heart, 1075; to Mary, 
to obtain the spirit of obedience, 
1076. 

Prayers, indulgenced, 518; at Ben 
ediction, 542; to the Most 
Holy Trinity, 548; suitable for 
a novena to the Holy Ghost, 
557; to the Holy Ghost in con 
nection with devotions to the 
Blessed Sacrament, 568: for 
every day in the week in aid 
of the souls In purgatory, 
575; for visits to the Blessed 
Sacrament and the Hour of Ad 
oration, 610; for the Church and 
for the civil authorities, 642; to 
implore graces for ourselves, 644; 
during a novena of the Sacred 
Heart, 672; C9mposed of St. 
Clara of Assisi in honor of the 
five wounds, 696: in honor of the 
Holy face of Our Lord, 706; of 
M. Dupont, 706; in honor of 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 746; 
for the sick, 904; miscellaneous, 
1027; novena and, to St. Jane 
Frances de Chantal, 1040; in 
honor of St. Anthony of Padua, 
1055; and indulgenced aspira 
tions, 1062; for various occa 
sions, 1066; for travelers, 1071; 
miscellaneous extracts, maxims, 
and, 1079. 

Precious blood of Jesus Christ, 
Seven offerings of the, 701; 
month of the, 703; novena in 
honor of the, 704; offering to, 
before the Rosary, 728. 

Preparation for a happy death, 
869. 

Presentation of the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, Novena for the feast of the, 
1024. 

Priests, Prayer asking for good, 
1059. 

Profession of faith at the reception 
of converts, 37. 

Psalter of Jesus, The, 977. 

Psalms: IV., Cum Invocarem, 160; 
XXX., In te Domine, Speravi, 
161; XC., Qui Habitat, 161; 
CXXXIII., Ecce Nunc, 163; 
CXVI., Laudate, Dominum, 175, 
524; CXXIX.,De Profundis, 185, 
398, 536; The Seven Penitential, 
388; VI., Domine, ne in Furore, 
389,391; XXXI., Beati Quorum, 
390; L., Miserere, 393; CXLII., 
Domine Exaudi, 399; CIX., 
Dixit Dominus, 519; CX., Con- 
fitebor Tibi, 520; CXI., Beatus 
Vir, 521; CXIL, Laudate 



Pueri, 522; CXIIL, In Exitu 
Israel, 522; CXXI., Laetatus 
sum, 527; CXXVI., Nisi Domi 
nus, 528; CXLVII., Lauda, 
Jerusalem, 528; CXV., Credidi, 
530; CXXV., In Convertendo 
Dominis, 531; CXXXVIII., 
Domine, Probasti Me, 532; 
CXX XL, Memento, Domine, 534; 
CXXVIL, Beatus Omnes, 536; 
for the festivals of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, 527; sung 
on festivals of the apostles, 530; 
on festivals of one martyr or 
several, 534; on festivals of con 
fessors, not bishops, 534; on 
festivals of confessors, bishops, 
534; on festivals of virgins and 
holy women, 535 ; on the festival 
of All Saints, 535; on Christmas 
Day, 536; on the festival of 
Easier, 536; on the festival of 
Pentecost, 536; on the festival 
of Corpus Christi, 536. 

Purgatory, Offering of Mass and 
communion for the holy souls ; n, 
199; a short indulgenced prayer 
for the holy souls in , 575; prayers 

for every day in the week in aid 
of the souls in, 575. 

Purification of Our Lady, No- 
vena for the, 1006. 

Purity, Prayer of St. Alphonsus for, 
S34- R 

Recommendation of a soul de 
parting, 919. 

Reflections for contrition and 
amendment, 380; after com 
munion, 424; before and after 
communion for Religious, 489; 
on Benediction, 541, 891. 

Regina Coeli, 138, i6p. 

Religious Communities, Consecra 
tion of, 1 50. 

Religious Orders, Hymn to the 
saints and martyrs, 1028. 

Religious and the Holy Ghost, 566. 

Religious, Short form of morning 
prayers for, 139; act of consecra 
tion for, 151; a method of hear 
ing Mass for, 310; a prayer to 
become a fervent, 484; marks of 
a fervent, 485; reflections and 
prayers before and after com 
munion for, 489; prayer of a, to 
St. Joseph, 588; sentiments of a, 
before the Blessed Sacrament, 
618; reparation and consecra 
tion for, 631; consecration of 
communities, 675; prayer of a, 
to Mary, 749. 



Alphabetical Index. 



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Remember of Our Lady of the 

Sacred Heart, 754. 
Renewal of Vows, 132, 133, 173, 633; 

at Mass, 878. 
Renovation of Vows, Formula of, 

133- 633- 

Reparation, Prayer of the As 
sociates for the communion of, 
195, 625; and consecration for 
Religious, 631; to the Sacred 
Heart of Jesus for the first Fri 
day, 626. 

Resurrection of Our Lord, No vena 
in honor of, 1012. 

Retreat, or day of recollection and 
prayer in preparation for a happy 
death, 860; prayer for Sisters in, 
1074. 

Ritus Benedictipnis Apostolicae in 
Articulo Mortis, 916. 

Roman Breviary, Commemora 
tions from the, 851. 

Rosary for the dead, 575; of the 
Sacred Heart, 677; mysteries of 
the holy, 727; offering of the, in 
union with the precious blood, 
728; of the Blessed Virgin, 728. 

Rubrics of the Office of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary, 756. 

Rules, Examen on the, 88 1. 



Sacrament of Extreme Unction, 
The order of administering the, 
912. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Ejaculation 
to the, 119, 637; prayer to the, 
before meditation, 122; in the 
Blessed Sacrament, 133; act of 
consecration to the, 733, 632, 
680; daily prayer for associates 
of, 1 88; Mass and communion in 
honor of the, 205 ; and the Pas 
sion, 214; the holy Mass in 
union with the, 331 ; offering be 
fore a picture of the, 409; of 
fering of all one s actions to the, 
515; indulgenced chaplet of the, 
623; indulgenced acts in honor 
of the, 628; daily offering to the, 
636; form of consecration to the, 
650; litany of the, 651 ; a favor 
ite novena to the, 670; invoca 
tions to the, 671 ; other acts and 
prayers which may be used dur 
ing a novena of the, 672; the 
Venerable Mother Julie Bil- 
liart and her devotion to the, 
676; rosary of the, 677 ; feast of 



the, 681; pious exercise of the 
Fridays in honor of the, 682; in- 
yoking the blessing of the, 682; 
indulgences granted by Pope 
Pius IX. for a novena in honor 
of the, 669; the Remember of Our 
Lady of the, 754; novena for the 
feast of the, 1017; prayer to the, 
said daily during the month of 
June, 1075; form of consecrating 
a child to the, 1076. 

Sacred Heart of Mary, daily pray 
ers for associates, 188. 

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, 
Act of praise to the, 724. 

St. Agnes, Collect of, 1060. 

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Devout ex 
ercise of the six Sundays in honor 
of, 1058; prayer, to, 1058, 1059; 
act of consecration to, 1058. 

St. Alphonsus de Liguori, Prayer 
of, 752; prayer to, 1047; prayer 
of, for a visit to the Blessed 
Sacrament, 617; prayer of, to 
St. Teresa, 1047. 

St. Angela Merici, Foundress of the 
Ursuline Order, Prayer to, 1043. 

St. Ann, Prayer to, 1049. 

St. Anselm, Prayer, to, 1046. 

St. Anthony of Padua, Novena to, 
1054; indulgenced practices and 
prayers in honor of, 1055; pious 
practice of the Thirteen Tues 
days or of the Thirteen Sundays 
in honor of, 1055; prayer in 
any necessity to, 1056; aspira 
tions to, 1056; prayer in afflic 
tion and anxiety before a statue 
of, 1056. 

St. Athanasius, Creed of, 33- 

St. Augustine, Petitions of, 516- 

St Benedict, Novena to, 1030; 
prayer for a happy death in 
honor of, 1031. 

St. Bernard, Novena to, 1045. 
! St. Bonaventure, Prayer of, 417. 
| St. Catharine of Sienna, Novena to, 
1035. 

St. Charles Borromeo, Novena to, 
1048. 

St. Clara. Novena to. 1033; prayers 
composed by, in honor of the 
five wounds, 696. 

St. Dominic, Novena to, 1033. 

St. Francis de Sales, Novena to, 
1037; prayers to, 1038, 1039- 

St. Francis of Assist, Devotions to, 
1031; novena to, 1032. 

St. Francis Xavier s hymn of love, 
482; novena of grace to, 1049, 
1051; prayer to, 1050. 



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Alphabetical Index. 



St. Gertrude, Prayer of, on awak 
ing, 118; offering to God, 699. 

St. Ignatius, method of medita 
tion according (to, 69; Suscipe 
of, 125; Novena to, 1042. 

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, No- 
vena and prayers to, 1040. 

St. John Baptist de la Salle. 
Prayer to, 1060. 

St. John the Evangelist, Prayer to, 
1057- 

St. Joseph, Invocation to, 130; of 
fering of Mass and communion 
in honor of, 203, 287; devotions 
in honor of. 585; devotion of the 
Seven Sundays in honor of, 585; 
devout exercise in honor of the 
seven sorrows and the seven joys 
of, 586; prayer of a Religious to, ! 
588; novena to, 589, 1007; Little j 
Office of, 591; act of consecra- j 
tion to, 597, 599; prayer to, for! 
October devotions, 598; invoca- 
tion to, 599; prayer, to for per- 
severance, 600; prayers in honor ; 
of, for the agonizing, 600; 
prayer to, as patron of the uni- | 
versal Church, 601; litany of,! 
1008; offering to, during the ! 
month of March, 1074. 

St. Mary Magdalen, Prayer to, 
1057- 

St. Patrick, Prayer to, 1053. 

St. Raphael, Archangel, Prayer to, 
585, 1061. 

St. Scholastica, Prayer to, 1031. 

St. Stanislaus Kostka, Prayer to, 
1059. 

St. Thomas Aquinas, Prayer of, 
416; prayer to, 1057. > 

St. Ursula, Novena to, 1044. 

St. Vincent de Paul, Novena to, 
1041; prayer to, 1041; petition 
to, 1078. 

St. Walburga, Prayer in honor of, 
1060. 

Saints, The, on spiritual com 
munion, 308; on the festival of 
All, 535; thoughts from the, 683; ! 
litany of the, 964; hymn to the, 
1028. 

Salve Regina, 170. 

Saturday, Mass and communion on, 
222; Mass of the Immaculate 
Conception on, 299. 

School, Prayer before, 1073. 

Sentiments of a Religious before 
the Blessed Sacrament, 618. 

Sequence of the Holy Ghost, Hymn 
and, 551. 

Seraphim, Canticle of the, 548. 



Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost, 
Pious aspirations for obtaining 
the, 564. 

Seven offerings of the precious 
blood of Jesus Christ, 701. 

Seven Penitential Psalms, in Latin 
and in English, 388. 

Short and simple method of assist 
ing at Mass for children, 236. 

Short form of morning prayers 
for Religious, 139; of evening 
prayers. 152. 

Short formula of renovation of 
vows, 133. 

Short method of daily examen, 190. 

Short offering of sacramental pen 
ance, 387. 

Sick, Devotions for the, and the 
last prayers, 904; the order of 
administering holy communion 
to the, 910; prayer before visit 
ing the, 1072. 

Sighs to Jesus in the Blessed Sac 
rament, 638. 

Sorrow, Act of, 384. 

Sorrows and seven joys of St. 
Joseph, Devout exercise in honor 
of the seven, 586; a visit to our 
Lady of, 745. 

Special devotion, Some movable 
feasts of, 27. 

Spiritual communion at Mass, 
306; what the saints thought 
of, 308, 637; fruit of, 639. 

Spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius 
arranged in prayers, 91. 

Spiritual life, Extracts from mas 
ters in the, 1083. 

Stabat Mater (hymn), 303. 

Sub Tuurn Praesidium, 75, 148. 

Suffering, Prayer when, 679. 

Sulpician, method of meditation, 
Outlines of, 74; method of men 
tal praver, explanation of, 76. 

Sunday, Offering of Mass and com 
munion on, 197 ; method of hear 
ing Mass on, 198; prayer for, to 
the Blessed Trinity, 549. 

Sundays, Devotions of the seven, 
in honor of St. Joseph, 585. 

Supplication, Act of, 363. 

Suscipe of St. Ignatius, 125. 



Table of movable feasts, 29. 
Tantum Ergo Sacramentum 

(hymn), 210, 537, 622. 
Te Deum Laudamus (hymn), 539 

805. 



Alphabetical Index. 



Thanksgiving, Act of, 362, 414; 
a Mass of, after holy communion, 
426; acts of adoration, praise, 
and, 461; hymn of, 465; conse 
cration and prayer to the Holy 
Ghost, 568, 621. 

Thirty Days Prayer to the Blessed 
Virgin Mary, The, 750. 

Thoughts from the saints, 683; 
from St. Alphonsus on death and 
eternity, 871. 

Thursday, Offering of Mass and 
communion on, 205; method of 
hearing Mass on, 216; Mass of 
the Blessed Sacrament on, 290; 
devotion of the three, 601; de 
vout exercises for all the, and 
the feast of Corpus Christi, 604. 

Tota Pulchra Es, Maria (hymn), 
1026. 

Travelers, Prayer for, 1051. 

Trinity, Holy, Offering of Mass on 
Sunday, 197; prayers to the 
Most Holy, S48; prayers for 
Sunday to the Blessed, 549; 
Acts of adoration and thanks 
giving to, 544. 

Trisagion, Angelic, 117. 

Tuesday, Offering of Mass and 
communion on, 200; method of 
hearing Mass on, 201: Mass of 
the Holy Angels, on, 284. 



U 



Unbelievers, Prayer for the con 
version of, 568. 
Universal prayer, 643. 



Veni, Creator Spiritus (hymn), SSL 
Veni, Domini Jesu! (hymn), 507. 
Veni, Sancte Spiritus (hymn), 282, 
553- 



Versicle and prayer in honor of the 

Immaculate Mary, 742. 
Vesper-Song to Our Lady, 155. 
Via Crucis or Way of the Cross, 

The, 687. 
Virgin Mary, Little Chaplet in 

honor of the, 744. 
Visit to Our Lady of Sorrows, A, 

745- 
Visitation, Novena for the Festival 

of the, 1018; prayers for the 

Order of the, 1038. 
Visits to the Blessed Sacrament, 

rayers for, 610, 615; prayer of 
t. Alphonsus Liguori for, 617. 
Vocal Prayer, 58. 

Vows, Renewal of, 132, 173; for 
mula of, 173; renovation of, for 
Religious persons, 633; a re 
newal of, at Mass, 878. 



W 

War, Prayer in time of, 1061. 

Way of the Cross, The, 687. 

Wednesday, Offering of Mass and 
communion on, 203; method of 
hearing Mass on, 203; Mass of 
St. Joseph on, 287. 

Week Sanctified, The, 547; prayer 
for every day in the, in aid of 
the souls in purgatory, 575. 

Will of God, Praises to the, 130. 



Year, Offering on the last day o 
the, 998; offering of the new, 999 



Zeal for the interests of the Heart 
of Jesus, 465. 



PRAYER-BOOK FOR RELIGIOUS. 



Hbe Calendar. 

JANUARY. 

1. CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD; St. Fulg< ; ntius; 

St. Odilo, Ab. 

2. Octave of St. Stephen; St. Macarius; St. Adalard. 

3. St. Genevieve, V.; Octave of St. John, Ap., Ev. 

4. Octave of Holy Innocents; St. Angela of Foligno. 

5. St. Telesphorus, P.,M. ; St. Simeon Stylites; Vigil of Epiphany. 

6. EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD. 

7 St. Lucian, P., M.; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

8- St. Severinus; St. Gudula, V.; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

9. SS. Julian and Basilla, MM.; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

10. S. William, Abp. of Bourges; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

11. St. Hyginus, P., M.; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

12. St. Arcadius, M.; St. Aelred, Ab.; of the Octave of Epiphany. 

13. St. Veronica of Milan, V.; Octave of the Epiphany. 

14. St. Hilary, B.; St. Felix, M. 

15. St. Paul, first H. 

1 6. St. Marcellus, P., M. 

17. St. Antony, Ab. 

18. Chair of St. Peter at Rome. 

19. St. Canute, K. of Denmark, M.; St. Wolstan. 

20. SS. Fabian and Sebastian, MM. 

21. St. Agnes, V., M. 

22. SS. Vincent and Anastasius, MM. 

23. St. Raymond of Pennafort, C.; Espousals of the B. V M 

24. St. Timothy, B., M. 

25. Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle. 

26. St. Poly carp, B., M. 

27. St. John Chrysostom, B., D. 

28. St. Flavian, M.; and St. Agnes, the second time 

29. St. Francis of Sales, B., D. 

30. St. Martina, V., M. 

31. St. Peter Nolasco, C. 

ABBREVIATIONS. Ab., Abbot or Abbess: Abp., Arcnbisfrop- Ap^ 
Apostle; Bl, , Blessed; B., Bishop; B. V. M. , Blessed Virgin Mary; Zomi-. 
Companion and Companions; C., Confessor; D. and D.D., Doctor and 
Doctors; Ev., Evangelist; //..Hermit; K., King; M. and MM., Martyi 
and Martyrs: P., Pope; Pa., Patriarch; Pen., Penitent; Pf., Priest; Q., 
Queen; 55., Saints; V., Virgin; W., Widow. 

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FEBRUARY. 

1. St. Ignatius, B., M.; St. Brigid, V., Patroness of Ireland 

2. PURIFICATION OF THE BL. VIRGIN MARY. 

3. St. Blase, B., M. 

4. St. Andrew Corsini, B. 

5. St. Agatha, V., M.; St. Philip of Jesus. 

6. St. Dorothy, V.., M.; St. Titus, B. 

7. St. Romua ld, Ab. 

8. St. John of Matha, C. 

9. St. Apollonia, V., M.; St. Cyril of Alexandria^ B., C., D. 

10. St. Scholastic;!, V. 

11. St. Saturninus, M.; Seven Founders of the Servite Order 

12. St. Meletius, Bishop of Antioch, C. 

13. St. Catharine of Ricci, V.; Gregory II., P.. 

14. St. Valentine, Pr., M.; St. Agathon, P. 

15. SS. Faustinus and Jovita, MM. 

16. St. Onesimus, B. of Ephesus, "M.; Gregory X., P. 

17. St. Theodulus, M ; St. Hyginus, P. 

18. St. Simeon, B. of Jerusalem, M. 

19. St. Mansuetus, B. of Milan and C. 

20. St. Eucherius, B., C. 

21. St. Severianus, B., M. 

22. Chair of St. Peter, at Antioch. 

23. (Vigil.) St. Peter Damian, B., D. 

24. ST. MATTHIAS, AP., in leap-years on the 2$th. 

25. St. Felix, P., C. 

26. St. Alexander, B. of Alexandria, C. 

27. St. Leander, B. of Seville, C. 

28. St. Romanus, Ab. 

29. St. Oswald, B. of Worcester, C. 



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MARCH. 

1. St. Albinus, B., C.; St. David. 

2. St. Simplicius, P., C. 

3. St. Cunegunda, V. 

4. St. Casimir, C. 

5. St. Phocas, M. 

6. St. Victor, M.; St. Fridolin, C. 

7. St. Thomas Aquinas, C., D. 

8. St. John of God, C. 

9. St. Frances of Rome, W.; St. Catharine of Bologna, V. 

10. The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste. 

11. St. Eulogius, Pr., M. 

12. St. Gregory the Great, P., D. 

13. St. Euphrasia, V. 

14. St. Mathilda, W. 

15. St. Longinus, M. 

1 6. St. Abraham, H. 

17. St. Patrick, B., Ap. of Ireland. 

18. St. Gabriel, Archangel; St. Cyril of Jerusalem. 

19. ST. JOSEPH, SPOUSE or THE B. V. M., Patron of the Universal 

Church. 

20. St. Cuthbert, B., C. 

21. St. Benedict, Ab. 

22. St. Basil, Pr., M.; St. Catharine of Sweden, V. 

23. St. Turibius, B. of Lima, C. 

24. St. Simon, an infant Martyr at Trent.; St. Irenaeus, B. 

25. ANNUNCIATION OF THE B. V. M. 

26. St. Ludger, B., C. 

27. St. John Damascene, B., D.; St. Robert, B., C. 

28. St. Guntran, K., C.; St. John Capistrano, C. 

29. St. Eustace, A. 

30. St. John Climacus, Ab. 

31. St. Balbina, V. 



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APRIL. 

1. St. Hugh, B. of Grenoble, C. 

2. St. Francis of Paola, C. 

3. St. Richard, B., C. 

4. St. Isidore, B. of Seville, D. 

5. St. Vincent Ferrer, C. 

6. St. Celestine I., P., C. 

7. St. Hegesippus, C. 

8. St. Dionysius, B. of Corinth. 

9. St. Mary of Egypt. 

10. St. Macarius, B. of Antioch, C. 
n. St. Leo the Great, P., D. 

12. St. Victor, M. 

13. St. Hermenegild, M. 

14. SS. Tiburtius, Valerian, and Maximus, MM.; St. Justin, M.; 

St. Lidwina, V. 

15. SS. Basilissa and Anastasia, MM. 

1 6. St. Lambert, M.; Benedict Joseph Labre, C. 

17. St. Anicetus, P., M. 

18. St. Perfectus, Pr., M.; Bl. Mary of the Incarnation. 

19. St. Timon, D., M.; St. Werner, M. 

20. St. Agnes of Montepulciano, Ab., V.; Bl. Gerard, C. 

21. St. Anselm, B. of Canterbury, D. 

22. SS. Soter and Caius, Popes, MM. 

23. St. George, M. 

24. St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, M. 

25. St. MARK THE EVANGELIST The great Litany. 

26. St. Cletus and Marcellinus, Popes, MM.; Our Lady of Good 

Counsel. 

27. St. John, Ab., C.; St. Turibius de Mogrovejo, B., C. 

28. St. Vitalis, M.; St. Paul of the Cross. 

29. St. Peter, M. 

30. St. Catharine of Sienna, V. 



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MAY. 



1. SS. PHILIP AND JAMES, APOSTLES. 

2. St. Athanasius, B. of Alexandria, D. 

3. FINDING or THE HOLY CROSS. 

4. St. Monica, W.; Bl. John Fisher, Thomas More and Comps 

5. St. Pius, V., P., C. 

6. St. John the Apostle, before the Latin Gate. 

7. St. Stanislaus, B., M. 

8. Apparition of St. Michael the Archangel. 

9. St. Gregory Nazianzen, B., D. 
10. St. Antoninus, B. of Florence. 
u. St. Mamertus, B. of Vienna, C. 

12. SS. Nereus and Achilleus, MM. 

13. St. John the Silent, H. -fc 

14. St. Boniface, M. 

15. St. Torquatus and Comps., MM. 

16. St. Ubald, B. 

17. St. Paschal Baylon, C. 

18. St. Venantius, M. 

19. St. Peter Celestine, P.; St. Pudentiana, V. 

20. St. Bernardine of Sienna, C. 

21. St. Valens, B., M. 

22. St. John Nepomucene, M.; St. John Baptist De La Salle. 

23. St. Desiderius, B , M. 

24. Feast of B. V. M., as Help of Christians. 

25. St. Gregory VII., P., C. 

26. St. Philip Neri, C. 

27. St. Bede, C., D. 

28. St. Germanus, B. of Paris, C.; St. Augustine of Canterbury, 

B., C. 

29. St. Mar} Magdalen of Pazzi, V. 

30. St. Felix, P., M. 

31. St. Petronilla, V.; St. Angela Merici, V. 



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JUNE. 

* 

i St. Pamphilus, Pr., M. 

2. SS. Marcellinus, Peter, and Erasmus, MM.; St. Blandina, 

3. St. Clotilda, Q. of France. 

4. St. Francis Caracciolo, C. 

5. St. Boniface, B., Ap. of Germany. 

6. St. Norbert, B. of Magdeburg. 

7. St Robert, Ab. 

8. St. Medardus, B., C.; St. William, B. of York, England. 

9. SS. Primus and Felicianus, MM.; St. Columba (Ireland). 
10. St. Margaret, Q. of Scotland. 

it. St. Barnabas, Ap. 

12. St. John of St. Fagondez, C. 

13. St. Anthony of Padua, C. 

14. St. Basil the Great, B., D. 

iv SS. Vitus, Modestus, and Crescentia, MM. 

1 6. St. John Francis Regis, C. 

17. St. Avitus, Pr., C. 

18. SS. Marcus and Marcellianus, MM. 

19. St. Juliana Falconieri, V. 

20. St. Silverius, P., M. 

21. St. Aloysius Gonzaga, C. 

22. St. Paulinus, B. of Nola; St. Alban. 

23. Vigil of Nativity of St. John the Baptist 

24. NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST. 

25. St. William, Ab. 

26. SS. John and Paul, MM. 

27. St. Crescent, B., M. 

28. (Vigil.) St. Irensus, B., M.; St. Leo II., P. 

29. SS. PETER AND PAUL, APOSTLES. 

30. Commemoration of St. Paul, Ap. 



The Calendar. 



JULY. 

1. Octave of St. John the Baptist. 

2. VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 

3. St. Eulogius and Comps., MM.; St. Paul I., P. 

4. St. Flavian, B. of Antioch. 

5. St. Athanasius, D., M.; St. Anthony Maria Zaccarda, C 

6. Octave of SS. Peter and Paul. 

7- SS. Cyrillus and Methodius, B., C 

8. St. Elizabeth, Q. of Portugal. 

9. St. Cyrillus, B. of Gortyna, M. 

10. The Seven Brothers, MM.; SS. Ruffina and Secunda, V.. M 

11. St. Pius I., P., M. 

12. St. John Gualbert, Ah. 
13 St. Anacletus, P., M. 

14. St. Bonaventure, B., D. 

15, St. Henry, Emp., C. 

r6. OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL. 

17. St. Alexius, C.; St. Osmund. 

1 8. St. Camillus of Lellis, C. 

19. St. Vincent of Paul, C. 

20. St. Jerome /Emilian, C.; St. Margaret, V, M 

21. St. Praxedes, V. 

22 St. Mary Magdalen, Pen. 

23 St. Apollinaris, B., M.; St. Liborlus. 

24. (Vigil.) St. Christina, V., M.; St. Francis Solanus, C 

25. ST. JAMES THE APOSTLE; St. Christopher, M. 

26. St. Anna, Mother of the Blessed Virgin 

27. St. Pantaleon, M. 

28. SS. Nazarius, Celsus, and others, MM. 

29. St. Martha, V. 

30. SS. Abdon and Sennen, MM. 

31. St. Ignatius de Loyola, Founder of the Society of Jesus. 



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AUGUST. 

1. St. Peter s Chains. 

2. St. Alphonsus M. Liguori, B., D. 

3. Finding of the Relics of St. Stephen, first M. 

4. St. Dominic, C. 

5. Dedication of St. Mary, ad Nives (Our Lady of the Snow). 

6. TRANSFIGURATION OF OUR LORD. 

7. St. Cajetan, C. 

8. SS. Cyriacus, Largus, and Smaragdus, MM. 

9. St. Romanus, M. 
10. St. Lawrence, M. 

n. SS. Tiburtius and Susanna, MM. 

12. St. Clara, V. 

13. SS. Hippolytus and Cassianus, MM. 

14. (Vigil with fast.) St. Eusebius, C. 

15. ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 

16. St. Hyacinthus, C. 

17. Octave of St. Lawrence. 

18. St. Agapitus, M.; St. Helen. 

19. St. Lewis, B. of Toulouse, C. 

20. St. Bernard, Ab., D. 

21. St. Jane Frances de Chantal, \V. 

22. Octave of the Assumption; St. Timothy and Comps., M. 

23. (Vigil.) St. Philip Beniti, C. 

24. ST. BARTHOLOMEW, AP. 

25. St. Louis, K. of France, C. 

26. St. Zephyrinus, P., M. 

27. St. Joseph Calasanctius, C. 

28. St. Augustine, B., D. 

29- Beheading of St. John the Baptist; St. Sabina, M. 

30. St. Rose of Lima, V. 

31. St. Raymund Nonnatus, C. 

On the Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption the feast r j 
ST. JOACHIM, the father of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 



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SEPTEMBER. 

I. St. Giles, Ab.; St. Odo of Canterbury. 
2 St Stephen, K. of Hungary, C. 

3. St. Simeon Stylites, C.; St. Michael of the Saints. 

4. St. Rosalia, V.; St. Rose of Viterbo. 

5. St. Lawrence Justinian, B. of Venice. 

6. St. Pambo of Nitria, A. 

7. St. Regina, V., M. 

8. NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 

9. St. Gorgonius, M. 

10. St. Nicholas Tolentino, C. 

11. SS. Protus and Hyacinthus, MM.; St. Louis Bertrand. 

12. St. Juventius, B., D. 

13. St. Amatus, Ab. 

14. EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS. 

15. St. Nicomedes, M. 

16. SS. Cornelius, P., and Cyprian, B., MM.; St. Euphemia and 

Comps., MM. 

17. Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi. 

18. St. Joseph of Cupertino, C. 

19. St. Januarius. B., and Comps., MM. 

20. (Vigil.) St. Eustachius and Comps., MM. 

21. ST. MATTHEW, AP. 

22. St. Thomas of Villanova, C. 

23. St. Linus, P., M. 

24. Our Lady of Mercy. 

25. St. Cleophas, M 

26. SS. Cyprian and Justina, MM. 

27. SS. Cosmas and Damian, MM. 

28. St. Wenceslaus, Duke of Bohemia, M. 

29. ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL. (Dedication.) 

30. St. Jerome, Pr., D. 



24 The Calendar. 



OCTOBER. 

1. St. Remigius, B. of Rheims. 

2. THE HOLY GUARDIAN ANGELS. 

3. St. Candidus, M.; St. Thomas of Hereford. 
4 St. Francis of Assisi, C. 

5. St. Placidus and Comps., MM. 

6. St. Bruno, C. 

7. St. Mark, P., C. 

8. St. Bridget, W. 

9. St. Dionysius and Comps, MM. 

10. St. Francis Borgia, C. 

11. St. Germanus, B., M. 

12. St. Wilfrid, B., C. 

13. St. Edward, K. of England, C. 

14. St. Callistus, P., M. 

15. St. Teresa, V. 

16. St. Lullus, B. of Mentz; St. Gall. 

17. St. Hedwig, \V.; Bl. Margaret Mary Alacoque 

18. ST. LUKE THE EVANGELIST. 

19. St. Peter of Alcantara, C. 

20. St. John Cantius, C. 

21. St. Hilarion, Ab.; St. Ursula and Comps., MM. 

22. St. Mark, B. of Jerusalem, M. 

23. St. Ignatius, B. of Constantinople, M. 

24. St. Raphael the Archangel. 

25. SS. Chrysanthus and Daria, MM.; St. John of Beverly 

26. St. Evaristus, P., M. 

27. Vigil of SS. Simon and Jude. 

28. SS. SIMON AND JUDE, APOSTLES. 

29. St. Theodorus, Ab. 

30. St. Serapion, B., C.; Bl. Alphonsus Rodriguez. 

31. Vigil of All Saints, with fast.; St. Wolfgang. 



The Calendar. 25 



NOVEMBER. 

1. FEAST OF ALL SAINTS. 

2. COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS. 

3. St. Malachy, B. of Armagh; St. Winefride, V., M. 

4. St. Charles Borromeo, B., C. 

5. St. Elizabeth, Mother of St. John the Baptist. 

6. St. Leonard, H. 

7. St. Engelbert, B., M. 

8. Octave of All Saints. 

9. Dedication of the Lateran Church. 

10. St. Andrew Avellino, C. 

11. St. Martin, B. of Tours. 

12. St Martin I., P., M. 

13. St. Stanislaus Kostka. 

14. St. Josaphat, M.; St. Laurence O Toole (Ireland). 

15. St. Gertrude, V. 

16. St. Edmund, B., C. (Canterbury). 

17. St. Gregory Thaumaturgus, B. 

18. Dedication of Churches of SS. Peter and Paul. 

19. St. Elizabeth of Hungary, W. 

20. St. Felix of Valois, C. 

21. PRESENTATION OF THE B. V. M.; St. Oswin, M. 

22. St. Cecilia, V., M. 
23 St. Clement, P., M. 

24. St. John of the Cross, C.; St. Columbanus (Ireland). 

25. St. Catharine, V., M.; St. Leonard of Port Maurice. 

26. St. Peter, B. of Alexandria; St. Silvester, Ab 

27. St. Severinus, H. 

28. St. Gregory III., P., C. 

29. (Vigil.) St. Saturninus, M.; St. Willibrord, C., B. 

30. ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE. 



26 The Calendar. 



DECEMBER. 

1. St. Eligius, B., C. 

2. St. Bibiana, V., M.; St. Theodoret, M. 

3. St. Francis Xavier, C. 

4. St. Peter Chrysologus, B., D.; St. Barbara, V., M. 

5. St. Sabbas, Ab. 

6. St. Nicholas, B. of-Myra. 

7. St. Ambrose, B. of Milan, D. 

8. IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE B. V. M. 

9. St. Leocadia, V., M. 

10. St. Melchiades, P., M.; Translation of the Holy House oi 

Loretto. 

11. St. Damasus, P., M. 

12. St. Synesius, M. 

13. St. Lucy, V., M. 

14. St. Spiridion, B., C. 

15. Octave of the Immaculate Conception of the B. V. M. 

16. St. Eusebius, B., M. 

17. St. Olympias, W. 

18. Expectation of the Delivery of the B. V. M.; St. Odo of Cluny 

19. St. Timothy, D., M. 

20. (Vigil.) St. Dominic, Ab. 

21. ST. THOMAS THE APOSTLE. 

22. St. Ischyrion, M.; St. Felix of Valois. 
23 St. Victoria, V., M. 

24. Vigil with Fast. 

25. NATIVITY OF OUR LORD. 

26. ST. STEPHEN, FIRST MARTYR. 

27. ST. JOHN, APOSTLE AND EVANGELIST. 

28. Holy Innocents. 

29. St. Thomas, B. of Canterbury, M. 

30. St. Sabinus, B., and Comps., MM. 

31. St. Sylvester, P., C. 



Some flDovable Jfeasts of Special H)evo* 
tion. 



HOLY NAME OF JESUS .... Second Sunday after Epiph 
any. 

PASSION OF OUR LORD. . . . Friday after Quinquages- 

ima. 

HOLY CROWN OF THORNS. . Friday after First Sunday in 

Lent. 

SPEAR AND NAILS Friday after Second Sun 
day in Lent. 

FIVE WOUNDS Friday after Third Sunday 

in Lent. 

MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD. . . Friday after Fourth Sunday 

in Lent. 

SEVEN SORROWS OF THE 

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. . Friday after Passion Sun 
day. 

PATRONAGE OF ST. JOSEPH. Third Sunday after Easter. 

CORPUS CHRISTI Thursday after Trinity Sun 
day. 

SACRED HEART OF JESUS. . Friday after Octave of Cor 
pus Christi. 

MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD. . . . First Sunday of July. 

HOLY NAME OF MARY Sunday within the Octave 

of the Nativity of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary. 

SEVEN SORROWS OF THE 

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. . Third Sunday of September. 

HOLY ROSARY First Sunday of October. 

PATRONAGE OF THE 

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY . . Second Sunday of Novem 
ber. 
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1. THE FRIDAYS OF ADVENT. (Not in all Provinces.) 

2. EVERY DAY IN LENT; except Sundays. 

3. THE FOUR EMBER-DAYS, viz., the Wednesday, 
Friday, and Saturday following (i) the first Sunday in 
Lent; (2) Whitsunday; (3) the fourteenth day of Sep 
tember; and (4) the third Sunday of Advent. 

4. THE VIGILS of Whitsunday, of the Assumption, of 

All Saints, and of Christmas. 

Note. When a fasting-day falls upon a Sunday, it is kept on 
the Saturday previous. 



feasts of blfsatfon in tbe 
States. 



1. THE CIRCUMCISION OF OUR LORD, or New Year s 

Day. 

2. THE ASCENSION OF OUR LORD, or the Thursday 

forty days after Easter. 

3. THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, 

August i $th. 

4. ALL SAINTS DAY, November ist. 

5. THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED 

VIRGIN MARY, December 8th. 

6. THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD, or Christmas Day, 

December 25th. 

ALL THE SUNDAYS OF THE YEAR. 
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liable of /iDotmble feasts. 



The Year 
of 
Our Lord. 


Ash- 
Wednesday. 


Eater Sunday. 


AscensioH 
Day. 


Whitsunday. 


First 

Sunday 

Advent. 


1902 


Feb. 12 


Mar. 30 


May 8 


May 18 


Nov. 30 


1903 


Feb. 25 


Apr. 12 


May 21 


May 31 


Nov. 29 


1904 


Feb. 17 


Apr. 3 


May 12 


May 22 


Nov. 27 


1905 


Mar. 8 


Apr. 23 


Juue 1 


June 11 


Dec. 3 


1906 


Feb. 28 


Apr. 15 


May 24 


June 3 


Dec. 2 


1907 


Feb. 13 


Mar. 31 


May 9 


May 19 


Dee. 1 


1908 


Mar. 4 


Apr. 19 


May 28 


June 7 


Nov. 29 


1909 


Feb. 24 


Apr. 11 


May 20 


May 30 


Nov. 28 


1910 


Feb. 9 


Mar. 27 


May 5 


May 15 


Nov. 27 


1911 


Mar. 1 


Apr. 16 


May 25 


June 4 


Dec. 3 


1912 


Feb. 21 


Apr. 7 


May 16 


May 26 


Dec. 1 


1913 


Feb. 5 


Mar. 23 


May 1 


May 11 


Nov. 30 


1914 


Feb. 25 


Apr. 12 


May 21 


May 31 


Nov. 29 


1915 


Feb. 17 


Apr. 4 


May 13 


May 23 


Nov. 23 


1916 


Mar. 8 


Apr. 23 


June 1 


June 11 


Dec. 3 


1917 


Feb. 21 


Apr. 8 


May 17 


May 27 


Dec. 2 


1918 


Feb. 13 


Mar. 31 


May 9 


May 19 


Dec. 1 


1919 


Mar. 5 


Apr. 20 


May 29 


June 8 


Nov. 30 


1920 


Feb. 18 


Apr. 4 


May 13 


May 23 


Nov. 23 


1921 


Feb. 9 


Mar. 27 


May 5 


May 15 


Nov. 27 


1922 


Mar. 1 


Apr. 16 


May 25 


June 4 


Dec. 3 


1923 


Feb. 14 


Apr. 1 


May 10 


May 20 


Dec. 2 


1924 


Mar. 5 


Apr. 80 


May 29 


June 8 


Nov. SO 


1925 


Feb. 25 


Apr. 12 


May 21 


May 31 


Nov. 29 


1926 


Feb. 17 


Apr. 4 


May 13 


May 23 


Nov. 28 


1927 


Mar. 2 


Apr. 17 


May 26 


June 5 


Nov. 27 


1928 


Feb. 22 


Apr. 8 


May 17 


May 27 


Dec. 2 















29 



BOOK I. 



flDefcttatfon, prater, anfc tbe particular 
Bjamen. 



THE APOSTLES CREED. 

BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of 
heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only 
Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, 
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
was crucified : died, and was buried. He descended into 
hell: the third day He arose again from the dead: He as 
cended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God, the 
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 
f >rgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the 
life everlasting. Amen. 

CREED OF ST. ATHANASIUS. 

/TJ-fHOSOEVER will be saved, before all things it is 
^%A> necessary that he hold the Catholic faith. 

Which faith, except every one do keep entire and invio 
late, without doubt :^e shall perish everlastingly. 

Now the Catholic faith is this, that we worship one God 
m Trinity, and Trinity in Unity. 

Neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the sub 
stance. 

For there is one Person of the Father, another of the 
Son, another of the Holy Ghost. 

33 



34 The Creeds. 

But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost, is all one; the glory equal, the majesty 
coeternal. 

Such as the Father is, such is the Son, and such is the 
Holy Ghost. 

The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, the Holy Ghost 
uncreate. 

The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehen 
sible, the Holy Ghost incomprehensible. 

The Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Ghost 
eternal. 

And yet they are not three eternals, but one eternal. 

As also they are not three uncreates, nor three incom- 
prehensibles; but one uncreate, and one incomprehen 
sible. 

In like manner the Father is Almighty, the Son A. 
mighty, and the Holy Ghost Almighty. 

And yet they are not three Almighties, but one Al 
mighty. 

So the Father is God, the Son God, and the Holy Ghost 
God. 

And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. 

So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, and the 
Holy Ghost is Lord. 

And yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord. 

For like as we are compelled by the Christian verity to 
acknowledge every Person by Himself to be God and 
Lord: 

So we are forbidden by the Catholic religion to say 
there are three Gods or three Lords. 

The Father is made of none, neither created, nor be 
gotten. 

The Son is from the Father alone, not made, nor cre 
ated, but begotten. 

The Holy Ghost is from the Father and the Son, not 
made, nor created, nor begotten, but proceeding. 

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one 



The Creeds. 35 

Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost, not three Holy 
Ghosts. 

And in this Trinity there is nothing before or after 
nothing greater or less; but the whole three Persons are 
coeternal together, and coequal. 

So that in all things, as is aforesaid, the Unity is to be 
worshipped in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity. 

He, therefore, that will be saved, must thus think of the 
Trinity. 

Furthermore, it is necessary to everlasting salvation, 
that he also believe rightly the Incarnation of Our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 

Now the right faith is, that we believe and confess that 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is both God and 
man. 

He is God of the substance of His Father, begotten 
before the world ; and He is man of the substance of His 
Mother, born in the world: 

Perfect God and perfect man; of reasonable soul and 
human flesh subsisting. 

Equal to the Father according to His Godhead; and 
less than +he Father according to His manhood. 

Who, although He be both God and man, yet He is not 
two but one Christ: 

One, not by the conversion of the Godhead into flesh, 
but by the taking of the manhood unto God: 

One altogether, not by confusion of substance, but by 
unity of person. 

For as the reasonable soul and the flesh is one man, so 
God and man is one Christ. 

Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, 
rose again the third day from the dead. 

He ascended into heaven ; He sitteth at the right hand 
of God the Father almighty; from whence He shall come 
to judge the living and the dead. 

At Whose coming all men shall rise again with their 
bodies, and shall give an account of their own works. 



36 The Creeds. 

And they that have done good shall go into life ever 
lasting: and they that have done evil, into everlasting fire. 

This is the Catholic faith, which except a man believe 
faithfully and steadfastly, he can not be saved. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy 
Ghost. 

As it was in the beginning, is now ..and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen. 

NICENE CREED. 

I BELIEVE in one God, the Father almighty, Maker 
of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and 
invisible. 

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son 
of God, born of the Father before all ages. God of God; 
Light of light; true God of true God; begotten, not made; 
consubstantial with the Father, by Whom all things were 
made. Who for us men, and for our salvation, came 
down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost 
of the Virgin Mary: AND WAS MADE MAN. {Kneel in 
reverence of Christ s Incarnation.] He was crucified also 
for us, suffered under Pontius Pilate, and was buried. 
The third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; 
and ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand 
of the Father: and He shall come again with glory to 
judge both the living and the dead: of Whose kingdom 
there shall be no end. 

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Life- 
giver, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son : Who 
together with the Father and the Son is adored and glori 
fied : Who spake by the prophets. And one Holy, Catho 
lic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for 
the remission of sins. And I look for the resurrection of 
the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. 



Profession of Faith for Converts. 37 



PROFESSION OF FAITH AT THE RECEPTION OF CONVERTS 
INTO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. 

u r , N.N., having before my eyes the holy Gospels, which 
-*> I touch with my hand, and knowing that no one can 
be saved without that faith which the Holy, Catholic, 
Apostolic Roman Church holds, believes, and teaches, 
against which I grieve that I have greatly erred, inasmuch 
as I have held and believed doctrines opposed to her 
teaching. 

I now, with grief and contrition for my past errors, 
profess that I believe the Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Ro 
man Church to be the only and true Church * established 

* Out oj the Catholic Church none can be saved. This propo 
sition, which highly displeases all sectarians and infidels, is not 
only clearly established by the authority of Scripture, and by the 
perpetual and constant belief of the Catholic Church, but it is 
also evident from reason itself, so that one must needs be blind 
who does not perceive its truth. This, however, applies only to 
those persons who cuipably and wilfully adhere to heresy, or 
schism, or infidelity, but by no means to those who have been 
imbued with errors and prejudices from their earliest years, and 
to whom not even a doubt occurs that they are involved in heresy 
or schism, or who, if any doubt arises in their minds, earnestly 
and sincerely seek after the truth; such persons we leave to the 
judgment of God, to whom it belongs to penetrate and search 
the thoughts and dispositions of hearts. For it is incompatible 
with the divine goodness and clemency that any one should suffer 
eternal torments who is not guilty of a wilful transgression. To 
assert the contrary would be against the express doctrine of the 
Church. 

"Let us hear St. Augustine: We must not, says he, class 
among heretics those persons who, without wilful obstinacy, main 
tain a false and perverse doctrine, especially if it is not the^off- 
spring of their bold presumption, but a legacy from their deceived 
and mistaken parents, and who search after the truth with earnest 
care, being disposed to renounce their error as soon as they are 
apprised of it. Epist. 43, Edit. Benedict, alias 162. A long list 

of other Fathers might be cited who are of the same opinion It 

follows from what has been said that every one is bound, to the 
best of his power, to consider the doub*9 which sometimes occur 



38 Profession of Faith for Converts, 

on earth by Jesus Christ, to which I submit myself with 
my whole heart. I believe all the articles that she pro 
poses to my belief, and I reject and condemn all that she 
rejects and condemns, and I am ready to observe all that 
she commands me. And especially, I profess that I 
believe : 

One only God in three divine Persons, distinct from, 
and equal to, each other that is to say, the Father, the 
Son, and the Holy Ghost: 

The Catholic doctrine of the Incarnation, Passion, 
Death, and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ: and 
the personal union of the two natures, the divine and the 
human ; the divine maternity of the most holy Mary, to 
gether with her most spotless virginity; 

The true, real, and substantial presence of the body 
and blood, together with the soul and divinity of Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the 
Eucharist ; 

The seven sacraments instituted by Jesus Christ for 
the salvation of mankind; that is to say, Baptism, Con 
firmation, Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Order, 
Matrimony; 

Purgatory, the resurrection of the dead, everlasting life; 

The Primacy, not only of honor, but also of jurisdic 
tion of the Roman Pontiff, successor of St. Peter, Prince 
of the Apostles, Vicar of Jesus Christ; 

The veneration of the saints, and of their images; 

The authority of the apostolic and ecclesiastical tra 
ditions, and of the Holy Scriptures, which we must inter 
pret, and understand only in the sense which our holy 
Mother the Catholic Church has held, and does hold; 

And everything else that has been defined, and declared 
by the sacred Canons, and by the General Councils, and 

to him, and to investigate the truth, and when he has found it, to 
embrace it without delay; unless he wish to live under an habitual 
and most grievous guilt, and, by deferring his conversion, expose 
himself to a manifest danger of eternal damnation." 



Profession of Faith for Converts. 39 

particularly by the holy Council of Trent, and delivered, 
denned, and declared by the General Council of the Vati 
can, especially concerning the Primacy of the Roman 
Pontiff, and his infallible teaching authority. 

With a sincere heart, therefore, and with unfeigned 
faith, I detest and abjure every error, heresy, and sect 
opposed to the said Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Roman 
Church. So help me God, and these His holy Gospels, 
which I touch with my hand. 



prayer. 

"He who prayeth shall certainly save his soul; he who 
prayeth not shall certainly lose it." 



justly celebrated sentence of St. Alphonsus 
Liguori, who may well be called the "Doctor of 
Prayer," finds a fitting place at the beginning of this 
book of devotions for Religious, It was neither lightly 
nor by chance that St. Alphonsus wrote these solemn 
words. Their truth had been impressed upon his mind 
during his long experience as a missionary priest, and in 
confirmation of it many proofs from Holy Writ and from 
tradition are adduced by the holy Doctor in his treatise 
on prayer. 

St. Alphonsus writes: "Prayer is a sure and indis 
pensable means of obtaining salvation and all the graces 
leading thereto. Convinced as I am of the necessity of 
prayer, I say that all books treating of spiritual subjects, 
all preachers in their sermons, all confessors in every 
confession which they hear, should attach the greatest 
importance to inculcating the necessity of constant 
prayer on the minds of their readers and hearers, and 
they should never tire of impressing it on them and of 
repeating over and over again: Pray, pray always; 
if you pray, you will certainly save your souls ; if you do 
not pray, you will certainly lose them. It is true that 
many excellent ways of persevering in the grace of God 
may be recommended to souls; for instance, avoiding 
occasions of sin, frequenting the sacraments, resisting 
temptation, listening to sermons, meditating on the 

40 



Prayer. 41 

eternal truths, etc., all of which are most salutary prac 
tices, as every one must admit; but, I ask, of what good 
are sermons, meditations, and the other means suggested 
by the masters of the spiritual life, without prayer? since 
Our Lord has declared that He will only grant His grace 
to those who pray for it: Ask and ye shall receive (John 
yvi. 24) . According to the ordinary course of Providence, 
all our meditations, resolutions, promises are useless with 
out prayer; if we do not pray, we shall always be faith 
less to the lights we have received from God and to the 
resolutions we have taken. Because, in order to do right, 
to overcome temptation, to practise virtue, to observe 
God s law, it is not sufficient to have received divine 
lights, to have meditated, and to have taken firm reso 
lutions. God s actual help is also necessary. Now, this 
actual help is only granted by Our Lord to those who 
pray perseveringly for it. The lights we receive, and 
the earnest consideration and firm resolutions which we 
make, have the effect of inciting us to have recourse to 
prayer in the time of temptation and when in danger of 
offending God: by prayer we obtain the divine help 
necessary for keeping us from sin, and if, under these 
circumstances, we were to neglect praying, we should 
undoubtedly be lost. 

" The texts of Scripture which prove the necessity we 
are under of praying, if we wish to be saved, are extremely 
clear: We ought always to pray (Luke xviii. i). Watch 
ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation (Matt. 
xxvi. 41). Ask, and it shall be given you (Matt. 
vii. 7). 

" Theologians are of opinion that this way of speaking 
imposes the precept and denotes the necessity of prayer. 
Hence the learned Lessius asserts that it can not be denied, 
without sinning against faith, that for adults prayer is 
necessary to salvation. 

" The reason of this is that, without the help of grace, 
we can do nothing good. Without Me, says Jesus Christ, 



42 Prayer. 

you can do nothing (John xv. 5) . St. Augustine remarks 
on this subject that Our Saviour did not say, You can 
complete nothing without Me; but, You can do nothing. 
This truth was proclaimed at the second Council of 
Orange, when it was denned that man does no good thing 
except what God enables him to do by the operations of 
His grace. Man is therefore quite unable to work out 
his own salvation unassisted, since it is God s will that all 
he has or can have should come to him by the help of 
grace. Now, this grace God only grants, in the ordinary 
course of His providence, to those who pray for it. Ac 
cording to the maxim laid down by Gennadius, No man 
can attain salvation without the help of God; no man can 
obtain this help except by prayer. This does not mean, 
says St. Thomas, that it is necessary for us to pray in 
order that God may know of what we stand in need; 
but that we must pray in order that we ourselves may 
understand our need of having recourse to God to obtain 
the aid necessary for our salvation, and may thus acknowl 
edge Him as the only author of all our good." 

NECESSITY OF PRAYER. 

TTTT E ought aiways to pray, and not to faint. Luke 
^J^ xviii. i. Watch ye, and pray, that ye enter not 
into temptation. Matt. xxvi. 41. Ask and it shall be 
given you. Ibid. vii. 7. Without Me you can do noth 
ing. John xv. 5. Not that we are sufficient to think 
anything of ourselves as of ourselves, but our sufficiency 
is from God. 2 Cor. iii. 5. God bestows some favors 
without prayer, such as the beginning of faith; others, 
such as perseverance, are granted only to those who 
pray. St. Augustine. To enter heaven, continual 
prayer is necessary after baptism; for although all sins 
are remitted by that sacrament, there still remain concu 
piscence to assail us from within, and the world and the 
devil to attack us from without. St. Thomas. All the 



Prayer. 43 

graces, which God hath prepared for us from all eternity ; 
will be granted only to prayer. St. Thomas. God 
wishes to give, but He gives only to those who ask. St. 
Augustine. To prayer may be traced the beginning, 
the progress, and the perfection of all virtues. St. 
Charles Borromeo. Who are we, or what is our strength, 
that we should be able to resist so many temptations? 
God certainly wished, that we, seeing that we are defi 
cient, and that out of Him there is no assistance for us. 
should, with all humility, have recourse to His mercy. 
St. Bernard. 

EFFICACY OF PRAYER. 

*TT*SK, and it shall be given unto you: seek, and you 
<*?<*-> shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. 
Matt. vii. 7. How much more will your Father, Who 
is in heaven, give good things to them that ask Him? 
Ibid. vii. ii. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he 
that seeketh, findeth. Ibid. vii. 8. If you shall ask Me 
anything in My name, that will I do. John xiv. 14. You 
shall ask whatever you will, and it shall be done unto you. 
John xv. 7. Amen, Amen, I say to you, if you ask 
the Father anything in My name, He will give it you. 
Ibid. xvi. 23. I can do all things in Him Who strength- 
eneth me. Phil. iv. 13. The Lord is nigh unto all them 
that call upon Him; to all that call upon Him in truth. 
He will do the will of them that fear Him, and He will 
hear their prayer and save them. Ps. cxliv. 18, 19. By 
prayer is obtained the possession of every good, and de 
liverance from every evil. St. Bonaventure. 



CONDITIONS OF PRAYER. 

HE most necessary conditions of prayer, are humility, 
confidence, and perseverance. St. Liguori. He 
hath regard to the praver of the humble. Ps. ci. 18. 



44 Prayer* 

God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. 
St. James iv. 6. The prayer of him that humbleth 
himself shall pierce the clouds; . . . and he will not 
depart till the Most High behold. Ecclus. xxxv. 21. 
A contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not de 
spise. Ps. 1. 19. Thou Who savest them that trust in 
Thee. Ibid. xvi. 7. Because he hath hoped in Me, ... I 
will deliver him and I will glorify him. Ibid. xc. 14, 15. 
But they that hope in the Lord, shall renew their strength. 
Isaias xl. 31. No one hath hoped in the Lord, and hath 
been confounded. Ecclus. ii. n. They that trust in 
the Lord, shall be as Mount Sion. Ps. cxxiv. i. Let 
Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, as we have hoped in 
Thee. Ps. xxxii. 22. He that wavereth is like a wave of 
the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind. 
Therefore, let not that man think that he shall receive 
anything of the Lord. St. James i. 6, 7. Go; and as 
thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. Matt. viii. 13. 
All things whatsoever you ask, when ye pray, believe that 
you shall receive; and they shall come unto you. 
Mark xi. 24. God protects and saves all who confide in 
Him. St. Liguori. They that hope in the Lord shall 
lay aside their weakness, and put on the strength of God; 
they shall not faint, nor even be fatigued, in treading the 
rugged ways of salvation. Ibid. Thou, O Lord, dost 
not pour the oil of mercy, unless into vessels of confi 
dence. St. Bernard. The prayer of the just man is the 
key of heaven; his petition ascends, and God s mercy 
descends. St. Augustine. Trusting in the divine prom 
ises, let us ever pray with confidence, not wavering, 
but strong and firm. St. Liguori. To obtain final 
perseverance, we must continue to pray to the end of 
our lives. If, by our negligence, we break the chain of 
our prayers, the chain of graces, on which our salvation 
depends, will also be broken. Ibid. Oh, how the con 
stant application to God by prayer, and the confident 
expectation of receiving from Him the graces we stand 



For What and for Whom We Should Pray. 45 

in need of, enkindle in us the fire of divine love, and 
unite us to the divinity! Ibid. We must continue to 
pray until we receive the sentence of eternal salvation. 
Ibid. 

All our petitions should be made through Our Lord 
Jesus Christ. Ask in the name of Jesus Christ, through 
His merits, and in virtue 0} His divine promises. 



tfor Wbat an> for Wbom We Sbouto 



. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI insists repeatedly that 
in all our devotions, at Mass, at holy communion, 
in all our visits to the Blessed Sacrament, we should 
pray for these four graces for ourselves, viz.: the for 
giveness of our sins, the love of God, the love of prayer. 
and final perseverance. When these graces are secured, 
our salvation is assured. 

Furthermore, Religious should, in all their prayers 
and good works, unite themselves intimately with our 
holy Mother the Church, in her three intentions: 

1. To glorify God; to venerate the Blessed Virgin 
Mary, the angels and the saints; the Church trium 
phant. 

2. To provide for the spiritual and temporal necessi 
ties of the children of the Church militant. 

3. To procure the deliverance of the holy souls in pur 
gatory, that is, to aid the Church suffering. 

The Morning Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer is 
very efficacious. 

" O my God, I offer Thee my prayers, works, and suffer 
ings this day in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for 
the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in 
holy Mass, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, in reparation 
for our offences, and for the petitions of all our Associ 
ates." 



46 For What and for Whom We Should Pra\ . 

Religious should say the beads, hear Mass, and offer 
holy communion frequently for our holy Mother the 
Church, for our holy Father the Pope, for bishops, 
priests, and superiors, for the needs of our country, 
for universal peace, for the conversion of sinners, and 
all those who do not belong to the one fold of Christ; 
and last, but not least, for the holy, suffering souls in 
purgatory. 

Father Girardey, dwelling on the subject of prayer, 
writes: 

"In praying for temporal favors for ourselves, we can 
claim unconditionally only the necessaries of life, for in 
the Our Father our daily bread is equivalent to the 
necessaries of life, but does not include its superfluities 
or luxuries; and the words deliver us from evil do not 
necessarily include, as we have seen, deliverance from 
physical evils, for the evil here meant is sin and all that 
leads to sin. We have no reason to hope that God will 
hear our prayers for those temporal favors that may prove 
hurtful to our salvation, or that He will exempt us from 
certain corporal pains and trials, if such an exemption 
would lead us to sin or endanger our salvation. Tne 
granting of such prayers would be, not a favor, but a 
terrible punishment. We should, then, ask for temporal 
favors conditionally that is, under the condition that 
they may promote our salvation, or at least not hinder it. 
We ought never to lose sight of this saying of our loving 
Redeemer: What doth it profit a man, if he gain the 
whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul ? (Mat.. 
xvi. 26.) 

"Let us not be so solicitous for temporal favors, which, 
after all, may, as we have seen, prove hurtful to our soul, 
but let us rather pray for what is conducive to our eterna. 
welfare. When we pray for temporals, and God, in Hit, 
mercy, refuses them to us, it is because they would prove 
hurtful to us. But, says St. Gregory of Nazianzen, he 
who asks God for a real favor (that is, for a favor that is 



For What and for Whom We Should Pray. 47 

necessary or useful for his salvation), obtains it, for God 
is bountiful and generous, and readily bestows His gifts. 
When you pray/ says St. Ambrose, ask for great things ; 
ask not for what is transitory, but for what is eternal. 
We should pray, says St. Augustine, in the name and 
through the merits of Jesus Christ. When, however, 
we pray for what is injurious to our soul, we do not pray 
in the name of Our Redeemer. In praying for temporals 
we should be moderate and timid, asking God to give 
them to us provided they are really beneficial, and to 
withhold them if they should prove hurtful. Many, 
when they pray, invoke God, but not as God, for the 
object of their prayer is opposed to His glory and favor 
able to their passions. They seem to consider God as a 
mere servant of themselves and of their passions, such as 
pride, covetousness, and lust. Let us pray, not for tem 
porals, but for heavenly glory and the means of attaining 
it. The most precious and excellent of temporal things 
are but insignificant trifles in comparison to what is 
eternal. 

"Rohrbacher relates in his Church History that, 
among the pilgrims who flocked to the tomb of St. 
Thomas of Canterbury to seek favors through the saint s 
intercession, there was a blind man who prayed so fer 
vently for the recovery of his lost sight that he was per 
fectly cured. After returning home, however, he began 
to reflect that the restoration of his sight might, perhaps, 
prove an obstacle to his salvation. He accordingly re 
turned to the tomb of the saint, and, after fervently 
praying that were his sight ever to be injurious to his 
soul he should again lose it, he became totally blind once 
more. He acted most wisely, for it was much better for 
him to be blind than run the risk of losing his soul. Un 
guarded looks are often the cause of grievous sin, as is 
shown by the example of David and of many others. 

"When our prayers for temporal favors, either for 
ourselves or in behalf of others, are not granted, we should 



48 For What and -for Whom We Should Pray. 

consider God s refusal a real benefit rather than a mis 
fortune. In beseeching God for temporals we should be 
indifferent as to the result of our prayers, being equally 
ready to accept a refusal or a favorable hearing from 
Him. If such should be our dispositions, God, when 
refusing our request, will not fail to compensate us by 
bestowing on us more excellent favors which we do not 
think of asking. In vain does a child cry for a sword 
or a live coal, remarks St John Chrysostom ; his parents 
justly refuse him what may prove very hurtful to him. 
In like manner, God justly and kindly refuses us what is 
injurious to us; but, in His goodness, He will give us 
something better instead. Let us in all our prayers aim 
principally at the salvation of our soul, and we shall ob 
tain also temporal favors from God, according to this 
saying of our loving Redeemer: Seek ye therefore first 
the kingdom of God, and His justice: and all these 
things shall be added unto you (Matt. vi. 33). 

"For whom should we pray? We should, first of all, 
pray for ourselves, because our salvation is our first and 
most important duty. Although, by the law of charity, 
we are bound to pray for all men, there are, nevertheless, 
some for whom we have a special obligation or special 
reasons to pray. Children should daily pray for their 
parents, parents for their children, members of the same 
family and household or community for one another, 
inferiors for their superiors, both ecclesiastical and civil, 
and superiors for their inferiors. It is also incumbent 
on us to pray for our benefactors, both spiritual and 
temporal, for our relatives, for those who ask our prayers 
and who pray for us, for our friends, and for our enemies 
also, whosoever they may be or whatever evil they may 
have done or may wish us. We ought, likewise, to pray 
for the perseverance of the just and for the conversion of 
sinners, of heretics, schismatics, Jews, and unbelievers. 
It is a most praiseworthy custom to pray for the sick, 
for those who are in their agony, for all who are in danger 



A Talk about Prayer. 49 

of death, or in danger of losing their innocence, and for 
all who are in distress, pain, trouble, or sorrow. 

"It behooves us daily to remember in our prayers the 
souls in purgatory, particularly the souls toward whom 
we have some special obligation, e.g., the souls of our 
parents, of our benefactors, of those who are suffering 
on our account. We should endeavor to gain many 
indulgences for their benefit. If, during our life, we 
pray for them, God will, after our death, inspire com 
passionate souls to pray for us when we are in purga 
tory, for, says our divine Saviour, with what measure 
you mete, it shall be measured to you again (Matt. vii. 



H ZTalfe about 

"T*N the first place, we will speak of the ways of making 
* vocal prayer. Besides tLe ordinary way we have of 
reciting our vocal prayers, i.e., a simple repetition oj the 
words, with a general attention to God and to the inten 
tion for which we are reciting them there are two other 
ways, highly recommended by the saints. 

One is to recite the words of the prayer, say, of the 
Our Father, very slowly and thoughtfully, attending to 
the sense of the words, and pausing an instant after each 
sentence or clause, in order to make the meaning of the 
prayer our own. It is well to get into the habit, in fact, 
when we are alone and have enough leisure, of saying 
our prayers slowly and thoughtfully, and with great 
exterior and interior reverence, even though at times we 
may find no devotion in considering the meaning of 
every sentence, but only have in our souls a sense of the 
presence of God. In that case it will be better simply 
to recite the prayer slowly, and with quiet recollection 
of the divine presence. 

* From Spencer s The Little Grain of Wheat." 



5o A Talk about Prayer. 

The other way of reciting vocal prayers, particularly 
the Our Father and the Hail Mary, is, in fact, a method 
of turning vocal into mental prayer. It consists in not 
merely reciting the prayer slowly, but resting at each 
sentence or petition, and meditating upon what is there 
said, or asked of God. It is the method St. Teresa 
taught her nuns, and is a most profitable as well as an 
easy way of meditating. Some people find it very diffi 
cult to make use of mental prayer by the ordinary 
methods. They will not, perhaps, find this method so 
difficult. We will give a rapid sketch of the manner of 
meditating on the Our Father, and of some of the sub 
jects of meditation to be found in it. Those who are not 
able to meditate by reasoning upon points, may find in 
this method great help and encouragement. 

Upon the very first words of this divine prayer of Our 
Lord the soul may rest and find nourishment. It is not 
necessary, having begun the first words of the prayer, to 
go on and finish it; but if, during the whole time of 
prayer, the soul rests upon these or any other words, 
there let her stay as long as she is inclined. Afterwards, 
if there is any more time, let her go on to the next sen 
tence or petition. 

On the words, "Our Father," the soul may consider 
what a great thing it is to be the son or daughter of such 
a great Lord and Sovereign, and what it is to have such 
a Father, Who is almighty, all-loving, all-good, able and 
desirous to help and benefit His child to the uttermost. 
Again, having such a Father in God, His only-begotten 
Son is become our brother, in Whom we are all brethren, 
coheirs with Him, and brethren and fellow-citizens with 
the saints and angels in heaven. And having such a 
Father and such brethren, we should have very great 
confidence that, if we are faithful children, all things will 
cooperate together for our good, and heaven will be ours 
hereafter; and any other such like thoughts that may 
present themselves to our minds. Then we can raise 



A Talk about Prayer. 5 1 

our souls to God in acts of love, thanksgiving, filial fear, 
confidence, and joy, and spend thus as long a time as we 
desire before going on. And all this and much more on 
the first simple words, "Our Father." 

Next come the words "Who art in heaven." Our 
Father is in heaven therefore heaven is our country; 
and the devout soul may make acts of desire and long 
ing for her heavenly home. Again, wherever God is, by 
His grace and love, there is heaven. His presence makes 
heaven. Now we know by divine faith that God is every 
where, and intimately present in all things and in all 
places; therefore, He is present in our own souls; and 
in a special manner, as He is more particularly present 
to spiritual substances than to other things. He is 
present there really and actually, at every moment, by 
His essence and His power, and, let us humbly and con 
fidently trust, also by His grace and love. Therefore, 
heaven is in our souls. Every time we say: " Our Father, 
Who art in heaven," we can look at God continually 
abiding in the very centre and essence of our souls, so 
that He is not far off from us, nor must we go to the 
heavens above to find Him, as St. Teresa says, but He 
is very near to us, as near as our own souls to our own 
bodies. And this all the time, at any and every moment ; 
and with the Father we have the Son and the Holy Ghost. 
So there are the Three Persons of the Trinity, enacting 
their wonderful relations one with another, working 
Their mighty works, upholding the entire universe, all 
within our own soul wondrous thought! And since 
Jesus Christ our Lord is God the Son, then Jesus our 
Lord is present in our souls, making heaven there; and, 
by a sort of spiritual concomitance, we can represent to 
ourselves His sacred humanity as present also, and His 
blessed Mother, too, who is not separated from Him, and 
the saints and angels who constitute His court ; these also 
we can represent to ourselves as present, though in a 
spiritual sense and not with the same actuality that the 



g2 A TaR about Prayer. 

Divinity is present. Since God then, and heaven, are 
present in our souls, at all times and in all places, we 
surely should have but little trouble in finding Him or in 
speaking with Him in our thoughts, or in making Him 
hear us: and this makes it very easy for us in time of 
prayer to form acts of love, etc., and to converse with 
Him. And not only in time of prayer, but at all times, 
all we have to do is to look within, and God is really 
and actually present. This should help us greatly to be 
recollected everywhere, and we should endeavor, little 
by little, to learn to keep up a continual conversation in 
our souls with God, Who is so much nearer to us than 
our dearest friend can ever be. In this way we would 
always be on our guard against offending one who in 
habits our very soul, and we would be habitually filled 
with a holy filial fear and love. The heaven that is 
within our souls by this divine presence will begin to 
project itself upon our surroundings, and we will be 
almost living in heaven, the world about us and our 
lives becoming tinged with its light. Behold all there 
is in the Our Father in this manner of prayer, before we 
come to the first petition. And many other holy thoughts 
with accompanying requests and acts of the will and 
aspirations will present themselves to your minds, a> 
God the Holy Ghost within you may direct. 

" Hallowed be Thy name." In this first petition we 
address God as our Father and Lord ; and as His children 
we pray, and ought greatly to desire, that our lives may 
be sanctified, in order that we may live up to our holy 
vocation as children of such a Father. Let us, then, 
while meditating on tnis petition, greatly desire to be 
come holy, to become saints, as children of God ought 
to be. Then we should make acts of self-contempt and 
indignation against ourselves, because we are so unwor 
thy of such a high dignity, and are so full of sin and 
ingratitude to so good a Father; and make acts of con 
trition for our sins, by which we have offended Him, and 



A Talk about Prayer. 53 

do continually offend Him. We should not be content 
with this, but should grieve over all the sins, crimes, 
sacrileges, and other evils that are continually being 
committed by sinners, since by them God s name is not 
hallowed, but dishonored and outraged. We should 
offer up the most precious blood in satisfaction for all 
these evils, together with the merits of the most blessed 
Mother of God and of all the saints. Then we should 
beg that God, for the honor of His holy name and for the 
salvation of souls, would raise up great saints on the earth, 
who are so much needed in these times of spiritual dark 
ness, these last days of the world, as very likely they are. 
St. Teresa says, that the petition "Thy kingdom come" 
follows very naturally from the preceding one, since a 
father s kingdom belongs to his children. "Say, then," 
she continues, "to your heavenly Father: S ince the 
world, the devil, and the flesh reign upon earth, do Thou 
reign over us as our King, and destroy in our souls these 
kingdoms of avarice, pride, and sensuality. " In this 
petition we address Him as our King, and beg Him to 
reign over us, and set up His kingdom in our souls. How 
many aspirations may we not make to that effect, and 
how much time may we not spend upon this petition! 
But this is not all; for we beg and pray Him in this peti 
tion to establish His kingdom in other souls also, that 
all men may love Him. And we also pray that the king 
doms of the world may recognize the principles of religion 
and truth and justice, and the nations become truly 
Christian. Also that God s kingdom, which is the 
Catholic Church, may be triumphant in the world, the 
Vicar of Christ delivered from his enemies, and all people 
recognize the Catholic religion as the one true faith. 
Thus we may make this petition a prayer of intercession 
for the whole world. Again we pray in this place that 
God would give us His kingdom, that is, the kingdom of 
heaven thus praying for our everlasting salvation, and 
that of our neighbor. And finally we pray for His second 



154 -A Talk about Prayer. 

coming, when "The kingdoms of the world shall become 
the kingdom of the Lord and of His Christ, and He shall 
reign forever and ever; " when all wrongs shall be righted, 
and all justice done, and the proud shall be cast down, 
and the meek shall inherit the kingdom, and Satan and 
his ministers shall be chained in everlasting darkness; 
"when God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes; 
and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, 
nor any more sorrow, for the former things are passed 
away." (Apoc. xxi. 4.) Behold all the matter of prayer 
contained in this one petition. Well might we spend 
upon it the whole time of our prayer. 

Next follows the petition, "Thy will be done on earth, 
as it is in heaven." And here we speak to Our Lord as 
to a spouse : for while respect and veneration are owed 
to the name of Father, and between a king and his sub 
jects there is the interchange of commands and obedi 
ence, so, between two who are so closely united as two 
spouses, there is an interchange of wills, each being 
desirous to do the will of the other. For all that one 
has is the other s, and their affairs are in common. So 
Our Lord makes all He has ours and all He desires is 
that we should make all that is ours His; and when there 
are common interests, there should be one will. He 
desires us to give Him our will ; and when we have done 
so, and sincerely desire and do His will, He, in return, 
does our will, and all that we ask of Him He grants us; 
so that, as St. Teresa says, Our Lord is pleased that thus 
He and the faithful soul should command by turns, as it 
were the soul doing His will, and He doing hers. In 
His kingdom in heaven His will is perfectly done; so it 
is no more than right, if we desire His kingdom to be on 
earth (as we have asked in the former petition), that His 
will should be done in this kingdom as in the other. 
Here, then, you can earnestly pray for this perfect con 
formity of your will with His will; in this conformity 
consists all perfection. 



A Talk abotit Prayer. 55 

In the next petition we ask Him to " Give us this day 
our daily bread." Those who have given themselves up 
to God in an interior life, and have cast themselves upon 
His providence, have no need to importune their divine 
Master to give them their earthly bread for their bodily 
support, for as they have forsaken the love of the world 
for Him, He will provide for them, as He is in a manner 
bound to do. So, in this petition, we beg for our spir 
itual necessities. 

Pray here for all the graces you need, for strength to 
support you in temptation, for light to know the will of 
Our Lord, since we can not do His will, as we have asked 
that it might be done, without the assistance and light 
of the Holy Ghost. Also, when you are overburdened 
with grief, or temptations, or other trials, it is right you 
should pray for relief, as far as relief is needful for you ; 
and in times of long-continued dryness, it is not wrong 
for you humbly to ask a little of the bread of consolation, 
if it be Our Lord s will. But this petition may, in a 
special manner, be applied to the Blessed Sacrament, in 
which Our Lord Himself becomes our daily or super- 
substantial bread; and we can turn this clause into a 
contemplation upon the real presence, and holy com 
munion. 

As to the rest of the petitions of the Lord s Prayer, 
what has already been said of the first four is sufficient 
to show how the devout soul may occupy her time with 
each of the others. It is enough to say that in the peti 
tion, "Forgive us our trespasses," special consideration 
should be given to the second clause "As we forgive 
those who trespass against us." For here we can make 
acts of patience under annoyances, of ready forgiveness 
of all injuries, offer ourselves to be ill-treated, humiliated, 
and insulted, and pray for the spirit of meekness. Here, 
lso, in this connection, we can bring in the sacred Pas 
sion of Our Lord, and consider the meekness and patient 
love with which He endured so many outrages; and so, 



56 A Talk about Prayer. 

thinking upon this petition can set us to meditating or 
the Passion of Christ. The next petition, "Lead us not 
into temptation," refers especially to the temptations, 
wiles, and machinations of the devil; and the last peti 
tion refers, not only to temporal and spiritual evils, from 
which we ask to be delivered, but also to this life of exile, 
from which the devout soul may beg to be set free, if it 
be God s will, in order to enter upon the possession of 
her heavenly kingdom, which is the kingdom of her 
Spouse. 

This method of prayer may be applied to the Hail 
Mary, and, indeed, to any other prayer, though no prayer 
will be found to contain so much as this divine prayer of 
Our Lord. The Lord s Prayer, used in this manner, 
may also be applied to any subject that you may take 
up for meditation; as, if the meditation is on any particu 
lar virtue, this prayer may be made to refer to that virtue; 
if on the nativity, our Father, King, and Spouse may be 
represented as present in our souls as an infant, while we 
use the different petitions, as above pointed out. If the 
subject be the Passion, then we may represent Our Lord 
present to our souls as suffering and abandoned by all, 
and so on. 

* A few words about the ordinary method of medita 
tion. Though it is best for those who are accustomed 
to meditate according to the usual formal method to 
stick to the subject they have chosen, yet great latitude 
should be allowed one s self as to the way of developing 
the points, and full liberty also to stop upon any point, 
or to dwell upon any affection that may arise, as long as 
the soul is drawn to do so, or finds any satisfaction in it, 
so that, if, during the whole time of meditation, you do 
not advance beyond the first point, the object of the medi 
tation will be gained; for the consideration of the sub 
ject and the reasoning over the points are designed to 
rouse affections and movements of the will towards God, 
and when that happens, it would be a mistake to smother 



A 2 alk about Prayer. 5 7 

these ascensions of the heart and will toward God, in 
order to go on and begin to reason upon another point. 
Indeed, if the soul is thus roused at the commencement, 
when the picture of the mystery is proposed to the imag 
ination, she should stop there, until her affections begin 
to flag, when she can go on further. You need have no 
fear of being unfaithful by following this rule. 

Another thing. Sometimes it so happens that both 
the imagination and reason seem to be paralyzed, so 
that after faithfully trying to begin and go on with the 
meditation for a little while, the soul finds itself so stupid 
and dull, as to be able to imagine or reason upon noth 
ing. Let her not be discouraged. Let her make simple 
acts of the ivill, however hard and dry they may seem to 
be. Let her spend the time saying to God such things 
as, "O my God, I love you. O my God, I offer my 
mind and body to you; take me. O my God, I give my 
will up to your will I submit to this dryness and dulness " 
and other such simple, dry acts. There may be no 
sensible fervor in them, they may seem to the soul per 
fectly stupid: yet such acts of the will, done, at the same 
time, with great calmness and interior stillness, without 
-hurry or anxiety, will be of the greatest value to the soul 
in the eyes of God. You will make more progress dur 
ing that hour, than in many others when the reason was 
bright and the affections came gushing forth like a foun 
tain. But perhaps the heart may be so dull that even 
these simple acts can not be made without turmoil and 
disturbance of mind. In that case, remain quietly before 
God in perfect calmness, submitting yourself to His will 
in this. Occupy yourself simply in keeping peace. 

Another thing is, to make all your spiritual exercises 
daily or otherwise, whatever manner of prayer you may 
be using, with the greatest peace, calmness, and still 
ness of heart. There is nothing worse in prayer than 
anxiety, fear, fretfulness, hurry, over-eagerness to do it 
right, or any overstraining of the soul. All should be 



58 Vocal Prayer. 

done with the greatest calmness, stillness, peace, and 
tranquillity possible. The loss of that interior calmness 
disturbs recollection, distracts the attention, and hinders 
the workings of the Holy Spirit. So that, if your tran 
quillity is disturbed, you must endeavor by all means to 
restore it before you go further, even though the whole 
time of your prayer be occupied in doing this. 

Another way of practising interior prayer is to tak? 
some devout book, read a little in it, and then reflect upon 
what has been read, and make acts of the will and affec 
tions upon it. When the mind grows a little weary 
take the book up again, and read a little more, and so on, 
The same can be done with any vocal prayer, as explained 
above. In this way we turn vocal prayer into mental. 

When the time for ending the meditation is come, it 
should not be prolonged because the soul is dissatisfied 
with its success. That would bring on weariness and 
scruples. W r hen something happens that the prayer 
must be curtailed or even omitted, let it be done with 
liberty and without scruple; only not out of a spirit of 
sloth or disgust. For the rest of your time, endeavor to 
keep quietly and gently recollected in God. 



Docal 

VOCAL prayer is prayer recited with the lips, and 
usually according to some certain formula. Al 
though in itself vocal prayer is not so excellent as mental 
prayer, we should, nevertheless, beware of underrating 
its usefulness or necessity. All true Christians fre 
quently recite vocal prayers, such as the Our Father, 
the Hail Mary, the Apostles Creed, the acts of faith, 
hope, charity, and contrition. The Church prescribes 
vocal prayer very strictly to her priests and her Religious 

* From Father Girardey s "Instructions on Prayer." 



Vocal Prayer. 5 9 

,n the Mass, in the liturgy, and in the divine office. She 
has enriched many vocal prayers with numerous indul 
gences, and has approved of many prayer-books filled 
with prayers suited to every want and devotion. Vocal 
prayer, then, is both useful and necessary for all men 
without exception even for those who are soaring in 
the heights of contemplation. In reciting vocal prayers, 
we should strive to attend to the meaning of the words, 
appropriating it to ourselves with all, possible fervor and 
earnestness. A few short vocal prayers well said are far 
more acceptable to God than a great many long ones 
recited without attention or fervor. 

One of the best forms of vocal prayer is the frequent 
recitation during the day of some favorite aspiration or 
ejaculatory prayer, especially if we do so in time of trial 
and temptation. This commendable practice gradually 
imparts a habit of recollection, and renders all other 
prayers comparatively easy and free from distraction. 
We should, as far as practicable, prefer reciting those 
vocal prayers which the Church has enriched with indul 
gences, for we thereby gain a twofold advantage the 
benefit of the beautiful and devout prayers themselves, 
and the indulgences, which help us to acquit ourselves 
of the great temporal debt which we have contracted 
towards the divine justice on account of our numerous 
sins. Or we may also apply said indulgences, when so 
applicable, to the souls in purgatory, who will be relieved 
thereby and will not fail to intercede for us in our wants. 

It would be well to join, to a certain extent, mental 
prayer with our vocal prayers, for the merit of the latter 
would be thereby greatly increased. We may do so in 
this wise. During the recitation of our vocal prayers 
we pause at short intervals to reflect either on their mean 
ing or on some supernatural truth; or, without at all 
pausing, we reflect thereon while actually pronouncing 
the prayers with our lips. The rosary is the most com 
mon and readily understood example of this manner of 



60 Mental Prayer. 

praying. While we are reciting the Our Father and the 
Hail Marys of each decade of the rosary, we meditate 
or reflect on some mystery connected with the life of 
Jesus Christ or of His blessed Mother. 

It is also useful, in using the prayers of our prayer- 
book, to read them slowly and deliberately, making in 
the meantime practical reflections on their contents, or 
pausing from time to time to meditate a little and apply 
the words of the prayers to our own wants. If we accus 
tom ourselves to recite our vocal prayers in this way, we 
shall not only make them our own and pray well, but 
we shall also gradually acquire the habit of making 
mental prayer, which tends to unite us more closely to 
God, and, through the practical imitation of our divine 
Saviour s virtues, to render us conformable to Him. 



/IDental prater. 

is called by St. Gregory Nazianzen a 
conference, or conversation with God. St. John 
Chrysostom speaks of prayer as a discourse w r ith the 
divine majesty. According to St. Augustine it is the 
raising up of the soul to God. St. Francis de Sales de 
scribes it as a conversation of the soul with God, by which 
we aspire to Him and breathe in Him, and He, in return, 
inspires us and breathes on us. 

Father Bertrand Wilberforce, in his tract on *Menta? 
Prayer, " writes: 

All prayer is the speaking of the soul to God. This 
may be done in three ways. For the prayer may be either 
in thought only, unexpressed in any external way, or on 
the other hand the secret thoughts and feelings of the soul 
may be clothed in words; and these words, again, may 
either be confined to a set form, or they may be words 
of our own, unfettered by any form, and express ng the 
emotions of our soul at the moment. In the first case 



Mental Prayer, 6 1 

our prayer will be purely mental; in the second, in which 
we employ a set form of words, it will be vocal prayer ; in 
the third case, where the prayer is chiefly in thought, 
but these thoughts are allowed to break forth into words 
in any way that at the moment seem best to express the 
feelings of the soul, it is a mixture of mental and vocal 
prayer, but as the words are spontaneous and not in any 
prescribed form, it may justly be considered as mental 
prayer. 

In an audience with the Pope, we might read a written 
address to his Holiness, or we might trust to the words 
that might occur at the moment, to express what we de 
sired to convey to his mind. But if God were to enable 
the Pope to read the thoughts of our mind, we might 
then simply stand silent in his presence, and he would 
see all that we wanted to express. The formal address 
would be vocal prayer, the silent standing before his 
throne would be purely mental prayer, the conversa 
tion with unprepared words would be a mixture of the 
two, and might be called mental prayer in a more gen 
eral and extended sense. God knows our secret thoughts 
more clearly than we can express them, more certainly 
than we ourselves can know them, and words therefore 
are not necessary in our intercourse with Him, though 
often a considerable help to us. 

A set form of words spoken, or read, can not be called 
prayer at all, unless the mind intends it as prayer, and 
gives some kind of spiritual attention, either to the actual 
sense of the words themselves, or to God Himself while 
they are being uttered. Shakespeare spoke as a theo 
logian when, in Hamlet, he put into the mouth of the king, 
who asked for pardon without repentance: 

My words go up, my thoughts remain below, 
Words without thoughts never to heaven go. 

God condemned the merely material homage of the 
Jews by declaring, "This people honoreth Me with their 



6 2 JMental Pra ver. 

lips, but their heart is far from Me." All prayer, there 
fore, of whatever kind, must be "in spirit and in truth" 
(John iv. 23), but vocal prayer is confined to a prescribed 
form of words, whereas mental prayer is the spontaneous 
utterance of the soul either with or without words. When 
St. Francis said an Our Father, or recited his office, he 
used vocal prayer; when he knelt before God without a 
word his prayer was purely mental; when he spent the 
whole night in saying "Aly God and my all," his mental 
prayer was mingled with words which expressed the burn 
ing love of his seraphic soul. 

St. Alphonsus says, "He who neglects meditation (a 
part of mental prayer), and is distracted by the affairs of 
the world, will not know his spiritual wants, the dangers 
to which his salvation is exposed, the means he ought to 
take to conquer temptations, and will forget the necessity 
of the prayer of petition for all men; thus he will not ask 
for what is necessary, and by not asking God s grace, he 
will certainly lose his soul." 

In the same way St. Teresa asks: "How can charity 
last, unless God gives perseverance ? How will the Lord 
gives us perseverance if we neglect to ask Him for it? 
And how shall we ask it without mental prayer ? With 
out mental prayer there is not the communication with 
God, which is necessary for the preservation of virtue." 
The holy Doctors agree that those who persevere in 
mental prayer will live in God s grace. The following 
words are the deliberate sentence of the holy Doctor St. 
Alphonsus, the conclusion gathered from his vast learn 
ing and experience: "Many say the Rosary, the Office 
of Our Lady, and perform other acts of devotion, but 
they still continue in sin. But it is impossible for him 
u ho perseveres in mental prayer to continue in sin; he will 
either give up mental prayer, or renounce sin. Mental 
prayer and sin can not exist together. And this we see 
by experience ; they who make mental prayer, rarely fall 
into mortal sin ; and should they have the misery of fall- 



Is Mental Prayer Easy ? 63 

ing into sin, by persevering in mental prayer, they see 
their misery, and return to God. Let a soul, says St. 
Teresa, be ever so negligent, if she perseveres in mental 
prayer, the Lord will bring her back to the haven of sal 
vation." 

If this were merely the opinion of St. Alphonsus him 
self it would be of immense weight, considering his re 
splendent sanctity, his vast spiritual learning, and the 
varied experience of his long and active life, but besides 
this the holy Doctor is here only summing up, in one sen 
tence, the teaching and experience of all the doctors, 
saints, writers, preachers, and confessors of the whole 
Church since the beginning. What stronger argument 
could be used to prove the importance and necessity of 
mental prayer? 



fls /IDental jpra^er 

NY one who has a real desire to be saved, and who 
believes that the opinion of St. Alphonsus, and 
all other spiritual teachers, that mortal sin and mental 
prayer can not live together, but are mutually destruc 
tive, is really true, must feel a desire to adopt so certain 
a means of salvation. But many are faint-hearted, and 
dread the little difficulty they feel in beginning a new 
exercise, and many more lack the courage and self-denial 
necessary to continue in it after the novelty has worn 
away, and the yoke of perseverance begins to gall. Blessed 
are they who courageously persevere, for their salvation 
is secure! 

Those who find it difficult to begin, or are tempted to 
abandon this powerful means of salvation, must pluck 
up heart, and encourage themselves by remembering 
that mental prayer requires no learning, no special power 
of mind, no extraordinary grace, but only a resolute will 
and a desire to please God. In fact the hard matter is 



64 -ft Mental Prayer Easy? 

to convince people how easy and simple a matter mental 
prayer really is, and how the difficulty is far more imag 
inary than real. This difficulty often rises from not hav 
ing grasped the true idea of what is meant by mental 
prayer, and the false idea of the exercise once formed, is 
often never corrected, the consequence being that the 
practice is either abandoned in disgust, or persevered in 
with extreme repugnance, and little fruit. 

One common cause of misunderstanding, perhaps the 
most common of all, is the custom of calling the whole 
exercise by the name of one subordinate and not most 
important part, that is meditation. From this, the idea 
arises that it is a prolonged spiritual study, drawn out at 
length with many divisions and much complicated process, 
and this notion frightens many good souls, and makes 
them fall back on vocal prayer alone. They imagine 
that the soul must preach a discourse to itself, and they 
feel no talent for preaching. Many, if they spoke their 
minds clearly, would say, "I can not meditate, but if I 
might be allowed to pray during that time instead, I 
could do very well!" This is no imaginary case, as any 
one who has had any experience will testify, and this 
miserable misunderstanding that so often holds souls 
back for years, is partly brought about by defective teach 
ing, but partly also by the name meditation being used, 
instead of the more comprehensive one of mental prayer. 

Mental prayer properly understood, will be found to 
be easy and within the power of all who desire salvation. 
Of course there are many degrees of prayer, and to pray 
perfectly is no doubt a matter of great difficulty, but to 
pray well and in a way very pleasing to God, and very 
profitable to the soul, is an easy and simple matter. If 
we remember how many thousands have excelled in 
mental prayer though not even able to read, we shall see 
that this holy exercise can not require any special power 
of mind or any degree of culture. St. Isidore, a farm 
laborer, is an example of a man utterly devoid of human 



Is Menial Prayer Easyf 65 

learning, but rising, by God s grace, to the sublimest 
prayer. 

In order to pray with fruit and without distraction, it 
is very useful and in most cases necessary, to spend some 
time in meditation or pious thought on some definite 
subject, and from this fact, as before stated, the whole 
exercise is often called meditation, instead of mental 
prayer. This often misleads people into imagining that 
meditation, that is, the use of the intellect in thinking on 
a holy subject, is the main end to be aimed at, whereas in 
fact it is only a means to the end, which is prayer or con 
versation with God. Meditation furnishes us with the 
matter for conversation, but it is not itself prayer at all. 
When thinking and reflecting the soul speaks to itself, 
reasons with itself; in prayer it speaks to God. 

Meditation in its wide sense is any kind of attentive 
and repeated thought upon any subject and with any 
intention, but in the more restricted sense in which it is 
understood as a part of mental prayer, it is, as St. Francis 
de Sales puts it, "an attentive thought, voluntarily re 
peated or entertained in the mind, to excite the will to 
holy and salutary reflections and resolutions." It differs 
from mere study in its object: we study to improve oui 
minds and to store up information, we meditate to move 
the will to pray and to embrace good. We study that w 
may know, we meditate that we may pray. 

We must then use the mind in thus thinking or ponder 
ing on a sacred subject for a few minutes, and in order tc 
help the mind in this exercise, we must have some defi 
nite subject of thought upon which it is well to read either 
a text of Holy Scripture or a few lines out of some other 
holy book. St. Teresa tells us that she thus helped her 
self with a book for seventeen years. By this short read 
ing, the mind is rendered attentive and is set on a train 
of thought. Further to help the mind you can ask your 
self some such questions as the following: What does 
this mean ? What lesson does it teach me ? What have 



b6 Is Menial Prayer Easy/ 1 

I done about this in the past ? What shall I now do, and 
how? 

Two remarks are here most important. The first is, 
that care must be taken not to read too much, but to stop 
when any thought strikes the mind. If the reading is 
prolonged, if, for example, in a short prayer of half an 
hour you were to read for ten minutes, the exercise would 
be changed into spiritual reading. The second remark 
is, that you must not be distressed if you find the mind 
torpid, and if only one or two very simple thoughts pre 
sent themselves. It is by no means necessary to have 
many thoughts, or to indulge in deep and well arranged 
reflections. The object of mental prayer is not to preach 
a well prepared and eloquent sermon to yourself: the 
object is to pray. If one simple thought makes you pray, 
why distress yourself because you have not other and 
more elaborate thoughts? If you wanted to reach the 
top of a roof you would not trouble yourself because your 
ladder was a short one, provided it was long enough to 
land you safely on the roof. The end is gained. If one 
simple reflection enables you to pray, you would, in 
reality, be merely distracting yourself from prayer in 
order to occupy yourself with your own thoughts, if you 
were to go on developing a lengthy train of thought. 
This would be to mistake the means for the end, and 
it is a very common mistake and the cause of great 
discouragement. This mistake will be evident if you 
remember that while you are following out a line of 
thought, for instance, when you are answering the ques 
tions suggested above, you are conversing with your 
self. 

It is plain therefore that as your object is to converse 
with God, you should not remain too long in talking to 
yourself, and that, therefore, if you feel a difficulty in 
doing this, you need not be distressed. "The progress 
of a soul," says the enlightened St. Teresa, "does not 
consist in thinking much of God, but in loving Him 



Is Menial Prayer Easy ? 67 

ardently; and this love is gained by resolving to do a 
great deal for Him." 

I have said that misunderstanding this point is the 
most fruitful source of discouragement, and one of the 
commonest reasons for abandoning mental prayer in 
disgust, and the reason is, because very few people are 
accustomed to prolonged or deep thought on any subject. 
Few indeed are capable of it. If, therefore, they imagine 
that prolonged, if not deep thought, is necessary for 
mental prayer, they are in constant trouble and discour 
agement, which ends in their abandoning the whole exer 
cise in despair. "If I might only be allowed to pray," 
they will sigh to themselves, "how much easier it would 
be! " 

Let such persons then clearly understand, that many 
thoughts are not necessary, that their reflections need 
not be deep and ought not, especially in a prayer of half 
an hour, to be long, lest prayer should be neglected and 
the exercise be changed into a study. "Meditation," 
says St. Alphonsus, "is the needle, which only passes 
through that it may draw after it the golden thread, which 
is composed of affections, petitions, and resolutions." 
The needle is only used in order to draw the thread after 
it. If then you were to meditate for an hour, and think 
out a subject in all its details, but without constant acts 
and petitions, you would be working hard with an un 
threaded needle. 

Men s minds differ as much as their features, and some 
men, especially those employed in very distracting duties, 
need more thought before they can pray than others, but 
many, especially women, will find that the effort, after 
prolonged reflections, will generally defeat itself and end 
in distraction. 

As soon, therefore, as you feel an impulse to pray, give 
way to it at once in the best way you can by acts and 
petitions, in other words, begin your conversation with 
God on the subject about which you have been think 



68 Is Mental Prayer Easy r> 

ing. Do not imagine, moreover, that it is necessary to 
wait for a great fire to burn up in your soul, but cherish 
the little spark that you have got. Above all, never give 
way to the mistaken notion that you must restrain your 
self from prayer in order to go through all the thoughts 
suggested by your book, or because your prayer does 
not appear to have a close connection with the subject 
of your meditation. This would simply be to turn from 
God to your own thoughts or to those of some other man. 

To meditate means in general nothing else than to 
reflect seriously on some subject. Meditation, as men 
tal prayer, is a serious reflection on some religious truth 
or event, united with reference and application to our 
selves, in order thereby to excite in us certain pious sen 
timents such as contrition, humility, faith, hope, charity, 
etc. and to move our will to form good resolutions con 
formable to these pious sentiments. Such an exercise 
has naturally a beneficial influence on our soul and greatly 
conduces to enlighten our mind and to move our will to 
practise virtue. 

"Meditation," writes Madame Cecilia, in her admir 
able work "At the Feet of Jesus," " consists in occupying 
ourselves mentally and prayerfully with some mystery of 
the faith. We call to mind the chief facts, ponder over 
them, and then stir up our will to regulate our conduct 
in consequence. Hence, meditation is an exercise of 
the faculties of our soul memory, understanding, and 
will. Some persons are also aided by the imagination; 
to others it is a hindrance. Do you complain that you 
can not meditate? Well, let me ask you: Have you 
ever received an affront that cut you to the quick ? Then, 
perhaps, you did meditate; you thought over it for an 
hour or more. Memory recalled the facts, imagination 
supplied extra details and coloring, the intelligence dis 
cussed the motives, such as ingratitude, jealousy, pride; 
it considered the baseness and the unexpectedness of the 
insult; finally, the "will took a firm resolution to avoid 



Method of Meditation According to St. Ignatius. 69 

that person. Now, what was all this but a meditation 
in which you employed all the powers of your soul? 
Moreover, it was probably made without a single dis 
traction, which is of very rare occurrence when we medi 
tate on a mystery of our holy faith. 

"Unfortunately, the subject was not well chosen, but 
at least it may help you to understand that you are ca 
pable of making a meditation. Suppose that, instead of 
reflecting on a personal affront, you had chosen for sub 
ject the insults received by Our Lord at the court of 
Herod. You pictured out the scene, recalled the facts, 
pondered them over, weighed the motives, and then 
stirred up yourself to imitate your divine model. This 
would have been an excellent meditation. Now it is 
true that the Holy Ghost is the great Master Who 
teaches us how to pray, but this does not dispense us 
from means which He has placed at our disposal, for 
God helps those who help themselves, in this as in 
temporal enterprises. The masters of the spiritual life 
have traced out methods of mental prayer for their dis 
ciples. The one laid down by St. Ignatius, in his Spir 
itual Exercises, is perhaps the best known." 

It consists of three parts: (i) preparation, (2) medi 
tation proper, (3) exercise of the affections. Each of 
these parts is subdivided, and a few words on them 
may be useful to the reader. 



/ifcetboo of /IDeoitatfon Bccorotns to St. 
flcjnatius. 

I. PREPARATION. 

EAD over the subject of the meditation carefully. 
This can be done the previous evening. Place 
yourself in the presence of God; stand (if convenient) 
and reflect on the truth that God sees into your inmost 



70 Method of Meditation According to St. Ignatius. 

soul; kneel and make an act of faith and an act of adora 
tion with all the intensity of your inmost being. 

As to the remote preparation: Having read the sub 
ject of the meditation over night, reflect what fruit you 
may gather from it, considering the actual need of your 
soul. When in bed, dwell on no thought which might 
distract you from the subject of the meditation. 

When you awake in the morning, after some appro 
priate ejaculatory prayers, and after offering to God your 
heart and your actions, banish every other thought; re 
flect before Whom you are about to appear, and try to 
excite in yourself some affection, analogous to the fruit 
which you desire to gather from the meditation. 

The acts of faith and adoration need not occupy much 
time. They have for object to prepare you by devout 
recollection to commune with God. They form the 
immediate preparation, together with the preludes. 

ist Prelude. This is an exercise of the imagination 
which you can omit if you do not find it helpful. Pic 
ture to yourself some scene connected with the mystery 
which forms the subject of your meditation, i.e., form 
your composition 0} place. 

2d Prelude. Ask for a grace in keeping with the 
mystery on which you intend to meditate. Thus, if you 
have chosen the Passion of Our Lord, pray for a deep 
hatred of sin or perfect contrition. 

II. THE MEDITATION PROPER. 

Having called to mind very vividly, by acts of faith 
and adoration, that you are in the presence of God; 
having made your preparatory prayer; having formed 
your composition of place, if desirable, by means of the 
imagination, and having finished your preludes, you pro 
ceed to the meditation proper, namely, to the second 
part. 

Here we consider the subject carefully and devoutly. 
If you have for subject some maxim of Our Lord, think 



Method of Meditation According to St. Ignatius. 71 

when, where, and why He uttered it. See what lesson 
you can learn from it, and how far your conduct is at 
variance with the precept. Take a practical resolution 
to amend. Determine some definite act of virtue in 
question. A vague purpose of amendment is useless. 

In this part of the meditation, avoid spending all the 
time in reflections, since they are a means, not an end. 
Their great object is to stir up your will to do some good 
action, and to serve as solid foundation for your reso 
lutions. The most important part of meditation is the 
exercise of the affections, and all the preceding steps 
should lead up to this essential point. 

As Father Chaignon, S J., says in his " Sacerdotal 
Meditations ;" " Prayer is a gift of the Spirit of God ; it is 
a. science of which this Holy Spirit is the first, or rather 
the only, veritable Master. Let us earnestly pray to Him 
to grant us this gift, which shall be for us the channel of 
the most precious graces. Let us learn of Him this 
science, which is so important a part of the science of the 

saints." 

Domine, doce nos orare. (Luke i. n.) He teaches it, 
says St. Bernard, in acting upon our memory, our in 
tellect, and our will. Monet, et docet, et movet; monet 
memoriam, docet rationem, movet voluntatem : sugge- 
rendo, instruendo, afficiendo. (St. Bernard, Serm. de 
Pent.). One could not have more clearly designated 
the exercises of the three faculties, in which the method of 
St. Ignatius precisely consists. 

A. The Memory: Propose to yourself the whole sub 
ject of the meditation; place before yourself the whole 
of the truth or mystery under consideration, as if you 
were relating or describing it to another person very 
clearly and briefly. An act of faith will help you. 

B. The Intellect or Understanding : It first considers 
the truth and then makes the application. 

i. Consider what you have to believe, or do, with re 
spect to the truth which vou have proposed to yourself; 



7 2 Method of Meditation According to St. Ignatius. 

what lesson for the amendment of your life you will fi&d 
in this truth, or in this mystery. Search for it, and as 
soon as you have arrested it, you will pass on. to the con 
sideration of some motives, which may move your heart 
and engage you to put it in practice. 

2. Examine also very carefully how much you esteem 
a truth so important for your salvation as that which 
engages your attention ; whether you are in the habit of 
regulating your conduct by what it inculcates, or whether 
you are negligent with regard to it. Admit your negli 
gence; acknowledge your faults. What is the cause of 
your errors? What means will you employ to avoid 
them? 

C. The Will : 

1. Pious affections are aroused. These affections 
differ as the subject varies, or in accordance with the 
dispositions of the soul and the motions of the Holy Spirit 
confusion, shame, and contrition; distrust of ourselves; 
confidence in God; thanksgiving; offering of ourselves; 
sacrifice of ivlmtever obstructs or retards perfection; resig 
nation; abandonment to the will of God. 

2. The will makes strong resolutions, with regard to 
a certain virtue, for instance, humility, or, with regard 
to certain occasions and certain means, tending to greatei 
perfection. 

3. You will make some colloquies, especially toward 
the end of the meditation. 

III. COLLOQUY. 

This is a direct prayer; so make acts of faith, hope, 
charity, etc., as they are suggested by the subject of your 
meditation. This part of the meditation should occupy 
perhaps one-fifth of the whole time alloted to the exercise. 

The colloquy may also be called a familiar and re 
spectful address to God, in which we praise Him, thank 
Him, beg His pardon, ask Him for some grace, some- 



Method of Meditation According to St. Ignatius. 73 

times as His child, sometimes as His servant or spouse. 
In the colloquies we may also address ourselves to Jesus 
Christ, the Blessed V irgin, or the saints. 



RESOLUTIONS AND SPIRITUAL BOUQUET AFTER 
MEDITATION. 

Finish with the offering of resolutions. You can use 
a set form, or your own words. Then, as a reminder of 
your meditation, choose a "spiritual bouquet," that is, 
some thought which bears on the subject and which 
you can recall when tempted to break your resolution. 

Finally, recite some vocal prayer, such as the Our 
Father, Hail Mary, or the Anima Chris ti. This is a 
brief exposition of the Ignatian method. 

Remember that there are times of spiritual desolation, 
when mental prayer or meditation is very difficult. This 
is not a reason for neglecting or curtailing your medita 
tion. Try to fix your attention and say some vocal 
prayers to obtain the grace you desire; humble yourself 
before God; do not be discouraged. God asks for your 
efforts; the success does not depend entirely on you. 

When you find sufficient food for reflection and affec 
tions in one point, do not be in a hurry to pass on to the 
next. 

Do not adhere slavishly to the thoughts suggested in 
the colloquies; those that come to you naturally are far. 
more helpful. Speak to God with respectful familiarity. 

In choosing your resolution, base it on some well 
grounded motive; endeavor to foresee when and how 
you can put it into practice.* 

* Those who desire further information on this subject can 
consult the " Method of Meditation" by Pere Roothan, S.J., or 
any other similar work. 



74 Outlines of the Sulpician Method of Meditation. 

Outlines of tbe Sulpician flDetboo of 
/IDeoitation, 

PART I. THE PREPARATION. 

1. Remote Preparation : 

Detachment from sin. 

Mortification of the passions. 

Control of the interior and exterior senses. 

2. Proximate Preparation : 

On the preceding evening and in the morning to 
think over the subject of meditation, and, in particu 
lar: 

(a) What we should consider in Our Lord; 

(b) The motives proper to convince us; 

(c) The resolutions we should take. 

To keep strict silence from the evening till the next 
morning after prayer. 

To go to prayer with gladness and humility. 

3 . Immediate Preparation : 

To put one s self in the presence of God by acts of 
faith and adoration. 

To acknowledge one s self unworthy to appear 
before God and to be suffered in His presence, mak 
ing acts of humility, contrition, and union with Our 
Lord. 

To acknowledge one s self incapable of praying, 
on account of blindness of intellect and perverseness 
of the will. 

To invoke the Holy Ghost. 

PART II. THE BODY OF THE PRAYER. 

First Point: Adoration. 

To consider in Our Lord the subject proposed for 
meditation His sentiments, His words, His actions. 

To discharge toward Him our duties of adoration, 
admiration, praise, thanksgiving, love, and joy or 
compassion. 



Outlines of the Sulpician Method of Meditation. 75 

Second Point : Communion. 

Consideration of the motives leading to virtue and 
withdrawing from vice; consideration of the circum 
stances of the mysteries. 

Reflection on one s self, with sentiments of contri 
tion for the past, confusion for the present, and desire 
for the future. 

Petition, with humility, confidence, and persever 
ance. 
Third Point: Cooperation. 

To take resolutions definite, present, efficacious. 

To have great distrust in one s self. 

To put entire confidence in Our Lord. 

PART III. THE CONCLUSION. 

To thank God for having suffered us in His presence 
and for the graces He gave us during prayer. 

To beg His pardon for the faults we may have com 
mitted during prayer. 

To beg His blessing on our resolutions, the present day, 
our life, and our death. 

To place ourselves and the fruit of our prayer under the 
protection of the Blessed Virgin. 

To make the spiritual nosegay "Sub tuum presi 
dium." "O Jesu, vivens in Maria." 

Prayer: Sub Tuum Presidium. 

Sub tuum presidium con- We fly to thy patronage, 

fugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix; O holy Mother of God! de- 

nostras deprecationes ne de- spise not our petitions in our 

spicias in necessitatibus no- necessities, and deliver us 

stris; sed a periculis cunctis from all dangers, O ever glori- 

libera nos, semper virgo glori- ous and blessed Virgin. 
osa et benedicta. 

V. Dignare me laudare te, V. Make me worthy to 

virgo sacrata. praise thee, holy Virgin. 

R. Da mini virtutem con- R. Give me strength against 

tra hostes tuos. thine enemies. 



76 The Sulpician Method of Mental Prayer. 

V. Benedictus Deus in V. Blessed be God in His 
sanctis suis. saints. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

Prayer: O Jesu, vivens in Maria. 

O Jesu, vivens in Maria, O Jesus, living in Mary: 

veni et vive in famulis tuis, in come and live in Thy servants, 

spiritu sanctitatis tuae, in pleni- in the spirit of Thy holiness, in 

tudine virtutis tuae in veri- the fulness of Thy might, in 

tate virtutum tuarum, in per- the truth of Thy virtues, in 

fectione viarum tuarum, in the perfection of Thy ways, in 

communione mysteriorum tuo- the communion of Thy mys- 

rum, dominare omni ad versae teries; subdue every hostile 

potestati, in spiritu tuo ad power, in Thy spirit, for the 

gloriam Patris. Amen. glory of the Father. Amen. 

An indulgence of three hundred days, once a day. Pius IX., 
Oct. 14, 1859. 

Explanation of tbe Sulpician /IDetbofc ot 
/IDental prater. 

Very Rev. A. Magnien, S.S., D.D., former 
Superior of the Theological Seminary of St. Sul- 
pice, Baltimore, in his introduction to Father Ha- 
mon s "Meditations," writes: 

This work is based upon the Method of Mental 
Prayer, which is followed in all Sulpician seminaries 
and in many other religious communities throughout the 
world. This method is extremely logical and as simple 
as it is logical. 

Many, however, have been trained in the Ignatian 
method, and do not readily take to any other. 

The Sulpician method of meditation consists essen 
tially of three parts, the first of which is called the Prep 
aration, the second the Body of the Prayer, and the third 
the Conclusion. We shall devote a few words to the 
explanation of each. All spiritual writers presuppose 
in those who practise meditation a preparation known as 
remote. By the very nature of the case, the lives of those 



The Sulpician Method of Mental Prayer. 77 

who aim at perfection should be characterized by detach 
ment from worldly things as such, and by the spirit of 
mortification. The method proper, then, opens with 
the proximate preparation. This should be made on 
the preceding evening and in the morning, continuing 
until the moment we are ready to begin our prayer. In 
its main outlines it is a summary of the whole Meditation, 
and is so styled in Father Hamon s work. After dwell 
ing upon the goodness of God as evidenced in each par 
ticular subject, we consider what we ought to do for Him 
in return, and what means it were best to adopt in view 
of the desired end. The resolutions flow naturally from 
these considerations, and are determined in their char 
acter by them. 

We have now to deal with the Body of the Prayer, 
which in Father Hamon s work falls under the title 
Meditation for the Morning. In the first part, called 
Adoration, we study the subject in our blessed Lord, 
calling to mind His words, His actions, and the spirit of 
His life. The mystery or virtue as seen in Him will in 
duce us to render to Him our duties of adoration, admi 
ration, praise, thanksgiving, love, joy, or compassion, 
according to circumstances. The second part (including 
points i and 2) supplies us with motives and means of 
practising virtue, and suggests, in each case, that we 
reflect upon our conduct in order to see whether, and to 
what extent, we possess the particular virtue recommended. 
Our neglect and consequent failure will inspire us with 
sorrow for the past, confusion for the present, and desire 
for the future. Recognizing that God only can give 
effect to our desires, we earnestly implore Him to grant 
us the virtue upon which we have been meditating. 
That nothing may be wanting to success, we in the third 
part of the Body of the Prayer make definite resolutions 
for the present day, thus insuring our own cooperation. 

What we have termed the Conclusion is made up of 
acts in which we thank God for the graces which He has 



78 Bishop Bettor d s Summary of a Method of Meditation. 

bestowed upon us during prayer, and beg His pardon 
for any faults of which we may have been guilty whilst 
holding commune with Him. 

The Spiritual Nosegay is a text taken from the Sacred 
Scriptures, or from the Fathers, or from the Office of 
the Church, which both summarizes and suggests the 
considerations and resolutions of the morning. Those 
who desire more intimate acquaintance with this excel 
lent method will find an admirable exposition of its sev 
eral parts in Father Faber s treatises: " Growth in Holi 
ness" in the chapter on Prayer. 

Bisbop Belloro s Summary of a flDetboo of 
/IDeottation.* 

REMOTE PREPARATION. 

1. Read the meditation over-night. 

2. Review it at intervals till next morning. 

3. Affections of love and joy up to the meditation. 

INTRODUCTION. 

1. Place yourself in the presence of God. 

2. Act of humility: acknowledge your unworthiness- 

3. Confess your incapacity: ask for aid. 

THE MEDITATION. 
7. Adoration. 

1. Contemplate the subject in God the Father, or in 

Jesus Christ, with reference to His (i.) Disposi 
tions, (ii.) Words, (iii.) Actions. 

2. Offer Him, with respect to the subject, (i.) Adora 

tion, (ii.) Admiration, (iii.) Praise, (iv.) Love, 
(v.) Joy, (vi.) Gratitude. 
II. Reflection. 

Transfer to yourself what you have contemplated in 
God, considering: 

* Fiom Rt. Rev. James Bellord s "Outlines of Meditations." 



Bishop Bellord s Summary of a Method of Meditation. 79 

1. What example, or warning, or knowledge, is to be 

gathered with a view to your own case? 

2. What are your past negligences, present deficiencies, 

future needs? 

3. What grace do you require from God? 
III. Action. 

1. Petition. 

(i.) Simple petition. 

(ii.) With obsecration (through the merits of Christ. 

the Blessed Virgin, etc.). 
(iii.) W T ith thanksgiving, 
(iv.) With intercession for others. 
N.B. Your petitions must be (i.) Humble; (ii.) Con 
fident; (iii.) Persevering. 

2. Resolutions. 

(i.) Let them be practical, 
(ii.) For immediate use. 
(iii.) Adapted to your special case, 
(iv.) Efficacious. 

3. Colloquies. 

With God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Blessed 
Virgin, your Guardian Angel, etc. 

CONCLUSION. 

1. Thanksgiving. 

(i.) For admission to God s presence, 
(ii.) For ability to pray, 
(iii.) For lights received. 

2. Contrition. 

For faults committed, with a brief examination of 
the meditation. 

3. Oblation. 

Offer the meditation to God by the hands of the 
Blessed Virgin for the supplying of all defects. 

4. Spiritual Bouquet. 

Sum up the meditation in a maxim or ejaculation 
to be recalled during the day. 



80 Method of Particular Examination. 

/ifcetboo of particular Examination in 
Striving after perfection, 



are two kinds of examination (or examen) 
general and particular. The object of the first is 
to discover all the faults we have committed. 

The second or particular examination has for its 
object one single fault or bad habit, which we have re 
solved to correct. 

It is made every day in the following manner: 

1. In the morning, on rising, resolve to avoid this sin 
or defect. 

2. Toward noon, ask of God the grace to remember 
how often you have fallen into it, and to avoid it for the 
future. Then examine, thinking over the time passed 
since your rising, ascertaining the number of faults 
committed, and marking them by so many points in 
the first line of a table like the following: 



Days 0} the Week. 



I 



ist j 
day \ 

2d 

day 

3d j. 
day \ 

4th j 
day I 

5th 
day 



6th (_. 

day ( . 

7 th ( 

day I 

This done, renew your resolutions for the rest of the day 



2 he Subject -matter of the Particular Examen. 81 

3. In the evening, after supper, or at nightfall, a new 
examination like the first, marking the faults on the 
second line for the day. 

Observations. 

1. At each fault against the resolutions you have taken, 
as soon as you recollect, yourself, put your hand on your 
heart and repent of your fall. 

This can be done without being observed by any one. 

2. At night, count the points of the two examinations, 
and see if from the first to the second you have made any 
amendment or progress. 

3. Compare in the same way the day or the week, 
which is ending, with the preceding day or week. The 
lines of the record diminish in length, from the ist to the 
7th day, because it is reasonable to expect that the num 
ber of the faults should likewise diminish. 

4. The subject of the particular examen should be 
ordinarily the predominant pagoicn that is, the one 
which is the source of the greater number of faults that 
you commit, and which consequently is the great obstacle 
to your sanctification. 

5. This examination on the predominant passion 
should be continued, until it is entirely overcome, or, at 
least, notably weakened. 

Subject-matter of tbe particular 



V VJ I HAT is the subject-matter of the Particular Ex 
^J^ animation? According to St. Ignatius, it is "thfe 
particular sin or defect," that is, imperfection of any kind, 
"of which one wishes to correct himself." The same idea 



* From " First Lessons in the Science of the Saints," by R. 
Meyer, S.J. 



82 The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 

is conveyed by the words which the priest says at the 
Offertory of the Mass, whe,n he prays : "Accept, O holy 
Father, almighty and everlasting God, this immaculate 
victim which I, Thy unworthy servant, offer Thee for 
my innumerable sins, and offences, and negligences." 

Sins, in this connection, are faults properly so called 
in thought, word, deed, and omission and into which we 
frequently and deliberately fall. Offences are faults less 
properly so called, which we are wont to commit through 
human frailty and inadvertence, just as a traveller walk 
ing upon slipper} ground is apt to fall, when he is ever 
so little off his guard. Negligences are shortcomings 
which can not properly be classed with sins of omission, 
and which do not wholly vitiate our actions, but which 
dim their lustre and mar their perfection. Such, for 
example, are all those shortcomings, which result from 
a lack of fervor, of a pure intention, of full correspond 
ence with the lights and graces vouchsafed us, and of 
other qualities which ought to shine forth in our actions 
and in our whole lives. 

The Particular Examination, therefore, should be 
directed: first, towards avoiding all deliberate sins; 
secondly, towards diminishing the number of our lesser 
offences, and, as far as possible, avoiding them; thirdly, 
towards diminishing the number of our negligences, and, 
as far as possible, avoiding them. In all these cases, there 
is question of amending some fault, whether it be a sin 
strictly so called, or a want of perfect fidelity and cor 
respondence on our part. Hence St. Ignatius very 
properly mentions only sins and defects, as the subject 
matter of the Particular Examination of Conscience, 
yet it is obvious, that we can not avoid those shortcom 
ings called negligences, except by the practice of the 
missing virtue or perfection. For instance, if the negli 
gence consists in the lack of a pure intention in our 
actions, the only way to correct it is to be careful in 
future to have such an intention, and this implies posi- 



The Subjeci-matter of the Particular Examen. 83 

tive acts of virtue. In general, sins or evil habits may 
be overcome, either directly by repressing them, or indi 
rectly by practising the contrary virtues. The former is 
called the negative, and the latter the positive method. 
Both methods are indicated by the. author of the Imi 
tation, when he writes: "Two things particularly con 
duce to a great amendment; these are, forcibly to with 
draw one s self from that to which nature is viciously 
inclined, and earnestly to labor for the good which one 
wants the most." 

But, whether we pursue the negative or the positive 
method, it is essential to full success that the sub 
ject-matter be sharply denned. Not only must we aim 
at the correction of our vice, or the acquisition of 
one virtue at a time, but often we must subdivide the 
matter into several parts, corresponding to the different 
ways in which either the vice or the virtue shows itself. 
For example, if we wish to apply our Particular Exam 
ination to rooting out pride and implanting humility 
in our hearts, it is not sufficient to propose to ourselves 
in general, not to take pride in anything and to humble 
ourselves in everything. Thus proposed, the subject- 
matter is altogether too comprehensive. For pride may 
betray itself in ambitious thoughts, in boastful words, in 
haughty deeds; humility, on the other hand, may mani 
fest itself in lowliness of spirit, in meekness of speech, in 
modesty of demeanor. And each one of these subdi 
visions furnishes ample matter for the Particular Exam 
ination of Conscience. 

So much being presupposed, we may ask: What 
should we take as the subject of our Particular Exam 
ination? To this question no general answer can be 
given. It is a matter which the advice of a prudent con 
fessor or director, aided by the self-knowledge derived 
from prayer and especially from the General Examina 
tion, must determine for each one of us, according to 
circumstances. However, as a guide for the confessor or 



84 The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 

director, as well as for the penitent, spiritual writers lay 
down the following rules: 

1 . Strive to subdue your vice before you apply your 
self to trie acquisition of virtue. "The husbandman 
frees his field from briars, nettles, and noxious weeds, 
before he scatters the good seed over it. In like manner, 
he that tills the soil of his heart, should begin by rooting 
up his vices, and then devote himself to cultivating the 
virtues which will bear fruits of holiness, while at the 
same time they will check the undergrowth of vice." 
The first subject, therefore, of the Particular Examina 
tion should be deliberate sins. Until they have been 
cleared away, we look in vain for a healthy growth of 
virtues. 

2. Correct your external faults before others which are 
purely internal. The latter easily escape the scrutiny 
of one who has little experience in the spiritual life. They 
may not be voluntary, because not all our internal actions 
are under the control of the will; and so it often happens, 
that the beginner is unable to tell how far, if at all, he is 
to blame. Begin, therefore, with external actions, which 
are more easily governed, and more readily recognized 
as culpable, when they deviate from the laws of God and 
of right reason. By thus regulating your external ac 
tions, you will gradually weaken the vices in which they 
have their origin. For instance, if the high opinion 
which you have of yourself, shows itself in haughty or 
boastful words, the effort to check them will make itself 
felt in your heart, and will deaden the sentiment of ego 
tism which finds expression in them. 

3. If you are subject to a, variety of external faults, 
try to free yourself first from such as are more likely to 
give scandal or to detract from the esteem which a life 
of virtue ought to inspire ii\ others. For example, if 
you are accustomed to speak hastily, thoughtlessly, 
sharply, and thereby perhaps wound the feelings or in 
jure the reputation of your neighbor, reason and charity 



The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 85 

requite you to correct these defects before others which, 
in themselves, may be far more serious. 

4. Again, amend your deeds before your words; be 
cause, as St. Ignatius teaches in the General Examina 
tion of Conscience, sins of deed are more serious than 
others, for a threefold reason: namely, "on account 
of the greater length of time, the greater intensity of 
the act, and the greater number scandalized or in 
jured." 

5. Beware, however, of being so intent on the correc 
tion of external faults, as to pass your whole life therein. 
After all, it is not external propriety, but internal purity, 
that we must propose to ourselves as our ultimate aim. 
We are engaged in a conflict with vice, and vice is rooted 
in the heart. 

Find out, therefore, by means of the General Examina 
tion, what is the vice that has the upper hand in you ; in 
other words, find out what is the chief disorder intro 
duced into the soul by your predominant passion. There 
is your danger, there is the spot which your enemy will 
attack, there is the traitor, ready to take sides with him 
and to deliver you into his hands, there is the Goliath, 
whose head you must cut off in order to free yourself 
from the hands of the Philistines. 

If several vices or disorderly passions of different kinds 
hold sway in your soul, see of what nature they are. 
Some vices may be spiritual, because they seem, as it 
were, to spring up from the soul itself. Such a vice is 
pride, with all its varieties of vainglory, ambition, haughti 
ness, disdain, and the like. Other vices, on the contrary, 
are wholly carnal, because they proceed more directly 
from the sinful appetites of the body. Such a vice is 
sensuality under all its forms of impurity, gluttony, 
sloth, and so forth. These carnal vices, if not restrained, 
are a source of great and imminent danger; and, there 
fore, a person who is molested by them should subdue 
them before he undertakes the combat against spiritual 



86 The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 

vices, which may indeed inflict many slight wounds upon 
the soul, but which do not easily kill it. 

6. In case you are not troubled by any vice in par 
ticular, or have so far subdued them that your faults are 
few and light, it is well for you to change from the nega 
tive method to the positive, and to take, as the subject 
of your Particular Examination, the virtue which you 
desire especially to acquire. For though, as already 
stated, the immediate object of the Particular Examina 
tion is the correction of your faults, it is not well to spend 
your whole time in this alone. He that is engaged in 
weeding a garden, is well employed; but it does not fol 
low therefrom that he must never do anything else. On 
the contrary, the object he should have in view in pulling 
up the weeds, is to plant flowers in their place. In like 
manner, when you spend your Particular Examination 
in rooting up the vicious inclinations of your soul, you 
should propose to yourself to plant the sweet-scented 
flowers of virtue in their stead. 

What should move you, above all, to adopt the positive 
method, when your passions rarely rise in open or vio 
lent revolt against reason, is that otherwise you will 
derive little or no profit from your Particular Examina 
tion. In fact, the occasions of combat being rare, you 
are apt to forget the subject altogether and to imagine 
that your enemies have surrendered when they have 
only withdrawn into their stronghold. You fancy, for 
sooth, that you have subdued the passion of anger, be 
cause nothing has occurred to ruffle your temper. But 
you are greatly deceived. It is not astonishing that the 
sea is smooth when there is not a breath of air to dis 
turb the calm. Neither is it astonishing that you are 
quiet, when chere is not a living soul to arouse your 
wrath. Your passions seem to be dead ; but, in reality, 
they are only asleep. Unless you strengthen and arm 
yourself then, while they leave you a little respite, they 
"will assault you all the more violently, when they awake. 



The Subject-mailer of the Particular Examen. 87 

Instead, therefore, of laboring to correct a defect 
which you seldom commit, aim at acquiring the oppo 
site perfection. Do you wish to guard against ever 
treating others with haughtiness or contempt ? Learn 
to look upon yourself as the least of all ; and take, as the 
subject of your Particular Examination, the practice of 
humiliation. Do you wish to make sure of not repining 
when adversity will come to try you? Endeavor to see 
the hand of God in all the occurrences of life; and take, 
as the subject of your Particular Examination, the prac 
tice of perfect conformity to the divine will. Whatever 
virtue you select, let it be genuine, solid, supernatural, 
capable of bearing the stress of trying circumstances 
and of being carried to the highest degree of perfection. 
Let it be the virtue which is most opposed to your pre 
dominant passion, the virtue which you need most in 
your present state and condition of life, or the virtue 
which will unite you most closely to God, the source and 
centre of all holiness and perfection. 

Having thus determined the subject-matter, we per 
form the Particular Examination, together with the 
General Examination, as an adjunct and auxiliary to it. 
That we may do so with the best possible results, St. 
Ignatius, who was the first to reduce the Particular 
Examination to a systematic form and to promote its 
practice throughout the world, gives us some valuable 
directions. "The daily Particular Examination," he 
writes, "embraces three times and two sittings. The 
first time is straightway in the morning on rising, when a 
person resolves to guard diligently against the particular 
sin or defect, which he desires to correct. The second 
time is in the middle of the day, when, after begging 
light to know how often he has offended Almighty God, 
he begins the scrutiny of his conscience, as explained in 
the General Examination, by first demanding an account 
of his soul concerning the particular fault in question . . . 
from the hour at which he rose down to the present. 



88 The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 

Then he marks in a book prepared for the purpose, how 
many times he has fallen; and, when he makes the 
act of contrition and purpose of amendment for his sins, 
he includes, in an especial manner, the particular fault 
in question. 

"The third time is in the evening, when he makes a 
second sifting in like manner ; and, after marking in his 
book, how many times he has fallen, he again says an 
act of contrition and resolves to be more on his guard in 
future, especially against the particular fault in question." 

These practices, and especially that of marking the 
number of one s falls, will perhaps be looked upon by 
some as childish minutiae, calculated only to hamper the 
spirit. But they are not so regarded by those who are 
experienced in the spiritual life. As a proof, it may 
be allowed to refer, in passing, to two eminent ecclesi 
astics, now departed, who were well known to some 
readers of these lines, and who were highly esteemed by 
all that knew them for their sound, practical judgment, 
no less than for their manly virtue. One of these spoke 
of the little book of the Particular Examination, as the 
pass-book, in which we daily note our current account 
with heaven, and which, if faithfully kept to the last, 
we may present with confidence at the judgment-seat of 
God. The other, a much-beloved prelate, who had 
resigned the dignity of office for the lowliness of a relig 
ious life, on perceiving that the hour for the usual exam 
ination of conscience had come, took leave of the friends 
with whorr 1 he was conversing, and, drawing forth from 
his pocket the booklet of his Particular Examination, 
shook it playfully in their faces, with the remark: "For 
me this is very necessary." These words, said with an 
air and tone of earnest conviction, are quite as appli 
cable to all of us as to the speaker. Not that the success 
of the Particular Examination depends essentially upon 
recording, even to the last unit, the exact number of our 
daily failings; but that neglect in marking with becom- 



The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 89 

ing diligence the result of the Examination, gradually 
leads to forgetfulness, if not to complete disuse, of this 
important exercise in a fervent Christian s life. 

The object of this marking of our faults is to fix the 
attention, and to prevent us from relaxing our efforts 
during the course of the day. The same is true also of 
other practices recommended by St. Ignatius, under 
the head of "Four useful additions, for the easier and 
quicker extirpation of any particular sin or defect." 
" The first is, that each time a person falls into that par 
ticular sin or defect, he lay his hand on his breast, and 
grieve for his fault. This he can do even in the presence 
of others, without their perceiving it." 

"The second is, that at night, after making the second 
scrutiny of his conscience, he compare it with the first, 
"and observe if any amendment has taken place." 

"The third is, that he compare the examination of the 
first and second day, and see if there has been any im 
provement." 

"The fourth is, that he compare one week with an 
other, and note if, in the present week, he has improved 
on the preceding." Made in accordance with these 
directions, the Particular Examination can not fail to 
produce the happiest results. "It owes its great effi 
cacy," writes an experienced director of souls, " to these 
three things: first, it divides our enemies, and brings all 
our forces to bear upon one of them at a time; secondly, 
it attacks our disorders and sinful habits at the root; 
thirdly, it keeps us at work all day and calls for the exer 
cise of every power of the soul." And thus it becomes 
the specific for inveterate and radical defects, which 
resist all other means of self-reform. 

Deep-seated and chronic evils, it is true, are not cured 
speedily, nor by the ordinary remedies; but it is also 
true, that no spiritual evils, however obstinate, can 
resist the persevering efforts of a resolute will aided by 
the grace of God. "Let no one then despair," says 



90 The Subject-matter of the Particular Examen. 

St. Basil, "because of his sinful inclination; rather, let 
him bear in mind that, as skilful culture can change 
the qualities of trees and shrubs, so zeal and industry in 
the pursuit of virtue can check and correct all the vicious 
affections of the soul." 

In a similar manner, one of the ancient fathers of the 
desert counselled and encouraged an anchoret, who had 
grown so remiss in the discharge of all his spiritual duties, 
that lukewarmness seemed to have become his normal 
condition; so much so that though moved to lead a life 
more worthy of his calling, he thought his case too des 
perate to begin the work of self-reform. The venerable 
patriarch, desiring to give additional force to his advice, 
put it in the form of a parable, somewhat as follows: "A 
certain man, having a field all overrun with thorns, 
briars, and tares, told his son to stub and clear it. The 
youth, therefore, set out one day to do the work assigned 
him; but immediately upon beholding it, he lost heart, 
threw himself upon the ground, and spent his time in sleep. 
The next day he went out again, and did likewise. 
Questioned at night how he was progressing, he frankly 
confessed that he had not the courage to undertake what 
appeared to him a hopeless task. Whereupon his good 
father reproved him, saying: You do wrong, my son, 
to look upon your work in the gross, as if you had 
to do it all at once. Mark out for yourself, in the 
morning, as much as you can easily do in a day, and 
address yourself with a will to your appointed task. 
Before long you will find that it is not so hopeless as you 
now fancy to yourself. The son followed his father s 
advice, and full soon the whole field was cleared." 

Let us all apply this parable to ourselves, and mark 
out, every morning, a definite amount of work to do in 
the field which our heavenly Father has given us to 
cultivate. Let us daily clear away some of the thorns, 
briars, and tares which overrun it and hinder the growth 
of the good grain. In other words, let us make strenu- 



The Spiritual Exercise, jf St. Ignatius. 9 1 

ous and persevering efforts to free our souls from the sins, 
offences, and negligences into which we are wont to fall, 
and which we recognize as the greatest impediment in 
the way of a Christian life. 

With this object in view, let us diligently perform the 
Particular Examination of Conscience. It is a most 
efficacious means of self-amendment and spiritual prog 
ress. For it is a combat carried on against our faults, 
until the vices from which they spring have been sub 
dued and replaced by the opposite virtues; and, as the 
pious author of the Imitation assures us, "if every year 
we rooted out one vice, we should soon be perfect men." 



TTbe Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius 
arranoeo in praters* 

Contents. 

1. Soul of Christ, sanctify me. 

2. A Prayer of St. Ignatius to Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

3. Preparatory Prayer. 

4. Prayer to obtain the grace of understanding the 

true end of man. 

5. Prayer to excite one s self to Repentance. 

6. The Triple Colloquy. 

7. Colloquy on God s Mercy. 

8. Prayer to Jesus Christ that we may obey His call. 

9. Prayer for aid in contemplating the scenes of the 

Gospel. 

10. Prayer to attain the three degrees of Humility. 
n. Prayer on the Three Classes. 

12. Prayer that we may be received under the Standard 

of our divine King. 

13. Prayer before Election. 

14. Prayer in Desolation. 

15. Prayer to unite ourselves with Christ s Sufferings, 



9 2 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

1 6. Prayer to Our Lord risen from the Dead. 

17. Prayer to excite love for God. 

i. 

PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS. 

BOUL of Christ, sanctify me; 
Body of Christ, save me; 
Blood of Christ, inebriate me; 
Water from the side of Christ, wash me; 
Passion of Christ, strengthen me; 
O good Jesus, hear me ; 
Within Thy wounds hide me; 
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee; 
From the evil enemy defend me; 
In the hour of my death call me, 
And bid me come untc Thee, 
That with all Thy saints I may praise Thee 
For all eternity. Amen. 

2. 

A PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST 

C\ BELOVED Word of God, teach me to be generous, 
^"^ to serve Thee with that perfection which Thy 
majesty claims, to give without calculation, to fight with 
out heeding wounds, to labor without repose, to expend 
myself in Thy service without thought of other reward 
than that of knowing that I do Thy most holy will. Amen. 



3- 

PREPARATORY PRAYER. 



LORD, it is for the purpose of conquering myself 
that by Thy grace I have undertaken these holy 
exercises. It is my rebel will that I desire to vanquish and 



O 



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overcome, my unruly and disordered affections which I 
desire to put in order, so that my soul may be attentive 
simply to the seeking and finding of Thy will, and to the 
following of it alone, in the ordering and disposing of my 
life. 

Give me a generous heart, a heart truly liberal, which, 
giving itself to Thee, may abandon itself without any 
reservation to Thee, its Lord and Redeemer. 

Lord, so great to all Thy servants, dispose of my life, 
of my liberty, of all that surrounds me. O my Creator, 
speak to Thy creature. Behold my soul before Thee: 
my will is as a scale in a state of perfectly equal balance, 
which shall only waver to one side or the other when 
Thou placest in it the weight of Thy will or wish. I 
ignore all natural inclination; my will is suspended and 
in a state of perfect indifference. I have but one will 
and desire, to obey and please Thee. I promise Thee 
fidelity to my exercises of piety, and to the full time < s -f 
meditation. I foresee the furious assaults of the devil, 
but I am firmly resolved to yield nothing on this point to 
his importunities. 

1 promise Thee to exert my earnest efforts. It is for 
me to exercise myself, and to labor, even at the cost of 
suffering if necessary; to examine my soul and to rec 
tify its ways; to call on Thee, to listen to Thee, to obey 
Thee. 

I promise Thee to preserve silence; not only shall my 
lips remain silent, but my mind shall be drawn off from 
the cares of life, from the agitations of the world, and 
from all vanities. I know that this interior and exterior 
solitude possesses great merit in Thy sight. But above 
all it leaves me in greater liberty to find that which I so 
ardently desire; it enables me to approach closely to 
Thee, to lose none of Thy words, to be better disposed 
for the receiving of the gifts of Thy divine and supreme 
goodness. 



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PRAYER TO OBTAIN THE GRACE OF UNDERSTANDING THE 
TRUE END OF MAN. 

/T\AN was created for this end to praise, reverence, 
^ and serve the Lord his God, and by this means 
to arrive at eternal salvation. All other beings or objects 
placed around man on earth have been created for him, 
to serve as means to assist him in the pursuit of the end 
for which he was created. 

We must, then, above all things, endeavor to establish 
in ourselves a complete indifference with regard to all 
created things, even those of which the use is not for 
bidden us; not preferring, as far as depends on us, health 
to sickness, riches to poverty, honor to humiliation, a 
long life to a short one; since good order requires that 
we wish for and choose, in everything, what will lead us 
most surely to the end for which we were created. 

(Text of St. Ignatius.) 

For what shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world 
and suffer the loss of his soul ? Or what shall a man give 
in exchange for his soul? 

(Mark viii. 36, 37.) 

Jesus said: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with 
thy whole heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy 
whole mind. This is the greatest and the first com 
mandment." 

(Matt. xxii. 37, 38.) 

Jesus said: "The Lord thy God shalt thou adore, and 
Him only shalt thou serve." 

(Matt. iv. 10.) 

Lord, Thou hast created me, Thou hast created me for 
Thyself to praise Thee, to reverence Thee, to serve Thee. 
It is by applying myself to Thy service that I shall save 
my soul. All other things placed around me in this world 
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to the great final end of my creation, which is twofold yet 
one: to serve Thee and save myself. 

Teach me, O Lord, to do my duty, my only duty in 
this world, which is for the fulfilling of Thy intentions 
and designs, to discern amongst Thy creatures ist, those 
which may aid me, so as to use them so long as they may 
be of service to me: 2d, those which may be harmful to 
me, so as to reject them inasmuch as they may be injuri 
ous to me. If I accept some and reject the others, may 
it be solely with the view of glorifying Thee, and of being 
always within the order of Thy will. 

But since my courage may give way, since my heart 
may be fascinated by these extraneous creatures, defend 
it, O my God, and assure to it safety and freedom from 
the seductions of the world. Grant that, indifferent to 
all that is not commanded by Thee, indifferent to all those 
creatures the use of which Thou hast not even forbidden, 
my heart may neither desire nor seek amongst the mul 
tiplicity of creatures and the vicissitudes of life aught but 
what is needful for the fulfilling of Thy will. 

May health or sickness, riches or poverty, honors or 
contempt and humiliations, leave my soul, if not insen 
sible, at least in that state of holy indifference to which I 
desire to attain for Thy greater honor and glory; for 
this I pray. I will and desire that it should be thus with 
me, and I firmly resolve continually to restore my will to 
this necessary equilibrium, so that it may always be 
inclined solely by the motive-power of Thy holy will 

5- 

PRAYER TO EXCITE ONE S SELF TO REPENTANCE. 

*T* BESEECH Thee, O Lord, to grant me the grace which 
-" I need, and which I earnestly desire to obtain. I ask 
it with confidence, since I know I ought to have a deep 
contrition and abiding and sincere sentiments of sorrow 
for my sins. I ask of Thee that feeling of shame which 



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should make me blush for myself. Many souls have 
been lost by a single mortal sin. How many times have 
I not merited this judgment for my many and great sins 

I ask of Thee an intense sorrow for having committed 
them, tears to weep over them, a broken and contrite 
heart at the memory of them. 

What a sight for me, a sinner, to behold Jesus Christ 
living and in agony on the tree of the cross! O my 
Creator and Redeemer, how great was Thy love when 
Thou didst will to exchange heaven for earth, the glory 
of Thy heavenly life for this life of pain, and to suffer a 
death of infamy for me for my sins. 

Look, O my soul; look at and consider thy past life 
what hast thou done for Jesus Christ in the past at this 
present time what art thou doing for Jesus Christ in 
the future what wilt thou do for Jesus Christ ? Speak, 
O my soul, with Jesus crucified; tell Him thy thoughts, 
tell them to Him with all simplicity; tell them to Him 
just as thou thinkest them. 

Pour out thyself, O my heart, to thy God. Let thy 
thoughts turn from Him to thyself; thy prayer is always 
good and fervent when it is true and sincere, when it 
speaks as a friend speaks to his friend, as a subject 
speaks to his king, as a slave speaks to his master. 
Accuse thyself, O my soul, of the evil thou hast done, 
declare all thy wounds, thy weakness, thy doubts, thy 
waverings, thy most secret thoughts. 

May the Lord, my Creator, cure me and shelter me 
beneath His pardoning grace. 



6. 

THE TRIPLE COLLOQUY. 



O 



MOTHER of my Saviour, my blessed Lady, 
my Queen, vouchsafe to intercede for me 
with thy divine Son, thy Lord, and obtain for me 
these three graces: 



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The grace to know with a full knowledge, to feel pro 
foundly, to deplore and to detest my sins; 

The grace to feel and realize the disorder of my life, to 
hold it in horror, to reduce it to rule, and amend it, and 
to correct myself; 

The grace to know and detest the world, to put away 
from my soul, and keep out of it, all worldly and vain 
thoughts, and to renounce for ever the world and all its 
vanities. 

Hail Mary. 

2. f\ LORD Jesus Christ, for the sake of Thy 
^-^ blessed Mother, obtain for me from the 
eternal Father these three graces: 

The grace to know with a full knowledge, to feel pro 
foundly, to deplore and to detest my sins; 

The grace to feel and realize the disorder of my life, to 
hold it in horror, to reduce it to rule, and amend it, and 
to correct myself; 

The grace to know and detest the world, to put away 
from my soul, and keep out of it, all worldly and vain 
thoughts, and to renounce for ever the world and all its 
vanities. 

Anima Christi. 

TERNAL God, Father Almighty, in the Name 
of the Word made flesh, I beseech Thee to 
grant me these three graces I implore of Thee: 

The grace to know with a full knowledge, to feel pro 
foundly, to deplore and to detest my sins; 

The grace to feel and realize the disorder of my life, to 
hold it in horror, to reduce it to rule, and amend it, and 
to correct myself; 

The grace to know and detest the world, to put away 
from my soul, and keep out of it, all worldly and vain 
thoughts, and to renounce for ever the world and all its 
vanities. 

Our Father. 



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7- 

COLLOQUY ON GOD S MERCY AND COMPASSION. 

Thanksgiving 0} the Sinner. 

OLORD God, Thou art infinitely wise, I adore Thee 
Who hast borne with my ignorance; Thou art 
infinitely just, I adore Thee Who hast not chastised my 
iniquity; Thou art infinitely powerful, I adore Thee Who 
hast deigned to spare my weakness ; Thou art infinitely 
good, I adore Thee Who hast pardoned me all my malice 
and sins. 

I thank Thee that the angels, who are the avenging 
swords of Thy justice, have not slain me. I thank Thee 
because the saints, who are Thy friends, have prayed 
and made intercession for me who was Thine enemy. I 
thank Thee that Thy heavens, Thy stars, Thy sun have 
not refused to shine on me. I thank Thee for having 
placed the whole of creation at my service; I have caused 
it to groan beneath the burden of my sin, and yet it has 
not risen up against me. I thank Thee that the very 
earth has not opened beneath my feet to precipitate me 
into the lowest depths of hell, where I indeed deserve 
to be eternally. 

I behold before me, O my God, the mystery of the 
infinite abyss of Thy mercy. I return Thee thanks for 
having preserved my life until this day, for having granted 
to me repentance for my sins; how great has been and 
how incomprehensible remains Thy pity for me! 

Pardon, O perfections of my God, for having pre 
ferred imperfect and vile creatures to Thee! Pardon, O 
justice of my God, for having outraged Thee by my 
crimes! Pardon, O holiness of my God, pardon for 
having so long stained the purity of Thy sight by my 
sins! Pardon, O mercy of my God, for having so long 
despised Thy merciful voice! In deep sorrow and con 
trition I cast myself at Thy feet have mercy on me! 



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"Show mercy to a poor penitent, whom Thou hast so 
long spared in his impenitence." 

(St. Bernard.) 



PRAYER TO JESUS CHRIST OUR KING THAT WE MAY OBEY 
HIS CALL. 

QY Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hasi said to me: "My 
will is to subject the infidel world to My empire. 
If any one desires to follow Me, he must be content to 
abide beneath My tent, to eat at My table, to drink from 
the same cup with Me ; he must also be willing to labor 
as I labor and with Me; he shall share with Me the 
fruits of the victory in proportion to the manner in which 
he shall have shared with Me the fatigues of the conflict." 
I have reflected upon this Thy call; I have asked of 
Thee, O Jesus Christ, and I still ask of Thee, the grace 
not to be deaf to Thy call, but to answer it joyfully, and 
to give all that Thy most holy will awaits from me. 

Now, after mature consideration, this is what I freely 
offer Thee with my whole heart, protesting it to be my 
firm inward resolution, my determined will, which is 
fixed and will be, I trust, unalterable and steady, and 
which I shall never repent or regret. 

I have understood that the infidel lands to be con 
quered are my soul, my heart, the world, and the devil: 
that the enemies to Thy domain are my sensuality, my 
pride, the spirit of the world ever living and working 
within me ; these are the enemies that I must fight against. 
I have taken the resolution of doing this, and I desire to 
distinguish myself in Thy service. 

I ardently desire to join Thee in this great enterprise 
in which Thou, my Lord Jesus Christ, art leader, and the 
apostles, martyrs, penitents in a word, all the saints, 
are my illustrious companions. 

O eternal King, O Christ, Our Lord and Ruler; under 
Thy protection, by Thy grace, with the memory of Thy 



roc The Spiritual Exercises of Si. Ignatius. 

infinite mercy, at Thy feet, in the presence of Thy glori 
ous Mother and of all the saints who adorn Thy heavenly 
court I offer and consecrate myself to Thee and to Thv 
service alone ; I give myself to Thee without any reserve. 
I am resolved to imitate Thee, I am resolved to follow 
Thee, and to distinguish myself as a follower of Thee, to 
be there where Thou art, if Thy divine Majesty will but 
deign to choose me and to receive me as one of Thy faith 
ful and devoted followers. 

Acknowledging my utter unworthiness, I humbly beg 
of Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ, to be graciously pleased 
to accept my whole self as a full and entire oblation. 
Grant that I may live and die at the post where the inter 
ests of Thy glory and my salvation and Thy divine call 
may have placed me. 



PRAYER FOR ASSISTANCE IN CONTEMPLATING THE SCENES 
OF THE GOSPEL. 

*T* BEG of Thee, O God, the grace which I desire to ob- 
*- tain: an intimate knowledge of Our Lord Jesus 
Christ, so that, knowing Him more clearly, I may love 
Him more dearly; that loving Him more dearly, I may 
follow him more nearly; and that following Him more 
nearly, I may attain to a high degree of perfection by 
imitating Him in all things. 

Open, O my God, the eyes of my soul; grant me to 
contemplate in the silence of respect, of prayer, and of 
adoration the eternal Word made flesh (John i. 14), 
placed in the manger (Luke ii. 7), adored by Mary and 
Joseph, the shepherds, the Magi, and the angels (Matt, 
ii. n). Permit me to contemplate and consider the de 
meanor of Jesus; His actions His divine perfection in 
the smallest actions, His voluntary obedience, His toil: 
His bearing its dignity, what modesty in all His 
gestures, His movements, His steps: His looks their 
serenity and sweetness. Let me consider Him in His 



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sleep. In His prayer what fervor, what recollected- 
ness. When He works what admirable resignation 
and humility. When seated at the humble table of 
Joseph. Let me follow Him when, with the blessing of 
His Mother, He departs to receive baptism by St. John 
when He retires into the desert calls together His 
disciples teaches the multitude. 

Grant, O Lord Jesus, that I may be attentive to Thy 
thoughts, to Thy teachings, to Thy holy will. If Thou 
speakest, may I never lose a single word from Thy lips; 
if Thy lips are silent, grant to me to know and understand 
tfie workings of Thy Sacred Heart; may I be attentive 
alike to what Thou sayest and to what Thou mightest 
say. May Thy voice vibrate through my soul, may it 
enter my heart and be as a salutary food to nourish, vivify, 
and invigorate it. 

Above all, grant that I may love, that I may feel, that 
I may taste, that I may breathe forth to some extent 
the infinite sweetness and gentleness of holiness, the 
exquisite fragrance of virtue; and that I may follow the 
example which Our Lord Jesus Christ has given us by 
His life and teachings. 

Holy cave of Bethlehem, blessed walls of Nazareth, 
where my Jesus, lived, let my lips kiss in spirit these wit 
nesses of the virtues of Christ! Would that I could press 
my lips to all the traces of Thy steps, the earth, the walls 
sanctified by Thy presence, O Jesus! If Thou wilt per 
mit me to approach yet nearer to Thyself, I would fain, 
in the purity and ardor of my love, kiss, as did the 
stricken woman of the Gospels, the hem of Thy garment. 

10. 

PRAYER TO ATTAIN THE THREE DEGREES OF HUMILITY. 

i. /T\ Y Lord, I beseech of Thee to grant me a grace 

^ * absolutely necessary for the eternal salva 
tion of my soul. It is that I may always have sufficient 
humility, dependence, and submission to obey in all 



IO2 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

things Thy holy law, and that I may never hesitate before 
an order, or break any command of Thine, or of those 
appointed by Thee to command me, which obliges me, 
under pain of mortal sin, not even if by so doing I might 
preserve my life or obtain possession of the whole world. 
May I sacrifice my life, or renounce the empire of the 
entire world, before I willingly transgress any of Thy 
precepts. 

2. Lord, I ask of Thee a greater grace than that of 
never offending Thee by mortal sin: may I always have 
sufficient humility and submission never to give way to 
the temptation of committing a single deliberate venial 
sin, even if by so doing I might save my life or acquire 
possession of the whole world. My heart will falter, it 
will often hesitate before the thought of venial sin, if it 
is not indifferent between riches ar.d poverty, between 
honor and shame, between life and Jeath. Grant me, 
O God, this perfect indifference of soul. 

3. O Lord, I ask of Thee a still greater grace than that 
of never offending Thee by venial sin. May my soul be 
so humble, so entirely submissive, that it may no longer 
have aught but one desire: to imitate Thee and to follow 
Thee, its Lord and its God. 

Even if the interests of the glory of God are not in 
volved or affected, in order to resemble more closely Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, I will and desire to be poor with Jesus 
Christ in His poverty rather than to be rich, since Jesus 
Christ was not rich. I will and desire to be covered with 
ignominy rather than to be honored by the world, since 
Jesus Christ was not honored by it. I will and desire 
to be looked upon as a being useless to all, of little inter 
est, of little repute, of little influence, of little learning 
and wisdom, since such was the estimation in which the 
world held Our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Grant me, O Lord, to arrive at this third and highest 
degree of perfection, and the grace of a perfect renuncia 
tion of myself after Thine example. 



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ii. 
PRAYER ON THE THREE CLASSES. 

LORD, I beg of Thee the grace not to belong to that 
class of Christians, who, convinced of the truth of 
religion, are not converted or sanctified, because they will 
not make use of the means by which sanctity may be 
acquired and their conversion assured. Grant that I 
may not be with those who give Thee desires only, and 
who put off, from day to day, the means necessary for 
holiness and salvation, and who do nothing until the day 
of their death. 

Lord, I ask of Thee the grace not to belong to that 
class of men who indeed desire holiness, but who at the 
same time will not make the sacrifice at all, who can not 
bring themselves to renounce certain passions, who will 
only give to Thee certain works, who would have Thee 
and at the same time retain possession of certain worldly 
advantages, who will not choose the most certain means 
of holiness. They are very willing that Thou shouldst 
come to them, but they can not persuade themselves to 
go to Thee; and yet what a happy lot would be theirs if 
they had but the courage to give themselves unreservedly 
to Thee! With what superabundant graces dost Thou 
reward the sacrifices of generous souls, O my God! 

Lord, I ask of Thee to grant me the grace of being in 
the class of those whose will is in a state of such perfect 
equilibrium, that it neither accepts nor rejects anything 
except as Thou inspirest it to accept or reject it. 

I desire nothing, O my God, unless Thou first wiliest 
it; I wish for nothing except to serve Thee, my Crfeator 
and my Saviour; and if the voice of nature asks anything 
different of me, it is my will and desire to go against this 
voice of nature, this natural repugnance. And I pray 
and beseech Thee to grant and vouchsafe to me, though 
in opposition to my natural inclination, and notwithstand 
ing the reluctance of nature, that I may have the grace 



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accorded me of always acting solely for the greater honor 
and glory of Thy infinite Majesty, the grace of always 
choosing what is for Thy greater glory; and to this end 
I beseech of Thee the grace of perfect and effective 
detachment 

12. 

PRAYER THAT WE MAY BE RECEIVED UNDER THE STAND 
ARD OF OUR DIVINE KING. 

LORD, behold me a suppliant praying before Thee. 
I come to implore of Thee a grace which is repug 
nant to my nature and which I dread to obtain. Alas, my 
heart is not indifferent: on the contrary, it rebels at the 
thought of voluntary poverty, and the contempt of men. 
It is to master my natural inclinations, to vanquish self, 
and to conquer my heart, to extinguish in it every spark 
of that self-love which is not in accordance with the rule 
these exercises place before me, that I entreat Thee to 
receive me under Thy standard. 

May Thy divine Majesty deign to shelter me beneath 
me folds of this Thy holy standard, to give me the spirit 
of poverty and detachment, and to call me even to the 
practice of actual and perfect poverty, if such is Thy 
good pleasure. Lord Jesus, in order that I may re 
semble Thee more closely, grant me a share, I beseech 
Thee, in Thy humiliations, and in the injustices that 
Thou didst meet with, provided that I can bear them 
without committing any sin, without ever displeasing, 
in any way, Thy divine Majesty. 

O Blessed Virgin, Mother of my God, obtain for me 
from* Thy divine Son the grace to be received and to 
march under His standard. 

Hail Mary. 

O Eternal Word, for the love Thou bearest Our Lady, 
Thy blessed Mother, obtain for me from the Father the 
grace to be received and to march under Thv standard. 



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Anima Christi. 

O Father, for the love Thou bearest the most holy 
Virgin Mary, for the sake of Thy Son, Our Lord, I be 
seech Thee to grant me the grace to be received and to 
march under the standard of Jesus Christ. 
On- Fa the;. 



PRAYER BEFORE ELECTION. 

RANT, O Lord, to the eyes of mine understanding 
the light of a pure, upright, and single intention; 
may I always be mindful of the end for which Thou hast 
created me Thy glory and my eternal salvation. Help 
me, O God, to keep this end in view, enlighten my spirit, 
and incline my will toward the calling I should choose. 

Before proceeding to my decision, I will with Thy 
help behold present to me in heaven the throne of the 
most Holy Trinity, of my Redeemer and Saviour, the 
most blessed Virgin Mary, the angels, the saints, and all 
the elect of God. 

May my resolution have their approval and assent! 
Above all, O my Creator and my God, I beseech Thee 
to communicate Thyself to my soul, and to bind it by 
ever closer ties to Thee and to Thy holy service. 

Grant me the grace to come to my decision and to act- 
as I should act if I were now at the hour of my death as 
I should counsel another, a stranger, or a friend, to act 
under similar circumstances to mine to decide as at the 
day of judgment, before Thy tribunal, I should then 
wish I had now decided. 

Before all, O my God, impress well upon my mind 
this important maxim, that the measure of my progress 
in spiritual things will be that of my abnegation of self, 
and that so much the more as I shall go out of myself, as 
I shall trample on my self-love, my self-will, my natural 
disposition, as I shall ignore and leave behind me that 



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self, so much the more closely shall I approach to Thee, 
be united to and resemble Thee. 

O Lord, if Thou hast approved of my decision, if it is 
agreeable to Thee, accept and bless it, confirm me in it, 
and grant to me steadfastly to persevere in it, in peace of 
mind, without regrets or doubts, to Thy greater honor 
and glory. Amen. 

14. 

PRAYER IN DESOLATION. 

/T\Y Lord and my God, I am tempted and in desola- 
^ tion; my soul is sad and languishes within me; 
my spirit droops; I am as if separated from Thee, with 
out hope, without love. I am anxious, agitated, and 
uneasy; my heart is troubled. I am tormented, I falter, 
I am languid, overwhelmed, and weary with the conflict. 
Inferior and terrestrial things are enticing me, they charm 
and draw me to them. 

O my God, help! come to my assistance, give me 
courage, give me strength, allow me not to be overcome 
by the assaults of the evil one ; discover to me his snares 
and artifices. 

If Thou hast left me, it is because I have been tepid 
and negligent in my exercises of piety. My faults have 
deprived me of Thy consolations. 

Perhaps also it is that Thou wiliest to show me how 
little I can do when left to myself how little I can do 
alone, for Thy service, for Thy glory how weak and 
powerless I am when deprived of Thy aid. Or Thou 
art proving me; Thou wiliest to see how I employ my 
self for Thy service and glory when Thou dost not be 
stow on me every day the rewards of Thy Spirit in gifts 
and sensible graces. Thou desirest to prove what I am, 
and if I se -ve Thee for Thyself, or only for the reward 
of Thy divine consolations. Or perhaps Thou wiliest 
to detach my heart from a certain self-confidence, and 
thus to hold it back from the pitfall of pride and self- 



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love, so dangerous to our salvation; to forbid it to seek 
elsewhere than in Thyself its repose, its security, and its 
peace. 

But what I do know is, that with Thy grace, which 
Thou wilt never refuse me, and of which Thou wilt never 
deprive me although I may not always be sensible or 
conscious of its presence, I shall be able to resist and 
overcome all my enemies; therefore, establishing my 
confidence on Thy divine strength, I will not lose courage. 

It only remains for me to humble myself, to abase 
myself to the very dust at the sight of my nothingness, 
and to persevere in my former resolutions made in the 
day of consolation, awaiting in patience and calm for, 
and looking with hope and confidence to, Thy next visit; 
for I know that the day of desolation will pass, and that 
consolation will not be long in coming. 

Give me patience and hope, give me the courage to 
remain fixed in my resolutions, to attack and fight with 
the enemy without making any change in my former 
decisions; but, in order to dissipate this desolation, let 
me change myself, by being more recollected, more atten 
tive, more silent, more mortified; above all, by applying 
myself more fervently to prayer and meditation. 



15- 

PRAYER THAT WE MAY UNITE OURSELVES WITH THE 
SUFFERINGS OF OUR LORD. 

the foot of the cross I ask of Thee, O my God, 
the grace which I should first of all seek to obtain 
in considering the Passion of Our Lord. I ask an in 
tense sorrow with Jesus Christ overwhelmed by sorrows; 
I ask for a broken heart in union with the Sacred Heart 
of Jesus Christ in its agony. I beg of Thee tears to weep 
over the grief of Jesus Christ, a deep and sincere sympa 
thy and compassion for the sufferings of Jesus Christ, 



io8 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

and a lasting remembrance of all the profound sorrows 
and pains He endured for me. 

I beg of Thee, O God, a lively contrition for my sins, 
and for the agony and sufferings they have caused Our 
Lord, and a tender love for Jesus Christ suffering for 
me. 

Ah, it is for my sins, my Lord Jesus Christ, that Thou 
dost advance to meet these torments. I have looked 
upon Thy bruised and wounded body, I have listened to 
Thy words in Thy affliction and distress, so full of tender 
ness and love, so full of sorrow and of pain; I have fol 
lowed Thee along all the paths of Jerusalem: from the 
room of the Last Supper to the Garden of Gethsemane, 
from the Garden of Gethsemane to the house of Caiphas, 
the high priest, from the high priest to Pilate, from Pilate 
to Herod, from Herod back to the Roman governor, 
from the governor s hall to Calvary, and there I have 
gazed on Thee nailed to the cross! 

Behold what Thou hast suffered, O my God! and Thou 
wouldst suffer it all again and still more for me were it 
necessary! So great is Thy love that it is, as it were, 
more insatiable and cruel to Thyself than even the hate 
of Thy executioners! 

May my eyes pour forth tears at this sad sight! O my 
soul, let the waters of tribulation overwhelm thee; 
make every effort, strive with thyself, if necessary, to 
keep alone before thy sight thy crucified Saviour, to 
compassionate Him, to mourn, to sorrow, to lament and 
bewail with Jesus crucified. 

Where, O where is Thy Divinity hidden, O my Jesus ? 
;vhy does not it arise to scatter and annihilate all Thy 
; .nemies ? Why does it permit Thy most holy Humanity 
to suffer such indignities, such excruciating torments, 
torments beyond all bound and measure ? 

O God, I realize it! All these terrible sufferings are 
necessary for the effacing of my sins! Behold to what a 
state they have reduced Thee! Behold what Thy love 



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has found needful to suffer for me! What does it now 
behoove me to suffer for Thee? 

Consider, my soul, what gifts thou wilt offer at the 
foot of the cross: what wilt thou do and suffer for Thy 
God. 

How can I refuse aught to Thee, my Lord and my 
Creator, Who hast done and suffered so much for my 
sake; Thou hast given all Thou hast to me; Thou hast 
given Thy labor, Thy toil, Thy thoughts, Thy love, 
Thy life, the very last drop of Thy Heart s blood for me. 
Ah! let me give Thee all I have all my affections, all 
my love, all my desires, my whole heart, my work, my 
efforts, my sorrows, my joys, my life, my whole self. 

16. 

PRAYER TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST RISEN FROM THE 
DEAD. 



me, O Jesus, the grace I seek in this medi- 
tation on Thy glorious Resurrection; it is that I 
may rejoice with Thee, that I may exult over, and par 
ticipate in, Thy joy and Thy glory. 

How beautiful art Thou, O my well-beloved! How 
beautiful and radiant are the wounds in Thy hands and 
Thy feet ! And still more beautiful and still more radiant 
is the wound in Thy Sacred Heart! What ineffable sweet 
ness, what light in Thy words! Happy Peter, happy 
Magdalen! still happier thou, O blessed Mother of Our 
Lord, united to Him in the glory of His triumph! 

Let me contemplate, O my Jesus, the splendor of 
Thy Divinity. It seemed to hide itself during Thy 
Passion, but now that Thou art risen, how clearly does 
it shine, how evident it is to me as I recognize and con 
fess it, and the truth and holiness of Thy presence, and 
of Thy apparitions which brought such peace and con 
solation with them! 



no The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

What so overjoys and fills me with gratitude in con 
templating Thee, O Lord Jesus, is the loving care Thou 
hast to bring -consolation to Thy servants. This tender 
care and loving thought for those who are Thine fills 
me with a great joy, and deep love and gratitude. O 
Jesus Christ, the Consoler, Thou Who so well knowest 
how to fulfil this office, this royal ministry of Thy love; 
how immense is the difference, how great the contrast 
between what friends can say to console their friends, 
and what Thou sayest and dost to console Thy disciples! 

divine Consoler, be Thou my consoler! Give to me 
that true consolation, that consolation which is the in 
crease of faith, of hope, and of charity. 

1 congratulate thee, O most holy Virgin Mother, on 
thy happiness, and I participate in thy joy. 

Regina Cceli. 

I adore Thee, O Jesus, in the glory of Thy Resurrec 
don, in the immutability of Thy beatitude, and I con 
secrate myself to Thee anew, my Saviour and my King. 
Glory be to the Father. 



PRAYER TO EXCITE LOVE FOR GOD. 

LORD, I ask of Thee the grace to realize intimately 
the greatness and excellence of Thy blessed bene 
fits which Thou hast so lavishly poured forth on me; I 
beg of Thee that I may realize the full extent of Thy 
generosity, the prodigality of Thy Heart, so that measur 
ing my gratitude by Thy marvellous generosity, it may 
make that return which justice and love require by serv 
ing Thee in and by Thy gifts, and consecrating myself to 
Thy love and service. 

It is from Thee that I have received the benefits of 
creation, and all those special gifts of grace which never 
fail me in my dangers and my difficulties. How good 



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hast Thou been to me in particular above so many 
others, who are more worthy than I am. 

Let me reflect upon the past! Thy love, never sat 
isfied with giving, would always give more. Ah, my 
God, I am confident, I know that in Thy love Thou wilt 
never be satisfied, until Thou hast given me Thyself 
entirely and for ever in heaven. 

And now in my turn, what can I do for Thee ? What 
is meet, just, and right that I should offer to Thy 
divine Majesty? I have nothing of myself, I hold all 
from God ; what else, then, can I do but offer Thee all 
that I have, all that I am? 

Suscipe, Domine : Take, O Lord, and receive my 
entire liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my 
whole will. All that I am, all that I have, Thou hast 
given me, and I restore it all to Thee, to be dis 
posed of according to Thy good pleasure. Give me 
only Thy love and Thy grace; with these I am rich 
enough, and I desire nothing more. 

But Thou art present, Thou dwellest in all these Thy 
benefits, in all creatures, in myself. It is Thou who 
didst create and dost give existence to the elements; 
Thou who causest them to be Thou who dost give 
life to the plants, and causest them to grow. Thou who 
hast given to animals sensation. Thou who hast given 
man intelligence, the power of thought, an immortal soul. 
Thus Thou hast united all Thy gifts and given them all 
to me, life, sensation, reason. I have been created in 
Thy likeness, and am as an image of Thy divine Majesty. 
In the most noble and excellent manner Thou dwellest 
in me, Thou dost dwell in me as in Thy temple, as in a 
sanctuary, seeing in me Thine own image, and finding 
in me an intelligence, capable of knowing and loving 
Thee. What then can I do to honor in His gifts Him 
Who presents them to me and Who maintains them by 
His power? What can I do except treat them with an 
infinite respect, and walk always in the presence of God, 



H2 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

thinking and acting in His presence which surrounds 
and penetrates even within me. 

Thou, my Benefactor, art always with me; Thou art 
more intimately united to me than is my soul to my 
body; help me then, O my God, help me to keep myself 
before Thee as a child in the presence of a tenderly-loved 
father, studying the slightest sign of Thy will and Thy 
wish. 

O my God, not only dost Thou dwell in the whole of 
creation, not only art Thou present in the entire uni 
verse, but Thou dost act continually in all Thy creatures, 
and dost work in them for ever, for my service. 

Yes! divine Artificer, Thine infinite power, occupy 
ing itself in the heavens, the elements, the fruits of the 
earth, becomes as it were the servant of my needs; Thou 
dost light my path, enlighten me with the light of day; 
Thou dost nourish me with the productions of the earth, 
?.nd serve me by each one of the creatures I use! Thy 
bounty, wisdom, and power, are placed at my service, 
and exercised for my wants and pleasures. 

Help me, O my God, to serve Thee, acting always 
solely for Thee, and in Thy presence, uniting work with 
recollection, calm contemplation of Thee with activity 
in Thy service; let me think always of Thee, but with 
out ceasing to act, and let me act, but in such a manner 
as not to be distracted and without ceasing to think of 
Thee. That I may attain to this perfection in all that 
I do, grant that I may seek but one end in the diversity 
of my occupations Thy good pleasure and holy will, 
O my God. 

So Thou art in all these gifts which I receive from 
Thee; it is in them and by them that Thou dost serve 
me. 

Behind the veil of these creatures I discern Thy fa 
therly hand which presents them to me, and fashions them 
to my service. If then, they come from Thee to me, it 
is but just that from me they should return to Thee. It is 



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with this intent that I have offered all to Thee; for the 
future I will to see in creatures only the good and useful 
means they may offer of serving and praising Thee, and 
to use them only so long as, and inasmuch as, they shall 
serve to this end. I will to be detached from creatures 
and myself; this double detachment will give me true 
liberty of spirit, which consists in being no longer bound 
either to creatures or myself, and in reposing perfectly 
and solely on Thy love. 

I will to be detached from creatures because they havt 
only very limited perfections; the most perfect being 
but as a weak and rude image of Thy perfections. What 
tixey have of the good and beautiful is but an emanation 
of Thy Divinity, which rests on them as the rays of the 
sun rest on the moon and glorify it; but as the moon is 
pale in the presence of the sun, shining as it does with 
but a borrowed light, so creatures have but a very faint 
reflection of Thy perfections. 

I will to be detached from myself, because all my being 
and happiness depend not on myself but on Thee; if I 
leave myself I shall find Thee, and in Thee I find as in 
their source and in an infinite degree all perfections. In 
Thee and in Thee alone shall I find my happiness and 
my being. "Thou hast made us, O Lord, for Thyself, 
and our hearts can not rest until they rest in Thee" (St. 
Augustine;. Thou hast said, O Lord: "He that loveth 
his life shall lose it: and he that hateth his life ir. this 
world, keepeth it unto life eternal" (John xii. 25). 

O give me then, my Lord, this perfect detachment, 
since in that state my soul will be absolutely indifferent 
to all that is not Thee. I shall then have but one thought 
to please Thee in all my actions; but one desire soon 
to quit this world, in order fully to possess Thee, my God, 
in heaven. 

The little that I am flows from a Being so infinitely- 
elevated above me; from Thee, O eternal Source, descend 
justice, comfort, sweetness, piety, gentleness, goodness. 



ii4 The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. 

pour down into my soul Thy gifts, inundate me with 
Thy perfections, and grant me such entire conformity 
to Thy will that I may attain to perfect repose in Thee. 

O living Light, O heavenly Sun, the source from 
whence proceed all those beams of light which illuminate 
the souls of the saints, flooding them with an effulgence 
of celestial radiance, let me be engulfed and lose myself 
in Thee! May I forget myself, and leave myself; may 

1 strip myself of all love of creatures to love Thee alone, 
my Creator and my God. May I leave both creatures 
and myself in order to attach myself only to Thee, my 
Lord and my God. May I see Thee alone in the whole 
of creation, serving Thee and Thee only, reposing and 
rejoicing for ever in Thy most holy will. Amen. 

PETITIONS FOR GRACES. 

O Father, O Son, O Holy Ghost! 

O Most Holy Trinity! O Jesus! O Mary! 

Ye blessed angels, and all ye saints of paradise, obtain 
for me these graces, which I ask through the merits of 
the most precious blood of Jesus Christ. 

1. Always to do the will of God. 

2. To be always in union with God. 

3. To think only of God. 

4. To love God alone. 

5. To do everything for God. 

6. To seek only the glory of God. 

7. To make myself a saint for God s sake alone. 

8. To know my own nothingness. 

9. To know more clearly the will of God. 
10. (Insert what you specially desire.} 

O most holy Mary, offer to the eternal Father iht 
most precious blood of Jesus Christ for my soul, for 
the holy souls in purgatory, for the needs of holy Church, 
for the conversion of sinners, and for the whole world. 



BOOK II. 



Spiritual JEjerctees in tbe 

I. Aspirations and Invocations. 
II. Mental Prayer. 
III. Vocal Prayer. 

On Bwahtmi an> 
ASPIRATIONS. 

In the name of the Father % , and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

THE ANGELIC TRISAGION. 

BANCTUS, Sanctus, "y^OLY, holy, holy, Lord 

Sanctus, Dominus Deus & God of hosts: the earth 

exercituum : Plena est terra is full of Thy glory. Glory be 

gloria tua: Gloria Patri, to the Father, glory be to the 

gloria Filio, gloria Spiritui Son, glory be to the Holy 

Sancto. Ghost. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Clement XIV., June 6, 
1769. 

Omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam! 

prater wbile Dressing. 

OLOTHE me, my Lord, with the robe of innocence; 
invest me, O most loving Jesus, true Spouse of 
my soul, with the wedding-garment of charity. Per 
mit not that I appear stripped of good works before Thy 
face. Let me ever be loyal to Thee, and faithful to my 
promises. 

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Or, the following may be said: 

OLOTHE me, my Lord, with the robe of innocence, 
and adorn my heart, O divine Spouse of my soul, 
with all the virtues that are pleasing to Thee; especially 
with humility, obedience, purity, charity, and an exact 
fidelity to my holy rules and vows. 

putting on tbe Ibabit. 

GOOD Jesus, divine Spouse of my soul, I thank 
Thee for this cherished token of my allegiance 
to Thee; and I beseech Thee, that, with Thy grace, I 
may preserve unsullied the wedding-garment with which 
Thou didst invest my soul on the blessed day of my con 
secration to Thee. 

In spirit cast yourself into the Sacred Heart of Jesus and say 
some ejaculatory prayer. 

prater of St. (Bcrtruoe on awaking. 

Our divine Lord said to St. Mechtilde: When you awake in 
the morning, let your first act be to salute My Heart, and to offer 
Me your own. 

ADORE, praise, and salute Thee, O most sweet Heart 
of Jesus Christ, fresh and gladdening as the breath 
of spring, from which, as from a fountain of graces, 
sweeter than the honeycomb floweth evermore all good 
and all delight. I thank Thee with all the powers of my 
heart for having preserved me throughout this night, 
and for having rendered to God the Father praises and 
thanksgivings on my behalf. And now, O my sweet 
Love, I offer Thee my wretched and worthless heart as 
a morning sacrifice; I place it in Thy most tender Heart, 
and entrust it to Thy keeping; beseeching Thee that 
Thou wouldst deign to pour into it Thy divine inspira 
tions, and to enkindle it with Thy holy love. Amen. 



Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 119 



of JBleesefc dlbaraaret 

BELIEVE that my Redeemer liveth, and that I shall 
rise again on the last day. Grant, O my God, that 
my resurrection be a glorious one. This hope rests 
in my heart. Replenish it, O God, so copiously with 
Thyself, that space be no longer found therein for crea 
tures, for myself, or for earthly things. Permit me not, O 
Jesus, to fall from bodily into spiritual sleep, but awaken 
my heart, my spirit, and my will unto Thy love, in which 
I desire to persevere, like the angels, without interrup 
tion. O my divine Spouse, unite me so intimately with 
Thee that nothing shall be able to sever me from Thee. 
Thou art my life, my treasure, and my sole consolation. 
Let external occupations withdraw me not a moment 
from Thy holy presence, but let them rather be the means 
of a closer union with Thee. 

OS ACRED Heart of Jesus! O Heart of love! Wilt 
Thou have my poor heart ? Take it, and plunge 
it into Thy Heart, that burning furnace of divine love, 
that it may be inflamed with charity. 

OMOST amiable Heart! I love Thee because Thou 
art goodness itself. I offer Thee my heart and 
my whole being, in order to honor and glorify Thee now 
and for ever. Let me never displease Thee ; help me ever 
to do what is most pleasing to Thee. 

EJACULATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS. 

/T\AY the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sac- 
^"^ rament be praised, adored, and loved with grate 
ful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of 
the world, even to the end of time. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., Feb. 29, 1868. 



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flnvocations an& Salutations. 

ORDINARY. 

V. Venite, adoremus Do- V. Come, let us adore thfe 
mmum, qui fecit nos. Lord, Who made us. 

R. Venite, adoremus. R. Come, let us adore 

Him. 

EXTRAORDINARY. 

On Christmas Day. 

V. Christus natus est no- V. Christ is born to ue; 
bis; venite, adoremus. come, let us adore Him. 

R. Venite, ador..mus. R. Come, let us adore Him. 

On Maundy Thursday. 

Christus factus est pro no- Christ became obedient for 
bis obediens usque ad mor- us unto death, 
tem. 

On Good Friday and Holy Saturday. 

Christus factus est pro Christ became obedient for 
nobis obediens usque ad mor- us unto death; even the death 
tem; mortem autem crucis. of the cross. 

On Easter Day. 

V. Surrexit Dominus vere, V. The Lord is risen in- 
Alleluia. deed, Alleluia. 

R. Alleluia, Alleluia. R. Alleluia, Alleluia. 

On Ascension Day. 

V. Alleluia; Christum Do- V. Alleluia; come, let us 

minum ascendentem in cce- adore Christ, our Lord, as- 

lum; venite, adoremus, Alle- cending into heaven, Alleluia. 
luia. 

R. Venite, adoremus, Alle- R. Come, let us adore 

luia. Him, Alleluia. 



Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 



V. Alleluia, Spiritus Do- V. Alleluia, the Spirit of 
mini replevit orbem terrarum; the Lord hath filled the whole 
venite, adoremus, Alleluia. earth; come, let us adore 

Him, Alleluia. 

R. Venite, adoremus, Alle- 7?. Come, let us adore Him, 
luia. Alleluia. 



O 



before /flbefcftation. 

(For your selection.) 
MY God, I firmly believe that Thou art here pres 



ent. Thou dost penetrate my heart, and dwell 
therein as in Thy living temple:- I offer Thee my pro 
found adoration and beseech Thee to give me the grace 
of perfect union with Thee now and for ever. Amen. 

My Lord, I can do nothing of myself; I can not even 
have a good thought; therefore I beseech Thee, in this 
meditation, to direct all the powers of my soul to Thy 
service and glory, and to my sanctification. Amen. 

ANOTHER PREPARATORY PRAYER. 

Y God, I firmly believe Thou art everywhere pres- 
ent, and seest all things. Thou seest me in 
all my actions; Thou seest me in this, my meditation. 
I bow down before Thee and worship Thy divine majesty 
with my whole being. Cleanse my heart from all vain. 
wicked, and distracting thoughts. Enlighten my under 
standing and inflame my will, that I may pray with 
reverence, attention, and devotion. 

My Lord and my Creator! look graciously on Thy 
child, the work of Thy hands, and mercifully grant me 
the help of Thy grace, that all my intentions and acts 
during this meditation may be directed purely to the 
service and praise of Thy divine majesty; through 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 



122 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 

ANOTHER FORM OF PRAYER BEFORE MEDITATION. 

Pater and Ave. 

MY God, I believe that Thou art here truly present, 
that Thy divine eyes penetrate the secrets of my 
heart. Thou seest all its miseries. 

/ adore Thee in union with holy Mary, all the angels 
ind saints, and all holy souls upon earth. 

/ deeply grieve for all my sins, especially for those 
which wound Thy Sacred Heart, and render my heart 
most unlike Thine. 

/ offer Thee, O Lord, all I possess: my soul with all 
its faculties, my body with all its senses. Miserable as 
this offering is, my God, it is all I have; and in return I 
ask the light of the Holy Spirit, that I may know Thy 
will and Thy grace, that I may do it. 

/ beseech Thee, grant that I may draw fruit from this 
prayer. Holy Mary, blessed Mother of Jesus, refuge of 
poor sinners, and my dear Mother, pray for me. 

St. Joseph, St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier, pray for us. 

A SHORT PREPARATORY PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART. 

MY Jesus, I desire to enter into Thy Sacred Heart, 
and to make my prayer there, that I may pray 
with Thee and through Thee, and adore the Father in 
spirit and in truth. I desire to unite myself as closely 
as possible to this source of all graces and blessings, 
that my heart may be inflamed, my mind enlightened, 
and all my deficiencies supplied. Amen. 

PRAYER TO THE HOLY GHOST BEFORE MEDITATION. 

OOME, O Holy Spirit! fill the hearts of Thy faith- 
ful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created. 
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. 



Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 123 

Let us pray. 

OGOD, Who has taught the hearts of the faithful 
by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the 
gift of the same Spirit we may be always truly wise, and 
fiver rejoice in His consolation through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

O ETERNAL Father! shed upon us, we beseech 
Thee, the plenitude of Thy divine Spirit, and 
grant us an entire and perfect submission to the inspi 
rations of Thy grace. We renounce every thought and 
affection which may withdraw us from Thy adorable 
presence, and we most earnestly implore, through the 
merits and sufferings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, as also 
through the intercession of His immaculate Mother 
Mary, of our guardian angels, and of our patron saints, 
that this meditation may be conducive to Thy greater 
glory, and to our eternal salvation. 



praters after 

(For your selection.} 

OFFERING OF THE RESOLUTIONS. 

God, I offer Thee these resolutions: that I may 
be faithful to them, I must have Thy blessing. 
From Thy goodness, then, I hope to obtain this blessing, 
which I ask of Thee in the name and through the merits 
of Jesus, my divine Saviour. 

Holy Virgin, Mother of my God, who art also my 
Mother, my guardian angel, and my holy patron saints, 
obtain for me the grace to keep these resolutions with 
perfect fidelity. 

THANKSGIVING AFTER MEDITATION. 

MY God, I most humbly thank Thee for having 
permitted me to be so long in Thy holy presence, 
although so unworthy. I thank Thee for the light? 



124 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 

and good affections which I have received from Thy 
Holy Spirit. I beg Thy pardon for the distractions 
which I have had during this meditation. I consecrate 
anew to Thee my whole being, my thoughts, my words, 
and my actions. 

O holy Virgin Mary, my dear Mother and my good 
Patroness, obtain for me from Jesus, thy Son, the grace 
to put my good resolutions into practice. O my good 
angel, my holy patrons, and all ye saints, pray for me, 
that I may preserve in my heart the truths upon which 
I have meditated, and that I may regulate my life in 
Accordance with them. Amen. 

ANOTHER FORM OF PRAYER AFTER MEDITATION. 

r\ MY God, I give Thee heartfelt thanks for all the 
graces and for all the light Thou hast conferred 
on me during this meditation. Pardon me, I beseech 
Thee, all the negligence and all the distractions of which 
I have been guilty. Give me strength to carry out the 
resolutions that I have made. Fortify me, that from 
henceforth I may diligently practise this virtue . . . 
avoid this fault . . . perform this action . . . to Thy 
honor. Help me to do this, O sweet Virgin Mary; and 
do thou, my good angel, recall these good resolutions 
to my memory, if I should ever forget or neglect them. 
Omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam ! 



! 
Anima Christi. 

ASPIRATIONS 



NIMA Christi, sancti- ^OUL of Christ, sanctify 
. fica me. f^? me. 

Corpus Christi, salva me. Body of Christ, save me. 
Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. 
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Water from the side of Christ, 

wash me. 



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Passio Christi, conforta me. Passion of Christ, strengthen 

me. 

O bone Jesu, exaudi me. O good Jesus, hear me. 

Intra tua vulnera absconde Within Thy wounds hide me. 

me. 
Ne permittas me separari a Permit me not to be separated 

te. from Thee. 

Ab hoste maligno defende From the malignant enemy 

me. defend me. 

In hora mortis meae voca me, In the hour of my death call 

me, 

Et jube me venire ad te, And bid me come to Thee, 
Ut cum sanctis tuis laudem That, with Thy saints, I may 

te. praise Thee 

In saeculasasculorum. Amen. For ever and ever. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius IX., Jan. 9, 1854. 



Suscipe of Si. Ignatius. 

USCIPE, Domine, uni- JJ^AKE, O Lord, and re- 

versam meam liberta- ^-J ceive all my liberty, 

tern. Accipe memoriam, in- my memory, my understand- 

tellectum atque voluntatem ing, and my whole will. Thou 

omnem. Quidquid habeo vel hast given me all that I am 

possideo, mihi largitus es; id and all that I possess; I sur- 

tibi totum restituo ac tuae render it all to Thee, that 

prorsus voluntati trado guber- Thou mayest dispose of it 

nandum. Amorem tui solum according to Thy will. Give 

cum gratia tua mihi dones et me only Thy love and Thy 

dives sum satis, nee aliud quid- grace; with these I will be 

quam ultra posco. rich enough, and will have 

no more to desire. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIIL, May 26, 
1883. 



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Aorning praters. 

In the name of the Father <%, and of the Son, and 
of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Place Yourself in the Presence of God, and adore His 
holy Name. 

SOST holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three 
Persons, I believe that Thou art here present; I 
adore Thee with the deepest humility, and render to Thee, 
with my whole heart, the homage which is due to Thy 
sovereign majesty. Blessed be the holy and undivided 
Trinity, now and for ever. Amen. 

AN ACT OF FAITH. 

OMY God, I firmly believe that Thou art one God 
in three divine Persons, Father, Son, and Holy 
Ghost; I believe that Thy divine Son became man, 
and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the 
living and the dead. I believe these, and all the truths 
which the holy Catholic Church teaches, because Thou 
hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be 
deceived. 

AN ACT OF HOPE. 

OMY God, relying on Thy infinite power, goodness, 
and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my 
sins, the help of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through 
the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. 

AN ACT OF LOVE. 

OMY God, I love Thee above all things, and with 
my whole heart, because Thou art all-good and 
worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself 
for the love of Thee. 



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AN ACT OF CONTRITION. 

OMY God, for the love of Thee, I heartily detest 
my sins. I am truly sorry for having offended 
Thee, because Thou art infinitely good. I firmly re 
solve never to offend Thee again, and by the help of 
Thy grace to amend my life. 

Thank God /or all Favors and Offer Yourself to Him. 
/T\Y God, Thou hast made me out of nothing, 
^ ^ Thou hast redeemed me by the death of Thy 
Son, Thou hast sanctified me by the grace of Thy Holy 
Spirit, Thou hast favored me by a call to the religious 
life, Thou has sent me so many blessings through the 
Holy Eucharist, Thou hast preserved me and brought 
me happily to the beginning of another day: I thank 
Thee, my Lord, most humbly and earnestly for these 
benefits and for all the graces which Thou hast bestowed 
upon me. I offer and consecrate to Thee my whole 
being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, 
and sufferings this day, beseeching Thee that through 
the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, my Saviour, they rray 
all be pleasing and acceptable in Thy sight. May Thy 
divine love animate them, and may they all tend to 
Thy greater glory. 

Resolve to Avoid Sin and to Practise Virtue. 
*yr DORABLE Jesus, my Saviour and Master, model 
fc*-*- of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavor this 
day to imitate Thy example, to be, like Thee, mild, hum 
ble, chaste, obedient, charitable, and resigned. I will 
redouble my efforts that I may not fall this day into any of 
those sins which I have heretofore committed (here name 
my besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to forsake. 

Ask God for the Necessary Graces. 
/~\ MY God, Thou knowest my poverty and weakness, 
^"^ and that I am unable to do anything good with 
out Thee; deny me not, O God, the help of Thy grace: 



T 28 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 

proportion it to my necessities; give me strength to 
avoid anything evil which Thou forbiddest, and to prac 
tise the good which Thou hast commanded; and enable 
me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please 
Thee to send me. 

Let us pray for the Holy Church. 

OGOD, hear our prayers in behalf of our holy 
Father, Pope.. .., our bishops, our clergy, and for 
all that are in authority over us. Bless all Religious; 
bless the whole Catholic Church; convert all heretics 
and unbelievers; have mercy upon our country. Pour 
down Thy blessings, O Lord, upon all our friends, rela- 
t ves, and benefactors. Help the poor and sick, and 
those who are in their last agony. O God of mercy 
and goodness, have compassion on the souls of the 
faithful in purgatory; put an end to their sufferings; 
and grant to all those for whom we are particularly 
bound to pray, eternal light, rest, and happiness. 

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; 

R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. 
Amen. 

THE LORD S PRAYER. 

Tf^ATER noster, qui es in /^|UR Father, Who art in 
,1 coelis, sanctificetur no- ^~* heaven, hallowed he- 
men tuum: adveniat regnum Thy name: Thy kingdom 
tuum: fiat voluntas tua, sicut come: Thy will be done on 
in coelo, et in terra. Panem earth, as it is in heaven. Give 
nostrum quotidianum da no- us this day our daily bread: 
bis hodie: et dimitte nobis and forgive us our trespasses, 
debita nostra, sicut et nos di- as we forgive those who tres- 
mittimus debitoribus nostris. pass against us. And lead 
Et ne nos inducas in tenta- us not into temptation: but 
rionem: sed libera nos a malo. deliver us from evil. Amen. 
Amen. 



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THE HAIL MARY. 



*VE, Maria, gratia plena; 
Dominus tecum ; bene- 
dicta tu in mulieribus, et be- 
nedictus fructus ventris tui, 
Jesus. Sancta Maria, Mater 
Dei, ora pro nobis peccatori- 
bus, nunc et in hora mortis 
nostrae. Amen. 



AIL, Mary, full of grace; 
the Lord is with thee; 
blessed art thou among 
women, and blessed is the 
fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 
Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners, now and 
at the hour of our death. 
Amen. 



THE APOSTLES CREED. 

O REDO in Deum, Pa- -f BELIEVE in God, the 
trem omnipotentem, ,-, Father Almighty, Creator 
Creatorem cceli et teme; et of heaven and earth; and in 
in Jesum Christum, Filium Jesus Christ, His only Son, 
ejus unicum, Dominum no- our Lord : Who was conceived 
strum: qui conceptus est de by the Holy Ghost, born of 
Spiritu Sancto, natus ex Ma- the Virgin Mary, suffered 
ria Virgine, passus sub Pon- under Pontius Pilate, was cru- 
tio Pilato, crucifixus, mortuus, cified, died, and was buried, 
et s^pultus. Descendit ad in- He descended into hell; the 
hkus; tertia die resurrexit a thiid day He rose again from 
mortuis; ascendit ad ccelos, the dead; He ascended into 
sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris heaven, sitteth at the right 
omnipotentis; inde venturus hand of God, the Father 
est judicare vivos et mortuos. Almighty; from thence He 
Credo in Spiritum Sanctum, shall come to judge the living 
Sanctam Ecclesiam Catholi- and the dead. I believe in 
cam, sanctorum communio- the Holy Ghost, the holy 
nem, remissionem peccato- Catholic Church, the corn- 
rum, carnis resurrectionem, munion of saints, the forgiye- 
vitam aeternam. Amen. ness of sins, the resurrection 

of the body, and the life ever 
lasting. Amen. 

Make the intention to gain all the indulgences you can this 
day by your prayers and good works. 



1 30 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 

Ask the Prayers of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, your 
Guardian Angel, and your Patron Saint. 

OLY Virgin, Mother of God, my Mother and Pa 
troness, I place myself under thy protection, I 
throw myself with confidence into the arms of thy com 
passion. Be to me, O Mother of mercy, my refuge in 
distress, my consolation under suffering, my advocate 
with thy adorable Son, now and at the hour of my death. 

INVOCATION TO ST. JOSEPH. 

ELP us, Joseph, in our earthly strife, 
E er to lead a pure and blameless life. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIII., March 18, 
1882. 

NGEL of God, my guardian dear, 
To whom His love commits me here, 
Ever this day be at my side, 
To light and guard, to rule and guide. 

Amen. 

O GREAT saint whose name I bear, protect me, 
pray for me, that like thee I may serve God 
faithfully on earth, and glorify Him eternally with thee 
in heaven. Amen. 

PRAISES TO THE WILL OF GOD. 

HIAT, laudetur, atque in /T)AY the most just, most 

aeternum superexalte- N** high, most adorable 

tur justissima, altissima et will of God be in all things 

amabilissima voluntas Dei in done, and praised, and for 

omnibus. ever magnified. 



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INVOCATIONS. 

77 ESUS, have mercy on us. 

*J Jesus, have mercy on us. 

Holy Mother of God, pray for us. 

All ye holy angels, pray for us. 

Holy apostles, pray for us. 

Holy martyrs, pray for us. 

Holy confessors, pray for us. 

Holy virgins, pray for us. 

St. Joseph, pray for us. 

St. John Baptist, pray for us. 

St. Benedict, pray for us. 

St. Dominic, pray for us. 

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us. 

St. Ignatius, pray for us. 

St. Vincent of Paul, pray for us. 

St. Francis of Sales, pray for us. 

St. Augustine, pray for us. 

St. Charles, pray for us. 

St. Bernard, pray for us. 

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us. 

St. Francis Xavier, pray for us. 

St. Patrick, pray for us. 

St. Anthony of Padua, pray for us. 

St. Roch, pray for us. 

St. Teresa, pray for us. 

St. Gertrude, pray for us. 

St. Mechtilde, pray for us. 

St. Ursula and all your holy companions, pray for us 

St. Hildegard, pray for us. 

St. Catharine, pray for us. 

St. Clara, pray for us. 

St. Angela Merici, pray for us. 

St. Jane Frances de Chantal, pray for us. 

St. Elizabeth. St. Rose, Bl. Margaret Mary, pray for us. 



132 Spiritual Exercises in the Jforning. 

All the holy founders and great saints of the Religious 

Orders, pray for us. 
May all the saints in heaven intercede with God for us.* 

LET US PRAY FOR OUR REVEREND MOTHER. 

V. \ LORD, save N.N., our reverend Mother; 
R. And hear our prayers in her behalf. 

Let us pray. 

*E beseech Thee, almighty and eternal God, grant 
to Thy servant, N.N., who, through Thy mercy, 
hath undertaken the government of this Congregation, 
the light of Thy Holy Spirit, and an increase of all 
virtues, that she may perform the works that are pleas 
ing to Thee, and, being rendered acceptable in Thy 
sight, may come at length to Thee, Who art the way, the 
truth, and the life. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, 
Our Lord. Amen. 

Pater, Ave. 

Renewal of Dows. 

I WISH, dear Jesus, to follow closely in Thy footsteps 
this day, carrying my cross the cross of religious 
life after Thee. I desire to fasten myself to the cross 
by renewing my holy vows of poverty, chastity, and 
obedience, so that I may resemble Thee more closely, 
my crucified Saviour, Who art the sweet Spouse of my 
soul. May all my actions, performed in union with 
Thee, be pleasing to the heavenly Father, as spring 
ing from the tree of the cross, to which I nailed myself 
on the happy day on which I made these vows. Sweet 
cross! Thou art my joy and my salvation. 

* These Invocations may be either extended or curtailed a> 
pleasure. 



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Sbort formula of IRenovation of Uows. 

* LMIGHTY and eternal God, I renew and confirm 
with all my heart the vows of poverty, chastity, 
and obedience which I made at my profession, and I 
implore Thy grace to accomplish them perfectly. Amen. 

MORNING OFFERING OF THE " APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER." 

OMY God, I offer Thee my prayers, works, and suffer 
ings this day, in union with the Sacred Heart of 
Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers 
Himself in holy Mass, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, 
in reparation for our offences, for the petitions of our 
associates, especially this month for 

(Name the General Intention for this month.) 

EJACULATION IN HONOR OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS 
IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

AY the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacra - 
ment be praised, adored, and loved with grate 
ful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of 
the world, even to the end of time. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., Feb. 29, 1868. 

A SHORT ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART 

OF JESUS. 

/T\Y loving Jesus! I, N.N., give Thee my heart, and 
^ ^> I consecrate myself wholly to Thee, out of the 
grateful love I bear Thee, and as a reparation for all 
my unfaithfulness; and with Thy aid I purpose never 
to sin again. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day, if said before a picture of 
the Sacred Heart. Pius VII., June 9, 1807. 



134 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 



Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love ! 
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation ! 

Instead oj the preceding Invocations may be recited the 

ILitang of tbe d&ost Ibolg IRame of 



YRIE eleison. 



Christe eleison. 
Kyrie eleison. 
Jesu, audi nos. 
Jesu, exaudi nos. 
Pater de coelis Deus, 
Fili Redemptor mundi 

Deus. 

Spiritus Sancte Deus, 
Sancta Trinitas, unus 

Deus, 
Jesu, Fili Dei vivi, 

Jesu, splendor Patris, 
Jesu, candor lucis aeternae, 

Jesu, rex glorias, 

Jesu, sol justitiae, 

Jesu, fili Mariae Virginis, 

Jesu amabilis, 
Jesu admirabilis, 
Jesu, Deus fortis, 
Jesu, Pater futuri saeculi, 

Jesu, magni consilii angele, 

Jesu potentissime, 
Jesu patientissime, 
Jesu obedientissime, 
Jesu, mitis et humilis 

corde, 
Jesu, amator castitatis, 



" \ ORD, have mercy on 

** * us. 

Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Jesus, hear us. 

Jesus, graciously hear us. 

God the Father of heaven, 

God the Son, Redeemer of 

the world, 

God the Holy Ghost, 
Holy Trinity, one God, 

Jesus, Son of the living 
God, 

Jesus, splendor of the Fa 
ther, 

Jesus, brightness of eter 
nal light, 

.-Jesus, king of glory, 
Jesus, sun of justice, 

Jesus, son of the Virgin 

Mary, 

, Jesus, most amiable, 
Jesus, most admirable, 

Jesus, mighty God, 

Jesus, father of the world 
to come, 

Jesus, angel of the great 
council, 

Jesus, most powerful, 

Jesus, most patient, 

Jesus, most obedient, 

Jesus, meek and humble 
of heart, 

Jesus, lover of chastity, 



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135 



Jesu, amator noster, 
jesu, Deus pacis, 
esu, auctor vitae, 
Jesu, exemplar virtutum, 
jesu, zelator animarum, 
Jesu, Deus noster, 
Jesu, refugium nostrum, 
Jesu, Pater pauperum, 
Jesu, thesaure fidelium, 

Jesu, bone pastor, 
Jesu, lux vera, 
Jesu, sapientia aeterna, 
Jesu, bonitas infinita, 
Jesu, via et vita nostra, 

Jesu, gaudium angelorum, 
Jesu, rex patriarcharum, 
Jesu, magister apostolo- 

rum, 
Jesu, doctor evangelistar- 

um, 

fesu, fortitude martyrum, 
fesu, lumen confessorum, 
fesu, puritas virginum, 
fesu, corona sanctorum 

omnium, 
Propitius esto, parce no- 

bis, Jesu. 
Propitius esto, exaudi nos, 

Jesu. 

Ab omni malo, 
Ab omni peccato, 
Ab ira tua, 
Ab insidiis diaboli, 

A spiritu fornicationis, 



A morte perpetua, 
A neglectu inspirationum 
tuarum, 



Jesus, lover of us, 
Jesus, God of peace, 
Jesus, author of life, 
Jesus, model of virtues, 
Jesus, zealous for souls, 
Jesus, our God, 
Jesus, our refuge, 
Jesus, father of the poor, 
Jesus, treasure of the faith 
ful, 
Jesus, good shepherd, 

Jesus, true light, 
Jesus, eternal wisdom, 
Jesus, infinite goodness, 
Jesus, our way and our 

: life, 

Jesus, joy of angels, 
Jesus, king of patriarchs, 
Jesus, master of apostles, 

Jesus, teacher of evange 
lists, 

Jesus, strength of martyrs, 
Jesus, light of confessors, 
Jesus, purity of virgins, 
Jesus, crown of all saints, 



Be merciful, spare us, O 
Jesus. 

Be merciful, graciously hear 
us, O Jesus. 

From all evil, 

From all sin, 
; From Thy wrath, 
From the snares of the 
devil, 

From the spirit of forni 
cation, 

From everlasting death, 

From the neglect of Thy 
inspirations, 



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Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 



Per mysterium sanctae in- 
carnationis tuae, 

Per nativitatem tuara, 

Per infantiam tuam, 

Per divinissimam vitam 
tuam, 

Per labores tuos, 

Per agoniam et Passionem 
tuam, 

Per crucem et dereliction- 
em tuam, 

Per languores tuos, 



Through the mystery of 

Thy holy Incarnation, 
Through Thy nativity, 
Through Thine infancy, 
Through Thy most divine 

life, 

Through Thy labors, 
Through Thine agony and 

Passion, 
Through Thy cross and I- |; 

dereliction, 
Through Thy faintness 

and weariness, 
Through Thy death and 

burial, 

ThroughThy Resurrection , 
Through Thine Ascension, 
* Through Thy joys, 
Through Thy glory, 



Per mortem et sepulturam 

tuam, 

Per resurrectionem tuam, 
Per ascensionem tuam, 
* Per gaudia tua, 
Per gloriam tuam, 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata Lamb of God, Who takest 
mundi, parce nobis, Jesu. away the sins of the world, 

spare us, O Jesus. 
Lamb of God, etc., graciously 
miserere hear us, O Jesus. 

Lamb of God, etc, have 

mercy on us ; O Jesus. 
Jesus, hear us. 
Jesus, graciously hear us. 

Let us Pray. 

BOMINE Jesu Christe, |^\ LORD Jesus Christ, 
qui dixisti: Petite, et vX Who hast said: Ask, 



Agnus Dei, etc., exaudi nos, 

Jesu. 
Agnus Dei, etc., 

nobis, Jesu. 
Jesu, audi nos. 
Jesu, exaudi nos. 



Or em us. 

k OMINE Jesu Christe, / 
qui dixisti: Petite, et > 

accipietis; quaerite, et inveni- and ye shall receive; seek, and 
etis; pulsate, et aperietur ye shall find; knock, and it 
vobis, qutesumus; da nobis shall be opened unto you; 
petentibus divinissimi tui grant, we beseech Thee, unto 
amoris affectum, ut te toto us who ask, the gift of Thy 
corde, ore et opere diligamus, most divine love, that we may 

ever love Thee with all our 

* Where authorized by the Bishop, the following invocation 
may be added here : Per sanctissimas Eucharistiae institutionem 
tuam. Through Thy institution of the most holy Eucharist. 
(Congr. of Rites, Feb. 8, 1905.) 



Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. )$j 

et a tua nunquam laude cesse- hearts, and in all our words 
mus. and actions, and never cease 

from showing forth Thy 

praise. 

Sancti Nominis tui, Do- Make us, O Lord, to have 
mine, timorem pariter et a perpetual fear and love of 
amorem fac nos habere per- Thy holy name; for Thou 
peiuum, quia nunquam tua never failest to govern those 
gubernatione destituis quos whom Thou dost solidly es- 
in soliditate tuae dilectionis tablish in Thy love. W T ho 
instituis. Qui vivis et reg- livest and reignest, etc. 
nas, etc. Amen. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Jan. 16, 1886. 
THE ANGELUS DOMINI. 

NGELUS Domini nun- ^T HE angel ot the Lord de- 
tiavit Mariae, et con- V-J clared unto Mary, and 
cepit de Spiritu Sancto. she conceived of the Holy 

Ghost 

Ave Maria, ett. Hail Maiy, etc. 

Ecce ancilla Domini: ~at Behold the handmaid of 
mihi secundum verbum tu n. the Lord: be it done unto me 

according to thy word. 

Ave Maria, etc. Hail Mary, etc. 

Et verbum caro factum est, And the Word was made 
et habitavit in nobis. flesh, and dwelt among us. 

Ave Maria, etc. Hail Mary, etc. 

Or emus. Let us pray. 

xSRATIAM tuam, quae- "t^OUR forth, we beseech 
\> sumus, Domme, men- <* Thee, O Lord! Thy 
tibus nostris infunde: ut qui, gr ace j nto our hearts, that we, 
angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii unto wno m the Incarnation 
tui incarnationem cognovi- o f Christ, Thy Son, was made 
mus, per Passionem ejus et known by the message of an 
crucem ad resurrectionis glo- an g e i ; may> by His Passion 
riam perducamur. Per eum- an d cross, be brought to the 
dem Christum Dominum nos- g i ory o f t h e Resurrection, 
trum. Amen. through the same Christ our 

Lord. Amen. 



138 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 

INSTEAD OF THE Angelus SAY THE Regina 

From Easter until Trinity. From Easter until Trinity. 
Regina cceli, laetare, Queen of heaven, rejoice, 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

Quia quern meruisti portare, For He Whom thou didst de 
serve to bear, 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

Resurrexit, sicut dixit, Is risen again as He said, 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

Ora pro nobis Deum, Pray for us to God, 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo V. Rejoice and be glad, O 
Maria, Virgin Mary! 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

R. Quia surrexit Dominus R. Because Our Lord is 
vere, truly risen, 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

Oremus. Let us pray. 

Deus, qui per resurrec- O God, Who, by the Resur- 
tionem Filii tui, Domini nos- rection of Thy Son, Our Lord 
tri, Jesu Christi, mundum Jesus Christ, hath been 
jaetificare dignatus es, praes- pleased to fill the world with 
ta, quaesumus, ut per ejus joy, grant, we beseech Thee, 
genitricem Virginem Mariam that by the Virgin Mary, His 
perpetuae capiamus gaudia Mother, we may receive the 
vitae: per eumdem Christum, joys of eternal life: through 
Dominum nostrum. the same Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

HYMN AT PRIME ON SUNDAYS AND WEEK-DAYS THROUGH 
OUT THE YEAR. 

Jam lucis orto sidere. 
I OW T doth the sun ascend the sky, 
And wake creation with its ray; 
Keep us from sin, O Lord most high! 
Through all the actions of the day. 

Curb Thou for us th unruly tongue; 

Teach us the way of peace to prize; 
And close our eyes against the throng 

Of earth s absorbing vanities. 



Spiritual Exercises In the Morning. 139 

Oh, may our hearts be pure within! 

No cherish d madness vex the soul! 
May abstinence the flesh restrain, 

And its rebellious pride control. 

So when the evening stars appear, 
And in their train the darkness bring; 

May we, O Lord, with conscience clear, 
Our praise to Thy pure glory sing. 

To God the Father, glory be, 

And to His sole-begotten Son, 
Glory, O Holy Ghost, to Thee, 

While everlasting ages run. 

21 Sbort Jform of /nborntna praters for IReltgfous. 

(All the essential points of the preceding Morning Prayers 
will be found condensed in this Short Form.} 

IN the name of the Father, J and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, 
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three 
Persons, I adore Thee, as Thou art truly present here, 
with the deepest humility, and render to Thee, with my 
whole heart, the worship that is due to Thy sovereign 
majesty. 

my good God, I thank Thee for having preserved 
me during the past night, for all the favors Thou hast 
hitherto granted me, and especially for the grace of my 
vocation to the religious life. 

1 believe in Thee, because Thou art truth itself; 

I hope in Thee, because Thou art all good, all-power 
ful, and faithful to Thy promises ; 

I love Thee above all things, and with my whole heart, 
because Thou art infinitely perfect and worthy of all 
love. I am truly sorry for having offended Thee be- 



140 Spiritual Exercises in the Morning, 

cause Thou art infinitely good, and I heartily detest my 
sins because by them I have displeased Thee. I am 
firmly resolved, with the help of Thy grace, to amend 
my life, and to strive more earnestly than ever after per 
fection in the following of Christ and in the imitation 
of the saints. Accept, O Lord, my good will; grant me 
Thy blessing, that I may do Thy holy will and please 
Thee this day in all my thoughts, words, actions, and 
sufferings, which I offer and consecrate to Thee, for Thy 
greater glory, in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
and the immaculate Heart of Mary. 

I intend to gain all the indulgences that I can this 
day, and to be present in spirit at all the Masses which 
will be celebrated to-day in the whole world. 

I beseech Thee, O Lord, to accept the dedication of 
my whole being, and of all my good works and prayers 
to Thy divine honor, in union with the offerings of all 
just souls on earth, and of all Religious Congregations. 

I implore Thy grace to enable me to perform all my 
duties in the spirit of our Holy Rule, and to observe 
faithfully my vows, which I now renew. Bless our 
dear Reverend Mother in the government of our holy 
Institute, and direct her in the way of salvation. Teach 
us all to do Thy will, O God, and strengthen us to ful 
fill it perfectly. 

O Jesus, ever-present in the adorable Sacrament of 
the Altar, may every creature praise and bless Thee. 

O Sacrament most holy; O Sacrament divine; 

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment 
Thine! 

Lord Jesus, keep me in Thy love; let me dwell in Thy 
Sacred Heart, let me live in close union with Thee all 
through the day. 

Mary, my dear Mother, I love thee; bless me and 
protect me. 

St. Joseph, friend of the Sacred Heart, pray for me. 
My good angel, enlighten and guard me, rule a;id 



Spiritual Exercises in the Morning. 141 

guide me. My holy patron saints, I salute you, and 
beseech you, together with all the angels and saints, to 
pray for me. 

Unto the King of ages, the immortal, invisible, only 
God, be honor and glory for ever and ever ! 

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and 
bring us unto life everlasting. 

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the 
mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

/nborning ffering to tbe JSlessefc Sacrament. 

f~\ SWEETEST Jesus, divine Friend, Thou hast been 
^^ watching and waiting patiently and lovingly 
in Thy lonely tabernacle all through the dark night for 
this moment, which finds me once more at Thy blessed 
feet, that I may be consoled and strengthened by Thy 
presence. And now, my dearest Lord, I have come in 
humble adoration before Thee, with a heart full of 
thanks for abiding with us "all days," for having pro 
tected and preserved me during the past night, and for 
having given me another day to labor for Thy greater 
honor and glory, and for the salvation of my soul. In 
reparation for all the sufferings that Thy Sacred Heart 
endures in the Blessed Sacrament, I offer Thee the 
adoration and praise of all the just on earth, of all the 
angels and saints in heaven, and especially of Thy 
blessed Mother. I offer Thee my heart, my soul, my 
body, and all that I have. My whole being shall be 
consecrated to Thy service. Deign to make me obedi 
ent, modest, humble, patient, kind, and simple as a little 
child; draw me to Thee in ever closer union with Thy 
loving Sacred Heart; make me resigned to Thy holy 
will, and grant that I may be found worthy one day of 
that reward which Thou hast promised to those who 
love and serve Thee faithfully on earth. Give me Thy 
grace, that I may become a saint. Oh, stay with us. 



i4 2 Evening Prayers. 

dear Jesus, till the evening of life. Pardon me all my 
past transgressions; for I love Thee truly with my whole 
heart; and when death conies, say to me: "Enter thou 
into the joy of thy Lord." Amen. 

36\>enin0 praters. 

T N the name of the Father, J and of the Son, and of 
^ the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

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. 



God! the Lord of heaven and earth! I 
prostrate myself before Thee. With the ador 
able Heart of Jesus, the immaculate heart of Mary, and 
with all Thy angels and saints, I adore Thee, and ren 
der to Thee the homage of my being and life. I acknowl 
edge Thee to be my Creator and sovereign Lord. I 
devote myself to Thy divine service now and for ever. 
Amen. . 

AN ACT OF FAITH. 

f"\ MY God! I firmly believe all the sacred truths 
V> ^ which Thy Holy Catholic Church believes and 
teaches; because Thou hast revealed them, Who canst 
neither deceive nor be deceived. 

AN ACT OF HOPE. 

MY God! relying on Thy infinite power, goodness, 
and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my 
sins, the assistance of Thy grace, and life everlasting, 
through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Re 
deemer. 



Evening Prayers. 143 



AN ACT OF LOVE. 

f"\ MY God! I love Thee above all things, with my 
^^ whole heart and soul, because Thou art infinitely 
amiable, and deserving of all love. I love, also, my 
neighbor as myself, for the love of Thee. I forgive all 
who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I 
have injured. 

Pater Nosier, Ave Maria, and Credo. 
Return Thanks to God for all His Mercies. 

I THANK Thee, O my God, for all Thy benefits. How 
can I thank Thee worthily for Thy inestimable 
graces ? 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 even 
called me to the religious life; Thou hast preserved 
me from falling into the abyss of eternal misery, when 
my sins had provoked Thee to punish me; 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 particu 
larly for the favors 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. 

Ask 0} God Light to Discover the Sins Committed this Day. 

MY God, sovereign Judge of men, Who desirest not 
the death of a sinner, but that he should be con 
verted and saved, enlighten my mind, that I may know 
the sins which I have this day committed in thought, 
word, and deed, and give me the grace of true contrition. 



144 Evening Prayers. 

Here Examine your Conscience; then Say: 

/~\ 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 endeavor 
never more to offend Thee. 

THE CONF1TEOR. 

OONFITEOR Deo omni- -f CONFESS to Almighty 
potenti, beatse Mariae .- God, to blessed Mary, 
semper Virgini, beato Michaeli ever Virgin, to blessed Mi- 
Archangelo, beato Joanni chael the Archangel, to blessed 
Baptistae, sanctis apostolis Pe- John the Baptist, to the holy 
tro et Paulo, omnibus sanctis, apostles Peter and Paul, and 
et tibi, Pater, quia pcccavi to all the saints, and to you, 
nimis cogitatione, verbo, et Father, that I have sinned 
opere, mea culpa, mea culpa, exceedingly in thought, word, 
mea maxima culpa. Ideo and deed, through my fault, 
precor beatam Mariam sem- through my fault, through 
per Virginem, beatum Mi- my most grievous fault, 
chaelem Archangelum,beatum Therefore I beseech blessed 
Joannem Baptistam, sanctos Mary ever Virgin, blessed 
apostolos Petrum et Paulum, Michael the Archangel, blessed 
omnes sanctos, et te, Pater, John the Baptist, the holy 
orare pro me ad Dominum apostles Peter and Paul, all 
Deum nostrum. the saints, and you, Father, 

to pray to the Lord our God 
for me. 

Misereatur nostri omnipo- May almighty God have 
tens Deus, et dimissis peccatis mercy upon us, and forgive us 
nostris, perducat nos ad vitam our sins, and bring us unto life 
aeternam. Amen. everlasting. Amen. 

Indulgentiam, 4- absolutio- May the almighty and mer- 
nem, et remissionem pecca- ciful Lord grant us pardon, 4- 
torum nostrorum, tribuat no- absolution, and remission of 
bis omnipotens et misericors our sins. Amen. 
Dominus. Amen. 



Evening Prayers. 145 

Pray for the Church 0} Christ. 

OGOD, hear my prayers in behalf of our holy Father 
Pope N., our bishops, our clergy, and for all that 
are in authority over us. Bless, I beseech Thee, the whole 
Catholic Church, and convert all heretics and unbe 
lievers. 

Let us pray for our Reverend Mother. (See Morning 
Prayers, page 132), or say the Memorare for her. 

Pray jor the Living and for the Faithful Departed. 

down Thy blessings, O Lord, upon all oui 
friends, relations and benefactors. Bless our 
Institute. Help the poor and sick, and those who are 
in their last agony. O God of mercy and goodness, 
have compassion on the souls, of the faithful in pur 
gatory; put an end to their sufferings, and grant to 
them eternal light, rest, and happiness. Have pity 
especially upon the souls of our Superiors, and of the 
Sisters who once dwelt in this house, and who have gone 
before us, through the portals of death, into the house 
of eternity. 

V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; 

R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. Amen. 

Commend Yourself to God, to ike Blessed Virgin, and the 
Saints. 

BLESS, O Lord, the repose I am about to take, 
that, my bodily strength being renewed, I may 
be the better enabled to serve Thee. 

BLESSED Virgin Mary, Mother of mercy, pray for 
me that I may be preserved this night from all evil, 
whether of body or soul. Dear St. Joseph, all ye saints 
and angels, and especially you, my guardian angel and 



146 Evening Prayers. 

my chosen patron, watch over me. I commend myself to 
your protection now and always. Amen. 

MEMORARE TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN. 

EMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that 
never was it known that any one who fled to thy 
protection, implored thy help, and sought thy interces 
sion, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, 
I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To 
thee I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful, 
O Mother of the Word Incarnate! despise not my peti 
tions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. 

Mary, my dearest Mother, pray to Jesus for me ; pray 
for our Reverend Mother. 

litany of tbe JSlessefc IDfrgitu 

KYRIE eleison. j- ORD, have mercy. 

Christe eleison r i i Christ, have mercy 

Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy. 

Christe, audi nos. Christ, hear us. 

Christe, exaudi nos. Christ, graciously hear us. 
Pater de ccelis Deus, miserere God the Father of heaven, 

nobis. have mercy on us. 

Fili Redemptor mundi Deus, God the Son, Redeemer of the 

miserere nobis. world, have mercy on us. 

Spiritus Sancte Deus, mis- God the Holy Ghost, have 

erere nobis. mercy on us. 

Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus, Holy Trinity, one God, have 

miserere nobis. mercy on us. 



Sancta Maria, 
Sancta Dei genitrix, 
Sancta virgo virginum, 



Holy Mary, 
Holy Mother of God, 
$> Holy Virgin of virgins, 

, ^ Mother of Christ, !> 

Mater divinae gratiae, |- 2 Mother of divine grace, \ s 



Mater purissima, 
Mater castissima, 
Mater inviolata, 
Mater intemerata, 



| Mother most pure, 
5- Mother most chaste, 
Mother inviolate, 
Mother undented. 



Evening Prayers. 



147 



Mater amabilis, 

Mater admirabilis, 

Mater boni consilii, 

Mater Creatoris, 

Mater Salvatoris, 

Virgo prudentissima, 

Virgo veneranda, 

Virgo praedicanda, 

Virgo potens, 

Virgo clemens, 

Virgo fidelis, 

Speculum justitiae, 

Sedes sapientiae, 

Causa nostrae laetitiae, 

Vas spirituale, 

Vas honorabile, 

Vas insigne devotionis, 

Rosa mystica, 

Turris Davidica, 

Turris eburnea, 

Domus aurea, 

Fcederis area, 

Janua cceli, 

Stella matutina, 

Salus infirmorum, 

Refugium peccatorum, 

Consolatrix afflictorum, 

Auxilium Christianorum, 

Regina angelorum, 

Regina patriarcharum, 

Regina prophetarum, 

Regina apostolorum, 

Regina martyrum, 

Regina confessorum, 

Regina virginum, 

Regina sanctorum om 
nium, 

Regina sine labe originali 
concepta, 

Regina sacratissimi ro- 
sarii. 



Mother most amiable, 
Mother most admirable, 
Mother of good counsel, 
Mother of our Creator, 
Mother of our Saviour, 
Virgin roost prudent, 
Virgin most venerable, 
Virgin most renowned, 
Virgin most powerful, 
Virgin most merciful, 
Virgin most faithful, 
Mirror of justice, 
Seat of wisdom, 
Cause of our joy, 
Spiritual vessel, 
Vessel of honor, 
Singular vessel of devotion, 
Mystical Rose, 

$> Tower of David, 

Tower of ivory, 

2 House of gold, 

| Ark of the covenant, 

? Gate of heaven, 
Morning star, 
Health of the sick, 
Refuge of sinners, 
Comfoiter of the afflicted, 
Help of Christians, 
Queen of angels, 
Queen of patriarchs, 
Queen of prophets, 
Queen of apostles, 
Queen of martyrs, 
Queen of confessors, 
Queen of virgins, 
Queen of all saints, 

Queen conceived without 

original sin, 
Queen of the most holy 

Rosary, 



14.8 



Evening Prayers. 



Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata Lamb of God, Who takest 
mundi, parce nobis,Domine. away the sins of the world, 

spare us, O Lord. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata Lamb of God, Who takest 
mundi, exaudi nos, Domine. away the sins of the world, 

graciously hear us, O Lord. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata Lamb of God, Who takest 
mundi, miserere nobis. away the sins of the world, 

have mercy on us. 

Indulgence of 300 days every time; plenary indulgence under 
usual conditions. Pius VII., Sept. 30, 1817. 



SUB TUUM PRESIDIUM. 



B tuum presidium con- 
fugimus, sancta Dei 
Genitrix; nostras depreca- 
tiones ne despicias in necessi- 
tatibus nostris, sed a periculis 
cunctis libera nos, semper 
virgo gloriosa et benedicta. 

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta 
Dei Genitrix. 

R. Ut digni efficiamur pro- 
missionibus Christi. 



fly to thy patronage! 
O holy Mother of God, 
despise not our petitions in 
our necessities, and deliver us 
from all dangers, O ever glo 
rious and blessed Virgin! 

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

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



Or emus. 



tuam quaesu- 
mus, Domine, menti- 
bus nostris infunde: ut qui, 
angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii 
tui incarnationem cognovi- 
mus, per passionem ejus et 
crucem ad resurrectionis glo- 
riam perducamur. Per eum- 
flem Christum Dominum nos 
trum. Amen. 



Let us pray. 

BOUR forth, we beseech 
Thee, O Lord, Thy 
grace into our hearts; that 
we, to whom the Incarnation 
of Christ, Thy Son, was made 
known by the message of an 
angel, may, by His Passion 
and cross, be brought to the 
glory of His Resurrection. 
Through the same Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 



Evening Prayers. 



149 



Or emus. 

E F E N D E, qucEsu- 
mus, Domine, beata 
Maria semper Virgine inter- 
cedente, istam ab omni adver- 
sitate familiam: et, toto corde 
tibi prostratam, ab hostium 
propitius tuere clementer in- 
sidiis. 

Deus, qui ineffabili provi- 
dentia beatum Joseph Sanc- 
tissimse Genitricis tuae Spon- 
sum eligere dignatus es; 
praesta, quaesumus, ut quern 
protectorem veneramur in 
terris, intercessorem habere 
mereamur in caslis. Qui vivis 
et regnas in sascula saeculorum. 



R. Amen. 



Let us pray. 

"T^VEFEND, O Lord, we 
-* beseech Thee, by the 
intercession of blessed Mary 
ever Virgin, this Thy family 
from all adversity; and merci 
fully protect us, who pros 
trate ourselves before Thee 
with all our hearts, from the 
snares of the enemy. 

O God, Who by Thy un 
speakable providence didst 
vouchsafe to choose blessed 
Joseph to be the spouse of 
Thy most holy Mother; grant 
that, while we venerate him 
as our protector on earth, we 
may deserve to be aided by 
his intercession in heaven. 
Who livest and reignest, world 
without end. 

R. Amen. 



V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, this night to keep us without 



sin. 



R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us. 

Let us pray. 

^TT ISIT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this habitation 

" and drive from it all the snares of the enemy. 
Let Thy holy angels dwell herein, to preserve us in peace; 
and may Thy blessing be upon us forever, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give my heart and my soul 
to you; 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony; 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul 
in peace with you. 



150 Evening Prayers. 

Consecration of TReif0iou0 Communities. 

SACRED Heart of Jesus, whence came those 
words of truly ineffable love: "Come to Me 
all you that labor and are burdened, and I will refresh 
you." Relying upon this promise of Thine infinite 
tenderness and charity, in the trial? and hardships of 
our times, when the universal Church is attacked in her 
chief Pastor and in her religious children, we betake 
ourselves to Thee. We have determined to consecrate 
to Thee for ever, solemnly and anew, this our house, 
ourselves, and all that belongs to us. Do Thou gra 
ciously look down upon us and accept our vows, that, 
sealed by Thy grace, they may ever remain firm and 
unchangeable. 

Wherefore, dearest Jesus, our sovereign Lord and 
Leader, we, although most unworthy members of this 
(College, Convent, Academy, House, etc., N.N.), yet 
trusting in Thy help and grace, offer, and consecrate 
ourselves and our household entirely to Thy most 
Sacred Heart, and we submit ourselves and all that 
we have to Thy most holy will. 

We call upon our blessed Lady, Thy Virgin Mother, 
our Founder N., and the whole court of heaven to wit 
ness that this is our intention, our desire, and our firm 
determination to imitate as closely as possible Thy 
most Sacred Heart in practising the virtues belonging 
to our state of life, in order that we may promote Thy 
glory in ourselves, and make some reparation for all 
the grievous insults offered to Thee. 

We, therefore, implore Thee, dearest Jesus, to pro 
tect our house, to guard us Thy servants for ever in Thy 
most Sacred Heart, and to sanctify our labors, our 
studies, and trials. May we, by Thy grace, advance 
Thy greater glory, the salvation of souls, and devotion 
to Thy most Sacred Heart. Amen. 



Evening Prayers. 151 

Bet ot Consecration for "Keltgious. 

Yen. de la Colombiere. 

MY amiable Redeemer. I give and consecrate 
myself to Thy Sacred Heart without reserve. 

I have in a manner nailed myself to Thy cross by the 
vows of my profession; I renew them in this divine 
Heart in presence of heaven and earth ; and I return Thee 
thanks for having inspired me to make them. 

, I own that the yoke of Thy holy service is neither hard 
nor heavy; I do not find myself embarrassed with my 
chains; on the contrary, I would wish to multiply them, 
or rivet them yet closer upon me. 

I embrace, then, the dear cross of my vocation, even 
to my death; it shall be all my pleasure, all my glory, 
and aft my delight. 

God forbid that I should glory, that I should ever 
rejoice, save in the cross of Jesus Christ. 

God iorbid that I should ever have any other treasure 
than His poverty, any other delight than His sufferings, 
any other love than Himself. 

No, no, my amiable Lord, never will I separate myself 
from Thee; and I will attach myself to none but Thee; 
the narrowest paths of the life of perfection to which I 
am called give me no alarm, because Thou art my light 
and my strength. 

I hope, then, O Lord, that Thou wilt render me stead 
fast under all temptations, victorious against the efforts 
of my enemies, and that Thou wilt stretch out over me 
that beneficent hand, which has bestowed upon me so 
many favors, and make me ever more and more liberal 
toward Thee. 

I entreat this of Thee, O my adorable Jesus, by Thy 
blood, by all Thy wounds, and by Thy Sacred Heart. 

Grant that by the consecration which I make to Thee 
of all that I am, I may become this day entirely renewed 
in Thy love. Amen. 



152 Evening Prayers. 

B Sbort fform of Bvening 
^N the name of the Father, J* and of the Son, and of 
-J-. the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and 
kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Credo. 

I ADORE Thee, O my God, and return Thee thanks 
for all the benefits which I have ever received from 
Thee, and particularly this day. Give me light to see 
what sins I have committed during the past day, and 
grant me grace to be truly sorry for them. 

(Here examine your conscience.) 

Offences against God ; against your neighbor; against yourselj, 

Where have you been? With whom have you been? 

Commandments of God; poverty, chastity, obedience; the 
Holy Rule; the predominant passion; resolutions; prayers, works, 
and sufferings. Does your conscience reproach you with regard 
to any of these points? 

OMY God, forgive me my offences; I am truly 
sorry for having sinned, because Thou art infi 
nitely good, and sin displeases Thee. I purpose, with 
the help of Thy grace, never to sin again. I love Thee 
above all things, and with my whole heart, because 
Thou art infinitely amiable and worthy of all love. 

I beseech Thee, Lord, to preserve me this night, and 
to keep me from all sin. I take this sleep to please Thee, 
and I have the intention to love Thee, praise Thee, and 
thank Thee with every breath I draw, in union with the 
angels and saints in heaven. 

OMOST amiable Heart of Jesus! let me, my relatives, 
and friends, and all that have commended them- 
selves to my prayer, and for whom I am bound to pray, 
especially our reverend Mother, experience Thy most 
powerful aid. Assist them individually in their necessi 
ties. O Heart full of mercies! convert all hardened 
hearts, console the souls in purgatory, be the refuge of 



Evening Prayers. 153, 

the dying, the consolation of all distressed and suffering. 
Above all, be the refuge of ray soul at the hour of death, 
and receive it into the bosom of Thy mercy. 

In it I sleep securely and rest in peace. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

AY the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacra- 
ment be praised, adored, and loved with grateful 
affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the 
world, even to the end of time. Mary, my dear Mother, 
bless me, and keep me under thy protecting mantle. St. 
Joseph, my good angel, and my dear patron saints, pray 
for me. 

AY Our Lord bless us, and preserve us from all 
evil, and bring us to life everlasting. And may 
the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of 
God, rest in peace. Amen. 

A PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH. 

In Connection with the Seven Last Words of Our Lord 

on the Cross. 

IVINE Jesus! Incarnate Word of God! Who 
having taken flesh for my salvation, didst vouch 
safe to be born in a stable, to lead a life of poverty, toil, 
and love, and finally to expire in agony on the cross: 
Say, I beseech Thee, to Thy eternal Father at the moment 
of my death: " Father, forgive her; " say to Thy blessed 
Mother: " Behold thy child;" say to my soul: " To-day 
shalt thou be with Me in paradise." 

My God, my God, forsake me not in that hour! "I 
thirst!" Yea, my soul thirsts, O my God, after Thee; 
Thou art the Fountain of living waters. 

My life is passing away as a tale that is told; yet a 
little while, and all will be " consummated ;" therefore 
my adorable Saviour, even from this moment, for all 
eternity: "Into Thy hands I commend my spirit." My 
Jesus, mercy! 



154 Evening Prayers. 

/ 

IRlgbt Offering to tbe JBIesscD Sacrament. 

DIVINE Jesus! lonely to-night in so many taber- 
nacles, without visitor or worshipper, I offer Thee 
my poor, but loving heart. May every pulsation be a 
prayer of love to Thee. Thou art ever watching under 
the sacramental veils; in Thy love Thou never sleepest, 
and Thou art never weary of Thy vigil for sinners. O 
good Jesus, I love Thee. Thou art infinitely good, 
and I have displeased Thee by many sins. Forgive 
me I am truly sorry for having offended Thee. O 
sweet Jesus . O lonely Jesus! may my heart be a lamp, 
the light of which shall burn henceforth for Thee alone. 
Bless me, Jesus. Come, and refresh me spiritually by 
Thy presence, before I take my repose. Let me never 
more be separated from Thee by sin. Adorable Heart 
of Jesus, burning furnace of divine love! within Thy 
sacred wound take Thou my soul, in order that my 
heart may be inflamed with the love of Thee. 

O Prisoner of love! divine Jesus! chain my poor heart 

to the foot of Thy altar. Dearest Jesus, Thou hast 

made my heart for Thyself alone, and it will not find 

rest, except in Thee ; hide it within Thy divine Heart in 

the tabernacle. When shall I see Thee face to face, and 

rest for ever in Thy bosom ? Good Lord, my heart is 

weary; suffer me to enter and repose in Thy Sacred Heart. 

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, 

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment 

Thine! 



E me, Jesus, wholly Thine; 
Take this wayward heart of mine; 
Guide me through this world so drear 
Heart of Jesus, hear! 

When I draw my parting breath, 
When my eyes shall close in death, 
Then, sweet Jesus, be Thou near 
Heart of Jesus, hear! 



Evening Prayers. 



55 



lDe0per=5ong of ur 

(Luke I.) 



THE MAGNIFICAT. 



kAGNIFICAT: anima 

mea Dominum. 
Ft exultavit spiritus me- 
us: in Deo salutari meo. 

Quia respexit humilita- 
tem ancillae sute: ecce enim 
ex hoc beatam me dicent 
omnes generationes. 

Quia fecit mihi magna qui 
potens est: et sanctum no- 
men ejus. 

Et misericordia ejus a pro- 
genie in progenies: timenti- 
bus eum. 

Fecit potentiam in brachio 
suo: dispersit superbos mente 
cordis sui. 

Deposuit potentes de sede: 
et exaltavit humiles. 

Esurientes implevit bonis 
et divites dimisit inanes. 

Suscepit Israel puerum 
suum: recordatus misericor- 
diae suas. 

Sicut locutus est ad patres 
nostros: Abraham, et semini 
ejus in saecula. 

Gloria, etc. 

Oremus. 

aONCEDE nos famuios 
tuos, quaesumus Do- 
mine Deus, perpetua mentis et 



soul doth magnify 
the Lord. 

And my spirit hath rejoiced: 
in God my Saviour. 

Because He hath regarded 
the humility of His hand 
maid: for behold from hence 
forth all generations shall call 
me blessed. 

Because He that is mighty 
hath done great things unto 
me; and holy is His name. 

And His mercy is from 
generation to generation: unto 
them that fear Him. 

He hath showed might 
with His arm: He hath scat 
tered the proud in the con 
ceit of their heart. 

He hath put down the 
mighty from their seat, and 
hath exalted the humble. 

He hath filled the hungry 
with good things: and th 
rich he hath sent empty away. 

He hath helped His ser 
vant Israel: being mindful of 
His mercy. 

As He spoke to OUT 
fathers: to Abraham and his 
seed for ever. 

Glory, etc. 

Let us pray. 

RANT, we beseech Thee. 
O Lord God, that we, 
Thy servants, may enjoy per- 



56 



Evening Prayers. 



jorporis sanitate gaudere; et 
gloriosa beatae Mariae sem 
per Virginis intercessione, a 
praesenti liberari tristitia, et 
aiterna perfrui Isetitia. Per 
Dorninum nostrum, etc. 

R. Amen. 

Or the 
Oremus. 

U S , qui de beatae 
Marise Virginis utero, 
Verbum tuum, angelo nunti- 
ante, carnem suscipere volu- 
isti; praesta supplicibus tuis, 
ut qui vere earn Genitricem 
Dei credimus, ejus apud te 
intercessionibus adjuvemur. 
Per eumdem Dominum no 
strum. 



R. Amen. 



petual health, both of mind 
and body: and by the glori 
ous intercession of blessed 
Mary ever Virgin, may be 
delivered from present sor 
row, and attain unto eternal 
joy. Through Our Lord, etc. 

R. Amen, 
following: 

Let us pray. 

OGOD, Who wast pleased 
that Thy Word, at the 
message of an angel, should 
take flesh in the womb of the 
blessed Virgin Mary; grant 
to Thy humble servants, that 
we, who believe her to be 
truly the Mother of God, may 
be assisted by her interces 
sions with Thee. Through 
the same Christ our Lord. 
R. Amen. 



DE PROFUNDIS. 



For the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 



V T~\E profundis clamavi ad 

- te, Domine: Domine, 
exaudi vocem meam. 

Fiant aures tuae inten- 
dentes, in vocem depreca- 
tionis meae. 

Si iniquitates observaveris, 
Domine: Domine, quis sus- 
tinebit ? 

Quia apud te propitiatio 
est: et propter legem tuam 
sustinui te, Domine. 

Sustinuit anima mea in 
verbo ejus: speravit anima 
mea in Domino. 



OUT of the depths I 
have cried to Thee, O 
Lord! Lord, hear my voice. 

Let Thine ears be atten 
tive to the voice of my sup 
plication. 

If Thou, O Lord, shalt 
mark our iniquities: O Lord, 
who shall stand it? 

For with Thee there is 
merciful forgiveness: and by 
reason of Thy law I have 
waited for Thee, O Lord. 

My soul hath relied on His 
word : my soul hath hoped in 
the Lord. 



Evening Prayers. 157 

A custodia matutina usque From the morning watch 

ad noctem, speret Israel in even unto night, let Israel 

Domino. hope in the Lord. 

Quia apud Dominum mi- Because with the Lord 

sericordia, et copiosa apud there is mercy: and with Him 

eum redemptio. plenteous redemption. 

Et ipse redimet Israel ex And He shall redeem Israel 

omnibus iniquitatibus ejus. from all his iniquities. 

Or Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and 
V. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; 
R. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. 

Indulgence of 100 days to all the faithful who, at the sound of 
the bell, at the first hour after nightfall, shall say devoutly on their 
knees the* psalm De profundis, or the Our Father, the Hail Mary, 
B.nd the Requiem aeternam. 

Plenary indulgence, once a year, on usual conditions. Clement 
XII., Aug. n, 1736. Pius VI., March 18, 1781, granted these 
indulgences to all the faithful who may happen to dwell in a place 
where no bell for the dead is sounded, provided they shall say 
the De profundis, or the Our Father, and the Hail Mary, etc., 
about nightfall. Pius IX., July 18, 1877, declared that these indul 
gences can be gained on the recital as above of the De profundis, 
or the Our Father, etc., before or after nightfall, provided that the 
bell is sounded at such hour, according to the custom of the church 
or place. Leo XIII., Feb. 3, 1888, granted indulgence of 50 days 
three times a day. 

Compline.* 

The Reader begins. 

V. Jube, domine, benedi- V. Pray, give the blessing, 
cere. 

The Blessing (by the Superior.} 

OCTEM quietam, et /T) AV the Lord almighty 

finem perfectum con- S*- grant us a quiet night, 

cedat nobis Dominus omnipo- and a perfect end. 
tens. 

B- Amen. R. Amen. 

* Compline is the last office of the Church, and is proper to the 
end <>f the evening before going to bed, reckoned to be about 9 p.m. 
Bu* it may be said any time before midnight. 



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Evening Prayers, 



Short Lesson, (i Pet. V. 8.) 



*T-TRATRES. sobriie stote, 
r-t-l et vigilate: quia adver- 
sarius vester diabolus tam- 
qua leo rugiens circuit, 
quasi ens quern devoret: cui 
resistite fortes in fide. Tu 
autem, Domine, miserere no- 
bis. 

R. Deo gratias. 

V. Adjutorium nostrum in 
nomine Domini. 

R. Qui fecit caslum et ter- 
ram. 

Pater noster. (Dicitur to- 
tum secrete.) 



BRETHREN, be sober, 
and watch, because 
your adversary the devil, as a 
roaring lion, goeth about seek 
ing whom he may devour; 
whom resist ye, strong in faith. 
But do Thou, O Lord, have 
mercy on us. 

R. Thanks be to God. 

F. Our help is in the name 
of the Lord. 

R. Who made heaven and 
earth. 

Our Father, etc. * (All in 
secret.) 



The Priest then says the Confiteor. 
The Choir answers: 

JSEREATUR tui omni- /T\AY almighty God have 

potens Deus, et dimis- A^ mercy upon thee, for- 

sis peccatis tuis, perducat te give thee thy sins, and bring 

ad vitam aeternam. thee to life everlasting. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

Then the Chair repeats the Confession: 



OONFITEOR Deo om- 
n i p o t e n t i , beatae 
Mariae semper Virgini, 
beato Michaeli Archangelo, 
beato Joanni Baptists, sanc- 
tis Apostolis Petro et Paulo, 
omnibus Sanctis, et tibi, pater: 
quia peccavi nimis cogita- 
tione, verbo, et opere: mea 
culpa, mea culpa, mea maxi 
ma culpa. Ideo precor bea- 
tam Mariam semper Vir- 
ginem, beatum Michaelem 
Archangelum, beatum Joan- 



I CONFESS to almighty 
God, to blessed Mary 
ever Virgin, to blessed Mi 
chael the archangel, to blessed 
John the Baptist, to the holy 
apostles Peter and Paul, to 
all the saints, and to you, 
Father: that I have sinned 
exceedingly in thought, word, 
and deed: through my fault, 
through my fault, through 
my most grievous fault. 
Therefore I beseech tht 
b ] essed Mary ever Virgin, 



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159 



nem Baptistam, sanctos Apo- blessed Michael the arch- 
stolos Petrum et Paulum, angel, blessed John the Bap- 
omnes Sanctos, et te, pater, tist, the holy apostles Peter 
orare pro me ad Dominum and Paul, all the saints, and 
Deum nostrum. you, Father, to pray to the 

Lord our God for me. 

The Priest says: 



ISEREATUR vestri 
omnipotens Deus, et 
dimissis peccatis vestris, per- 
ducat vos ad vitam aeter- 
nam. 
. R. Amen. 

Indulgentiam, absolutio- 
nem, et remissionem pecca- 
torum nostrorum tribuat no- 
bis omnipotens et miseri- 
cors Dominus. 

R. Amen. 



AY almighty God have 
mercy upon you, for 
give you your sins, and bring 
you to life everlasting. 

R. Amen. 

May the almighty and 
merciful Lord grant us pardon, 
absolution, and remission of 
our sins. 



R. Amen. 



Then is said: 



Deus 



V. Converte nos, 
salutaris noster. 

R. Et averte iram tuam 
a nobis. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium 
meum intende. 

R. Domine, ad adjuvan- 
dum me festina. 

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et 
Spiritui Sancto. 

Sicut erat in principio, et 
nunc, et semper, et in saecula 
saeculorum. Amen. 

Alleluia, vel Laus tibi, 
Domine, Rex aeternse gloriae. 

Ant. Miserere. 

In Paschal time 



V. Convert us, O God our 
Saviour. 

R. And turn away Thy 
anger from us. 

V. O God, come to my 
assistance. 

R. O Lord, make haste to 
help me. 

Glory be to the Father, and 
to the Son, and to the Holy 
Ghost. 

As it was in the beginning, 
is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen. 

Alleluia, or, Praise be to 
Thee, O Lord, King of ever 
lasting glory. 

Ant. Have mercy. 

Ant. Alleluia. 



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Evening Prayers. 



Psalm IV. Cum Invocarem. 



OUM invocarem exaudi- 
vit me Deus justitiai 
meae: in tribulatione dilatasti 
mihi. 

Miserere mei: et exaudi 
orationem meam. 

Filii hominum usquequo 
gravi corde: ut quid diligitis 
vanitatem, et quaeritis men- 
dacium ? 

Et scitote quoniam mirifi- 
cavit Dominus sanctum suum : 
Dominus exaudiet me cum 
clamavero ad eum. 

Irascimini, et nolite pec- 
care: quae dicitis in cordibus 
vestris, in cubilibus vestris 
compungimini. 

Sacrificate sacrificium jus- 
titiae et sperate in Domino: 
multi dicunt: Quis ostendit 
nobis bona? 

Signatum est super nos lu- 
nen vultus tui, Domine: de- 
iisti laetitiam in corde meo. 

A fructu frumenti, vini, et 
olei sui: multiplicati sunt. 

In pace in idipsum: dor- 
miam et requiescam. 

Quoniam tu, Domine, sin- 
gulariter in spe: constituisti 
me. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



jTjTT HEN I called upon 
vSA Him, the God of my 
justice heard me: when I was 
in distress, Thou hast enlarged 
me. 

Have mercy on me: ard 
hear my prayer. 

O ye sons of men, how long 
will you be dull of heart: why 
do you love vanity, and seek 
after lying? 

Know ye also that the 
Lord hath made His holy One 
wonderful: the Lord will 
hear me when I shall cry unto 
Him. 

Be ye angry and sin not: 
the things you say in your 
hearts, be sorry for them upon 
your beds. 

Offer up the sacrifice of 
justice, and trust in the Lord: 
many say, Who showeth us 
good things? 

The light of Thy counte 
nance, O Lord, is signed upon 
us: Thou hast given glad 
ness in my heart. 

By the fruit of their corn, 
their wine and oil: they are 
multiplied. 

In peace in the self same: 
I will sleep and I will rest. 

For Thou, O Lord, singu 
larly: hast settled me in hope. 

Glory be to the Father, etc. 



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161 



Psalm XXX. In Te, Domine, Speravi. 



IN te, Domine, speravi, 
non confundar in aeter- 
num: in justitia tua libera 
me. 

Inclina ad me aurem tuam: 
accelera, ut eruas me. 

Esto mihi in Deum pro- 
tectorem, et in domum re- 
fugii: ut salvum me facias. 

Quoniam fortitude mea, 
et refugium meum es tu: et 
propter nomen tuum de 
duces me, et enutries me. 

Educes me de laqueo hoc, 
quern absconderunt mihi : 
quoniam tu es protector 
meus. 

In manus tuas commendo 
spiritum meum : redemisti 
me, Domine, Deus veritatis. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



N Thee, O Lord, have I 

^ hoped, let me never be 
confounded: deliver me in 
Thy justice. 

Bow down Thy ear to me: 
make haste to deliver me. 

Be Thou unto me a God, 
a protector, and a house of 
refuge: to save me. 

For Thou art my strength 
and my refuge: and for Thy 
name s sake, Thou wilt lead 
me and nourish me. 

Thou wilt bring me out of 
this snare, which they have 
hidden for me: for Thou art 
my protector. 

Into Thy hands I commend 
my spirit: Thou hast re 
deemed me, O Lord, the God 
of truth. 

Glory be to the Father, etc. 



Psalm XC. Qui Habitat. 



QUI habitat in adjutorio 
altissimi: in protec- 
tione Dei caeli commorabitur. 

Dicet Domino, susceptor 
meus es tu, et refugium meum : 
Deus meus, sperabo in eum. 

Quoniam ipse liberavit me 
de laqueo venantium: et a 
verbo aspero. 

Scapulis suis obumbrabit 
tibi: et sub pennis ejus spe- 
rabis. 



E that dwelleth in the 
aid of the Most High: 
shall abide under the protec 
tion of the God of heaven. 

He shall say to the Lord, 
Thou art my protector, and 
my refuge: my God, in Him 
Wll I trust. 

For He hath delivered me 
from the snare of the hunters- 
and from the sharp word. 

He will overshadow thee 
with His shoulders: and 
under His wings thou shalt 
trust. 



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Evening Prayers. 



Scuto circumdabit te veri- 
tas ejus: non timebis a ti- 
more nocturne. 

A sagitta volante in die, a 
negotio perambulante in tene- 
bris: ab incursu et dscmonio 
meridiano. 

Cadent a latere tuo mille, 
et decem millia a dextris tuis: 
ad te autem non appro pin - 
quabit. 

Verumtamen oculis tuis 
considerabis: et retributio- 
nem peccatorum videbis. 

Quoniam tu es, Domine, 
spes mea: altissimum posuisti 
refugium tuum. 

Non accedet ad te malum: 
et flagellum non appropin- 
quabit tabernaculo tuo. 

Quoniam angelis suis man- 
davit de te: ut custodiant te 
in omnibus viis tuis. 

In manibus portabunt te - 
ne forte offendas ad lapidem 
pedem tuum. 

Super aspidem et basilis- 
cum ambulabis: et concul- 
cabis leonem et. draconem. 

Quoniam in me speravit 
liberabo eum: protegam eum 
quoniam cognovit nomen me- 
um. 

Clamabit ad me, et ego ex- 
audiam eum: cum ipso sum 
in tribulatione; eripiam eum, 
*t glorificabo eum. 

Longitudine dierum re- 



His truth shall compass 
thee with a shield: thou shalt 
not be afraid of the terror of 
the night. 

Of the arrow that flieth in 
the day, of the business that 
walketh about in the dark: 
of invasion, or of the noon 
day devil. 

A thousand shall fall at thy 
side, and ten thousand at thy 
right hand: but it shall not 
come nigh thee. 

But thou shalt consider 
with thy eyes: and shalt see 
the reward of the wicked. 

Because Thou, O Lord, 
art my hope: thou hast made 
the Most High thy refuge. 

There shall no evil come to 
thee: nor shall the scourge 
come near thy dwelling. 

For He hath given His 
angels charge over thee: to 
keep thee in all thy ways. 

In their hands they shall 
bear thee up: lest thou dash 
thy foot against a stone. 

Thou shalt walk upon the 
asp and the basilisk: and 
thou shalt trample under 
foot the lion and the dragon. 
Because he hath hoped in 
Me, I will deliver him: I will 
protect him, because he hath 
known My name. 

He shall cry to Me, and I 

will hear him: I am with him 

in his trouble: I will deliver 

him, and I will glorify him. 

I will fill him with length 



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163 



nunc, benedicite 
Dominum: omnes servi 
Domini. 

Qui statis in domo Domini: 
in atriis domus Dei nostri. 



plebo eum: et ostendam illi of days: and I will show him 
salutare meum. My salvation. 

Gloria Patri, etc. Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Psalm CXXXIII. Ecce Nunc. 

BEHOLD now, bless ye 
the Lord: all ye ser 
vants of the Lord. 

Who stand in the house of 
the Lord in the courts of the 
house of Our God. 

In the nights lift up your 
hands to the holy places: and 
bless ye the Lord. 

May the Lord out of Sion 
bless thee: He that made 
heaven and earth. 

Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Ant. Have mercy on me, 
O Lord, and hear my prayer. 



In noctibus extollite manus 
vestras in sancta: et bene- 
dicite Dominum. 

Benedicat te Dominus ex 
Sion: qui fecit cselum et ter- 
ram. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 

Ant. Miserere mihi, Do- 
mine, et exaudi orationem 
meam. 

Hymn. 
lucis ante terminum, 



Rerum Creator poscimus; 
Ut pro tua dementia, 
Sis prassul et custodia. 

Procul recedant somnia, 
Et noctium phantasmata; 

Hostemque nostrum corn- 
prime, 
Ne poluantur corpora. 

Praesta, Pater piissime, 
Patrique compar, Unice, 



*~T*\ 
4-6 



OW with the fast-depart - 

ing light, 
Maker of all! we ask of 

Thee, 
Of Thy great mercy, through 

the night 
Our guardian and defence 

to be. 

Far off let idle visions fly; 
No phantom of the night 

molest; 
Curb Thou our raging en 

emy, 
That we in chaste repose 

may rest. 
Father of mercies, hear our 

cr y> 

Hear us, O sole-begotten 
SOP.; 



Evening Prayers. 



Cum Spiritu Paraclito 
Regnans per omne saeculum. 

Little Chapter. 
autem in nobis es, 
Domine, et nomen 
sanctum tuum invocatum est 
super nos, ne derelinquas nos, 
Domine Deus noster. 
R. Deo gratias. 

Resp. brev. 

In manus tuas, Domine, 
commendo spiritum meum. 

Chor. In manus tuas, 
Domine, commendo spiritum 
meum. 

V. Redemisti nos, Domine, 
Deus veritatis. 

Chor- Commendo spiritum 
meum. 

V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et 
Spiritui Sancto. 

Chor. In manus tuas, Do 
mine, commendo spiritum 
neum. 

V. Custodi nos, Domine, 
it pupillam oculi. 

R. Sub umbra alarum tua- 
rum protege nos. 



Who, with the Holy Ghost 

most high, 

Reignest while endless age- 
run. 

(Jer. XIV.} 

JgJHOU, O Lord, art 
VJ among us, and Thy 
holy name is invoked upon 
us; forsake us not, O Lord 
our God. 
R. Thanks be to God. 

Short Responsory. 

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I 
commend my spirit. 

Choir. Into Thy hands, O 
Lord, I commend my spirit. 

V. Thou hast redeemed us, 
O Lord, the God of truth. 

Choir. I commend my 
spirit. 

V. Glory be to the Father, 
and to the Son, and to the 
Holy Ghost. 

Choir. Into Thy hands, O 
Lord, I commend my spirit. 



V. Keep us, O Lord, as 
the apple of Thy eye. 

R. Protect us under the 
shadow of Thy wings. 

In Paschal time, the above is said thus: 

In manus tuas, Domine. commendo spiritum meum. Al 
leluia, alleluia. 

Chor. In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum 
Alleluia, alleluia. 

V. Redemisti nos, Domine, Deus veritatis. 

Chor. Alleluia, alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. 



Evening Prayers, 



Chor. In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum 
Alleluia, alleluia. 

V. Custodi nos, Domine, ut pupillam oculi. Alleluia. 
R. Sub umbra alarum tuarum protege nos. Alleluia. 

The Nunc DimiUis, or Canticle of Simeon. 

Ant. ^ALVA nos. 

,^5 Nunc dimittis 
servum tuum, Domine: se- 
cundum verbum tuum, in 
pace. 

Quia viderunt oculi mei 
salutare tuum. 

Quod parasti ante faciem 
omnium populorum. 

Lumen ad revelationem 
gentium, et gloriam plebis 
tuae Israel. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 

Ant. Salva nos, Domine, 
vigilantes, custodi nos dor- 
mientes: ut vigilemus cum 
Christo, et requiescamus in 
pace. (Tempore Paschali, Al 
leluia.) 



Ant. ^TAVE us. 

.S-2 Now Thou dost 
dismiss Thy servant, O Lord: 
according to Thy word, in 
peace. 

Because my eyes have seen: 
Thy salvation. 

Which Thou hast prepared 
before the face of all peoples. 

A light to the revelation of 
the Gentiles, and the glory of 
Thy people Israel. 

Glory be to the Father, etc. 

Ant. Save us, O Lord, 
when we are awake, and keep 
us while we sleep; that we 
may watch with Christ, and 
rest in peace. (In Paschal 
time, Alleluia.) 



The following Prayers are omitted on Doubles, and within 
Octaves: 

Kyrie eleison. 
Christe eleison. 
Kyrie eleison. 
Pater noster. (Secreto.) 
V. Et ne nos inducas in 
tentationem. 

7?. Sed libera nos a raalo. 
Credo in Deum. (Secreto.) 



V. Camis resurrectionem. 
R. Vitam seternam. Amen. 



Lord, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy. 
Our Father. (In secret.) 

V. And lead us not into 
temptation. 

R. But deliver us from evil. 

I believe in God. (In 
secret.) 

V. The resurrection of the 
body. 

R. And life everlasting. 
Amen. 



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Evening Prayers. 



V. Benedictus es, Domi- 
ne, Deus, patrum nostrorum. 

R. Et laudabilis et glorio- 
sus in sascula. 

V. Benedicamus Patrem et 
Filium cum Sancto Spiritu. 

R. Laudemus, et super- 
exaltemus eum in saecula. 

V. Benedictus es, Domine, 
in firmamento cceli. 

R. Et laudabilis, et glorio- 
sus, et superexaltatus in 
saecula. 

V. Benedicat et custodiat 
nos omnipotens et misericors 
Dominus. 

R. Amen. 

V. Dignare, Domine, nocte 
ista. 

R. Sine peccato nos custo- 
dire 

V. Miserere nostris Do 
mine. 

R. Miserere nostri. 

V. Fiat misericordia tua 
Domine, super nos. 

R. Quemadmodum spera- 
vimus in te. 

V. Domine, exaudi oratio- 
nem meam. 

R. Et clamor meus ad te 
veniat. 

V. Dominus vobiscum. 

R. Et cum spintu tuo. 

Oremns. 



V. Blessed art Thou, O 
Lord, the God of our fathers. 

R. And worthy to be 
praised and glorious for ever. 

V. Let us bless the Father 
and the Son with the Holy 
Ghost. 

R. Let us praise and exalt 
Him above all for ever. 

V. Blessed art Thou, O 
Lord, in the firmament of 
heaven. 

R. And worthy to be 
praised, and glorious, and 
exalted above all for ever. 

V. May the almighty and 
merciful Lord bless and pre> 
serve us. 

R. Amen. 

V. Vouchsafe, O Lord, this 
night. 

R. To keep us without sin. 

V. Have mercy on us, O 
Lord. 

R. Have mercy on us. 

V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, 
be upon us. 

R. As we have hoped in 
Thee. 

V. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

R. And let my cry come 
unto Thee. 

V. The Lord be with you. 
R. And with thy spirit. 



Let us pray. 

VISTA, qucesumus,Domi- *VT*ISIT, we beseech Thee, 
ne, habitationem is- V O Lord, this habita- 
tam, et omnes insidias inimici tion, and drive far from it all 



Evening Prayers. 



167 



ab ea longe repelle: angeli tui 
sancti habitant in ea, qui nos 
in pace custodiant: et bene- 
dictio tua sit super nos sem 
per. Per Dominum. 

F. Dominus vobiscum. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

F. Benedicamus Domino. 

R. Deo gratias. 



snares of the enemy; let Thy 
holy angels dwell herein, to 
preserve us in peace; and 
may Thy blessing be always 
upon us. Through Our Lord. 

F. The Lord be with you. 

R. And with thy spirit. 

F. Let us bless the Lord. 

R. Thanks be to God. 



The Blessing. 

Benedicat et custodial nos May the almighty and mer- 

omnipotens et misericors Do- ciful Lord, Father, Son, 4 

minus, Pater, et Filius, J et and Holy Ghost, bless and 

Spiritus Sanctus. preserve us. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

Then is said one of the Antiphons of the Blessed Virgin, accord 
ing to the season. The Antiphon is to be said kneeling, ex 
cept in Paschal time, when it is to be said standing. 

I. 

From Vespers of Saturday before First Sunday in Advent to 
the Purification, inclusive. 

ALMA REDEMPTORIS. 



*LMA Redemptoris Ma- 
ter, quas pervia coeli, 

Porta manes, et Stella maris, 
succurre cadenti, 

Surgere qui curat, populo: 
tu quae genuisti, 

Natura mirante, tuum sanc 
tum Genitorem: 

Virgo prius ac posterius, Ga- 
brielis ab ore, 

Sumens illud Ave, peccato- 
rum miserere. 



OTHER of Christ! hear 

thou thy people s cry, 
Star of the deep, and portal of 

the sky! 
Mother of Him Who thee 

from nothing made, 
Sinking we strive, and call to 

thee for aid; 
Oh, by that joy which Gabriel 

brought to thee, 
Thou Virgin first and last, let 

us thy mercy see. 



In Advent. 
V. Angelus Domini nun- F. The angel of the Lord 



tiavit Mariae. 



announced unto Mary. 



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Evening Prayers. 



R. Et concepit de Spiritu R. And she conceiv, A of 
Sancto. the Holy Ghost. 



Oremus. 

|7>fRATIAM tuam quaesu- 
>SJ mus, Domine, menti- 
bus nostris infunde; ut qui 
angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii 
tui incarnationem cognovi- 
mus, per passionem ejus et 
crucem ad resurrectionis 
gloriam perducamur. Per 
eumdem Christum Dominum 
nostrum. 



R. Amen. 



Let us pray. 

OUR forth, we Beseech 
Thee, O Loid, Thy 
grace into our hearts; that we, 
to whom the Incarnation of 
Christ, Thy Son, was made 
known by the message of an 
angel, may, by His Passion 
and cross, be brought to 
the glory of His Resuirection. 
Through the same Christ our 
Lord. 

R. Amen. 



From Christmas-day to the Purification. 



V. Post partum virgo in- 
violata permansisti. 

R. Dei Genitrix, intercede 
pro nobis. 

Oremus. 

US, qui salutis seternae, 
beatae Mariae virgini- 
tate frccunda, humano gen- 
eri praemia prsestitisti ; tribue, 
quaesumus, ut ipsam pro no 
bis intercedere sentiamus, per 
quam meruimus auctorem 
/itae suscipere, Dominum nos 
trum Jesum Christum Filium 
tuum. Qui vivit. 

R. Amen. 

V. Divinum auxilium ma- 
neat semper nobiscum. 
R. Amen. 
Pater noster. (Secreto.) 



V. After child-birth thou 
didst remain a pure virgin. 

R. Intercede for us, O 
Mother of God. 

Let us pray. 

OGOD, Who, by the fruit 
ful virginity of blessed 
Mary, hast given to mankind 
the rewards of eternal salva 
tion, grant, we beseech Thee, 
that we may experience hel 
intercession for us, through 
whom we have deserved to 
receive the Author of life, Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son. 
Who liveth. 

R. Amen. 

V. May the divine assist 
ance remain always with us 

R. Amen. 

Our Father. (In secret.} 



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169 



II. 



From Compline on the Feast 
Thursday 

AVE 

VE, Regina ccelorum! 



Ave domina angelorum! 
Salve radix, salve porta, 
Ex qua mundo Lux est orta. 

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa, 
Super omnes speciosa. 

Vale, O valde decora! 

Et pro nobis Christum exora. 

F. Dignare me laudare te, 
Virgo sacra ta. 

R. Da mihi virtu tern con 
tra hostes tuos. 



of the Purification to Maundy 
exclusively. 

REGINA. 

-p^ AIL, O Queen of heaven 
(JL& enthroned! 
Hail, by angels mistress owned! 
Root of Jesse, Gate of morn, 
Whence the world s true light 

was born. 

Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, 
Loveliest whom in heaven they 

see. 

Fairest thou where all are fair . 
Plead with Christ our sins to 

spare. 

V. Vouchsafe that I may- 
praise thee, O sacred Virgin. 

R. Give me strength against 
thine enemies. 



Oremus. 

OONCEDE,. misericors 
Deus, fragilitati no- 
stKepraesidium; utquisanctae 
Dei Genitricis memoriam agi- 
mus, intercessionis ejus aux- 
ilio a nostiis iniquitatibus 
resurgamus. Per eumdem 
Christum. 

R. Amen. 

V. Divinum auxilium ma- 
neat semper nobiscum- 

R. Amen. 



Let us pray. 
RANT, O merciful God, 
support to our frailty; 
that we who commemorate 
the holy Mother of God, may, 
by the help of her intercession, 
arise from our iniquities. 
Through the same Christ our 
Lord. 

R. Amen. 

V. May the divine assist 
ance remain always with us. 
R. Amen. 



III. 

From Compline on Holy Saturday till Trinity Eve. 

REGINA CCELI. 

INA cceli, Isetare! f^UEEN of heaven rejoice, 
Alleluia. ^< Alleluia- 



Evening Prayers. 



Quia quern meruisti portare; 

Alleluia. 

Resurrexit sicut dixit; Alleluia. 
Ora pro nobis Deum ; Alleluia . 

V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo, 
Maria: Alleluia. 

R. Quia surrexit Dominus 
vere: Alleluia. 

Oremus. 

, qui per Resurrec- 
tionem Filii tui Do 
mini nostri Jesu Christi mun- 
dum laetincare dignatus es; 
praesta, quaesumus, ut per ejus 
Genitricem Virginem Mariam 
perpetuae capiamus gaudia 
vitae. Per eumdem Christum 
Dominum nostrum. 

R. Amen. 

V. Divinum auxilium ma- 
neat semper nobiscum. 
R. Amen. 



Because He Whom thou hast 

deserved to bear, Alleluia. 
Has risen as He said; Alleluia. 

Pray God for us; Alleluia. 

V. Rejoice and be glad, O 
Virgin Mary: Alleluia. 

R. Because the Lord hath 
truly risen: Alleluia. 

Let us pray. 

OGOD, Who, through 
the Resurrection of Thy 
Son Jesus Christ our Lord, 
hast deigned to make the 
world rejoice, grant, we be 
seech Thee, that through His 
Virgin Mother Mary, we may 
receive the joys of perpetual 
life. Through the same 
Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

V. May the divine assist 
ance remain always with us. 

R. Amen. 



IV. 

From First Vespers oj Trinity Sunday to Advent. 



SALVE REGINA. 



Regina, mater 
misericordiae; 

Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, 
salve, 

Ad te clamamus, exules 
filii Evae; 

Ad te suspiramus, gemen- 
tes et flentes in hac lacry- 
marum valle. 

Eia ergo. Advocata nostra. 

Illos tuos misericordes ocu- 
los ad nos-converte; 



AIL, holy Queen, Moth- 
er of mercy; 

Our life, our sweetness, and 
our hope, 

To thee do we cry, poor 
banished children of Eve; 

To thee do we send up our 
sighs, mourning and weeping 
in this valley of tears. 

Turn, then, most gracious 
advocate, thine eyes of mercy 
toward us. 



Evening Prayers. 



171 



Et Jesum, benedictum fruc- 
tum ventris tui, 

Nobis post hoc exilium os- 
tende, 

O clemens, O pia, O dulcis 
Virgo Maria. 

F. Ora pro nobis, sancta 
Dei Genitrix. 

R. Ut digni efficiamur pro- 
missionibus, Christi. 

Oremus. 

OMNIPOTENS, sempi- 
terne Deus, qui glori- 
osae Virginis Matris ]Mariae 
corpus et animam, ut dig- 
num Filii tui habitaculum 
effici mereretur, Spiritu Sanc- 
to co-operante, praeparasti; 
da ut cujus commemoratione 
laetamur, ejus pia interces- 
sione ab instantibus malis et 
a morte perpetua liberemur. 
Per eumdem Christum Do- 
minum nostrum. 

R. Amen. 

V. Divinum auxilium ma- 
neat semper nobiscum. 
R. Amen. 



And after this our exile 
show unto us 

The blessed fruit of thy 
womb, Jesus. 

O clement, O pious, O sweet 
Virgin Mary. 

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

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

Let us pray. 

*LMIGHTY, everiast- 
ing God, Who, by the 
cooperation of the Holy Ghost, 
didst prepare the body and 
soul of Mar) 1 , glorious Virgin 
and Mother, to become the 
worthy habitation of Thy Son; 
grant that we may be de 
livered from present evils and 
from everlasting death by 
her gracious intercession, in 
whose commemoration we 
rejoice. Through the same 
Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. 

V. May the divine assist 
ance remain always with us 

R. Amen. 



With regard to the hymn at Compline, "Te Lucis," it is to be 
noted that the last verse is sometimes said thus, altered in honor 
of the Incarnation, on feasts 0} Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin. 



Jesu, tibi sit gloria 

Qui natus es de Virgine, 
Cum Patre et almo Spiritu 

In sempiterna saecula. 
Amen. 



Jesu, the Virgin-born, to Thee 

Eternal praise be given, 
With Father, Spirit, One and 

Three, 

Here, as it is in heaven. 
Amen. 



172 



Evening Prayers. 



In Paschal time, in honor oj the Resurrection. 

To God the Father, with the 

Son 

Who from the grave immor 
tal rose, 
And Thee, O Paraclete, be 

praise, 
While age on endless ages 

flows. 
Amen. 

On feasts of Our Lady, the two jollowing verses are sung / 
its place by some Religious: 

Maria, Mater gratiae, O Mary, Mother of all grace, 

Mater misericordiae, And mercy to our sinful race, 

Tu nos ab hoste protege ; Protect us from the demon s 

power, 
Et hora mortis suscipe. And take us at life s closing 

hour. 



Deo Patri sit gloria 
Et filio, qui a mortuis, 

Surrexit, ac Paraclito, 
In sempiterna saecula. 
Amen. 



Gloria tibi, Domine, 
Qui natus es de Virgine, 
Cum Patre et sancto Spiritu, 
In sempiterna saecula. 
Amen. 



All glory be to Thee, O Lord, 
A Virgin s Son, o er all adored, 
And equal praise for ever greet, 
The Father and the Paraclete. 
Amen. 



a formula of tbe Dews. 

*O*LMIGHTY and eternal God! I, N.N., in pro- 
aJr-*-* found adoration before the Holy Trinity, and 
in presence of the blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the 
angels and saints, vow and promise to Thy supreme 
Majesty, and, subject to the good pleasure of His Lord 
ship, the Bishop, to you, reverend Mother, as first holding 
the place of God to me, poverty, chastity, and obedience * 
(for a year in the Company or Congregation N.N.) ; and 
I hope to obtain, through the merits of Jesus Christ, Who 
inspires me to make these vows, and through the interces 
sion of the saints, the grace to accomplish them. Amen. 

* Some Religious Orders mention obedience first in the formula 
then pover/v and chastity. 



Grace Before and After Meals 



TRenewal of tbe Dows. 

LMIGHTY and eternal God! I, Sister N.N., 
now renew and confirm with my whole heart 
the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which I 
made at my profession. I implore Thee, O God of 
infinite goodness and mercy, by the precious blood of 
Jesus Christ, and through the intercession of the blessed 
Virgin Mary, to grant me the grace to fulfil these vows 
perfectly. Amen. 



(Brace Before anD Hfter 



BEFORE DINNER. 



UPERIOR Benedicite. 



The rest answer Bene 
dicite. 

V. Oculi omnium in te 
sperant Domine, et tu das 
escam illorum in tempore op 
portune. 

R. Aperis tu Aianum tuam, 
et imples omne animal bene- 
dictione. 

V. Gloria Patri, et Filio 
et Spiritui sancto. 

R. Sicut erat in principle, 
et nunc et semper, et in saecula 
ssculorum. Amen. 

V. Kyrie eleison. . 

R. Christe eleison. 

V. Kyrie eleison. 



noster (the rest is 
said in secret) qui es in 
coelis, sanctificetur nomen tu- 
um; adveniat regnam tuum; 



UPERIOR Let us 

praise the Lord. 

The rest answer Let us 
praise the Lord. 

V. The eyes of all hope in 
Thee, O Lord, and Thou 
givest them food in a favor 
able time. 

R. Thou openest Thy hand, 
and fillest every living creat 
ure with Thy blessing. 

V. Glory be to the Father, 
rnd to the Son, and to the 
Holy Ghost. 

R. As it was in the begin 
ning, is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. 

R. Christ, have mercy on 
us. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. 

OUR Father, Who art in 
heaven, hallowed be 
Thy name; Thy kingdom 
come; Thy will be done on 



174 



Grace Before and After Meals. 



fiat voluntas tua sicut in ccelo 
et in terra; panem nostrum 
quotidianum da nobis hodie; 
et dimitte nobis debita nostra 
sicut et nos dimittibus debi- 
toribus nostris; (loud} Et ne 
nos inducas in tentationem. 
R. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Oremus. 

ENEDIC, Domine, nos, 
et haec tua dona, quae 
tua largitate sumus sump- 
tun. Per Christum Domi- 
num nostrum. 

R. Amen. Jube, Domine, 
benedicere. 

F. Mensae coelestis par- 
ticipes faciat nos Rex aeternae 
gloriae. 
R. Amen. 



earth as it is in heaven; give 
us this day our daily bread; 
and forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive them that tres 
pass against us. And lead 
us not into temptation. 

R. But deliver us from 
evil. 

Let us pray. 

BLESS us, O Lord, and 
these Thy gifts, which 
of Thy bounty we are going 
to receive. Through Christ 
our Lord. 

R. Amen. Lord, grant me 
Thy blessing. 

V. May the King of glory 
make us partakers of the 
heavenly table. 

R. Amen. 



AFTER DINNER/ 



OONFITEANTUR tibi, 
Domine, omnia opera 
tua. 

R. Et sancti tui benedicant 
tibi. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. 

V. Agimus tibi gratias, 
omnipotens Deus, pro uni- 
versis beneficiis tuis; qui 



ET all Thy works praise 
Thee, O Lord. 



R. And all Thy saints bless 
Thee. 

V. Glory be to the Father, 
etc. 

R. As it was, etc. 

V. We give Thee thanks, 
almighty God, for all Thy 
benefits, Who liveth and 



* The Reader says: 

V. Tu autem, Domine, mise- V. Do Thou, O Lord, have 
rere nobis. mercy on us. 

R. Deo gratias. R- Thanks be to God. 

(The same after supper, when there has been reading at table.) 



Grace Before and After Meals. 175 

vivis et regnas in saecula saecu- reigneth for ever and ever, 
lorum, etc. etc. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 



Psalm CXVI Laudate Domimim. 



- num omnes gen- 
tes; laudate eum omnes pop- 
uli. 

R Quoniam confirmata est 
super nos misericordia ejus, 
et veritas Domini manet in 
aeternum. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. 

V. Kyrie eleison. 

R Christe eleison. 

V. Kyrie eleison. 

Pater noster, etc. Et ne 
nos inducas in tentationem. 

R. Sed libera nos a malo. 

V. Dispersit, dedit pauperi- 
bus. 

R. Justitia ejus manet in 
saeculum saeculi. 

V. Benedicam Dominum 
in omni tempore. 

R. Semper laus ejus in ore 
meo. 

V. In Domino laudabitur 
anima mea. 

R. Audiant mansueti, et 
laetentur. 

V. Magnificate Dominum 
mecum. 

R. Et exalt emus nomen 
ejus in idipsum. 

V. Sit nomen Domini bene- 
dictum. 



V. BRAISE the Lord, 

-" all ye nations; 
praise Him, all ye people. 

R. Because His mercy is 
confirmed upon us, and the 
truth of the Lord remaineth 
for ever. 

V. Glory, etc. 

R. As it was, etc. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. 

R. Christ, have mercy on us. 

F. Lord, have mercy on us. 

Our Father, etc. And lead 
us not into temptation. 

R. But deliver us from 
evil. 

V. He distributed and gave 
to the poor. 

R His justice remaineth 
for ever. 

V. I will bless the Lord at 
all times. 

R. His praise shall be ever 
on my lips. 

V. In the Lord shall my 
soul be praised. 

R. Let the meek hear and 
rejoice. 

V. O magnify the Lore, 
with me. 

R. And let us extol His 
name together. 

V. Let the name of the 
Lord be blessed. 



176 



Grace Before and After Meals. 



R. Ex hoc nunc et usque in R. From henceforth now, 
speculum. and for ever. 



Oremus. 

ETRIBUERE dig- 
nare, Domine, om 
nibus nobis bona facientibus 
propter nomen tuum, vitam 
aeternam. 

R. Amen. 

V. Benedicamus Domino. 

R. Deo gratias. 

V. Et fidelium animae per 
misericordiam Dei requies- 
cant in pace. 

R. Amen. 

Pater noster. (Secreto.) 

V. Deus det nobis suam 
pacem. 

R. Et vitam seternam. 
Amen. 



r. 



Let us pray. 

VOUCHSAFE, O 
Lord, to re 
ward with eternal life all those 
who have done us good, for 
Thy name s sake. 

R. Amen. 

V. Let us bless the Lord. 

R. Thanks be to God. 

V. And may the souls of 
the faithful departed, through 
the mercy of God, rest in 
peace. 

R. Amen. 

Our Father. (In secret.) 

V. May God grant us His 
peace. 

R. And life everlasting. 
Amen. 



BEFORE SUPPER. 



B" U P E R I O R . Bene- 
dicite. 

The rest answer Bene- 
dicite. 

V. Edent pauperes, et sat- 
urabuntur, et laudabunt Do- 
minum qui requirunt eum. 

R. Vivent corda eorum in 
saeculum saeculi. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. 
V. Kyrie eleison. 
R. Christe eleison. 

V. Kvrie eleison. 



- Let us 
praise the Lord. 

The rest ansu er Let us 
praise the Lord. 

V. The poor shall eat and 
be filled, and they shall praise 
the Lord who seek Him. 

R. Their hearts shall live for 
ever and ever. 

V. Glory be to the Father, 
etc. 

R. As it was, etc. 

V. Lord, have mercy on us. 

R. Christ, have mercy on 



us. 



V. Lord, have mercy on us. 



Grace Before and After Meals. 



177 



Pater noster, etc. Et ne 
nos inducas in tentationem. 
R. Sed libera nos a malo. 

Oremus. 

BENEDIC, Domine nos, 
et haec tua dona, quas 
de tua largitate sumus sump- 
turi. Per Christum Dominum 
nostrum. 

R. Amen. Jube, Domine, 
benedicere. 

V. Ad ccenam vitae aeternae 
perducat nos Rex aeternae glo- 
riae. 

R. Amen 



Our Father, etc. And lead 
us not into temptation. 
R. But deliver us from evil. 

Let us pray. 

BLESS us, O Lord, and 
these Thy gifts, which 
of Thy bounty we are going 
to receive. Through Christ 
our Lord. 

R. Amen. Lord, grant me 
Thy blessing. 

V. May the King of glory 
make us partakers of the 
heavenly table. 

R. Amen. 



AFTER SUPPER. 



fecit mi- 

rabilium suorum mi- 
sericors et miserator Domi- 
nus; escam dedit timentibus 
se. 

Gloria Patria, etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. 

V. Benedictus Deus in do- 
nis suis, et sanctus in omni 
bus operibus suis, qui vivet et 
regnat in saecula sasculorum. 

R. Amen. 



E merciful and com- 
passionate Lord hath 
made a memorial of His won 
derful works; He hath given 
food to them that fear Him. 

Glory be to the Father, etc. 

R. As it was, etc. 

V. Blessed be God in all 
His gifts, and holy in all His 
works, Who liveth and reign- 
eth for ever and ever. 

R. Amen. 



Psalm CXVI. 

V. Laudate Dominum V. Praise the Lord, all ye 

omnes gentes; laudate eum nations; praise Him, all ye 

omnes populi. people. 

R. Quoniam confirmata est R. Because His mercy is 

super nos misericordia ejus: confirmed upon us, and the 

et veritas Domini manet in truth of the Lord remainetb 

aeternum. for ever. 



i 78 Grace Before and After Meals. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest is the same as the grace after dinner.) 

The preceding form of Grace before and after meals is con 
tinued throughout the year, except on the festivals hereafter 
marked. 

On fast days no other Grace is said before and after dinner 
than that appointed for supper on ordinary days. 

From Christmas-day, inclusively, till supper on the Eve o) 
the Epiphany, exclusively. 

VERBUM caro factum Y^HE Word was made 
est, Alleluia. *& flesh, Alleluia. 

R. Et habitavit in nobis, R. And dwelt amongst us, 
Alleluia. Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

AFTER MEALS. 

OTUM fecit Dominus, f^HE Lord hath made 

Alleluia. ^ known, Alleluia. 

R. Salutare suum, Alleluia. R. His salvation, Alleluia. 
V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

From supper on the Eve of the Epiphany ,_ inclusively, till 
supper on the Octave day, exclusively. 

^TT) EGES Tharsis et Insu- fJ^HE kings of Tharsis 
JLX, he munera offerunt, *& and the Islands shall 
Alleluia. ff er presents, Alleluia. 

R. Reges Arabum et Saba R. The kings of the Ara- 
dona adducent, Alleluia. bians and Saba shall bring 

gifts, Alleluia. 



Grace Before and After Meals. 179 

F. Gloria Patri, etc. F. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before ) 

AFTER MEALS. 

atfNES de Saba venient, */ i LL shall come from 
Alleluia. <JH, Saba, Alleluia. 

R. Aurum et thus defer- R. Bringing gold and frank- 
entes, Alleluia. incense, Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

On Holy Thursday "Benedicite" is omitted, and the Grace 
is said in a low tone of voice as follows: 

OHRISTUS factus est pro f->fHRIST became for us 
nobis obediens usque X*i obedient unto death, 
ad mortem. 

Pater noster, etc. Our Father, etc. 

(Said entirely in silence.) 

AFTER DINNER. 

QHRISTUS factus est f^fHRIST became for us 
pro nobis obediens \~\. obedient unto death, 
usque ad mortem. 

Pater noster, etc. Our Father, etc. 

(In silence; then follows:) 

Psalm L. Miserere Mei Deus. 

F./T\ I S E R E R E mei T.^pi AVE mercy on me 

%^i Deus, secundum r^-G O God, accord 

magnam misericordiam tuam. ing to Thy great mercy. 

R. Et secundum multitudi- R. And according to the 

nem miserationum tuarum, multitude of Thy tender mer- 

dele iniquitatem meam. cies, blot out my iniquity. 

V. Amplius lava me ab in- V. Wash me yet more from 

iquitate mea: et a pecc?,to my iniquity, and cleanse me 

mea munda me. from my sin. 



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Grace Before and After Meals. 



R. Quoniam iniquitatem 
meam ego cognosce, et pec- 
catum meum contra me est 
semper. 

V. Tibi soli peccavi, et ma- 
lum coram te fed: ut justifi- 
ceris. in sermonibus tuis et 
vincas cum judicaris. 



R. Ecce enim in iniquita- 
tibusconceptussum: et in pec- 
catis concepit me mater mea. 

F. Ecce enim veritatem 
dilexisti: incerta et occulta 
sapientiae tuae manifestati 
mihi. 

R. Asperges me hyssopo, 
et mundabor; lavabis me, 
et super nivem dealbabor. 



V. Auditui meo dabis gau- 
dium et laetitiam; et exulta- 
bunt ossa humiliata. 

R. Averte faciem tuam a 
peccatis meis et omnes, iniqui- 
tates meas dele. 

V. Cor mundum jcrea in 
me, Deus; et spiritum rec 
tum innova in visceribus meis. 

R. Ne projicias me a facie 
tua; et spiritum sanctum 
tuum ne auferas a me. 

F. Redde mihi laetitiam 
salutaris tui; et spiritu prin- 
cipali confirma me. 

R. Docebo iniquos vias 



7?. For I know my iniquity, 
and my sin is always before 
me. 

F. To Thee only have I 
sinned, and have done evil 
before Thee; that Thou 
mayest be justified in Thy 
words, and mayest overcome 
when Thou art judged. 

R. For behold I was con 
ceived in iniquity: and in sins 
did my mother conceive me. 

F. For behold Thou hast 
loved truth: the uncertain 
and hidden things of Thy wis 
dom Thou hast made mani 
fest to me. 

R. Thou shalt sprinkle me 
with hyssop, and I shall be 
cleansed; Thou shalt wash 
me, and I shall be made 
whiter than snow. 

F. To my hearing Thou 
shalt give joy and gladness; 
and the bones that have been 
humbled shall rejoice. 

R. Turn away Thy face 
from my sins, and blot out all 
my iniquities. 

F. Create a clean heart in 
me, O God, and renew a 
right spirit within my bowels. 

R. Cast me "not away from 
Thy face, and take not Thy 
Holy Spirit from me. 

F. Restore unto me the 
joy of Thy salvation; and 
strengthen me with a perfect 
spirit. 

R. T will teach the unjust 



tuas: et impii ad te conver- 
tentur. 

V. Libera me de sanguini- 
bus, Deus, Deus, salutis meae; 
et exultabit lingua mea justi- 
tiam tuam. 

R. Domine labia mea ape 
ries: et os meum annuntiabit 
laudum tuam. 

V. Quoniam si voluisses 
sacrificium, dedissem utique: 
holocaustis non delectaberis. 

R. Sacrificium Deo spiri- 
tus contribulatus: cor contri- 
tum et humiliatum Deus non 
despicies. 

V. Benigne fac Domine in 
bona voluntate tua Sion: ut 
sedificentur muri Jerusalem. 

R. Tune acceptabis sacri 
ficium justitiae, oblationes, et 
holocausta: tune imponent 
super altare tuum vitulos. 

V. Respice, quaesumus Do- 
rnine, super hanc familiam 
tuam, pro qua Dominus nos- 
ter Jesus Christus non dubi- 
tavit manibus tradi nocen- 
tium, et crucis subire tormen- 
tum (in silence} qui vivis et 
regnas in saecula saeculorum. 
Amen. 



Thy ways; and the wicked 
shall be converted to Thee. 

V. Deliver me from blood, 
O God, Thou God of my sal 
vation, and my tongue shall 
extol Thy justice. 

R. O Lord, Thou wilt open 
my lips, and my mouth shall 
declare Thy praise. 

V. For if Thou hadst desired 
sacrifice, I would indeed have 
given it: with burnt offerings 
Thou wilt not be delighted. 

R. A sacrifice to God is an 
afflicted spirit: a contrite and 
humbled heart, O God, Thou 
wilt not despise. 

V. Deal favorably, O Lord, 
in Thy good-will with SioD, 
that the walls of Jerusalem 
may be built up. 

R. Then Thou shalt accept 
the sacrifice of justice, obla 
tions, and whole burnt offer 
ings: then they shall lay calves 
upon Thy altar. 

V. Look down, we beseech 
Thee, O Lord, on this Thy 
family, for which Our Lord 
Jesus Christ was pleased to be 
delivered into the hands of 
the wicked, and suffer the tor 
ments of the cross (in silence), 
Who liveth and reigneth world 
without end. Amen. 



On Good Friday the preceding Grace is said, with this differ 
ence only: 

OHRISTUS factus est pro ffHRIST became for us 
nobis obediens usque V>\ obedient unto death, 
ad mortem. 



1 82 Grace Before and After Meals. 

R. Mortem autem crucis. R. Even to the death of the 

cross. 

On Holy Saturday "Benedicite" is said as usual: 

VESPERE autem Sab- *7T yP in the end of the 
bati, vJf-^ Sabbath, 

R. Quae lucescit in prima R. When it began to 
Sabbati, venit Maria Mag- dawn towards the first day of 
dalene et altera Maria videre the week, came Mary Mag- 
sepulchrum, Alleluia. dalen and the other Mary, to 

see the sepulcher, Alleluia. 
V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

AFTER DINNER. 

V. Vespere autem Sabbati. V. And in the end, etc. 
R. Quae lucescit, etc. R. When it began to dawn, 

etc. 
V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

From Easter Sunday, inclusively, till the Supper of the follow- 
ing Saturday, exclusively. 

SEC dies quam fecit Do- f? HIS is the day which the 
minus, Alleluia. ^-^ Lord hath made, Al 

leluia. 

R. Exultemus et laetemur R. Let us exult and rejoice 
in ea, Alleluia. thereon, Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

AFTER MEALS. 

V. Haec dies, etc. V. This is the day, etc. 

R. Exultemus, etc. R. Let us exult, etc. 

(The rest as before) 



Grace Be/ore and After Meals. 183 

From the Eve of the Ascension, inclusively, till the Eve of Pen 
tecost, exclusively. 

SCENDIT Deus in /^fOD is ascended with 

jubilatione, Alleluia. ^& jubilee, Alleluia. 
R. Et Dominus in voce R. And the Lord with the 
tubas, Alleluia. sound of the trumpet, Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

AFTER MEALS. 

V. Ascendens Christus in V. Christ ascending on 
altum, Alleluia. high, Alleluia. 

R. Captivam duxit capti- R. Hath led captivity cap- 
vitatem, Alleluia. tive, Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

From the Eve of Pentecost, inclusively, to the Supper of the fol 
lowing Saturday, exclusively. 

BPIRITUS Domini reple- JJJHE spirit of the Lord 
vit orbem terrarum, Al- V-J hath filled the whole 
leluia. earth, Alleluia. 

R. Et hoc quod continet R. And all contained there- 
omnia, scientiam habet vocis, in hath heard His voice, 
Alleluia. Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory -be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

AFTER MEALS. 



EPLETI sunt omnes )^HEY were all filled with 
Spiritu Sancto, Alle- *& the Holy Ghost, Alle 
luia, luia. 



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Grace Before and After Meals, 



R. Et cceperunt loqui, Al- R. And they began to 
leluia. speak, Alleluia. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. V. Glory be to the Father, 

etc. 

R. Sicut erat, etc. R. As it was, etc. 

(The rest as before.) 

BEFORE BREAKFAST AND BEFORE COLLATION ON FASTING-DAYS. 

V. Benedicite. V. Let us praise the Lord. 

R. Benedicite. R. Let us praise the Lord. 

MINUS nos et ea, quae {T\AY Christ s right hand 

sumus sumpturi, bene- V- bless us, and what we 

dicat dextra Christi, in nomine are about to receive; in the 

Patris et Filii et Spiritus name of the Father, and of 

Sancti. the Son, and of the Holy 

Ghost. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 



AFTER BREAKFAST AND AFTER COLLATION. 

GIMUS tibi gratias, 
omnipotens Deus, 
pro universis beneficiis tuis, 
qui vivis et regnas in saecula 
saeculorum. 

R. Amen. 

V. Kyrie eleison. 

R. Christe eleison. 

V. Kyrie eleison. 

Pater Noster. 

V. Et ne nos inducas in 
tentationem. 

R. Sed libera nos a malo. 

V. Fidelium animre per 
misericordiam Dei requies- 
cant in pace. 

R. Amen. 



almighty God, for all 
Thy benefits, Who livest and 
reignest now and for ever. 

R. Amen. 

V. Lord have mercy on us. 

R. Christ have mercy onus. 

V. Lord have mercy on us. 

Our Father. 

V. And lead us not into 
temptation. 

R. But deliver us from evil. 

V. May the souls of the 
faithful departed through the 
mercy of God, rest in peace. 

R. Amen. 



Grace Before and After Meals. 



Psalm CXXIX. De Profundis* 



V. *T^VE profundis clama- 

fjLJ vi ad te Domine; 

Domine exaudi vocem meam. 

R. Fiant aures tuse inten- 
dentes; in vocem depreca- 
tionis meae. 

V. Si iniquitates observa- 
veris, Domine; Domine quis 
sustinebit! 

R. Quia apud te propitiatio 
est, et propter legem tuam 
sustinui te, Domine. 

V. Sustinuit anima mea in 
verbo ejus; speravit anima 
mea in Domino. 

R. A custodia matutina 
usque ad noctem: speret Is 
rael in Domino. 

V. Quia apud Dominum 
misericordia, et copiosa apud 
eum redemptio. 

R. Et ipse redimet Israd 
ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus. 

V. Requiem aeternam dona 
eis Domine. 

R. Et lux perpetua luceat 
eis. 

V. A porta inferi, 

R. Erue Domine animas 
eorum. 

V . Requiescant in pace. 

R. Amen. 



V. "T^ROM the depths 
,- I I have cried to 
Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear 
my voice. 

R. Let Thine ears be at 
tentive to the voice of my pe 
tition. 

V. If Thou wilt observe 
iniquities, O Lord; Lord, 
who shall endure it? 

R. Because with Thee there 
is propitiation, and by rea 
son of Thy law I have waited 
for Thee, O Lord! 

V. My soul hath relied on 
His word; my soul hath 
hoped in the Lord. 

R. From the morning watch 
even until night, let Israel 
hope in the Lord. 

V. Because with the Lord 
there is mercy, and with Him 
plentiful redemption. 

R. And He shall redeem 
Israel from all his iniquities. 

V. Eternal rest give to 
them, O Lord. 

R. And let perpetual light 
shine upon them. 

V. From the gates of hell, 

R. Deliver their souls, O 
Lord. 

V. May they rest in peace. 

R. Amen. 



* For the convenience of those Communities in which the "De 
Profundis" is recited after Grace at certain times, the Psalm is 
here inserted together with the Versicles, responses, and prayers. 

For the Magnificat, see p. 155. 



i86 Grace Before and After Meals. 

Or emus. Let us pray. 

fIDELIUM Deus, om- /~V GOD the Creator and 

nium Conditor et Re- ^-^ Redeemer of all the 

demptor, animabus famu- faithful, give to the souls of 

lorum famularumque tuarum, Thy servants departed the 

remissionem cunctorum tri- full remission of all their sins; 

bue peccatorum; ut indul- that through pious suppli- 

gentiam quam semper opta- cations they may obtain the 

verunt, piis supplicationibus pardon they have always de- 

consequantur: qui vivis et sired: Who livest and reign - 

regnas in saecula saeculorum. est for ever and ever. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

V. Requiem seternam dona V. Eternal rest give to 

eis, Domine. them, O Lord. 

R. Et lux perpetua luceat R. And let perpetual light 

eis. shine upon them. 

V. Requiescant in pace. V. May they rest in peace. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

GRACE BEFORE MEALS. (For all claSSCS.) 

Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts which we are 
about to receive from Thy bounty: through Christ our 
Lord. 

R. Amen. 

GRACE AFTER MEALS. 

We give Thee thanks, O almighty God, for all Thy 
benefits. Who liveth and reigneth now and for ever. 

R. Amen. 

Vouchsafe, O Lord, to reward with eternal life all 
those who do us good for Thy name s sake. 

R. Amen. 

V. Let us bless the Lord 

R. Thanks be to God. 

V. May the souls of the faithful departed- through 
the mercy of God, rest in peace. 

R. Amen. 



General Prayers. 187 

Dailg IFntentiong. 

BUNDAY. Mass, Communion, Office, Rosary, etc., 
in honor of the Most Holy Trinity, for the Pope, 
prelates, and clergy, the propagation of the faith, in 
thanksgiving for my creation, redemption, and vocation, 
and to beg grace to unite my heart perfectly to God by 
dying to myself and to the world, so that I may use my 
talents and my whole being in the service of my heavenly 
Spouse. 

Monday. Mass, Office, Rosary, etc., in honor of St. N., 
for the repose of the souls of the faithful departed, par 
ticularly N.N., and the Sisters of the Institute; and for 
myself, the grace of final perseverance and a happy death. 

Tuesday. Mass, Communion, Office, Rosary, etc., 
in honor of the angels, for the conversion of negligent 
Catholics, especially N.N.; for myself, a right knowl 
edge, and the perfect spirit of poverty, chastity, and 
obedience. 

Wednesday. Mass, Office, Rosary, etc., in honor of 
St. Joseph, for parents, friends, benefactors, for those for 
whom I have promised to pray, for the temporal wants 
of the Institute, for the Superiors of the several houses; 
and for myself, modesty, meekness, and humility, and 
the graces to subdue my senses and imagination. 

Thursday. Mass, Communion, Office, Rosary, etc., 
in honor of the Blessed Sacrament, in reparation for all 
sacrilegious communions, and all indignities offered to this 
Sacrament of love, for all Religious, N. ... for priests, 
N. . . . my duties, the relief of the poor; and for my 
self, the virtues of charity, patience, and confidence in 
God. 

Friday. Mass, Communion, Office, Rosary, etc., in 
honor of the sacred Passion and death of my Saviour, 
Jesus Christ, that union and charity may reign in the 
Community, that its members may increase, and that 
all may be filled with zeal for the conversion of sinners; 



1 88 General Prayers. 

for myself, a simple and pure intention in all my 
actions. For the same intentions, in honor of the 
Sacred Heart. 

Saturday. Mass, Office, Rosary, etc., in honor of 
our blessed Lady, to beg grace to confess my sins, briefly,, 
distinctly, and contritely, and to draw fruit from my con 
fessions and communions. 

Bails iprager for tbe associates in tbe SacreD 1>earf 
of Jesus. 

/T\Y loving Jesus, I, N.N., give Thee my heart, and 
I consecrate myself wholly to Thee out of the 
grateful love I bear Thee, and as a reparation for all my 
unfaithfulness to grace, and with Thine aid I purpose 
never to sin again. 

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, 
inflame our hearts with love for Thee. Grant that we 
may, in conversation, manners, and conduct, avoid 
whatever may in the least disturb our union, or lessen 
in the smallest degree our mutual charity and love, that 
we may repair the smallest offence by quickly asking 
pardon, and if asked pardon of by others, oh! enable 
us to grant it without contention or reserve. 

2>atl prater for tbe associates in tbe SacreD Ibeart 
of 



EMEMBER, O most blessed Virgin! that it has 
never been heard of in any age, that those who 
implored thy powerful protection were abandoned by 
thee. I, therefore, O sacred Virgin, animated with the 
most lively confidence, cast myself at thy sacred feet, 
most earnestly beseeching thee to adopt me as thy child, 
to take care of my eternal salvation, and to watch over 
me at the hour of death. Oh, do not, Mother of the 
Word Incarnate, despise my prayer, but graciously 
hear and obtain the grant of my petitions. Amen. 



Gen era I Prayers. 189 

O dearest Mother, obtain for us, thy children, the 
jrrace ever to bear in mind that by the vow of obedience 
we have for ever renounced our own will, and resigned 
it to the direction of our Superiors: that we may be able 
to comply with all their directions, whether in matters 
of great or little moment, agreeable or disagreeable: 
that we may never murmur, but with humility and 
spiritual joy carry the sweet yoke of thy divine Son, Jesus. 

prater before Ejamen. 

MOST loving Father! I thank Thee with my 
whole heart and soul for all Thy mercies to me, 
4 most miserable sinner. Thou hast created me for 
Thine own glory, redeemed me with Thy most precious 
blood, called me to Thy holy faith, and, with most un- 
peakable goodness, hast chosen me for Thy spouse, 
permitting me to live under the same roof with Thyself 
and Thy chosen servants. O my soul, bless the Lord! 
let all that is within thee praise His holy name! He has 
done all things for me: I will bless and glorify Him for 
ever and ever. 

O divine Spirit of light and truth, enlighten me, that 
I may know myself. Amen. 

Our Father, etc. Hail Mary, etc. 

Bails Bjanten. 

ISING. Promptitude in rising and dressing, 

thoughts on God or the subject of meditation. 
Morning Offering. With fervor. 
Meditation. Respectful posture; presence of God; 
attention; fervor in affections and resolutions; choice 
of ejaculations for the day. 

Office. Recollection; attention to ceremonies and 
pronunciation of words. 

Mass. Formal intention; the prayers with devotion 



190 General Prayers. 

or meditation on the Passion ; spiritual communion and 
offering of one s self to God. 

Communion. Preparation by offering of duties from 
evening meditation; faith, humility, gratitude, love, 
the fruit drawn from it. 

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Fidelity in making 
those prescribed, viz.: after breakfast to review medi 
tation, after spiritual reading, before and after meals, 
before and after an appointed duty in the schools, house 
of mercy, etc.: besides those, one or two of special 
devotion for a few minutes. 

Spiritual Reading. Attention, fruit drawn from it. 

Domestic Duties. Union with Jesus in Nazareth, or 
in the spirit of penance, care, neatness. 

Time-employments. With regularity, exactness, fer 
vor, cheerfulness under labor or fatigue ; avoiding indul 
gence in idleness or slothful neglect, yielding to impa 
tience, irritability, pride, or vanity. 

Silence. Time, places, and manner prescribed ; avoid 
ing idle thoughts. 

Night Prayers. Punctuality; diligent examen; devo 
tion at Litany; preparation of meditation. 

Retiring to rest. Silence ; thoughts of God ; in bed at 
the appointed time. 

Hnotber Sbort dfcetbofc of Dailg Ejamen. 

(Recall Presence of God.) 

FIRST POINT ACT OF THANKSGIVING. 

/~\ MY Lord and my God! I most humbly thank 
^^ Thee for the great benefits of creation, redemp 
tion, etc., and for Thy mercy and patience in bearing 
with me in spite of my many faults and sins. I offer 
Thee, my dear Lord and Master, the gratitude of my 
poor heart for all Thy favors, general and particular; 
above all, for having called me to this Congregation in 
order to save rne in it. 



General Pra \ ers. 191 

SECOND POINT PETITION FOR LIGHT. 

MY God, give me light to know my sins and see 
their real deformity, and to realize what a bad 
and bitter thing it is to stray from Thee. Grant me 
grace to see clearly my miseries, and to detest them with 
all my heart. 

THIRD POINT EXAMINATION. 

MY dear Lord, how far have I gone astray from 
the path of perfection, although my Saviour 
Jesus hath marked it out for me by footprints stained 
with blood! 

CJeneral Bjamen. 

FIRST POINT SPIRITUAL DUTIES. 

FFERING of first thoughts and in union with the 
Apostleship of Prayer? Morning and night 
prayers? Meditation and reflection? Mass? Holy 
communion? Spiritual reading? Daily examen? 
Beads? Vocal prayers? Visits to the Blessed Sacra 
ment? Particular examen? 

SECOND POINT VOWS. 

1. *~f)OVERTY. In giving? lending? borrowing? 
r* accepting ? retaining ? without leave ? Waste 

in charges ? Spirit of poverty cultivated ? 

2. Chastity. Custody of eyes, ears, tongue? Dan 
gerous reading? Avoidance of dangerous occasions? 

3. Obedience. In execution? In will? In judg 
ment? Obeyed unreservedly ? promptly? courageously? 
humbly ? in spirit of faith? 

4. Sendee of the Poor. Appointed work neglected or 
badly done? Spirit of faith, serving Christ s poor with 
devotedness? "Unceasing labor"? 

5. Instruction of Children. Devotedness? Thor 
oughness? Kindness? Patience? Impartiality? In 
the spirit of faith? 



J9 2 General Prayers. 



THIRD POINT -PRACTICE OF PRINCIPAL VIRTUES, 

What faults against charity? Humility? Industry? 
Patience ? Punctuality ? Silence ? etc. 

FOURTH POINT ACT OF SORROW. 

MY dear Lord, through Thy infinite mercy par- 
don me my many sins and faults. I am heartily 
sorry for them, because by them I have grieved and 
wounded Thy Sacred Heart and rendered myself so un 
worthy of Thy love. I am sorry from my heart for the 
ungrateful return I have made Thee for all Thy good 
ness to me. Forgive me, dear Lord, pierce my heart 
with true sorrow. I love Thee above all things. 

FIFTH POINT PURPOSE OF AMENDMENT. 

/T\Y Lord and my God, I now firmly resolve with 
- Thy help to correct my faults to overcome 
specially that one, N.N., which I am determined not 
to commit again. Confirm this my resolution by the 
merits of Thy bitter Passion and death, which I now 
offer in satisfaction for my sins. My dear Jesus! I 
unite my poor heart with Thine all wounded and torn. 
May Thy Heart be a hiding-place in which I may dwell 
securely. My heart is ready, O my God! my heart is 
ready to make atonement for my sins, to adopt the means 
of correcting my faults, and of acquiring the perfection 
of my holy state. 

N.B. Conclude with Pater and Ave. If time permit, 
recite Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity, also "Suscipe" 
and a few indulgenced aspirations. 

an Offering of Communion. 

I OFFER Thee, O my God! the Mass and commun 
ion of to-morrow, to the honor and glory of Thy 
most holy name, in commemoration of Thy sacred Pas 
sion, in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits, in satisfaction 



General Prayers. 193 

for all my sins, and as a means of obtaining all the graces 
I stand in need of, in order to serve Thy divine Majesty 
in the most perfect manner possible to me. I offer this 
holy communion to Thee, O eternal Father, in union 
with the offering my dear Redeemer made of Himself 
upon the cross, in thanksgiving for my creation, redemp 
tion, and preservation, in union with all the intentions 
my divine Saviour had in the institution of this Most 
Holy Sacrament, that I may become more meek, 
humble, particularly charitable, obedient, patient, and 
mortified; that I may always do Thy will with exact 
ness, fervor, and perseverance; and that in all my 
actions I may aim at perfection. I offer it as an atone 
ment to the adorable Heart of my most loving Jesus, 
for all the outrages it has received, from myself and 
all mankind. I also offer it for N.N., for the con 
version of sinners, the perseverance of the just, and for 
rhe relief of the souls in purgatory. 

flntentions for Ibolg Communion. 

T NTENTIONS for holy communion regarding the 
^ Church Triumpliant, the Church Militant, and the 
Church Suffering. 

1. In thanksgiving for benefits; to obtain an increase 
of graces and blessings for the whole Order ; particularly 
to supplicate the divine assistance in the spiritual and 
temporal necessities of your own Community; in praise 
of God for the glory of the saints, and especially of the 
founders of Religious Orders. 

2. For the Catholic Church in general; for its special 
wants in this country; for the propagation of the faith; 
for the intentions of the Holy Father ; for the hierarchy ; 
for zealous priests and evangelical laborers; for the 
League of the Sacred Heart, and the intentions of the 
Apostleship of Prayer; for your own sanctification, 
fidelity to your vows, and final perseverance. 



194 General Prayers. 

^ 3. For the holy, suffering souls in purgatory in par 
ticular for the deceased members and benefactors of 
your Order, and for those souls that were most devoted 
to the Holy Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin Mary.* 
The Visitation Manual gives the following list of inten 
tions for holy communions: 

E first communion in each month, for the reno- 
vation of your vows, or good purposes. 

The second, for the exaltation of the holy Church, 
for the Pope, and the whole ecclesiastical order. 

The third, for the preservation, union, and perfection 
of your Order. 

The fourth, for the conversion of infidels and sinners. 

The fifth, for concord among Christian rulers ; chiefly 
for the welfare of the country in which you reside, or 
for other public necessities. 

Sixth. A holy communion and Mass, once a month, 
for all the souls in purgatory. 

Seventh. A holy communion and Mass, for the de 
ceased members of your holy Order; and one upon the 
decease of relations and Sisters. 

In the monasteries of the Visitation, a Mass and gen 
eral communion are offered for all benefactors, at their 
decease. 

On the first Friday, or first Sunday of each month, 
offer your holy communion in union with the League 
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the intentions of the 
Apostleship of Prayer. 

The intentions for the daily communion are: 

i st. For the special wants of the Church, particularly 
in this country, and for the propagation of the faith. 

2d. To obtain evangelical laborers. 

* Special intentions are mentioned in the following chapters, 
i.e., in the opening prayer, under the caption: Offering of Mass 
and Communion, for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and so on, for 
each -day in the week. 



General Prayers. 195 

3d. For the whole Order and particularly for the 
spiritual and temporal necessities of your own Com 
munity. 

4th. For those devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus 
and to our holy founder. 

prater of tbe Sssoctates for tbe Communion of 
IRepacation. 

*NIMATED by an earnest desire to console Thy 
Adorable Heart, O beloved Jesus, and feeling 
our inability to do so worthily, it is by the immaculate 
heart of Thy holy Mother that we dare to offer Thee 
the homage of our humble reparation. With her, and 
in memory of Thy precious blood, we beseech Thee to 
stretch forth Thy powerful arm over Thy Church, to 
defend her, to give her the victory over all her enemies, 
and to put an end to the long trials of her venerable and 
august Head. Vouchsafe also to bless and protect this, 
our country, cast upon it Thine eyes of mercy, and ren 
der it fruitful in saints and valiant defenders of the faith. 
Finally, O blessed Lord, bring back to Thyself all sin 
ners, crown with Thy graces and with Thy most abun 
dant blessings each member of our Association, and 
kindle in the hearts of all the fire of Thy love, and those 
burning flames of zeal which Thou Thyself didst come 
to enkindle upon the earth. Amen. 

PRAYER TO BE SAID BEFORE MASS. 

*T~^ORD, God almighty, behold me prostrate before 
r* * Thee, in order to appease and honor Thy divine 
Majesty, in the name of all creatures. But how can I 
do it I, a wretched sinner? Yes, I can, and I will do 
it; because I know that Thou dost glory in being called 
the Father of mercy, and that, for love of us, Thou hast 
given even Thy only-begotten Son, Who offered Him 
self for us on the cross, and Who continually renews for 



196 General Prayers. 

us the same sacrifice on our altars. And therefore, 
though a sinner, yet truly penitent; wretched, and yet 
rich in Jesus Christ, I present myself before Thee, and 
with the fervor of all the saints and angels, and with 
the ardent love of the immaculate heart of Mary, I offer 
Thee, in the name of all creatures, the Masses which are 
now being said, with all those which have been said, and 
which will be said to the end of the world. I also desire 
to renew this offering, at every instant of this day, and 
of my whole life, in order to give Thy infinite majesty 
honor and glory worthy of Thee; to appease Thy wrath, 
and to satisfy Thy justice for our many sins; to render 
Thee thanks in keeping with Thy benefits, and to im 
plore Thy mercy for myself and for all sinners, for all 
the faithful, living and dead, for the whole Church, and 
chiefly for its visible head, the Roman Pontiff; and 
lastly, for all poor schismatics, heretics, and infidels, that 
they may also be converted and saved. 

AN OFFERING TO BE MADE DURING THE TIME OF MASS. 

^TERNAL Father, I offer Thee the sacrifice which 
^l Thy beloved Son, Jesus, made of Himself on 
the cross, and now renews on this altar. I offer it in 
the name of all creatures, together with the Masses which 
have been said and which will be said throughout the 
whole world, to adore Thee and to give Thee honor 
which Thou deservest; to render to Thee the thanks 
which are due Thee for Thy numberless benefits, to 
appease Thy anger, and to satisfy for our many sins; 
to supplicate Thee for myself, for the Church, for the 
whole world, and for the blessed souls in purgatory. 

Indulgence of 3 years, once a day, for each prayer; plenary indul 
gence, once a month, on usual conditions. Pius IX., April n, 
*&6o. The S. Congr. of Indulgences, May 5, 1890, declared that 
priests can gain the indulgence granted for the above offering by 
sayiiit- it before celebrating Mass. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 197 

AN OFFERING. 

ASTERNAL Father, we offer Thee the blood, the 
^-\ Passion, and the death of Jesus Christ, the sor 
rows of Mary most holy, and of St. Joseph, in satisfac 
tion for our sins, in aid of the holy souls in purgatory, 
for the needs of holy Mother Church, and for the con 
version of sinners. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., April 30, 1860. 



ot Ibearincj 

ffering of /Ifcass and Communion on Sun&ags 



ROSTRATE before the throne of Thy divine 
Majesty, O my God, I humbly implore Thy 
pardon for my offences, and Thy grace that I may be 
entirely employed in praising and adoring Thee. O 
adorable Trinity! Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless 
me. O Holy Trinity, Whose throne is surrounded by 
adoring angels, and Whose awful presence is felt by 
all creatures, the work of Thy omnipotent hands, dis 
dain not the homage of my heart, which I desire to con 
secrate entirely to Thy service. Thou art my hope and 
my life; what can I desire in heaven, or what can I seek 
on earth, but Thee? and where shall I so surely find 
Thee as on this altar ? I offer this Mass and holy com- 

* Sunday, in honor of the Holy Trinity. 

Monday, for the holy souls in purgatory. 

Tuesday, in honor of the holy angels, and especially the Guar 
dian Angel. 

Wednesday, in honor of St. Joseph. 

Thursday, in honor of the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred 
Heart. 

Friday, in honor of the Sacred Passion and the suffering Heart 
of Jesus. 

Saturday, in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 



198 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

munion in thanksgiving for the benefits bestowed upon 
me; give me grace to be ever grateful for them, and to 
serve Thee faithfully by the observance of my vows, 
and by an unreserved consecration of myself to Thee. 

PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY. 

/-OMNIPOTENCE of the Father, help my weakness, 
^-^ and deliver me from the depth of misery. 

Wisdom of the Son, direct all my thoughts, words, and 
actions. 

Love of the Holy Ghost, be thou the source and begin 
ning of all the operations of my soul, whereby they may 
be always conformable to the divine will. 

Indulgence of 200 days, once a day. Leo XIII., March 15, 

1890. 

B /foetbofc of tearing /Bass on SunDag. 

FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE INTROIT. 

Make acts of humility and contrition, and beg grace to 
assist devoutly and with profit at this august sacrifice. 

FROM THE INTROIT TO THE ELEVATION. 

Follow the Ordinary oj the Mass. 

FROM THE ELEVATION TO THE PATER NOSTER. 

Prostrate in spirit before God, offer Him, in thanks 
giving for all the benefits bestowed on you, the merits of 
His divine Son in this august sacrifice; pray for the 
wants of the Catholic Church, the propagation of the 
true faith, for the Pope, prelates, and clergy, for this Com 
munity, and for the Institute in general. 

AT THE PATER NOSTER. 

Repeat devoutly this prayer I fie prayer of Jesus Christ 
Himself make acts of faith, love, and confidence in your 
Lord and Saviour, Who wishes to come into your heart, 
Vide Mass on Thursday. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 199 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

OLAMB of God, Who takest away the sins of the 
world, take away my sins, cleanse my soul from 
every imperfection. I am unworthy to receive Thee. 
Come, O Lord, and prepare my heart for Thyself. My 
God and my all, what have I but Thee ? Satisfy the desire 
of my heart: come to me and make me entirely Thine. 
Make an act 0} sincere contrition, renew your offering 
and intentions. Renew your vows, and then keep your 
self in profound recollection, wailing to receive into your 
heart your Lord and your God. Vide Devotions for 
Communion, and in honor of the Holy Trinity. 

Offering of fihzse and Communion on /iRon&aE Cbe 
tbolg Souls in purgatory. 

GOD! what victim can better appease Thy jus- 
tice than that which we are going to offer in this 
unbloody sacrifice of the cross? As that divine obla 
tion disarmed Thy wrath, and induced Thee to revoke 
the sentence of condemnation pronounced against man 
kind, so, mercifully grant that this adorable sacrifice 
may be accepted by Thee as an atonement for those 
souls for whom we offer it, that, being released from 
their prison, they may be received into Thy kingdom, and 
through the merits of Jesus Christ, pass into eternal joys. 

O bountiful Jesus, Who art the propitiation for the 
living and the dead, what thanks are due to Thee for 
having left us this divine sacrifice, and for having ren 
dered it available to the souls of the faithful departed! 
Mercifully grant that they for whom we offer it this day 
. . . being released from suffering, may advocate for 
us in heaven, as we advocate for them on earth. 

Let Thy mercy, O Lord! which Thou delightest to 
exercise, be applied to ... whose greatest torment is 
to be deprived of Thy sweet and adorable presence. 



200 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

Jesus Christ, a willing victim on this new Calvary, pleads 
powerfully for the remission of every stain that now sep 
arates them from Thee. 



of Ibearlng /foass on /nbonoag. 

Vide " Mass for the Poor Souls," and " Requiem 

Mass," at the end of the "Office for the Dead." 

Offering of /Hbass ano Communion on Guesfcag Gbe 
1bolg Bngels. 



MY God, being wholly incapable of rendering 
Thee the thanks I owe, I offer Thee the ardent 
love and perpetual praise of Thy glorious host of angels^ 
the profound adorations of Thy saints, especiaD.y^thfe 
pure and fervent love of the ever blessed Virgin, the 
Queen of angels and saints, begging that Thou wilt be 
pleased to receive them in acknowledgment of all Thy 
infinite mercies to rne. I offer this Mass and commun 
ion for the conversion of negligent Catholics, especially 
... I offer it to obtain for myself, through the special 
intercession of my angel guardian, the spirit of interior 
recollection, fidelity to grace, and union with God, a pro 
found humility, and sincere and heartfelt contrition. I 
also offer this Mass and communion to beg, O my God, 
that Thou wilt bestow upon all priests, especially . 
Thy spirit, and make them apostolic men, and true and 
faithful laborers in Thy vineyard. Behold me, O my 
God, prostrate before Thee, begging that, together with 
the sacrifice of Thy divine Son, Thou wilt be pleased to 
accept of my unworthy self, and the promises I made at 
my profession, which I now renew. O Mary, my Mother, 
have compassion on me, and obtain for me, from thy 
divine Son, what you see I want most, in order to render 
me agreeable in His sight. 

O all ye holy angels and saints of God, intercede for 



me. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 201 



of fjearfng /Hbass on CuesDag. 

FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE OFFERTORY. 

"Recite in sentiments of contrition and confidence in God, 
the psalm "Miserere." 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

Lord and my God, permit me to offer Thee my 
soul and body with the bread and wine which 
are offered Thee by the priest, to the end that they may 
be changed into the body and blood of Thy divine Son. 
Oh! so let me be changed into the semblance of Him. 
All is pure in Him, and all is profane in me. It was to 
reform what the malice of the devil and sin had defaced 
of Thy image, that my Saviour immolated Himself on 
the cross, and it is for that He now sacrifices Himself on 
this altar. Oh! repair in me His image by that precious 
blood which flowed from His sacred wounds, and which 
will soon flow on this altar. Take away from me the per 
verse inclinations which lead me into sin, change my 
tepidity into fervor, take possession of me, O my God, 
and make me wholly Thine. Imprint on my memory 
the remembrance of Thy divine presence, in my under 
standing the knowledge of Thy divine perfections, and 
in my heart Thy love; destroy in me whatever may dis 
pute Thy right over me, and crown all Thy mercies 
to me by giving me that humble and contrite heart, 
which is the offering Thou desirest above all to receive 
from Thy creatures. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

f\ VICTIM of Salvation! Eternal King! Incar- 
^-^ nate Word! sacrificed for me and all mankind! 
O precious body of the Son of God! O sacred flesh, 
torn with nails, pierced with a lance, and bleeding on a 
cross for me! O infinite Good! O exceeding Love! let 
that tender love plead now in my behalf; let all my 



2O2 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

iniquities be here effaced, and my name be written in 
the book of life. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I 
love Thee. To Thee be honor, praise, and glory for 
ever and ever. O sacred blood flowing from the wounds 
of Jesus Christ, and washing away the sins of the world ! 
cleanse, sanctify, and preserve my soul, that nothing 
may ever separate me from Thee. Behold, O eternal 
Father, Thy only-begotten Son ! look on the face of Thy 
Christ, in Whom Thou art well pleased; hear the voice 
of His blood, which calls to Thee for mercy and pardon. 
Oh! let it plead powerfully in our behalf; let it blot out 
my sins, cleanse every stain from my soul, and render 
me pure and pleasing in Thy sight. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

ETERNAL Father, behold here Thy divine Son, 
and for His sake look upon me, whom He 
has redeemed with His precious blood, since together 
with Him I consecrate myself to Thee, to be disposed 
of as Thou shalt please for time and eternity. 

AT THE COMMUNION. 

aOME, dear Jesus, into my heart; it is by Thee 
alone that I can worthily acknowledge God s 
infinite mercies to me. O love, immense and infinite, 
thaw the icy coldness of my heart, soften it, that Thou 
mayest no longer find in it any resistance to Thy inspi 
rations. I consecrate to Thee my soul, my life, and all 
that I am. O sweet Saviour! unite me to Thyself, that 
I may be one with Thee by grace and a perfect con 
formity of will; and by the efficacy of Thy presence in 
my heart, increase my faith, strengthen my hope, and 
inflame my heart with Thy love, that it may pant only 
for Thee, and live for Thee alone. 

Make an act of sincere contrition, renew your vows, 
and, with humble reverence, invite Jesus into your heart 
by fervent aspirations. Vide Devotions In honor of the 
Angels. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 203 



fferfng of /Bbasg ano Communion on 
St. 5o0epb. 

O DIVINE Jesus! Lamb without spot, Whose pre 
cious blood was shed for the redemption of man 
kind, I adore Thee in the mystery of faith and love, in 
which, by Thy exceeding great mercy, Thou dost daily 
renew the sacrifice of Thyself for man. Deign to destroy 
in me all that is displeasing to Thy pure eyes, in order 
that I may be as a living holocaust, pleasing and accept 
able before the throne of Thy love. 

O Mary, I have recourse to thee in this happy moment; 
pray for me, that my heart may be penetrated with pro 
found humility, lively faith, and ardent lo^e during the 
celebration of this august sacrifice. 

O glorious St. Joseph, first adorer, after Mary, of the 
sacred humanity of my Saviour, to you do I confide my 
friends and benefactors, and those for whom I promise 
to pray, especially . . . Obtain for them all the graces 
you know to be necessary for them; take under your 
protection the temporal interests of this Institute ; obtain 
for its Superiors, wisdom and justice in the discharge of 
their authority, and obtain for me, O holy St. Joseph, 
a perfect spirit of poverty, chastity, and obedience, and 
a happy death. 



of bearing flfcass on 

FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE GOSPEL. 

Employ yourself in making acts of contrition for your 
many sins committed against God, considered as your God, 
your King, and your Father. Vide " Mass for Religious." 



AT THE OFFERTORY. 



MY God, considering the infinite merits of the 
Victim that will be offered to Thee, I hope that 
Thou wilt look with pity and compassion on me. O 



204 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

blessed be this hour in which Thou, O divine Jesus, 
art going to offer Thyself to Thy eternal Father for 
my salvation. O my God, receive this holy sacrifice, in 
which Thy divine Son offers Himself, and is offered by 
the priest, to render Thee due homage and worthy 
thanks for all Thy benefits. Receive here also the entire 
sacrifice which I make of myself, of my body, of my soul, 
and of all that I am, which I unite with that of Thy 
divine Son. For His sake receive me, together with the 
promises I made at my holy profession. 

AT THE ELEVATION. 

ADORE Thee, O Victim of propitiation, Who hast 
been sacrificed for my salvation. Humbled at 
Thy feet I implore Thy mercy. Thou hast shed Thy 
blood to blot out my iniquitif 3; purify my soul still 
more from its stains. O infinite Goodness, do not 
abandon me. Sacred hands, which have formed me, do 
not destroy me. Sacred feet, which have been fatigued 
running after the dispersed children of Israel, be my 
asylum and refuge. Heart, ever filled with compassion 
for sinners, receive me. C Jesus, my beloved, for me 
Thou hast died, for Thee I desire to live for Thee alone. 
Jesus, my Lord, my God, and my all ! Thou wert cruci 
fied and didst die for love of me; oh, grant that I may 
be truly crucified in spirit and die to self for love of 
Thee. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

DIVINE Lamb, Who earnest to take away the 
sins of the world, let me not be excluded from a 
share in Thy universal mercies! Cleanse my soul; purify 
it in the bath of Thy precious blood; adorn it, I beseech 
Thee, with those virtues which will render me less un 
worthy to participate in the food of angels. "As the 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 205 

hart panteth after fountains of water, so my soul panteth 
after Thee, O God !" 

amiable Virgin! thou, who art by excellence blessed 
among women, show thyself now my tender Mother 
and powerful advocate. 

Angels and saints, bless the Lord, and intercede for me. 

1 adore Thee at every moment, O living Bread of 
heaven, Most August Sacrament. O Jesus, beloved 
Son of the Virgin Mary, I pray Thee to bless my soul. 

To Thee I consecrate my heart, O most blessed Jesu? 
my dear Saviour. Mayest Thou be known, adored, anc 3 
loved by all, and may thanks be continually given to 
Thee in the Most Holy and Most August Sacrament 
Amen. 

Jesus, most merciful; Jesus, meek and humble of 
Heart, forgive us our sins; give Thy peace to our souls 
remember us in Thy kingdom. 

Mary and Joseph, pray for us this hour and at the 
hour of our death. 

Make an act 0} contrition, a renewal o] vows, and wait 
in humble adoration the coming 0} Jesus. 

ffevtng of Mass an& Communion on Gbureoag ttbe 
Sacrament anJ> tbe Sacrefc Tbcart. 



"T* COME, O my God, into Thy sanctuary, to seek 
-*- the food and life of my soul. By the hope Thou 
commandest me to have in Thee, inspire me with con 
fidence to approach Thy holy mountain; permit me, 
divine Jesus, to ascend this new Calvary with Thee, 
that my whole soul may do homage to Thy Majesty; 
that my heart, with its tenderest affections, may 
acknowledge Thy infinite love; that my memory may 
dwell on the admirable mysteries here renewed; and 
that the sacrifice of my whole being may accom 
pany them. Alas! I am unworthy to join with Thy 
minister in adoring Thee; but do Thou Thyself assist 



206 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

me, and purify my heart and mind, that I may be en 
tirely employed and occupied about Thee during this 
holy sacrifice. O Jesus, humbly prostrate before Thee, 
I adore Thee and offer Thee the holy sacrifice at which 
I am going to assist, in order to make atonement for the 
many outrages which Thy divine Heart daily receives 
in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I beseech 
Thee to inflame my heart with a most ardent love of 
Thee; make me one with Thee; totally transform and 
change me into Thyself; may nothing in life or death 
ever separate me from Thee. 



flftetboO of bearing /Dbass on 

FROM THE BEGINNING TO THE INTROIT. 

Make acts of contrition, humility, and confidence. 

AT THE INTROIT. 

OMY God, strengthen me by Thy grace, that I may 
worthily approach Thy altar and participate in 
the sacred mysteries. Create in me, O Lord, a clean 
heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Thou art 
worthy, O my almighty Creator, of an infinite homage, 
which my extreme misery and poverty render me inca 
pable of offering; yet I am not destitute, for Jesus, Thy 
beloved Son, by His profound adorations and incompre 
hensible humiliations, more than supplies for my defi 
ciencies. O permit me by Him and with Him to pros 
trate and humble myself before Thy supreme Majesty. 
I adore Thee with the adorations of my divine Saviour, 
the only Victim worthy of Thyself, and I rejoice in seeing 
Thee thus worthily and perfectly honored. I offer this 
Mass and holy communion in honor of the adorable 
Sacrament, in reparation for all sacrilegious commun 
ions, for Religious, for priests, for those under my care, 
and to implore for myself the spirit of patience, self- 



Methods of Hearing Mass, 207 

denial, and entire resignation, charity, and unbounded 
confidence in my Lord and God. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

/~\ JESUS! Thou hast loved me so tenderly as to 
^-^ leave me Thy Heart in the Eucharist, and this 
Heart so full of mercy and of love is outraged and pierced 
incessantly by my ingratitude; but Thou wilt forgive 
my sins. Oh! yes, I conjure Thee, save my soul, which 
Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood, cleanse 
me from every stain. I long to be restored to Thy grace 
and favor. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love 
of me, inflame my heart with love of Thee! I dedicate 
myself to Thee for ever my tongue to proclaim Thy 
favors; my mind to think of Thee, my only Good; my 
will to desire Thee; and my heart to love Thee alone. 
I offer Thee the sacrifice of my existence when it may 
please Thee to call for it, only asking that I may breathe 
my last sigh in Thy Sacred Heart. I offer Thee, my 
God, all that I have and all that I am, a miserable sac 
rifice, but such as it is, I unite it to the great oblation of 
my divine Saviour, in union with Whose precious blood 
and merits I dare hope Thou wilt accept my offering. 

AT THE PREFACE. 

O DIVINE Jesus! grant me a share in Thy zeal 
for Thy Father s glory, that, in union with the 
dominations, principalities, and the whole hierarchy 
of angels, I may anticipate in my exile the ever new 
canticle which they incessantly sing in the abode of bliss: 
Holy, thrice holy, infinitely holy, is the Lord God of 
hosts! the heavens and the earth are full of His glory; 
but His mercies have been exalted above all His works, 
since Thou, O divine Jesus! hast descended from His 
bosom and come in His name to dwell in this valley of 
tears; nay, more, to dwell in unworthy hearts. 



208 Methods of Hearing Mass, 

AT THE ELEVATION. 

ADORE Thee at every moment, O living Bread 
of heaven, great Sacrament! O Jesus! beloved 
Son of the Virgin Mary, I pray Thee to bless my soul; 
to Thee I consecrate my heart, O most blessed Jesus! 
my dear Saviour. Mayest Thou be known, adored, 
and loved by all, and may thanks be continually given 
to Thee in the Most Holy and Most August Sacrament. 

OH! see upon the altar placed 
The Victim of the greatest love! 
Let all the earth below adore, 

And join the choirs of heaven above. 
Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore; 
Oh! make us love Thee more and more. 

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, 
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine! 
Glory be to the blood of Jesus, now and for ever, and 
throughout all ages. Amen. 

IN PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION. 

IDORAMUS te, Christe, V/|| E adore Thee, Christ, 

et benedicimus tibi. vxA* and we bless Thee. 
Quia per sanctam crucem Because by Thy holy cross 

tuam redemisti mundum. Thou hast redeemed the world. 

ADORE Thee, eternal Father, and I give Thee 
thanks for the infinite love with which Thou didst 
deign to send Thy only -begotten Son to redeem me, 
and to become the food of my soul. I offer Thee all 
the acts of adoration and thanksgiving that are offered 
to Thee by the angels and saints in heaven and by the 
just on earth. I praise, love, and thank Thee with all 
the praise, love, and thanksgiving that are offered to 
Thee by Thine own Son in the Blessed Sacrament; 
and I beg Thee to grant that He may be known, loved, 
honored, praised, and worthily received by all in this 
Most Divine Sacrament. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, ete. 



JEC 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 209 

I ADORE Thee, eternal Son, and I thank Thee for 
the infinite love which caused Thee to become 
man for me, to be born in a stable, to live in poverty, to 
suffer hunger, thirst, heat, cold, fatigue, hardships, con 
tempt, persecutions, the scourging, the crowning with 
thorns, and a cruel death upon the hard wood of the 
cross. I thank Thee with the Church militant and 
triumphant for the infinite love with which Thou didst 
institute the Most Blessed Sacrament to be the food of 
my soul.- 

I adore Thee in all the consecrated Hosts throughout 
the whole world, and I return thanks for those who know 
Thee not and do not thank Thee. Would that I were 
able to give my life to make Thee known, loved, and 
honored by all in this Sacrament of love, and to pre 
vent the irreverences and sacrileges that are committed 
against Thee! I love Thee, divine Jesus, and I desire to 
receive Thee with all the purity, love, and affection of 
Thy blessed Mother, and with the love and affection of 
Thy own moot pure Heart. Grant, O most amiable 
Spouse of my soul, in coming to me in this Most Holy 
Sacrament, that I may receive all the graces and bless 
ings which Thou dost come to bestow on us, and let 
me rather die than receive Thee unworthily. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 

I ADORE Thee, eternal Holy Ghost, and I give Thee 
thanks for the infinite love with which Thou didst 
work the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation, and for 
the infinite love with which Thou didst form the sacred 
body of Our Lord Jesus Christ out of the most pure 
blood of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to become in this 
Sacrament the food of my soul. I beg Thee to enlighten 
my mind, and to purify my heart and the hearts of all 
men, that all may know the benefit of Thy love, and 
receive worthily this Most Blessed Sacrament. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc. 



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ergo 

mentum, 
Veneremur, cernui; 



OWN in adoration fall 
ing, 



Lo! the sacred Host we 

hail; 
Lo! o er ancient forms de 

parting, 
Newer rites of grace pre 

vail; 

Praestet fides supplementum, Faith for all defects supply 

ing, 



Et antiquum documentum, 
Novo cedat ritui; 



Sensuum defectui. 



Genitori Genitoque, 
Laus et jubilatio, 

Salus, honor, virtus quoque 

Sit et benedictio, 
Procedenti ab utroque, 
Compar sit laudatio. 
Amen. 



Where the feeble senses 
fail. . 

To the everlasting Father, 
And the Son Who reigns on 

high, 

With the Holy Ghost pro 
ceeding 

Forth from each eternally, 
Be salvation, honor, blessing, 
Might and endless majesty. 
Amen. 



V. Panem de ccelo prae- V. Thou gavest them bread 
stitisti eis. from heaven. 

R. Omne delectamentum R. And therein was sweet- 



in se habentem. 



ness of every kind. 



Oremus. 

, qui nobis, sub sac- 
ramento mirabili, pas- 
sionis tuae memoriam reliqui- 
sti : tribue, quaesumus, ita nos 
corporis et sanguinis tui sacra 
mysteria venerari, ut redemp- 
tionis tuae fructum in nobis 
jugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis 
et regnas, etc. 



Let us pray. 

D, Who, beneath thi. c 
marvelous sacrament, 
hast left us a memorial of 
Thy Passion: grant us, we 
beseech Thee, so to venerate 
the sacred mysteries of Thy 
body and blood, that we may 
ever feel within us the fruit of 
Thy redemption, Who livest 
and reignest, etc. 



Indulgence of 100 days. Pius VII., Aug. 24, 1818. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 211 

AGNUS DEI AND COMMUNION. 

INNOCENT Lamb of God Who takest away 
the sins of the world, take away mine, I beseech 
Thee ; efface them by Thy great mercy ; purify my soul 
in the streams of Thy precious blood. O Prince of 
peace, give me that peace which the world can not give, 
that peace which is found in Thy love, that peace which 
neither earth nor hell can deprive me of, unless I forfeit 
it by sin. O grant me the peace of Thy grace here, and 
eternal peace hereafter. Amen. 

PRAYER. 

BEE where Thy boundless love has reached, my 
loving Jesus! Thou, of Thy flesh and precious 
blood, hast made ready for me a banquet whereby to give 
me all Thyself. Who drove Thee to this excess of love 
for me? Thy Heart, Thy loving Heart. O adorable 
Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of divine love! within 
Thy sacred wound take Thou my soul; in order that, 
in that school of charity, I may learn to love that God 
Who has given me such wondrous proofs of His great 
love. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius VII., Feb. 9, 1818. 

Make an act of ^contrition, a renewal of vows, and 
invite your Lord into your heart by fervent aspirations. 

AFTER HOLY COMMUNION. 

Faith and Adoration. 

/TVY Lord Jesus Christ! Thou dost now dwell within 
me. Thou art mine and I am all Thine. I 
adore Thee with the angels and saints of heaven. Thou 
art my King; reign Thou alone in me; defend me 
against the evil spirits and the temptations of the world, 
that I may serve Thee and love Thee faithfully and 
never be separated from Thee and Thy sweet dominion 
over me. 



212 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

Thanksgiving. 

/T\Y Lord Jesus Christ! I thank Thee for the grace 
M^ which Thou hast bestowed upon me to-day of 
coming to dwell within me and of nourishing me with 
Thy sacred body and precious blood. 

Saints and angels! in my unworthiness I call upon 
you to give thanks to God for His great goodness and 
mercy, and to praise becomingly His holy name. "What 
shall I render to the Lord for all the things that He hath 
rendered to me?" (Ps. cxv. 12.) 

Love. 

/T\Y Lord Jesus Christ, how great is Thy love! I 
^"^ now return Thee love for love, according to my 
ability. I repent with my whole heart of all my offences 
against Thee, because Thou art infinitely good and deserv 
ing of all my love. I desire to love Thee more and more, 
and I will avoid everything that is displeasing to Thee. 

Prayer of St. Ignatius. 

f? AKE, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, 
^- my understanding, and my whole will. Thou hast 
given me all that I am and all that I possess ; I surrender 
it all to Thee that Thou mayest dispose of it according 
to Thy will. Give me only Thy 15ve and Thy grace; 
with these I will be rich enough, and will have no more 
to desire. 

Indulgence of 300 days once a day. Pope Leo XIII., May 
26, 1883. 

Petitions. 

Pray for the Holy Father s intentions, for the Catholic 
Church, for the conversion of sinners, for the holy, suffer 
ing souls in purgatory, for your Community, for the 
Religious Orders, for your special necessities, for your 
country, for your relatives and benefactors, and for all who 
have asked you to pray far them. Vide " Mass for Com 
munion days " and " Devotions for Holy Communion." 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 



213 




INDULGENCED PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX. 

OOK down upon me, good and gentle 
Jesus, while before Thy face I hum- 
*bly kneel, and with burning soul pray and 
beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart lively 
sentiments of faith, hope, and charity, true 
contrition for my sins, and a firm purpose of 
amendment; and while I contemplate with 
great love and tender pity Thy five wounds, 
pondering over them within me, and calling to 
mind the words which David Thy prophet -said of Thee, 
my Jesus: "They pierced* my hands and my feet; they 
numbered all my bones." (Ps. xxi. 17, 18.) 

A plenary indulgence, which can be applied to the souls in 
purgatory, may be gained by the faithful who, after having con 
fessed their sins with sorrow 7 and received holy communion, shall 
devoutly recite the above prayer before an image or picture of 
Christ crucified, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. 
Pius IX., July 31, 1858. 

INVOCATIONS. 

IMA Christi, sancti- 
fica me. 

Corpus Christi, salva me. 
Sanguis Christi, inebria me. 
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. 

Passio Christi, conforta me. 

O bone Jesu, exaudi me. 
Intra tua vulnera absconde 

me. 
Ne permittas me separari a te. 

Ab hoste maligno defende me. 
In hora mortis meas voca me, 
t jube me venire ad te, 



of Christ, sanctify 
me: 

Body of Christ, save me: 
Blood of Christ v inebriate me: 
Water from the side of Christ, 

wash me. 
Passion of Christ, strengthen 

me: 

O good Jesus, hear me: 
Within Thy wounds hide me: 

Permit me not to be separated 

from Thee. 
From the malignant enemy 

defend me: 
In the hour of my death call 

me, 
And bid me come to Thee, 



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Ut cum sanctis tuis laudem te That, with Thy saints, I may 

praise Thee 
In saecula saeculorum. For ever and ever. 

Amen. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius IX., Jan. 9, 1854. 

PRAYER: o JESUS, LIVING IN MARY. 



OJESU, vivens in Maria, 
veni et vive in famulis 
tuis, in spiritu sanctitatis tuae, 
in plenitudine virtutis tuae, in 
veritate virtutum tuarum, in 
perfectione viarum tuarum, in 
communione mysteriorum tu- 
orum, dominare omni adver- 
sae potestati, in spiritu tuo ad 
gloriam Patris. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once 



O JESUS, living in Mary! 
come and live in Thy 
servants, in the spirit of Thy 
holiness, in the fulness of Thy 
might, in the truth of Thy vir 
tues, in the perfection of Thy 
ways, in the communion of 
Thy mysteries; subdue every 
hostile power, in Thy spirit 
for the glory of the Father. 
Amen, 
a day. Pius IX.. Oct. 14, 1859. 



PRAYER: o MOST COMPASSIONATE JESUS. 



OLEMENTISSIME 
Jesu, salus, vita, resur"- 
rectio nostra tu solus es. Te 
ergo quaesumus ne derelin- 
quas nos in angustiis et per- 
turbationibus nostris, sed per 
agoniam cordis tui sanctis- 
simi et per dolores matris 
tuae immaculat;e tuis famulis 
subveni, quos pretioso san 
guine redemisti. 



Indulgence of 100 days, once 



OMOST compassionate 
Jesus! Thou alone art 
our salvation, our life, and 
our resurrection. We im 
plore Thee, therefore, do not 
forsake us in our needs and 
afflictions, but, by the agony 
of Thy most Sacred Heart, 
and by the sorrows of Thy 
immaculate Mother, succor 
Thy servants whom Thou 
hast redeemed by Thy most 
precious blood. 
a day. Pius IX., Oct. 6, 1870. 



ttering of flfcass ano Communion on ffrioag Cbe 
paseton ano tbe Sacred Ibeart of 3-esus. 

DIVINE Jesus! sacred Victim, immolated for 
the redemption of mankind, I earnestly beseech 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 215 

Thee that I may assist at this adorable sacrifice with the 
most lively faith, animated hope, unbounded gratitude, 
and tender love; permit me to follow Thee in spirit 
through the different stages of Thy sacred Passion, and 
give me an abundant share of that infinite charity which 
induced Thee to suffer such excessive torments for my 
sake. I offer this divine sacrifice to commemorate in 
a special manner Thy Passion and death, and to obtain, 
through its efficacious merits, the conversion of tepid 
priests and Religious ; furthermore that union and charity 
may reign in this Community, and that all its members 
may be filled with zeal for the conversion of sinners, for 
whom Thou didst die; and for myself, the spirit of mor 
tification and humility, light and prudence in the dis 
charge of my office, patience and forbearance with those 
under my care, purity of intention, simplicity, diffidence 
in self, confidence in God. But, O my Jesus, Thou 
needest not my representation to discern my wants. I 
am too weak, too insensible, to feel my miseries as I ought, 
too guilty to deserve being heard; let my silence then 
speak. O most merciful Saviour! let my multiplied 
miseries plead in my behalf. Thou wilt not be deaf to 
their eloquent supplications, and surely, O my Jesus! 
Thou needest but consult Thy own Heart, and that 
infinite love which brings Thee daily upon our altars, 
to find motives for granting pardon, and mercy to me, 
a poor sinner. 



/toetboo of Ibearfna /IRass on 

AT THE CONFITEOR AND INTROIT. 

Represent to yourself Jesus Christ retiring to the Gar 
den of Gethsemane to pray : unite your sentiments with 
the divine dispositions of the Son of God, and prepare for 
this divine sacrifice of the Mass by acts oj sincere contrition: 

J7ESUS, in the Garden of Olives, shed His blood for 
J us in such streams that it bathed the earth around. 



2i6 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

This He did at the vision He then had of the ingratitude 
with which men would meet His love. Oh! let us, then, 
repent sincerely for the past, considering how poorly we 
have met the countless benefits of Our Lord, and re 
solve henceforth to make good use of His graces and holy 
inspirations. 

O my good Jesus, my dear Saviour, I compassionate 
Thee in Thy sufferings. I fervently bless Thee and 
thank Thee for all Thou hast done and suffered for me; 
give me grace to weep over the sins and the ingratitude 
which caused Thy dreadful agony. Sweet Jesus, mercy ! 
Pardon me, O Lord, for my past indifference to Thy love. 
Heart of Jesus, inflamed with love of us, inflame our 
hearts with love of Thee. 

AT THE KYRIE ELEISON. 

Represent Jesus taken and bound with cords, and say: 
those bonds which confined Thy hands burst 



the fetters of my sins, and restore me to the sweet 
liberty of Thy children! I cast myself at Thy sacred 
feet, O my King and my God: and since Thou hast 
undergone the humiliation of allowing Thyself to be 
bound by Thy creatures, may I place all my happiness 
in sharing Thy humiliations, and carrying Thy cross. 

AT THE GOSPEL. 

Reflect on the patience and benignity of Jesus in allow 
ing Himself to be dragged from tribunal to tribunal, and 
say: 

SPOTLESS Lamb of God! while Thy judges 
proclaim Thee an impostor, I rise without fear 
or shame to declare, in the face of heaven and earth, that 
Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God, and that I 
unreservedly assent to all and every article proposed by 
Thy holy Church to my belief: but, O divine Lord, give 
me grace to profess by my actions as well as by my words 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 217 

the faith. Have mercy on all who are involved in the 
dreadful night of infidelity : may the light of Thy grace 
shine upon them, and so penetrate their hearts that they 
may embrace the truth, and be admitted to the commun 
ion of Thy holy Church. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

Represent Jesus bound tojhe pillar and cruelly scourged: 

T7ESUS, in His cruel scourging, shed His blood most 
J painfully and abundantly, offering it to His 
eternal Father in payment of our impatience and our 
wantonness. How is it, then, that we do not curb our 
wrath and self-love? Oh! let us henceforth try to be 
r?ore patient in our trials, to despise ourselves, and to 
boar in peace the injuries men do us. 

O Jesus, Thou art the Love and Life of my soul. I 
find true peace and real happiness only in Thy love, in 
Thy service, and in the imitation of Thy virtues. I offer 
myself to Thee; do what Thou wiliest with me; hence 
forth my motto shall be, "All for Jesus." 

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart like 
unto Thine. 

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love! 

AT THE PREFACE. 

Contemplate thy Saviour crowned with thorns; reflect on 
the words "Behold the man," and say: 

BEHOLD me, O most merciful Jesus: A poor sin 
ner; I cast myself at Thy sacred feet, penetrated 
with sorrow for my sins. Oh! let not pride any longer 
occupy my heart, which Thou, my Saviour, hast so 
tenderly loved and redeemed at so great a price; cleanse 
my poor soul, O Jesus, from all offensive stains, and 
drown my imperfections in the boundless ocean of Thy 
mercy- 



2 1 8 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

AT THE ELEVATION. 

Contemplate Jesus hanging on the cross, and adore the 
same Jesus here present on the altar: 

Ave Verum. 
*VE Verum Corpus, na- *Tp^AIL to thee! true body 

turn r*-b sprun.f, 

Ex Maria virgine! From the Virgin Mary s 

womb! 
Vere passum, immolatum, The same that on the cross 

was hung, 

In cruce pro homine! And bore for man the bitter 

doom! 

Cujus latus perforatum Thou Whose side was pierced 

and flowed 
Vero fluxit sanguine; Both with water and with 

blood; 

Esto nobis praegustatum, Suffer us to taste of Thee, 

Mortis in examine. In our life s last agony. 

O clemens, O pie! O kind, O loving one! 

O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae! O sweet Jesus, Mary s Son! 

O JESUS, my crucified Saviour, Thou didst die for 
the love of me, let me die to self and to the world 
for love of Thee! O crucified Love! O precious blood 
of Jesus! May all hearts ove Thee, may all tongues 
praise and glorify and thank Thee, now and for ever 
more. 

PRECIOUS blood, shed so profusely in the cru- 
cifixion of our Jesus, make me die entirely to 
self-love ! 

Precious blood, shed to the very last drop by the open 
ing of the Sacred Heart, give me that generous love that 
sacrifices all for God! 

Precious blood, sacred source whence flow all virtues 
and all graces, apply thy infinite merits to my soul 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 219 

Precious blood, whose virtue animates and vivifies 
our actions, apply thy infinite merits to all our works! 

Life-giving fountain, in which the soul fully slakes its 
thirst, saturate it with pure love! 

O divine blood of my Jesus, I adore thee from the 
depth of my heart! Thee I ardently invoke, for thou 
art my salvation, and by thee I hope to obtain the joys 
of paradise. 

Most precious blood of Jesus, cry for mercy for us, to 
thy divine Father and deliver us! 

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the precious blood of 
Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins and for the wants of 
the holy Church." 

By the precious blood of Jesus, I beseech Thee, Father 
in heaven, have mercy on the poor souls in purgatory. 
Requiem seternam dona eis, Domine; Et lux perpetua 
luceat eis! 

Adore the five wounds of your crucified Jesus, kissing 
them in spirit, praying for true and abiding sorrow for 
your sins, for perfect conformity to the will of God and the 
grace of perseverance. 

Jesu dulcis amor meus. 

ESU ! as though Thyself wert here, 
I draw in trembling sorrow near; 
And hanging o er Thy form divine, 
Kneel down to kiss these wounds of Thine. 

Ah me, how naked art Thou laid! 
Bloodstain d, distended, cold, and dead? 
Joy of my soul my Saviour sweet, 
Upon this sacred winding-sheet! 

Hail, awful brow! hail, thorny wreath! 
Hail, countenance now pale in death! 
Whose glance but late so brightly blazed, 
That angels trembled as they gazed. 



220 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

And hail to thee, my Saviour s side; 
And hail to thee, thou wound so wide: 
Thou wound more ruddy than the rose, 
True antidote of all our woes! 

Oh, by those sacred hands and feet 
For me so mangled! I entreat, 
My Jesu, turn me not away, 
But let me here for ever stay. 

AT COMMUNION. 

Make an ad 0} contrition, a renewal 0} vows, and tast 
ing yourself in spirit into the bleeding Heart of Jesus, 
pray that you may love Him more and more, be more like 
to Him in the imitation of His virtues, and b" united 
with Him for evermore. 

AT THE BLESSING. 



/ S TERNAL Father! we offer Thee the most precious 
^-A blood of Jesus, shed for us with such great love 
and bitter pain from the wound in His right hand ; and, 
through its merits and its might, we entreat Thy divine 
Majesty to grant us Thy holy benediction, that, by its 
power, we may be defended against all our enemies and 
freed from every ill; whilst we say: 

Benedictio Dei omnipo- May the blessing of God 
tentis, Patris et Filii et Spiri- almighty, Father, and Son, 
tus Sancti, descendat super and Holy Ghost, descend up- 
nos, et maneat semper. on us, and remain for ever. 

Amen. Amen. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. 

Indulgence of 100 days to those who shall say this offering, 
with the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory be to the 
Father, to the Most Holy Trinity, in thanksgiving for blessings 
received; plenary indulgence once a month, on usual conditions. 
Leo XII., Oct. 25, 1823. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 



221 



PRAYER TO THE HOLY VIRGIN, OUR LADY OF SORROWS. 

fT\ARY most holy. Mother of sorrows, by that in- 
M- tense martyrdom which thou didst suffer at the 
foot of the cross, during the three hours of Jesus agony: 
deign to aid us all, children of thy sorrows, in our last 
dgony, that, by thy prayers, we, from our bed of death, 
may pass to heaven s holy joys, there to adorn thy crown. 
Hail Mary, three times. 



ARIA mater gratis, 



Mater misericordiae, 

Tu nos ab hoste protege. 

Et mortis hora suscipe. 
V. A subitanea et impro- 
visa morte. 

R. Libera nos, Domine. 
V. Ab insidiis diaboli. 

R. Libera nos, Domine. 
V. A morte perpetua. 
R. Libera nos, Domine. 

Or emus. 

US, qui ad humani 
generis salutem in dolo- 
rosissima Filii tui morte exem- 
plum et subsidium constitu- 
isti: concede, quaesumus, ut 
in extremo mortis nostrse 
periculo tantse charitatis ef- 
fectum consequi, et ipsius 
Redemptoris gloriae consoci- 
ari mereamur. Per eumdum 
Christum Dominum nostrum. 



R. Amen. 



OTHER of mercy, 

mother of grace, j 
Mary, help a fallen race, 
Shield us when the foe is 

nigh, 

And receive us when we die. 
V. From sudden and un 
prepared death. 

R. Deliver us, O Lord! 
V. From the snares of the 
devil. 

R. Deliver us, O Lord! 
V. From everlasting death. 
R. Deliver us, O Lord! 

Let us pray. 

f^OD, Who for our salva- 
\S) tion hast, in the most 
bitter death of Thy Son, made 
for us both an example and 
a refuge: grant, we beseech 
Thee, that, in the last peril, at 
the hour of our death, we may 
be made worthy to experi 
ence the effect of His great 
charity, and to be made par 
takers of the Redeemer s 
glory. Through the same 
Christ our Lord. 
R. Amen. 



222 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

End with the ejaculations: 

J7ESUS, Mary, and Joseph! I give you my heart and 
v my soul. 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! assist me in my last agony. 

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! may I breathe out my soul 
in peace with you. 

Offering of /Iftass ano Communion on Saturoag Go 
tbe 3Bles0eJ> \Dir0in 



Mary, Queen of heaven, Mother of Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the world, 
who forsakest no one, and despisest no one, look upon me, 
O dear Mother of mercy, and my Mother, with an eye of 
pity, and entreat for me, of thy beloved Son, conversion 
to that perfection to which God has called me, the virtues 
of purity and humility, and great confidence in thee. 
Obtain, likewise, that this Mass and communion may 
be acceptable to God for the conversion of sinners, espe 
cially . . . ; for the increased perfection of each dear 
sister of this Community, and for our preservance. 

f\ MOST holy Virgin, Mother of the Word Incar- 
^^ nate, depositary of graces, and Refuge of sinners, 
we have recourse to thy maternal love: with a lively faith 
we ask the grace to do always the will of God and thine. 
We resign ourselves into thy most sacred hands, and 
beseech thee to obtain for us the virtues of our state and 
the grace of a happy death. We confidently hope that 
thou, O most loving Mother, wilt graciously hear us, 
and therefore with a lively faith we say, "Hail Mary." 
Repeat the Hail Mary three times. 

Let us pray. 

E beseech Thee, O Lord, protect Thy servants 
from every frailty, through the intercession of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary, and, as we kneel in humble 
adoration before Thee and offer Thee our hearts, merci - 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 223 

fully guard us against the snares of our enemies, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

/Bbetboo of Ibeartncj /iftass on Saturday. 

AT THE BEGINNING. 

Make acts oj contrition, humility, and confidence. 
Vide : " Mass in Honor oj the Blessed Virgin Mary." 

INTROIT. 

^^ALVE, Sancta Parens *T^ AIL, holy Mother, who 

^5 enixa puerpera Regem, *-_& didst bring forth the 

qui coelum terramque regit in King Who reigns over heaven 

saecula saeculorum. Ps. Eruc- and earth forevermore. Ps. 

tavit cor meum verbum bo- My heart hath uttered a good 

num: dico ego opera mea word: I speak my works to 

Regi. the King. 

V. Gloria. V. Glory. 

COLL. Concede nos. Grant, O Lord, we beseech 
Thee, that we, Thy servants, may enjoy constant health 
of body and mind, and by the glorious intercession of 
blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from all tem 
poral afflictions, and come to those joys that are eternal. 
Through, etc. 

LESSON. Ecclus. xxiv. 14, 16. From the begin 
ning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the 
world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy 
dwelling-place I have ministered before Him. And so 
was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I 
rested, and my power was in Jerusalem. And I took 
root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my 
God His inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly 
of saints. 

GRAD. Thou art blessed, and worthy of our respects, 
O Virgin Mary, who, without prejudice to thy virginity, 
didst become the Mother of Our Saviour. 

V. O Virgin Mother of God! He Whom the whole 



224 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

world can not contain, became man, and was enclosed in 
th^ womb. Alleluia, Alleluia. 

V. After child-birth thou didst remain a pure Virgin. 
O Mother of God, intercede for us! 

GOSPEL. In illo loquente Jesu. Luke xi. 27, 28. 
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a 
certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said 
to Him: Ble:sed is the womb that bore Thee, and the 
paps that gave Thee suck. But He said: Yea, rather, 
blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep it. 

OFFERTORY. Happy art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, 
and most worthy of all praise, because from thee arose 
the Sun of justice, Christ our Lord. 

SECRET. May, O Lord, by Thy own mercy and 
the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, this 
oblation procure us peace and happiness, both in this 
life, and in that which is to come. Through Jesus 
Christ, Thy Son. 

PRAYER AT THE OFFERTORY. 

O MERCIFUL God! Who, for the salvation of 
sinners and the comfort of the afflicted, hast 
infused into the immaculate heart of the Blessed Virgin 
sentiments of the tenderest compassion for us, similar 
to those which predominate in the Heart of Jesus, grant 
that, by the intercession of our holy patroness, we may 
imitate our divine Model, and thus becoming ever more 
pleasing to Thee, may enjoy a foretaste of the joys of 
heaven. O sweet Jesus! Who tenderly lovest the most 
holy of virgins, and art most tenderly loved by her, 
grant, through her intercession, and by the resemblance 
her immaculate heart bore to Thine, that I may ever love 
Thee, live but for Thee, and be united to Thee in a 
happy eternity. Amen. 

O holy Mother of Jesus! the most pure of all creatures, 
in union with all the saints in heaven and all the just on 
earth, I venerate thee: I consecrate my heart to thee, 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 225 

choosing thee for my Mother, my queen, my advocate, 
and my guide; I wish to imitate ;hee, and I desire to 
serve thee with a tender, generous, and filial love. I 
beseech thee, august and merciful Queen of heaven, 
to receive me this day as thy child, to assist me in all my 
undertakings, to succor me all in my wants, to obtain 
for me purity, humility, charity, patience, obedience, 
union with God, and perfect submission to His holy will. 
Comfort and support me, dear Mother, in the hour of my 
death. ; "> 

THREE OFFERINGS, IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN 
MARY. 

I. *T< OLIEST Virgin, with all my heart I worship 
*-& thee above all the angels and saints in para 
dise as the daughter of the eternal Father, and to thee I 
consecrate my soul and all its powers. 

Hail Mary, etc. 

II. "T^ OLIEST Virgin, with all my heart I worshio 
-*-* thee above all the angels and saints in 

paradise as the Mother of the only-begotten Son, ad to 
thee I consecrate my body with all its senses. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

III. T^ OLIEST Virgin, with all my heart I wor- 
- ship thee above all the angels and saints 

in paradise as the spouse of the Holy Ghost, and to thee 
I consecrate my heart and all its affections, praying thee 
to obtain for me from the ever-blessed Trinity all the 
graces which I need for my salvation. 
Hail Mary, etc. 

Indulgence of 300 days, each time, to be gained by those who 
shall say above prayers to obtain Our Lady s protection in the 
practice of all holy virtues, and especially of chastity. 

Plenary indulgence on usual conditions. Leo XII., Oct. 21, 
1823; Pius IX., June 18, 1876. 



226 Methods of Hearing Mass. 



AT THE PREFACE. 

DIVINE Jesus, grant me a share in Thy zeal for 
Thy Father s glory, that in union with the dom 
inations, principalities, and the whole hierarchy of angels, 
I may anticipate in my exile the ever new canticle, which 
they incessantly sing in the abode of bliss: Holy, thrice 
holy, infinitely holy is the Lord of hosts! the heavens 
and the earth are full of His glory, but His mercies have 
been exalted above all His works, since Thou, O divine 
Jesus, hast descended from His bosom, and come in His 
name to dwell in this valley of tears nay, more, to dwell 
in unworthy hearts. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

ETERNAL Father! behold Thy beloved Son, my 
blessed Saviour, Whom I humbly offer to Thy 
divine Majesty in satisfaction for all my offences and 
ingratitude. 

I offer Thee His purity, His innocence, to arone for 
my defilement; His humility, for my pride; His zeal, for 
my tepidity ; and the holiness of His life, for all the imper 
fections of mine. 

O merciful Father! look on the charity of Thy Son; 
behold how He once offered Himself a bloody sacrifice 
for my salvation, and how He now offers Himself in an 
unbloody manner on this altar for the same end. O holy 
Father! receive this His sacrifice in lieu of all the honor, 
homage, and gratitude due to Thy goodness from me and 
all Thy creatures. 

O my sweet Saviour! I thank Thee for Thy love and 
Thy mercy. I thank Thee, also, for all the wondrous 
prerogatives and dignities which Thou hast conferred on 
Mary, the Queen of heaven. I love Thee with my whole 
heart. What pledge of my love can I give Thee? 
Thou hast asked my heart: take it, Loid Jesus, take it 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 227 

Thou alone, take it all to Thee, take it as Thy due, and 
my free offering; take it as the present of a child to her 
father; take it as a holocaust, to be consumed entirely 
in Thy service. 

INVOCATION. 

ANCTA Virgo Maria < X=^OLY Virgin Mary Im 

Immaculata, Mater r*f> culate, Mother of God 

Dei, Mater nostra, Tu pro and our Mother, speak thou 

nobis loquere ad Cor Jesu, for us to the Heart of Jesus, 

qui tuus Filius est et Frater Who is thy Son and our 

noster. Brother. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Dec. 20, 1890. 

EJACULATION OF ST. PHILIP NERI. 

VIRGIN Mother of God, Mary, pray to Jesus for 
me. 

Indulgence of 50 days, once a day. Leo XIII., March 29, 1894. 

PIOUS EXERCISE. 

Pius VII., on Dec. 4, 1815, in order to increase, in all the 
faithful, devotion toward the sorrows of the most holy Virgin 
Mary, and to excite in them grateful recollection of the Passion 
of her Son Jesus, granted to those who, with contrite heart, shall 
say the Hail Mary seven times, and after each Hail Mary, the 
stanza, 

Sancta mater istud agas, Bid me bear, O Mother 

blessed ! 
Crucifixi fige plagas On my heart the wounds 

impressed 

Cordi meo valide. Suffered by the Crucified. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day; plenary indulgence, on 
any one day, in each month, on usual conditions. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI AND COMMUNION. 

LAMB of God! have mercy on me, and may the 
voice of Thy blood plead powerfully in my favor: 
grant me a secure shelter in Thy sacred wounds; impart 
to me, in the adorable Sacrament which I am about to 



228 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

receive (if you do not communicate actually, make at least 
a spiritual communion), that peace which the world can 
not give, and which can alone be found in union with 
Thee, O divine Victim! O Jesus, my life and my sal 
vation, when Thou enteresi into my heart in holy com 
munion, impress on it the lessons of humility, meek 
ness, patience, charity, and sweetness, so strongly incul 
cated by Thy precepts and example. O Mary! show 
thyself now my tender Mother and powerful advocate, 
that I may receive with faith, purity, fervor, humility, 
and confidence thy own beloved Son, and my sweet 
Saviour and Master. O blessed spirits of heaven, and, 
above all, my dear angel guardian, intercede for me, and 
supply, by your ardent adorations, for my want of fervor 
when I receive my Redeemer. 

Make an act of contrition, a renewal of vows, and then 
with jervent aspirations invite your Saviour into your 
heart. 



praters rfcereD bg pope Heo xin., to be Satfc after 

JEvetB Xow /fcass in HH tbe Gburcbes of tbe 

TJQorR). 

The priest with the people recites the Hail Mary thrice 
then the Salve Regina: 



, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, oui 
sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry. 
poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up 
our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. 
Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy 
towards us, and after this our exile show unto us the 
blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary! 

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

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



Methods of Hearing Mass. 229 

Let us pray. 

f~\ GOD, our refuge and our strength, look down 
^"^ with favor upon Thy people, who cry to Thee; 
and through the intercession of the glorious and immacu- 
ate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of her spouse, blessed 
Joseph, of Thy holy apostles Peter and Paul, and of all 
the saints, mercifully and graciously hear the prayers 
which we pour forth to Thee, for the conversion of sin 
ners and the liberty and exaltation of holy mother Church. 
Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Add the Invocation: St. Michael the archangel, defend 
us in battle; be our protection against the malice and 
snares of the devil. Rebuke him, O God, we humbly 
pray; and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the 
divine power, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil 
spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of 
souls. Amen. (Indulgence of 300 days.) 
Invocation after Mass. 

Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. (Three times.) 

Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines if recited three times 
after Mass with the priest. Pope Pius X. June 7, 1904. 

rOfnarg dfcetbofc ot Serving a ipricet at flfoaes. 

P. **NTROIBO ad altare Dei. 

C. f^> Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam. 

P. Judica me Deus. et discerne causam meam de gente non 
sancta, ab homine iniquo et doloso erue me. 

C. Quia tu es, Deus, fortitude mea, quare me repulisti et 
quare tristis incedo dum affligit me inimicus. 

P. Emitte lucem tuam et veritatem tuam: ipsa me dedux- 
erunt et adduxerunt in montem sanctum tuum, et in taberna- 
cula tua. 

C. Et introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat juventu 
tem meam. 

P. Confitebor tibi in cithara Deus, Deus meus: quare cri- 
stis es anima mea, et quare conturbas me. 

C. Spera in Deo, quoniam adhuc confitebor illi, salutare 
vultus mei et Deus meus. 

P. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. 



230 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

C. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula 
saeculorum. Amen. 

P. Introibo ad altare Dei. 

C. Ad Deum, qui laetificat juventutem meam. 

P. Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini. 

C. Qui fecit coelum et terram. 

P. Confiteor Deo, etc. 

C. Misereatur tui omnipotens Deus, et dimissis peccatis 
tuis perducat te ad vitam aeternam. 

P. Amen. 

C. Confiteor Deo omnipotent^ beatae Mariae semper Vir- 
gini, beato Michaeli Archangelo, beato Joanni Baptistae, sanc- 
tis Apostolis Petro et Paulo omnibus sanctis, et tibi, Pater, quia 
peccavi nimis cogitatione, verbo et opere, mea culpa, mea 
culpa, mea maxima culpa. Ideo precor beatam Mariam, sem 
per Virginem, beatum Michaelem Archangelum, beatum Joan- 
nem Baptistam, sanctos Apostolos Petrum et Paulum, omnes. 
sanctos, et te Pater, orare pro me ad Dominum Deum nostrum. 

P. Misereatur vestri, etc. 

C. Amen. 

P. Indulgentiam, absolutionem, etc. 

C. Amen. 

P. Deus tu conversus vivificabis nos. 

C. Et plebs tua laetatibur in te. 

P. Ostende nobis Domine misericordiam tuam. 

C. Et salutare tuum da nobis. 

P. Domine, exaudi orationem meam. 

C. Et clamor meus ad te veniat 

P. Dominus vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

P. Kyrie eleison. 

C. Kyrie eleison. 

P. Kyrie eleison. 

C. Christe eleisoa 

P. Christe eleison. 

C. Christe eleison. 

P. Kyrie eleison. 

C. Kyrie eleison. 

P. Kyrie eleison. 

P. Dominus vobiscum, or flectamus genua. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo, or levate. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 231 

P. Per omnia ssecula saeculorum. 
C. Amen. 

4/ the end of the Epistle say, Deo gratias. 

P. Sequentia sancti Evangelii, etc. 
C. Gloria tibi Domine. 

At the end of the Gospel say, Laus tibi Christe. 

P. Dominus vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

P. Orate Fratres. 

C. Suscipiat Dominus sacrificium de manibus tuis; ad 
laudem et gloriam nominis sui; ad utilitatem quoque nos- 
tram totiusque Ecclesiae suae sanctae. 

P. Per omnia saecula saeculorum. 

C. Amen. 

P. Dominus vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

P. Sursum corda. 

C. Habemus ad-Dominum. 

P. Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro. 

C. Dignum et justem est. 

P. Per omnia saecula saeculorum. 

C. Amen. 

P. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem. 

C. Sed libera nos a malo. 

P. Per omnia saecula saeculorum. 

C. Amen. 

P. Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

P. Dominus vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

P. Per omnia saecula saeculorum. 

C. Amen. 

P. Ite missa est, or benedicamus Domino. 

C. Deo gratias. 

P. Requiescant in pace. 

C. Amen. 



232 Methods of Hearing Mass. 



DOMINICAN RITE OF SERVING MASS. 

(Before beginning Mass the priest puts wine and water inco 
the chalice.} 

P. *T*N nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Araen. 

P. J- Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus. 

C. Quoniam in saeculum misericordia ejus. 

P. Confiteor, etc. 

C. Misereatur tui omnipotens Deus, et dimittat tibi omnia 
peccata tua, liberet te ab omni malo, salvet et confirmet in 
omni opere bono, et perducat te ad vitam aeternam. 

P. Amen. 

C. Confiteor Deo omnipotent!, et Beatae Mariae semper Vir- 
gini, et Beato Dominico Patri nostro, et omnibus Sanctis, et 
tibi Pater quia peccavi nimis cogitatione, locutione, opera et 
omissione, mea culpa, precor te orare pro me. 

P. Misereatur vestri, etc. 

C. Amen. 

P. Absolutionem et remissionem omnium peccatorum ve- 
strorum tribuat vobis omnipotens et misericors Dominus. 

C. Amen. 

P. Adjutorium nostram in nomine Domini. 

C. Qui fecit ccelum et terram. 



All the rest is as usual, except that there is not any "Deo 
gratias" after the Epistle, nor any "Latts tibi Christe " after 
the first Gospel, and no response is made at the "Orate Fra- 
tres." "The bell is rung at the "Agnus Dei." The "Domine 
non sum dignus" is not said aloud. After the last Gospel the 
"Deo gratias" is said as usual. 



PRO FIDELIBUS DEFUNCTIS. 

P. *~f~\& profundis clamavi ad te Domine; Domine exaudi 
-L/ vocem meam. 

C. Fiant aures tuae intendentes in vocem deprecationis mese. 

P. Si iniquitates observaveris Domine, Domine, quis su- 
stinebit. 

C. Quia apud te propitiatio est: et propter legem tuam 
."ustinui te Domine. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 2 3 f 

P. Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus; speravit anima mea 
in Domino. 

C. A custodia mututina usque ad noctem speret Israel in 
Domino. 

P. Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum 
Redemptio. 

C. Et ipse redimet Israel ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus. 

P. Requiem aeternam dona eis Domine. 

C. Et lux perpetua luceat eis. 

P. A porta inferi. 

C. Erue Domine animas eorum, 

P. Requiescant in pace. 

C. Amen. 

P. Domine exaudi orationem meam. 

C. Et clamor meus ad te veniat. 

P. Dominus vobiscum. 

C. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

Oremus. 

^TTJIDELIUM Deus omnium conditor et Redemptor am- 
-* I mabus famulorum famularumque tuarum remissionem 
cunctorum tribue peccatorum ut indulgentiam quam semper 
optaverunt piis supplicationibus consequantur. Qui vivis et 
r^gnas, etc. 

B /BbetboD of Bssisting at dlbass tor Cbiloren. 

When the Priest says the Confiteor, the children say in 
common: 

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, and to you, father, that I have sinned ex 
ceedingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, 
through my fault, through my most grievous fault. There 
fore, I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed 
Michael the archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the 
holy apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, and you, 
father, to pray to the Lord our God for me. 



234 Methods of Hearing Mass, 

May the almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me 
my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen. 

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, 
absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

FOLLOWS A HYMN. 

When the Priest says the Credo the children recite in 
common the Apostles Creed: 

*T* BELIEVE in God, the Father almighty, Creator of 
*^ heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, 
Our Lord: Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born 
of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was 
crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into 
hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He 
ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God 
the 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. 

At the Offertory the children say in common: 
*jrj*CCEPT, O holy Father, almighty, everlasting 
<*"-*- God, this stainless Host, which we, through the 
hands of the priest, offer unto Thee, O God, living and 
true, for our innumerable sins, offences, and negligences, 
and for all here present; as also for all faithful Chris 
tians, both living and dead, that it may be profitable for 
our own and for their salvation unto life eternal. Amen. 

FOLLOWS ONE DECADE OF THE ROSARY. 

At the Sanctus the children say in common: 

OLY, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and 
earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the 
highest. Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of 
the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 235 



AT THE ELEVATING. 

At the elevation of the sacred Host, after each signal all 
say in common: 

f\ MY God, I believe in Thee, 

^-* O my God, I hope in Thee, 

O my God, I love Thee above all things. 

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, 

All praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment 

Thine ! 

At the elevation oj the chalice, after each signal all say 
in common: 

Jesus, for Thee I live, 

My Jesus, for Thee I die, 
My Jesus, I am Thine in life and in death! 

f ERNAL Father, I offer Thee the precious blood 
of Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins, and for the 
wants of holy Church. 

MEMENTO FOR THE DEAD. 

Follows a hymn or an approved Litany. 
At the communion all say ^n common after the signal is 
given: 

LORD, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter 
into my heart; say only the word and my soul 
shall be healed. 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

Jesus, I believe that Thou art truly present in the 
Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above 
all things, and I desire to possess Thee within my soul. 
Since I am unable now to receive Thee sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace 



236 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

Thee as being already there, and unite myself wholly to 
Thee; never permit me to be separated from Thee. 

AFTER COMMUNION. 

OUL of Christ, sanctify me; 
Body of Christ, save me; 
Blood of Christ, inebriate me; 
Water from the side of Christ, wash me; 
O good Jesus, hear me; 
Within Thy wounds, hide me; 
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee; 
From the malicious enemy, defend me; 
In the hour of death, call me and bid me to come to Thee; 
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. 
Amen. 

AFTER MASS. 

Prayers ordered by his Holiness Pope Leo XIII., to be 
said kneeling after every Low Mass: 

Hail Mary, three times. Then the Salve Regina, as on 
page 228. 

Bnotber Sbort anfc Simple /foetboD of assisting at 
for CbilDmu* 



When the Priest begins Mass the children all say in 
common: 

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, to 
all the saints, and to you, father, that I have sinned exceed 
ingly, in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, 
through my fault, through my most grievous fault. There 
fore, 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 to the Lord our God for me. 

* Approved by Archbishop Elder. 



Methods of Hearing Mass. 237 

May the almighty God have mercy on me, forgive me 
my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen. 

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me pardon, 
absolution, and remission of my sins. Amen. 

One decade o] the beads or more. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

*CCEPT, O holy Father, almighty, eternal God, 
this stainless Host, which we offer unto Thee, 
our true and living God, by the hands of Thy priest, for 
our innumerable sins, offences, and negligences, and for 
all here present, and for all the Christian faithful, living 
and dead; that it may be profitable to us and to them 
unto life everlasting. Amen. 
Continue the Rosary. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE: 

SACRAMENT most holy, O Sacrament divine, 
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment 
Thine! 

O eternal Father, I offer Thee the precious blood of 
Jesus Christ in expiation of my sins, and for the wants of 
holy Church. 

AT THE DOMINE NON SUM DIGNUS: 

"T"~! ORD, I am not worthy that Thou enter under my 
.- * roof. But only say the word, and my soul shall 
be healed. (Three times.) 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

rfESUS, I believe in Thee, because Thou art truth 
<J itself. 

Jesus, I hope in Thee, because Thou art almighty, 
merciful, and faithful to Thy promises. 

Jesus, I love Thee, because Thou art infinitely good, 
and worthy of all my love. 



238 Methods of Hearing Mass. 

Jesus, I desire to receive Thee. I am sorry for having 
offended Thee. Come to me, and never again let me be 
separated from Thee by sin. 

Jesus, my Lord, my God, and my all! 

ANIMA CHRISTI. 

BOUL of Christ, be my sanctification ! 
Body of Christ, be my salvation! 
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins! 
Water of Christ s side, wash out my stains! 
Passion of Christ, my comfort be! 
O good Jesus, listen to me! 
In Thy wounds I wish to hide! 
Ne er to be parted from Thy side! 
Guard me should the foe assail me. 
Call me, when my life shall fail me, 
Bid me come to Thee above 
With Thy saints to sing Thy love, 
World without end. Amen. 

Continue the Rosary. 



rfcfnars of tbe 1bol 



THE ASPERGES. 



*pTSPERGES me, 



Am. 

Domine, hys- 

sopo, et mundabor: lavabis 
me, et super nivem dealba- 
bor. 



Ps. Miserere mei, Deus, 
secundum magnam miseri- 
cordiam tuam. 

V. Gloria Patri, etc. 

Ant. Asperges me. 



Ant. JJTJHOU shall sprin 
v-J kle me with 
hyssop, O Lord, and I shall 
be cleansed: Thou shalt wash 
me, and I shall be made whiter 
than snow. 

Ps. Have mercy on me, O 
God, according to Thy great 
mercy. 

V. Glory be, etc. 

Ant. Thou shalt sprinkle 



The Priest, having returned to the foot of the Altar, says : 



V. /"^STENDE nobis, 
^- Domine, miseri- 
cordiam tuam. 

R. Et salutare tuum da 
nobis. 

V. Domine, exaudi oratio- 
nem meam. 

R. Et clamor meus ad te 
veniat. 

V. Dominus vobiscum. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 



V. 



BHOW us, O Lord, 
Thy mercy. 



R. And grant us Thy sal 
vation. 

F. O Lord, hear my 
prayer. 

R. And let my cry come 
unto Thee. 

V. The Lord be with you. 

R. And with Thy spirit. 



Let iis pray. 

nos, Domine |^ EAR us, O holy Lord, 
almighty Father, eter- 
God; and vouchsafe to 



sancte, Pater omnipo- 
tens aeterne Deus et mittere nal 

2 39 



240 The Ordinary of the Holy Mass. 

digneris sanctum angelum send Thy holy angel from 

tuum de coelis, qui custodial, heaven, to guard, cherish, 

foveat, protegat, visitet, at- protect, visit, and defend all 

que defendat omnes habitan- that are assembled in this 

tes in hoc habitaculo. Per house. Through Christ our 

Christum Dominum nostrum. Lord. Amen. 
Amen. 

From Easter to Whitsunday inclusively, instead of the foregoing 

Anthem, the following is sung and Alleluia is added to the V. 

(Ostende nobis) and also to its R. (Et salutare). 

Ant. *m r l D I aquam Ant. *T* SAW water flow- 
V egredientem -* ing from the 

de templo a latere dextro, right side of the temple, Al- 
Alleluia: et omnes ad quos leluia; and all to whom that 
pervenit aqua ista salvi facti water came were saved, and 
sunt, et dicent: Alleluia. they shall say: Alleluia. 

Ps. Confitemini Domino, Ps. Praise the Lord, for 
quoniam bonus; quoniam in He is good: for His mercy 
saeculum misericordia ejus. endureth for ever. 

Gloria, etc. Glory, etc. 



The Priest, standing at the foot of the Altar, and bowing down 
before it, signs himself with the sign of the cross from the fore 
head to tlie breast, and says with a distinct voice: 

*T*N Nomine Patris, F ct *X*X the name of the Fa- 
- Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. * ther, 4< and of the Son, 
Amen. and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Then, joining his hands before his breast, he begins the antiphon : 

T NTROIBO ad altare Dei. ^ WILL go unto the altar 

4U 4-, of God. 

R. Ad Deum, qui laeti- R. To God, Who giveth 

ficat juventutem meam. joy to my youth. 

In Masses for the Dead, and from Passion Sunday till Holy Satur 
day exclusively, the following Psalm is omitted: 

Psalm XLII. Judica me, Deus. 

S. HfUDICA me, Deus, P. 77UDGE me, O God, 

eJ et discerne causam J and distinguish my 

meam de gente non sancta: cause from the nation that is 



The Ordinary of the Holy Mass. 



241 



ab homine iniquo et doloso 
erue me. 

M. Quia tu es, Deus, for 
titude mea, quare me repu- 
listi? et quare tristis incedo 
dum affligit me inimicus? 

5. Emitte lucem tuam et 
Teritatem tuam: ipsa me de- 
duxerunt et adduxerunt in 
montem sanctum tuum, et in 
tabernacula tua. 

M. Et introibo ad altare 
Dei: ad Deum, qui lastificat 
juventutem meam. 

5. Conntebor tibi in cit- 
hara, Deus, Deus meus: qu 
are tristis es, anima mea? et 
quare conturbas me? 

M. Spera in Deo, quoniam 
adhuc confitebor illi: salu- 
tare vultus mei, et Deus meus. 

5. Gloria Patri, et Filio, et 
Spiritui Sancto. 

M . Sicut erat in principio, 
et nunc, et semper, et in sse- 
cula saeculorum. Amen. 

V. Introibo ad altare Dei. 

R. Ad Deum, qui laetificat 
juventutem meam. 

V. Adjutorium nostrum in 
nomine Domini. 

R. Qui fecit ccelum et ter- 
ram. 



not holy: deliver me from the 
unjust and deceitful man. 

R. For Thou, O God, art 
my strength, why hast Thou 
cast me off ? and why do I go 
sorrowful whilst the enemy 
amicteth me? 

P. Send forth Thy light 
and Thy truth: they have 
conducted me and brought 
me unto Thy holy mount, 
and into Thy tabernacles. 

R. And I will go unto the 
altar of God: to God, Who 
giveth joy to my youth. 

P. I will praise Thee on the 
harp, O God, my God: why 
art thou sorrowful, O my 
soul ? and why dost thou dis 
quiet me? 

R. Hope in God, for I will 
still give praise to Him: Who 
is the salvation of my coun 
tenance, and my God. 

P. Glory be to the Father, 
etc. 

R. As it was in the begin 
ning, is now, and ever shall be, 
world without end. Amen. 

V. I will go unto the altar 
of God. 

R. To God, Who giveth 
joy to my youth. 

V. Our help is in the name 
of the Lord. 

R. Who hath made heaven 
and earth. 



242 



The Ordinary of the Holy Mass, 



Then, joining his hands and humbly bowing down, he says the 
Confession : 



s -ci ( 

>^l ommpotenti, etc. 

M. Misereatur tui omni 
potens Deus, et dimissw pec 
catis tuis, perducat te ad vi 
tam aeternam. 

S. Amen. 

M. Confiteor Deo omni- 
potenti, beatae Mariae semper 
Virgini, beato Michaeli Arch- 
angelo, beato Joanni Baptistse, 
sanctis Apostolis Petro et 
Paulo, omnibus sanctis, et 
t-ibi, pater, quia peccavi nimis 
cogitatione, verbo, et opere, 
mea culpa, mea culpa, mea 
maxima culpa. Ideo pre- 
cor beatam Mariam semper 
Virginem, beatum Michaelem 
Archangelum, beatum Joan- 
nem Baptistam, sanctos Apo- 
stolos Petrum et Paulum om- 
nes Sanctos, et te pater, orare 
pro me ad Dominum Deum 
nostrum. 



P. ^ CONFESS to al- 

*- mighty God, etc. 

R. May almighty God 
have mercy upon thee, for 
give thee thy sins, and bring 
thee to life everlasting. 

P. Amen. 

R. I confess to almighty 
God, to blessed Mary ever 
virgin, to blessed Michael 
the archangel, to blessed 
John Baptist, to the holy 
apostles Peter and Paul, to all 
the saints, and to you, father, 
that I have sinned exceed 
ingly in thought, word, and 
deed (here strike the breast 
thrice}, through my fault, 
through my fault, through my 
most grievous fault. There 
fore I beseech the blessed 
Mary ever virgin, blessed 
Michael the archangel, bless 
ed John Baptist, the holy 
apostles Peter and Paul, all 
the saints, and you, father, to 
pray to the Lord our God for 
me. 

Then the Priest, -with his hands joined, gives the absolution, saying: 



P. /T\ AY almighty God 
<*U have mercy up 
on you, forgive you your sins, 
and bring you to life ever 
lasting. R. Amen. 

Signing himself with the sign of the cross, he says: 
S. -J-^NDULGEN- P. * (T\ AY the almighty 
*! TIAM, absolu- V*- and merciful 

tionem, et remissionem pec- Lord grant us pardon, absolu- 



JSEREATUR ve- 

stri omnipotens 
Deus, et dimissis peccatis ve- 
stris, perducat vos ad vitam 
aeternam. M. Amen. 



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243 



catorum nostrorum tribuat tion, and remission of our 

nobis omnipotens et miseri- sins, 
cors Dominus. 

M. Amen. R. Amen. 



Then, bowing down, he proceeds: 



V. 



^EUS, tu conver- 
sus vivificabis 
nos. 

R. Et plebs tua laetabitur 
in te. 

V. Ostende nobis, Domi 
ne, misericordiam tuam. 

R. Et salutare tuum da 
nobis. 

V. Domine, exaudi oratio- 
nem meam. 

R. Et clamor meus ad te 
veniat. 

V. Dominus vobiscum. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 



V. /^HOU wilt turn 
v> again, O God, 
and quicken us. 

R. And Thy people shall 
rejoice in Thee. 

V. Show us, O Lord, Thy 
mercy. 

R. And grant us Thy sal 
vation. 

V. O Lord, hear my 
prayer. 

R. And let my cry come 
unto Thee. 

V. The Lord be with you. 

R. And with thy spirit. 



First extending, and then joining his hands, he says audibly: Ore- 
mus; and then ascending the Altar, he says secretly: 

UFER a no" is quaesu- 
mus, Domine, iniqui- 
tates nostras: ut ad Sancta 
Sanctorum puris _ mereamur 
mentibus introire. Per Chris 
tum Dominum nostrum. 
Amen. 



away from us our 
iniquities, we beseech 
Thee, O Lord; that we may 
be worthy to enter with pure 
minds into the Holy of holies. 
Through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 



Bowing down over the Altar, he says: 



ORAMUS te, Domine, per 
merita sanctorum tuo- 
rum quorum reliquiae hie 
sunt, et omnium sanctorum, 
ut indulgere digneris omnia 
peccata mea. 
Amen. 



E beseech Thee,OLord, 
by the merits of Thy 
^aints whose relics are here, 
and of all the saints, that 
Thou wouldst vouchsafe to 
forgive me all my sins. 
Amen. 



244 T? 16 Ordinary of the Holy Mass. 

Prayer during the reading oj the Introit: 

BLESSED be the Holy Trinity and Undivided Unity; 
we will give praise to Him, because He hath shown 
His mercy to us. 

O Lord our Lord, how wonderful is Thy name in all 
the earth! 

Glory be to the Father, Who hath created us. 

Glory be to the Son, Who hath redeemed us. 

Glory be to the Holy Ghost, Who hath sanctified us. 

Glory be to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, one God, 
for ever and ever. Amen. 

The Kyrie eleison then is said by the Priest and Server alternately: 
YRIE eleison. *-* ORD, have mercy upon 



K 



Christe eleison. Christ, have mercy upon 

(ter.) us. (Three times.) 

Kyrie eleison. Lord, have mercy upon us. 

(ter.) (Three times.) 

Afterwards, standing at the middle of the Altar, extending, and 
then joining his hands, and slightly bowing, he says (when it is 
to be said) the Gloria in Excelsis, When he says the words, We 
adore Thee, we give Thee thanks, Jesus Christ, and Receive 
our prayer, he bows, and at the end lie signs himself with the 
sign of the cross. 

ORIA in excelsis Deo; /TtfLORY be to God on 

et in terra pax homini- ViJ high, and on earth 

bus bonae voluntatis. Lau- peace to men of good will. We 

damus te; benedicimus te; praise Thee; we bless Thee; 

adoramus te; glorificamus te. we adore Thee; we glorify 

Gratias agimus tibi propter Thee. We give Thee thanks 

magnam gloriam tuam. Do- for Thy great glory, O Lord 

mine Deus, Rex coelestis, De- God, heavenly King, God the 

us Pater omnipotens. Domi- Father almighty. O Lord 

ne Fili unigenite Jesu Christe; Jesus Christ, the only-begot- 

Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, ten Son: O Lord God, Lamb 

Films Patris, qui tollis peccata of God, Son of the Father, 

mundi, miserere nobis: qui Who takest away the sins of 

tollis peccata mundi, suscipe of the world, have mercy on 



The Ordinary of the Holy Afass. 245 

<d*precationem nostram: qui us; Thou Who takest away 
sedes ad dexteram Patris, the sins of the world, receive 
miserere hobis. Quoniam tu our prayers: Thou Who sit- 
solus sanctus: tu solus Domi- test at the right hand of the 
mis; tu solus altissimus, Jesu Father, have mercy on us. For 
Christe, cum Sancto Spiritu, Thou only art holy: Thou 
jn gloria Dei Patris. Amen, only art the Lord: Thou only, 

O Jesus Christ, with the Holy 
Ghost, art most high in the 
glory of God the Father. 
Amen. 

The Priest kisses the Altar, and, turning to tlte people, says: 

V. *T\OMINUS vo- V. JJ^HE Lord be witf 

i**J biscum. >J you. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

Then follow the Collects; which vary with the season: 

GOD, the protector of all that hope in Thee, with- 
out Whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, 
multiply Thy mercy upon us; that, Thou being our 
ruler and guide, we may so pass through temporal goods, 
that we finally lose not those which are eternal. Through 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

O God, the pastor and governor of all the faithful; 
look down, in Thy mercy, on Thy servant N., whom 
Thou hast appointed to preside over Thy Church, and 
grant, we beseech Thee, that both by word and example, 
he may edify all those who are under his charge ; so that, 
with the flock entrusted to him, he may arrive at length 
at life everlasting. Through, etc. Amen. 

Then the Epistle for the day is read, as found in the Missal; o: 
the following may be read instead: 

LESSON. Wisd. v. 1-5. The just shall stand 
with great constancy against those that have afflicted 
them, and taken away their labors. These seeing it 
shall be troubled with terrible fear, and shall be amazed 
at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying 



246 The Ordinary of the Holv Mass. 

within themselves, repenting and groaning for anguish 
of spirit: These are they whom we had some time in 
derision, and for a parable of reproach. We fools es 
teemed their life madness, and their end without honor. 
Behold, how they are numbered among the children of 
God, and their lot is among the saints. 

Alter -which is said: 

Deo gratias. Thanks be to God. 

Then the Gradual, Tract, Alleluia, or Sequence, according to 
the time, 

FOR THE GRADUAL. 

"T> E Thou unto me a God, a protector, and a house of 
-*--* refuge to save me. In Thee, O God, have I 
hoped; O Lord, let me never be confounded. 

Deal not with us, O Lord, according to our sins which 
we have committed, nor punish us according to our 
iniquities. 

V. Help us, O God our Saviour; and for the glory of 
Thy name, O Lord, deliver us, and forgive us our sins for 
Thy name s sake. 

After this, at High Mass, the Deacon places the book of the Gos 
pels on the Altar, and the Celebrant blesses the incense. Then 
the Deacon, kneeling before the Altar -with joined hands, says: 
/TJUNDA cor meum ac CLEANSE my heart and 
**** labia mea, omnipo- ^\ my lips, O almighty 
tens Deus, qui labia Isaiae God, Who didst cleanse the 
prophetae calculo mundasti lips of the prophet Isaias with 
ignito: ita me tua grata mi- a burning coal: and vouch- 
seratione dignare mundare, ut safe, through Thy gracious 
sanctum Evangelium tuum mercy, so to purify me, that 
digne valeam nuntiare. Per I may worthily proclaim Thy 
Christum Dominum nostrum, holy Gospel. Through Christ 
Amen. our Lord. Amen. 

Afterwards he takes the book from the Altar, and again kneeling 
down before the Priest, asks his blessing, saying: Jube, Domine, 
benedicere. Tlie Priest says: 

OMINUS sit in corde J^HE Lord be in thy heart 
tuo et in labiis tuis, ^-* and on thy lips, that 



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ut digne et competenter an- thou mayst worthily and in a 
nun ties Evangelium suum: in becoming manner announce 
nomine Patris, et Filii, et J His holy Gospel: in the name 
Spiritui Sancti. Amen. of the Father, and of the Son, 

and ! of the Holy Ghost. 

Amen. 

Having received the blessing, he kisses the hand of the Priest; 
and then, with incense and lighted candles, he goes to the place 
where the Gospel is read, and standing -with his hands joined, 
says: 

V. Dominus vobiscum. V. The Lord be with you 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

Then, giving out: 

V. Sequentia (vel initium) V. The continuation (or 
sancti Evangelii secundum N. beginning) of the holy Gos 
pel according to N. 

He makes the sign of tlw cross with the thumb of his right hand on 
the Gospel which he is to read, and on his forehead, mouth, and 
breast (the people doing the same}; and while the Minister and 
people answer: 

R. Gloria tibi, Domine. R. Glory be to Thee, O 

Lord. 

He incenses the book three times, and then reads the Gospel. 
FOR THE GOSPEL. 

that time: Peter said to Jesus: Behold we have 
left all things, and have followed Thee: what 
therefore shall we have ? And Jesus said to them : Amen, 
I say to you, that you who have followed Me in the regen 
eration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of His 
Majesty you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve 
tribes of Israel. And every one that hath left house, or 
brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or chil 
dren, or lands for My name s sake, shall receive an hun 
dredfold, and shall possess life everlasting. 

Then is said: 

R. Laus tibi, Christe. R. Praise be to Thee, O 

Christ. 



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The Subdeacon then carries the book to the Priest; he kisses the 
Gospel, saying: 

ER evangelica dicta de- *!> Y the words of the Gos- 
leantur nostra delicta. t*& pel may our sins be 
blotted out. 

Here the Sermon is usually preached. 

Then at the middle 0} the Altar, extending, elevating, and joining 
his hands, the Priest says the Nicene Creed (when it is to be 
said), keeping his hands joined. When he says the words: 
God, Jesus Christ, and: is adored, he bows his head to the cross. 
But at the words: and was incarnate, he kneels down, and con 
tinues kneeling to the words: was made man. At the words : 
the life of the world to come, he signs himself with the sign 
o) the cross jrom the forehead to the breast. 



O REDO in unum Deum, 
Patrem omnipotentem, 
Factorem coeli et terras, visi- 
bilium omnium et invisibi- 
lium. 

Et in unum Dominum 
Jesum Christum, Filium Dei 
unigenitum, et ex Patre na- 
tum ante omnia saecula. De 
um. de Deo; Lumen de Lu- 
mine; Deum verum de Deo 
vero; genitum non factum; 
consubstantialem Patri, per 
quern omnia facta sunt. Qui 
propter nos homines, et prop- 
ter nostram salutem, descen- 
dit de ccelis; et incarnatus est 
de Spiritu Sancto ex Maria 
Virgine: ET HOMO FACTUS EST 
(hie genuftectitur) . Cruci- 
fixus etiam pro nobis: sub 
Pontio Pilato passus et se- 
pultus est. Et resurrexit tertia 
die secundum Scripturas: et 
ascendit in ccelum, sedet ad 
dexteram Patris: et iterum 
venturus est cum gloria judi- 



BELIEVE in one God, 
the Father almighty, 
Maker of heaven and earth, 
and of all things visible and 
invisible. 

And in one Lord Jesus 
Christ, the only-begotten Son 
of God, born of the Father 
before all ages. God of God; 
Light of Light; true God of 
true God; begotten not made; 
consubstantial with the Fa 
ther, by Whom all things were 
made. Who for us men, and 
and for our salvation, came 
down from heaven; and was 
incarnate by the Holy Ghost 
of the Virgin Mary: AND WAS 
MADE MAN (here kneel down). 
He was crucified also for us, 
suffered under Pontius Pilate, 
and was buried. The third 
day He rose again according to 
the Scriptures; and ascended 
into heaven, and sitteth at the 
right hand of the Father: and 
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care vivos et mortuos: cujus 
regni non erit finis. 

Et in Spiritum Sanctum, 
Dominum et vivificantem, 
qui ex Patre Filioque proce- 
dit: qui cum Patre et Filio 
simul adoratur et conglorifi- 
catur; qui locutus est per pro- 
phetas. Et unam sanctam 
Catholicam et Apostolicam 
Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum 
baptisma in remissionem pec- 
catorum. Et expecto resur- 
rectionem mortuorum, et vi- 
tam venturi saeculi. Amen. 



glory to judge both the living 
and the dead: of Whose king 
dom there shall be no end. 

And I believe in the Holy 
Ghost, the Lord and Life- 
giver, Who proceedeth from 
the Father and the Son: Who 
together with the Father and 
the Son is adored and glori 
fied; Who spake by the 
prophets. And one Holy 
Catholic and Apostolic 
Church. I confess one bap 
tism for the remission of sins. 
And I look for the resurrec 
tion of the dead, and the life 
of the world to come. Amen. 



Then he kisses the Altar, and turning to the people, says: 



V. Dominus vobiscum. 
R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 



V. The Lord be with you. 
R. And with thy spirit. 



Then he says Oremus, and reads the Offertory. This being fin 
ished, the Priest takes the paten with the Host (if it is High 
Mass, the Deacon hands the Priest the paten with the Host), 
and offering it up, says: 



BUSCIPE, sancte Pater 
omnipotens, aeterne 
Deus, hanc immaculatam 
Hostiam, quam ego indignus 
famulus tuus offero tibi Deo 
meo vivo et vero, pro innu- 
merabilibus peccatis, et offen- 
sionibus, et negligentiis meis, 
et pro omnibus circumstan- 
tibus; sed et pro omnibus 
fidelibus Christianis, vivis at- 
que defunctis: ut mihi et 
illis proficiat ad salutem in 
vitam aeternam. Amen. 



CCEPT, O holy Father, 
, almighty, eternal God, 
this immaculate Host, which I, 
Thy unworthy servant, offer 
unto Thee, my living and true 
God, for my innumerable 
sins, offences, and negli 
gences, and for all here pres 
ent; as also for all faithful 
Christians, both living and 
dead, that it may be profitable 
for my own and for their sal 
vation unto life eternal. 
Amen. 



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O 



Then, making the sign of the cross with the paten, lie places the 
Host upon the corporal. The Priest pours wine and water into 
the chalice, blessing the water before it is mixed, saying: 

GOD, ! W ho, in cre 
ating human nature, 
didst wonderfully dignify it; 
and hast still more wonder 
fully renewed it; grant that, 
by the mystery of this water 
and wine, we may be made 
partakers of His divinity, Who 
vouchsafed to become par 
taker of our humanity, Jesus 
Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord; 
Who liveth and reigneth with 
Thee in the unity of, etc. 



qui humanae 
substantial dignitatem 
mirabiliter condidisti, et mi- 
rabilius reformasti; da nobis 
per hujus aquae et vini my- 
sterium, ejus divinitatis esse 
consortes, qui humanitatis 
nostrae fieri dignatus est par- 
ticeps. Jesus Christus, Fili- 
us tuus, Dominus noster; qui 
tecum vivit et regnat in uni- 
tate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per 
omnia sascula saeculorum. 
Amen. 



Tn Masses for the Dead, the foregoing prayer is said, but the water 
is not blessed. Then the Priest takes the chalice, and offers it, 
saying: 

/"JFFERIMUS tibi, 
^^ mine, calicem 



Do- 

salu- 

taris, tuam deprecantes cle- 
mentiam, ut in conspectu di- 
vinae Majestatis tuas, pro no- 
stra et totius mundi salute cum 
odore suavitatis ascendat. 

Amen. 



offer unto Thee, O 
Lord, the chalice of 
salvation, beseeching Thy 
clemency, that in the sight of 
Thy divine Majesty it may 
ascend with the odor of sweet 
ness, for our salvation, and 
for that of the whole world. 
Amen. 



Then he makes tlie sign of tJte cross with tJte chalice, places it upon 
the corporal, and covers it with tlie pall. Then, with his hands 
joined upon the Altar, and slightly bowing down, he says : 

(At Hih Mass, the Subdeacon here receives the paten, which he 
envelops in the extremities of tlie veil with which his shoulders 
are mantled, and then goes and stands behind the Celebrant 
iintil the conclusion of the Pater noster.) 

IN spiritu humilitatis, et *T*N the spirit of humility, 

in animo contrite, su- *-* and with a contrite heart, 

,cipiamur a te, Domine, et sic let us be received by Thee, O 

fiat sacrificium nostrum in con- Lord, and grant that the sac- 



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spectu tuo hodie, ut placeat rifice we offer in Thy sight 
tibi, Domine Deus. this day may be pleasing to 

Thee, O Lord God. 

The Priest, elevating his eyes toward heaven, and stretching out 
his hands, -which he afterward joins, makes the sign of the 
cross over the Host and chalice, while he says : 

VENI, sanctificator, om- fS"OME, O Sanctifier, al- 

nipotens, aeterneDeus; V>>{ mighty, eternal God, 

et bene <% die hoc sacrificium, and bless % this sacrifice, pre- 

tuo sancto nomini praspara- pared to Thy holy name, 
turn. 

At High Mass, he, in the following prayer, blesses the incense: 

R intercessionem beati {TV^ the Lord, by the in- 

Michaelis Archangeli, ***** tercession of blessed 

stands a dextris Altaris In- Michael the archangel, stand- 

censi, et omnium electorum ing at the right hand of the 

suorum, incensum istud dig- altar of incense, and of all His 

netur Dominus benedicere, elect, vouchsafe to bless this 

et in odorem suavitatis acci- incense, and receive it as an 

pere. Per Christum Domi- odor of sweetness. Through, 

num nostrum. Amen. etc. Amen. 

Receiving the thurible from the Deacon, he incenses the bread and 
wine, saying: 

INCENSUM istud a te (T)AY this incense which 
benedictum ascendat ad N^ Thou hast blessed, O 
te, Domine, et descendat su- Lord, ascend to Thee, and 
per nos misericordia tua. may Thy mercy descend upon 

us. 

Then he incenses the Altar, saying: 

IGATUR, Domine, *T~i ET my prayer, O Lord, 

oratio mea sicut in- * ascend like incense in 

censum in conspectu tuo: Thy sight: and the lifting up 

elevatio manuum mearum sa- of my hands be as an eve- 

crificium vespertinum. Pone, ning sacrifice. Set a watch, 

Domine, custodiam ori meo, O Lord, before my mouth, 

et ostium circumstantiae labiis and a door round about my 

meis, ut non declinet cor lips that my heart may not 
meum in verba malitiae, ad 



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excusandas excusationes in incline to evil words, to make 
peccatis. excuses in sins. 

While he gives the censer to the Deacon, he says secretly these 
words, and is afterwards incensed by the Deacon and then the 
others in order: 

CCENDAT in nobis fT\AY the Lord enkindle 

Dominus ignem sui M^ in us the fire of His 

amoris, et flammam seternse love, and the flame of ever- 

caritatis. Amen. lasting charity. Amen. 

TJte Priest, with his hands joined, goes to the Epistle side of the 
Altar, where he washes his fingers as he recites the following 
verses of Ps. xxv. 

JAVABO inter innocentes 
manus meas: et cir- 
cumdabo altare tuum, Do 
mine. 

Ut audiam vocem laudis: 
et enarrem universa mira- 
bilia tua. 

Domine, dilexi decorem 



I WILL wash my hands 
among the innocent: 
and will encompass Thy altar, 
O Lord. 

That I may hear the voice 
of praise, and tell of all Thy 
marvelous works. 

I have loved, O Lord, the 

domus tuae, et locum habita- beauty of Thy house, and the 

place where Thy glory dwell- 
eth. 

Take not away my soul, O 
God, with the wicked, nor 
my life with bloody men. 

In whose hands are iniqui 
ties: their right hand is filled 
with gifts. 

As for me, I have walked 
in my innocence: redeem me, 
and have mercy upon me. 

My foot hath stood in the 
right path: in the churches I 
will bless Thee, O Lord. 

Glory be, etc. 

Returning, and bowing before the middle of the Altar, with joined 
hands, he says: 

sancta Trini- *Tk ECEIVE, O holy Trin- 



tionis gloriae tuae. 

Ne perdas cum impiis, 
Deus, animam meam; et cum 
viris sanguinum vitam meam. 

In quorum manibus iniqui- 
tates sunt: dextera eorum 
repleta est muneribus. 

Ego autem in innocentia 
mea ingressus sum: redirne 
me, et miserere mei. 

Pes meus stetit in directo: 
in ecclesiis benedicarn te, 
Domine. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



tas, hanc oblationem 



ity, this oblation, 



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2 53 



quam tibi offerimus ob me- 
moriam Passionis, Resurrec- 
tionis, et Ascensionis Jesu 
Christi Domini nostri: et in 
honorem beatae Mariae sem 
per Virginis, et beati Joannis 
Baptistae, et sanctorum Apos- 
tolorum Petri et Pauli, et 
istorum et omnium Sanc 
torum: ut illis proficiat ad 
honorem, nobis autem ad 
salutem: et illi pro nobis in- 
tercedere dignentur in coelis, 
quorum memoriam agimus 
in terris. Per eumdem Chris 
tum Dominum nostrum. 
Amen. 



which we make to Thee, in 
memory of the Passion, Res 
urrection, and Ascension of 
Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in 
honor of the blessed Mary 
ever virgin, of blessed John 
Baptist, the holy apostles 
Peter and Paul, of these and 
of all the saints: that it may 
be available to their honor 
and our salvation: and may 
they vouchsafe to intercede 
for us in heaven, whose mem 
ory we celebrate on earth. 
Through the same Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 



Then he passes the Altar, and having turned himself towards the 
people, extending and joining his hands, he raises his voice a 



little, and says: 

ORATE, fratres, ut meum 
ac vestrum sacrificium 
acceptabile fiat apud Deum 
Patrem omnipotentem. 

R. Suscipiat Dominus sa 
crificium de manibus tuis, ad 
laudem et gloriam nominis 
sui, ad utilitatem quoque no- 
stram, totiusque Ecclesiae suae 
sanctae. 



BRETHREN, pray that 
my sacrifice and yours 
may be acceptable to God the 
Father almighty. 

R. May the Lord receive 
the sacrifice from thy hands, 
to the praise and glory of His 
name, to our benefit, and to 
that of all His holy Church. 



The Priest answers in a low voice, Amen. 
Then with outstretched hands, he recites the 

Secret Prayers. 
Which being finished, he says in an audible voice: 

V. t TER omnia saecula V. /fl 1 ORLD without 

vxA. 



saeculorum. 
R. Amen. 

V. Dominus vobiscum. 
R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 



end. 
R. Amen. 

V. The Lord be with you. 
R. And with thy spirit. 



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R It is meet and just. 



Here he uplifts his hands: 
V. ^URSUM corda. V. ^y I FT up your 

J^7 r- * hearts. 

R. Habemus ad Dominum. R. We have them lifted up 

unto the Lord. 

He joins his hands before his breast, and bows his head while he 

says: 

V. /^(RATIAS agamus V. *w-^ ET us give thanks 

Vi) Domino Deo no- JL- to the Lord our 

stro. 

R. Dignum et justum est. 

The following Preface is said on all Ferias and on those Fes 
tivals which have none proper, and in all Masses for the Dead. 
VERE dignum et justum T T is truly meet and just, 
est, aequum et salu- * 
tare, nos tibi semper et ubi- 
que gratias agere, Domine 
sancte, Pater omnipotens, 
seterne Deus. * Per Chris 
tum Dominum nostrum: per 
quern Majestatem tuam lau- 
dant angeli, adorant domina- 
tiones,tremunt potestates, cceli 
ccelorumque virtutes, ac beata 



seraphim, socia exultatione 
concelebrant. Cum quibus et 
nostras voces, ut admitti ju- 
beas deprecamur, supplici 
confessione dicentes: 



Sanctus, sanctus, sanctus, 
Dominus Deus Sabaoth. 

Pleni sunt coeli et terra 
gloria tua. 

Hosanna in excelsis. 



right and salutary, that 
we should always, and in all 
places, give thanks to Thee, O 
holy Lord, Father almighty, 
eternal God. * Through 
Christ our Lord: through 
Whom the angels praise Thy 
Majesty, the dominations 
adore, the powers do hold in 
in awe, the heavens, and the 
virtues of the heavens and 
the blessed seraphim, do cele 
brate with united joy. In 
union with whom, we be 
seech Thee that Thou wouldst 
command our voices also to 
be admitted, with suppliant 
confession, saying, 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God 
of Sabaoth. 

Heaven and earth are full 
of Thy glory. 

Hosanna in the highest. 



* This mark refers to the variation of the proper Prefaces for 
certain days. 



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2 55 



Benedictus qui venit in no 
mine Domini. 
Hosanna in excelsis. 



Blessed is He that cometh 
in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. 



On Trinity Sunday, and on every other Sunday in the year 
that has no proper Preface. 

>ERE ... * Qui cum uni- * 
Filio 



V: 
genito Filio tuo et 
Spiritu Sancto unus es Deus, 
unus es Dominus: non in 
unius singularitate Personae, 
sed in unius Trinitate sub- 
stantise. Quod enim de tua 
gloria, revelante te, credimus, 
hoc de Filio tuo, hoc de Spi 
ritu Sancto, sine differentia 
discretionis sentimus. Ut in 
confessione verae sempiternae- 
que Deitatis, et in Personis 
proprietas, et in essentia uni- 
tas, et in Majestate adoretur 
aequalitas. Quern laudant 
angeli atque archangeli, che 
rubim quoque ac seraphim, 
qui non cessant clamare quo- 
tidie, una voce dicentes: Sanc- 
tus, etc. 



VVJI HO together with Thy 
vxA only-begotten Son, 
and the Holy Ghost, art one 
God, and one Lord: not in a 
singularity of one Person, but 
in a Trinity of one substance. 
For that which, by Thy reve 
lation, we believe of Thy 
glory, the same we believe 
of Thy Son, and the same of 
the Holy Ghost, without any 
difference or distinction. 
That, in the confession of a 
true and eternal Deity,- dis 
tinctness in the Persons, 
unity in the essence, and 
equality in the Majesty may 
be adored Whom the an 
gels and archangels, the cher 
ubim also and seraphim do 
praise, who cease not daily 
to cry out with one voice, say 
ing: Holy, etc. 

From Christmas day till the Epiphany (except in the Octave 
of St. John), -on the Purification, Corpus Christi and its 
Octave, the Trans-figuration, The Holy Name of Jesus, and 
in Masses of the Blessed Sacrament. 

N.B. Prefaces thus marked f are concluded in the same man 
ner as this. 



VERE ... * Quia per 
incarnati Verbi my- 
sterium, nova mentis nostraj 
oculis lux tuae claritatis in- 
fulsit: ut dum visibiliter 
Deum cognoscimus, per hunc 



BECAUSE by the mystery 
of the Word made 
flesn, the new light of Thy 
brightness hath shone upon 
the eyes of our minds: that 
while we behold God visibly, 



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in invisibilium amorem ra- 
piamur. t Et ideo cum an- 
gelis et archangelis, cum 
thronis et dominationibus, 
cumqiie omni militia coelestis 
exercitus, hymnum gloriae tuae 
canimus, sine fine dicentes: 
Sanctas, etc. 

Within the Action, or more 

aOMMUNICANTES, et 
diem sacratissimum ce- 
lebrantes, quo beatae Mariae 
intemerata virginitas huic 
mundo edidit Salvatorem. 
Sed et memoriam venerantes, 
in primis ejusdem gloriosae 
semper Virginis Mariae, geni- 
tricis ejusdem Dei et Domini 
nostri Jesu Christi; sed et 
beatorum apostolorum ac 
martyrum tuorum, etc. 



we may by Him be carried 
on to the love of things in 
visible, f And therefore with 
angels and archangels, with 
thrones and dominations, and 
with all the army of heaven, 
we sing a hymn to Thy glory, 
saying without ceasing: Holy, 
etc. 

solemn part of the sacrifice: 

OO M M U N I C ATING 
and celebrating the most 
sacred day on which the un- 
violatcd virginity of Blessed 
Mary gave to this world a 
Saviour. As also venerating 
the memory, in the first 
place, of the same glorious 
Mary, ever virgin, Mother 
of the same Our God and 
Lord Jesus Christ; and like 
wise of Thy blessed apostles 
and martvrs, etc. 



/;/ the Midnight Mass is said: 

kOCTEM sacratissimam /^HE most sacred night 
celebrantes, qua. V^P on which. 

But in all Masses afterward it is said as above, to the 
Octave of the Nativity, inclusively. 

On the Epiphany, and during its Octave. 



QUIA cum unigenitus 
tuus in substantia no- 
strae mortalitatis apparuit, 



: *VECAUSE when Thy 
t*ZJ only-begotten Son 
appeared in the substance oi 

nova nos immortalitatis suae our mortal flesh, He repaired 
luce reparavit. t Et ideo, etc. us by the new light of His im- 
* mortality, f And therefore. 

Within the Action. 

OMMUNICANTES, et COMMUNICATING 

diem sacratissimum V>{ and celebrating the 



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celebrantes, quo unigenitus 
tuus in tua tecum gloria coae- 
ternus, in veritate carnis no- 
strae visibiliter corporalis ap- 
paruit. Sed et memoriam 
venerantes, in primis gloriosae 
semper Virginis Marias, geni- 
tricis ejusdem Dei et Domini 
nostri Jesu Christ: sed et 
beatorum apostolorum, etc. 



most sacred day, on which 
Thy only-begotten Son, co- 
eternal with Thee in Thy 
glory, appeared visibly in 
the truth of our bodily flesh. 
As also venerating the mem 
ory, in the first place, of the 
glorious Mary ever virgin, 
Mother of the same Our God 
and Lord Jesus Christ: and 
likewise of Thy blessed apos 
tles, etc. 

From Ash Wednesday to Passion Sunday, except in Feasts 
which have a proper Preface. 

* f\UI corporali jejunio *V7TT HO by bodily fasting 
*^ vitia comprimis, men- VXA/ dost repress vices, ele- 

tem elevas, virtutem largiris vate the mind, bestow virtue 
et prcemia. Per Christum, and rewards. Through, etc. 
etc. 

From Passion Sunday till Maundy Thursday, and Feasts 
oj the holy cross and of the Passion. 

* f\m salutem humani ^fjTf^ didst effect * e 
V generis in ligno cm- VXA salvation of mankind 

cis constituisti: ut unde mors on the wood of the cross: that 
oriebatur, inde vita resur- from whence death came, 
geret: et qui in ligno vincebat, thence life might arise; and 
in ligno quoque vinceretur. that he who overcame by the 
Per Christum, etc. tree, might also by the tree 

be overcome. Through, etc. 

From Holy Saturday till Ascension day, and on Festivals 
occurring in this time, unless they have proper Prefaces of 
their own. In the Mass of Holy Saturday is said, chiefly 
on this night; on Easter day, until the Saturday following, 
chiefly on this day; after that, chiefly at this time. 

VERE dignum et justum *T*T is truly meet, just, right, 
est, aequam et salu- 4-, and salutary to praise 
tare, te quidem Domine, Thee, O Lord, at all times, 
omni tempore, sed [in hac but chiefly [on this night or 
potissimum nocte vel die, vel] day, or] at this time, when 



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in hoc potissimum gloriosius 
preedicare, cum Pascha no 
strum immolatus est Christus. 
Ipse enim verus est Agnus, 
qui abstulit peccata mundi. 
Qui mortem nostram mori- 
endo destruxit, et vitam resur- 
gendo reparavit. f Et ideo, 
etc. 



Christ our Passover was sac 
rificed for us. For He is the 
true Lamb, Who took away 
the sins of the world. Who 
by dying destroyed our death, 
and by rising again restored 
our life, f -^nd therefore, etc. 



Within the Action. 



TO M M U N I C ANTES 

et diem sacratissimum 
celebrantes Resurrectionis 
Domini nostri Jesu Christi 
secundum carnem: sed et 
memoriam, etc. 

Then as 

NC igitur oblationem 
servitutis nostrae, sed et 
cunctae familiar tuas, quam 
tibi offerimus pro his quoque 
quos regenerare dignatus es 
ex aqua et Spiritu Sancto, 
tribuens eis remissionem om 
nium peccatorum, quaesumus 
Domine ut placatus accipias, 
etc. 



cr 



COMMUNICATING and 

celebrating the most 
sacred day of the Resurrection 
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 
according to the flesh : as also 
venerating, etc. 

follows: 

E beseech Thee, there- 
fore, O Lord, favor 
ably to receive this oblation 
of our service and that of all 
Thy family, which we offer 
to Thee for these also whom 
Thou hast been pleased to re 
generate of water and the 
Holy Spirit, granting them 
remission of all sins, etc. 



This is said from Holy Saturday till the Saturday following 
(inclusively), but in the Mass of Holy Saturday is said, 
et noctem sacratissimam, this most sacred night. 

From Ascension day till Whitsun-eve, except on Feasts which 
have their proper Preface. 

* > T>ER Christum Domi- * JJJHROUGH Christ our 

.J num nostrum. Qui ^-^ Lord. Who after His 

post Resurrectionem suam om- Resurrection appeared openly 

nibus discipuJis suis mani- to all His disciples, and in 

festus apparuit, et ipsis cer- their sight ascended up into 

nentibus est elevatus in coe- heaven, to make us partakers 



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2 59 



lum, ut nos divinitatis suae of His divinity, 
tribuerit esse participes. f Et fore, etc. 
ideo, etc. 

Within the Action. 



t And there- 



aOMMUNICANTES 
et diem sacratissimum 
celebrantes, quo Dominus no- 
ster, unigenitus Filius tuus, 
unitam sibi fragilitatis no- 
stras substantiam, in gloriae 
tuse dextera collocavit. Sed 
et memoriam venerantes, in 
primis gloriosae semper Virgi- 
nis Marias, genitricis ejusdem 
Dei et Domini nostri, etc. 



OOMMUNICATING 
and celebrating the most 
sacred day on which Our 
Lord, Thy only-begotten Son, 
placed on the right hand of 
Thy glory the substance of our 
frailty united to Himself. As 
also venerating the memory, 
in the first place, of the glori 
ous Mary, ever virgin, Moth 
er of the same Our God and 
Lord, etc. 

And it is said during the Octave. 

From Whitsun-eve till Trinity Sunday; and in Votive Masses 
of the Holy Ghost, omitting the words, this day. 

>ER Christum Domi- 
num nostrum. Qui 
ascendens super omnes coelos, 
sedensque ad dexteram tuam, 
promissum Spiritum Sanc 
tum [hodierna die] in filios 
adoptionis effudit. Quaprop- 
ter profusis gaudiis totus in 
orbe terrarum mundus ex- 
ultat: sed et supernae vir- 
tutes atque angelicse potes- 
tates hymnum glorise tuae 
concinunt, sine fine dicentes: 
Sanctus, etc. 

Within the Action. 

OMMUNIC ANTES COMMUNICATING 
^^\ and celebrating the 
most sacred day of Pentecost, 
on which the Holy Ghost ap- 



*J^HROUGH Christ our 
>j Lord, Who, ascending 
above all the heavens, and 
sitting at Thy right hand, sent 
down the promised Holy 
Spirit [this day] upon the 
children of adoption. Where 
fore all the whole world ex 
ults with overflowing joy; 
also the heavenly virtues and 
the angelic powers together 
hymn Thy glory, saying ever 
lastingly: Holy, etc. 



et diem sacratissimum 
Pentecostes celebrantes, quo 
Spiritus Sanctus apostolis in 



26o The Ordinary of the Holy Mass. 

igneis linguis appamit. Sed peared to the apostles Jn 
et memoriam, etc. fiery tongues. As also ven 

erating, etc. 

Then as follows: 

"p^ ANC igitur oblationem VVJI E beseech Thee, there- 

r-C servitutis nostras, sed VXA f or e, O Lord, favor- 

et cunctae familiae tuae, quam ably to receive this oblation 

tibi offerimus pro his quoque of our service and that of all 

quos regenerare dignatus es Thy family, which we offer 

ex aqua et Spiritu Sancto, to Thee for these also whom 

tribuens eis remissionem om- Thou hast been pleased to 

nium peccatorum, quaesumus regenerate of water and the 

Domine ut placatus accipias, Holy Spirit, granting them 

etc. remission of all sins, etc. 

This is said to the Saturday following, inclusively. 

On Festivals 0} the Blessed Virgin Mary (except the Purifi 
cation, on which is said the Preface of Christmas), and with 
in their Octaves, and on Votive Masses of the Blessed Virgin, 
the words. Annunciation, Visitation, Assumption, Nativity, 
Presentation, Conception, Espousal, are inserted after, and 
proclaim thee on the. On the Dedication of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary ad Nives, as also on the Feast of her holy 
name; and on the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary of 
Mercy, are inserted, the festival. On the Feast of the Seven 
Dolors is inserted, transfixion. On the Feast of Mount 
Carmel, commemoration; and on tJta t of the most holy 
Rosary, solemnity. 

In Votive Masses and on Saturday, veneration. 
* (2 T te in N. beatas * JJJHAT we should praise, 
^-4 Marias semper Virgi- V-P bless, and proclaim 
nis collaudare, benedicere, Thee on the N. of the blessed 
et praedicare. Quae et Uni- Mary ever virgin. Who by 
genitum tuum Sancti Spiri- the overshadowing of the 
tus obumbratione concepit, Holy Ghost conceived Thy 
et virginitatis gloria per- Only-begotten, and the glory 
manente, lumen aetefnum of her virginity remaining, 
mundo effudit, Jesum Chris- shed forth upon the world 

the light eternal, Jesus Christ 



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261 



turn Dominum nostrum; * per our Lord; * through Whom, 
quem, etc. etc. 

On the Festivals oj the Apostles and Evangelists (except on 
St. John the Evangelist s day), and throughout their Oc 
taves, except in Feasts which have proper Prefaces of their 
own. 



VERE dignum et justum 
est, asquum et salu- 
tare, te Domine suppliciter 
exorare, ut gregem tuum, 
Pastor aeterne, non deseras, 
sed per beatos apostolos tuos 
continua protectione custo- 
dias; ut iisdem recto ribus 
gubernetur, quos operis tui 
vicarios eidem contulisti prae- 
esse pastores. t Et ideo, etc. 



Canon of 

E igitur, clementissi- 
me Pater, per Jesum 
Christum Filium tuum Do 
minum nostrum, supplices ro- 
gamus ac petimus uti accepta 
habeas et benedicas hsec -t- 
donna, haec Hh munera, haec 
sancta sacrificia illibata, in 
primis quae tibi offerimus 
pro Ecclesia tua sancta Ca- 
tholica: quam pacificare, cu- 
stodire, adunare, et regere 
digneris toto orbe terrarum, 
una cum famulo tuo Papa 
nostro N., et Antistite nostro 
N., et omnibus orthodoxis, 
atque Catholicae et Apostoli- 
cae Fidei cultoribus. 



IT is truly meet, just, right, 
and salutary humbly 
to beseech Thee, that Thou, 
O Lord, our eternal Shepherd, 
wouldst not forsake Thy 
flock, but keep it through 
Thy blessed apostles with 
continual protection; that it 
may be governed by those 
same rulers whom Thou didst 
appoint to preside over it as 
pastors in Thy stead, f And. 

tbe /ftass. 

V/l *E therefore humbly pray 
VltA* and beseech Thee, 
.most merciful Father, through 
Jesus Christ Thy Son, Our 
Lord (he kisses the altar) 
that Thou wouldst vouchsafe 
to accept and bless these % 
gifts, these ^ presents, these 
h holy unspotted sacrifices, 
which, in the first place, we 
offer Thee for Thy holy Catho 
lic Church, to which vouch 
safe to grant peace; as also to 
protect, unite, and govern it 
throughout the world, together 
with Thy servant N. our Pope, 
N. our Bishop, as also all or 
thodox believers and profess 
ors of the Catholic and 
Apostolic faith. 



262 Canon of I he Holy Mass. 



COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVING. 

^EMENTO, Domine fa- "!> mindful, O Lord, of 
mulorum famularum- ---> Thy servants, men and 
que tuarum, N. et N. women, N. and N. 

Prayer during the Canon. 

\ JESDS, dying on the cross for love of poor sinners, 
^-^ through Thy sacred head crowned with thorns I beg 
Thee to have mercy on the Pope, all bishops, priests, all Re 
ligious Orders, especially our own, and all those placed over 
us. 

Through the wound in Thy right hand I recommend to 
Thee my father, mother, brothers, sisters, relatives, friends, 
and benefactors. 

And through the wound in Thy left hand my enemies, all 
poor sinners, and those who have never been baptized. Help 
Thy sen-ants who are trying to convert them. 

Through the wound in Thy right foot I pray for the poor, 
the sick, and the dying, and for all who are in any kind of pain, 
temptation, or trouble. - 

Through the wound in Thy left foot I beg of Thee merci 
fully to grant eternal rest to the souls of the faithful departed, 
especially N. N. 

Through Thy Sacred Heart, O Jesus, I offer myself to do 
and suffer all things for Thy love. Give me all the graces I 
stand in need of, and especially the grace which I am seeking 
to obtain through this holy Mass. (Name it.) 

He joins his hands, and prays silently for those he intends to pray 
for; then, extending his hands, he proceeds: 

S"T omnium circumstan- *7T NP of all here present, 

^-l tium, quorum tibi fides gJ^L* whose faith and devo- 

cognita est, et nota devotio, pro tion are known unto Thee, for 

quibus tibi offerimus, vel qui whom we offer, or who offer 

tibi offer-tint, hoc sacrificium up to Thee this sacrifice of 

laudis, pro se, suisque omni- praise for themselves, their 

bus: pro redemptione anima- families and friends, for the 

rum suarum, pro spe salutis, redemption of their souls, 

et incolumitatis suae: tibique for the hope of their safety 



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263 



reddunt vota sua, aeterno 
Deo, vivo et vero. 

Communicantes, et me- 
moriam venerantes, in primis 
gloriosae semper Virginis 
Mariae, Genitricis Dei et Do 
mini nostri Jesu Christi: 
sed et beatorum apostolorum 
ac martyrum tuorum, Petri 
et Pauli, Andreae, Jacobi, 
Joannis, Thomas, Jacobi, Phi- 
lippi, Bartholoma;i, Matthaei, 
Simonis et Thaddsei, Lini, 
Cleti, dementis, Xysti, Cor- 
nelii, Cypriani, Laurentii, 
Chrysogoni, Joannis et Pauli, 
Cosmae et Damiani, et omni 
um Sanctorum tuorum; quo 
rum meritis precibusque con- 
cedas, ut in omnibus protec- 
tionis tuae muniamur auxilio. 
Per eumdem Christum Do- 
minum nostrum. 

Amen. 



and salvation, and who pay 
their vows to Thee, the eter 
nal, living, and true God. 

Communicating with, and 
honoring, in the first place, 
the memory of the glorious 
and ever Virgin Mary, Moth 
er of Our Lord and God 
Jesus Christ; as also of the 
blessed apostles and martyrs, 
Peter and Paul, Andrew, 
James, John, Thomas, James, 
Philip, Bartholomew, Mat 
thew, Simon and Thaddeus, 
Linus, Cletus, Clement, Xys- 
tus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Law 
rence, Chrysogonus, John and 
Paul, Cosmas and Damian, 
and of all Thy saints; by 
whose merits and prayers 
grant that we may be always 
defended by the help of Thy 
protection. Through the 
same Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 



Spreading his hands over the oblation, he says the -words of con 
secration secretly, distinctly, and attentively. 

(Here the bell is rung.) 



ANC igitur oblationem 
servitutis nostrae, sed 
et cunctae familiae tuae, quae- 
sumus, Domine, ut placatus 
accipias; diesque nostros in 
tua pace disponas, atque ab 
aeterna damnatione nos eripi, 
et in electorum tuorum jubeas 
grege numerari. Per Chris 
tum Dominum nostrum. 
Amen. 

Quam oblationem, tu Deus, 



"E therefore beseech 
Thee, O Lord, gra 
ciously to accept this oblation 
of our service, as also of Thy 
whole family; dispose our 
days in Thy peace, command 
us to be delivered from eter 
nal damnation, and to be 
numbered in the flock of Thy 
elect. Through Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 
Which oblation do Thou, 



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Canon of the Holy Mass. 



in omnibus, quaesumus, bene- 
dic t- tarn, adscrip tarn, 
/a -f- tam, rationabilem, ac- 
ceptabilemque facere digne- 
ris; ut nobis cor >j pus et san 
f- guis fiat dilectissimi Filii 
tui Domini nostri Jesu Christi. 
Qui pridie quam pateretur, 
accepit panem in sanctas ac 
venerabiles manus suas, et 
levatis oculis in ccelum, ad te 
Deum Patrem suum omni- 
potentem: tibi gratias agens, 
benedixit, fregit, deditque di- 
scipulis suis, dicens: Accipite, 
et manducate ex hoc omnes; 

HOC EST ENIM CORPUS MEUM. 



O God, vouchsafe in ail 
things to make blessed, ap 
proved, ratified, reasonable, 
and acceptable, that it may 
become to us the body 4 and 
fr- blood of Thy most be 
loved Son Jesus Christ our 
Lord. Who the day before 
He suffered, took bread (he 
takes the Host) into His holy 
and venerable hands (he 
raises his eyes to heaven) 
and with His eyes lifted up 
toward heaven, to God, His 
almighty Father: giving 
thanks to Thee, did bless, 
break, and give to His dis 
ciples, saying: Take, and 
eat ye all of this; FOR THIS 13 
MY BODY. 



T N like manner, after He 
!-- had supped (he takes 



After pronouncing the words of consecration, the Priest, kneeling, 
adores the sacred Host; rising he elevates it; and then placing it 
on the corporal, again adores it. After this he never disjoins 
his fingers and thumbs, except ivhen he is to take the Host, until 
after the washing of his fingers. 

(At the elevation the bell is rung three times.) 

IMILI modo postquam 
ccenatum est accipiens 

et hunc praeclarum calicem in the. chalice in both his hands), 

sanctas ac venerabiles manus taking also this excellent 

suas item tibi gratias agens chalice into His holy and 

bene % dixit, deditque di- venerable hands, and giving 

scipulis suis dicens: Accipite Thee thanks, He bless fred, 

et bibite ex eo omnes; me and gave to His disciples, 

EST ENIM CALIX SANGUiNig saying: Take, and drink ye 

MEI NO VI ET jETERNI TESTA- all of this; FOR THIS IS THK 

MENTi; MYSTERIUM FIDEIJ CHALICE OP MY BLOOD OF 
QUI PRO VOBIS ET PRO MUL- THE NEW AND ETERNAL 

TESTAMENT; THE MYSTERY 
OF FAITH; WHICH SHALL BF- 



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265 



TIS EFFUw->ETUR IN REMIS- SHED FOR YOU, AND FOR 
SIONEM PECCATORUM. MANY, TO THE REMISSION OF 

SINS. 

Haec quotiescumque feceri- As often as ye do these 
tis, in mei memoriam facietis. things, ye shall do them in 

remembrance of Me. 

Prayer. 

OMY vjod, I adore Thee through Jesus; I beg pardon 
through Jesus; I thank Thee through Jesus; I humbly 
ask every blessing and grace through Jesus. May I lead a 
holy life and die a good death. My Jesus, mercy. My Jesus, 
mercy. My Jesus, mercy. 

Kneeling, he adores; rising, he elevates the chalice; then replacing 

it on the corporal, he covers it, and again adores. 

(The bell is rung as before.) 

He then proceeds: 

aNDE et memores, Do- JTTT HEREFORE, O Lord, 
mine, nos servi tui, sed VxA we Thy servants, as 
et plebs tua sancta ejusdem also Thy holy people, calling 
Christi Filii tui Domini no- to mind the blessed Passion 
stri tarn beatae Passionis, nee- of the same Christ Thy Son 
aon et ab inferis Resurrec- our Lord, His Resurrection 
tionis sed et in coelo gloriosae from the grave, and glorious 
Ascensionis: offerimus prae- Ascension into heaven, offer 
clarae Majestati tuae, de tuis unto Thy most excellent 
donis ac datis, Hostiam ^ Majesty, of Thy gifts and 
puran,, Hostiam -f 1 sanctam, presents, a pure % Host, a 
Hostiam 4 immaculatam, pa- holy % Host, an immaculate 
nem ^ sanctum vitae aeternae, 4- Host, the holy ! bread of 
et calicem ^ salutis perpetuae. eternal life, and the chalice $ 

of everlasting salvation. 

Extending his hands, he proceeds: 

"7~r PON which vouchsafe to 
vAj look, with a propitious 
and serene countenance, and 
to accept them, as Thou wert 
graciously pleased to accept 
the gifts of Thy just servant 
Abel, and the sacrifice of our 



quae propitio ac 
sefeno vultu respicere 
digneris, et accepta habere, 
sicuti accepta habere digna- 
tus es munera pueri tui justi 
Abel, et sacrificium Patri- 
archaenostri Abrahse; et quod 



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Canon of the Holy Mass, 



tibi obtulit summus sacerdos Patriarch Abraham, and that 
tuus Melchisedech, sanctum which Thy high-priest Mel- 

chisedech offered to Thee, a 
holy sacrifice, an immaculate 
Host. 



sacrificium, immaculatam ho- 
stiam. 



Bowing down profoundly, with his hands joined and placed upon 
the Altar, he says: 



BUPPLICES te rogamus, 
omnipotens Deus, jube 
hsec perferri per manus sancti 
angeli tui in sublime altare 
tuum, in conspectu divinae 
Majestatis tuae, ut quotquot 
ex hac altaris participatione, 
sacrosanctum Filii tui cor 
pus 4 1 et % sanguinem sump- 
serimus, omni benedictione 
ccelesti et gratia repleamur. 
Per eumdem Christum Domi- 
num nostrum. Amen. 



V VI I E most humbly beseech 
\xA> Thee, almighty God, 
command these things to be 
carried by the hands of Thy 
holy angel to Thy altar on 
high, in the sight of Thy 
divine Majesty, that as many 
of us (he kisses the altar) as, 
by participation at this altar, 
shall receive % the most sacred 
body and blood of Thy 
Son may be filled with all 
heavenly benediction and 
grace. Through the same 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Be mindful, O Lord, of 
Thy servants men and women 
N. and N., who are gone be 
fore us, with the sign of faith, 
and slumber in the sleep of 
peace. 

He prays for such of the dead as he intends to pray for. 
*T*PSIS, Domine, et omni- ^^O these, O Lord, and to 
-- bus in Christo quie- x-J all that rest in Christ, 
scentibus, locum refrigerii, grant, we beseech Thee, a 
lucis et pacis, ut indulgeas, place of refreshment, light, 
deprecamur. Per eumdem and peace. Through the same 



Memento etiam, Domme, 
famulorum famularumque 
tuarum N. et N., qui nos prae- 
cesserunt cum signo fidei, et 
dormiunt in somno pacis. 



Christum, etc. Amen. 



Christ our Lord. Amen. 



Here, striking his breast and slightly raising his -voice, he says: 
BIS quoque peccatori- *y |*ND to us sinners, Thy 
bus famulis tuis, de eJt-L, servants, hoping in the 
multitudine miserationum tu- multitude of Thy mercies. 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 



267 



arum sperantibus partem ali- 
quam et societatem donare 
digneris, cum tuis sanctis 
apostolis et martyribus; cum 
Joanne, Stephano, Matthia, 
Barnaba, Ignatio, Alexandro, 
Marcellino, Petro, Felicitate, 
Perpetua, Agatha, Lucia, 
Agnete, Caecilia, Anastasia, 
et omnibus sanctis tuis: intra 
quorum nos consortium, non 
{estimator meriti, sed veniae, 
quaesumus, largitor admitte. 
Per Christum Dominum no 
strum. 

Per quern haec omnia, Do- 
mine, semper bona creas, 
sancti } ficas, vivi { ficas, 
bene f- dicis, et praestas nobis. 



vouchsafe to grant some part 
and fellowship with Thy 
holy apostles and martyrs; 
with John, Stephen, Matthias, 
Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexan 
der, Marcellinus, Peter, Feli- 
citas, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, 
Agnes, Cecily, Anastasia, and 
with all Thy saints, into 
whose company we beseech 
Thee to admit us, not con 
sidering our merits, but freely 
pardoning our offences. 
Through Christ our Lord. 

By Whom, O Lord, Thou 
dost always create, sanctify, 
fi quicken, 4- bless, ! and 
give us all these good things. 



He uncovers the chalice, and makes a genuflection; then taking 
the Host in his right hand, and holding the chalice in his left, 
he signs the sign of the cross three times across the chalice, saying: 

BER ip ! sum, et cum ip 4> 
so, et in ip % so, est 
tibi Deo Patri % omnipotent!, 
in unitate Spiritus Sancti, om- 
nis honor et gloria. 



J^HROUGH Him, * and 
VJ with Him, >t and in 



Him, Hh is to Thee, God the 
Father $ almighty, in the 
unity of the Holy Ghost, all 
honor and glory. 

Covering the chalice, he kneels down; and rising again, he says: 
V. Per omnia saecula saecu- V. For ever and ever. 

lorum. 
R. Amen. R. Amen 



Oremus. 

-K)R,ECEPTIS salutaribus 
-L moniti, et divina insti- 
tutione formati, audemus di- 
cere: 

Pater noster, qui es in coelis, 
sanctificetur nomen tuum : 



Let us pray. 

"INSTRUCTED by Thy 
" saving precepts, and 
following Thy divine institu 
tion, we presume to say: 

Our Father, Who art in 
heaven, hallowed be Thy 



268 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 



adveniat regnum tuum; fiat 
voluntas tua sicut in coelo, 
et in terra. Panem nostrum 
quotidianum da nobis hodie; 
et dimitte nobis debita nostra, 
sicut et nos dimittimus de- 
bitoribus nostris. Et ne nos 
inducas in tentationem. 
M. Sed libera nos a malo. 

S. Amen. 



name: Thy kingdom come; 
Thy will be done on earth as 
it is in heaven. Give us this 
day our daily bread: and 
forgive us our trespasses, as 
we forgive those who tres 
pass against us. And lead 
us not into temptation. 

R. But deliver us from 
evil. 

P. Amen. 



(At High Mass, the Deacon, toward the conclusion of the Pater 
Noster, goes to the right hand of the. Priest, where he awaits the 
approach of the Subdeacon, from whom he receives the paten, 
which he puts into the hands of the Priest.) 



He takes the paten between his 
*T""!IBERA nos, quaesumus, 
- * Domine, ab omnibus 
malis, praeteritis, praesentibus, 
et futuris: et intercedente 
beata et gloriosa semper Vir- 
gine Dei Genitrice Maria, 
cum beatis apostolis tuis 
Petro et Paulo, atque Andrea, 
et omnibus Sanctis, da pro- 
pitius pacem in diebus no 
stris: ut ope misericordiae tuae 
adjuti, et a peccato simus 
semper liberi, et ab omni per- 
turbatione securi. 



first and second finger, and says: 
IVER us, we beseech 
Thee, O Lord, from 
all evils, past, present, and to 
come: and by the intercession 
of the blessed and glorious 
Mary ever virgin, Mother of 
God, together with Thy 
blessed apostles Peter and 
Paul, and Andrew, and all 
the saints (making the sign 
of the cross on himself with 
the paten, he kisses it, and 
says), mercifully grant peace 
in our days: that by the 
assistance of Thy mercy we 
may be always free from sin, 
and secure from all disturb 
ance. 

He slides the paten under the Host, uncovers the chalice, and makes 
a genuflection: then rising, he lakes the Host, breaks it in tJte 
middle over the chalice, saying: 

BER eumdem Dominum ^^HROUGH the same 
nostrum Jesum Chris- >J Jesus Christ Thy Son 
turn Filium tuum. our Lord. 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 265 

He puts the part which is in his right hand upon the paten, breaks 
a particle from the other part in his left hand, saying: 

QUI tecum vivit et regnat J A I HO with Thee in the 
in unitate Spiritus vxA unity of the Holy 
Sancti Deus. Ghost liveth and reigneth 

God. 

He places the half in his left hand on the paten, and holding the 
particle which he broke off in his right hand, and the chalice in 
his left, he says: 

V. t TI\ER omnia ssecula V. V VI I *O R L D without 

,J saeculorum. vxA end. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

He then says: 

V. "T)AX * Domini sit V. /TV AY the peace * of 
JL 4. semper vobis ^*-s the Lord be 4- 

? cum. always with % you. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

He puts a particle of the Host into the chalice, saying: 

1 1~^ ^C commixtio et con- /T\AY this mixture and 
r"-& secratio corporis et ?>"^ consecration of the 
sanguinis Domini nostri Jesu body and blood of Our Lord 
Christi fiat accipientibus no- Jesus Christ be to us, that 
bis in vitam ffiternam. Amen, receive it, effectual to eternal 

life. Amen. 

He covers the chalice, makes a genuflection, and then bowing down 
and striking his breast three times, he says: 



Dei, qui tollis Y~[ AMB of God > Who tak 

peccata mundi mise- .-* + est away the sins of the 

rere nobis. world, have mercy upon us. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis pec- Lamb of God, Who takest 

cata mundi, miserere nobis. away the sins of the world, 

have mercy upon us. 

Agnus Dei, qui tollis pec- Lamb of God, Who takest 

cata mundi, dona nobis pa- away the sins of the world, 

cem. grant us Thy peace. 

In Masses for the Dead, he says thrive: Give them rest; and lastly: 
Give them eternal rest. Standing in an inclined position, 



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with his hands joined and resting on the Altar, and his eyes 

reverently fixed upon the sacred Host, lie says: 

v p)OMINE Jesu Christe, j- ORD Jesus Christ, Who 

-* qui dixisti apostolis r* * saidst to Thy apostles: 

tuis: Pacem relinquo vobis, Peace I leave with you, My 

pacem meam do vobis; ne re- peace I give unto you; re- 

spicias peccata mea, sed fidem gard not my sins, but the 

Ecclesiae tuae: eamque secun- faith of Thy Church; and 

dum voluntatem tuam pacifi- vouchsafe to it that peace 

care et coadunare digneris: and unity which is agreeable 

qui vivis et regnas Deus, per to Thy will: Who livest and 
omnia 
Amen. 



saecula saeculorum. 



reignest God for ever and 
ever. Amen. 

The preceding prayer is omitted in Masses for the Dead. 

At High Mass, the Deacon kisses the Altar, at the same time with 
the celebrating Priest, by whom he is saluted with the kiss o] 
peace -with these words: 
V. Pax tecum. V. Peace be with thee. 

To which the Deacon answers: 
R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

And then salutes in like manner the Subdeacon, who conveys the 
kiss o) peace to those amongst the Clergy who may be assisting 
at Mass. 

T-JORD Jesus Christ, Son 
. * of the living God, 
Who, according to the will of 
the Father, through the co 
operation of the Holy Ghost, 
hast by Thy death given life 
to the world; deliver me by 
this Thy most sacred body 
and blood from all my iniqui 
ties and from all evils: and 
make me always adhere to 
Thy commandments, and 
never suffer me to be sepa 
rated from Thee; Who with 
the same God the Father and 
Holy Ghost livest and reign - 



v p|OMINE Jesu Christe, 
r* * Fili Dei vivi, qui ex 
voluntate Patris, cooperante 
Spiritu Sancto, per mortem 
tuam mundum vivificasti; li- 
bera me per hoc sacrosanc- 
tum corpus et sanguinem 
tuum ab omnibus iniquitati- 
bus meis, et universis malis: 
et fac me tuis semper inhaerere 
mandatis, et a te nunquam 
separari permittas: qui cum 
eodem Deo Patre et Spiritu 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 271 

Sancto vivis et regnas Deus in est God for ever and ever. 

ssecula sccculorum. Amen. Amen. 

Perceptio corporis tui, Do- Let not the participation of 
mine Jesu Christe, quod ego Thy body,- O Lord Jesus 
indignus sumere praesumo, Christ, which I, all unwor- 
non mihi proveniat in judi- thy, presume to receive, turn 
cium et condemnationem; sed t.o my judgment and con- 
pro tua pietate prosit mihi demnation; but through Thy 
ad tutamentum mentis et goodness, may it be to me a 
corporis; et ad medelam per- safeguard and remedy, both 
cipiendam. Qui vivis et reg- of soul and body. Who 
nas cum Deo Patre, in unitate with God the Father, in the 
Spiritus Sancti, Deus per unity of the Holy Ghost, 
omnia ssecula saeculorum. livest and reignest God for 
Amen. ever and ever. Amen. 

Making a genuflection, and taking the. H >st in his hands, the Priest 
says: 

V Y)ANEM ccelestem acci- *T* WILL take the, bread of 
r-L piam, et nomen Do- J-% heaven, and call upon 
mini invocabo. the name of the Lord. 

Striking his breast in humility and devotion, he says thrice, the 
Acolyte ringing the bell each time: 

MINE, non sum dig- *T~^ORD, I am not worthy 

nus ut intres sub tec- * * that Thou shouldst en- 

tum meum; sed tantum die ter under my roof; say but 

verbo, et sanabitur anima the word, and my soul shall 

mea. be healed. 

Taking reverently both parts of the sacred Host in his right hand, 
and making the sign of the cross with it upon himself, he says 
the following prayers: 

CORPUS Domini nostri fp| AY the body of Our Lord 

Jesu Christi custodial M- Jesus Christ preserve 

animam meam in vitam aster- my soul to life everlasting, 

nam. Amen. Amen. 

He then receives both halves of the Host, joins his hands, and re 
mains a short time in meditation on the Most Holy Sacrament. 
Then he uncovers the chalice, gathers upon the paten the small- 



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est atoms of the Host which may remain on the corporal, and 
puts them into the chalice, saying: 



QUID retribuam Domino 
pro omnibus quae re- 
tribuit mihi? Calicem salu- 
taris accipiam, et nomen Do 
mini invocabo. Laudans in- 
vocabo Dominum, et ab ini- 
micis meis salvus ero. 



/ A \ HAT shall I render to 
VJ^A, the Lord for all He 
hath rendered unto me? I 
will take the chalice of salva 
tion, and call upon the name 
of the Lord. Praising, I will 
call upon the Lord, and I 
shall be saved from my 
enemies. 



He takes the chalice in his right hand, and making the sign of 
the cross with it on himself, he says: 

C^ANGUIS Domini nostri JJ^HE blood of Our Lord 

.K^ 5 Jesu Christi custodial v_J Jesus Christ preserve 

animam meam in vitam aeter- my soul to everlasting life, 

nam. Amen. Amen. 

Then he receives all the blood, together with the particles in it. 

After which he communicates all who are to communicate 
(if there be any). 

Those who are to communicate go up to the Sanctuary at the Do- 
mine, non sum dignus, when the bell rings : the Acolyte says 
the Confiteor. 

Then the Priest turns to the communicants, and pronounces a 
general absolution in these words: 



/TJISEREATUR vestri om- 
r*U* nipotens Deus, et di- 
missis peccatis vestris, perdu- 
cat vos ad vitam aeternam. 

M. Amen. 

S. Indulgentiam, absolu- 
tionem, et remissionem pec- 
catorum vestrorum tribuat 
vobis omnipotens et miseri- 
cors Dominus. 

M. Amen. 



V almighty God have 
mercy on you, forgive 
you your sins, and bring you 
to life everlasting. 
R. Amen. 

P. May the almighty and 
merciful Lord give you par 
don, absolution, and remis 
sion of your sins. 

R. Amen. 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 273 

Those who are not to communicate may here make a 
SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

Elevating a particle of the Blessed Sacrament, and turning toward 
tlie people, the Priest says: 

|q[CCE Agnus Dei, ecce *-r>EHOLD the Lamb of 
V^, qui tollit peccata mup -*^ God, behold Him Who 
di. taketh away th sins of the 

world. 

And then repeats three times, Domine, non sum dignus. 

Descending the steps of the Altar to the communicants, he admin 
isters the Holy Communion, saying to each: 



O OR] 

Jesu Christi custodiat ?***> Jesus Christ preserve 

animam tuam in vitam aeter- Ay soul to life everlasting 

nam. Amen. Amen. 



[ORPUS Domini nostri /T\ AY the body of Our Lord 



Here the Acolyte pours a little wine into the chalice, and the Priest 
takes the first ablution. 

QUOD ore sumpsimus, ^VRANT, Lord, that what 
Domine, pura mente >) we have taken with 
capiamus; et de munere tern- our mouth, we may receive 
porali fiat nobis remedium with a pure mind; and of a 
sempiternum. temporal g ft may it become 

to us an eternal remedy. 

Here the Acolyte pours wine and water over his fingers; and hs 
takes the second ablution. 

O ORPUS tuum, Domine, (T)AY Thy body, O Lord, 

quod sumpsi, et san- V-^ which I have received, 

guis quern potavi, adhsereat and Thy blood which I have 

visceribus meis: et pnesta, ut drunk, cleave to my bowels; 

in me non remaneat scelerum and grant that no stain of sin 

macula, quern pura et sancta may remain in me, who have 

refecerunt sacramenta. Qui been refreshed with pure and 

vivis et regnas in saecula saecu- holy sacraments. Who livest, 

lorum. Amen. etc. Amen. 

Then he wipes his mouth and the chalice, which he covers; and 
having jolded the corporal, places it on the Altar, as at first; rn 
then goes to the book, and reads the Communion: 



274 Canon of the Holy JSass. 

FOR THE COMMUNION. 

ONE thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; 
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days 
of my life. 

Taste and see that the Lord is sweet: blessed is the man 
that hopeth in Him. 

(For a samt s day.) Blessed is that servant whom his Lord 
when He cometh shall find watching. 

If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and 
take up his cross, and follow Me. 

Then he turns to the people, and says: 

v. Y^ ^ 11 ^ 5 vobis - v - J\ HE Lord be with 

-L/ cum. V-J you. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

Then he reads the Post-Communions; at the end of the first and 
last of which the Acolyte answers, Amen. 

Ajterivard he turns again toward the people, and says: 

V. Dominus vobiscum. V. The Lord be with you. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

Ite missa est; vcl Benedi- Go, the Mass is ended; or 

camus Domino. Let us bless the Lord. 
R. Deo gratias. R. Thanks be to God. 

In Masses for the Dead. 

V. "T^EQUIESCANT V. (T)AY they rest in 

r-*-\, in pace. \*, peace. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 

Bowing down before (tie Altar, the Priest says: 

-n)LACEAT tibi, sancta |^\ HOLY Trinity, let the 

J Trinitas, obsequium V-J performance of my 

serviiutis meae; et praesta, ut homage be pleasing to Thee; 

sacrincium quod oculis tuae and grant that the sacrifice 

Majestatis indignus obtuli, which I, unworthy, have 

tibi sit acceptabile, mihique, offered up in the sight of Thy 

et omnibus pro quibus illud Majesty, may be acceptable 

obtuli, sit, te miserante, pro- to Thee, and through Thy 

mercy be a propitiation for 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 275 

pitiabile. Per Christum Do- me, and all those for whom 
minum nostrum. Amen. I have offered it. Through 

Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Then he kisses the Altar, raising his eyes, and extending, rais 
ing, and joining his hands, he bows his head, and says: 

BENEDICAT vos omni- (T\AY almighty God, the 

potens Deus, Pater et V-s Father, Son, 4 and 

Filius, v et Spiritus Sane- Holy Ghost, bless you. Amen, 
tus. Amen. 

At the word Deus, he turns toward the people, and makes the sign 
of the cross on them. Then turning to the Gospel side of the 
Altar, he says: 

V. Y^OMINUS vobis- V. JJJHE Lord be with 

\-J cum. >iJ you. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. R. And with thy spirit. 

The Benediction is omitted in Masses for the Dead. 

He then traces the sign of the cross, first upon the Altar, and then 
upon his forehead, lips, and heart, and begins the Gospel accord 
ing to St. John, saying: 

S. YNITIUM sancti P. fJJHE beginning of 

^ Evangelii secun- >2/ the holy Gospel 

dum Joaanem. according to St. John. 

al. Gloria tibi, Domine. R. Glory be to Thee, O 

Lord. 

In principle erat Verbum, In the beginning was the 

et Verbum erat apud Deum; Word, and the Word was with 

et Deus erat Verbum: hoc God, and God was the Word: 

erat in principio apud Deum. the same was in the begin- 

Omnia per ipsum facta sunt, ning with God. All things 

et sine ipso tactum est nihil were made by Him, and with- 

quod factum est: in ipso vita out Him was made nothing 

erat, et vita erat lux hominum : that was made: in Him was 

et lux in tenebris lucet, et life and the life was the light 

tenebrae earn non compre- of men: and the light shineth 

henderunt. in darkness, and the dark 
ness did not comprehend it. 

Fuit homo missus a Deo, There was a man sent trom 

cui nomen erat Joannes. Hie God, whose name was John. 



276 



Canon of the Holy Utass. 



venit in testimonium, ut testi- 
monium perhiberet de lumine, 
ut omnes crederent per ilium. 
Non erat ille lux: sed ut te 
stimonium perhiberet de lu 
mine. Erat lux vera quae 
illuminat omnem hominem 
venientem in hunc mundum. 

In mundo erat, et mundus 
per ipsum factus est, et mun 
dus eum non cognovit. In 
propria venit, et sui eum non 
receperunt. Quotquot autem 
receperunt eum, dedit eis po- 
testatem filios Dei fieri: his 
aui credunt in nomine ejus, 
qui non ex sanguinibus, neque 
ex voluntate carnis, neque 
ex voluntate viri, sed ex Deo 
nati sunt. ET VERBUM CARO 
FACTUM EST (hie genii flecti- 
tur), et habitavit in nobis, et 
vidimus gloriam ejus, gloriam 
quasi Unigeniti a Patre, ple 
num gratise et veritatis. 



M. Deo gratias. 



This man came for a witness, 
to give testimony of the light, 
that all men might believe 
through him. He was not 
the light, but came to give 
testimony of the light. He 
was the true light which en- 
lighteneth every man that 
cometh into this world. 

He was in the world, and 
the world was made by Him. 
and the world knew Him not. 
He came unto His own, and 
His own received Him ;iot 
But as many as received Him, 
to them He gave power to 
become the sons of God: to 
those that believe in His 
name, who are born not of 
blood, nor of the will of the 
flesh, nor of the will of man, 
but of God. AND THE WORD 
WAS MADE FLESH (here the 
people kneel down), and 
dwelt among us; and we saw 
His glory, as it were the glory 
of the Only-begotten of the 
Father, full of grace and truth. 

R. Thanks be to God. 



When a feast falls on a Sunday, or other day which has a proper 
Gospel of its own, the Gospel of the day is read instead of the 
Gospel of St. John. 

AFTER MASS. 

Hail Mary, to be said thrice by the Priest and People. 
LVE Regina, Mater *-p^ AIL, holy Queen, Moth- 
misericordiae, vita, dul- JL& er of mercy; hail, our 
cedo, et spes nostra salve, life, our sweetness, and our 
Ad te clamamus exsules, filii hope! To thee do we try, 
Hevae. Ad te suspiramus, poor banished children of 
gementes, et flentes in hac Eve to thee do we send up 



Canon of the Holy Mass. 



277 



lacrymarum valle. Eia ergo, 
advocata nostra, illos tuos 
misericordes oculos ad nos 
converte. Et Jesum bene- 
dictum fructum ventris tui, 
nobis post hoc exsilium osten- 
de. O clemens, O pia, O 
dulcis Virgo Maria. 

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta 
Dei Genitrix. 

R. Ut digni efficiamur pro- 
rnissionibus Christi. 



Or emus. 

refugium nostrum 
et virtus, populum ad 
te clamantem propitius re- 
spice; et intercedente gloriosa 
et immaculata Virgine Dei 
Genitrice Maria, cum beato 
Josepho Ejus Sponso, ac 
beatis apostolis tuis Petro 
et Paulo, et omnibus sanctis, 
quas pro conversione pecca- 
torum, pro libertate et exalta- 
tione sanctas Matris Ecclesiae 
preces effundimus, miseri- 
cors et benignus exaudi. Per 
Christum Dominum nostrum. 

Amen. 

Sancte Michael Archangele, 
defende nos in praelio: con 
tra nequitiam et insidias di- 
aboli esto presidium. Im- 
peret illi Deus; supplices de- 
precamur; tuque, Prince ps 
militiae ccelestis, Satanam ali- 
osque spiritus malignos, qui 



our sighs, mourning and 
weeping in this vale of tears. 
Turn, then, most gracious 
advocate, thine eyes of mercy 
toward us; and after this 
our exile, show unto us the 
blessed fruit of thy womb, 
Jesus. O clement, O loving, 
O sweet Virgin Mary! 

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

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

Let us pray. 

OGOD, our refuge and 
our strength, look 
down in mercy on Thy people 
who cry to Thee; and by 
the intercession of the glori 
ous and immaculate Virgin 
Mary, Mother of God, of St. 
Joseph her spouse, of Thy 
blessed apostles Peter and 
Paul, and of all the saints, in 
mercy and goodness hear our 
prayers for the conversion of 
sinners, and for the liberty 
and exaltation of our holy 
Mother the Church. Through 
Christ our Lord. 

Amen. 

Holy Michael Archangel, 
defend us in the day of battle; 
be our safeguard against the 
wickedness and snares of the 
devil. May God rebuke him, 
we humbly pray: and do 
thou, prince of the heavenly 
host, by the power of God, 



278 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 



ad perditionem animarum 
pervagantur in mundo, divina 
virtute in infernum detrude. 

Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days. 



thrust down to hell Satan and 
all wicked spirits, who wander 
through the world for the 
ruin of souls. 
Amen, 



H>ev>ottonsfor]eacbS>as intbe TKReefe.* 



To be Used in Connection with, the Preceding "Ordinary o) 
the Mass." 

. IDotive fl&ass of tbe JBlesseO 

Ordinary o) the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 



INTROIT. 



BLESSED be the Holy 
Trinity and undivided 
Unity: we will give glory to 
Him, because He hath shown 
His mercy to us. O Lord, 
Our Lord, how wonderful ir 
Thy name in all the earth! 



> E N E - 
-*P DICTA 

sit sancta Trinitas atque indi- 
visa Unitas: confitebimur ei, 
quia fecit nobiscum miseri- 
cordiam suam. (Tob. xii.) 
Ps. viii. Domine Dominus no- 
ster, quam admirabile est no- 
men tuum in universa terra! 

COLL. Omnipotens. Almighty, everlasting God, Who 
hast granted to Thy servants in the confession of the true faith, 
to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and, in the 
power of Thy Majesty, to adore the Unity; grant that, by 
steadfastness in the same faith, we may ever be defended 
from all adversities. 

EPISTLE. 2 Cor. xiii. n. Brethren: Rejoice, be perfect, 
take exhortation, be of one mind, have peace: and the God 
of peace and of love shall be with you. The grace of Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and the charity of God, and the commu 
nication of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen. 



* From the Roman Missal. 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 279 

GRAD. Benedictus es Do- Blessed art Thou, O Lord, 

mine, qui intueris abysses, et Who beholdest the depths, and 

sedes super Cherubim, sittest upon the cherubim. 

V. Benedictus es Domine, in Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in 

firmamento coeli, et laudabilis the firmament of heaven, and 

in saecula. Alleluia. Alleluia, worthy of praise for ever. 

V. Benedictus es Domine Alleluia. Alleluia. Blessed art 

Deus patrum nostrorum, et Thou, O Lord God of our 

laudabilis in saecula. Alle- fathers, and worthy of praise 

luia. for ever. Alleluia. 

After Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia and V. of the 
Gradual, is said the 

TRACT. With our whole hearts we glorify, praise, and 
bless Thee, O God the Father not begotten, Thee the only- 
begotten Son, Thee the Holy Ghost the Paraclete, the holy 
and undivided Trinity. V. For Thou art great and dost 
wonderful things; Thou alone art God. V. To Thee be 
praise, to Thee be glory, to Thee be thanksgiving for ever and 
ever, O blessed Trinity. 

In Paschal time, the Gradual is omitted, and the following is 
said : 

Alleluia, Alleluia. Blessed art Thou, O Lord God of our 
fathers, and worthy of praise for ever. Alleluia. Let us 
bless the Father and the Son with the Holy Ghost. Alleluia. 

GOSPEL. John xv. 26, xvi. i, 4. At that time : Jesus said 
to His disciples: When the Paraclete cometh, Whom I will 
send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, Who proceedeth 
from the Father, He shall give testimony of Me; and you shall 
give testimony, because you are with Me from the beginning. 
These things have I spoken to you, that you may not be 
scandalized. They will put you out of the synagogues; yea, 
the hour cometh, that whosoever killeth you, will think that 
he doth a service to God. And these things will they do to 
you, because they have not known the Father nor Me. But 
these things I have told you; that when the hour shall come, 
you may remember that I told you of them. 

OFF. Benedictus sit Deus Blessed be God the Father, 
Pater unigenitusque Dei Fili- and the only-begotten Son of 



z&o Jfass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

us, sanctus quoque Spiritus; God, and also the Holy Spirit; 
quia fecit nobiscum miseri- because He has shown His 
cordiam suam. mercy to us. 

SEC. Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, by 
the invocation of Thy holy name, the victim of this oblation; 
and through the same perfect us as an eternal offering to Thee. 

COMM. We bless the God of heaven, and we will give 
glory to Him in the sight of all that live: because He hath 
shown His mercy to us. 

P. COMM. May the receiving of this sacrament, O Lord 
our God, avail us to the salvation of body and soul: togethei 
with the confession of an everlasting Holy Trinity, and of the 
undivided Unity thereof. Through, etc. 

MASS OF THANKSGIVING. 

N.B. On any occasion of Thanksgiving, either the Votive Mass 
of the Blessed Trinity, or that o) the Holy Ghost, or of the Blessed 
Virgin Mary, is said, with the addition of the following Collect, 
Secret, and Post-Communion. 

COLL. Dens, cnjus. O God, Whose mercies are without 
number, and the treasure of Whose goodness is infinite, we 
give Thee thanks for the blessings Thou hast bestowed on us: 
always beseeching Thy divine Majesty, that as Thou gran test 
what we ask, so Thou wouldst continue Thy favors to us in 
such a manner that by them we may be prepared for receiving 
the rewards of eternal happiness. 

SECRET. Receive, O Lord, this sacrifice of thanksgiving, 
and grant that those, whom Thou hast heard, and hitherto 
preserved, may hereafter be defended against all adversity, 
and that they may serve Thee and love Thee more and more. 

P. COMM. Deus, qui. O God, Who hast compassion on 
those who hope in Thee, and sufferest not that they shall be 
overwhelmed with afflictions; O Lord ever mercifully atten 
tive to the petitions of the faithful: we give Thee thanks for 
having heard our prayers, and humbly beseech Thee that, 
by Thy favor, we may be delivered from all adversity. 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 281 



. Dotive dfcaes of tbe tools <5bost. 

Dedicated to the Holy Ghost and to the Holy Souls in Purga 
tory. 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. ^PIRITUS JJ^HE Spirit of the Lord 

^5 Domini re- *^J hath filled the whole 

plevit orbem terrarum, Alle- earth, Alleluia; and that 

luia; et hoc quod continet which containeth all things 

omnia, scientiam habet vocis, hath knowledge of the voice, 

Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. Ex- Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. Let 

urgat Deus, et dissipentur God arise, and let His enemies 

inimici ejus: et fugiant, qui be scattered: let them that 

oderunt eum, a facie ejus. F. hate Him flee from before 

Gloria. His face. F. Glory. 

COLL. Deus, qui. O God, Who by the light of the Holy 
Ghost, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful: grant, by the 
direction of the same Holy Spirit, that we may relish what is 
right, and always enjoy His consolation. Through, etc. 

LESSON.. Acts viii. 14, 17. In those days: When the apostles 
who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received 
the word of God: they sent to them Peter and John. Who, 
when they were come, prayed for them, that they might re 
ceive the Holy Ghost. For He was not as yet come upon any 
of them: but they were only baptized in the name of the 
Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them, and 
they received the Holy Ghost. 

GRAD. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the 
people whom the Lord hath chosen for His inheritance. 
By the word of the Lord the heavens were established: 
and all the power of them by the spirit of His mouth. 
Alleluia, Alleluia. F. (Here kneel.) Come, O Holy Ghost, 
fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of 
Thy love. Alleluia. 

After Septuagesima, instead of the foregoing Alleluia and F. 

is said the 

TRACT. Ps. ciii. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall 
be created; and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth, 



282 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

V. O Lord, how good and how sweet is Thy Spirit 
within us. Come, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thv 
faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

In Paschal time, instead oj the Gradual, is said: 

Alleluia, Alleluia. 

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created; and 
Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. Alleluia. 

V. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful; 
and kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

SEQUENCE (FOR PENTECOST). 
s irr ENI > Sancte Spiritus, *r^ OLY Spirit! Lord of 

* J-l light! 

Lt emitte ccehtus From Thy clear celestial height, 

Lua* *uae radium. Thy pure beaming radiance 

give. 



Veni, Paiier pauperum, 
Veni, dator munerum, 
Veni, lumen cordium. 



Consolator optime, 
Dulcis hospes animae, 
Dulce refrigerium. 



In labore requies, 

In acstu temperies, 
In fletu solatium. 

O Lux beatissima 
Reple cordis intinia 

Tuorum fidelium. 
Sine tuo numine 



Come, Thou Father of the 

poor! 
Come, with treasures which 

endure: 
Come, Thou light of all that 

live! 

Thou, of all consolers best, 
Visiting the troubled breast, 
Dost refreshing peace be 
stow. 

Thou in toil art comforl 

sweet, 

Pleasant coolness in the heat; 
Solace in the midst of woe. 

Light immortal! Light divine! 
Visit Thou these hearts of 

Thine! 
And our inmost being fill: 

If Thou take Thy grace away, 



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Nihil est in homine, 
Nihil est innoxium. 

Lava quod est sordidum, 
Riga quod est aridum, 
Sana quod est saucium. 

Flecte quod est rigidum, 
Fove quod est frigidum, 
Rege quod esj; devium. 



Da tuis fidelibus 
In te confidentibus 
Sacrum septenarium. 



Da virtutis meritum, 
Da salutis exitum, 
Da perenne gaudium. 
Amen. Alleluia. 



Nothing pure in man will stay; 
All his good is turn d to ill. 

Heal our wounds our 

strength renew 
On our dryness pour Thy 

dew; 
Wash the stains of guilt 

away. 

Bend the stubborn heart and 

will; 
Melt the frozen, warm the 

chill; 
Guide the steps that go 

astray. 

Thou, on those who evermore 
Thee confess and Thee adore, 
In Thy sevenfold gifts de 
scend: 

Give them comfort when they 

die, 
Give them life with Thee on 

high, 
Give them jcys which never 

end. 

Amen. Alleluia. 



GOSPEL. John xiv. 23, 31. At that time: Jesus said to His 
disciples: If any one love Me, he will keep My word, and My 
Father will love him, and We will come to him, and will make 
Our abode with him: he that loveth Me not, keepeth not My 
words. And the word which you have heard is not Mine: 
but the Father s Who sent Me. These things have I spoken 
to you, abiding with you. But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, 
Whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all 
things, and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall 
have said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give 
to you: not as the world giveth, do I give unto. you. Let 



284 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. You have 
heard that I have said to you: I go away, and I come again 
to you. If you loved Me, you would indeed be glad, because 
I go to the Father: for the Father is greater than I. And 
now I have told you before it come to pass: that when it shall 
come to pass, you may believe. I will not now speak many 
things with you. For the prince of this world cometh, and 
in Me he hath not anything. But that the world may know 
that I love the Father: and as the Father hath given Me 
commandment, so do I. 

OFFERT. Ps. Ixvii. Confirm, O God, what Thou hast 
wrought in us, from Thy holy temple which is in Jerusalem: 
kings shall offer presents to Thee. Alleluia. 

SECRET. Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, these obla 
tions, and purify our hearts by the light of the Holy Ghost. 
Through, etc. 

COMM. Acts ii. Suddenly there came a sound from heaven, 
as of a mighty wind coming where they were sitting, Alleluia: 
and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and published 
the wonderful works of God. Alleluia. 

P. COMM. May the pouring forth of the Holy Ghost into 
our hearts, cleanse them, O Lord, and render them fruitful 
by the dew of His grace. Through, etc. 

Mass for the Holy Souls in Purgatory on page 982, after 
the Burial Service. 



of tbe 1bolg 2lnc?ds. 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. *fv^ E N E D I- "YT^LESS the Lord all ye 

J*5 CITE t*ZJ His angels: you that 

Dominum omnes angeli ejus: are mighty in strength, and 

potentes virtute qui facitis execute His word, hearken- 

verbum ejus, ad audiendam ing to the voice of His orders. 

vocerr* sermonum ejus. Alle- Alleluia. Alleluia. Bless the 

luia. Alleluia. Ps. cii. Bene- Lord, O my soul: and let all 

die anima mea Domino: et that is within me bless His 

omnia quae intra me sunt, holy name. 
nomini sancto ejus. 



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COLL. Deus qui miro. O God, Who disposes! the ser 
vices of angels and men in a wonderful order; mercifully 
grant that those who ever stand before Thee, ministering to 
Thee in heaven, may also protect our life here upon earth. 

LESS. Apoc. v. 11-14. Audivi vocem angelorum. And I 
beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about 
the throne, and the living creatures and the ancients: and 
the number of them was thousands of thousands, saying 
with a loud voice: The Lamb that was slain is worthy to re 
ceive power, and divinity, and wisdom, and strength, and 
honor, and glory, and benediction. And every creature, 
which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, 
and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them: I heard 
all saying: To Him that sitteth on the throne, and to the 
Lamb, benediction and honor and glory and power for ever 
and ever. And the four living creatures said: Amen. And 
the four-and-twenty ancients fell down on their faces: and 
adored Him that liveth for ever and ever. 



GRAD. Ps. cxlviii. Lau- 
date Dominum de coelis: 
laudate eum in excelsis. V. 
Laudate eum omnes angeli 
e-jus: laudate eum omnes 
virtutes ejus. Alleluia. Alle 
luia. V. Ps. cxxxvii. In 
conspectu angelorum psallam 
tibi: adorabo ad templum 
sanctum tuum, et confitebor 
nomini tuo. Alleluia. 



Praise ye the Lord from 
the heavens: praise ye Him 
from the high places. Praise 
ye Him, all His angels: 
praise ye Him, all His hosts. 
Alleluia. Alleluia. I will 
sing praise to Thee in the 
sight of the angels: I will 
worship toward Thy holy 
temple, and I will give glory 
to Thy name. Alleluia. 



After Septuagesima, Alleluia and V. are omitted, and the fol 
lowing is said: 



TRACT. Ps. cii. Bene- 
dicite Dominum omnes an 
geli ejus: potentes virtute, 
qui facitis verbum ejus. F. 
Benedicite Domino omnes 
virtutes ejus: ministri ejus, 
qui facitis voluntatem ejus. 
F. Benedicite Domino om- 



Bless the Lord, all ye His 
angels: ye that are mighty 
in strength, and execute His 
word, hearkening to the voice 
of His orders. Bless the 
Lord, all ye His hosts: ye 
ministers of His that do His 
will. Bless the Lord, all His 



286 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

nia opera ejus: in omni loco works: in every place of His 
dominationis ejus, benedic dominion, O my soul, bless 
anima mea Domino. thou the Lord. 

In Paschal time, instead oj the Gradual is said : 

Alleluia, alleluia. V. In con- Alleluia, alleluia. I will 

spectu angelorum psallam sing praise to Thee, in the 

tibi: adorabo ad tern plum sight of the angels: I will 

sanctum tuum, et confitebor worship toward Thy holy 

nomini tuo. Alleluia. V. temple, and will give glory 

Matt, xxviii. Angelus Do- to Thy name. Alleluia. An 

mini descendit de ccelo, et angel of the Lord descended 

accedens revolvit lapidem, from heaven: and coming, 

et sedebat super eum. Alle- rolled back the stone, and 

luia. sat upon it. Alleluia. 

GOSP. John i. 47-51. Vidit Jesus Nathanael venientem. 
Jesus saw Nathanael coming to Him, and He saith of him: 
Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no guile. Na 
thanael saith to Him: Whence knowest Thou me? Jesus 
answered, and said to him: Before that Philip called thee, 
when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee. Nathanael 
answered Him, and said: Rabbi, Thou art the Son of God, 
Thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered, and said to him: 
Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig-tree, 
thou believest: greater things than these shalt thou see. 
And He saith to him. Amen, amen, I say to you, you shall 
see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending 
and descending upon the Son of man. 

OFF. Stetit angelus juxta An angel stood near the 

aram templi, habens thuri- altar of the temple, having 

bulum aureum in manu sua; a golden censer in his hand; 

et data sunt ei incensa multa: and there was given to him 

et ascendit fumus aromatum much incense: and the smoke 

in conspectu Dei. Alleluia. of the perfume ascended be 
fore God. Alleluia. 

SEC. We offer to Thee, O Lord, the sacrifices of praise, 
humbly beseeching Thee that by the suffrages of angels in our 
behalf, Thou wouldst graciously accept them, and grant 
that they may conduce to our salvation. 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 287 

COMM. Angeli, archangel!, Angels, archangels, 

throni et dominationes, thrones and dominations, 

principatus et potestates, vir- principalities and powers, 

tutes ccelorum, cherubim at- the virtues of the heavens, 

que seraphim Dominum be- cherubim and seraphim, 

nedicite in aeternum. bless ye the Lord for ever. 

P. COMM. Being replenished, O Lord, with heavenly bene 
diction, we suppliantly beseech Thee, that, by the aid of the 
holy angels and archangels, what we celebrate by our un 
worthy office may be conducive to our salvation. 



Dottve flbass of St. 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. jrrDJUTOR JJ[HE Lord is our helper 

,^/J-, etprotec- >-J and protector: in Him 

tor ncster est Dominus: in eo our heart shall rejoice, and 

laetabitur cor nostrum, et in in His holy name we hav2 

nomine sancto ejus speravi- trusted. Alleluia, alleluia. 

mus. Alleluia, alleluia. (Ps. Give ear, O Thou that rulest 

Ixxxii.) Ps. Ixxix. Qui regis Israel: Thou that leadest 

Israel intende: qui deducis Joseph like a sheep. 
velut < vem Joseph. 

COLL. Deus qui. O God, Who by Thy unspeakable provi 
dence, didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the 
spouse of Thy most holy Mother; grant that, as we venerate 
him for our protector on earth, we may deserve to be aided 
by his intercession in heaven. 

EPISTLE. Gen. xlix. Joseph is a growing son, and comely 
to behold; the daughters run to and fro upon the wall. But 
they that held darts provoked him, and quarrelled with him, 
and envied him; his bow rested upon the strong, and the 
bands of his arms and his hands were loosed by the hands 
of the mighty One of Jacob: thence he came forth a pastor, 
the- stone of Israel. The God of thy father shall be thy 
helper, and the Almighty shall bless thee with the blessings 
of heaven above, with the blessings of the deep that lieth 
beneath, with the blessings of the breasts and of the womb. 



288 Mass Devotions for Each. Day in the Week. 



The blessings of thy father are strengthened with the blessings 
of his fathers until the desire of the everlasting hills shall 
come. May they be upon the head of Joseph, and upon 
the crown of the Nazarite among His brethren. 



GRAD. Domine praevenisti 
eum in benedictionibus dulce- 
dinis: posuisti in capite ejus 
coronam de lapide pretioso. 
V. Vitam petiit a te, et tri- 
buisti ei longitudinem dierum 
in saeculum saeculi. Alleluia. 
Alleluia. V. Fac nos innocu- 
am, Joseph, decurrere vitam: 
sitque tuo semper tuta patroci- 
nio. Alleluia. 



O Lord, Thou hast pre 
vented him with blessings of 
sweetness; Thou hast set on 
his head a crown of pre 
cious stones. V. He asked life 
of Thee, and Thou hast given 
him length of days forever and 
ever. Alleluia. Alleluia. V. 
Obtain for us, O Joseph, that 
we may lead an innocent life; 
and may it ever be safe through 
thy patronage. Alleluia. 



After Septuagesima. 



TRACT. Beatus vir qui ti- 
met Dominum: in mandatis 
ejus cupit nimis. Potens in 
terra erit semen ejus, ge- 
neratio rectorum benedicetur. 
Gloria, et divitiae in domo 
ejus, et justitia ejus manet in 
saeculum saeculi. 



Blessed is the man that 
feareth the Lord; he delights 
exceedingly in His command 
ments. His seed shall be 
mighty upon the earth; the 
generation of the righteous 
shall be blessed. Glory and 
wealth shall be in his house; 
and his justice remaineth for 
ever and ever. 



GOSPEL. Luke iii. At that time: It came to pass, when 
all the people were baptized, that Jesus, also being baptized 
and praying, heaven was opened: and the Holy Ghost de 
scended in a bodily shape as a dove upon Him; and a voice 
came from heaven: Thou art My beloved Son,- in Thee I am 
well pleased. And Jesus Himself was beginning about the 
age of thirty years, being, as it was supposed, the son of Joseph. 

OFFERT. Ps. cxlvii. Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem, be 
cause He hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates: He hath 
blessed thy children within thee. 

SEC. Supported by the patronage of the spouse of Thy 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 289 

most holy Mother, we beseech Thy clemency, O Lord, that 
Thou wouldst make our hearts despise all earthly things, 
and love Thee, the true God, with perfect charity. 

COMM. Matt. i. Jacob au- But Jacob begat Joseph, 

tern genuit Joseph virum the husband of Mary, of 

Mariae, de qua natus est whom was born Jesus, Who is 

Jesus, qui vocatur Christus. called Christ. 

P. COMM. Divini. Refreshed at the fountain of divine 
blessing, we beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that as Thou 
makest us rejoice in the protection of blessed Joseph, so by 
his merits and intercession Thou wouldst make us partakers 
of celestial glory. 

Spiritual Communion. 

JESUS, my divine Saviour, like a meek and gentle 
lamb Thou didst offer Thyself upon the cross as 
a sacrifice for the whole world, and in Thine own most 
precious blood didst wash away our sins. On our altars 
Thou dost renew the sacrifice of the cross, and givest 
Thyself, moreover, to us as the food of our souls. I 
may not now receive Thee really in the Blessed Sac 
rament, but my soul sighs and longs for Thee, and 
therefore I beseech Thee in Thy love and mercy to 
unite Thyself to me, at least in a spiritual manner. 
Thou didst condescend to heal so many, when they but 
touched the hem of Thy garment. Permit me now, 
good Master, gentle Saviour, to touch Thee in spirit 
and with confidence that my poor soul may be freed 
from all its ills. Come to me, Jesus, come, and re 
main with me always; let me nevermore be separated 
from Thee by sin! I thank Thee for all Thy graces 
and blessings. I love Thee above all things and with 
my whole heart. Bless me, that I may persevere in Thy 
service to the end of my life. 

Dear St. Joseph! how great, how innumerable were 
the graces which thou didst receive, when the divine 
Child dwelt under thy roof! How inexpressible was the 
happiness of thy heart, when thou didst carry Him in 



290 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week, 

thy arms! Pray for me, holy foster-father of Jesus, my 
Saviour, that this spiritual communion may be most 
salutary .to me, that the strength of the Most Holy Sac 
rament may be my support in all the trials and tempta 
tions of life, that it may strengthen me in all good, and 
help me to win the crown of eternal glory. 



. /foass of tbe JBlesseD Sacrament.* 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. fSIBAVIT eos *-pJ E fed them with the fat of 

^-\ ex adipe *- wheat, Alleluia; and 

frumenti, Alleluia; et de petra filled them with honey out of 

melle saturavit eos. Alleluia, the rock. Alleluia, Alleluia, 

Alleluia. Ps. Ixxx. Exultate Alleluia. Rejoice to God our 

Deo adjutori nostro; jubilate Helper; sing aloud to the God 

Deo Jacob. of Jacob. 

COLL. Deus qid. O God, Who under a wonderful Sacra 
ment hast left us a memorial of Thy Passion; grant us the 
grace, we beseech Thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of 
Thy body and blood, that we may ever feel within us the fruit 
of Thy redemption. 

EPIST. i Cor. xi. 23-29. Fr. ego enim. Brethren, I have 
received of the Lord, that which also I have delivered to you, 
that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, 
took bread, and giving thanks, broke, and said, Take ye, and 
eat; this is My body which shall be delivered for you; this 
do for the commemoration of Me. In like manner also the 
chalice, after He had supped, saying, This chalice is the new 
testament in My blood; this do ye, as often as you shall 
drink, for the commemoration of Me. For as often as you 
shall eat this bread, and drink this chalice, you shall show 
the death of the Lord until He come. Therefore, whosoever 
shall eat this bread, or drink of the chalice of the Lord un 
worthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the 
Lord. But let a man prove himself; and so let him eat of 
that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth 

* For Mass of the Sacred Heart, see " Mass in Union with tht 
Sacred Heart of Jesus," page 331. 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 291 



and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to 
himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. 



GRAD. Ps. cxliv. Oculi 
omnium in te sperant Domine, 
et tu das illis escam in tern- 
pore opportune. V. Aperis 
tu manum tuam, et imples 
omne animal benedictione. 
Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Caro 
mea vere est cibus, et sanguis 
meus vere est potus: qui 
manducat meam carnem et 
bibit meum sanguinem, in 
me manet, et ego in eo. 



The eyes of all hope in 
Thee, O Lord, and Thou 
givest them meat in due sea 
son. V. Thou openest Thy 
hand, and fillest every living 
creature with Thy blessing. 
Alleluia, Alleluia. V. My flesh 
is meat indeed, and My blood 
is drink indeed: he that 
eateth My flesh and drinketh 
My blood, abideth in Me, 
and I in him. 



After Septuagesima Alleluia and V. in the Grad. are omitted, 
and the /olio-wing Tract is said : 



TRACT. Mai. i. _Ab..ortu 

solis usque ad occasum, mag 
num est nomen meum in 
Gentfbus. V. Et in omni 
1 loco sacrificatur, et offertur 
"TToTrri-nr Tireo" "bblatio munda: 
quia magnum est nomen me 
um in Gentibus. V. Prov. 
IX. Venite, comedite panem 
meum: et bibite vinum, quod 
miscui vobis. 

In Paschal time, instead 

Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Luc. 
xxiv. Cognoverunt discipuli 
Dominum Jesum fractione 
panis. Alleluia. V. Caro mea 
vere est cibus, et sanguis meus 
vere est potus: qui manducat 
meum carnem, et bibit meum 
sanguinem, in me manet et 
ego in eo. Alleluia. 



From the rising of the sun, 
even to the going down, My 
name is great among the 
Gentiles. And in every place 
there is sacrifice, and there is 
offered to My name a cle an 
offering: for My name is 
great among the Gentiles. 
Come, eat My bread, and 
drink the wine which I have 
mingled for you. 

of the Grad. is said : 

Alleluia, Alleluia. The dis 
ciples knew the Lord Jesus in 
the breaking of bread. Alle 
luia. My flesh is meat indeed, 
and My blood is drink indeed: 
he that eateth My flesh, and 
drinketh My blood, abideth 
in Me and I in him. Alleluia. 



292 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

* GOSP. John vi. 56-59. In illo Caro mea. At that time, 
Jesus said to the multitudes of the Jews: My flesh is meat 
indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My 
flesh, and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in him. 
As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father, 
so he that eateth Me, the same also shall live by Me: This 
is the bread that came down from heaven. Not as your 
fathers did eat manna and are dead. He that eateth this 
bread shall live for ever. 

OFF. Lev. xxi. Sacerdotes The priests of the Lord 

Domini incensum et panes offer incense and loaves to 

offerunt Deo, et ideo sancti God, and therefore they shall 

erunt Deo suo, et non pollu- be holy to their God, and shall 

ent nomen ejus. Alleluia. not defile His name. Alleluia. 

SEC. We beseech Thee, O Lord, mercifully to grant to Thy 
Church the gifts of unity and peace, which are mystically 
designated under the gifts we offer. 

PREFACE. Quia per incarnati, as in Ordinary. 

COMM. i Cor. xi. Quo- As often as ye shall eat 

tic-scumque manducabitis pa- this bread, and drink the 

nem hunc, et calicem bibetis, chalice, ye shall show forth 

mori;em Domini annuntiabi- the death of the Lord, until 

tis donee veniat: itaque qui- He come: therefore whoso- 

cumque manducaverit panem, ever shall eat this bread or 

vel biberit calicem Domini drink the chalice of the Lord 

indigne, reus erit corporis et unworthily, shall be guilty of 

sanguinis Domini. Alleluia, the body and blood of the 

Lord. Alleluia. 

P. COMM. Fac nos. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, 
that we may be filled with the everlasting fruition of Thy 
divinity, which is prefigured by the temporal reception of Thy 
precious body and blood. 



* On the Feast of "Corpus Christi" is recited, before the 
Gospel, the Sequence: " Lauda Sion." It is appended at the end 
of *Jis Mass. 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 293 



SEQUENCE. 



*1~"| AUDA Sion Salvatorem, ^fION. lift thy voice and 

,- * ^5 sing; 

Lauda Ducem et Pastorem, Praise thy Saviour and thy 

King; 
In hymnis et canticis. Praise with hymns thy Shep 

herd true: 
Quantum potes, tantum aude: Strive thy best to praise Him 

well, 

Quia major omni laude, Yet doth He all praise excel: 

Nee laudare sufficis. None can ever reach His 

due. 



Laudis thema specialis, 
Panis vivus et vitalis 

Hodie proponitur 
Quern in sacrae mensa ccenae 

Turbae fratrum duodenae 
Datum non ambigitur. 

Sit laus plena, sit senora, 

Sit jucunda, sit decora 

Mentis jubilatio. 
Dies enim solemnis agitur, 
In qua mensae prima recolitur 

Hujus institutio. 

In hac mensa novi Regis 
Novum pascha novae legis 

Phase vetus terminal. 
Vetustatem novitas, 

Umbram fugat veritas, 
Noctem lux eliminat. 



See to-day before us laid 
The living and life-giving 

bread! 
Theme for praise and joy 

profound! 
The same which at the sacred 

board 

Was, by our incarnate Lord, 
Giv n to His apostles round. 

Let the praise be loud and 

high: 
Sweet and tranquil be the joy 

Felt to-day in every breast, 
On this festival divine, 
Which records the origin 

Of the glorious Eucharist. 

On this table of the King, 
Our new paschal offering 

Brings to end the olden rite. 
Here, for empty shadows 

fled, 
Is Reality instead; 

Here, instead of darkness, 
light. 



294 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 



Quod in coena Christus gessit, His own act, at supper seated, 
Faciendum hoc expressit Christ ordain d to be repeated, 

In sui memoriam. 
Docti sacris institutis, 



Panem, vinum in salutis 
Consecramus hostium. 



Dogma datur Christianis 



In His memory divine; 
Wherefore now, with adora 
tion, 

We the Host of our salvation 
Consecrate from bread and 
wine. 



Hear what holy Church main- 

taineth, 
Quod in carnem transit panis That the bread its substance 

changeth 
Into flesh, the wine to 

blood. 

Quod non capis, quod non Doth it pass thy comprehend 
ing? 

Faith, the law of sight tran 
scending 
Leaps to things not under- 



Et vinum in sanguinem. 



vides, 
Animosa firmat fides, 

Praeter rerum ordinem. 



stood. 



Sub diversis speciebus, 



Here beneath these signs are 

hidden 

Signis tantum et non rebus, Priceless things, to sense for 
bidden. 
Signs, not things, are all we 

see: 
Flesh from bread, and blood 

from wine. 
Yet is Christ in either sign, 



Latent res eximiae. 
Caro cibus, sanguis potusi. 



Manet tamen Christus totur 
Sub utraque specie. 



All entire, confessed to be. 



A sumente non concisus, They too, who of Him partake 

Non confractus, non divisus, Sever not, nor rend, nor break ; 

But, entire, their Lord re 
ceive. 

Whether one or thousands eat, 
All receive the self -same meat, 
Nor the less for others 
leave. 



Integer accipitur. 

Sumit unus, sumunt mille! 
Quantum iste, tantum ille: 
Nee sumptus consumitur. 



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Sumunt boni, sumunt mali: Both the wicked and the good 



Sorte tamen inaequali, 

Vitae, vel interitus. 
Mors est malis, vita bonis: 

Vide paris sumptionis 
Quam sit dispar exitus. 

Fracto demum Sacramento, 
Ne vacilles, sed memento, 

Tantum esse sub fragmento, 
Quantum toto tegitur. 

Nulla rei fit scissura, 
Signi tantum fit fractura, 

Qua nee status, nee statura 
Signati minuitur. 

Ecce panis angelorum, 
Factus cibus viatorum: 

Vere panis filiorum, 
Non mittendus canibus, 

In figuris praesignatur, 

Cum Isaac immolatur: 
Agnus paschae deputatur 
Datur manna patribus. 

Bono pastor, panis vere, 
Jesu nostri miserere: 
Tu nos pasce, nos tuere: 

Tu nos bona fac videre 

In terra viventium. 
Tu, qui cuncta scis et vales, 
Qui nos pascis hie mortales 



Eat of this celestial food; 

But with ends how opposite! 
Here tis life; and there tis 

death; 
The same, yet issuing to each 

In a difference infinite. 

Nor a single doubt retain, 
When they break the Host in 

twain, 

But that in each part remains 
What was in the whole 

before; 

Since the simple sign alone 
Suffers change in state or 

form, 

The signified remaining one 
And the same for evermore. 

Lo! upon the altar lies, 

Hidden deep from human 
eyes, 

Bread of angels from the skies, 
Made the food of mortal 
man: 

Children s meat to dogs de 
nied; 

In old types resignified; 

In the manna heaven-supplied 
Isaac, and the paschal lamb. 

Jesu! Shepherd of the sheep! 
Thou Thy flock in safety keep. 
Living bread! Thy life sup- 

p!y; 

Strengthen us, or else we die; 

Fill us with celestial grace: 

Thou, Who feedest us below! 

Source of all we have or know! 



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Tuos ibi commensales, 

Coheredes, et sodales, 
Fac sanctorum civium. 
\rnen. 



Grant that with Thy saints 

above, 

Sitting at the feast of love, 
We may see Thee face to 

face. Amen. 



Mass of the Sacred Heart. See p. 331. 
. Motive /Ifoass of t&e 

Ordinary of the Mass. 



PROPER PARTS. 



E Lord Jesus Christ 
humbled Himself unto 
death, even the death of the 
cross; wherefore God also 
hath exalted Him, and hath 
given Him a name which is 
above every name. The mer- 
cies of the Lord I will sing 
for ever: to generation and 
generation. 



INTROIT. pi UMILIAVIT 
-*-& semetipsum 
Dominus Jesus Christus us- 
que ad mortem, mortem au- 
tern crucis; propter quod et 
Deus exaltavit ilium, et dona- 
vit illi nomen, quod est super 
omnenomen. (Phil, ii.) Ps. 
Ixxxviii. Misericordias Do- 
mini in aeternum cantabo: 
in generationem et genera- 
tionem. 

COLL. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst descend from 
heaven, from the bosom of the Father, and didst shed Thy 
precious blood for the remission of our sins, we humbly be 
seech Thee that, placed at Thy right hand in the day of judg 
ment, we may be found worthy to hear these words: Come, ye 
blessed. Amen. 

LESS. Zach. xii. 10, xiii. 6-7. H ac dicit Dom. Efiundam. 
Thus saith the Lord: I will pour out upon the house of 
David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of 
grace, and of prayers: and they shall look upon Me, Whom 
they have pierced: and they shall mourn for Him as one 
mourneth for an only son, and they shall grieve over Him as 
the manner is to grieve for the death of the first-born. In 
that day there shall be a great lamentation in Jerusalem, and 
it shall be said: What are these wounds in the midst of Thy 
hands? And He shall say: With these I was wounded in 
the house of them that loved Me. Awake, O sword, againsf 



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My shepherd, and against the man that cleaveth to Me, saith 
the Lord of hosts: strike the shepherd, and the sheep shall be 
scattered, saith the Lord almighty. 



GRAB. Ps. Ixviii. Impro- 
perium expectavit cor meum 
et miseriam: et sustinui, qui 
simul mecum contristaretur, 
et non fuit: consolantem 
me quaesivi, et non inveni. 
F. Dederunt in escam me- 
am fel, et in siti mea potave- 
runt me aceto. Alleluia, Alle 
luia. V. Ave Rex noster: tu 
solus nostros es miseratus 
errores: Patri obediens, duc- 
tus es ad crucifigendum / ut 
agnus mansuetus ad occi- 
sionem. Alleluia. 



TRACT. Is. liii. Vere lan- 
guores nostros ipse tulit, et 
dolores nostros ipse portavit. 
V. Et nos putavimus eum 
quasi leprosum, et percus- 
sum a Deo et humiliatum. 
V. Ipse autem vulneratus est 
propter iniquitates nostras, 
attritus est propter scelera 
nostra. V. Disciplina pads 
nostrae super eum: et livore 
ejus sanati sumus. 



My heart hath expected re 
proach and misery: and I 
looked for one that would 
grieve together with Me, and 
there was none: I sought one 
that would comfort Me, and I 
found none. V. They gave 
Me gall for My food, and in 
My thirst they gave Me vinegar 
to drink. Alleluia, Alleluia. 
V. Hail, Thou, our King: 
Thou alone hast had compas 
sion on our errors : obedient to 
the Father, Thou wert led 
to be crucified, like a meek 
lamb to the slaughter. Alle 
luia. 

Surely He hath borne our 
infirmities, and carried our 
sorrows. V. And we have 
thought Him as it were a 
leper, and as one struck by 
God and afflicted. V. But 
He was wounded for our 
iniquities, He was bruised 
for our sins. V. The chas 
tisement of our peace was 
upon Him: and by His 
bruises we are healed. 



In Paschal time instead of the Gradual is said: 



Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Ave 
Rex noster: tu solus nostros es 
miseratus errores: Patri obe 
diens, ductus es ad crucifigen- 
dum, ut agnus mansuetus 
ad occisionem. Alleluia. V. 



Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Hail, 
Thou, our King: Thou alone 
hast compassion on our errors : 
obedient to the Father, Thou 
wert led to be crucified, like 
a meek lamb to the slaughter. 



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Tibi gloria, hosanna: tibi Alleluia. V. To Thee be 
triumphus et victoria: tibi glory, hosanna: to Thee be 
summae laudis et honoris triumph and victory : to Thee 
corona. Alleluia. a crown of highest praise 

and honor. Alleluia. 

GOSP. John xix. 28-35. In illo, sclent Jesus. At that 
time: Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished 
that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now 
there was a vessel set there full of vinegar. And they put 
ting a sponge full of vinegar about hyssop, put it to His 
mouth. Jesus therefore when He had taken the vinegar, 
said: It is consummated. And bowing His head, He gave 
up the ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve), 
that the bodies might not remain upon the cross on the Sab 
bath-day (for that was a great Sabbath-day), besought Pilate 
that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken 
away. The soldiers, therefore, came: and they broke the 
legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. 
But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that He 
was already dead, they did not break His legs. But one of 
the soldiers with a spear opened His side, and immediately 
there came out blood and water. And he that saw it hath 
given testimony, and his testimony is true. 

OFF. Insurrexerunt in me Wicked men rose up 

viri iniqui: absque miseri- against Me: without mercy 

cordia quaesierunt me inter- they sought to kill Me: and 

ficere: et non pepercerunt in they did not spare to spit in 

faciem meam spuere: lanceis My face: they wounded Me 

suis vulneraverunt me, et con- with their spears, and all My 

cussa sunt omnia ossa mea. bones were shaken. 

SEC. May the sacrifice offered to Thee, O Lord, through 
the Passion of Thy only-begotten Son interceding for us, 
ever enliven and defend us. 

PREFACE. Qui salutem, as in Ordinary. 

COMM. Ps. xxi. Foderunt They have pierced My 

manus meas et pedes meos: hands and My feet; they have 

dinumeraverunt omnia ossa numbered all My bones, 
mea. 



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P. COMM. Domine Jesu. O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the 
living God, Who at the sixth hour didst ascend the tree of the 
cross for the redemption of the world, .and didst shed Thy 
precious blood for the remission of our sins; we humbly be 
seech Thee, grant that after our death we may joyfully enter 
the gates of paradise. 

Saturday. IDottve /Ifcaes of tbe Ummaculate Concep 
tion of tbc JBlesseo tDfrgfn /Ifcarg. 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. /^(AUDENS T WILL greatly rejoice 

>^ gaudebo in J- in the Lord, and my 

Domino, et exultabit anima soul shall be joyful in my 

mea in Deo meo: quia in- God; for He hath clothed me 

duit me vestimentis salu- with the garments of salva- 

tis; et indumento justitiae tion, and with the robe of 

circumdedit me, quasi spon- justice hath He covered me, 

sam ornatam monilibus as a bride adorned with her 

suis. (Is. Ixi.) Ps. xxix. Ex- jewels. I will exalt Thee, O 

altabo te, Domine, quo- Lord; for Thou hast upheld 

niam suscepisti me: nee me, and hath not made my 

delectasti inimicos meos enemies to rejoice over me. 
super me. 

COLL. Deus qui. O God, who, by the Immaculate Con 
ception of the Virgin, didst prepare a worthy habitation 
for Thy Son; we beseech Thee that, as by the foreseen 
death of this Thy Son, Thou didst preserve her from all 
stain of sin, so Thou wouldst enable us, being made pure 
by her intercession, to come unto Thee. 

LESS. Prov. viii. 22-35. Dominus possedit. The Lord 
possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made 
anything, from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, 
and of old, before the earth was made. The depths were 
not as yet, and I was already conceived; neither had the 
fountains of waters as yet sprung out; the mountains with 
their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the 



300 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 



hills I was brought forth; He had not yet made the earth, 
nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When He pre 
pared the heavens, I was present: when, with a certain law 
and compass, He enclosed the depths; when He established 
the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters; when He 
compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the 
waters that they should not pass their limits; when He bal 
anced the foundations of the earth; I was with Him, form 
ing all things, and was delighted every day, playing before 
Him at all times, playing in the world: and my delights 
were to be with the children of men. Now, therefore, ye 
children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. 
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed 
is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my 
gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall 
find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the 
Lord. 



GRAD. Benedicta es tu 
Virgo Maria a Domino Deo 
excelso prae omnibus mulieri- 
bus super terram. V. Tu 
gloria Jerusalem tu laetitia 
Israel, tu honorificentia popu- 
li nostri. Alleluia, Alleluia. 
V. Tota pulchra es, Maria, 
et macula originalis non est 
in te. Alleluia. 



O Virgin Mary, blessed art 
thou of the Lord most high, 
above all the women of the 
earth. I 7 . Thou art the glory 
of Jerusalem, thou art the 
joy of Israel, thou art the 
honor of our people. Alle 
luia, Alleluia. V. Thou art 
all fair, O Mary, and the 
original stain of sin is not in 
thee. Alleluia. 



After Septuagesima the Alleluia and V. are omitted, and the 
following is said : 



TRACT. Fundamenta ejus 
in montibus sanctis: diligit 
Dominus portas Sion super 
omnia tabernacula Jacob. V. 
Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, 
Civitas Dei. V. Homo natus 
est in ea, et ipse fundavit earn 
Altissimns. 



Her foundations are on the 
holy mountains: the Lord 
loveth the gates of Sion more 
than all the dwellings of Jacob. 
V. Glorious things are said of 
thee, thou City of God. V. 
A man shall be born in her. 
and the Most High Himself 
hath established her. 



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In Paschal time, instead oj the Gradual the following is said: 

Alleluia. Alleluia. F. Tu Alleluia. Alleluia. Thou 

gloria Jerusalem, tu laetitia art the glory of Jerusalem, 

Israel, tu honorificentia po- thou art the joy of Israel, 

puH nostri. Alleluia. V. thou art the honor of our 

Tota pulchra es, Maria, et people. Alleluia. Alleluia, 

macula originalis non est in Thou art all fair, O Mary, 

te. Alleluia and the original stain of sin 

is not in thee. Alleluia. 

GOSP. Luke i. 26-28. In illo tern pore missus est angelus 
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city 
of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man 
whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the vir 
gin s name was Man 7 . And the angel being come in, said 
unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed 
art thou among women. 

OFF. Ave Maria, gratia Hail, Mary, full of grace; 

plena; Dominus tecum: be- the Lord is with thee : blessed 

nedicta tu in mulieribus. art thou among women. 

Alleluia. Alleluia. 

SEC. Receive, O Lord, the saving Host which we offer to 
Thee in the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary; and grant that as we profit by that pre 
venting grace which freed her from all stain of sin, so by her 
intercession we may be delivered from all our sins. 

PREFACE. Et te in Conceptione Immaculata. Ordinary. 

COMM. Gloriosa dicta sunt Glorious things are said of 
de te, Maria, quia fecit tibi thee, O Mary; for He that is 
magna qui potens est. mighty hath done for thee 

great things. 

P.-CoMM. Sacramenta. May the sacraments we have re 
ceived, O Lord our God, repair in us the wounds of that 
sin, from which thou didst singularly preserve the Im 
maculate Conception of blessed Mary. 



302 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

of tbe Seven Dolors of tbe JSlesseo Dirgin 



;For Passion Week and for Days of Special Devotion to Our 
Lady of Sorrows.) 

Ordinary of the Mass. 

PROPER PARTS. 

INTROIT. V TAB ANT JJ HE RE stood by the cross 

^^ juxta cru- **-J of Jesus, His Mother, 

cem Jesu, mater ejus, et soror and His Mother s sister, Mary 

matris ejus Maria Cleophae, of Cleophas, and Salome, and 

et Salome, et Maria Mag- Mary Magdalen. Woman, 

dalene (John xix.j. V. Mu- behold thy son, said Jesus; 

Her, ecce filius tuus, dixit and to the disciple, Behold 

Jesus; ad disci pulum autem, thy Mother. 
Ecce mater tua. 

COLL. Deus in cujus. O God, at Whose Passion, accord 
ing to the prophecy of Simeon, a sword of sorrow did pierce 
through the most sweet soul of the glorious Virgin anc 
Mother Mary; mercifully grant, that we, who devoutly cele 
brate her transfixion and suffering, may, through the media 
tion of the glorious merits and prayers of all the saints who 
faithfully stand beneath Thy cross, obtain the blessed fruit of 
Thy Passion. 

LESSON. Judith xiii. 22-25. The Lord hath blessed thee 
by His power, because by thee He hath brought our enemies 
to naught. Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord, the 
most high God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed 
be the Lord Who made heaven and earth: because He hath 
so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not 
depart out of the mouth of men, who shall be mindful of the 
power of the Lord for ever; for that thou hast not spared thy 
life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, 
but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. 

GRAD. Dolorosa et lacry- Sorrowful and sad art thou. 

mabilis es virgo Maria, stans O Virgin Mary, standing by 

juxta cru cem Domini Jesu the cross of the Lord Jesus, 

Filii tui Redemptoris. thy Son, Our Redeemer. 



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TRACT. Stabat sancta 
Maria, coeli Regina, et mundi 
domina, juxta crucem Do 
mini nostri Jesu Christi do- 
lorosa. V. Lam. i. O vos 
omnes, qui transitis per viam, 
attendite et videte si est dolor, 
sicut dolor meus. 



Holy Mary, the Queen of 
heaven, and Mistress of the 
world, stood by the cross 
of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 
full of sadness. V. O all 
you that pass by the way, 
attend and see if there be 
sorrow like to my sorrow. 



SEQUENCE. 



^TABAT Mater dolorosa, 
Juxta crucem lacrymosa, 

Dum pendebat Filius. 
Cujus animam gementem, 

Contristatam, et dolentem, 
Pertransivit gladius. 



O quam tristis et afflicta 

Fuit ilia benedicta 
Mater Unigeniti! 
Quae mcerebat, et dolebat, 
Pia Mater dum videbat 

Nati pcenas inclyti. 

Quis est homo, qui non fleret 

Matrem Christi si videret 
In tanto supplicio ? 

Quis non posset contristari, 
Christi Matrem contemplari 
Dolentem cum Filio? 



JET 



*T the cross her station 

keeping, 
Stood the mournful Mother 

weeping, 

Close to Jesus to the last: 
Through her heart, His sor 
row sharing, 

All His bitter anguish bearing, 
Now at length the sword 
had passed. 

Oh, how sad and sore dis 
tressed 
Was that Mother highly blest 

Of the sole-begotten One! 
Christ above in torment hangs, 
She beneath beholds the 

pangs 
Of her dying, glorious Son. 

Is there one who would not 

weep 

Whelmed in miseries so deep 
Christ s dear Mother to 

behold? 

Can the human heart refrain 
From partaking in her pain, 
In that Mother s pain un 
told? 



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Pro peccatis suae gentis, 



Vidit Jesum in tormentis, 
Et flagellis subditum. 

Vidit suum dulcem natum 
Moriendo, desolatum, 
Dum emisit spirit um. 

Eia Mater, fons amoris, 



Bruised, derided, cursed, de 
filed, 

She beheld her tender Child, 
All with bloody scourges 

rent: 

For the sins of His own nation 

Saw Him hang in desolation, 

Till His spirit forth He sent. 



O thou Mother ! fount of 

love, 

Touch my spirit from above. 
Make my heart with thine 

accord: 
Make me feel as thou hast 

felt: 

In amando Christum Deum, Make my soul to glow and 

melt 



Me sentire vim doloris. 
Fac, ut tecum lugeam 

Fac ut ardeat cor meum 



Ut sibi complaceam. 

Sancta Mater istud agas, 
Crucifixi fige plagas 

Cordi meo valide. 
Tui Nati vulnerati, 

Tarn dignati pro me pati 
Pcenas mecum divide. 

Fac me tecum pie fiere, 
Crucifixo condolere, 

Donee ego vixero. 
Juxta crucem tecum stare, 

Et me tibi sociare, 
In planctu desidero. 



With the love of Christ, my 
Lord. 

Holy Mother ! pierce me 

through. 
In my heart each wound 

renew 

Of my Saviour crucified: 
Let me share with thee Hi. 

pain, 

Who for all my sins was slain, 
Who for me in torments 

died. 

Let me mingle tears with thee. 
Mourning Him Who mourned 

for me, 

All the days that I may live. 
By the cross with thee to 

stay. 
There with thee to weep and 

pray, 
Is all I ask of thee to give 



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Virgo virginum proeclara, 
Mihi jam non sis amara, 
Fac me tecum plangere. 

Fac ut portem Christi mortem, 
-Passionis fac consortem, 
Et plagas recolere. 

Fac me plagis vulnerari, 
Fac me cruce inebriari, 

Et cruore Filii. 
Flammis ne urar succensus 
Per te, Virgo, sim defensus 

In die judicii. 

Christe, cum sit hinc exire, 

Da per Matrem me venire 

Ad palmam victorias. 
Quando corpus morietur, 
Fac ut animae donetur 



Paradisi gloria. 



Amen. 



Virgin of all virgins best! 
Listen to my fond request: 

Let me share thy grief 

divine ; 

Let me, to my latest breath, 
In my body bear the death 

Of that dying Son of thine. 

Wounded with His every 

wound, 
Steep my soul till it hath 

swooned 

In His very blood away; 
Be to me, O Virgin, nigh, 
Lest in flames I burn and die, 
In His awful judgment-day. 

Christ, when Thou shalt call 

me hence, 

Be Thy Mother my defence, 
Be Thy cross my victory; 
While my body here decays, 
May my soul Thy goodness 

praise, 

Safe in paradise with thee. 
Amen. 



GOSPEL. John xix. 25, 27. At that time: There stood by 
the cross of Jesus, His Mother and His Mother s sister, Mary 
of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore 
had seen His Mother and the disciple standing, whom He 
loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman, behold thy son; 
af ter that, He saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother. And 
from that hour the disciple took her to his own. 



OFF. Recordare virgo Ma 
ter Dei, dum steteris in con- 
spectu Domini, ut loquaris 



Be mindful, O Virgin 
Mother of God, when thou 
standest in the sight of the 



pro nobis bona, et ut avertas Lord, to speak good things 
indignationem suam a nobis. for us, and to turn away His 

anger from us. 



306 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

SEC. We offer to Thee prayers and sacrifices, O Lord 
Jesus Christ, humbly beseeching Thee, that we who cele 
brate in our prayers the transfixion of the most sweet soul of 
blessed Mary Thy Mother, by the multiplied and most loving 
intercession of her and her holy companions under the cross, 
may have our reward with the blessed, through the merits ot 
Thy death. 

II. OF PER. Grant that we may, O merciful God, ever 
deserve to minister worthily at Thy altars; and to be saved 
by a constant participation thereof. 

PREFACE oj B. V. M. Et te in transfixione, Ordinary. 

COMM. Felices sensus be- Happy senses of the blessed 
atae Mariae virginis, qui sine Virgin Mary, which, without 
morte meruerunt martyrii pal- dying, deserved the palm of 
mam sub cruce Domini. martyrdom beneath the cross 

of Our Lord. 

P. COMM. Sacrificia. O Lord Jesus Christ, may the sacri 
fices of which we have partaken, in the devout celebration of 
the transfixion of Thy Virgin Mother, obtain for us of Thy 
clemency every salutary blessing. 

Spiritual Communion at |Has8 

PIRITUAL communion, a practice earnestly recom- 
mended at every visit to the Blessed Sacrament, 
consists, according to St. Thomas, in an ardent desire of 
receiving Jesus Christ, and in welcoming Him with 
loving embrace, as though we received Him sacra- 
mentally. This exercise, devoutly practised, has an 
especial efficacy for inflaming us more and more with 
the fire of divine love and uniting us ever more closely 
with Christ our Lord. 

The fittest time for making spiritual communion is 
during the holy Mass, and when we visit Our Lord Jesus 
in the Blessed Sacrament. "Whenever you hear Mass," 
says St. Teresa, "endeavor also to make a spiritual 
communion, and from this you will gain the greatest 



Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 307 

spiritual profit." The faithful who assist at the holy 
sacrifice offer, along with the priest, before the throne 
of grace, not only prayers and praises, but the sacred 
Victim also; and holy Church desires that all the faith 
ful assisting at the sacrifice should partake together 
with the priest of the most holy body of Jesus Christ. 
We find the holy Fathers most bitterly regretting the 
time when, the piety of Christians waxing cold, they 
began to give up the saintly custom of communicating 
daily at the Mass. The prayers recited by the priest in 
preparation and. thanksgiving after holy communion 
are equally adapted to the use of the faithful assisting 
at Mass. These and similar reasons show most clearly 
that if the faithful who are present at Mass can not 
communicate sacramentally, they ought at least to 
endeavor to communicate spiritually, that is, in heart 
and will. 

Christians should also make a spiritual communion 
when they visit the Most Holy Sacrament. The prin 
cipal motive for which Jesus vouchsafes to remain 
amongst us in the Blessed Sacrament is to communicate 
Himself to our souls. So great a condescension on the 
part of Our Lord requires our cooperation. But how 
can we respond to such an admirable invention of love, 
except by an ardent longing to be united to Him, and 
to receive Him into our heart at least when we find our 
selves in His sacred presence? 

In order, then, that you, O devout soul, may be well 
disposed for this holy exercise, begin by making an act 
of sincere contrition for all your sins, thus, as it were, to 
remove the dust from that chamber into which you desire 
your Lord to enter. Having done this, next excite 
yourself to a lively faith in the presence of Jesus Christ 
in this Divine Sacrament. 

Consider briefly the majesty and grandeur of that God 
Whom you behold hidden beneath the eucharistic veil; 
ponder on the strength of that love and that infinite 



308 Mass Devotions for Each Day in the Week. 

goodness which leads Him to desire earnestly to be 
united with so unworthy a creature; break forth into 
accents of humility and longing desire; of humility 
when you look upon your own unworthiness ; of desire 
when V ou behold the infinite bounty of your Lord. 
Seeing, then, that you can not now unite yourself to Him 
really by sacramental communion, join yourself to Him 
at least in heart and affection, and say to Him in words 
of burning love: "Come, my dearest Jesus, come into 
this poor heart of mine; come and satiate my desires, come 
and sanctify my soul ; come, my sweetest Jesus, come to 
my bosom; come and remain with me always." 

Imagine, then, that Mary, our most holy Mother, or 
some other of your patron saints or your good angels, 
presents to you the sacred particle; receive Him from 
their hands, clasp Him to your bosom, press Him to 
your heart; after which, breaking forth in accents of 
thanksgiving, praise, and adoration, as also of reparation, 
beseech Him to bestow upon you those graces of which 
you find yourself most in need; ask Him that you may 
always do His holy will and become a saint. 

You will thus, besides the present advantage which 
you draw from the spiritual communion, be most hap 
pily disposed to receive with increased devotion the 
real body of your adorable Redeemer, when you ap 
proach the eucharistic table. For, as wood which is 
kept warm and near the fire is the better prepared for 
burning, so a heart which is constantly kept warm with 
love towards Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is easily 
caught by the sacred flame of love when it approaches 
to that furnace of charity, ever burning in these divine 
mysteries. 

JEjample. 

WHAT THE SAINTS THOUGHT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

HE Council of Trent recommends spiritual communion to 
the faithful, and St. Thomas says they are considered 



Mass Devotions J or Each Day in the Week. 309 

to be communicated spiritually, and not sacramentally, who 
desire to receive this Sacrament; so that, as Scaramelli says, 
they do not only receive Jesus spiritually, but this very Sac 
rament spiritually. St. Alphonsus, in his sweet little treatise 
on visiting the Blessed Sacrament, says that Our Lord showed 
to Sister Paula Maresca two precious vessels, one of gold and 
the other of silver, in the former of which He preserved her 
sacramental communions, and in the latter her spiritual com 
munions. Joanna of the Cross affirmed that she was often 
visited in spiritual communion with the same graces she 
received in sacramental, and, with a sigh, she exclaimed: 
"O rare method of communicating, where neither leave of con 
fessor nor of superior is needed, but only Thine, O my God! " 
The blessed Agatha of the Cross so pined with love of the 
Blessed Sacrament that it is said that she would have died 
if her confessor had not taught her the practice of spiritual 
communion, and then she used to make two hundred spiritual 
communions every day. Surin and Scaramelli both assert 
that some souls receive sometimes greater graces in a spiritual 
than in a sacramental communion; this is, of course, rare, 
and when it happens it is not through defect of the Sacrament, 
but defect of fervor in themselves. 

St. Teresa, addressing her spiritual children, says: "When 
ever, my daughters, you hear Mass and do not communicate, 
you can make a spiritual communion, which is a practice of 
exceeding profit, and you can immediately afterwards recol 
lect yourselves, just as I advised you when you communicate 
sacramentally; for great is the love of Our Lord which is in 
this way infused into the soul. For when we prepare our 
selves to receive Him, He never fails to give Himself to us 
in many modes which we comprehend not." 

We read in the life of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi that it 
was the custom in her monastery that when daily communion 
was hindered by the illness of the priest or any other cause, 
the nuns should communicate spiritually. The usual signal 
for communion was given in the morning, and all being 
assembled, they prayed for half an hour, and then made a 
spiritual communion. It was on one of these days that the 
saint was communicated by St. Albert the Carmelite, saying 
the "Confiteor" and the "Domine, non sum dignus," and 
doing all that she was accustomed to do when receiving com- 



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m union: and she afterwards declared that she had seer the 
same saint with the pyx in his hand, going to communicate 
the other nuns. Her enlarged charity ardently desired that 
others also, and especially those of her own monastery, should 
have a great hunger for that Most Holy Sacrament. 

It is said of St. Angela Merioi that when she was forbidden 
daily communion, she supplied it by fervent spiritual com 
munions in the Mass, and often felt her heart as completely 
inundated by grace as if she had made a sacramental com 
munion, and she left as one of her legacies to her Order an 
earnest recommendation of this devotion. 

Father Squillante, of the Naples Oratory, in the life erf 
Sister Mary of Santiago, of the Third Order of St. Dominic, 
which rivals Carmel as a mystical garden of delights to the 
heavenly Spouse, tells us that her love of the Blessed Sac 
rament was such that she had at last come to make a spiritual 
communion at almost every breath she drew, so that in her 
were fulfilled the words of Jeremias that in the desire of her 
heart she snuffed up the wind of her love, and that none 
turned her away. 

Nothing can show the power of spiritual communion with 
Jesus more wonderfully than the innumerable times in 
which the desire of communion has enabled the soul to 
receive the real communion by some stupendous miracle, 
as is related of St. Catharine of Sienna and other saints, and 
eminently in the case of St. Juliana of Falconieri, commu 
nicated through her breast without manducation; that is, 
her communion was real, without being either spiritual or> 
strictly speaking, sacramental, as theologians make man 
ducation necessary to sacramental communion. (Fr. Faber.) 



H /IDetboo of IbearinQ flDass for IReligious.* 

AN OFFERING OF THE MASS. 

6TERNAL Father, I offer Thee this most holy and 
sublime sacrifice of the Mass, in union with Jesus 
Christ, Thy beloved Son, Who is both Priest and Vic- 

* Adapted exclusively for Religious. 



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tim; in union with all the merits of His Passion; in 
union with His blessed Mother Mary, that my soul 
may be animated with the sentiments of her immaculate 
heart, when she stood at the foot of the cross; in union 
with the Church triumphant in heaven, militant on 
earth, and suffering in purgatory: i. In honor of Thy 
supreme majesty; 2. In thanksgiving for all Thy 
graces and blessings, especially for the favor of having 
called me to the religious life; 3. In satisfaction for my 
own sins, and in reparation for all the offences ever 
committed against Thee; 4. To obtain of Thy good 
ness and mercy all the graces necessary for my eternal 
salvation. 

I rejoice exceedingly that by means of this august 
sacrifice Thou shalt receive a worthy tribute of adora 
tion, thanksgiving, reparation, and prayer. And as, in 
this sacrifice, the great mystery of the cross is renewed 
for Thy glory and my sanctification, deign, O Lord, to 
apply its merits to my soul. Holy Spirit! sanctify me, 
pnrify my mind and inflame my heart with divine charity, 
so that I may live holily and die happily as a true Re 
ligious. 

AT THE INTROIBO. 

Introibo ad altare Dei; Ad Deum, qui l&tificat juven- 
iutem meam. 

*T* AM already admitted into the house of the Lord: 
^~* the religious state is that house: God, by a love 
of predilection, has called me to it. I dwell in it. Ah! 
if I but knew my happiness! And, O my God! what 
will it avail me to be a Religious, if I be not a holy Re 
ligious? Make me worthy, O my God! of being ad 
mitted into Thy eternal tabernacles, that I may bless 
Thee and glorify Thee for evermore with the angels 
and saints. 



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AT THE COXFITEOR AND KYRIE ELEISON. 



Father, look at the face of Thy Christ 
(Ps. Ixxxiii. 10) ; look at the wounds of Thy Son, 
which cry to Thee for pity. Have mercy upon me; for 
their sake pardon me the outrages that I have com 
mitted against Thee! I do not deserve to be called a 
Religious. I am a sinner, a great sinner, but I am 
sorry for all my offences. Thou art good, O my God," 
and Thy mercy is above all Thy works. 

O God, most worthy of love, and true lover of my 
soul, for the love of this, Thy Son, so beloved by Thee, 
have mercy on me. I ask Thee to give me but Thy 
love and Thy grace. Help me to do Thy holy will. 
Draw me wholly to Thyself. Burn up, O Thou con 
suming fire, all that Thou seest impure in my sou!, and 
that hinders me from belonging to Thee alone. 

AT THE GLORIA. 

Gloria in excelsis Deo. Ad majorem Dei gloriam. 

ORY be to God! Yes, O my God . I desire to 
glorify Thee by the purest intentions in all my 
actions. Oh! that I could make Thee known to every 
creature and loved by every heart. I shall endeavor 
especially to make Thee loved by the Religious with 
whom I have the happiness of living, by zealously pray 
ing for them, by ever giving them a good example in 
obedience and detachment, and by showing in my con 
versation great meekness, humility, and charity. I 
praise Thee, I thank Thee, I bless Thee, I adore Thee. 
I love Thee, O my God, for Thou art good and worthy 
of all love. "What shall I render to the Lord for all 
the things that He hath rendered to me? I will take 
the chalice of salvation. I will pay my vows to the Lord 
before all His people. Precious in the sight of the Lord 
is the death of His saint 5 " (Ps. cxv. 3, 4, $.) 



A Method oj Hearing Mass for Religious. 3 1 3 

AT THE COLLECTS. 

Or emus. 

IMPLORE of Thee, O Lord, all that Thy minister 
prays for; I beseech Thee to bless our holy Father, 
the Pope, our bishops, our priests, our Community, all 
Religious, that they may do Thy will and glorify Thee; 
convert all sinners and heretics; pity those who are in 
their last agony, and have mercy on the holy souls in 
purgatory. Bless all my relatives and benefactors, 
and all those for whom I have promised to pray. Grant 
me the grace to become a holy Religious. I offer all 
these prayers to Thee, eternal Father, through Our 
Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 



AT THE EPISTLE. 



I AM much in need of being instructed. If I thor 
oughly knew my God, the obligations of my state, 
the grandeur and the holiness of the religious life, how 
could I sin, how could I ever be lukewarm? The saints 
in heaven can not offend God. They know Him per 
fectly. Instruct me, then, O my Lord! Grant that I 
may know Thee in order that I may love Thee. Let 
me know and realize how amiable Thou art, because 
of Thy infinite perfections and Thy innumerable bene 
fits; and how ungrateful I have been in not loving Thee 
better, after having chosen Thee for my portion, in 
embracing the religious life. Honor, wealth, pleasure, 
the goods of this earth what are they, in view of death, 
and in view of the everlasting joys and rewards of heaven ? 
But I love Thee, O my God, for Thy own sake alone: 

" Not with the hope of gaining aught, 
Not seeking a reward; 
But, as Thyself hast loved me 
O ever-loving Lord." 



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With St. Francis of Assisi, I pray: "May I die tc 
myself, O Lord, for love of Thee, Who hast vouchsafed 
to die for love of me! " 



AT THE GOSPEL. 

OMY Jesus! Thou art my Master, Thou art the 
sovereign truth, Thou art the true light that has 
come down from heaven to enlighten those who sit in 
darkness. Speak: I am Thy servant, and I listen for 
the purpose of knowing and obeying Thy will. What 
wilt Thou have me to do ? I am ready to do all things. 
But, alas! I know what I have to do. Thou com- 
mandest me to renounce my will, to carry my cross 
every day of my life, to follow Thee by endeavoring to 
imitate Thee. Thou requirest me to love Thee, and to 
love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. Thou 
wishes! me to testify my love to Thee, in combating my 
inclinations, in observing Thy holy commandments 
with fidelity, and in fulfilling the counsels of Thy Gos 
pel. How can I hesitate? I hive already promised 
it, I have bound myself to it. I renew my vows. Alas! 
I regret that I have not been faithful to them! With 
the powerful aid of Thy grace, J shall be faithful, most 
faithful, to the Holy Rule. 

AT THE CREDO. 

I BELIEVE in Thee, O my God! I believe all Thou 
hast taught by Thy holy Church, because Thou 
hast promised to preserve it from all error. I believe 
in it most firmly, because Thou art Truth itself, Who 
neither canst deceive nor be deceived. Gladly would 
I shed my blood for this faith! 

I believe in Thee, O adorable Trinity, Father, Son, 
and Holy Ghost ! I believe in Thee, O only-begotten 
Son of the Father! I believe that Thou becamest man; 
that Thou didst suffer and die for my salvation. I 



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believe that Thou art in heaven, and in the Most Holy 
Sacrament of the Altar, where Thou intercedest for me. 
Increase my faith, and deign to enlighten those who 
are in the darkness of error. 

And do Thou, O Holy Ghost, Whom I adore as my 
true God, receive my heartfelt thanks for the consola 
tion and the strength which come to my soul through 
the Bread of life and the holy sacrifice. I offer Thee 
my whole heart, O Holy Spirit, divine Consoler, and 
thank Thee most heartily for all the benefits that Thou 
dost unceasingly bestow upon the world. I beseech 
Thee to bless me with a lively faith in the Holy Eucha 
rist. Keep my soul ever bright for the corning of the 
Bridegroom. Grant me Thy sevenfold gift, in order 
that I may with ardent love follow Christ, and with 
perseverance walk in the way of salvation. 

AT THE OFFERTORY AND LAVABO. 

OMY God! would that I were able to offer Thee 
something worthy of Thy divine majesty and of 
Thy innumerable benefits. Of myself I have nothing, 
and yet what I shall offer Thee is a treasure of infinite 
value; it is Thy only Son Jesus Christ, the object of 
Thy complacency. I offer Him, then, to Thee, O 
great God! I offer to Thee all His virtues, all His 
sentiments, all His words, all His actions, all His 
prayers, all His fasts, all His tears, all His sufferings, 
all the drops of His blood, all His adorable mysteries. 
I offer all the merits of the august Virgin, of the 
saints of heaven, of the souls in purgatory, and of the 
just on earth. In union with Jesus, I offer Thee all 
that I am, and all that I have: my soul, my body, my 
senses, my thoughts, my desires, my words, my actions, 
my sufferings, my labors, my life, and my death. I 
desire no longer to belong to myself. I am Thine and 
Thine forever. What an anomaly is a Religious who 
is not Thine, O Lord! As this bread is about to be 



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changed into the body of Jesus Christ, so change me, O 
Lord! convert me, and cause me to become a holy Re 
ligious. 

O Lord, Thou art sanctity itself, and I belong to 
Thee; there should be no stain in me. Purify me, 
wash me in the blood of Jesus Christ, my Saviour; let 
grief and anguish wound my heart; let me never again 
be separated from Thee by sin. 

AT THE ORATE FRATRES AND SECRETA. 

r\ LORD, we join our prayers to those of the priest 
^^ at the altar. God of infinite sanctity, grant that 
he may be invested with that holiness which Thou dost 
look for in Thy ministers. Bless him, that he may be 
a man according to Thine own Heart. May this clean 
oblation, which he is offering, be acceptable to Thee; 
may it be for the glory of Thy name, for the sanctifica- 
tion of my soul, and for the welfare of Thy Church. 
Give me, O Lord, the innocence and simplicity of a child, 
so that I may merit Thy fatherly favors and blessings! 



AT THE PREFACE. 



*T* LONG to praise and thank Thee, my God, for ever 
-** and ever. What an ingrate I should be were I 
insensible of God s love for me! In His goodness He 
has chosen me, unworthy as I am, to be His spouse, 
and to serve Him apart iron? the world in His "enclosed 
garden," as His favored handmaid. And I have ren 
dered myself so unworthy of His favors by my negli 
gences and offences! It is but meet and" just that I 
testify my gratitude and my devotedness in every place 
and at every instant. May my whole life in future be 
a song of praise, and all my actions continual thanks 
givings. O angels and saints, let me unite my praise 
with yours! Ah! when shall I sing with you in glory 
an everlasting canticle of thanksgiving and love, in honor 
of the endless mercy and goodness of my God ? 



A Method of Hearing Mass for Religious. 3 1 7 
Cbe Canon of tbe /Ifcass. 

AT THE COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVING. 

sacrifice of Jesus Christ is offered up for the 



whole Church: I pray, then, O my God! for all 
those who compose it. E l ess our chief Pastor, N. N.. 
our bishops, and our priests. Bless in particular our 
Superior. May all ecclesiastics be holy; grant that the 
members of all Religious Orders may live conformably 
to their holy profession; and that all Christians may 
live and die as true disciples of Jesus Christ. Convert 
all sinners, and may the just obtain the grace of per 
severance. I particularly recommend to Thee all my 
relations and those who have authority over me, my 
benefactors and those who have asked my prayers, those 
who have offended me and whom I have offended. 
May the Community to which I have the honor of be 
longing, be always dear to Thee, and cease not to re 
ceive from Thee abundant blessings. Thou canst do 
all things, O Lord! Make, then, of us as many saints 
as we are Religious. 

At this moment I have need of being profoundly 
recollected. Jesus is about to descend on the altar; 
there He will perform the office of Mediator for me. 
He will pay for me the heavy debt I have contracted to 
divine justice. Come, O Lord Jesus! come, O Spouse 
of my soul ! Let me taste the sweetness of Thy presence. 
O my soul, behold thy King! Behold, He comes to thee 
full of tenderness and compassion! He veils the splen 
dor of His majesty, that thou mayest approach Him 
with more confidence. Adoring angels surround His 
altar- throne. Wonderful condescension! Miracle of 
God s love! 

AT THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST. 

J7ESUS, my Lord, my Saviour, is here. I adore 
) Thee, true God and true man. "Thou, O 



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Christ, art the King of glory; Thou art the everlasting 
Son of the Father!" For love of me Thou hast hum 
bled Thyself. O my divine Spouse! I thank Thee, 
I love Thee. 

AT THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE. 

f\ PRECIOUS blood of my Redeemer, shed for my 
^^ salvation, I adore thee! Cleanse me from every 
stain of sin. "Eternal Father! I offer Thee the pre 
cious blood of Jesus, in satisfaction for my sins, and for 
the wants of holy Church." 

Indulgence of 100 days, each time. Pius VII., Sept. 22, 1817. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION AND AT THE MEMENTO FOR 
THE DEAD. 

E heavens are opened; the Holy of holies has 
come down to us. This altar is now the throne 
of Jesus, the King of glory, the joy of the angels and the 
crown of the saints! How meekly, how humbly hast 
Thou come to us, good Lord! 

Profoundly I adore Thee, and bless Thee, and praise 
Thee! 

And what dost Thou ask of me, my Lord, in Thy 
great condescension? 

Only my heart. Praise and honor are pleasing to 
Thee only when they spring from pure hearts; there 
fore I beseech Thee, O Jesus, by Thy infinite purity 
and holiness, to cleanse my heart more and more from 
every stain of sin and every evil inclination. Give me 
the heart of a perfect Religious, pure, unselfish, and 
entirely devoted to Thy interests. Take my heart into 
Thy Sacred Heart, that it may there be purified, like gold 
in the furnace, from the dross of worldly attachments 
and sensual desires. Thou hast said: "I am come to 
cast fire on the earth, and what do I desire but that it 
be enkindled ? " Mav my heart, O Lord, respond to 



A Method of Hearing Mass for Religious. 319 

the intensity of Thy love. I love Thee, and I desire to 
love Thee daily more and more. O Sacred Heart of 
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, sanctify my heart, 
make it like to Thine, that it may be pleasing to Thee, 
and that I may remain united with Thee for ever. Have 
mercy, also, on the poor, holy souls in purgatory; wash 
them, cleanse them in that precious blood which Thou 
didst shed upon the cross and which is now here present 
on the altar. 

Be to them a merciful and kind Samaritan, and heal 
with Thy sacred blood, which is indeed a heavenly oil, 
their burning wounds. O adorable Jesus, look down 
with pity upon these poor, suffering souls. They loved 
Thee whilst they lived on earth; they repent and lament 
that they were guilty of grieving and offending Thee, 
and they ardently long to love Thee more perfectly and 
to praise Thee unceasingly in heaven. 

Oh, do Thou satisfy their longing desires to behold 
Thee face to face, and in Thine infinite mercy deliver 
them from their terrible sufferings and receive them 
into Thine eternal kingdom. 

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord! And let per 
petual light shine upon them. 

AT THE PATER NOSTER. 

MY God! Thou art my Father, and Father of all; 
from the summit of heaven where Thou reignest 
and art the supreme happiness of the blessed, look down 
on the prayer of Thy daughter and spouse. May Thy 
nam-3 be sanctified. I desire to become a saint, and to 
lead my Sisters to sanctity. May Thy kingdom come. 
Reign in me now by Thy grace, that I may one day 
reign with Thee in heaven. May Thy will be done. I 
desire what -Thou desirest; I desire only what Thou 
desirest; I desire it only because Thou desirest it. I 
desire to do Thy will with the same love and perfection 



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as the angels and saints do it in heaven. Give us this 
day our daily bread; take this religious house under Thy 
special protection, O Lord. Forgive us our trespasses, 
as ive forgive those who trespass against us. 

I love without exception, for the love of Thee, all my 
enemies, and all for whom I have had any antipathy. 
Remember, O Lord! that Thou hast said, "Pardon, 
and you shall be pardoned." Lead us not into tempta 
tion. O my God! do not allow me to be tempted, or. 
if I shall be tempted, let me not yield to the temptation. 
Remove from me the occasions of sin, and come to my 
assistance, in order that I may not expose myself to it. 
Deliver us from evil. Sin is the greatest of all evils; 
purify me from those I have committed, and suffer me 
not to commit any more. After life, preserve me from 
hell, so often deserved by me for my sins; and even from 
purgatory, where the souls therein detained, undergo 
most cruel torments in seeing themselves separated 
from Thee. Amen. May it be so. I implore all these 
things with fervor, through the merits of Jesus Christ, 
for myself, for all Religious, for all the faithful. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

Lamb of God! Who hast condescended to be im- 
molated in order to expiate our crimes, to reconcile 
us with Thy Father, to merit heaven for us, have pity 
on all men, for whom Thou hast shed Thy blood; and 
particularly have compassion on Thy servants conse 
crated to Thee in the religious state; have mercy on 
me. 

AT THE DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS AND AT HOLY 
COMMUNION. 

*T~|ORD Jesus, I am not worthy to take my place at 
**"* the table of angels; nevertheless I desire most 
ardently to receive Thee O divine Spouse of my soul, 



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bless me with those dispositions which the reception of 
the Most Adorable Sacrament requires, so that when I 
shall approach the holy table, I may do so in a manner 
most agreeable to Thee, and most salutary to myself. 
I conjure Thee to purify my heart, to come and dwell 
therein, until the day that I shall have the happiness to 
receive Thy sacred body in the Blessed Sacrament. 
Come, Lord Jesus; come to me at least spiritually; I 
love Thee with my whole heart. Come, give me, if not 
Thy sacred flesh, at least Thy love, Thy grace, Thy 
spirit, Thy heart; grant that I may be transformed into 
Thee; and that I may live Thy life. 

Imagine that the Blessed Virgin or your guardian angel 
is presenting to you the sacred Host. Keep closely united 
to Jesus Christ, as if you had really received Him, and say 
in thanksgiving: 

ADORE and love Thee, O my Jesus, Who art 
truly the Life of my soul. I entreat Thee to 
remain in my heart and to sanctify my whole life, so 
that I may have the happiness to possess Thee eternally. 

infinite Charity! I have immolated myself entirely to 
Thee: grant that I may never forget that I no longer 
belong to myself, but to Thee, my God! Yes, I am dead; 
my life shall be hidden with Jesus Christ in God. May 

1 ever be a living victim in Thine eyes ; always agreeable 
to Thee. Yes, O my God! I will unceasingly sacrifice 
myself in union with Jesus Christ, to honor Thy Majesty, 
to thank Thee for Thy benefits, to appease Thy justice, 
to draw down on myself, and all this Community, and 
on Thy Church, those graces which Thou seest are 
necessary for us. Oh! how happy am I in being con 
secrated to Thee, and separated from the world where 
so many dangers present themselves! In religion, I have 
only to please Thee, the God of my heart. Keep me, 
Lord, keep me in Thy Heart! O Sacred Heart of Jesus, 
most obedient to Thy Father s will, turn our hearts to 



322 A Method of Hearing Mass for Religious. 

Thyself, that we may ever do those things which are 
pleasing to Thee. O heart of Mary, Mother of Jesus, 
and my Mother, keep me, guard me as thine own, help 
me, that I may imitate thy virtues, and thus become 
ever more pleasing to thy divine Son. 

AT THE BLESSING. 

\ MOST august Trinity! now that Thy minister 
^-^ is about to bless me in Thy name, pour out on 
me Thy most abundant benedictions. Bless me now; 
bless me every day of my life, and at the moment of my 
death; bless all those with whom I have the happiness 
of living, in order that we may never cease to sing, one 
day, canticles of praise and love to Thy mercy and Thy 
glory, in that kingdom which Thou hast prepared for 
us in Thy boundless love. 



IN CONCLUSION. 



"T CANNOT leave Thy temple, O Lord, without 
** expressing to Thee my gratitude fcr the great 
blessings and holy inspirations that have come to me 
through this Mass. My God, I thank Thee with all 
my heart. Love for love, eternal love for Thy bound 
less love to me. Pardon, O Lord, the coldness and dis 
tractions of which I have been guilty during the holy 
sacrifice. I am sorry for these offences, and for all the 
sins of my whole life, because Thou art infinitely good 
and sin displeases Thee; henceforth I shall endeavor 
more earnestly to please Thee in all things. 

I leave for a time, dear Jesus, this place of benedic 
tions which Thou hast chosen for Thy dwelling; yet, 
though I can not be always bodily present in this holy 
place, to commune with Thee in the Sacrament of Thy 
love, I shall ever be there in thought and desire, and I 
shall return with joy as soon as possible, for my delight 
s to be before Thy altars. Let me not forget Thee 



Mass by Way of Meditation on the Passion. 32 $ 

during my occupations. I consecrate all my work to 
Thee; I wish by it to please Thee alone. My watch 
word shall be: "Ad major em Dei gloriam et in honor em 
Beata Maria Virginis!" Give me Thy grace,, that I 
may do Thy will and love Thee daily more and more. 
O my Well-Beloved! O Sacred Heart of Jesus! O ten 
der Spouse of my soul! have mercy on me. Keep me 
near Thee; draw me ever closer to Thee. O Mary, my 
good Mother, I implore thy protection. Angels and 
saints of heaven, intercede for this poor unworthy hand 
maid of the Lord, who hopes one day to be associated 
with you in glory. 

Ejaculations. 

HIAT, laudetur atque in /T\ AY tne most just, most 
aeternum superexaltetur >- high, and most ami- 
justissima, altissima et amab- able will of God be done in 
ilissima voluntas Dei in om- all things, be praised and 
nibus. magnified for ever. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius VII., May 19, 1818. 

Y God, grant that I may love Thee, and may the 
only reward of my love be to love Thee always 
more and more. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo^IIL, March 15, 



1500. 



/IDetboo ot Ibearfna flDass by Mas of 
flDetntatton on tbe passion, 



method is intended for those who prefer meditation 
to the recital of vocal prayers. 
The Mass is divided into four parts: the first, from the 
beginning to the Gospel; the second, to the Elevation; the 
chird, to the Communion of the priest; and the fourth to 
the end. 



324 Method of Hearing Mass by 

In the first part we may consider and honor the Heart of 
Jesus, praying in His agony at the approach of His Passion, 
especially in the Garden of Olives. 

In the second we honor the Heart of Jesus humbled and 
suffering in the various tribunals of Jerusalem, until the 
time of the scourging at the pillar. 

In the third we honor the Heart of Jesus suffering in the 
scourging and crowning with thorns, and follow Him in the 
path of suffering until His last sigh on the cross. 

In the fourth we honor the Heart of Jesus hidden and 
buried in the sepulcher. 

This manner of hearing has four very precious advan 
tages: The priest is followed throughout the sacrifice, which is 
a very holy and meritorious way of assisting at Mass. The 
Heart of Jesus is honored in every stage of His Passion. We 
enter into the interior sentiments of His adorable Heart and 
endeavor to make them our own. 

The Mass thus becomes a prayer, and at the same time a 
very useful and salutary meditation. 

FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF MASS TO THE GOSPEL. 

X T N the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
**- the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

The Heart o] Jesus Praying and Suffering. 

prayest, Thou dost suffer, O my sweet Saviour, 



Thy Heart experiencing a mortal sadness ; suffer me 
to unite myself to Thy sorrows, and give me a share in 
Thy deep affliction. Everything that presented itself 
to Thy mind plunged Thy Heart in a sea of bitterness; 
for Thou didst behold the deplorable state of the world, 
the crimes and excesses of mankind, the torrent of iniqui 
ties which deluged the earth, the multitude of souls which 
would perish and be cast into hell, the glory of Thy 
heavenly Father, outraged, the reproach of Thy Passion 
and sufferings, and their uselessness with regard to so 
many sinners, who, notwithstanding the shedding of 
Thy blood for them, would be lost for ever. 



Way of Meditation on ike Passion, 325 

my Saviour, am I not also a cause of sorrow to 
Thee? Thou lamentest over me, Thou seest the sad 
state of my soul, my tepidity and negligence, my unfaith 
fulness and resistance to Thy grace, the little sorrow I 
have conceived, my little care for amendment, the dan 
ger to which I am exposed of dying in so sad a state. 
Thou lamentest all this, and I am not touched; Thou 
art afflicted, and I am insensible. Heart of my God, 
Thou prayest and I know not how to pray; if I pray, 
it is with so little attention, fervor, or devotion, that my 
prayers deserve not to ascend to the throne of Thy 
mercy. My God, teach me how to pray, that at least, 
in virtue of Thy sacrifice which I offer Thee, my prayer 
may be pleasing in Thy sight. Yes, my God, in this 
holy confidence I offer Thee the homage of prayer for 
the salvation of my soul, whose misery and extreme 
necessity Thou knowest. 

1 beseech Thee also to remember all those for whom 
I ought to pray my relations, that we may be united 
much more strongly by the bonds of grace than by those 
of blood; my friends, that Thou mayest be the bond and 
center of our friendship; my benefactors, beseeching 
Thee to render them a hundredfold the goods which I 
have received; and the vengeance which I desire for my 
enemies is, that Thou wouldst visit them with Thy 
graces. I pray to Thee also, in a particular manner, 
my God, for the Church, my tender mother, for the 
Sovereign Pontiff, and all Religious. Shed over all Thy 
abundant benedictions; give to all of us hearts accord 
ing to Thy Heart, uniting us all in the same holy fellow 
ship. Bless in particular our own Religious Community. 

Heart of Jesus, praying and suffering, I adore thee, 
and beseech thee to unite my prayers with thine. 

Heart of Jesus, lamenting and agonizing, I adore 
thee, and beseech thee to inspire my heart with the 
same sentiments. 

Heart of Jesus, offering thyself >n sacrifice to the 



3 2 6 Mel hod of Hearing Mass by 

eternal Father, I adore thee, and beseech thee to offer 
me in sacrifice with thyself. 

FROM THE GOSPEL TO THE ELEVATION. 

The Heart 0} Jesus Humbled and Annihilated. 

/"\ MY sweet Saviour! with what floods of bitterness 
^ is not Thy Sacred Heart deluged! With what 
torrents of humiliation is it not overwhelmed! Led, or 
rather dragged from tribunal to tribunal, from one indig 
nity to another, before judges who are Thy enemies., 
tied and bound as a slave, accused as a criminal, Thou 
art judged and condemned as a malefactor, a seducer, a 
disturber of the public peace. 

At the house of Caiphas Thou art given up to insults, 
and the injuries and affronts of a troop of soldiers, who 
make Thee undergo the most infamous treatment. 

Before Annas Thy face is dishonored by a shameful 
blow, the most audacious outrage that can be perpe 
trated amongst men. 

By Herod Thou art covered with a white robe in sign 
of mockery. Thou art treated as a fool before his whole 
court, who turn into contempt and insult the esteem and 
admiration of which Thou hast been the object. 

By Pilate Thou art placed on a level with a robber and 
a malefactor, and Thou hast the sorrow to see this infa 
mous wretch preferred before Thee. 

Dragged through the streets of Jerusalem, Thou wast 
obliged to undergo the yells, the cries, and imprecations 
of the immense populace there assembled, who load 
Thee with curses and maledictions. O King of glory, 
what a flood of humiliations overwhelmed Thy Heart! 
but what marvellous virtue Thou dost display! what 
meekness, what patience, and charity! Thou dost pray 
for those who outrage Thee. Thou offerest Thy suffer 
ings for those who persecute and afflict Thee. 

O adorable Saviour, this sacrifice of Thy Heart was 



War of Meditation on the Passion. 327 

necessary in order to repair the glory of Thy outraged 
Father, to humble the proud exaltation of our minds, 
to confound the detestable pride with which our hearts 
ire swelled, to make us know the inestimable value of 
humiliations, to give us in Thy Passion a touching ex 
ample to which we can have nothing to oppose. Even 
on our very altars, to what a condition dost Thou reduce 
Thyself for the love of us! And yet, O my God, how 
astonishing and deplorable it is, that notwithstanding 
so striking an example, pride should still hold dominion 
over us; for, alas! how much of vanity, self-love, and 
sensitiveness do we not possess! 

My divine Saviour, how much have I not to reproach 
myself with on this point! I seek only the applause and 
esteem of men, as if Thine were not sufficient. I can 
suffer and endure nothing for Thee, Who hast under 
gone so much for me; the least humiliation afflicts and 
dejects me; my spirit is rebellious, my heart swells, my 
whole soul is disturbed and agitated; a cowardly and 
worthless human respect makes me betray my duty and 
Thy interests. Oh, how can I call myself Thy disciple, 
and acknowledge Thee for my Master and my God? 
Was it necessary, then, O my Saviour and my Lord, 
that Thou alone shouldst drink of the chalice of 
humiliations? No, my adorable Master, I will share 
it with Thee, I will receive it from Thy hands, I will 
have a part in Thy abasements; and if I have not the 
courage to meet humiliations, I will at least accept with 
submission those which Thou shalt send me. From 
henceforth I offer Thee the sacrifice of my pride and my 
vanity, in order to unite myself to Thee in Thy annihila 
tions. 

If nature rebels, or self-love complains, I will follow 
Thy example and implore Thy grace. This divine^ ex 
ample, drawn from Thy Heart and passing into mine, 
will render the chalice of Thy humiliations precious, 
even consoling to me, and one drop of its bitterness will 



328 Method of Hearing Mass by 

be sweeter to me than all the deceitful and guilty pleas 
ures of this blind and perverse world. 

O Heart of Jesus, saturated with indignities, make 
me share in thy chalice. 

O Heart of Jesus, steeped in an ocean of sorrows, 
steep my heart in thy tears. 

O Heart of Jesus, plunged in an abyss of humiliations 
and suffering, destroy my self-love and pride. 

FROM THE ELEVATION TO THE COMMUNION OF THE 
PRIEST. 

The Heart of Jesus Suffering and Expiring on the Cross. 

*AS it necessary, O my Jesus, that, after having 
given up Thy Sacred Heart to the greatest humili 
ations, Thy body should be delivered to excessive tor 
ments? To what a condition art Thou reduced by the 
terrible scourging! Thy body is bruised, torn, and covered 
with wounds. Thou art bathed in the streams of Thy 
adorable blood, and yet they cease not to strike Thee, 
and to exercise over Thee all the fury, cruelty, and hatred 
of which they are capable. 

But, O my God, in the midst of these excessive suffer 
ings of Thy body, what are the emotions of Thy Heart ? 

Thou dost suffer with patience, O sweet Saviour, 
submitting Thyself to Thy heavenly Father, offering to 
Him Thy torments, begging of Him the forgiveness of 
our sins, regarding Thyself as a victim sacrificed for our 
salvation, beholding those streams of blood with resig 
nation, and even with joy, in order that our sins might 
be washed away, and that the voice of this adorable 
blood, rising even to heaven, might obtain grace and 
mercy for us. 

Tboii sufferest everything for me, O adorable Heart 
of my Saviour, and yet the least suffering is a torment 
to me; I fear even the very name of suffering and pain. 
I care so much for mv body, seeking its ease and guard- 



Way of Meditation on the Passion. 329 

ing it so carefully, without remembering that it is a body 
of sin, which I ought to subject to the rigors of penance. 
Ah! my Saviour, do I not see that by my care in avoid 
ing suffering I increase Thine, rendering those suffer 
ings useless for my salvation? 

All Thy sufferings in this cruel scourging, O my 
Saviour, nevertheless are little else than the commence 
ment of Thy torments. Thy sacrifice must be consum 
mated. I behold Thee loaded with Thy cross, taking 
the way to Calvary. Suffer me, O my God and Saviour, 
to follow Thee in spirit, and step in Thy bleeding foot 
steps. What do I see, great God, what marvelous 
spectacle does faith present to me? A suffering God! a 
dying God ! a God dying in excess of pain ! a God dying 
for the love of those who cause His death! At such a 
sight what can I say; how can my heart express the sen 
timents with which it is filled? 

Ah! my Saviour, how eloquently dost Thou preach 
upon Thy cross the great truths of faith which Thou hast 
announced to us! How dost Thou make known the 
greatness of the inexorable justice of God, the excellence 
and the price of our souls, but, above all, the malice 
and enormity of sin, the severity and horror of the punish 
ments which are reserved for it in eternity. And they 
are my sins, O Heart of my God, which Thou bewailest, 
which Thou dost lament upon the cross. They are my 
sins which led Thee there, which fastened Thee to its 
wood, which have shed Thy sacred blood, and caused 
Thy death; and I, my Saviour, am not filled with sor 
row at the foot of Thy cross. Should I not weep with 
sorrow for having offended my God, caused the suffer 
ings of Jesus, rendered myself responsible for His blood, 
and guilty of His death ? Thy Heart is still open for me 
upon Thy cross, O Jesus. Thy arms are extended ten 
derly to receive me, and I return to Thee with sincerity 
and sorrow. 

Every day Thou renewest on our altars, in an un- 



330 Mass by Way of Meditation on the Passion. 

bloody manner, the bloody sacrifice which Thou didst 
once offer upon Calvary. It is this sacrifice that I offer 
Thee, as Thou didst offer it to Thy heavenly Father. 
Suffer me to unite to Thy sacrifice the sacrifice of myself, 
and especially that of a contrite and humble heart. I 
beg of Thee to give me a heart broken with sorrow to 
offer to Thee, and thus render the victim worthy of 
Thee, worthy to be sacrificed to Thee. 

FROM THE COMMUNION OF THE PRIEST TO THE END OF 

MASS. 

The Heart of Jesus Concealed and Buried in the Sepulcher. 

BELOVED Saviour, Thy body is placed in the 
sepulcher, the last of the humiliations which 
Thou hadst to undergo in this world, for humiliation was 
to accompany Thee even to the tomb. O my soul, what 
a state of abasement for God made man is this, to be in 
the world as not there, hidden in the bosom of the earth, 
surrounded by the shades of death, given up to obscurity 
in the region of darkness, absolutely destitute of every 
thing, for even the tomb in which Jesus reposes is not His, 
thus verifying the words He had said of Himself: "The 
birds of the air have their nests; but the Son of man 
hath not where upon to lay His head." Yet in this 
state of humiliation Thou, my Jesus, dost preserve all 
Thy power. 

Behold, my soul, the great example given us for our 
imitation. St. Paul tells us that we are dead, that our 
life must be "hidden with Jesus Christ in God." Yes, 
my divine Saviour, in Thy tomb I will learn detachment 
from the world, forgetfulness of the world, death to the 
world and to myself, the nothingness of earthly things, 
the love of retirement, and strict union with God; for 
Thou shalt take the place of all, O Jesus, when for Thee 
I have quitted all with heart and mind. 

O my God, vouchsafe to accept these resolutions; I 



Holy Mass in Union with the Sacrea fteari. 331 

renew them in this holy sacrifice, and I offer them to 
Thee in union with Thine own. I beg of Thee to give 
me the grace to preserve them in my soul as long as I 
live, and grant that I may persevere in them until death. 

O adorable Heart of my Saviour, Thou wast not always 
in humiliation, suffering, and sorrow. After so many 
trials and conflicts, Thou didst ascend into heaven, the 
conqueror of Thy enemies; triumphing over the world, 
death, and all the powers of hell, Thou art exalted in 
glory, and seated at the right hand of the heavenly 
Father. 

Heart of my God, I rejoice in Thy glory and Th^ 
triumph. Shall I one day share Thy glory and Thy 
happiness? It is only through Thee and Thy merits 
that I can hope for and merit this grace. I beseech 
Thee to give it me in virtue of the sacrifice which I offer 
Thee. Thou hast offered Thyself for me upon our 
altars; receive me one day in Thy sacred tabernacle, in 
order that I may praise Thee for ever with Thy elect; 
and as a pledge of this happiness, vouchsafe to ratify 
in heaven the blessing which Thy priest gives us on 
earth, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

1bols /IDass in TUnicm witb tbe SacreD 
Ibeart of 



Jfor tbe ffeast of tbe Sacreo f>eart of Jesus an& for 
tbe jffrst ffrtoags of Eacb dfcontb. 

Special parts, i.e., Introit, Collect, Epistle, Gradual, Gos 
pel, Offertory, Secret, Communion, and Post-Communion 
from the proper Mass: 

Miserebitur of the Roman Missal. 
PREPARATORY PRAYER. 

ERNAL Father, I offer Thee the sacrifice which 
Thy divine Son made of Himself on the cross, 



33 2 The Holy Mass in Union with. 

and which He now renews on our altars. I offer it in 
the name of all mankind, with the Masses which are now 
being celebrated, and which will be celebrated through 
out the world, in order to adore Thee and render Thee 
all possible honor and glory; to thank Thee for Thy 
innumerable benefits, to appease Thy justice provoked 
by our sins; to give Thee the satisfaction Thou dost 
expect; also to obtain grace for myself, for Thy Church, 
for my friends and relations, for the whole world, in 
particular for Religious and for the souls in purgatory. 
I wish to assist at this holy Mass with the disposi 
tions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she stood on 
Mount Calvary, in the shadow of the cross, offering the 
sufferings of her Son for the redemption of the world. 

Lord Jesus Christ! I desire to offer myself, in union 
with Thy Sacred Heart, for all the intentions for which 
Thou now offerest Thyself to God, Thy Father. 

AT THE CONFITEOR. 

DIVINE Jesus, Thou art the Victim, laden with 
all the iniquities of the world; Thou hast wept 
for our sins, and expiated them by Thy Passion and 
death. I come to mingle my tears with Thine; I con 
fess to Thee, O Lord, in the presence of Mary, ever 
virgin, and of all the angels and saints, that I have sinned 
exceedingly in thought, word, and deed; that it is my 
ingratitude which pierced Thy Heart, and put Thee to a 
cruel death. O God, my Saviour, through Thy tears, 
through Thy agony in the Garden of Olives, through 
Thy precious blood and the wound in Thy Sacred Heart, 

1 beseech Thee to pardon me, and to grant me the remis 
sion of all my sins. 

AT THE INTROIT (Misercbitur). 

E shall be merciful, according to the multitude of 
His mercies-; for He hath not from His Heart 



the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 333 

laid low nor cast off the children of men; the Lord is 
good unto them that hope in Him, to the soul that seeketh 
Him. Alleluia, Alleluia. The mercies of the Lord I 
will sing for ever, unto generation and generation. 

AT THE KYRIE. 

KYRIE eleison; "y^ORD, have mercy; 

Christe eleison; - + Christ, have mercy; 

K.yrie eleison. Lord, have mercy. 

THER in heaven, have mercy on us, the work 
of Thy hands! 
Heart of Jesus, have pity on us, for whom thou hast 
shed thy most precious blood! 

Holy Spirit, have compassion on us, and sanctify us. 

AT THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS. 

^"SLORY be to God on high, and on earth peace to 
Vi* 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, the only-begotten 
Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of 
the Father, Who takest away the sins of the world, have 
mercy on us; Thou Who takest away the sins of the 
world, receive our prayers; Thou Wlio 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. 

AT THE COLLECT. 

ANT, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that we, 
who, glorying in the Most Sacred Heart of Thy 
beloved Son, commemorate the singular benefits of His 
love towards us, may rejoice alike in their action and in 
their fruit. 



334 The Holy Mass in Union with 

GOD, the protector of those that hope in Thee, 
without Whom nothing is sure, nothing is holy 
multiply upon us Thy mercy, that, Thou being our 
Ruler and Guide, we may so pass through temporal gifts 
that we lose not those which are eternal. Through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

AT THE EPISTLE. 

(Lesson o] the Feast of the Sacred Heart.} 

"T* WILL give thanks to Thee, O Lord, for Thou wast 
* angry with me: Thy wrath is turned away, and 
Thou hast comforted me. Behold, God is my Saviour, 
I will deal confidently, and will not fear: because the 
Lord is rny strength and my praise, and He is become my 
salvation. You shall draw waters with joy out of the 
Saviour s fountains: and you shall say in that day: 
Praise ye the Lord, and call upon His name: make His 
inventions known among the people: remember that 
His name is high. Sing ye to the Lord, for He hath 
done great things: show this forth in all the earth. Re 
joice and praise, O thou habitation of Sion, for great is 
He that is in the midst of thee, the Holy One of Israel. 
(Isaias xii. 1-6.) 

GRAD. O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see 
if there be any sorrow like to my sorrow. V. Having 
loved His own who were in the world, He loved them unto 
the end. Alleluia, Alleluia. Learn of Me, because I am 
meek and humble of Heart: and ye shall find rest to 
your souls. Alleluia. 

AT THE GOSPEL. 

T that time, Jesus, knowing that all things were 
now accomplished that the Scripture might be 
fulfilled, said: I thirst. Now there was a vessel set 
there full of vinegar. And they putting a sponge full 
of vinegar about hvssop, put it to His mouth. Jesus, 



the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 335 

therefore, when He had taken the vinegar, said: It is 
consummated. And bowing His head, He gave up the 
ghost. Then the Jews (because it was the parasceve) 
that the, bodies might not remain upon the cross on the 
Sabbath-day (for that was a great Sabbath-day) besought 
Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they 
might be taken away. The soldiers therefore came : and 
they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was 
crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus, 
when they saw that He was already dead, they did not 
break His legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear 
opened His side, and immediately there came out blood 
and water. And he that saw it hath given testimony; 
and his testimony is true. (John xix. 28-35.) 

AT THE CREDO. 

I BELIEVE, O my God, the truths which Thou hast 
revealed to Thy Church. I desire to live and die 
in this faith. Grant, O Lord, that my life may be con 
formable to my faith; that my faith may be animated 
by good works; and that, in particular, I may live in 
imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, according to the 
spirit of my vows. Sweet Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom 
come! Mayest Thou reign in all hearts. Put into 
my heart Thy spirit the spirit of meekness, humility, 
obedience, poverty, and chastity. Jesus, meek and 
humble of Heart, make my heart like unto Thine. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

BLESS the Lord, O my soul; and never forget all 
He hath done for thee ; Who satisfieth thy desire 
with good things. Alleluia. (Psalm cii. 2-5.) 



AT THE SECRET. 



r> 



IEFEND us, O Lord, who offer to Thee Thy holo 
caust; and that our hearts may be more fer- 



336 The Holy Mass in Union with 

vently prepared for it, enkindle within them the flames 
of Thy divine charity. 

1 T~!OOK down graciously, O Lord, upon the offer- 
-*--* ings of Thy suppliant Church, and grant that 
they may sanctify and save Thy people. 

AT THE PREFACE. 

T T is truly meet and just, right and available to sal- 
* vation, that we should always and in all places give 
thanks to Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, eternai 
God, Who hast appointed the salvation of mankind to 
be wrought on the wood of the cross; that from whence 
death came, thence life might arise, and that he who 
overcame by the tree might also by the tree be overcome. 
Through Jesus Christ our Lord, through Whom the 
angels praise Thy majesty, the dominations adore it, 
the powers tremble before it; the heavens, the heavenly 
virtues, and blessed seraphim, with common jubilee, 
glorify it. Together with whom we beseech Thee that 
we may be admitted to join our humble voices, saying: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Heaven and 
earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest. 
Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. 
Hosanna in the highest. 



O 



AT THE CANON. 

GOD, infinitely holy, if my sins provoke Thee r 
and make me hateful in Thy sight, look upor, 
the Lamb without spot, that taketh away the sins of 
the world, and, beholding His merits, remember not 
my ingratitude. Behold the Sacred Heart of Thy 
divine Son! This Heart, infinitely merciful, prayed for 
me on Calvary, and will soon renew the sacrifice of 
itself for me upon the altar. Eternal Father, I offer Thee 
the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Thy beloved Son, in satis- 



the Sacred Heart qffesus. 337 

faction for my sins and for the wants of the holy Catho 
lic Church. 

Remember, O good and gentle Jesus, that none who 
had recourse to Thy Sacred Heart, implored its assistance, 
or cried for pardon, were ever abandoned. Animated 
with this confidence in Thy goodness and mercy, O 
Divine Heart, and groaning beneath the weight of my 
iniquities, I prostrate myself before Thee. Have pity 
on me, and listen to my prayers. Our Father in heaven. 
Who has deigned to give Thee to us for our salvation, will, 
through Thee, and united with Thee, receive our prayers. 
Through Thy merits we hope to obtain the pardon of 
our sins, the special graces that we ask for now, and, 
above all, the grace of perseverance, that with the angels 
and saints we may praise Thee now on earth, and bless- 
Thee for ever in heaven. 

O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore, 
That I may ever love Thee more and more. 

AT THE MEMENTO OF THE LIVING. 

/T\OST merciful Father! in the name of Jesus, in 
^^ memory of His Passion and death, and of His 
Heart, wounded for love of us, we beseech Thee to pro 
tect Thy holy Church. Sanctify and exalt it as the 
spouse of Thy divine Son. Bless His Holiness, our chief 
Pastor, our bishops, and our priests. 

Remember also, O Lord, my parents, my relatives, 
my friends, my benefactors, and all those who have 
asked me to pray for them, and for whom I have prom 
ised to pray. Bless them, and by Thy grace advance 
them in the way of salvation. 

O good and loving Jesus, take to Thy Sacred Heart all 
who belong to the Apostleship of Prayer, all who are de 
voted to Thy interests. Thy kingdom come! Strengthen 
Thy faithful servants, that by their fidelity and zeaHhey 
may compensate Thee for the outrages which are inflicted 



338 77/t? Holy Mass in Union witn 

upon Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love by those who 
unfortunately do not love Thee. 

AT THE ELEVATION. 

Cast a look of adoration and love upon the sacred Host 
when it is elevated by the priest; then incline your head 
devoutly and say: 

I SEE upon the altar placed 
The Victim of the greatest love; 
Let all the earth below adore, 

And join the heavenly choirs above: 
Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. 
Oh! make us love Thee more and more. 

Jesus! dear Pastor of the flock, 

That crowds in love about Thy feet, 

Our voices yearn to praise Thee, Lord, 
And joyfully Thy presence greet: 

Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore. 

Oh! make us love Thee more and more. 

Ejaculations. 

/TV\Y the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacra- 
**** ment be praised, adored, and loved with grate 
ful affection, at every moment and in all the world, to 
the end of time. 

f^fUCHARISTIC Heart of my Jesus, whose blood 
^-A is the life of my soul, I will no longer live, but 
live thou alone in me! 

AT THE MEMENTO OF THE DEAD. 

O FATHER of mercies, in the name of Thy beloved 
Son, in memory and in virtue of the wound of 
His Sacred Heart, His bitter Passion, and His cruel 
death, in consideration also of the dolors of the immacu 
late heart of Mary, of all the loving transports of the 



the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 339 

saints, and of all the torments of the martyrs, I beseech 
Thee to have pity on the souls of the faithful departed; 
particularly on the souls of our friends, relatives, bene 
factors, and the associates of the League of the Sacred 
Heart. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and may 
perpetual light shine upon them. O Jesus, mercy! 
Blessed be Thy Sacred Heart, and may Thy precious 
blood, shed for us in Thy Passion, obtain for us that 
heavenly inheritance, where we shall dwell with Thee 
in honor and glory, and bless Thee for ever. 

AT THE PATER NOSTER. 

Recite slowly and devoutly the sublime prayer which 
Jesus Himself taught His disciples. Surely nothing better can 
be substituted here. 

/"\UR Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy 
^-^ name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done 
on earth as it is in heaven; give us this day our daily 
bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those 
who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil. Amen. 

AT THE COMMUNION. 

heart hath expected reproach and misery; and 
I looked for one that would grieve together with 
me, but there was none; and for one that would comfort 
me, and I found none; Alleluia. (Psalm Ixviii. 21.) 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION.* 

good Lord, my dear Jesus! I am sorry for hav- 
ing wounded Thy loving Heart by my sins, 
because Thou art infinitely good, and sin displeases 

* This Mass in honor of the Sacred Heart may be used profit 
ably, whenever we assist at the holy sacrifice; hence an act of 
spiritual communion is here inserted for those days on which 
fve do not approach the holy table 



340 The Holy Mass in Union with 

Thee. Like the beloved disciple, let me rest upon Thy 
Heart, and let me grieve, together with Thee, for the 
outrages that are committed against Thee in the Sacra 
ment of Thy love. I give Thee my heart and my love, 
if my poor love can comfort Thee. I love Thee above 
all things, and I desire to possess Thee within my soul. 
Since I am unable now to receive Thee sacramentally, 
come at least spiritually into my heart, and nourish my 
soul unto life everlasting. Let my soul, O Lord, feel 
Thy sweetness. Let me taste how sweet Thou art, O 
Lord, that, being allured by Thy love, I may never sin 
by running passionately after worldly pleasures. "Thou 
art the God of my heart, and the God that is my por 
tion for ever." Oh, Thou Lamb of God, Who takest 
away the sins of the world, take away from me what 
ever may hurt me and displease Thee. Give me but 
Thy love and Thy grace! May the sweet flame of Thy 
love consume my soul, that so I may die to the world 
for the love of Thee, as Thou hast vouchsafed to die 
upon the cross for the love of me. 

PRAYERS AFTER COMMUNION. 

BEING fed with peaceful delights and life-giving 
sacraments, we suppliantly beseech Thee, O 
Lord our God, that Thou, Who art meek and humble 
of heart, wouldst make us clean from the stain of every 
vice, and cause us to abhor more steadfastly the vanities 
of the world. 

AY we be renewed, O Lord, by the sacred mysteries 
we have received; and may they expiate our 
sins, and prepare us for Thy eternal mercies. Amen. 

AT THE BLESSING. 

BLESSED be the Sacred Heart of Jesus! Bless us, 
O Lord, as Thou didst bless the little children, 



the Sacred Heart of fesus. 34 1 

and again Thy disciples at Thy glorious ascension into 
heaven, so that we may persevere in Thy grace, and be 
numbered on the last day among the elect, whom Thou 
wilt call the blessed of Thy Father, and invite into Thy 
eternal kingdom. 

AT THE LAST GOSPEL. 

V. The beginning of the holy Gospel, according to St. John, 
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord. 

"T*N the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 
-- with God, and the Word was God: the same was 
in the beginning with God. All things were made by 
Him, and without Him was made nothing that was 
made: in Him was life and the life was the light of men: 
and the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did 
not comprehend it. There was a man sent from God, 
whose name was John. This man came for a witness 
to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe 
through him. He was not the light, but was to give 
testimony of the light. That was the true light which 
enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He 
was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and 
the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and 
His own received Him not. But as many as received 
Him, He gave them power to be made the sons of God: 
to them that believe in His name, who are born, not of 
blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, 
but of God. AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH (here 
the people kneel), and dwelt among us: and we saw His 
glory, the glory as it were of the Only-begotten of the 
Father, full of grace and truth. 
R. Thanks be to God. 

AFTER MASS. 

The Anima Chris ti, as on page 213; prayers ordered 
by Pope Leo XIII. to be said after every Low Mass, as 
on page 228. 



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H /IDooe of Ibearfns flDass for tbe ffaitbful 



MAKE YOUR INTENTION. 

GOD of all mercy, I come to offer Thee the blood 
of the Lamb without spot, for the souls which 
Thou lovest, and which long and sigh for the blessed 
ness of seeing Thee and glorifying Thee in heaven. 
Just, indeed, are Thy punishments; yet, we beseech 
Thee, open to them this day the boundless treasure of 
the satisfaction of Thy divine Son; and bestow upon 
them in this holy sacrifice wherewithal to discharge 
the debt which they still owe to Thy sovereign justice. 

If you intend to communicate, and wish to offer your 
communion for particular souls, say: 

I beseech Thee, O Lord, to apply to the souls of N.N. 
the indulgences which I hope to be able to obtain by 
the communion I am about to receive. 

A PRAYER BEFORE MASS. 

ETERNAL God, Who, besides the general pre- 
cepts of charity, hast commanded a particular 
respect to be shown to parents, priests, kindred, and 
benefactors, and by the institution of the sacrifice of 
the Mass hast left us the means of testifying our love 
and gratitude toward them even after death, vouchsafe 
that the Mass I this day offer in union with Thy minister, 
for the souls of N.N. may shorten their sufferings, if 
they be still detained in the purifying flames of purgatory. 
As there may be many of my friends, relatives, bene 
factors, spiritual or temporal, or ancestors, tormented in 
these, intense flames, who were the instruments of Thy 
providence in bestowing on me existence, education, and 
innumerable other blessings, grant that I may be the 



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means of obtaining for them a speedy release from their 
excessive sufferings, and a free admittance to Thy eter 
nal joys; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



AT THE BEGINNING OF MASS. 

S-\ ALMIGHTY God, with Whom the spirits of the 
^^ just live, and in Whose holy custody are deposited 
the souls of all that depart hence in an inferior degree of 
grace, and are therefore detained in a state of suffering; 
as we bless Thee for the saints already admitted into 
Thy glory, so we humbly offer up our prayers for the 
afflicted souls who continually sigh after the days of 
their deliverance. 

If among them be the souls of those for whom we this 
day petition, vouchsafe to pardon their sins, that they 
may behold Thee, and in Thy glorious light eternally 
rejoice. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

INTROIT. 

^fRANT them, O Lord, eternal rest, and let per- 
*& petual light shine upon them. Ps. A hymn 
becometh Thee, O Lord, in Sion, and a vow shall be 
paid to Thee in Jerusalem; hear my prayer; all flesh 
shall come to Thee. Grant them, etc. 

Lord, have mercy on them. 

Christ, have mercy on them. 

Lord, have mercy on them. 

COLLECTS. 

GOD, Whose property is always to have mercy 
and to spare, we humbly beseech Thee for the 
soul of Thy servant N., that Thou wouldst not deliver 
it up into the hands of the enemy, nor forget it unto the 
end, but command it to be received by Thy holy angels, 
and to be carried to paradise, its true country, that, as 



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in Thee it hoped and trusted, it may not have to endure 
the pains of hell, but come to the possession of eternal 
joys. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

> 

GOD, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faith- 
ful, grant unto the souls of Thy servants de 
parted the remission of all their sins, that by pious sup 
plications they may obtain the pardon which they have 
always desired. Grant this, O God, Who livest and 
reignest for ever and ever. Amen. 

EPISTLE. 
(i. Thess. iv. 12-16.) 

BRETHREN: And we will not have you ignorant 
concerning them that are asleep, that you be 
not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope. 

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even 
so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring 
with Him. 

For this we say unto you in the word of the Lord, that 
we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the 
Lord, shall not prevent them who have slept. 

For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven 
with commandment and with the voice of an archangel, 
and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in 
Christ shall rise first. 

Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken 
up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into 
the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. 

GRADUAL. 

RNAL rest grant to them, and may perpetual 
light shine upon them. V. (Ps. cxi. 7.) The 

just shall be in everlasting remembrance; he shall not 

fear the evil hearing. 



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TRACT. 

*|^ ELEASE, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful 
r*-^9 departed from the bonds of their sins. V. And 
by the assistance of Thy mercy, may they escape the 
sentence of Thy justice. V. And enjoy the bliss e* 
eternal light. 

THE SEQUENCE. 

(Dies Ira. See page 986.) 

THE GOSPEL. 

*T that time Jesus said to the multitude of the 
Jews: Amen, amen, I say unto you that the 
hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the 
voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. 
For as the Father hath life in Himself, so hath He given 
to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He hath 
given Him power to do judgment, because He is the 
Son of man. Wonder not at this, for the hour cometh 
wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of 
the Son of God; and they that have done good shall 
come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that 
have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment. 

THE OFFERTORY. 

OLORD Jesus Christ, King of glory! deliver the 
souls of all the faithful departed from the pain 
ful prison of purgatory. We offer Thee, eternal Father, 
a sacrifice of praise and of prayer: accept it on behalf of 
the souls we commemorate this day, and let them pass 
from death to life. 

Here make an offering also of your own death and suffer 
ings in union with the holy sacrifice, thus: 

O my God, I offer Thee also the hour of my death 
and all the pains I am destined to suffer from this moment 



346 A Mode of Hearing Mass 

until my last breath, for Thy glory, and in union with 
the bitter pains of Jesus Passion and death. 

/T\AY the most just, most high, and most adorable 
-- will of God be done in all things, be praised and 
magnified for ever. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius VII., May 19, 1818. 

/^VMNIPOTENT Lord! Who dost permit evil that 
^-^ good may spring from it, listen to the humble 
prayers, by which we ask of Thee the grace of remain 
ing faithful to Thee, even unto death. Grant us also, 
through the intercession of Mary ever blessed, that we 
may always conform ourselves to Thy most holy will. 

SECRET. 

AVE mercy, we beseech Thee, O Lord, on the 
souls of Thy servants (name them), for whom 
we offer this Victim of praise, humbly beseeching Thy 
majesty that by this sacrifice they may arrive at rest 
eternal, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

PREFACE. 

is truly just and salutary, to return Thee thanks 
at all times, and in all places, O almighty Father, 
eternal God. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, and 
through His merits, we hope for a glorious resurrection; 
so that if the sentence of death alarm and deject, the 
promise of immortality consoles and animates us; for 
to Thy faithful servants death is only a passage from 
this life to a better one. Therefore we unite with all 
the blessed citizens of the heavenly country in singing 
a hymn to Thy glory, and saying without ceasing : Holy, 
holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth: heaven and earth 
are full of Thy glory. Blessed is He that cometh in the 
name of the Lord; His blood pleads for pardon, and 
His voice rises ever to the throne of mercy in behalf 
of the faithful. Amen. 



For the Faithful Departed. 347 



THE CANON. 

E therefore suppliantly beseech Thee, O Father 
of mercies, through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our 
Lord, graciously to accept and bless this holy sacrifice 
which we offer Thee for the peace and prosperity of 
the holy Catholic Church, for Thy servant, our father, 
Pope N., for our bishop and clergy, and for all Thy 
faithful Catholic people: for the living, that they may 
prepare for death; and for the dead, that they may 
obtain eternal rest. 

recommend to Thee, O Lord, the souls of Thy 
servants N.N., and as, in mercy to them, Thou 
didst become man, so now vouchsafe to admit them into 
the number of the blessed. Remember, O Lord, that 
the souls for whom we pray are Thy creatures, not made 
by strange gods, but by Thee, the only true and living 
God, for there is no other God but Thee; none that can 
work wonders like unto Thine. 

Let their souls find comfort and mercy in Thy sight, 
and remember not their former sins, nor any of those 
faults they may have fallen into through human frailty, 
or the violence of temptation; for though they sinned, 
they still retained a true faith in Thee, O Holy Trinity, 
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and a lively zeal for Thy 
honor; they faithfully adored Thee and died in favor 
with Thee, O divine Lord, as well as in peace and 
charity with all mankind. 

Remember not, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the sins 
and ignorance of their youth, but according to Thy 
great mercy, be mindful of them in Thy glory. May 
the heavens be now opened to receive them. May the 
archangel St. Michael, chief of the heavenly host, con 
duct them. May the holy angels of God meet and 
accompany them into the city of the heavenly Jerusalem. 
May blessed Peter, the apostle to whom were given the 



348 A Mode of Hearing Mass 

keys of heaven, receive them. May holy Paul, the 
apostle who was a vessel of election, help them. May 
St. John, the beloved disciple to whom God revealed 
the secrets of heaven, intercede for them. May all the 
holy apostles, to whom was given the power of binding 
and loosing, pray for them. May all the blessed and 
chosen servants of God intercede for them, that being 
delivered from present confinement and suffering, they 
may be admitted into the kingdom of heaven, through 
the assistance and merits of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ, Who livest, etc. 

And now, all-powerful God, at this awful moment, 
when, by the words of consecration, Thy divine Son is 
actually present, I offer up to Thee thi-s same beloved 
Son, Who died for mankind. I humbly entreat Thee, 
through the infinite merits of His death, to show com 
passion and mercy to the souls for whose repose the holy 
sacrifice is this day offered. 

AT THE ELEVATION. 

AIL! most blessed Jesus,* eternal Son of the most 
high God! Oh, deign to be merciful to those for 
whom we pray ; Thou Who didst expire on the cross for 
their sake, give rest to their souls. 

AIL! sacred blood, that flowed for the sins of the 
world; wash away whatever stains may render 
Thy servants unfit to be admitted into heaven. O 
good and merciful God, look on the face of Thy Christ, 
in Whom Thou art always well pleased, and permit the 
souls for which He suffered to rest eternally in Thy 
divine presence. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

"T-tORD Jesus Christ, we earnestly entreat Thee by 
-** Thy bitter agony and prayer in the garden to 



For the Faithful Departed. 349 

become an advocate with Thy eternal Father on behalf 
of Thy servants N.N. Lay before Him, we conjure 
Thee, all those drops of blood which in Thy anguish of 
spirit flowed from Thy sacred body, and offer them as 
a sacrifice of atonement, that thereby the souls of N.N. 
may be discharged from all the punishment still due to 
divine Justice for their sins. 



Jesus, Who wast pleased to suffer death on 
the cross for the redemption of mankind, we 
humbly beseech Thee to offer up all the anguish and pain 
which Thou didst endure, especially at the moment of 
Thy death, on behalf of Thy servants, that Thy precious 
merits may be accepted for the repose of their souls. 



God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the pre- 
cious body and blood of Thy divine Son Jesus, 
w r hich He gave with His own hand upon the eve of His 
Passion to His beloved apostles to be their meat and 
drink, and which He left to His whole Church to be a 
perpetual sacrifice and life-giving food of His own faith 
ful people, deliver the souls in purgatory, and espe 
cially that one which was most devoted to this mystery 
of infinite love; that, with .Thy divine Son, and with 
Thy Holy Spirit, it may ever praise Thee for this Thy 
wondrous love in Thy eternal glory. Amen. 

*T~^ORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the pre- 
^* cious blood which Thy divine Son shed on the 
cross from His most sacred hands and feet, deliver the 
souls in purgatory, and especially that soul for which I 
am most bound to pray; that the blame rest not with 
me that Thou bringest it not forthwith to praise Thee 
in Thy glory and to bless Thee forever. Amen. 

"ylORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the pre- 
**""* cious blood, which gushed forth from the side 
of Thy divine Son Jesus, in the sight and to the extreme 



350 A Mode of Hearing Mass 

pain of His most holy Mother, deliver the souls in pur 
gatory, and especially that one amongst them, which 
was ever the most devout to our blessed Lady; that it 
may soon attain unto Thy glory, there to praise Thee 
in her, and her in Thee, world without end. Amen. 

Have mercy, also, O Lord, in a particular manner 
upon all the souls in purgatory, who once belonged to 
this House, and upon all who were members of our 
Congregation. 

Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and let per 
petual light shine upon them. Amen. 

PATER NOSTER. 

O DIVINE Jesus! at Whose name every knee doth 
bend, in heaven, on earth, and in hell! Sovereign 
Judge of the living and the dead! may Thy name be 
honored by the deliverance of the souls for whom we 
pray. May the gates of heaven be open to receive 
them, and may Thy will, which desires the salvation of 
all men, be this day perfectly done in their regard. 
Grant that, after having been fed on the bread of sor 
row, they may be fed with the living Bread of heaven 
in the possession of Thyself. We implore Thy forgive 
ness of the sins of our parents, friends, and benefactors, 
particularly of the sins to which we unhappily have been 
accessory. Preserve us from those avenging flames, 
which we have but too well merited by our repeated 
abuse of grace, our tepidity in Thy service, and our neg 
ligence in resisting temptation. Deliver us from sin, the 
greatest of all evils, and enable us to feel and under 
stand that it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands 
of the living God. Amen. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

AMB of God, Who takest away the sins of the 
world, grant them rest. Lamb of God, 



For the Faithful Departed. 35 1 

takest away the sins of the world, grant them rest. Lamb 
of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant 
them everlasting rest. 

AT THE COMMUNION. 

I MOST ardently desire, O my adorable Saviour, 
that Thou wouldst honor this day the dwelling of 
my heart by Thy divine presence. With what confi 
dence could I then implore rest and eternal peace for 
the suffering souls of purgatory whom Thou lovest, 
though Thy justice forces Thee to banish them for a 
time from their heavenly inheritance. Look, neverthe 
less, O merciful Redeemer, on the work of Thy hands; 
hasten the happy hour of their deliverance. Grant me 
the graces of a spiritual communion, that I may sub 
missively accept and patiently bear all that is disagree 
able and painful to inclination, and thus avert a long 
separation from Thee after the close of my mortal life. 
Amen. 

POST-COMMUNION. 

RANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that our 
humble prayers on behalf of the souls of Thy 
servants, both men and women, may be profitable to 
them ; so that Thou mayest deliver them from all punish 
ment due to their sins, and make them partakers of 
the redemption Thou hast purchased for them. Who 
livest, etc. 

AT THE LAST "GOSPEL. 

Y now the bright company of angels meet your 
souls, O departed servants of the Lord; may 
the holy apostles receive you; may the triumphant 
army of glorious martyrs, confessors, and virgins wel 
come you; and may peace and joy be your portion for 
ever in the company of all the saints. May you behold 



352 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

this day your blessed Redeemer face to face in the gar 
den of paradise, and rejoice forever in the Beatific Vision 
the happiness of the elect. 

A PRAYER AFTER MASS. 

ND now, O God, having recommended to Thy 
mercy the souls of Thy departed servants, grant 
we may ever remember that we are most certainly to 
follow them. Give us grace to prepare for our last hour 
by a good life, that so death, however sudden it may be, 
may not find us unworthy of admittance into eternal 
glory. Open likewise the eyes, and soften the hearts* 
of all sinners; inspire them, we humbly beseech Thee, 
with a true sense of their dreadful danger, that by a 
timely consideration of the uncertainty of life, and the 
certainty of death, they may be sincerely converted, 
and, obtaining pardon for their sins in this life, be happy 
with Thee forever in the next. Amen. 



ot Ifoearfna /IDass in fxmor ot tfoe 
Blessed 



I 



N the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 



A PRAYER BEFORE MASS. 



OMY God, I humbly- prostrate myself before Thee, 
to assist at the holy sacrifice of the Mass, and to 
adore my sovereign Lord in the great mystery of the 
Passion and death of Thy holy Son. I praise and 
glorify Thee in union with the holy and immaculate 
Virgin Mary, whom Thou hast sanctified and preserved 
from all stain of original sin, and hast ordained to be 
the Mother of Thy only-begotten Son, my Lord and 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 353 

Redeemer. Grant that I and all these faithful here 
present may assist at the celebration of this mystery of 
love with humility and purity of heart, with that rever 
ence, fervor, and devotion with which Mary, the blessed 
Mother of Jesus Christ, prayed to Thee during the 
many years she remained in the Temple; but particu 
larly when she received the message of the angel, who, 
in Thy name, saluted her "full of grace, and blessed 
amongst women." 

O holy Mary, Mother of God, and Queen of heaven 
and earth! to thee we, poor banished children of Eve, 
have recourse. I intend to assist at this holy sacrifice 
in thanksgiving to God the Father, for having . predes 
tined thee His chosen daughter; to the eternal Son 
for having made thee His beloved Mother; to the Holy 
Ghost for having sanctified thee His cherished spouse. 
Pray for me and for all thy servants. Obtain that I 
may participate in the fruits of the Passion and death 
ot thy beloved Son, Our Lord, and Redeemer, on Whose 
mysteries I am going to meditate during this holy sacri 
fice of the Mass. Amen. 

O Mary, refuge of sinners, conceived without sin, 
pray for us who have recourse to thee! 

AT THE BEGINNING OF MASS. 

O INFINITE Creator and merciful God! Thou 
hast been pleased, by the incarnation of Thy 
only-begotten Son, to repair the losses caused by the 
disobedience of our first parents; Thou didst send the 
angel Gabriel to that chosen maid who, by becoming 
the Mother of the Redeemer, crushed the infernal ser 
pent s head, and brought salvation to all mankind. Do 
Thou, O Lord, Who displayed Thy infinite power in 
forgiving and showing mercy to poor sinners, give ear 
to our humble prayers, and grant that we, who firmly 
believe that Thy eternal Son became man in the chaste 



354 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and that she is, there 
fore, truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her 
prayers. I adore Thee, O my God, in this profound 
mystery, the fruits whereof were first felt by the pre 
cursor, who, at the words of Mary s salutation to St. 
Elizabeth, was sanctified in his mother s womb. Let 
us give praise to God, for He is good, and His mercy 
endureth for ever. My sou. 1 doth magnify the Lord ; my 
spirit rejoiceth in God my Saviour. But I am unworthy, 
O Lord, of Thy favors. How can I dare to appear 
before Thee, O my God? 

I confess to almighty God, to the blessed and immacu 
late Mary, ever virgin, to St. Michael the archangel, 
to John the Baptist, to the holy apostles Peter and 
Paul, and to all the saints, that I have sinned in thought, 
word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, 
through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech 
the blessed and immaculate 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 the almighty God have mercy on me, forgive 
me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen. 

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant me par 
don, absolution, and remission of all my sins. Amen. 

To thee, O merciful Queen of heaven and earth, I 
have recourse. It has never been heard of that any 
one invoked thee and was forsaken. Plead for me 
before thy divine Son and obtain for me the pardon of 
my sins. 

AT THE INTROIT. 

AIL, holy Mother, who didst bring forth the King 
who reigns over heaven and earth forever! 
Hail, Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee; 
blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 355 

fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, 
pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. 
Amen. 

AT THE KYRIE ELEISON. 

LORD, have mercy on me! O Jesus, have mercy 
on me! O Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a 
sinner! 

O Mary, refuge of sinners, pray for me! 

AT THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS. 

RY be to God on high, and peace on earth to 
men of good- will. O my God, I unite my 
praises with those which the heavenly spirits sang to 
Thee on that night, when Thy beloved Son, made man, 
was born of the Virgin Mary in the stable of Bethlehem. 
My heart is full of gladness, because for my salvation 
the Word of God was made man, and dwelt among men. 
Glory, praise, and adoration be to God the Father, to 
God the Son, and to God the Holy Ghost; three Per 
sons in one God. O holy Virgin Mary, thou art the 
glorious Mother of my Redeemer. Remember the joy 
thy immaculate and maternal heart did feel when for 
the first time thou didst behold, adore, and embrace 
thy God and thy infant Son in the stable of Bethlehem. 
O blessed Mother of God, pray to thy Son, that I may 
be made partaker of the joy of heaven. Amen. 

COLLECT OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. FROM THE VOTIVE 
MASS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 

Let us pray. 

ANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we 
Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of 
mind and body; and by the glorious intercession of the 



356 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

blessed Mary, ever virgin, may be delivered from pres 
ent sadness and enjoy eternal gladness. Through Our 
Lord Jesus Christ, etc. 



FOR THE CHURCH. 



rr\ERCIFULLY hear, O Lord, the prayers of Thy 
^ Church, that all opposition and error being re 
moved, she may serve Thee with undisturbed devotion. 

FOR THE POPE. 

r\ LORD God, the Pastor and Ruler of all the faith 
ful, look down on Thy servant N., whom Thou 
hast appointed pastor over Thy Church, and grant, we 
beseech Thee, that he may edify, both by word and 
example, those who are under his charge, and that with 
the flock entrusted to him he may arrive at eternal hap 
piness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

AT THE EPISTLE. 

r\ ALMIGHTY and merciful God, Who never 
V- ^ ceasest to direct our hearts to the knowledge of 
Thy law, to instruct us through the ministry of Thy holy 
Church, grant that we may faithfully attend to the 
lessons of salvation which Thou givest us. May Thy 
holy word fructify in the soil of our hearts; may our 
souls be guided by Thy holy law and directed to the 
possession of Thee. O God, have mercy on us, and 
bring us to Thee, as by the appearance of a miraculous 
star Thou didst bring the Wise Men to the stable of 
Bethlehem, where they found and adored the Saviour 
in the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His holy Mother, 
and offered Him, with their hearts, their mysterious 
presents. O blessed Mary, obtain for us the grace to 
follow the inspirations of the Holy Ghost, and amid 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 357 

the perils that beset our path in this world, to direct 
our steps in the way of salvation. O Mary, guide us to 
Jesus, 

. . . by the light of thee, 
Bright Star of the Sea! 

AT THE GOSPEL. 

|Y dear Redeemer, I give Thee thanks for the 
inestimable favor Thou hast bestowed upon me, 
by calling me to the knowledge of Thy holy Gospel, 
and making me a child of the one holy Catholic and 
Apostolic Church. I believe and confess all and each 
of the articles of faith which Thou hast revealed to Thy 
Church, and which the same Church proposes and 
teaches. I am ready, if it be Thy will, to shed the last 
drop of my blood for my faith. I return Thee thanks 
for that love which prompted Thee to leave to Thy 
Church in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar Thy body 
and blood, Thy soul and divinity. I believe, O Lord, 
that Thou art really present in the Holy Eucharist. When 
with the eyes of faith I see my Lord upon the altar, I 
can say: "Now, O Lord, let Thy servant depart in 
peace, for my eyes have seen Thy salvation." O sweet 
Mary, thou didst bring thy holy Son to the Temple, and 
didst offer Him to the eternal Father. The holy man 
Simeon received Jesus, in his arms from thy hands. Oh, 
bring my Saviour into my poor heart, that I may love 
nothing else but Hftn and thee. Amen. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

OHOLY Father, almighty and eternal God, accept 
from the hands of Thy minister the unspotted 
Host which he offers Thee in the name of the Church, 
for the honor, glory, and adoration of Thy divine Majesty, 
in memory of the nativity, life, sufferings, death, Resur- 



358 Mode of Hearing Alass in Honor 

rection, and Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in 
honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of all the saints. 
In the spirit of humility and contrition of heart I now 
offer to Thee, O Lord, this bread and wine, which, 
through the words of benediction, which Christ our 
Lord instituted at the Last Supper, will be changed into 
the body and blood of Thy divine Son, our Saviour. 
Come, O almighty and eternal God, the Sanctifier, and 
bless this sacrifice prepared for the praise and glory 
of Thy holy name. Receive, O Lord, this sacrifice to 
the praise and glory of Thy infinite Majesty, to our 
benefit, and to that of the whole Church, and also to the 
honor of the blessed Mother of Jesus Christ, that she 
may vouchsafe to intercede for us in heaven whose mem 
ory we celebrate on earth. Through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

O merciful God, direct and assist me in the dangers 
of this life, as Thou didst direct Mary, the blessed 
Mother of Jesus, and her pure spouse, St. Joseph, in 
their flight into Egypt. O Lord, save Thy servants, 
who repose all their confidence in Thee, and who honor 
Thy blessed Mother. 

SECRET. 

/T\AY this oblation procure us peace and happiness 
^* here and hereafter, through the intercession of 
the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

FOR THE CHURCH. 

"g>ROTECT us, O Lord, while we assist at Thy 

**" - sacred mysteries, that being employed in acts 

of religion we may serve Thee both in body and 
mind. 



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FOR THE POPE. 

BE appeased, O Lord, with the offering we have 
made, and cease not to protect Thy servant, 
N., whom Thou hast been pleased to appoint pastor 
over Thy Church. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

AT THE PREFACE. 

IT is truly meet, and just, and right, and available to 
salvation, that we should always, and in all places, 
give thanks to Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, 
eternal God, a nd bless and glorify Thee, on the venera 
tion * of the blessed Mary, ever virgin, who, by the over 
shadowing of the Holy Ghost, conceived Thy only- 
begotten Son, and, her virginity still remaining, brought 
forth the eternal Light of the world, Jesus Christ our 
Lord. By whom the angels praise Thy Majesty, the 
dominations adore it, the powers tremble before it, the 
heavens, the heavenly virtues and blessed seraphim 
with common jubilee, glorify it. Together with whom 
we beseech Thee that we may be admitted to join our 
humble voices, saying: 

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; the heavens 
and the earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the 
highest. Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the 
Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 

AT THE CANON. 

f\ ALMIGHTY God, Thy beloved Son and my 
^^ Lord Jesus Christ has commanded me, by His 
word and example, to be always occupied with the 
things that are Thine. It was in the Temple that His 
blessed Mother and St. Joseph found Him on the third 
day after His departure from them. Grant that I may 

* Name the particular festival. 



360 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

never depart from Thee by sin. But if I ever have 
the misfortune of forfeiting Thy holy grace, 1 will sue 
again for mercy in the Sacrament of Penance. Pray 
for me, O glorious Mother of God, and be my advocate 
before thy Son. At thy suggestion He changed, in Cana 
of Galilee, water into wine; beg of Him to change my 
heart too, to purify and sanctify it, that it may be worthy 
of Him for ever. 

my God, when Mary pronounced these words: 
"Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me 
according to thy word," Thy only-begotten Son became 
incarnate in her womb. In like manner at the words 
of consecration, which are about to be pronounced by 
Thy minister, the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, descends 
on our altars, and miraculously changes the substance 
of bread and wine into His body and blood, soul and 
divinity. I humbly adore Thee, O loving Saviour, in 
this mystery of Thy love. Through that divine charity 
which moved Thee to utter those consoling words a 
few moments before the institution of this Sacrament: 
"With desire I have desired to eat this pasch with 
you before I suffer," I beg of Thee to have mercy on 
me, and to forgive me my sins. Help me in my necessi 
ties, strengthen me against the enemies of my soul, and 
grant me the grace I stand in need of to secure my 
eternal salvation. 

1 pray to Thee also, O Lord, for Thy holy Church, 
for our holy father the Pope, for our bishops, and all 
pastors of souls; for our Superior and for all the mem 
bers of our Order, for my parents, relatives, benefac 
tors, friends, and enemies. Grant Thy particular 
blessings to the pious clients of Thy blessed Mother. 
Bless the poor, the sick, and those who are in their 
agony. Have mercy on those who have recommended 
themselves to my prayers, who pray for me, and finally 
on all those for whom I am in justice or charity bound 
to pray. Grant peace and concord to all Christian 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 361 

princes and people. Convert poor sinners, enlighten 
infidels, and bring back heretics from the ways of error. 
May all Ue united in one fold, under one Shepherd. 
Jesus Christ, the true Pastor of our souls. 

Holy Mary, thy divine Son now comes upon the 
altar. Present to Him my lowly adoration. O my 
Jesus, come; come, my Saviour. Receive the prayers 
I offer Thee through the hands of Thy blessed Mother. 
Come, O Lord Jesus. With the angels, who are prostrate 
before the altar, I exclaim: Holy, holy, holy, Hosanna 
to Him that cometh from the highest heavens ever 
blessed be His name! 

AT THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST. 

JESUS Christ, Thou art the true Son of God. I 
adore Thee in this holy Sacrament. Be Thou 
propitious to me and forgive me my sins. 

AT THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE. 

O ADORABLE blood, which Jesus, the true Son 
of God and true Son of Mary, has shed for me 
on the cross! I adore Thee, O my Redeemer, and I 
hide myself in Thy sacred wounds, from which the 
price of my redemption flowed. O Jesus, grant that I 
may live for Thee and die for Thee. Help, O Lord, 
Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy 
precious blood. 



O 



AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

An Act of Adoration. 

MERCIFUL Father, look down from Thy 
heavenly throne on the holy and immaculate 
Victim now reposing on this altar. Thou hast given 
us Thy only Son, and with Him and through Him Thou 
hast bestowed on us all the treasures of Thy grace. In 
this holy sacrifice Thou hast furnished us with the means 



362 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

of offering Thee the adoration Thou deservest. Jesus 
Christ here present adores Thee for us. Accept His 
adoration, which is worthy of Thy sovereign Majesty 
Ah! how happy am I to have wherewith to discharge 
my obligation toward Thy divine Majesty. This 
oblation is infinitely more pleasing in Thy sight than 
those of Thy servant Abel, of Abraham, the father of 
the faithful, or of Melchisedech, the high priest, who 
offered bread and wine as the figure of the sacrifice of 
Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 

AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING. 

*7jrCCEPT, O most merciful God, the sacrifice of 
eJ 1 -^ Thy Son in thanksgiving for all the benefits 
Thou hast granted me. Thou hast created me to Thine 
own image and likeness. Thou hast redeemed me 
with Thy Son s precious blood. Thou hast called 
me to the true faith, and preserved me from eternal 
death, which I so often deserved for my sins. Thou 
hast called me as one of Thy favored children to follow 
Thee more closely in the way of the evangelical counsels. 
What return shall I make Thee for these and all Thy 
favors? I offer Thee Thy only Son, Who, before He 
instituted this Most Holy Sacrament, lifted up His eyes, 
and gave thanks to Thee, His Father almighty. I 
offer Him now immolated on this altar; and thus I 
make an adequate thanksgiving for all the blessings 
Thou hast bestowed on me and on all mankind. 

AN ACT OF ATONEMENT. 

*7ESUS, my Saviour! By Thy Passion and death 
eJ Thou hast purchased for me the rewards of 
eternal life, and Thou still continuest to offer Thyself 
a holocaust of propitiation in the holy sacrifice or the 
Mass. Therefore, I offer Thee to Thy eternal Father 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 363 

as an atonement for my innumerable sins. O heavenly 
Father, by the sacrifice of Thy Son Thou hast cancelled 
the handwriting of the decree which stood against me, 
and hast fastened it to the cross. No longer does the 
blood of calves or other victims propitiate Thee to peni 
tent sinners; Jesus is our atonement. His precious 
blood, like that of Abel, cries out to Thee for mercy. 
Look on Thy divine Son; forgive me my sins, which I 
detest from the bottom of my heart. Have mercy on 
me a sinner; forgive me through the merits of Jesus 
Christ. 

AN ACT OF SUPPLICATION. 

MY God, I am unworthy to appear before Thee. 
I acknowledge my misery and poverty. Thou 
art the fountain of all grace, and the source of all good. 
Thy beloved Son has commanded me to pray to Thee, 
and to call Thee by the consoling name of Father. There 
fore I prostrate myself with confidence before Thee, and 
present to Thee my humble supplication through the 
same Lord Jesus Christ, Who makes intercession for 
me. Grant me a lively faith, a firm and constant hope, 
and an ardent charity toward Thee and my neighbor. 
Save my soul. Give ma strength to vanquish my 
spiritual enemies. Grant me a humble resignation to 
Thy holy will in the adversities of this life; and, above 
all, the gifts of final perseverance in Thy love and ser 
vice. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Have mercy also, O Lord, on the souls of the faithful 
departed on those of my parents, benefactors, rela 
tives, friends, and on all those for whom I am bound to 
pray. Remember, O Lord, those who while living were 
most devoted to Thy blessed Mother; grant them all 
rest from their torments, and bring them to heaven. 
I apply to the souls in purgatory the holy indulgences 
granted to the faithful who assist at the holy sacrifice of 
the Mass, and I intend to enter into the dispositions 



364 Mode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

necessary to gain them, through Thy grace and 
mercy. 

Our Father, Who art in heaven, etc. 

O my Redeemer! Thou hast commanded me by 
word and example to forgive my enemies. I forgive 
them from the bottom of my heart for the love of Thee. 
Grant them, O Lord, all the graces and blessings that 
are necessary for their spiritual and temporal welfare. 
Now, my Saviour, as I have done what Thou hast com 
manded, do Thou fulfil what Thou hast promised, and 
forgive me my sins. 

Thou didst not forget me, O sweet Jesus, even in Thy 
agony. Before expiring on the cross Thou didst leave me 
Thy sorrowful and afflicted Mother to be my Mother 
also. "Behold thy Son behold thy Mother." I re 
turn Thee thanks, O my Saviour, for this inestimable 
favor. And thou, my tender Mother, thou hast begotten 
me at the foot of the cross. I am the child of thy sorrow. 
Take me under thy protection. Conduct me to Jesus. 
Teach me to love Him. O Mother, O tender Mother! 
how happy am I in the glorious privilege of being thy 
child. O Mary, show that thou art my Mother. 

AGNUS DEI. 

AMB of God, Who takest away the sins of the 
world, have mercy on me. (Three times.) 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

JESUS! Thou hast given us in the Holy Eucharist 
Thy body and blood to be our spiritual nourish 
ment, through which we may have life everlasting. 
Would that I were worthy to receive Thee this day in 
the holy communion! I desire, with all my heart, to 
receive the living Bread which came down from 
heaven. 



of the Blessed Virgin Jlfary. 365 

O Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter 
under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be 
healed. (Three times.) Let me taste, at least, the 
sweetness of a spiritual communion. Come to me, 
Jesus, my Lord, my Master. Come and refresh my 
soul. Strengthen me, that in union with Thee I may 
do perfectly the heavenly Father s will. Let me never 
be separated from Thee by sin. 

Soul of Jesus, sanctify me. Body of Jesus, save me. 
Blood of Jesus, wash me. Water out of the side of 
Jesus, purify me. Passion of Jesus, comfort me. O 
good Jesus, hear me. Hide me within Thy sacred 
wounds. O Sacred Heart of Jesus, receive me. O 
immaculate heart of Mary, plead for me, and love me. 

O sweet Mother, obtain for me the grace of receiving 
the holy communion with worthy dispositions, especially 
in my last sickness, when I shall be called to appear 
before the tribunal of God, that, through the merits of 
my Saviour s death and Passion, and thy intercession, 
I may have life everlasting. Amen. 

AFTER COMMUNION. 

/T\Y loving Saviour, after having suffered for three 
^"^ hours the most cruel agony ; after having accom 
plished all that had been foretold of Thee, Thou dids 
expire on the cross. All nature trembled at Thy death 
The rocks were split asunder and yet, alas, my un 
grateful heart is insensible. I have, by my sins, been 
Thy heartless executioner. O my Redeemer, how 
can I dare to stand before Thee? But Thou did?t 
pardon the penitent thief; and this inspires me with 
the hope that Thou wilt pardon me also, and admit me, 
like him, to the enjoyment of Thy happy kingdom. 

O Mary, Queen of martyrs, through the sorrow which 
overwhelmed thy heart at the foot of the cross, while 
thou wert witnessing the last painful act of Our Saviour s 



366 Afode of Hearing Mass in Honor 

Passion through the anguish thou didst feel when 
thou didst accompany His sacred body to the tomb, and 
the desolation thou didst experience on thy return, I 
beseech thee to obtain that His Passion and thy sorrows 
may be ever engraven on my heart, that I may never 
cease to deplore my sins, which were the cause of His 
death and of thy anguish. 

AT THE POST- COMMUNION. 

"Tf^AVING received, O Lord, what is calculated to 
*- advance our salvation, grant that we may be 
always protected by the patronage of the blessed Mary, 
ever virgin, in whose honor we have offered this sacrifice 
to Thy divine majesty. 

FOR THE CHURCH. 

(C I ^ beseech Thee, O Lord, not to leave exposed 
^*^* to the perils of human life those whom Thou 
hast permitted to partake of these mysteries. 

FOR THE POPE. 

beseech Thee, O Lord, that the participation of 
this Divine Sacrament may protect us from all 
dangers, and redound to the safety and defence of Thy 
servant, N., whom Thou hast appointed pastor over Thy 
Church, together with the flock committed to his charge. 
Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

AT THE BENEDICTION. 

OLY and adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy 
Ghost, to Thee be honor, praise, and glory. 
May this blessing, which I humbly receive from the 
hands of Thy minister, be an anticipation of that one 
which I trust Thou wilt give me after my death, and on 
the day of judgment. May the blessing of God the 



of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 367 

Father, of God the Son, and of God the Holy Ghost 
come upon me now and for evermore. Amen. 



AT THE LAST GOSPEL. 

MY God, I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, and 
I love Thee with all my heart. May Thy holy 
Gospel be propagated throughout the world. Assist 
the ministers whom Thou hast appointed to carry the 
light of faith to unbelievers, or to revive it among luke 
warm Christians. Grant to all the clergy that spirit of 
zeal, fortitude, and knowledge which Thou didst impart 
to Thy holy apostles on the day of Pentecost. Thou 
hast commanded us, O Lord, to pray to the Lord of 
the harvest that He may send laborers to work in His 
vineyard. Wherefore I humbly beseech Thee, Who 
didst open the prophets mouths, and didst call the 
apostles to announce Thy word, to send us worthy pas 
tors, and to grant that they may edify the flock, destroy 
errors and abuses, root out vice, dispel ignorance, and 
establish Thy reign in the souls Thou hast redeemed 
with Thy blood. Bless all Religious, that they may 
be faithful to their holy calling, and advance with all 
zeal possible Thy kingdom on earth. Reign Thou, O 
Christ, over all Religious, and over all men by Thy 
love, and inspire them all with a love of Thy kingdom 
and fidelity in Thy services. O Word of God made 
flesh, grant us the grace that we may be admitted to 
the kingdom of Thy glory. Amen. 

A PRAYER AFTER MASS. 

I GIVE Thee thanks, O my God, for having per 
mitted me to assist at this holy sacrifice. I hum 
bly ask pardon for all the negligences and distractions 
I may have given way to. Eternal praise be given to 
Thy holy name for all the privileges bestowed on the 



368 Mass in Honor of the Blessed Virgin. 

Blessed Virgin Mary, whom Thou didst preserve from 
the stain of original sin, and didst make worthy to be 
the Mother of Our Redeemer. Thou didst place her 
on a throne of glory to be Queen of heaven and earth. 
I rejoice at her glory, because she is the Mother of Jesus, 
and my Mother also. O loving Mother, protect thy 
children, and conduct them to heaven. O holy Mary, 
succor the distressed; strengthen the weak; comfort the 
afflicted; pray for the people; intercede for the clergy; 
make supplication for devout women, and in particular 
for Religious. May all experience thy assistance, re 
joice in thy glory, and praise God with thee for evermore. 

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

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of 

Christ. 

Let us pray. 

fSRANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that we Thy 
*& servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind 
and body; and, by the glorious intercession of the 
Blessed Virgin Mary, may be delivered from present 
sorrow and attain to eternal joy. Through Christ our 
Lord. Amen. 

Ejaculations. 

Y Queen! my Mother! remember I am thine own. 
Keep me, guard me, as thy property and pos 
session. 

Indulgence of 40 days each time. Pius IX., Aug 5, 1851. 

OMARY, who didst come into this world free from 
stain! obtain of God for me that I may leave it 
without sin. 
Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., March 27, 1863. 



Devotions for Confession. 369 

Bevotions for Confession. 

BEFORE CONFESSION. 

/T\Y Lord and my God! Prostrate before Thee, full 
of shame and confusion, I acknowledge I have 
broken my solemn promise to Thee, my loving Father- 
that promise on account of which Thou hast so often 
forgiven me in the past. 

O good Jesus, Saviour of the world, who gavest Thy 
self to the death of the cross to save sinners, look upon 
me, a miserable sinner, who implores Thy mercy. Spare 
me, Thou Who art my Saviour, and pity my sinful soul; 
loose its chains, heal its sores. Lord Jesus, I earnestly 
desire to return to Thee, and I am sorry with my whole 
heart that I have ever offended Thee. 

Help me now, my dear heavenly Father, for I am 
weak, and wounded, and wretched; but I come full of 
confidence to Thee, for Thou art my strength; out of 
Thee there is no rest, without Thee there is no hope, 
therefore I put my whole trust in Thee. 

O my God, make known to me the wounds which sin 
has made in my soul. Come to my aid, O Lord; with 
out Thee I can not discover them. O eternal light, dis 
pel my darkness. Heart of Jesus, enlighten me; show 
me my faults, make known to me my sins. Grant that 
I may see them all as Thou Thyself dost behold them, 
and give me courage and strength to lay them bare 
without reserve and with a truly contrite heart. 

O most gracious Virgin Mary, beloved Mother of 
Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, intercede for me, that I 
may make a good confession. Obtain for me true 
sorrow for my sins, that they may be all washed away 
in the precious blood of thy dear Son Jesus, and a firm 
purpose not to offend Him in the future. 



370 Devotions for Confession, 



jprapers to tbe Ibolg (Sbost JSefore Confession. 

Veni, Creator Spiritiis and Veni, Sancte Spiritus, as 
on pp. 551-553- 

aOME, Holy Ghost, enlighten my mind and in 
flame my heart, so that I may confess my sins 
worthily, and, being truly penitent, may amend my 
life, and henceforth serve Thee faithfully and glorify 
Thee with all the powers of my soul and of my body. 
Our Father, Hail Mary. 

To God the Father glory be, 
And to His sole-begotten Son; 

The same, O Holy Ghost, to Thee, 
While everlasting ages run. 

preparatory pragers. 

DORABLE Majesty, God almighty, I believe 
that Thou art here present. I adore Thee 
and thank Thee for all the benefits which I have re 
ceived from Thee, particularly for having created me 
to Thine own image and likeness; for having permitted 
me to be born in the bosom of the Catholic Church 
and adopted as one of Thy children, in the Sacrament of 
Baptism; for having preserved me to the present time 
and saved me from hell by Thy sufferings and death; 
for having so often washed me from my sins in the 
Sacrament of Penance, and so often fed me with Thy 
body and blood in the holy communion; for having 
called me to the religious state by a particular pre 
dilection. O my God, one life is too short to love Thee, 
an eternity is too short to thank Thee for so many bene 
fits! O Holy Ghost, Source of light, vouchsafe to shed 
a ray thereof upon my heart; come and assist me to 
know my sins; show them to me, O Lord, as distinctly 
as I shall know them when I depart this life, when I 
shall have to appear before Thee to be judged. Amen. 



Devotions for Confession, 371 



fijamen for Confession.* 

" JJJHOU shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole 
^* heart, and with thy whole soul, and with thy 
whole mind. This is the greatest and first command 
ment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love 
thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments 
dependeth the whole law and the prophets." (Matt, xxii.) 

AGAINST GOD. 

AVE I performed the penance enjoined in my last 
confession? 

2. Have I neglected any spiritual duty through sloth, or 
without leave, viz., Meditation, Mass, Communion, Examen, 
Rosary, etc. ? 

3. Have I discharged those duties carelessly and with 
wilful distractions? 

4. Have I yielded to diffidence in God s mercy, and dejec 
tion of mind? 

5. Have I spoken with levity or disrespect of anything 
belonging to religion? 

vows. 

1. * |^ AVE I received or disposed of anything without 
*-& permission? Of what value? 

2. If tempted against the virtue of purity did I neglect to 
pray? 

3. Have I disobeyed any order or murmured against 
any direction? 

4. Have I neglected or carelessly discharged my appointed 
duties in the service of the children, the sick, the poor, etc. ? 

AGAINST MY NEIGHBOR. 

1. *np^AVE I wilfully entertained feelings of jealousy, 
r*-b aversion, resentment, or contempt ? 

2. Have I held uncharitable conversations, or been unkind 
in act or manner? 

* Consult the Index for other Examinations of Conscience. 



372 Devotions for Confession. 

3. Have I judged or suspected others rashly? 

4. Have I yielded to impatience or irritability in word or 
manner? 

5. Have I told lies? 

AGAINST MYSELF. 

1. *T^AVE I yielded to thoughts or feelings of vanity, 
r*-& pride, or impatience? 

2. Have I yielded to sensuality, sloth, or idleness? 

3. Have I neglected or carelessly done my appointed work ? 

4. Have I indulged idle, useless thoughts? 

ACT OF CONTRITION. 

C\ MY God, I love Thee above all things. I hope, by 
^^ the merits and Passion of Jesus Christ, to ob 
tain pardon of my sins. I grieve from the bottom of 
my heart for having by them offended Thy infinite 
goodness. I detest them more than all imaginable 
evils. I unite my grief for them to that by which Jesus 
Christ was oppressed in the Garden of Olives. I firmly 
resolve, by the assistance of Thy grace, nevermore to 
offend Thee. 

(Whenever you will have said this prayer, with the requisite 
determination of avoiding all sin, go in peace to confession, with 
out scruple and without fear. St. Ligouri.) 

B flbore DetsileD flbetboD of Examination. 

Sacraments. Defective examination of conscience; want 
of contrition and purpose of amendment. 

Equivocation. Dissimulation in accusing one s self; neg 
lecting the penance or deferring it too long; paying no atten 
tion to the advice of the confessor; receiving holy commun 
ion without preparation; neglecting thanksgiving. 

Meditation. Want of promptitude and recollection on 
first awaking; neglecting the remote or immediate prepara 
tion; not giving ail the time prescribed to it; not following 
method in making it. 



Devotions for Confession. 373 

Holy Mass. Dissipation at the moment of preparation; 
losing part of it by one s own fault; wilful distraction (say 
if it was on a day of obligation). 

Examination of Conscience. Not giving the time pre 
scribed to it, or passing all the time in distraction; not making 
an exact search for one s faults; giving way to discourage 
ment; being vexed, instead of exciting one s self to contrition. 

Spiritual Reading, Prayers, Divine Office. Not giving the 
prescribed time to it; reading through curiosity, without 
choice, without preparation; saying morning and evening 
prayers, Rosary, and other prayers hastily or without atten 
tion; distractions, carelessness during the offices of the 
Church; want of attention at sermons and instructions; 
want of confidence in God; want of perfect resignation to 
His holy will; coldness, indifference; seldom calling to 
mind God s presence; irreverence toward the Blessed Sac 
rament. 

Obedience. Contempt, criticising, censures, judgments 
against Superiors; want of respect, whether in speaking to 
them, or of them; interior or outward murmuring; disobey 
ing the command, or not complying with the desire mani 
fested, or the advice given by them; criticising the com 
mand; obeying through compulsion, or in a manner entirely 
human, without viewing the matter in the light of faith; 
want of indifference for employments, places, etc.; breaking 
the rules. 

Poverty. Giving or receiving without permission; lend 
ing or taking without permission; having anything super 
fluous either in what belongs to one s office, or in anything 
else; being out of temper when deprived of such things, or 
in want of anything; not taking care of things which are 
given for one s use or for one s work; breaking, tearing, soil 
ing, or losing by too much haste, carelessness, or frivolity. 

Chastity. Transgressions of the rules of modesty. 

Charity. Detractions, aversions, contempt of one s neigh 
bors, indiscreet reports; sharp words, railleries; rough or 
impatient words; want of complaisance, meekness, and 
gentleness; rash judgments and unjust suspicions, whether 
communicated to others or not; envy, jealousy, conten 
tions, reproaches, antipathy, sourness, impatience; particu 
lar friendships. 



374 Devotions fot Confession . 

m 

Humility. Voluntary thoughts of pride or vanity; exces 
sive self-love; preferring one s self before others; being 
vexed at their success; speaking in one s own praise; speak 
ing with haughtiness and disdain; proud, disdainful, imperi 
ous in gestures, gait, or looks; excusing one s self, flying 
from humiliations, avoiding them by every means, even by 
falsehood and evasions; being excessively taken up with 
one s self; acting through human respect, or to attract the 
esteem of others. 

Mortification. Following one s own ill-humor or caprice; 
gratifying the senses, as the eyes, by dissipation or curiosity; 
the hearing, by the desire to hear or know unprofitable things; 
the smell, by taking pleasure in sweet scents, and showing 
great dislike for bad; the taste, by eating with sensuality or 
gluttony. 

Employments. Discharge them faithfully; conscientious 
regard for particular rules of one s employment. 

Instruction of Youth. Acquitting one s self of it negligently, 
without viewing it in the light of faith; want of application 
to study; not preparing lessons of catechism and other 
branches of knowledge; want of careful watchfulness, of 
firmness, of sweetness of temper, and of patience; antip 
athy, undue preference; little or no zeal for the instruction 
of children, for the reformation of their hearts, for their perse 
verance in good; too great familiarity with them, or their 
relatives. 

Domestic Employments. Want of subordination to Superi 
ors, or to those in the higher offices; acting too much upon 
one s own ideas; acting with too great haste; having little 
or no zeal and care for one s employment; not actuating one s 
work with a spirit of faith. 

Care of the Sick. Watchfulness; punctuality; diligence; 
kindness; patience; supernatural motive in all actions. 



/foeans of Striving at iperfection. 

In General. Simple submission to God, and simple 
attention to His presence. 

i. In Behavior. Uniformity, straightforwardness, 
modesty, prudence, meekness, firmness. 



Devotions for Confession. 375 

2. In Conversation. Cheerfulness without dissipa 
tion, prudence in words, forgetfulness of self, chariness 
in giving advice. 

3. In Fault. Humble and sincere acknowledgment, 
profound sorrow without discouragement, recourse to 
God, trust in His mercy. 

4. In the Use of the Sacraments. Purity of heart and 
intention, detachment from sensible devotion, lively 
faith, practical fervor. 

5. With God. Filial confidence, striving to do His 
will, calmly waiting the manifestation of His will, obedi 
ence, prompt, generous, unreserved. 

6. With our Neighbor. Cordial readiness to oblige, 
forbearance, complaisance without servility, deference 
without flattery, condescension without human respect. 

7. With Ourselves. Strict justice, self-denial, prac 
tical and persevering patience under all trials. 

8. For our Body. Moderate care, discreet rigor, 
sobriety in all things. 

9. For our Imagination. Unruffled calm at its wan 
derings, contempt for its illusions, and diversion of the 
mind in its importunities. 

10. For our Mind. Wise distrust of one s lights, 
happy ignorance of one s merit, holy use of one s talents. 

11. For our Heart. -Fidelity in banishing from it 
every kind of trouble, watchfulness over all its move 
ments, sacrifice of all that is contrary to the good pleas 
ure of God. 

12. Life of Faith. That is to say, entire conformity 
with Jesus Christ in thoughts, feelings, language, works, 
and continual and universal dependence on His holy 
Spirit. Happy the soul which is faithful to the prac 
tice of these means! In her God is well pleased; sht 
enjoys God; she finds all in God; she secures the 
eternal possessions of God. 



376 Devotions for Confession, 



ffntertor practice, 

a EASE not to withdraw from creatures until you 
find yourself alone with God. 

Interior Occupation jor the Days of Recollection. Every 
month, if possible, devote half an hour to examining 
the state of your soul. Employ in this way the time of 
meditation, if you have no other moments at your dis 
posal. Examine yourself particularly on these three 
essential points: ist. Spiritual Exercises; 2d. The Holy 
Rule; 3d. The Predominant Failing. 

I. SPIRITUAL EXERCISES. 

i st. /"iN awaking, have you, by a fervent act of 
^-^ love, cast yourself into the Sacred Heart of 
Jesus? 

2d. Have you been exact in reciting the customary 
prayers while dressing? In recalling to mind the sub 
ject of your meditation ? In rejecting every idle thought ? 

3d. With what respect and diligence have you hastened 
to the chapel to begin your prayer? 

4th. How do you prepare for meditation? How do 
you exercise the power of your soul during it? Do 
you try to awaken corresponding sentiments in your 
heart? Do you form practical and detailed resolutions 
upon the fault which you wish to extirpate, or the virtue 
which you have proposed to acquire? Do you fore 
see occasions of avoiding the one and practising the 
other? When you finish meditation do you take care 
to look back upon the manner in which you have per 
formed it, and to choose a good thought on which you 
may dwell during the day? 

5th. Besides the general intentions, do you propose 
to yourself some particular end when you assist at the 
holy Mass? 



Devotions for Confession. 377 

6th. Do you neglect the means proposed to make 
the remembrance of the presence of God easy for you 
during the day? Such as ejaculatory prayers, and 
examining yourself after every action ? 

7th. Do you make your examination according to 
the method prescribed, and with the intention of deriv 
ing benefits from it? 

8th. How do you spend the time of the visit to the 
Blessed Sacrament? 

gth. Do you honor the mysteries in saying your beads ? 
Do you take care to form some particular intention ? 

loth. Do you make spiritual reading with attention? 

nth. While undressing, do you call to mind the 
subject of the meditation prepared for the next day? 
Do you take care to say the prayers recommended? 
Do you reject all distractions? Do you retire to rest 
in the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and go to sleep occupied 
with some good thought? 

i2th. What fruit do you derive from confession? 
With what care do you prepare for it? Do you spend 
a sufficient time in recollection afterward? 

i3th. How do you prepare for holy communion on 
the previous evening and in the morning? How do 
you make your thanksgiving? 

1 4th. Are you careful to direct your intentions for 
the indulgence? 

2. THE HOLY RULE. 

ist. // f HAT is your conduct as to obedience? Do 
^^* you endeavor to make it prompt, entire, 
and blind ? Do you consider Jesus Christ in the person 
of your Superiors, Whose place they hold ? 

2d. Do you fulfil your office and your occupa 
tion with zeal, and according to the view of your 
Superior ? 

3d. Are you careful to ask the smallest permission ? 



378 Devotions for Confession. 

4th. What are your dispositions with respect to 
poverty? Are you content to feel some of its effects? 
Do you practise it, as much as possible, in those things 
of which you have the use, and in the care of things 
entrusted to you? 

5th. How do you observe the rules of modesty? 

6th. Have you for all your Sisters a truly fraternal 
charity, that proves itself in thoughts, words, and deeds ? 
Do you render willingly to your Sisters the service which 
they may ask of you? 

7th. What is your exactness and punctuality to the 
sound of the bell; your fidelity in keeping silence, and, 
in a word, in the entire perfect observance of the Holy 
Rule? 

8th. Observe the faults you have committed and 
make a special resolution on those points wherein you 
have found yourself most deficient. 

3. PREDOMINANT FAULT. 

Of whatever kind it may be, examine yourself on these four 
points: 

ist. "T^O you, as far as possible, make this fault, 
-* " or its opposite virtue, the subject of your 
particular examen ? 

ad. Are you constant and earnest in your efforts to 
overcome the difficulties which you meet with in this 
combat ? 

3d. Are you careful to humble yourself for your 
faults, and to give a faithful account of them? 

4th. Are your faults as frequent as those of the pre 
vious month? 



Devotions for Confession. 379 

of t>olE Scripture to Bictte Sorrow for Sins, 
ano Confidence. 

These may be read over, or meditated upon, in order to 
excite confusion and sorrow for sin, and confidence in God s 
infinite mercy. 

EAR, O ye heavens, and give ear, O earth, for the 
Lord hath spoken. I have brought up children, 
and exalted them; but they have despised Me (Isa. i. 2). 

Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and ye gates 
th reof, be very desolate, saith the Lord For My 
people have done two evils. They have forsaken Me, 
the fountain of living water, and have digged to them 
selves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water 
(Jer. ii. 12, 13). 

Know thou, and see that it is an evil and a bitter thing 
for thee, to have left the Lord thy God. . . . Thou hast 
broken My yoke, thou hast burst My bonds, and thou 
saidst: I will not serve (Jer. ii. 19, 20). 

What are these wounds in the midst of Thy hands ? . . . 
With these I was wounded in the house of them that 
loved Me (Zach. xiii. 6). 

Crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and 
making Him a mockery (Heb. vi. 6). 

I will arise, and will go to my Father, and say to Him : 
Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before Thee 
(Luke xv. 18). 

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great 
mercy (Ps. 1. 3). 

A contrite and humbled heart, O God, Thou wilt not 
despise (Ps. 1. 19). 

If your sins be as scarlet, they shall be made as 
white as snow (Isa. i. 18). 

As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death 
of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and 
live (Ezech. xxxiii. ii). 



380 Devotions for Confession, 

I say to you, there shall be joy before the angels of 
God upon one sinner doing penance (Luke xv. 10). 

"Keflections for Contrition anO BmenDment.* 



sight of hell, whose endless pains one mortal 
sin deserves; the sight of heaven, whose dreadful 
loss one unrepented mortal sin entails; the sight of 
Gethsemane, where we see 

"Beneath the olives moon-pierced shade 

Our God alone, outstretched and bruised 
And bleeding on the earth He made;" 

the sight of the pretorium of Pontius Pilate, where, at the 
column of the flagellation, we behold Our Lord on the 
pavement in a pool of His own most precious blood; 
the sight of the thorn-crowned Saviour, falling under 
the weight of the cross, along the Via Dolorosa; the 
sight of Calvary, where we behold the good and gentle 
Jesus nailed upon a cross, and, in bitter agony and deso 
lation, dying a malefactor s death all impress upon us 
the heinousness and hatefulness of sin as well as the 
patience and goodness of God, and thus lead us to true 
and tender sorrow for our own sins. One mortal sin 
banishes God s grace from the soul. Unhappy is the 
soul which loses its God by sin. God, Who is all love, 
all holiness, detests sin with infinite loathing and hatred. 
We trample on the precious blood of Jesus Christ, we 
crucify Him anew when we commit sin. Detest at 
this moment all your sins, and resolve rather to suffer 
anything than ever again to offend God, Who is infi 
nitely good and holy and worthy of all your love. Take 
your crucifix in your hand, and consider attentively 
what a death that was which our dear Lord suffered 
on Calvary. Has ever malefactor suffered more than He ? 
Think of the scourging that went before; think of the 

* Vide " Confession and Communion for Religious." 



Devotions for Confession. 381 

crown of thorns; look at Him now, nailed to the cross 
the living flesh nailed hands and feet nailed by the 
huge spikes driven through them into the wood. The 
gentlest handling of those wounds would be agony, 
and He has to hang upon them with the whole weight 
of His body for three hours until death. 

Look at Him see the tortured head; the dull, glazed 
eyes; the parched lips; the quivering limbs; the ever- 
widening wounds. Think of the intense thirst; the 
dislocated bones; the agony of ever} nerve and muscle. 
Could I look unmoved upon the worst of malefactors 
in such a pitiable plight? 

And is He a malefactor? No. 

Why, then, is He here? For me in my place to 
suffer the pains due to my sins. He is here, hanging 
on the cross, to teach me what sin is what sin deserves 
to what my sins have brought Him. If ever I have 
committed one mortal sin, I have had a distinct share 
in bringing about this death of pain and shame. See 
how uncomplainingly He suffers in every member of 
His body, in every faculty of His soul. See how the 
divinity withdraws its support from the humanity except 
to enable it to suffer more. See how willingly He 
endures all this for me, to atone for my sins, to satisfy 
the Father for me, to win me the absolutions of my life. 

O Jesus, I fall on my face before Your cross to ask 
for an "intimate knowledge of the hatefulness of sin," 
to ask for grief, tears, and a sense of pain in union with 
You in torment, debased thus in order to die for my sins. 

Can I doubt that the fruit of Your Passion will be 
the full remission of all my sins, that if they be as scarlet 
they will be made as white as snow? He, that spared 
not even His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, 
how will He not also with Him give us all things give 
me His forgiveness and His peace? 

God is infinitely good; He is holiness itself. We 
can not understand what sin is because we can not un- 



382 Devotions for Confession. 

derstand what God is. And yet the attribute of God 
which sin outrages most directly is the one that im 
presses us more than any other His holiness. We fear 
it more than we fear His wisdom, His power, or even 
His justice. 

It was the holiness of God from which Adam and 
Eve sought to hide themselves, amidst the trees of 
paradise," after their sin. 

If, when Our Lord came amongst us, the little children 
swarmed around Him, and publicans and sinners pressed 
upon Him, so that their company was made a reproach 
against Him, it was because He veiled His holiness 
When for an instant He let its presence be felt, all men 
quailed before it. Peter felt it after the miraculous 
draught of fishes. It was the holiness rather than the 
power of Our Lord that impressed him, and made him 
fall at Jesus knees and cry out: "Depart from me, for 
I am a sinful man, O Lord." (Luke v. 8.) The centurion 
felt it when he said, "Lord, I am not worthy that Thou 
shouldst enter under my roof, but only say the word 
and my servant shall be healed." (Matt. viii. 8.) The 
soldiers and the priests felt it in the Garden, when they 
went back and fell to the ground. At the Last Day it 
will be the holiness of God that will terrify the wicked 
and make them cry to the mountains and rocks to fall 
upon them and hide them "from the wrath of the Lamb." 
The angels are not pure in His sight. Before His 
throne the eternal song is "Holy, Holy, Holy," as they 
cover their faces with their wings. 

O holiness of God, I fall on my face before you, to 
ask for contrition for my sins. "Have mercy on me, 
O God, according to Thy great mercy." (Ps. 1. 3.) 
"O God, be merciful to me a sinner." (Luke xviii. 13.) 
O God, what must You be in Yourself! What must be 
the overflowing goodness of that nature which can 
spend itself on one like me! Shall I not love it for its 
own sake? 



Devotions for Confession. 383 

O God, all good, the only good, surely the proof of 
Your infinite goodness is found in this that You are 
good to me. You must be infinitely good to be good 
to me. O goodness of God, which I have outraged, 
O patience of God, which I have tried so sorely, I grieve 
most sincerely that I have ever offended you, I grieve 
for the sins of the past week, for the sins of my past life, 
especially for . . . And I purpose, with the help of 
Your grace, to labor with new courage at the work of 
my salvation and perfection, particularly by the avoid 
ance of this fault, . . . and by attention to my particular 
examination. 

Et dixi, Nunc ccepi. Now do I begin. "Help me, O 
Lord God, in my good resolution and in Your holy 
service, and give me grace now, this very day, perfectly 
to begin; for all I have hitherto done is nothing." 

ACT OF CONTRITION AND PRAYER FOR PARDON. 

MY God, Thou hast been so good to me, but I 
have been so careless and lukewarm in my devo 
tion to Thee. I have entangled myself too much in 
vain and transitory things; I have been too self-indul 
gent and too eager for earthly pleasures. Sweet Spouse 
of my soul, divine Master, here in Thy presence, I am 
overwhelmed with shame and confusion at the sight 
of my many sins, offences, and imperfections. But 
Thou, O God, wilt not despise a contrite and humble 
heart. I confess to Thee, most tender Father, that I 
have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, I 
am truly sorry for having sinned, because Thou art 
infinitely good, and sin displeases Thee. Thou hast 
chosen me from among so many who were more worthy 
of Thy special love and graces, to be quite near to 
Thee, and to serve Thee in this holy house of religion; 
yet I have been neglectful of my duties, and have often 
been more devoted to self than to Thy interests. Have 



384 Devotions for Confession. 

mercy on me, my God, and forgive me my sins, which 
I abhor and regret not from any selfish motive, but 
simply and solely because they have offended Thee, Who 
in Thyself art so good, so holy, so infinitely worthy of all 
my affections. I love Thee, O infinite Goodness, with all 
my heart and above all things, and I am firmly resolved, 
with the help of Thy grace, to avoid the occasions of 
sin, and nevermore to offend Thee. In the name of 
Jesus, Thy Son, in Whom Thou art well pleased; in 
view of His merits, I beseech Thee to pardon me all my 
offences, and to restore me to Thy love, as a kind and 
tender Father. Bless me, good Father, and grant me 
the grace to be faithful to Thee unto death. Amen. 

SHORT AND EFFICACIOUS ACT OF CONTRITION. 

(St. Mechtildis.) 

OS WEFT Jesus, I grieve for my sins; vouchsafe to 
supply whatever is lacking to my true sorrow, 
and to offer for me to God the Father all the grief which 
Thou hast endured because of my sins and those of 
the whole world. Amen. 

ACT OF SORROW.* 

(At the ]oot o] the cross.) 

Y dear Lord and Saviour, my sins have fastened 
Thee to this cross. I know it is just as if I had 
myself fixed the crown of thorns upon Thy brow; as if, 
with my own hands, I had driven the nails through 
Thy sacred hands and feet. O my sweet Jesus, I did 
not know what I was doing in committing these sins. 
I did not think but I see it now. I have struck and 
wounded and insulted Thee. I am sorry, heartily 
sorry for all my sins. Forgive me, dear Lord; I will 

* From "Flowers of Nazareth." 



Devotions for Confession. 385 

confess them now, and I firmly resolve with Thy help, 
never to commit them again. 

ANOTHER ACT OF CONTRITION. 

LORD Jesus Christ, Lover of our souls, Who, for 
the great love wherewith Thou hast loved us, 
wouldst not the death of a sinner, but rather that he 
should be converted and live; I grieve most sincerely 
that I have offended Thee, my most loving Father and 
Redeemer, to Whom all sin is infinitely displeasing; Who 
hast so loved me that Thou didst shed Thy blood for 
me, and endure a most cruel death. O my God! O 
infinite Goodness! would that I had never offended 
Thee. Pardon me, O Lord Jesus, pardon me, most 
humbly imploring Thy mercy. Have pity upon a sinner 
for whom Thy blood pleads before the face of the Father. 
O most merciful and forgiving Lord, for the love of 
Thee I forgive all who have ever offended me. I firmly 
resolve to forsake all sins, and to avoid the occasions 
of them; and to confess, in bitterness of spirit, all those 
sins which I have committed against Thy divine good 
ness, and to love Thee, O my God, for Thine own sake, 
above all things and for ever. Give me Thy love, O 
Lord, and the grace of final perseverance. 

ftering of Confession. 

/T\Y God and Saviour, I offer Thee the confession I 
^ am going to make in obedience to Thy will, for 
the increase of Thy glory, to obtain pardon for my sins, 
for all the indulgences which may be gained, and for 
whatever other intentions I ought to offer it, particu 
larly to advance in Thy holy grace and love. Grant 
to my soul, O Lord, all the requisite dispositions of 
humility and contrition. Sweet Saviour of perishing 
mankind, cast an eye of pity on my sinful soul, and 
regard not the evils I have done, but rather Thine own 



386 Devotions for Confession. 

merits and sufferings for my salvation; they infinitely 
outweigh my sins, however enormous. Confiding in 
Thy mercies, O Jesus, I offer Thee the sacrifice Thou 
didst offer of Thyself to Thy eternal Father on the 
cross, to atone for my imperfect sorrow, and to obtain for 
me grace to avoid all sin in future. 

PRAYERS AFTER CONFESSION. 

(Psalm cii.) 

BLESS the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within 
me praise His holy name. 

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and never forget all He 
has done for thee. 

Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: Who healeth all thy 
diseases. 

Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: Who 
crowneth thee with mercy and compassion. 

The Lord is compassionate and merciful: long-suffer 
ing and plenteous in mercy. 

He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor 
rewarded us according to our iniquities. 

As far as the east is from the west: so far hath He 
removed our iniquities from us. 

As a father hath compassion on his children: so hath 
the Lord compassion on them that fear Him. 

For He knoweth our frame: He remembereth that 
we are dust. 

Bless the Lord, all ye His angels: you ministers of 
His that do His will. 

Bless the Lord, all His works: in every place of His 
dominion, O my soul, bless thou the Lord. 

Let us pray. 

ALMIGHTY and merciful God, Whose mercy is 
boundless and everlasting, and of Whose good 
ness the riches are infinite, I give thanks to Thee because 



Devotions for Confession. 387 

Thou hast so graciously pardoned all my sins, and 
restored me to Thy grace and favor. Blessed be Thy 
divine compassion, O my God, and blessed be the in 
comprehensible love of Thy beloved Son, which con 
strained Him to institute so gentle and so mighty a 
remedy for our sins. Wherefore, in union with all the 
thanksgivings which have ever ascended to Thee from 
truly penitent hearts, I sing aloud Thy glad praises, 
on behalf of all in heaven, on earth, and in purgatory, 
for ever and ever. Amen. 

My dear Jesus, how much do I not owe Thee! By 
the merits of Thy blood I trust that I have this day been 
pardoned. I thank Thee exceedingly, and I hope to 
praise Thy mercies for ever in heaven. My God, if 
hitherto I have so often lost Thee, I will lose Thee no 
more for the time to come; I am really resolved to 
change my life. Thou deservest all my love; I wish to 
love Thee in good earnest. My will is never again to 
be separated from Thee. I promise to shun the occa 
sions of sin, and to use this means (here mention it), 
for not falling again. But Thou, my Jesus, knowest 
my weakness; give me the grace to be faithful to Thee 
until death, and to have recourse to Thee in my tempta 
tions. Most holy Virgin Mary, assist me; thou art the 
Mother of perseverance; I place all my hope in thy 
powerful intercession. Amen. 

SHORT OFFERING OF SACRAMENTAL PENANCE. 

/T\Y Lord and my God, I offer Thee the penance I am 
^* going to perform, and I unite it to the infinite 
satisfaction of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Grant that 
the abundant merits of Thy dear Son Jesus, and the 
immense extent of the love of His Sacred Heart, may 
supply the imperfections and feebleness of the works 
which I shall perform, and the punishment which I 
wish to endure, to satisfy Thy divine justice. Amen. 



388 Devotions for Confession. 



(Recite here the penance imposed.) 

AFTER PERFORMING SACRAMENTAL PENANCE. 

OMOST holy Father, I offer Thee this my confes 
sion and my satisfaction in union with all the 
acts of penance which have ever been done to the glory 
of Thy holy name, beseeching Thee to accept this offer 
ing and to render it available through the merits of the 
Passion of Thy beloved Son, and through the inter 
cession of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, and of all Thy 
holy apostles, martyrs, confessors, and virgins. What 
ever has been lacking to me in sincere and earnest prep 
aration, in perfect contrition, in frank and clear confes 
sion, I commend to the most loving Heart of Thine 
only-begotten Son, that treasury of all mercy and grace, 
from whose overflowing abundance all debts to Thee 
are fully acquitted; that through it all my negligences 
and defects in the reception of this Holy Sacrament may 
be fully and perfectly supplied, to Thine everlasting 
praise and glory, and that Thou mayest effectually 
absolve me in heaven, even as Thy minister has with 
Thy authority absolved me here on earth ; through Jesus 
Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and 
the Holy Ghost, world without end. Deo gratias! 

Cbe Seven penitential psalms* in Xatin anO in 



Ant. Ne reminiscaris, etc. Ant. Remember not, O 

Lord, our offences, nor those 
of our parents; neither take 
Thou vengeance of our sins. 



* It is a pious custom to recite the seven Penitential Psalms, 
respectively, by way of prayer, against the seven deadlv sins. 



Devotions for Confession. 



389 



i. Psalm VI. Domine, ne in Furore. 



Verse i. David, in deep affliction, prays for a mitigation of the 
divine anger; 4. in consideration of God s mercy; s. His 
glory; 6. his own repentance, 
his enemies. 



mercy; 
By faith he triumphs over 



r> 



k OMINE, ne in 
furore tuo arguas 
me, neque in ira tua corripias 
me. 

2. Mirerere mei, Domine, 
quoniam infirmus sum: sana 
me, Domine, quoniam con- 
tnrbata sunt ossa mea. 

3. Et anima mea turbata 
est valde sed tu, Domine, us- 
quequo? 

4. Convertere, Domine, et 
eripe animam meam; salvum 
me fac propter misericordiam 
tuam. 

5. Quoniam non est in 
morte qui memor sit tui; in 
inferno autem quis confitebi- 
tur tibi ? 

6 Laboravi in gemitu meo; 
lavabo per singulas noctes lec- 
tum meum: lacrymis meis 
stratum meum rigabo. 

7. Turbatus est a furore 
meus; inveteravi inter omnes 
inimicos meos. 

8. Discedite a me omnes 
qui operamini iniquitatem, 
quoniam exaudivit Dominus 
vocem fletus mei. 

9. Exaudivit Dominus de- 
precationem meam; Domi 
nus orationem meam suscepit. 

10. Erubescant, et contur- 



LORD, rebuke me 
not in Thine in 
dignation: nor chastise me 
in Thy wrath. 

2. Have mercy upon me, 

Lord, for I am weak : heal 
me, O Lord, for my bones 
are troubled. 

3. My soul also is troubled 
exceedingly: but Thou, O 
Lord, how long? 

4. Turn Thee, O Lord, and 
deliver my soul: O save me 
for Thy mercy s sake. 

5. For in death there is no 
one that remembereth Thee: 
and who shall give Thee 
thanks in hell? 

6. I have labored in my 
groanings: every night will 

1 wash my bed, and water 
my couch with my tears. 

7. Mine eye is troubled 
through indignation: I have 
grown old among all mine 
enemies. 

8. Depart from me, all ye 
that work iniquity: for the 
Lord hath heard the voice of 
my weeping. 

9. The Lord hafh heard 
my supplication: the Lord 
hath received my prayer. 

10. Let all mine enemies 



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Devotions for Confession. 



bentur vehementer omnes ini- 
mici mei; convertantur, et eru- 
bescant valde velociter. 
Gloria Patri, etc. 



be ashamed and sore vexed, 
let them be turned back, and 
be ashamed very speedily. 
Glory, etc. 



2. Psalm XXXI. Beati Quorum. 

i. The blessedness of those whose sins are forgiven. 3. The 
misery of impenitence. 6. Confession of sin brings ease; 
8. safety; 14. joy. 

i. 1J>LESSED are they 
**& whose iniquities 

are forgiven: and whose sins 

are covered. 

Blessed is the man to 



quorum re- 
missie sunt mi- 
quitates, et quorum tecta sunt 
peccata. 

2. Beatus vir cui non im- 
putavit Dominus peccatum, 
nee est in spiritu ejus dolus. 



3. Quoniam tacui, invete- 
raverunt ossa mea, dum 
clamarem tota die. 

4. Quoniam die ac nocte 
gravata est super me manus 
tua, conversus sum in aerumna 
mea, dum conngitur spina. 

5. Delictum meum cogni- 
tum tibi feci, et injustitiam 
meam non abscondi. 

6. Dixi: Confitebor adver- 
sum me injustitiam meam 
Domino et tu remisisti impie- 
tatem peccati mei. 

7. Pro hac orahit ad t 
omnis sanctus in tempore 
opportune. 

8. Verumtamen in diluvio 
aquaruni multarum, ad eum 
non approximabunt. 

9. Tu es refugium meum 
a tribulatione quie circum- 



2. ttlessea is tne man 
whom the Lord hath not im 
puted sin: and in whose spirit 
there is no guile. 

3. Because I was silent, my 
bones grew old: while I 
cried aloud all the day long. 

4. For day and night Thy 
hand was heavy upon me: I 
turned in my anguish, while 
the thorn was fastened in me. 

5. I acknowledged my sin 
unto Thee: and my injus 
tice have I not concealed. 

6. I said I will confess 
against myself my injustice 
to the Lord: and Thou for- 
gavest the wickedness of my 
sin. 

7. For this shall every one 
that is holy pray unto Thee: 
in a seasonable time. 

8. But in the flood of many 
waters: they shall not come 
nigh unto him. 

9. Thou art my refuge from 
the trouble which hath sur- 



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39 1 



dedit me exultatio mea, erue 
me a circumdantibus me. 

10. Intellectum tibi dabo, 
et instruam te in via hac qua 
gradieris firmabo super te 
oculos meos. 

11. Nolite fieri sicut equus 
et mulus, quibus non est in- 
tellectus. 

12. In camo et freno max- 
illas eorum constringe, qui 
non approximant ad te. 

13. Multa flagella pecca- 
toris; sperantem autem in 
Domino misericordia circum- 
dabit. 

14. Laetamini in Domino, et 
exultate, justi; et gloriamini, 
omnes recti corde. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 

3. Psalm XXXVII. 

i. David s extreme anguish, 
resignation and 

~) M I N E, ne in 
furore tuo arguas 
me, neque in ira tua corripias 
me. 

2. Quoniam sagittae tuae in- 
fixae sunt mihi, et confirma- 
sti super me manum tuam. 

3. Non est sanitas in carne 
mea, a facie irae tuae; non 
est pax ossibus meis, a facie 
peccatorum meorum. 

4. Quoniam iniquitates meae 



rounded me: my joy, deliver 
me from them that compass 
me about. 

10. I will give thee under 
standing, and will instruct 
thee in the way wherein thou 
shalt go: I will fix Mine eyes 
upon thee. 

11. Be ye not like unto 
horse and mule, which have 
no understanding. 

12. With bit and bridle 
bind fast the jaws of those 
who come not nigh unto thee. 

13. Many are the scourges 
of the sinner: but mercy 
shall compass him about that 
hopeth in the Lord. 

14. Be glad, O ye just, and 
rejoice in the Lord; and 
glory all ye that are right of 
heart. 

Glory, etc. 

Domine, ne in Furore. 

15. He hopes in God. 18. His 
grief 22. Prayer. 

LORD, rebuke 
me not in Thine 
indignation: nor chastise me 
in Thy wrath. 

2. For Thine arrows stick 
fast in me: and Thou hast 
laid Thy hand heavily upon 
me. 

3. There is no health in 
my flesh because of Thy 
wrath: there is no rest in my 
bones because of my sins. 

4. For my iniquities are 



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supergressae sunt caput meum, 
et sicut onus grave gravatae 
sunt super me. 

5. Putruerunt et corruptae 
sunt cicatrices meae, a facie 
insipientiae meae. 

6. Miser factus sum et 
curvatus sum usque in finem; 
tota die contristatus ingredie- 
bar. 

7 Quoniam lumbi mei im- 
pleti sunt illusionibus; et non 
est sanitas in carne mea. 

8. Afflictus sum, et humili- 
atus sum nimis; rugiebam a 
gemitu cordis mei. 

9. Domine, ante te omne 
desiderium meum, et gemi- 
tus meus a te non est abscon- 
ditus. 

10. Cor meum conturba- 
tum est, dereliquit me virtus 
mea, et lumen oculorum me- 
orum, et ipsum non est me- 
cum. 

11. Amici mei et proximi 
mei adversum me appropin- 
quaverunt, et steterunt. 

12. Et qui juxta me erant, 
de longe steterunt, et vim fa- 
ciebant qui quaerebant ani- 
mam meam. 

13. Et qui inquirebant ma 
la mihi, locuti sunt vanitates, 
et dolos tota die meditaban- 
tur. 

14. Ego autem, tanquam 
surdus, non audiebam; et 
sicut mutus non aperiens os 
suum. 



gone over my head: and, like 
a heavy burden, press sorely 
upon me. 

5. My wounds have putre 
fied and are corrupt: because 
of my foolishness. 

6. I am become miserable 
and am bowed down even to 
the end: I go sorrowfully all 
the day long. 

7. For my loins are filled 
with illusions: and there is no 
soundness in my flesh. 

8. I am afflicted and hum 
bled exceedingly: I have 
roared for the groaning of 
my heart. 

9. Lord, all my desire is 
before Thee: and my groan 
ing is not hidden from Thee. 

10. My heart is troubled, 
my strength hath failed me; 
the very light of mine eyes is 
gone from me. 

11. My friends and my 
neighbors drew near, and 
stood up against me. 

12. They that were once 
nigh me stood afar off: and 
they that sought after my 
soul did violence against me. 

13. And they that sought 
to do me evil talked vanities: 
and imagined deceits all the 
day long. 

14. But I, as a deal man, 
heard not: and as one that is 
dumb, who openeth not his 
mouth. 



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393 



15. Et factus sum sicut 
homo non audiens, et non 
habens in ore suo redargu- 
tiones. 

1 6. Quoniam in te, Do- 
mine, speravi; tu exaudies 
me, Domine Deus meus. 

17. Quia dixi: Xequando 
supergaudeant mihi inimici 
mei; et dum commoventur 
pedes mei, super me magna 
locuti sunt. 

18. Quoniam ego in flagella 
paratus sum, et dolor meus 
in conspectu meo semper. 

19. Quoniam iniquitatem 
meam annuntiabo, et cogi- 
tabo pro peccato meo. 

20. Inimici autem mei vi- 
vunt, et confirmati sunt super 
me; et multiplicati sunt qui 
oderunt me inique. 

21. Qui retribuunt mala 
pro bonis, detrahebant mihi, 
quoniam sequebar bonitatem. 

22. Ne derelinquas me, Do- 
mine Deus meus; ne discesse- 
ris a me. 

23. Intende in adjutorium 
meum, Domine, Deus salu- 
tis meas. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



15. I became as a man 
that heareth not: and that 
hath no icproofs in his 
mouth. 

1 6. For in Thee, O Lord, 
hath I hoped: Thou wilt hear 
me, O Lord my God. 

17. For I said, Let not 
mine enemies at any time 
triumph over me: and when 
my feet slip, they have 
spoken great things against 
me. 

18. For I am prepared for 
scourges; and my sorrow 
is always before me. 

19. For I will confess mine 
iniquity: and will think upon 
my sin. 

20. But mine enemies live, 
and are strengthened against 
me: and they that hate me 
wrongfully are multiplied. 

21. They that render evil 
for good spake against me, 
because I followed goodness. 

22. Forsake me not, O 
Lord my God: go not Thou 
far from me. 

23. Haste Thee to my 
help, O Lord God of my sal 
vation. 

Glory, etc. 



4. Psalm L. Miserere. 

l. David prays for remission of his sins; 8. for perfect sanctity 
.17. Sacrifice without contrition will not pardon sin. 19. 
David prays for the exaltation of the Church. 

i. /T\I S E R E R E mei i. "T^ AVE mercy upon 

N"^> Deus: secundum r*-t me, O God; ac- 

magnam misericordiam tuam. cording to Thy great mercy. 



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2. Et secundum multitudi- 
nem miserationum tuarum: 
dele iniquitatem meam. 

3. Amplius lava me ab ini- 
quitate mea: et a peccato 
meo munda me. 

4. Quoniam, iniquitatem 
meam ego cognosce: et pec- 
catum meum contra me est 
semper. 

5. Tibi soli peccavi, et ma- 
um coram te feci: ut justifi- 
ceris in sermonibus tuis, et 
vincas cum judicaris. 



6. Ecce enim in iniquitati- 
bus conceptus sum: et in 
peccatis concepit me mater 
mea. 

7. Ecce enim veritatem dile- 
xisti: incerta et occulta sa- 
pientiasjuae manifestasti mihi. 



8. Asperges me hyssopo, et 
mundabor: lavabis me, et 
super nivem dealbabor. 



9. Auditui meo dabis gaudi- 
um et laetitiam: et exultabunt 
ossa humiliata. 

10. Averte faciam tuam a 
peccatis meis: et omnes ini- 
quitates meas dele. 

11. Cormundum crea in me, 
Deus: et spiritum rectum in- 
nova in visceribus meis. 

12. Ne projicias me a facie 



2. And according to the 
multitude of Thy tender mer 
cies: blot out my iniquity. 

3. Wash me yet more from 
my iniquity: and cleanse me 
from my sin. 

4. For I acknowledge my 
iniquity: and my sin is 
always before me. 

5. Against Thee only have 
I sinned, and done evil in 
Thy sight, that Thou may- 
est be justified in Thy words, 
and mayest overcome when 
Thou art judged. 

6. For behold, I was con 
ceived in iniquities: and in 
sins did my mother conceive 
me. 

7. For behold, Thou hast 
loved truth: the uncertain 
and hidden things of Thy 
wisdom Thou hast made 
manifest unto me. 

8. Thou shalt sprinkle me 
with hyssop, and I shall be 
cleansed: Thou shalt wash 
me, and I shall be made 
whiter than snow. 

9. Thou shalt make me 
hear of joy and gladness: 
and the bones that were 
humbled shall rejoice. 

10. Turn away Thy face 
from my sins and blot out all 
my iniquities. 

11. Create in me a clean 
heart, O God: and renew a 
right spirit within my bosom. 

12. Cast me not away 



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tua: et Spiritual sanctum 
tuum ne auferas a me. 

13. Redde mihi laetitiam 
salutaris tui: et spiritu prin- 
cipali confirma me. 

14. Docebo iniquos vias 
tuas: et impii ad te conver- 
tentur. 

15. Libera me de sangui- 
nibus, Deus, Deus salutis 
meae: et exultabit lingua 
mea justitiam tuam. 

16. Domine, labia mea ape 
ries: et os meum annuntia- 
bit laudem tuam. 

17. Quoniam si voluisses 
sacrificium, dedissem utique: 
holocaustis non delectaberis. 



1 8. Sacrificium Deo spiritus 
contribulatus: cor contritum 
et humiliatum, Deus non 
despicies. 

19. Benigne fac, Domine, 
In bona voluntate tua Sion: 
ut aedificentur muri Jerusa 
lem. 

20. Tune acceptabis sacri 
ficium justitiae, oblationes, et 
holocausta: tune imponent 
super altare tuum vitulos. 

Gloria, etc. 



from Thy presence: and 
take not Thy holy Spirit 
from me. 

13. Restore unto me the 
joy of Thy salvation: and 
strengthen me with a perfect 
spirit. 

14. I will teach the unjust 
Thy ways: and the wicked 
shall be converted unto Thee. 

15. Deliver me from blood- 
guiltiness, O God, Thou God 
of my salvation: and my 
tongue shall extol Thy jus 
tice. 

1 6. Thou shalt open my 
lips, O Lord: and my mouth 
shall declare Thy praise. 

17. For if Thou hadst de 
sired sacrifice, I would surely 
have given it: with burnt 
offerings Thou wilt not be 
delighted. 

18. The sacrifice of God 
is an afflicted spirit: a con 
trite and humble heart, O 
God, Thou wilt not despise. 

19. Deal favorably, O 
Lord, in Thy good-will with 
Sion: that the walls of Jeru 
salem may be built up. 

20. Then shalt Thou ac 
cept the sacrifice of justice, 
oblations, and whole burnt 
offerings: then shall they 
lay calves upon Thine altars. 

Glory, etc. 



Devotions for Confession. 



5. Psalm CI. Domine Exaudl. 

The extreme affliction of the Psalmist. 12. The eternity and 
^he mercy of God. 19. To be recorded and praised by future 
generations. 26. The unchangeableness of God. 



k OMINE, exaudi 
orationem meam, 
et clamor meus ad te veniat. 

2. Non avertas faciem tu- 
am a me; in quacumque die 
tribulor, inclina ad me aurem 
tuam. 

3. In quacumque die in- 
vocavero te, velociter exaudi 
me. 

4. Quia defecerunt sicut 
furnus dies mei, et ossa mea 
sicut cremium aruerunt. 

5. Percussus sum ut fce- 
num, et aruit cor meum, quia 
oblitus sum comedere panem 
meum. 

6. A voce gemitus mei ad- 
haesit os meum carni meae. 

7. Similis factus sum pelli- 
cano solitudinis; factus sum 
nycticorax in domicilio. 

8. Vigilavi, et factus sum 
sicut passer solitarius in tecto. 



9. Tota die exprobrabant 
mini inimici mei, et qui 
laudabant me adversum me 
jurabant: 

10. Quia cinerem tamqu- 
am panem manducabam, et 
potum meum cum fletu misce- 
b&m: 



O 



LORD, hear my 
prayer: and let 
my cry come unto Thee. 

2. Turn not away Thy 
face from me: in the day 
when I am in trouble, incline 
Thine ear unto me. 

3. In what day soever I 
shall call upon Thee; oh, 
hearken unto me speedily. 

4. For my days are van 
ished like smoke: and my 
bones are dried up like fuel 
for the fire. 

5. I am smitten as grass, 
and my heart is withered: 
for I have forgotten to eat 
my bread. 

6. Through the voice of 
my groaning: my bones have 
cleaved to my flesh. 

7. I am become like a peli 
can in the wilderness: and 
like a night-raven in the 
house. 

8. I have watched: and 
am become like a sparrow 
that sitteth alone on the 
housetop. 

9. Mine enemies reviled 
me all the day long: and they 
that praised me have sworn 
together against me. 

10. For I have eaten ashes 
as it were bread; and mingled 
my drink with weeping. 



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395 



11. A facie irae et indigna- 
tionis tuae, quia elevans alli- 
sisti me. 

12. Dies mei sicut umbra 
declinaveiunt, et ego sicut 
fcenum arui. 

13. Tu autem, Domine, in 
aeternum permanes, et memo- 
riale tuum in generationem 
et generationem. 

14. Tu exurgens misere- 
beris Sion, quia tempus mise- 
rendi ejus, quia venit tem 
pus; 

15. Quoniam placuerunt 
servistuis lapides ejus, et 
terrae ejus miserebuntur. 

16. Et timebunt gentes no- 
men tuum, Domine, et omnes 
reges terrse glonam tuam; 

T.7. Quia aedificavit Do- 
minus Sion, et videbitur in 
gloria sua. 

1 8. Respexit in orationem 
humilium, et non sprevit 
precem eorum. 

19. Scribantur hasc in gen- 
eratione altera, et populus qui 
creabitur laudabit Dominum. 



20. Quia prospexit de ex- 
celso sancto suo, Dominus 
de caelo in terram aspexit; 

21. Ut audiret gemitus 



11. Because of Thine in 
dignation and wrath: for 
Thou hast lifted me up and 
cast me down. 

12. My days are gone 
down like a shadow: and I 
am withered like grass. 

13. But Thou, O Lord, 
endurest for ever: and Thy 
memorial to all generations. 

14. Thou shalt arise and 
have mercy upon Sion: for 
it is time that Thou have 
mercy upon her, yea, the time 
is come. 

it. For Thy servants have 
delighted in her stones: and 
they shall have compassion 
on the earth thereof. 

16. The Gentiles shall fear 
Thy name, O Lord: and all 
the kings of the earth Thy 
glory. 

17. For the Lord hath 
built up Sion: and He shall 
be seen in His glory. 

1 8. He hath had regard 
unto the prayer of the lowly: 
and hath not despised their 
petition. 

19. Let these things be 
written for another genera 
tion: and the people that 
shall be created shall praise 
the Lord. 

20. For He hath looked 
down from His high and holy 
place, out of heaven hath the 
Lord looked upon the earth. 

21. That He might heai 



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compeditorum, ut solveret 
filios interemptorum; 

22. Ut annuntient in Sion 
aomen Domini, et laudem 
5Jus in Jerusalem; 

23. In conveniendo popu- 
los in unum, et reges ut servi- 
ant Domino. 

24. Respondit ei in via 
virtutis suae: Paucitatem di- 
erum meorum nuntia mihi. 

25. Ne revoces me in dimi- 
dio dierum meorum; in gene- 
rationem et generationem an- 
ni tui. 

26. Initio tu, Domine, ter- 
ram fundasti; et opera manu- 
um tuarum sunt coeli. 



27. Ipsi peribunt, tu au- 
tem permanes; et omnes si cut 
vestimentum veterascent. 

28. Et sicut opertorium 
mutabis eos, et mutabuntur; 
tu autem idem ipse es, et anni 
tui non deficient. 

29. Filii servorum tuorum 
habitabunt; et semen eorum 
in saeculum dirigetur. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



the groaning of them that are 
in fetters: that He might de 
liver the children of the slain. 

22. That they may declare 
the name of the Lord in Sion: 
and His praise in Jerusalem. 

23. When the people as 
semble together: and kings 
that they may serve the Lord. 

24. He answered him in 
the way of his strength: De 
clare unto me the fewness of 
my days. 

25. Call me not away in 
the midst of my days: Thy 
years are unto generation 
and generation. 

26. Thou, Lord, in the 
beginning didst lay the foun 
dations of the earth : and the 
heavens are the work of Thy 
hands. 

27. They shall perish but 
Thou endurest: and they 
all shall grow old as a gar 
ment. 

28. And as a vesture shalt 
Thou change them, and they 
shall be changed; but Thou 
art the same, and Thy years 
shall riot fail. 

29. The children of Thy 
servants shall continue; and 
their seed be directed for ever. 

Glory, etc. 



6. Psalm CXXIX. De Projundis. 
The just, afflicted by his sins, implores the divine mercy. 

i. ^\UT of the depths 
^J have I cried unto 



i. "T^E profundis cla- 
* * mavi ad te, Do 



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399 



mine: Domine, exaudi vo- 
cem meam. 

2. Fiant aures tuae in- 
tendentes in vocem depreca- 
tionis meae. 

3. Si iniquitates observa- 
veris, Domine: Domine, quis 
sustinebit ? 

4. Quia apud te propitia- 
tio est: et propter legem tu- 
am sustinui te, Domine. 

5. Sustinuit anima mea in 
verbo ejus: speravit anima 
mea in Domino. 

6. A custodia matutina 
usque ad noctem: speret 
Israel in Domino. 

7. Quia apud Dominum 
misericordia: et copiosa apud 
eum redemptio. 

8. Et ipse redimet Israel, 
ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 



Thee, O Lord: Lord, hear 
my voice. 

2. Let Thine ears be atten 
tive to the voice of my sup 
plication. 

3. If Thou, O Lord, wilt 
mark iniquities: Lord, who 
shall abide it ? 

4. For with Thee there is 
merciful forgiveness: and be 
cause of Thy law I have 
waited for Thee, O Lord. 

5. My soul hath waited on 
His word: my soul hath 
hoped in the Lord. 

6. From the morning watch 
even until night let Israel 
hope in the Lord. 

7. For with the Lord there 
is mercy: and with Him is 
plenteous redemption. 

8. And He shall redeem 
Israel from all his iniquities. 

Glory, etc. 



When said for the departed: 
Requiem, etc. Eternal rest give, etc. 

7. Psalm CXLII. Domine Exaudi. 

L. David prays for favor in judgment. 3. He represents his dis 
tress. He prays for grace; 9. for deliverance; 10. for sanc- 
tification; 12. for victory over his enemies. 

OMINE, exaudi 



T) 

r* " orationem meam; 
>jiuribus percipe obsecrationem 
meam in veritate tua; exaudi 
me in tua justitia. 

2. Et non intres in judi- 
cium cum servo tuo, quia 
non justificabitur in con- 
spectu tuo omnis vivens. 



1. *T-J EAR my prayer, O 
--& Lord; give ear 

to my supplication in Thy 
truth; hearken unto me for 
Thy justice sake. 

2. And enter not into judg 
ment with Thy servant: for 
in Thy sight shall no man 
living be justified. 



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3. Quia persecutus est ini- 
micus animam meam, humili- 
avit in terra vitam meam; 
collocavit me in obscuris, 
sicut mortuos saeculi. 

4. Et anxiatus est super 
me spiritus meus; in me 
turbatum est cor meum. 



5. Memor fui dierum an- 
tiquorum; meditatus sum in 
omnibus operibus tuis, in 
factis manuum tuarum me- 
ditabar. 

6. Expandi manus meas 
ad te; anima mea sicut terra 
sine aqua tibi. 

7. Velociter exaudi me, Do- 
mine; defecit spiritus meus. 

8. Non avertas f aciem tuam 
a me, et similis ero desccn- 
dentibus in lacum. 

9. Auditam fac mihi mane 
misericordiam tuam, quia in 
te speravi. 

10. Notam fac mihi viam 
in qua ambulem, quia ad te 
levavi animam meam. 

11. Eripe me de inimicis 
meis, Domine, ad te confugi. 



12. Doce me facere volun- 
tatem tuam, quia Deus meus 



3. For trie enemy hath 
presecuted my soul: he hath 
brought my life down unto 
the ground. 

4. He hath made me to 
dwell in darkness, as those 
that have been long dead; 
and my spirit is vexed within 
me, my heart within me is 
troubled. 

5. I have remembered the 
days of old, I have thought 
upon all Thy works: I havi 
mused upon the works of 
Thy hands. 

6. I have stretched forth 
my hands unto Thee; my 
soul gaspeth unto Thee, as a 
land where no water is. 

7. Hear me speedily, O 
Lord; my spirit hath fainted 
away. 

8. Turn not away Thy 
face from me: lest I be like 
unto them that go down into 
the pit. 

9. Make me to hear Thy 
mercy in the morning: for 
in Thee have I hoped. 

10. Make me to know the 
way wherein I should walk: 
for to Thee have I lifted up 
my soul. 

11. Deliver me from mine 
enemies, O Lord; unto Thee 
have I fled: teach me to do 
Thy will, for Thou art my 
God. 

12. Thy good spirit shall 
lead me into the right land: 



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401 



es tu. Spiritus tuns bonus 
deducet me in terrain rectam. 

13. Propter nomen tuum, 
Domine, vivificabis me; in 
aequitate tua, educes de tri- 
bulatione animam meam; 

14. Et in misericordia tua 
disperdes inimicos meos, et 
perdes omnes qui tribulant 
animam meam, quoniam ego 
servus tuus sum. 

Gloria Patri, etc. 
Ne reminiscaris, etc. 



for Thy name s sake, O 
Lord, Thou shalt quicken me 
in Thy justice. 

13. Thou shalt bring my 
soul out of trouble: and in 
Thy mercy Thou shalt destroy 
mine enemies. 

14. Thou shalt destroy all 
them that afflict my soul: for 
I am Thy servant. 



Glory, etc. 

Ant. Remember not, O 
Lord, our offences, nor those 
of our parents: neither take 
Thou vengeance on account 
of our sins. 



2>e\>otfons for 1bol Communion. 

flbass fn f>onor of tbe ^SlcseeJ) Sacrament before 
Communion. 



PREPARATORY PRAYER. 

FATHER of mercies! Who, not content that 
Thy only-begotten Son should have been once 
offered a bleeding Victim on the cross for our salvation, 
wouldst have the same most acceptable oblation daily 
repented in an unbloody manner upon our altars, to 
apply to our souls the fruit thereof, grant that we may 
assist at this sublime sacrifice with such reverence, 
attention, and love as to partake most plentifully of the 
fruits it is intended to produce in us, through the same 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

HOLY tabernacle! Thou dost enclose the pre- 
cious Bread of heaven, the Food of angels, the 
Eucharistic Manna of the soul. How my heart longs 
and sighs for Thee, O good, humble, gentle Jesus, Who 



402 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

art hidden in the Blessed Sacrament! Thou art my Lord, 
my God, and my all, and Thou wilt deign to come to me 
this day in holy communion. I adore Thee profoundly, 
with the angels who surround Thy altar-throne of 
mercy and compassion; I bless Thee; I thank Thee; I 
am sorry for having offended Thee, and I love Thee now 
with all my heart. I wish to offer this holy communion 
in reparation for all the offences that have been com 
mitted against Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, and 
especially in atonement for my own sins and negligences. 
I have also some other particular intentions and peti 
tions which I now recommend to Thy Sacred Heart 
(mention them), and I shall approach the holy table 
to-day with the greatest confidence that Thou, O Lord, 
wilt grant me all my requests. 

Ejaculations. 

/T"\AY the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacra- 
** ment be praised, adored, and loved with grateful 
affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the 
world, even to the end of time. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., Feb. 29, 1868. 

OLY Mary, Mother of God, St. John, evangelist 
and beloved disciple of Our Lord, St. Thomas 
Aquinas, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Paschal Baylon, 
St. Francis Xavier, St. Aloysius, St. Juliana, Blessed 
Margaret Mary Alacoque, St. Clara, St. Gertrude, St. 
Mechtildis! Ye great saints and lovers of Jesus in the 
Sacrament of His love, pray for me that I may receive 
the Lord most worthily in holy communion, that I may 
love Him more and more, and that I may follow His 
example and persevere in my holy vocation to the end 
of my life. 

AT THE BEGINNING OF MASS. 

I BELIEVE in Thee, O Lord Jesus Christ, because 
Thou art Truth itself, and Thou hast said: "My 



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flesh is meat indeed; and My blood is drink indeed." 
I hope in Thee, O infinite Mercy, because in Thy good 
ness toward us Thou hast promised that "whosoever 
shall eat of this bread shall live forever." I love Thee, 
O eternal Goodness, above all things, with that love 
"which is diffused in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, Who 
is given to us;" and therefore I grieve with my whole 
heart for the sins I have committed, and I detest them, 
with the resolution of not sinning for the future. "A 
contrite and humble heart, O God, Thou wilt not 
despise." 

O my God, I wish to be present at the holy sacrifice 
of the Mass which is about to begin, with all possible 
attention and devotion, for I believe it is the very same 
sacrifice, offered up now in an unbloody manner, which 
was once offered up for us on Calvary. Help me, O 
my God, to be very attentive, and to unite my intention 
with that of the priest in offering it up to Thee as an 
act of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and prayer; 
particularly to obtain the grace of a good communion, 
and a complete transformation of myself into the like 
ness of Jesus Christ. 

CONFITEOR AND KYRIE. 

/~V MY God, give me the purity and holiness necessary 
^-^ to approach the holy table in a worthy manner. 
Lord, I am a poor sinner. I am heartily sorry for all 
the sins of my life, because by them I have offended 
Thee, Who art infinitely good and worthy of all love. 
Kyrie eleison! Have mercy on me, according to Thy 
great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy 
mercies, blot out my iniquities. 



404 Devotions for Holy Communion. 



AT THE GLORIA IN EXCELSIS. 

Give glory to God, praise His goodness, and beg peace 
and happiness of soul, saying: 

ORY and thanks be to Thee, O God, for having 
worked such wonders for us, Thy creatures, born 
in sin. I praise, O Lord, Thy goodness; I bless Thy 
holy name; I adore Thy greatness and power; I beg 
of Thee to infuse into my heart that peace and joy which 
Thou didst come on earth to spread amongst men. 
Give me strength of will against my evil tendencies; 
destroy my bad habits; help me to do Thy will and 
thus to become a saint. 

AT THE COLLECTS SAY: 

GOD, Who, under a wonderful Sacrament, hast 
left us a memorial of Thy Passion, grant, we 
beseech Thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of 
Thy body and blood, that we may ever feel within us 
the fruit of Thy redemption. Who livest and reignest 
with the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost, now 
and for ever. Amen. 

Give me daily more and more, O my God, Thy grace 
and Thy love, that I may ke my eyes fixed upon 
eternal things and persevere i i hy service, until v/ith 
the saints and angels I may praise and glorify Thee 
for ever in heaven. Amen. 

AT THE EPISTLE. 

E saints and prophets of the Old Law desired to 
see the things that I see, and did not see them, 
and to hear the things that I hear, and never heard them. 
How ardently Abraham and Moses, and David and 
Daniel, and Elias desired the coming of this Redeemer. 
They saw the types and figures ; I see the reality. Moses 
saw the manna and the paschal lamb; I see the Bread 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 40 

from heaven and the Lamb of God Who takes Kway 
the sins of the world. The heart of David panted for 
Thee, my God, as the hart for the water-brooks, and 
Daniel was called "a man of desires." Oh, that I 
could desire Thee as they did! What a shame it would 
be if their desires were more fervent than my thanks 
giving now for the favors and graces that I have re 
ceived through the Incarnation and Passion of Jesus, 
and especially through the Holy Eucharist. I offer 
Thee all their desires, and with David I cry out: "What 
have I in heaven but Thee? And, besides Thee, what 
do I desire upon earth? Thou art the God of my 
heart, and my portion forever." 

AT THE GOSPEL. 

Promise God that you will always listen with great rever 
ence to His word, saying: 

\Y Thy word, O my God, be always a sweet 
music to my ears, and as honey to my lips. To 
whom shall I listen but to Thee, Who hast the words 
of eternal life. The words of men are as chaff scattered 
by the wind, but Thy words endure forever. These 
are Thy words, O Lord: "Labor not for the meat that 
perisheth, but for that which endureth unto life ever 
lasting." "The bread of God is that which cometh 
down from heaven." "I am the Bread of life; he that 
cometh to Me shall not hunger, and he that believeth 
in Me shall not thirst forever." "He that eateth My 
flesh and drinketh My blood hath everlasting life, and 
I will raise him up at the Last Day." Thanks be to 
God. 

CREDO. 

An Act of Faith, Adoration, and Love. 
MY God, I firmly believe that Thou art really, 
truly, and substantially present, as God and 
man, with soul and body, with flesh and blood, in the 



406 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

Most Holy Sacrament 01 the altar. I salute and adore 
Thee, sacred Host, Bread of angels, Sanctuary of the 
divinity. My faith teaches me that Thou, O God, art 
present under the sacramental species. I believe that 
these frail appearances conceal from us Thy human 
ity, united to Thy divinity. And though, indeed, this 
sublime mystery surpasses my understanding, I revere 
it with joy and contemplate it with respect. I am ready 
also to give my life as a witness to this truth. 

My dear Lord Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, I love 
Thee. Forgive my past indifference, my coldness and 
neglect toward the Sacrament of Thy love. Grant 
that I may love Thee more and more generously. My 
kind Jesus, I wish by my presence at Mass this morn 
ing to honor the wound in Thy Sacred Heart, in order 
that through it Thou mayest pour Thy blessings, accord 
ing to Thy good pleasure, on Thy friends and mine. 
Pardon my sins; establish Thy kingdom in my heart; 
reign therein supremely. Raise a barrier against the 
spirit of the world. Teach me to transform my actions 
-into as many acts of love, so that after having known 
and loved Thee here below, by the light of faith, I may 
behold Thee face to face in all Thy glory, and love 
Thee in heaven for all eternity. 

OFFERTORY. 

Present yourself to God, begging of Him to effect an entire 
change in your heart. 

JESUS, Thou art all-powerful, and it is this power 
which, through the words of Thy priest, changes 
bread into Thy body, and wine into Thy precious blood. 
O my good God, do Thou work a like change in me, 
that no longer of this world as I have hitherto been, I 
may become truly spiritual; that I may seek after and 
relish only the things of God; that grace, virtue, and 
heaven may be in my eyes the only true and solid goods; 
that, animated with Thy sentiments, O my Jesus, I may 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 407 

be transformed into Thee, that Thou mayest dwell in 
me, and in all those who participate with me in the bless 
ings of Thy love. Almighty God, receive my heart; I 
unite it to the sacrifice Thou makest of Thyself ; I place 
it in Thy hands; transform and consecrate it. Say only 
one word, and it shall be entirely changed for the future, 
following only the sweet impulse of Thy grace, which 
shall make it love virtue. With this offering of my 
heart, O my God, I consecrate to Thee my mind, that 
it may know Thee; my body, that it may be employed 
in Thy service; my whole self, that so I may one day 
find myself absorbed in Thee. 

AT THE SECRET PRAYERS. 

|^fRACIOUSLY hear us, O God, that, by virtue 
^&J of this Sacrament, Thou mayest defend us from 
all enemies both of body and soul, and give us grace in 
this life and glory in the next, through Jesus Christ 
our Lord. Amen. 

AT THE PREFACE AND THE SANCTUS. 

T us give thanks to the Lord our God! For it is 
meet and just. I give Thee thanks, my divine 
Saviour, for the institution of this most wonderful 
Sacrament, in which Thou hast bequeathed to us the 
Fountain of all graces, as a perpetual remembrance 
of Thy boundless love and bitter sufferings. I give 
Thee thanks for the numerous graces that I have re 
ceived through this Sacrament at Mass, holy commun 
ion, benediction, and in my visits before the taber 
nacle. 

I love Thee, my Lord, and because I love Thee, I 
give myself entirely to Thee. I long to receive Thee 
this day; however, while longing for Thee, dear Jesus, 
to come into my heart, and to unite Thyself to me as 
the best of all friends, I must not forget Thy might and 



408 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

majesty. How great and glorious, how wise and beau 
tiful art Thou, O my God! How presumptuous it would 
be to entertain the desire to come so near to Thee, hadst 
not Thou Thyself invited me. I am a poor sinner; 
yet I love Thee, and because Thou art good, I am sorry 
for having offended Thee. And though I believe that 
Thou, the great God, art coming into my heart, I do 
not lose my awe and reverence for Thee, but can only 
wonder at Thy marvelous goodness and condescension. 
Let me, then, join my feeble voice to that of the thou 
sands of angels who surround Thy throne, singing 
before Thee in unceasing chorus: Holy, Holy, Holy, 
Lord God of hosts! The heavens and the earth are 
full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the highest! Blessed 
is He that cometh in the name of the Lord, Who is about 
to descend upon this altar, and come into my very heart 
to bless me and to fill me with the treasures of grace 
and the riches of His love. Hosanna in the highest! 

AT THE CANON. 

Memento for the Living. 

IN this holy sacrifice, O Lord and Saviour, Jesus 
Christ, Thou art the Mediator between the heavenly 
Father and sinful man; Thou art the High-Priest ap 
pointed for man to present his petitions to his God. 
Therefore I implore Thee to hearken to my prayer, not 
only for myself but also for all for whom I am in charity 
bound to pray. Obtain for us through this holy sacri 
fice the remission of our sins, mercy, and reconciliation 
with the heavenly Father; imbue us with strength and 
valor in the warfare against the enemies of our soul; 
give us fortitude and fidelity in the pursuit of virtues; 
aid us in the practice of all good works, and bless us 
with the grace of final perseverance. Permit me to 
offer my supplications for the peace and prosperity of 
Thy holy Church; bless and protect the Holy Father, 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 409 

Thy vicar on earth ; have mercy on the bishops, priests, 
Religious, and all who labor in Thy vineyard; animate 
them with zeal for the sanctification and salvation of 
souls. Inflame their hearts with divine charity; render 
their lives as holy as the law they inculcate; make them 
all according to Thine own divine Heart, and let their 
light so shine before men that they, seeing their good 
works, may glorify the Father Who is in heaven. Par 
don the sinners and convert all to the true faith. O ye 
holy apostles, martyrs, and virgins, whom the Church 
remembers in the Canon of the Mass, intercede for us, 
for all our friends, relatives, benefactors, and for all 
those to whom we have promised our prayers, that the 
good God may give them that grace which will most 
help them to save their souls, to lead a quiet and peace 
ful life in this world, and to be happy with Thee for ever 
in heaven. And do Thou, O divine Saviour, gra 
ciously condescend to come now upon our altar, to bless 
Thy servants who kneel before Thee in profound adora 
tion. 

AT THE CONSECRATION AND ELEVATION. 

OUR dear Lord is now coming down on the altar. When 
the priest pronounces the words of consecration, troops 
of angels descend from heaven to adore their God at that most 
solemn moment. When the bell rings and the sacred Host 
and the precious blood are elevated, first lift up your eyes to 
your God with holy faith, strong hope, and ardent love; then 
bow the head in deepest adoration, praise Him with the 
heavenly host, thank Him, make atonement by compunction 
of heart and beg Him by His precious blood, here truly pres 
ent on the altar, to purify your soul from every stain and pre 
pare it to receive Him worthily. 

Adoremus in <zternum Sanctissimum Sacr amentum I 
Indulgenced, prayer at the elevation during Mass. 
>f ALVE. salutaris Victima, *Tp^ AIL, saving Victim, of- 
J^ pro me et omni hu- *-& fered on the gibbet of 
mano genere in natibulo cru- the cross for me and for the 
cis oblata. whole human race. Hail, 



41 o Devotions for Holy Communion. 

Salve, pretiose Sanguis, de precious blood, flowing from 

vulneribus Crucifixi Domini the wounds of our crucified 

nostri Jesu Christi profluens, Lord Jesus Christ and wash- 

et peccata totius mundi ablu- ing away the sins of the whole 

ens. world. Remember, O Lord, 

Recordare, Domine, ere- Thy creature that Thou hast 

aturae tuie, quam tuo pretioso redeemed by Thy precious 

Sanguine redemisti. blood. 

Indulgence of 60 days, once a day. Leo XIII., June 30, 1893. 

Ejaculation. 

O SACRAMENT most holy! O Sacrament divine! 
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine! 
Indulgence of 100 days, once during each Mass, when said at 
the elevation. Pius VII., Dec. 7, 1819. 

AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

Memento jor the Dead. 

Reflect on the happiness you are about to receive at holy 
communion. Make acts of love and longing desire, coupled 
with sorrow for sins. Pray for the faithful departed. 

OLORD Jesus Christ, on Whose glory the angels 
and saints in heaven gaze with rapturous delight, 
Thou hast deigned out of love for us to come down 
from Thy bright and happy heaven, to veil Thy beauty 
under the appearances of bread and wine, to dwell 
upon our poor altar, and art even now ready to come 
into our hearts. Would that my soul were adorned 
with all those flowers of virtue, which my good Jesus 
desires to find at His coming. In my poverty, I must 
appeal to Thyself, my Lord, and I therefore beg of 
Thee, when Thou comest into my heart, to plant there 
the seed of every flower that is pleasing to Thee. I 
promise Thee to water and nourish them all by prayer 
and self-denial, so that every time Thou comest into 
my heart Thou mayest find them growing and flourish 
ing more and more. I know, O my God, the work 
of keeping them alive will be difficult to flesh and blood, 



Devotions for Holy Communion 411 

but I am willing to work hard for Thee, and I trust 
also in Thee to water them plentifully with grace as with 
dew from heaven. 

My God, have pity on the poor holy souls in purga 
tory, who are longing to get to Thee longing more 
to see Thy face than to be freed from the fierce flames 
in which Thy justice is obliged to keep them, till their 
debt is paid. I offer Thee the precious blood of Jesus; 
I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus to pay their debt. 
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual 
light shine upon them. 

AT THE PATER NOSTER. 

Say the "Our Father" slowly and devoutly. 

AT THE AGNUS DEI. 

Beg of God once more to forget and. forgive your past negli 
gence and sin, saying: 

r\ SWEET and gentle Son of God, Who wast "led 
^-^ like a lamb to the slaughter without opening Thy 
mouth." O Thou, Whose blood was shed to wash 
away the sins of the world, cleanse my soul once more 
in that saving bath, that it may be pure and bright and 
altogether spotless when Thou comest to take up Thy 
abode within me. May Thy coming bring joy and 
peace to my soul, that peace which the world can not 
give, because it does not possess it. May this holy 
communion not be for my judgment and condemnation, 
but for my pardon and salvation. 

AT THE "DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS." 

Humble yourself before God, acknowledging your noth 
ingness and unworthiness. Desire to receive Jesus, your 
dear Lord. 

*T"~!ORD, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come 
* * into my breast; for what am I, or what have I 



412 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

ever done to merit this wonderful favor? I have often 
displeased Thee; yet, though I am not worthy of Thy love 
and condescension, I am truly sorry for having offended 
Thee, and I will approach Thee with hope and confidence, 
because Thou Thyself dost invite me in Thy goodness 
and mercy. I am now about to go to the holy table, 
drawn thither by the sweet attractions of Thy love. 
Oh, I desire most earnestly to receive Thee, my dear 
Lord, in holy communion. 

" Comfort my poor soul distressed; 
Come and dwell within my breast; 
Oh, how oft I sigh for Thee! 
Jesus, Jesus, come to me." 

I place myself in Thy hands, O my God, to do with 
me what Thou wilt. My heart is ready, O my God; 
my heart is ready, and is longing for Thee. Come, 
establish Thy kingdom in my soul ; take possession of 
my heart. 

THANKSGIVING AFTER HOLY COMMUNION. 



hast come at last, O dear Lord, into my 
heart. O my beloved, let me never again be 
separated from Thee by sin. O Jesus, my God, I 
adere Thee; I believe in Thee; I hope in Thee; I love 
Thee with all my heart. I thank Thee for coming to 
me, a poor sinner. I am truly sorry for having dis 
pleased Thee so often and so grievously. I pray Thee 
to bless me, that I may love Thee and become like Thee 
more and more. Adore my Jesus, my God, ye blessed 
angels and saints of heaven adore and praise and 
glorify my God for me! 

Let my soul, O Lord, feel the sweetness of Thy pres 
ence. Let me taste how sweet Thou art, O Lord! that, 
being allured by Thy love, I may never sin by running 
passionately after worldly pleasures. "Thou art the 
God of my heart and the God that is my portion for ever." 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 413 

O Thou Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of 
the world, take away from me whatever may hurt me 
md displease Thee. Give me what Thou knowest 
lo be pleasing to Thee and profitable to myself. 

O my God and my all! may the sweet flame of Thy 
ove consume my soul, that so I may die to the world 
)or love of Thee, Who hast vouchsafed to die upon the 
cross for love of me. 

How poor a dwelling-place is my heart for Thee, O 
Lord of glory! What is it but a poor human heart, full 
even yet of worldliness and selfish desires? I trust in 
Thee. I pray Thee to drive all selfishness away from it, 
and to leave in it a great desire of pleasing Thee and of 
being kind to others, because they all have souls for 
which Thou didst shed Thy life s blood upon the cross. 
Bless me, O my God, and grant that Thy holy will 
may be done in me and through me for ever. 

Suscipe. 

Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my 
understanding, and my whole will. Thou hast given me all 
that I am, and all that I possess. I surrender it all to Thee, 
that Thou mayest dispose of it according to Thy will. Give 
me only Thy love and Thy grace; with these I will be rich 
enough, and will have no more to desire. St. Ignatius Loyola. 

Anima Chrlsti, as on page 213. 
AT THE BLESSING SAY: 

QAY Thy blessing, O Lord, descend upon us all, 
that we may love Thee and love one another for 
Thy sake. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

AT THE LAST GOSPEL SAY: 

///I HAT a wonderful invention of Thy love it was, 
^^** O my God, to become man like one of us, to 
redeem us, and to teach us how to live in a manner 



414 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

worthy of our high dignity as children of God, instead 
of living as the brutes that perish. Left to ourselves, 
what would have become of us? We should have 
been as mere animals, taking pleasure only in what 
gratifies or pleases the senses. But Thou hast taught 
us to raise up our thoughts to Thee, and to journey 
onward through weariness and toil to our true and 
lasting country in heaven. There we shall rest from 
our trouble, and enjoy the sight of Thy magnificence 
and glory for ever. Amen. 

after flfcass anfc Communion, 
THANKSGIVING. 

(From the Roman Missal.) 

THE BENEDICITE, OR SONG OF THE THREE CHILDREN. 

Antiphon. *T-^ET us sing the song of the three children. 
J * O all ye works of the Lord, bless the 
Lord: praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 

O ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, ye 
heavens. 

O all ye waters that are above the heavens, bless the Lord: 
bless the Lord, all ye powers of the Lord. 

O ye sun and moon, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, ye 
stars of heaven. 

O all ye showers and dew, bless ye the Lord: bless the 
Lord, all ye spirits of God. 

O ye fire and heat, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, ye 
winter and summer. 

O ye dews and hoar-frost, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, 
ye frost and cold. 

O ye ice and snow, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, ye 
nights and days. 

O ye light and darkness, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, 
ye lightnings and clouds. 

O let the earth bless the Lord: let it praise and exalt Him 
above all for ever. 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 41 =5 

O ye mountains and hills, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, 
all things that spring forth upon the earth. 

O ye fountains, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, ye seas and 
floods. 

O ye whales, and all that move in the waters, bless the 
Lord: bless the Lord, all ye fowls of the air. 

O all ye beasts and cattle, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, 
ye sons of men. 

Let Israel bless the Lord: let him praise and exalt Him 
above all for ever. 

O ye priests of the Lord, bless the Lord: bless the Lord, 
ye servants of the Lord. 

O ye spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord: bless the 
Lord, O ye holy and humble of heart. 

O ANANIAS, Azarias, and Misael, bless ye the Lord: 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 
Let us bless the Father, and the Son, with the Holy Ghost: 
let us praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 

Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven: 
and worthy to be praised and glorified, and exalted above all 
for ever. 

PSALM CL. 

*T)RAISE the Lord in His holy places: praise Him in the 
* firmament of His power. 

Praise Him in His mighty acts: praise Him according to 
the multitude of His greatness. 

Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise Him 
with psaltery and harp. 

Praise Him with timbrel and choir: praise Him with 
strings and organs. 

Praise Him upon the high-sounding cymbals: praise Him 
upon cymbals of joy: let every spirit praise the Lord. 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy 
Ghost. Amen. 

Antiphon. Let us sing the song of the three children 
which the holy souls sang in the fiery furnace, blessing the 
Lord. 

Lord, have mercy. 

Christ, have mercy. 



416 Devotions for Holy Communion. 

Lord, have mercy. 

Our Father (inaudibly). 

V. And lead us not into temptation. 

R. But deliver us from evil. 

V. Let all Thy works, O Lord, praise Thee. 

R. And let Thy saints bless Thee. 

V. The saints shall rejoice in glory. 

R. They shall be joyful in their place of rest. 

V. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us. 

R. But unto Thy name give the glory. 

V. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

R. And let my cry come unto Thee. 

Let us pray. 

OGOD, Who for the three children didst check the 
flames of fire : mercifully grant that the flames of sin 
may not consume us Thy servants. 



, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our actions by Thy 
inspiration, and give to as Thy continual help; that 
every prayer and work of ours may always begin with Thee, 
and through Thee be brought to an end. 

"TT OUCHSAFE, O Lord, to extinguish within us the 
V flames of vice, as Thou didst grant to Blessed Lawrence 
grace to arise whole from his fiery torments. Through 
Christ our Lord. Amen. 

PRAYER OF ST. THOMAS AQUINAS. 

I GIVE Thee thanks, eternal Father, for having, 
out of Thy pure mercy, without any deserts of 
mine, been pleased to feed my soul with the body and 
blood of Thy only Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I be 
seech Thee that this holy communion may not be to my 
condemnation, but prove an effectual remission of all 
my sins. May it strengthen my faith; encourage me 
in all that is good; deliver me from my vicious cus 
toms; remove all concupiscence; perfect me in charity, 
patience, humility, and obedience, and in ail other vir- 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 417 

tues. May it secure me against all the snares of my 
enemies, both visible and invisible; perfectly moderate 
all my inclinations, closely unite me to Thee, the true 
and only good, and happily settle me in unchangeable 
bliss. I now make it my hearty request, that Thou wilt 
one day admit me, though an unworthy sinner, to be a 
guest at Thy divine banquet, where Thou, with Thy 
Son and the Holy Ghost, art the true light, eternal ful 
ness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness of all the 
saints, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

PRAYER OF ST. BONAVENTURE. 

SWEETEST Lord Jesus Christ, pierce, I beseech 
Thee, the inmost marrow of my soul with the 
tender and life-giving wound of Thy love, with true, 
and calm, and apostolical charity, so that my whole 
soul may ever languish and faint for love of Thee, and 
for desire of Thee alone. May it long for Thee, and 
pine for Thee in the courts of Thy house; may it desire 
to be dissolved and to be with Thee. Grant that my 
soul may hunger for Thee, Thou Bread of angels, Thou 
refreshment of holy souls, our daily supersubstantial 
bread, having all manner of sweetness and savor, and 
all most thrilling delights. May my heart ever hunger 
for Thee and feed on Thee, on Whom angels long to 
look; and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweet 
ness of the taste of Thee. May it ever thirst for Thee, 
Thou well of life, Thou fountain of wisdom and knowl 
edge, Thou source of everlasting light, Thou torrent 
of pleasure, Thou richness and abundance of the house 
of God; may it ever yearn toward Thee, seek Thee, find 
Thee, tend toward Thee, attain to Thee, meditate ever 
on Thee, speak of Thee, and do all things to the praise 
and glory of Thy name, with humility end discretion, 
with love and delight, with ready caie and glad affec 
tion, with perseverance even to the end; an-u do Thou 



Devotions for Holy Communion. 



be alone and evermore my hope, my whole trust, mv 
riches, my delight, my joy, my rest and my tranquillity, 
my peace and my sweet contentment, my fragrance 
and my sweetness, my food and my refreshment, my 
refuge and my help, my wisdom, my portion, my pos 
session, and my treasure, in Whom my mind and my 
heart may ever remain fixed and firm, and rooted im 
movably for evermore. Amen. 

ADORO TE DEVOTE, LATENS DEITAS. 
Rhythm 0} St. Thomas Aquinas. 

*TT*DORO Te devote, la- JJ^HEE prostrate I adore 

*}<-*-> tens Deitas, Vi/ the Deity that lies 

Quae sub his figuris vere la- Beneath these humble veils, 

titas; concealed from human 

eyes; 

fibi se cor meum totum subji- My heart doth wholly yield, 
cit, subjected to Thy sway, 



Quia Te contemplans, totum 
deficit. 



For contemplating 

wholly faints away. 



Visus, tactus, gustus in Te The sight, the touch, the 



fallitur 

Sed auditu solo tuto credi- 

tur: 
Credo quidquid dixit Dei 

Filius, 
Nil hoc verbo veritatis 

verius. 

In cruce latebat sola Deitas, 

At hie latet simul et humani- 

tas: 
Ambo tamen credens, atque 

confitens, 
Peto quod petivit latro pce- 

nitens. 



taste, in Thee are here 

deceived ; 
But by the ear alone this truth 

is safe believed; 
I hold whate er the Son of 

God hath said to me ; 
Than His blest word of truth 

no word can truer be. 

Upon the cross Thy Godhead 

only was concealed ; 
But here Thy manhood, too, 

doth lie as deeply veiled ; 
And yet, in both these truths 

confessing my belief, 
I pray as prayed to Thee the 

poor, repentant thief. 



Plagas, sicut Thomas, non I see not with mine eyes Thy 

intueor, wounds, as Thomas saw; 

Deum tamen meuni Te conn- Yet own Thee for my God 

teor : with equal love and awe : 



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419 



Fac me tibi semper magis 

credere, 
In Te spem habere, Te dili- 

gere. 

O memoriale mortis Do 
mini, 

Panis vivus vitam praestans 

homini : 
Praesta meae menti de Te 

vivere, 
Et Te illi semper dulce sa- 

pere. 

Pie pelicane Jesu Domine, 

Me immundum munda tuo 
Sanguine: 

Cujus una stilla salvum fa- 
cere 

Totum mundum quit at omni 
scelere. 



velatum nunc 



Oh, grant me that my faith 
may ever firmer be, 

That all my hope and love 
may still repose in Thee. 

Memorial sweet, that shows 

the death of my dear 

Lord; 
Thou living Bread, that life 

dost unto man afford; 
Oh, grant that this my soul 

may ever live on Thee, 
That Thou mayst evermore 

its only sweetness be. 

O mystic Pelican, Jesus, my 

loving Lord, 
Cleanse me of my defilements 

in Thy blood adored, 
Whereof one only drop, in 

Thy sweet mercy spilt, 
Would have the power to 

cleanse the world of all 

its guilt. 



Jesu, quern 

aspicio, 
Oro, fiat illud, 

sitio, 
Lit Te revelata cernens facie, 

Visu sim beatus tuae glorias. 
Amen. 



O Jesus, lying here concealed 

before mine eye, 

quod tarn I pray Thou grant me that 
for which I ceaseless sigh, 
To see the vision clear of 

Thine unveiled face, 
Blest with the glories bright 
that fill Thy dwelling- 
place. 

(The following is usually said ajter every stanza}: 

AIL, Jesus, hail; do Thou, good Shepherd of the 

sheep, 
Increase in all true hearts the faith they fondly keep. 

Indulgence of 100 days, after holy communion. Leo XIII., 
June 15, 1895. 

Ejaculation. 

My sweetest Jesus, be not my Judge, but my Saviour. 
Indulgence of 50 days. Pius IX., Aug. n, 1851. 



420 



Devotions for Holy Communion, 



INDUI.GENCED PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX.* 




[N ego, O bone 
et dulcissime 
Jesu, ante con- 
spectum tuum 
genibus me provol- 
vo ac maximo ani- 
mi ardore Te oro 
atque obtestor, ut 
meum in cor vividos 
fidei, spei, et chari- 
tatis sensus, atque veram 
peccatorum meorum poeniten- 
tiam, eaque emendandi firmis- 
imam voluntatem velis im- 
primere: dum magno animi 
affectu et dolore tua quinque 
vulnera mecum ipse consi- 
dero, ac mente contemplor, 
illud prae oculis habens quod 
jam in ore ponebat tuo David 
propheta de Te, O bone Jesu : 
" Foderunt manus meas et 
pedes meos: dinumeraverunt 
omnia ossa mea." 

A plenary indulgence, which can be applied to the souls in 
purgatory, may be gained by the faithful who, after having con 
fessed their sins with sorrow and received holy communion, shall 
devoutly recite the above prayer before an image or picture of 
Christ crucified, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. 
Pius IX., July 31, 1858. 

COR SANCTISSIMUM JESU! 

Cor Sanctissimum Jesu Most Sacred Heart of Jesus! 



BEHOLD, O kind and 
sweetest Jesus, I cast 
myself upon my knees in Thy 
sight, and with the most 
fervent desire of my soul I 
pray and beseech Thee to 
impress upon my heart lively 
sentiments of faith, hope, and 
charity, with true repentence 
for my sins, and a firm purpose 
of amendment, whilst with 
deep affection and grief of 
soul I ponder within myself, 
and mentally contemplate 
Thy five wounds; having 
before my eyes that which 
David spoke in prophecy of 
Thee, O good Jesus: "They 
have pierced My hands and 
My feet ; they have numbered 
all My bones." 



amas! Non amaris! Utinam 
ameris! 



Thou lovest! Thou art not 
loved ! Would that Thou wert 
loved ! 

EART of my Creator, lead me to perfection. 

Heart of my Redeemer, deliver me. 
Heart of my Judge, pardon me. 
Heart of my Father, guide me. 

* Another English veision of this prayer is given on page 213. 
i r i is the version used most frequently in the United State*. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 421 

Heart of my Spouse, love me. 
Heart of my Brother, tarry with me. 
Heart of my Teacher, instruct me. 
Heart of my King, be my crown. 
Heart of my Benefactor, enrich me. 
Heart of my Pastor, guard me. 
Heart of my Friend, be my shelter. 

Heart of the Infant Jesus, draw me, that I may love Thee 
and be evermore closely united to Thee. 

Let- us pray. 

beseech Thee, Lord, may Thy Holy Spirit set us 
on fire with that love which Our Lord Jesus Christ 
cast out of the depths of His Heart into the world and greatly 
wished should be enkindled. 



petitions ano fferin^s after t>ol 
Communion, 



Thou hast been pleased, most loving Jesus, 
to come and dwell within my heart, I expect 
many favors of Thee; for how canst Thou refuse to 
give me Thy gifts, since Thou hast given me Thyself? 
No, this is not possible, my dearest Lord, and therefore 
I feel the strongest confidence of obtaining all from 
Thy goodness. I confess, O Lord, that I deserve noth 
ing; but the more undeserving I am, the more is Thy 
goodness glorified in bestowing Thy grace upon me. I 
ask, then, O most loving Redeemer, a full pardon and 
remission of the guilt of all my sins, which I once more 
detest and abominate with all my heart; and for the 
remission of the temporal punishment which is due for 
them, I desire to gain all the indulgences I can, and 
beseech Thee to give me the grace to accomplish this 
purpose. 

By Thy most precious blood, by Thy body, soul, and 
divinity, which I have this morning received, I beg of 
Thee with all humility to cleanse my heart from all 



422 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

defilement. Create, O my Jesus, a clean heart within 
me, and grant me a new spirit truly just and upright. 
Fill it with all the gifts of Thy Holy Spirit, and adorn 
it with every virtue, especially with humility, patience, 
meekness, and mortification. Detach my heart from 
all created things, fashion it after Thine own most Sacred 
Heart, and unite it for ever to Thyself in the bonds of 
perfect charity. Give me strength and courage to 
resist bravely all temptations until death; I purpose to 
banish them at once, and promise to avoid every occa 
sion of sin. But, my Lord, Thou knowest that of myself 
I can do nothing, and therefore I implore Thee to help 
me and to strengthen me by Thy blood. 

I beseech Thee to engrave upon my heart so lively a 
remembrance of Thy Passion and death, and the bitter 
sorrows of my Mother Mary, that they may be my con 
tinual meditation night and day; so that henceforth 
and to my last breath I may dwell on Calvary at the 
foot of Thy cross, in company with our dear Lady of 
sorrows. 

I beseech Thee, too, my dearest Lord, most earnestly, 
to give me the grace to free myself once for all from the 
passion which most predominates in me, and the sin I 
most often fall into. (Here mention the particular pas 
sion, or sin, or fault.) I ask moreover for those tem 
poral graces Thou knowest to be most expedient for me, 
for Thy greater glory and the salvation of my soul; and 
lest I should err in asking for what might be injurious 
for me, I leave it entirely to Thee, and trust in Thee, 
Who alone hast goodness and infinite wisdom, to give 
me what Thou knowest to be best for me. To all these 
graces add that highest and most precious gift, the crown 
and perfection of all Thy other gifts, the grace of final 
perseverance. Do Thou, Thyself, my Jesus, ask it of 
Thine eternal Father: show Him Thy wounds; offer 
Him Thy most precious blood, and then I shall be sure 
of being heard. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 423 

Lastly, I ask Thee, rny Jesus, to give me Thy bless 
ing before Thou leavest me. I recommend my soul to 
Thee during the whole of my life and in the hour of 
death. Every day and hour and moment I am getting 
nearer to that time. Ah! defend me, then, from all 
temptations, and give me grace to overcome them; grant 
me the assistance of my Mother Mary; and oh! do not 
let me, in punishment for my sins, and especially for 
my irreverences toward the Blessed Sacrament and 
my unworthy communions do not let me, I beseech 
Thee, dear Lord, depart this life without having received 
the last sacraments with proper dispositions. 

[You may here add any particular petitions for yourself and 
for your neighbor. Do not forget to pray for the Holy Church, 
the Sovereign Pontiff, and all Superiors, both ecclesiastical 
and secular. Recommend to our dear Lord the regular and 
secular clergy, as also the members of all Religious Orders, 
and pray Him to give them the true spirit of their holy voca 
tion. Pray for your relatives, friends, and benefactors, 
for the afflicted, the sick, and those in their agony. Pray 
for the poor, holy souls in purgatory. Recommend all poor 
sinners, and pray for their conversion and salvation. Do 
not forget to pray for heretics and infidels, beseeching God 
to enlighten them and give them grace to embrace the true 
faith.] 

I should, indeed, be ungrateful, O my Jesus, if after 
Thou hast given me Thyself in this holy communion, I 
were to delay an instant in giving myself entirely to 
Thee. I offer Thee, most loving Lord, my soul, together 
with my liberty. I offer Thee my understanding, that, 
sanctified by Thee, it may be occupied earnestly in 
the consideration of Thy blessed Passion and death, 
and Thy divine attributes. I give Thee my memory, 
that I may ever have in remembrance the infinite mercies 
Thou hast shown me. I give Thee my will, that by 
Thy holy love I may be entirely conformed to Thy 
divine will, desiring nothing but what Thou wiliest, 



424 Petitions and Offerings after Holy communion. 

and rejecting , everything that is displeasing to Thee. 
I give Thee my whole self, to be sanctified by Thee in 
soul and body; and I intend in this offering to make 
an entire, irrevocable, and eternal sacrifice of myself 
and all that belongs to me. I offer and consecrate to 
Thee my poor heart, which now desires to love Thee 
so faithfully as to make amends for all the infidelities 
of my past life. O my Jesus, detach my heart from 
creatures, unite it perfectly to Thine own, and, hiding 
it within the loving wound of Thy side, imprint deeply 
in it the memory of Thy bitter Passion and the sorrows 
of Thy most holy Mother: so that, by frequent medita 
tion on these mysteries, I may be filled with sorrow for 
my past sins, and for the time to come faithfully cor 
respond to Thine infinite love. 

I offer Thee all the senses of my body, particularly 
my eyes and my tongue: grant that henceforth I may 
nevermore offend Thee by them. I offer Thee my 
thoughts, words, and deeds. My Jesus, I desire to 
unite all I have offered Thee to the merits of Thy most 
holy Passion and death, and the merits of my Mother 
Mary and all the saints. I offer Thee the good works 
I have done, as well as those I shall ever do in the whole 
course of my life, and I now make the intention of doing 
and suffering all things for Thy greater glory, in prepa 
ration for holy communion, and in thanksgiving for 
the Most Holy Sacrament. 

Blessed and praised every moment be the Most Holy 
and Most Divine Sacrament! 

REFLECTIONS AFTER COMMUNION. 

fALL to mind, as often as you can during the day, 
that you have received Jesus in the Blessed 
Sacrament. Try to repeat frequently this short sentence: 
"This morning Jesus Christ, the Son of God, condescended 
to come and dwell within me, and gave Himself to me." By 
doing this, you will derive greater fruit from your communion ; 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 425 

you will gain more patience under difficulties, and be more 
careful in keeping the grace of God in your soul; you will 
more easily acquire true and real devotion; you will set 
a good example to others, and have a continual inducement 
to lead a good Christian life, if only you adopt this simple 
practice. 

2. Retire frequently into your heart, in order to renew 
an act of adoration of Jesus, or of thanksgiving for the loving 
visit He made you in the morning, and rekindle the fire of 
divine charity by some holy aspiration. We would not so 
quickly lose the fervor of devotion and the love of God, if 
we took greater pains about this; and Jesus Christ would 
not have to lament the coldness with which men love Him, 
if they only thought oftener of His benefits and His love, 
especially in the Most Holy Sacrament, and thanked Him 
with their whole heart. 

3. Frequently renew the offering of your heart to our 
dear Lord. By giving Himself to you, He desires to gain 
you to His love, and earnestly asks you to give Him your 
heart in exchange for the infinite gift He has bestowed upon 
you. Will you be so ungrateful as to deny Him your heart, 
and to give it to the world and the devil on the very day on 
which He has come to take possession of it? Ah! no; this 
must not be; you have consecrated your heart to Jesus in 
your communion; you must ratify and confirm this offering; 
and if the world, with its enticements, vanities, and false 
pleasures, wishes to enter into your heart, say that you have 
given it for ever to Jesus. If the devil with his suggestions, 
an i the flesh with its temptati ns, assail your heart, a swer 
generously and courageously that you 1 ave given it to esus, 
to be His and His alone and for ever. Oh, if all Christians 
were but to do this after their communion, they would pre 
serve the grace of God, an not relapse into sin. 

4. Remember that your tongue h s received Jesus, th t 
it has touched His sacred body when ou went to com 
munion. Only recall this thought to mind when you feel 
tempted to speak impatiently, or so as to offend or injure 
your neighbor; and surely it will keep you from offending 
Jesus with that tongue which has been sanctified by the 
touch of His sacred flesh. 

5. In connection with your visits to the Blessed Sacrament 



426 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

every day make a spiritual communion, renewing in the most 
lively manner your desire to receive our dear Lord into your 
heart. Remember, for love of us Jesus remains night and 
day in the tabernacle, ardently desiring to communicate Him 
self to our souls, and bestow His graces upon us. Ah! what 
monstrous forgetfulness and ingratitude, if, when we can 
easily do so, we neglect to go to Him during the day, to pay 
our homage and adoration to Him in return for all His love.* 

n /nbass of Gbanfcsgivtng after "fcolg Communion. 

AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF MASS. 

YOU have now received from the tender mercy of your 
divine Redeemer the greatest and sweetest proof of 
His wondrous love. Surely your heart is overflowing with 
gratitude and affection. To give evidence of this gratitude, 
and to give expression to this affection, you can do nothing 
better, nothing more acceptable to God, than to assist again 
at the adorable sacrifice of the altar, thus offering to the 
Almighty the only Victim of thanksgiving proportionate to 
the benefits which you have received. 

OGOD! " how hast Thou multiplied Thy mercies" 
in favor of Thy poor servant. When was I ever 
so rich as at present? "What shall I render to the 
Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me? 
I will take the chalice of salvation; I will pay my vows 
to the Lord before all His people; I will sacrifice to 
Thee the sacrifice of praise, and I will call upon the 
name of the Lord, in the courts of the house of the 
Lord." (Psalm cxv. 12-18.) 

I am indeed fully conscious, O Lord, of my personal 
indigence, and my utter unworthiness to be among Thy 
chosen ones in this holy place, yet, transported with 
gratitude for the dignity to which I am raised by the 

* Additional exercises for thanksgiving after holy communion 
will be found in another part of this book. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 427 

sacred bonds, which unite me to my Saviour, I will 
again offer Thee, O King of heaven and earth, a worthy 
sacrifice, a Victim of thanksgiving, commensurate with 
Thy gifts. I will offer Thee a host of praise, im 
molated not only on this altar, but in the midst of my 
heart. 

And Thou, O Jesus! "sweet and mild, and plenteous 
in mercy " (Ps. Ixxxv. 5), give ear to my earnest petition; 
let me be now so closely united to Thee that I may 
become one with Thee, and thus be enabled to offer 
my whole being a sacrifice worthy of the God to whose 
glory Thou art about to be immolated; create within 
me that humble, meek, and fervent heart, which will 
make me pleasing and acceptable in Thy sight; let 
Thy divine presence fill my soul with consolation and 
peace, and let Thy mercies be now upon me, "according 
to the hope I have placed in Thee." I ask of Thee, O 
Lord, a constant sense of Thy divine presence, that I 
may walk before Thee, and be perfect. 

OFFERING OF THE BLESSED MARGARET MARY. 

^iTERNAL Father, receive, I beseech Thee, the 
^-A offering that I make of the Heart of Jesus Christ, 
Thy well-beloved Son, as He offers Himself to Thee in 
sacrifice. Be pleased to receive this offering for me, with 
all the desires, all the sentiments, all the affections, all 
the beatings, all the actions of this Sacred Heart. They 
are all mine, since He immolates Himself for me; and 
I desire, for the future, never to have any other inten 
tions but His. Receive them in satisfaction for my 
sins, and in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits. Receive 
them, and grant me, through their merits, all the graces 
that are necessary for me, and particularly the grace of 
final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of 
love, adoration, and praise, which I offer to Thy divine 
Majesty, since it is by Him alone that Thou art worthilv 
honored and glorified. Amen. 



428 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

AT THE KYRIE. 

KYRIE eleison, etc. *-|ORD, have mercy, etc. 

Christe eleison, etc. ,J i Christ, have mercy 

etc. 
Kyrie eleison, etc. Lord, have mercy, etc. 

FROM THE GLORIA TO THE OFFERTORY. 

Adoration, Thanksgiving, Love* 

"T" FALL down to adore You, O Holy and Undivided 
*- Trinity, One in Three and Three in One, the 
earliest, highest, dearest Mystery of our faith! 

I fall before You and adore You, O eternal Father, 
"Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom all pater 
nity in heaven and earth is named!" (Eph. iii). Our 
Father, Who art in heaven! I love and praise You in 
union with the Son and the Holy Spirit, and together 
with my vow of poverty, put myself wholly into Your 
hands for ever. 

Sume, Domine, el suscipe! 

I FALL before You, and adore You, O eternal Son, 
God of God, Light of light, very God of very God, 
my Brother by the Incarnation, my Spouse by the vows of 
my profession, my Redeemer, my Master, my All in all! 
I love and praise You in union with the Father and 
the Holy Spirit, and together with my vow of chastity, 
give myself wholly to Your Heart for ever. 

Sume, Domine, et suscipe! 

I fall before You and adore You, O eternal Spirit, 
coequal with the Father and the Son, my Guide, my 
Comforter ! 

I love and praise You in union with the Father and 
the Son, Whose uncreated Love You are, and together 
with my vow of obedience, abandon myself wholly to 

* From Mother Loyola s "Confession and Communion." 



Petitions an<f Offerings after Holy Communion. 429 

Your leading, to be conformed in all things to Your 
will for ever. 

Snme, Domine, et suscipe! 
Adoration. 

"Come, let us adore and fall down before the Lord 
that made us, for He is the Lord our God." (Ps. xciv.) 

Adoro Te devote, latens Deltas. 

I adore You, O Lord, my Creator, O God my Re 
deemer, my Sanctifier, O Ever-blessed and Undivided 
Trinity ! 

Holy, Holy, 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. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pope Clement XIV., 
June 6, 1769. 

Glory be to the Father, Who created me out of love. 

Glory be to the Son, Who redeemed me with love. 

Glory be to the Holy Ghost, Who sanctified me in 
love, and reserved for me His graces of predilection. 

Glory be to the Holy and Undivided Trinity, one 
God, for ever and ever. Amen. 

Laudamus Te; benedicimus Te; adoramus Te, glori- 
ficamus Te. Gratias agimus Tibi propter magnam glo- 
riam Tuam. 

Thanksgiving. 

ftE Deum laudamus: Te Dominum confitemur. 
^- Te asternum Patrem : omnis terra veneratur. 

Patrem immensse majestatis. 

Venerandum Tuum verum, et unicum Filium. 

Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum. 

Benedicamus Patrem et Filium cum Sancto Spiritu. 
Laudemus et superexaltemus eum in saecula. 

Benedicta sit Sancta Trinitas et mdivisa unitas, una 
Deitas. 



430 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

"O ye angels of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and 
exalt Him above all for ever. 

"O ye sons of men, bless the Lord; praise and exalt 
Him above all for ever. 

" O ye servants of the Lord, bless the Lord; praise and 
exalt Him above all for ever. 

"O ye spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord 
praise and exalt Him above all for ever. 

" O ye holy and humble of heart, bless the Lord; praise 
and exalt Him above all for ever. 

"O give thanks to the Lord because He is good, be 
cause His mercy endureth for ever. 

"O all ye Religious, bless the Lord; praise Him and 
give Him thanks because His mercy endureth for ever." 
(Dan. iii. 58-90.) 

Love and Reparation. 

"*T*S not He thy Father, that hath possessed thee, and 
*" made thee, and created thee ? " (Deut. xxxii.) 

"You are not your own, you are bought with a great 
price." (i Cor. vi.) 

"You are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God 
dwelleth in you." (i Cor. iii.) 

To whom, my God, do I belong if not to You ? Who 
else has a shadow of right to me ? I am Yours by crea 
tion, by redemption, by sanctification. I am Yours 
by the vows of my profession. And how have You 
treated one who is Yours by so many titles? Have 
You loved me ? Have You given me cause to love You ? 
Love is shown by deeds, by the communication :>f good 
things. Will Your love bear this test, my God? Oh, 
let the history of Your benefits to me throughout my 
life speak for You that hidden history of Your deal 
ings with my soul, the significance of which I could not 
make known to others, even if I would the opportu 
nities, the help in need, the persistent drawing aid 
waiting which make up the history of my life. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 431 

" No earthly father loves like Thee, 

No mother half so mild 
Bears and forbears, as Thou hast done, 
With me Thy sinful child." 

I have cause indeed to love, and I tell You again 
and again that I love You, my God and my all. But 
where are the proofs? Love is shown by deeds. In 
deed and in truth You have loved ni5. But where 
are the proofs of my love ? Resolutions in plenty every 
morning. But when the evening comes what have I 
to show, what have I to offer but weaknesses, cowardices, 
and failures. And yet I love You, dearest Lord. I 
wish to please You; forgive me my unfaithfulness. 
You have created me; You know my weaknesses and 
my struggles have mercy on me; help me to love You 
better; help me to follow You more closely. Take my 
heart, and make it like Your Heart meek and humble. 
I shall try to accept my failures in a deeply humbk 
spirit; I shall not yield to discouragement, but trusting 
in Your goodness, in Your love and Your grace, I shall 
endeavor daily to overcome my weaknesses, and fight 
on calmly, courageously, generously, and hopefully to 
the end. O Lord, I am willing to go on still struggling 
fighting hard constantly to the last moment of my 
life ; and even to fail constantly, to have nothing to show 
but defeat and failures, provided only that You are 
glorified. Omnia ad Majorem Dei gloriam. 

AT THE OFFERTORY. 

When the Priest afters the Host, say with him: 

*ZT*CCEPT, O holy Father, almighty, eternal God, 
iv*-*- this immaculate Host, which I, Thy unworthy 
servant, offer unto Thee, my living and true God, for 
my innumerable sins, offences, and negligences, and 
for all here present, as also for all faithful Christians, 
both living and dead, that it may be profitable for my 
own and for their salvation unto life eternal. Amen. 



43 2 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

When the Priest offers the chalice, say with him: 
(f\\ E offer unto Thee, O Lord, the chalice of salva- 
^-** tion, beseeching Thy clemency that in the sight 
of Thy divine majesty it may ascend with the odor of 
sweetness for our salvation and for that of the whole 
world. 

V/hen the Priest washes his fingers, say with him 
THE LAVABO. 

I WILL wash my hands among the innocent, and 
will compass Thy altar, O Lord: that I may hear 
the voice of praise and tell of all Thy marvellous works. 
I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house, and the 
place where Thy glory dwelleth. Take not away my 
soul, O God, with the wicked, nor my life with bloody 
men. In whose hands are iniquities; their right hand 
is filled with gifts. As for me, I have walked in my 
innocence; redeem me and have mercy upon me. My 
foot hath stood in the right path; in the churches I will 
bless Thee, O Lord. Glory be to the Father, etc. 

When the Priest bows before the altar, say: 

ECEIVE, O Holy Trinity, this oblation which we 
make to Thee in memory of the Passion, Resur 
rection, and Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and 
in honor of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, of blessed John 
the Baptist, the holy apostles Peter and Paul, of these 
and of all the saints, that it may be available to their 
honor and to our salvation; and may they vouchsafe 
to intercede for us in heaven, whose memory we cele 
brate on earth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen 

AT THE ORATE, FRATRES. 

Y the Lord receive this holy sacrifice from the 
hands of His minister at the altar to the praise 
and glory of His name, to our own benefit, and to the 
welfare of the whole Catholic Church. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 433 



AT THE SECRETA. 

/T\ERCIFULLY grant Thy Church, O Lord, we be- 
* h << > seech Thee, the gifts of unity and peace, which 
are mystically represented in these offerings, through 
Jesus Christ our Lord. 

AT THE PREFACE. 

IT is truly meet and just, right and salutary, that we 
should always and in all places give thanks to 
Thee, O Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, since by 
the mystery of the Word made flesh a new ray of Thy 
glory has appeared to the eyes of our souls; that, while 
we behold God visibly, we may be carried by Him to 
the love of things invisible; and therefore, with the 
angels and archangels, with the thrones and dominations, 
and with all the heavenly host, we sing our everlasting 
hymn to Thy glory, saying: 

AT THE SANCTUS. 

i OLY, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth, heaven 
and earth are full of Thy glory. Hosanna in the 
highest! 

AT THE BENEDICTUS. 

BLESSED is He that cometh in the name of the 
Lord. Hosanna in the highest! 

Bt tbc Canon. 

COMMEMORATION OF THE LIVING. 

this solemn part of the Mass, let the consideration of 
the love which the Almighty has this day manifested 
toward you, animate you not only with gratitude toward your 
divine Benefactor, but also with a lively interest in the tem 
poral and eternal welfare of all your fellow creatures. Pray 
fervently for all, whether friends or enemies: since Jesus 



434 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion, 

Christ loves all, and did not refuse to lay down His life foi 
them. 

O DIVINE Jesus! the Redeemer of all mankind! 
Who art come to save even those who were lost! 
Whose adorable blood was shed for many to the remis 
sion of sins! deign to listen to the prayers I now offer, 
not for myself alone, but for all mankind, Whose Crea 
tor, Lord, and Sovereign Master Thou art: permit 
me to offer my supplications for the peace and prosperity 
of that Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, which 
was founded on Thy unerring word, established by 
Thy miracles, enriched by Thy merits, and made illus 
trious by Thy saints; of that Church, whose unworthy 
child I am, in whose bosom, through Thy grace, I re 
solve to live and die; that Church, which has this day 
imparted to me her most precious treasure, in giving 
me the adorable body and blood of her heavenly Spouse. 
O my God! bless, sanctify, and protect the Pope, Thy 
representative on earth; have mercy on the bishops, 
priests, Religious, and all who labor in Thy vineyard; 
animate them with zeal for the salvation of souls, who 
are the purchase of Thy blood; give them humility, 
purity, prudence, patience, and perseverance; inflame 
their hearts with that ardent zeal which consumed Thy 
holy apostles. Render their lives as holy as the law 
they inculcate; make them all according to Thine own di 
vine Heart, and let their light so shine before men, that 
they, seeing their good works, may " glorify their Father 
Who is in heaven " (Matt. v. 16). Bless our Holy 
Institute; bless our friends, our relatives, our benefac 
tors, all those who have asked us to pray for them, and 
for whom we have promised to pray. Bless in particular 
those who, by prayer and good works, are fostering and 
propagating devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. 

SWEETEST Jesus, Redeemer of mankind, be- 
hold me humbly prostrate before Thine altar. I 



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belong to Thee; I wish to be Thine; I dedicate myself 
to Thy most Sacred Heart. O my Lord, I seek not 
that which is profitable to myself, but to many ; that they 
may be saved (i Cor. x. 33). Many have never known 
Thee. Many, despising Thy commands, have rejected 
Thee. Have pity on them, most merciful Jesus, and 
draw all men to Thy Sacred Heart. Rule, O Lord, not 
only over the faithful who never have gone away from 
Thee, but also over the prodigal sons who have forsaken 
Thee; and make them return quickly to their Father s 
house, lest they perish of misery and hunger. Rule 
over those who have been misled by error, or separated 
by schism; and call them back to the haven of truth 
and the unity of faith, so that there may soon be one fold 
and one Shepherd. Lastly, rule over all who are sunk 
in the old superstition of the Gentiles, and vouchsafe to 
bring them out of darkness into the light and kingdom 
of God. 

Give to Thy Church, O Lord, safety and liberty; give 
to all nations peace and order; and grant that, over the 
whole earth, from pole to pole, may resound the words: 
Praise be to the divine Heart, through which was 
brought to us salvation ; glory and honor be to it for ever. 
Amen. 

AT THE ELEVATION. 
Adoration. 

*7J*DORO Te devote, la- fV HIDDEN God, de- 
flk^Jn tens Deitas, \J voutly unto Thee 

Quae sub his figuris vere la- Bends my adoring knee; 

titas; With lowly semblances from 

Tibi se cor meum totum subji- sight concealed, 

cit, To faith alone revealed. 

Quia Te contemplans totum Fain would my heart trans- 
deficit, pierce the mystery, 

But fails and faints away, 
and yields itself to Thee. 



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LaudamusTe; benedicimus We praise Thee; we bless 

Te; adoramus Te; glorifi- Thee; we adore Thee; we 

camus Te; . . . Domine Fill glorify Thee; . . . O Lord Jesus 

unigenite, Jesu Christe. Christ, the only begotten Son. 

Tu Rex Gloriae, Christe. Thou art the King of glory, 

O Christ. 

Tu Patris sempiternus es Thou art the everlasting 

Filius. Son of the Father. 

Ave verum Corpus, natum Hail to thee, true body! 

sprung 

Ex Maria Virgine, From the Virgin Mary s 

womb; 

Vere passum, immolatum The same that on the cross 

was hung, 

In cruce pro homine. And bore for man the bit 

ter doom. 

O Clemens, O pie, O kind, O loving One! 

O dulcis Jesu, Fili Mariae. O sweet Jesus, Mary s Son. 



AFTER THE ELEVATION. 

I ADORE you, O soul of Christ, Holy of holies, holr 
with the holiness of God. I adore you, and anni 
hilate myself before you in my emptiness, my nothing 
ness, my baseness. Soul of Christ, sanctify me. 

I adore you, body of Christ my ransom on the cross, 
my food in the Eucharist. O divine head, O sacred 
face, O compassionate eyes, O blessed hands and 
feet, O loving Heart, I adore you, I love and praise 
you, I put my trust in you. Body of Christ, save 
me! 

I adore you, most precious blood life and healing, 
redemption, intercession all in all to me. O blood 
of my Saviour, by your profuse generosity under the 
olive trees, at the column of the scourging, on the altar 
of the cross take away my languor and my apathy, 
take me out of myself, fire me with your generosity, 
let me return you love for love. Blood of Christ, ine 
briate me! 



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Thanksgiving. 

OME, let us praise the Lord with joy, let us joy- 
fully sing to God our Saviour/ (Ps. xciv.) 

"Who hath loved us and washed us from our sins in 
His own blood." (Apoc. i.) 

"My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath 
rejoiced in God my Saviour." (Luke i.) 

"Salvation to Our God, Who sitteth upon the throne. 
. . . Alleluia. -Salvation and glory and power to Our 
God. Alleluia." (Apoc. v. 11-13.) 

" Give glory to the Lord for He is good: for His mercy 
endureth forever." (Ps. cvi.) 

"For He is our peace" (Eph. ii.), "making peace 
through the blood of His cross." (Coloss. i.) 

Blessed be God. 

Blessed be His holy name. 

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. 

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of 
the Altar. 

" Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift." (2 Cor. 
ix.) 

Love. 

" *T~f ^ tm s * s ( ~ )ur God; we have waited for Him, and 
** * He will save us. This is the Lord; we have 
patiently waited for Him; we shall rejoice and be joy 
ful in His salvation." (Is. xxv.) 

"My God and my Saviour! " (Ps. Ixi.) 
"Say to my soul: I am thy salvation." (Ps. xxxiv.) 
"This day is salvation come to this house." (Luke 
xix.) 

f( Behold, God is my Saviour: I will deal confidently. " 
(Is. xii.) 

"The Lord is my rock, and ray strength, and my 
Saviour." (2 Kings xxii.) 

"He loved me and delivered Himself for me." (Gal. ii.) 



438 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

Recordare, Jesu pie, Sweet Jesus, think my debt 

to pay, 
Quod sum causa Tuae viae, Thou wouldst tread the 

mournful way; 
Ne me perdas ilia die. Forsake me not in that dread 

day. 
Quaerens me, sedisti lassus, In quest of me Thy feet were 

worn, 
Redemisti, crucem passus, To ransom me Thy cross was 

borne ; 
Tantus labor non sit cassus. Let not such love reap only 

scorn. 

O bone Jesu, exaudi me, O good Jesus, hear me ; 

Intra Tua vulnera absconde Within Thy wounds hide me; 

me, 

Ne permittas me separari a Never let me be separated 

Te. from Thee. 



petitions. 

COMMEMORATION OF THE DEAD. 

O ALMIGHTY God! the resurrection and the life! 
he that believeth in Thee, even though he were 
dead, shall certainly live, and enjoy in Thy kingdom 
the true liberty of the children of God. Look then, I 
beseech Thee, with compassion and mercy on those suffer 
ing souls who have always believed and confessed Thy 
name. O sovereign Lord, remember that they are 
"the work of Thine own hands " (Job x. 3); created in 
Thy power, redeemed in Thy mercy, preserved in Thy 
goodness, and formed to Thine adorable image. Ah! 
why then hidest Thou Thine adorable face from those 
who have been dear to Thy Sacred Heart, and who long 
to behold and enjoy Thee, their sovereign Beatitude? 
Accept, O eternal God! in their favor, the adorable 
Victim, Who now offers Himself to Thee on this altar, 
and Whom I likewise possess in the center of my soul. 
Apply to them also, O Lord, the indulgence which Thy 
Church this day holds forth in Thy name to worthy 



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communicants, and let not my imperfect dispositions 
be an obstacle to the exercise of Thy mercy on their 
behalf. In consideration of Thy beloved Son, cease 
to remember their iniquities, and take no further re 
venge of their sins. I particularly implore Thy mercy, 
O Lord! for my parents, friends, and benefactors; for 
all those who are most abandoned; for those to whose 
sufferings I may have been accessory; for all who, 
during life, were most devoted to the Adorable Sacrament 
of Thy love, and also for those who were the fervent 
clients of Thy blessed Mother, for priests and Religious, 
and in particular for the deceased members of our Order. 
O almighty Lord! transport them into Thy bosom, 
where they shall be replenished with the goods of Thy 
house; confirm them in Thy sight forever, that they 
may " joyfully sing a hymn to Thee in Sion, and pay to 
Thee a vow in Jerusalem" (Ps. Ixiv. i). 

AT THE PATER NOSTER. 

After repeating with the priest the Pater Noster, call to 
mind the indulgence which the prodigal son experienced 
from his father on his sincere return, and acknowledge 
with gratitude that the tenderness of his good parent has 
been infinitely surpassed in your favor by your heavenly 
Father. 

"TpATHER in heaven, I am not worthy to be called 
* I Thy child, but I entreat Thee once more, in 
the name of Thy beloved Son, to receive me among 
the last of those whose happiness it is to serve Thee 
under the sweet yoke of poverty, chastity, and obedience. 

jfrom tbe Communion to tbe Bno of /Dbass. 

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION. 

ENEW your desire to receive Our Lord frequently 
during the day. 

The Blessed Margaret Mary once said to her divine Spouse: 



440 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

"My most loving Jesus, I wish to be consumed with the desire 
of Thee and since I can not receive Thee now I will not cease 
to desire Thee." To which Our Lord answered: "I take 
so much pleasure in being desired, that as many times as 
the heart forms this desire, so often do I look upon it lovingly 
to attract it to Myself." Let us often give this pleasure to 
our merciful Saviour, that we may reap from it the sweet 
fruit that He promises. 

/T\Y Jesus, I most firmly believe that Thou art really 
* fc i- present in the Blessed Sacrament. I place in 
Thee my whole confidence, and I love Thee above all 
things. Oh! that I had never offended Thee! I ar 
dently desire to be united to Thee, my loving Saviour, 
and never to be separated from Thee. What have I in 
heaven, and besides Thee what do I desire upon earth! 
Veni, Domine Jesu. 

Act of Atonement. 

/T\Y Father in heaven, I offer unto Thee Thy Son 
r**^ Jesus Christ in atonement for my sins, and for 
the sins of the world. 

Look on Him, O my Father; He raises His hands to 
Thee; He is pleading for us all. 

Listen to Him, Father in heaven. He asks Thee 
for pity and for pardon. He is Thine own beloved 
Son, in Whom Thou art well pleased. Thou canst 
not refuse Him anything. Do not let Him ask in 
vain. 

He has paid dearly for us, O God. Remember His 
sighs, His tears, His sweat of blood, His scourging and 
the cruel pangs He suffered for us on Calvary. For 
His sake, pity and pardon us. 

Through Him, and with Him, and in Him, I offer 
Thee, O eternal Father, humblest adoration and thanks. 
Through Him, and with Him, and in Him, I make 
atonement for the sins of the world, and I implore Thy 



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mercy and grace for myself and for all poor sinners, 
through the same Jesus Christ Thy Son. Amen. 

O wondrous Love! would that men knew Thee. 
How sweet Thou art, O Lord, how good to those who 
love Thee! Bless me, that I may love Thee more, and 
serve Thee faithfully to the end. 

Act oj Consecration, 

Thee, O Jesus, I consecrate my heart. In Thy 
Sacred Heart I wish to live. In Thy Sacred 
Heart I wish to die. 

Inflame my heart with the fire of Thy love, and en 
lighten me with Thy wisdom and Thy knowledge. 

Oh, let Thy loving Heart be to me my strength in 
temptation and my consolation in the day of tribulation 
and sorrow. Grant me grace, dear Jesus, ever to taste 
the sweetness of Thy Sacred Heart, not only during my 
lifetime, but, above all, at the hour of my death. Ameh. 

Will You be True? 

^TTT KEN you go to your holy communion, think that yot 
vxA. see the divine Child looking through and through 
you with His clear, pellucid gaze, and asking you the ques 
tion, " Will you be true ? " Are you resolved to combat reso 
lutely the visible faults all can "see and be scandalized by, in 
stead of the half-dozen imaginary ones with which you love 
so much to torture yourselves? And I should love, I should 
dearly love you to return His glance with one as limpid and 
as true, saying, " O Lord, no one knows better than I how 
blind and weak I am, but I wish to know, I wish to see, 
what Thou desirest of me, and will try with all my heart, re 
gardless of all obstacles, to accomplish it." He wishes you to 
be real. Be real. 

Final Petitions. 

E is your Master, Christ" (Matt, xxiii.). In 
two ways, Lord, You are my Master. You are 
not Teacher only, You are owner. I am not merely 



442 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

Your disciple, I am Your indisputable property. Thanks 
be to God that it is so. All that I have and am belongs 
to You time, talents, labor, health, life, all the senses 
of my body, all the faculties of my soul. Take them, 
O Lord, they are Yours, to You I restore them. See 
that I do not misuse any one of them. See that I use 
them all with a pure intention for Your glory, for Your 
greater glory choosing the means which most tend to 
the end for which I was created, by which I may love 
and follow You more closely. 

Have pity, O Lord and Master, on the poor, the 
suffering, the tempted, the uncared-for little ones; on 
the teeming races of the poor heathen all the world 
over; on all those who are in their agony. Let me 
make use of Your visits of mercy in this acceptable time 
in these days of salvation my communion days. I 
desire nothing so much as to love You. Give me Your 
love and Your grace, and this is enough for me. Increase 
and invigorate my faith, that it may be productive of 
great things to Your glory. 

Stay with me, Lord, that from communion to com 
munion I may ascend from virtue to virtue, and become 
more pleasing in Your sight. 

Have pity, Lord, on the multitudes who never think 
of You as Judge, on those outside the Church who 
have but a dim belief in the judgment to come, and on 
those children of the Church who, believing firmly that 
it is coming and coming fast, think of it and prepare 
for it no more than if they did not believe. Remember, 
O Lord, that You "will have all men to be saved" 
(i Tim. ii.), and that You died for all, and since the 
"whole earth is made desolate because there is none 
that considereth in his heart " (Jer. xii.), stir up faith 
in the hearts of all men. Give to all a living and prac 
tical faith in the judgment to come, that they may pre 
pare for it while there is yet time. 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 443 

Indulgenced Prayer. 

AR Jesus, in the Sacrament of the Altar, be forever 
thanked and praised. Love, worthy of all celes 
tial and terrestrial love! Who, out of infinite love for 
me, ungrateful sinner, didst assume our human nature, 
didst shed Thy most precious blood in the cruel scourg 
ing, and didst expire on a shameful cross for our eternal 
welfare! Now, illumined with lively faith, with the 
outpouring of my whole soul and the fervor of my heart, 
I humbly beseech Thee, through the infinite merits of 
Thy painful sufferings, give me strength and coura-ge to 
destroy every evil passion which sways my heart, to 
bless Thee in my greatest afflictions, to glorify Thee by 
the exact fulfilment of all my duties, supremely to hate 
all sin, and thus to become a saint. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX., Jan. i, 
1866. 

flfceDttations after Communion. 

FIRST MEDITATION. 

On the Sentiments -which the Holy Communion should 
produce in our Souls. 

i. fS" ONSIDER with astonishment the excessive liber- 
^l ality with which Jesus Christ has treated you; 
by this one communion you are infinitely elevated above 
all that the world calls great you are happier than if 
you enjoyed all the delights of the universe richer 
than if you possessed all its treasures and more privi 
leged than if you were its sole sovereign. Ah! if you 
understood the gift of God, if you had a just idea of 
your own dignity, how soon would you despise every 
thing in this world! Penetrated with gratitude for 
the greatness of the benefit you have received, you would 
exclaim with the Royal Prophet: What shall I render 



444 Petitions and Offerings after ffoly Communion. 

to the Lord for all He has done for me? how shall i 
testify my gratitude? Do not on this important matter 
deceive yourself as many do. Do not imagine that so 
great a benefit as a communion is worthily acknowl 
edged by the most fervent expressions of thanksgiving. 
It is not those who say: " Lord, Lord," that shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven. "Sincere gratitude for 
any benefit," says St. Thomas, "consists chiefly in 
esteeming the benefit as it deserves, and in endeavoring 
to make our benefactor an adequate return." 

Give glory to Him Who has given you His precious 
body and blood, His soul and divinity, and has thus 
rendered you, in a way, an object of envy to tne angels 
themselves. Beg of God most earnestly to enlighten 
your mind, that you may understand the greatness of 
the favor conferred on you; and also to touch your heart, 
that you may feel your obligation of acknowledging it 
by every means in your power, especially by a greater 
love of the Blessed Sacrament, and a more self-sacrific 
ing devotedness to your duties as a Religious. 

2. Cast yourself in spirit at the feet of your Creator, 
and present to Him the sacrifice of thanksgiving which 
He deserves: A voluntary, unreserved oblation of your 
whole being. Can that be too much for Him Who has 
created you to His image and likeness, and redeemed 
you with His precious blood? or rather, what can be 
enough for Him Who has loved you so much as to give 
Himself to you? If you would really and entirely be 
long to God, you should make a twofold sacrifice: A 
sacrifice of your body with all its senses, and of your 
heart and soul with all their powers and affections. 
First, you should consecrate your body to God; that is, 
you should in future bear in mind the union you have 
contracted with God, and respect in yourself the temple 
of the divinity a temple of which He has so lately 
taken possession; consecrated by His presence, purified 
by His blood, and enriched with the most precious gifts 



Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 445 

of His holy spirit. This is the sacrifice to which St. 
Paul exhorts all Christians, but particularly communi 
cants, when he says: "I beseech you, brethren, by the 
mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sac 
rifice, holy, pleasing to God " (Rom. xii. i). Reflect 
also, that as a material temple is not alone consecrated 
to God internally but is known before it is entered to 
be a house of God by its external appearance ; so should 
your modesty and Christian deportment manifest to 
every one that you are really consecrated to God, and 
become the living temple of Jesus Christ. St. Chrysos 
torn says: "It is not just that those eyes which have be 
held the divine and sacred Host should afterwards 
delight in the vanity and idle follies of the world that 
those lips, which received and touched the God of 
heaven, should ever be profaned by frivolous discourses 
that your tongue, on which the body of Jesus Christ re 
posed, should ever become mstrumental in lessening 
the reputation of others, or in wounding charity." 
Present your resolutions to God through the glorious 
Queen of virgins. Set before your eyes, and resolve in 
every action of your life, to imitate this incomparable 
model whom St. Anselm describes as having "nothing 
disagreeable in her looks, nothing inconsistent in her 
words, nothing imprudent in her actions; whose deport 
ment was. not assuming; whose voice was not loud or 
arrogant; and whose exterior modesty was a finished 
portrait of her interior purity." O most blessed Virgin, 
take me under thy protection, and preserve me from 
defiling by sin the temple of thy beloved Son. 

3. Consider that your immortal soul was created by 
God for Himself, stamped with His own sacred image, 
redeemed with His blood, adorned with His graces, en 
riched with His merits, and often strengthened with 
that Sacrament of life which you have so lately received. 
Great then must be its value, since God Himself did 
not think it too dearly purchased by the blood of His 



446 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

only Son. Yes, you can not be too deeply convinced 
that your immortal soul is your great and only treasure; 
lo save your soul no pains can be excessive, no security 
too great; if that be lost, all is lost; and if you be 
so happy as to save your soul, though you lose all 
the rest, all is well; the kingdom of heaven is gained. 
"What will it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, 
and lose his own soul?" (Matt. xvi. 26). What does 
it now avail any of the damned, to have been on earth 
honored, loved, respected, endowed with beauty, talents, 
wit, or accomplishments, or to have been the idols or 
envy of all around them ? Alas ! what does all that avail 
them now, since they burn and will burn in hell for all 
eternity? Oh! let their irreparable misfortune ani 
mate you to struggle against your passions, and to lead 
a virtuous life. O my Jesus, deign to enlighten me 
that I may see the vanity of aD. worldly goods. Thou 
hast given Thyself entirely to me; I now give myself 
entirely to Thee. I desire that my whole soul may be 
Thine; my body, my powers, my senses, that all may 
be employed in serving and pleasing Thee. To Thee I 
consecrate all my thoughts, my desires, my affections, 
and my whole life. Grant me the gift of holy persever 
ance in Thy service, and the grace of a happy death. O 
eternal Father, Thy beloved Son Jesus has promised 
that Thou wilt give me whatsoever I ask of Thee in 
His name: "If you ask the Father anything in My 
name, He will give it you " (John xvi. 23). In the 
name therefore, and through the merits of this Thy Son, 
I ask Thee for Thy love and for holy perseverance, that 
I may one day come to love Thee in heaven with all 
my powers, and to sing for ever Thy mercies, safe from 
all danger of being ever again separated from Thee. 

O most holy Mary, my Mother, obtain for me these 
graces which I so much desire. 



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SECOND MEDITATION. 

On the Imitation of Jesus Christ. 

i. /CONSIDER attentively that one of the chief 
^-4 ends for which Jesus gives Himself to us in 
the holy communion is to unite us to Himself, and to 
make us one with Him: "He that eateth My flesh, 
and drinketh My blood, abideth in Me, and I in Him " 
(John vi. 57). St. Thomas teaches that in the Holy 
Eucharist Jesus Christ applies His most sacred body 
like a seal on the heart of man, to revive that image of 
the divinity to which we were created, that He trans 
forms us into Himself, by imprinting on our soul the 
image of His adorable perfections and by infusing into 
our heart abundant graces to imitate His virtues. To 
become a perfect imitation of Jesus Christ, you should 
conform your judgment, your opinions, your ideas, 
your heart, feelings, and all your affections, to those 
of your divine Lord. The thoughts of Jesus were 
always directed to God, or bent on something relative 
to the glory of God. How do you act in this respect? 
Be convinced that a frequent recollection of God would 
be the best guard you could have against those thoughts 
of vanity or pride which are so common, and so sinful 
when indulged in. Jesus Christ judged all things as 
God judges them: His adorable Heart, inflamed with 
love for God and desire for His glory, was incapable 
of a single sentiment of joy, of sorrow, of fear, of hope, 
of consolation, or sadness, except as the interests, the 
glory, the worship of His heavenly Father were con 
cerned. Be ashamed of the trifles with which you 
have hitherto been delighted, or the insignificant inci 
dents at which you have been grieved. O my divine 
and adorable Master, instead of looking on all things 
as Thou seest them, and as I myself shall see them after 
death, I have consulted my interests, my passions, 
my imagination, and the corrupt maxims of the worldj 



448 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

in forming my opinions and ideas. I have unfortu 
nately sought after those very things which Thou dids 
shun I loved what Thou didst hate I have hated 
what Thou didst love. Thou didst pronounce those 
blessed and happy who suffer, and I have been so impa 
tient under sufferings; Thou didst despise and flee 
from the honors of this world, and I have desired and 
esteemed them as great advantages. O my God, en 
lighten me to see and detest my folly. 

2. Consider the example which Jesus Christ gives 
you in His sacred childhood. "Jesus advanced in 
wisdom and age, and grace with God and men" (Luke 
ii. 52). Our divine Redeemer, from the first moment 
of His Incarnation, had indeed the plenitude of grace, 
of wisdom, and of virtue, incapable of any increase; 
but outwardly He, as it were, progressed, conforming 
His sacred actions and discourses suitably to His age. 
Learn from this that, as every day, every hour, the Al 
mighty adds to your life, so should every grace, every 
instruction you receive, advance you in the road of 
solid virtue. In particular, every time you have the 
happiness of receiving holy communion, you should 
grow, like Jesus, in grace and wisdom before God and 
men: that is, God should discern in your heart, and 
those with whom you associate should witness in your 
conduct, an increase of the fear and love of God. Those 
faults and failings which were excusable some years 
ago, before you were admitted into a Religious Com 
munity, become more serious now. Examine whether 
you may not unfortunately have lost much of the fervor 
with which you first approached the Adorable* Eucharist, 
and never forget that not to go forward in virtue is to 
go back. 

Jesus Christ, while yet a child, is found among the 
Doctors in the Temple, asking them questions and 
listening to the word of God with profound veneration. 
Did the eternal Son of God, the Fountain of all knowl- 



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edge, require instruction ? Was there anything for Him 
to learn, or any person on earth who could teach Him ? 
Certainly not; but on this occasion He would teach you 
with what ardor you should seek after instruction- 
how thankfully and respectfully you should receive 
; t h ow highly you should value an opportunity of 
hearing the word of God. The chief virtue which 
characterized the youth of Jesus Christ was obedi 
ence. He has scarcely permitted any other account 
of His early years to reach us, than: that He was sub 
ject to His blessed Mother and His reputed father, 
St. Joseph. He obeyed them in all things, at all 
times, with cheerfulness and exactness. To imitate 
your adorable Model in this important point, you must 
resolve to respect and love your Superiors; to submit 
to their authority with docility and with confidence, 
because they are deputed by God to command you, and 
have received light to direct your inexperience. Re 
member that Jesus Christ was not less submissive to 
the orders of Herod, one of the most wicked of men, 
than He was to those of His blessed Mother, the most 
perfect of creatures; because it was God alone Whom 
He obeyed in all superiors. Impress this lesson on your 
mind, and guard against a fault so common to world 
lings: of obeying only those who may please you, and 
totally forgetting that duty with regard to others. If 
you do not respect the authority of God in all your 
Superiors; if you do not love God in them all you can 
never acquire the virtue of obedience. O Jesus, my 
God, infuse into my heart the virtues of Thy divine child 
hood Thy purity, simplicity, obedience, and docility, 
penetrate my soul with the horror Thou hadst of sin, 
that I may dread it as the only real evil, the only obstacle 
to my resembling Thee. 

3. Consider the hidden life of Jesus Christ during 
thirty years of subjection and labor. Contemplate 
the Incarnate Word at Nazareth, and consider with 



450 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

astonishment that He Who has descended from heaven 
to instruct, convert, and save the whole universe, passes 
the greater part of His life in seclusion; showing not 
otherwise the perfection of the divinity which resides 
in Him than by obeying His parents, serving and assist 
ing them, and fulfilling in all things the will of His 
heavenly Father. The accomplishment of that ador 
able will is the only object of His desires : it is so necessary 
to His happiness that He Himself declares it to be His 
food, the support of His existence, the end of His mis 
sion on earth. Learn from the hidden life of Jesus, 
that lesson of perfect conformity to the will of God, by 
which alone you can resemble Him, and attain true 
sanctity. Resolve, in every stage of your life, to place 
all your perfection in being about the business of your 
heavenly Father; that is, in faithfully discharging the 
duties which Providence has allotted you, whatever 
they may be. 

The public life of our divine Lord was a series of 
miracles and wonders, and the lessons which He never 
ceased to preach to the world by word and example were 
those of humility, patience, mortification, meekness, 
and charity. St. Francis de Sales calls charity the pecul 
iar fruit of a good communion. Charity was a favorite 
virtue of Jesus the virtue to which He sacrificed His 
life the virtue by which He would have His real fol 
lowers distinguished. Resolve, then, that the fruits of 
your having been so lately united to the God of charity 
should appear evident by your gentleness, patience, 
forbearance, silence on the defects of others, and en 
deavors to serve and oblige ail, particularly those who 
may appear to you least amiable or deserving. Con 
clude this meditation by fervently and humbly begging 
of God to impress the truths it contains so deeply on 
your heart that your ideas and conduct may, in future, 
be happily regulated by them. 



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21 paraphrase of tbe "Bnima Cbrteti." 

After Holy Communion or at Visits to the Blessed 
Sacrament. 

ANIMA CHRISTI, SANCTIFICA ME. 

UL of Christ, ever subject to the will of thy 
heavenly Father, infuse into my soul the spirit 
of holy subjection. 

Soul of Christ, ever yearning after the salvation of 
men, infuse into my soul the spirit of holy zeal. 

Soul of Christ, ever most closely knit to thy Mother s 
soul, infuse into mine the holy love of that Mother. 

Soul of Christ, sorrowful in the Garden of Olives, 
fill my soul with a holy and abiding sorrow: 

Sorrow for my past sins; 

Sorrow for my present unworthiness ; 

Sorrow for the sins of other men; 

Sorrow for thy sacred Passion; 

Sorrow for thy Mother s dolors; 

The sorrow of compassion for others griefs and 
sufferings. 

CORPUS CHRISTI, SALVA ME. 

BODY of Christ, born in littleness that thou might- 
est attract all to thee, make me also feel that 
saving attraction. 

Lord Jesus, by Thy body, by which in Thy youth 
Thou wert a model of modesty, give me that saving 
grace. 

By Thy body, wearied out with fasting, with labors, 
and with watchings, grant me that grace of unwearying 
charity and zeal which, by covering many sins, may 
save my soul as well as the souls of others from death. 

By Thy body, bathed in blood in the Garden of 
Gethsemane, give me the saving grace of diligence in 
prayer. 



45 2 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

By Thy body, dragged without resistance through 
the streets of Jerusalem, give me the saving grace of 
obedience. 

By Thy body, flayed with the cruel scourges, give me 
the saving grace of holy purity. 

By Thy body, hanging, stripped of all, upon the cross, 
give me the saving grace of detachment and self-sacri 
fice, and of courage to treat my body hardly. 

By Thy body, taken down from the cross, and laid in 
the arms of Thy blessed Mother, give me the saving 
grace of a tender devotion to her. 

By Thy body, embalmed and laid in the sepulcher, 
give me the grace to embalm Thy wounds by a con 
stant remembrance of them, and to lay up the thought 
of Thy Passion in my heart. 

By Thy body, which saw no corruption, save me 
from the corruption of sin. 

SANGUIS CHRISTI, INEBRIA ME. 

*1>LOOD of Christ, inebriating chalice, inflame my 
e *~* heart with love of my Creator, my Father, my 
Redeemer, the divine Spouse of my soul. 

Blood of Christ, inebriating chalice, may thy charm 
deaden in me the intoxicating charms of this world. 

Blood of Christ, wine that makest virgins, penetrate 
me, body and soul, with the gift of holy purity. 

O my Lord Jesus, may Thy precious blood, which 
Thou didst shed for me, inflame my soul with a true 
and generous desire to suffer for Thee, and may it at 
least strengthen me to bear those sufferings which it shall 
please Thee to send me. 

My Lord, I ask these graces: 

By the blood which Thou didst hasten to shed for me 
in Thy circumcision. 

By the blood which Thou didst suffer to break forth 
from Thy body in Thine agony. 



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By the blood which flowed slowly and painfully during 
the buffeting. 

By the blood which flowed in streams under the burn 
ing smart of the scourging. 

By the blood pressed from Thy head with racking 
pain in Thy crowning. 

By the blood which flowed to be profaned and trampled 
on through the streets of Jerusalem. 

By the blood which gushed from Thy gentle, holy, 
and venerable hands. 

By the blood which bathed Thy adorable feet. 

By the blood which flowed from Thy side at the open 
ing of Thy Sacred Heart. 

AQUA LATERIS CHRISTI, LAVA ME. 

Y Lord Jesus Christ, may the water which flowed 
from Thy wounded side and Heart wash me from 
all my sins. 

May it wash me yet more from those sins the guilt of 
which has been forgiven but for which I have not yet 
done penance. 

May it cleanse me from my hidden sins; 

From sins of thought; 

From sins caused in others; 

From sins of omission; 

From the stain of daily faults: 

Faults of pride, 

Faults of self-indulgence, 

Faults of worldliness. 

And may it cleanse the souls of all that are in sin, 
and especially of those now in their agony. 

PASSIO CHRISTI, CONFORTA ME. 

Y Lord Jesus Christ, may Thy holy Passion 
strengthen me against the assaults of the enemy of 
my soul. 



454 Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion. 

May the thought of Thy holy Passion, so terrible and 
so sorrowful, fortify me against the bewitchment of 
worldly trifles. 

May the thought of Thy holy Passion fortify and 
arm me against myself; may the depth of Thy abase 
ment arm me against the pride of my nature, and the 
fearfulness of Thy pain against my self-indulgence. 

Lord Jesus, Who in Thy suffering didst deign to 
receive strength at the hands of an angel, may the thought 
of Thy Passion be my strength through life, and the 
strength of all who are in sorrow or temptation. 



O BONE JESU, EXAUDI ME. 



O 



MY Lord Jesus, hear me for the sake of my ex 
ceeding need of Thy assistance. 

Hear me for Thy name s sake. 

Hear me that thus Thy mercy may be glorified. 

Hear me for the sake of Thy holy Mother. 

Hear me for the sake of all Thy saints. 

Hear me in this petition, that all men may be brough; 
to Thy holy love and may daily grow therein and^in 
sorrow for all past offences against Thee. 

Hear me, good Jesus, I pray Thee: 

By Thy prayer at the Last Supper for all Thy followers. 

By Thy prayer for all sinners. 

By Thy prayer from the cross for those especially 
who were Thy persecutors. 



O 



INTRA TUA VULNERA ABSCONDE ME. 



MY Lord Jesus, give to me and to all souls that 
are in need, a safe refuge in Thy adorable wounds. 
Suffer us to take refuge in the wounds of Thy feet 
from the demon of despondency, who strives to trample 
in the dust souls redeemed by Thy precious blood. 

In the wound of Thy left hand suffer us to take refuge 
from those who may bear ill-will or enmity -against us. 



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In the wound of Thy right hand afford us a refuge 
from the flatteries of false friends and from the praise 
of men. 

In the wound of Thy Sacred Heart hide us from all 
that can tend to draw us away from Thee. 

NE PERMITTAS ME SEPARARI A TE. 

Let me not be separated from Thee by sin. 
Let me not be separated from Thee by tepidity. 
Let me not be separated from Thee in will and in 
intention. 

Let me not be separated from Thee in memory and 
thought. 

Let me not be separated from Thee in prosperity: 

By pleasure; 

By pride; 

By dissipation; 

By inordinate affections. 
Let me not be separated from Thee in adversity: 

By sorrow; 

By discouragement; 

By my daily faults. 

AB HOSTE MALIGNO DEFENDE ME. 

BEFEND me, Lord Jesus, for I am too weak to stand 
against my enemies without Thy help; protect 
me: 

From the open snares of the devil; 

From his hidden snares; 

From the bewitchment of worldly trifles; 

From the flatteries of men; 

From the incitements of the flesh. 

" In hora mortis meae voca me, 
Et jube me venire ad Te, 
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem Te> 
In saecula sasculorum." 



456 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

Dearest Lord Jesus, that this may be so, I beg of Thee 
that in this life Thou wilt not spare me, but wilt give 
me strength and patience to bear afflictions, and volun 
tarily also to afflict myself for my many offences against 
Thee. I ask of Thee specially the grace to make some 
reparation by works of charity and zeal for the many 
injuries I have done to Thy honor. 
I ask this: 

By the death of St. Joseph in Thy arms; 

By the death of Thy holy and immaculate Mother; 

By Thy own desolate death on the cross. 

tDarfous Exercises of Devotion for f>ols 
Communion. 

METH D OF PREPARATION*. 

Before receiving, endeavor to excite in yourself the proper 
dispositions. 

*T-*IVELY FAITH. Ask yourself, Whom am I going to 
. * A receive? The divine Master answers: "This is My 
body, My blood." It is Our Lord Jesus Christ, immolated on 
the cross, triumphant in heaven. ... It is the eternal Word, 
the sovereign Lord and Creator, my supreme Judge. Con 
tinue repeating: "Yes, my God, it is Thou indeed, it is Thou; 
I believe it more firmly on Thy word, Thy infallible word, 
than if, with my own eyes, I beheld 1 hy resplendent Majesty." 

Adoration. Acknowledge Him with all your heart to be 
your absolute Master, from Whom you hold everything and 
to Whom you entirely belong. 

Humble compunction. "Who am I that am about to 
receive Him ?" . . . Lord, Thou art the Holy of holies . . . 
before Thee Thy very angels are not sufficiently pure . . . 
and I am the last of sinners. . . . 

My heart has been defiled with many and many a sin ... 
it is so ungrateful, so unworthy ... so tepid and inclined 
to fall again. Lord, I am not worthy. . . . And yet Thou 
desirest me to come to Thee with filial confidence, as to my 
kind Saviour, my charitable Physician! 



Various Exercises for Holv Communion. 457 

Endeavor to strengthen your soul more and more by ex 
citing yourself to hearty contrition at the sight of so much 
goodness and love. "Forgive me, O my good Master! I 
detest all my sins . . . may I rather die than ever again 
wound Thy loving Heart! " 

Generous love. Like that of Jesus He gives you all ... 
all ... in an ineffable union . . . His flesh to purify 
yours, His soul to impregnate yours with His spirit of abnega 
tion and contempt of the world . . . His Heart to inflame 
yours with His generous devotedness . . . His divinity 
to transform you . . . His treasures of merit to enrich 
you . . . and His graces to strengthen you. Love Him 
then in return generously, nobly, practically, that is to say, 
give yourself to Him without reserve, by the flight of all sin, 
the fulfilment of every duty, the struggle against pride, sen 
suality, cowardice. . . . What sacrifice did Jesus refuse to 
make for you? Can you then deny Him anything? . . . 
Desire Him earnestly. . . . Call upon Him ardently: 
"Come, Lord Jesus, come ! " 

f>rager0 before Communion. 

ACTS OF FAITH AND ADORATION. 

Y sweet Jesus, I believe with a firm and lively faith, 
that in this Adorable Sacrament are Thy body 
and blood, soul and divinity. I believe that in this 
consecrated Host I shall receive that same body which 
was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, which suffered 
so many pains and torments for love of me on the cross, 
and which rose gloriously the third day from the dead. 
I believe that I shall receive that most holy soul which 
is enriched with all the treasures of the Divinity; that 
I shall receive God Himself. 

I adore Thee, O my God, as my Creator, Preserver^ 
Redeemer, and my Judge, truly present in the Holy 
Eucharist. But do Thou strengthen my faith, and 
animate it with deeper sentiments of adoration and 
love. 



1 tirious Exercises for Holy Communion. 



ACT OF CONTRITION. 

OMY God, I detest all the sins of my whole life 
because they displease Thee, and especially I 
am heartily sorry for those which I have committed 
against this Divine Sacrament, by the irreverence and 
the little profit I have drawn from so many communions, 
by my negligence in guarding my senses, particularly 
my tongue, which has been so often consecrated by Thy 
divine presence, and has been sullied by so many sins. 

O divine Jesus, what confusion I feel at beholding 
myself so unworthy to approach Thy holy table. Suffer 
me, dear Jesus, to seek the remedy for my evils in the 
wound of Thy Sacred Heart, that this adorable Heart, 
which can not endure the slightest stain, may imprint 
on mine a horror and fear of the smallest offence. Let 
Thy Sacred Heart be to me as the burning coal which 
purified the lips of Isaias; place it, all inflamed with 
charity, I beseech Thee, dear Lord, on my heart, my 
tongue, my senses, and all the powers of my soul, so 
that it may burn and annihilate all that is displeasing 
to Thee. 

ACTS OF HUMILITY AND CONFIDENCE. 

/~\ HOW utterly unworthy I am to receive Thee, my 
^^ God. Who art Thou, great Lord? and who am 
I that durst approach Thee? Thou art the Son of the 
living God, equal to Thy Father, infinitely good, power 
ful, wise, and holy, and I am nothing but misery and 
sin. O cast me not away on account of my innumer 
able infidelities. I come before Thee, poor and alto 
gether destitute of merit. Forgive my ingratitude; 
take pity on me, Thy poor weak child, who places all 
her trust in Thee. Thou art my loving Father, Who 
will watch over and protect me in all my trials and 
temptations. I know, my dear Lord, I do not deserve 



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that Thou shouldst honor- me with this visit; but I 
know, also, that in spite of all my miseries, Thou dost 
tenderly love me, and earnestly invitest me to receive 
Thee. 

Grant me, O Lord, the grace of beginning a new, a 
fervent life, and deign to give me in this Holy Sacrament 
the pledge of eternal life promised to those who receive 
Thee worthilv. Amen. 



O 



ACTS OF LOVE AND DESIRE. 

SWEET Jesus, the happy moment has at last 
arrived when I shall receive Thee. I give Thee 
my heart, I desire to live only for Thee, O Lord, and 
to spend myself in Thy love and service. Dispose of 
me as Thou pleasest, for from henceforth I am entirely 
Thine. Come, O my Jesus, and with Thy nails fasten 
my heart to Thy cross, with the lance wound my heart 
through and through with the most perfect charity; 
and with the thorns of Thy crown surround it, as with 
an impregnable wall, that so this miserable, weak heart 
of mine may withstand all the assaults of its enemies. 
Come, dear Jesus, come, and be Thou all mine, as I 
desire to be all Thine. 

ACT OF OBLATION. 

make amends for my great unworthiness and 
negligences, I offer Thee, O my Jesus, all the 
love and fervor with which those chosen souls, who are 
dearest to Thy Heart, have ever received Thee, espe 
cially Thy blessed Mother; I offer Thee her profound 
humility, her spotless purity; her burning charity and 
her most loving heart itself. Above all, dear Jesus, I 
offer Thee that ineffable sanctity with which Thou didst 
institute the Blessed Sacrament. I offer Thee like 
wise all the sorrows, sufferings, and torments which 
Thou didst endure upon the cross, in virtue of which I 



460 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

hope Thou wilt grant me the grace which Thou seest 
is most necessary for me to keep faithful to Thee, and 
to bind me closer to Thy Sacred Heart. 

PETITION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND THE SAINTS. 

BLESSED Virgin, my tender Mother, who didst 
obtain from thy divine Son a wonderful miracle 
at the wedding-feast at Cana, behold my misery and the 
need I have of thy assistance; obtain for me of Jesus a 
prodigy of His almighty power, that my coldness and 
tepidity may be changed into ardent charity. 

My holy angel guardian, and all ye heavenly spirits 
and my dear patrons N.N. obtain for me a spark of 
that heavenly fire with which you are consumed with 
love for my dear Lord. Jesus comes to me, His spouse. 
O Jesus! I humbly adore Thee, and with my whole 
heart I love Thee! 

METHOD OF THANKSGIVING. 

*~| |OOK upon Our Lord as a treasure you carry away 
- * and have all to yourself. God is looking upon this 
treasure in your heart, wondering what you will do with it, 
to whom you will give it. This treasure is the One Whom 
His Heart loves His only Son! You are no longer a poor, 
miserable petitioner, you are now rich and can offer a gift 
infinite in value. For what will you offer it? Know what 
you are about, and do not spend the time in doing nothing 
for want of a method. Realize Who is within you and as 
soon as your devotion flags use a book, if only for two min 
utes, until you collect your thoughts again. 

Adoration. Jesus is in the most inner recess of your soul, 
-eated as a king on His throne, expecting your homage. 
Prostrate at His feet, tell Him again that He is your Lord, 
your all ... that you wish to belong entirely to Him . : . 
to obey Him in everything ... to live only for His glory. 
"O Godhead hid devoutly, I adore Thee." 

Retribution (or Thanksgiving). What return can you make 
for this infinite gift? You are so poor. . . . Offer at least 
your love . . . your transports of gratitude. 



Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 461 

"Praised, loved, and adored for ever be Jesus, in the Most 
Blessed Sacrament of the Altar." Beg Mary and the sera 
phim to supply for your inability by their ardor. 

Petition. Jesus wishes to give you everything . . . and 
He can. . . . Ask earnestly, with immense confidence, for 
all necessary graces for yourself, for your dear ones, for the 
Church, sinners, the souls in purgatory. 

Offering (or oblation). Jesus has just given you all, the 
Infinite. . . . Will you keep anything back ? . . . He has 
a right to all. . . . Offer then all to Him, that He may govern 
it according to His good pleasure. "Take, O Lord, and 
receive all that I am and have." 

Resolutions. Renew, with strong determination, the prom 
ises of your retreat: Exercises of piety, combats of self-love 
. . . Purity . . . Duties of your state. Charity . . . Zeal 
. . . your particular examen. 

You carry God away with you. . . . Let every one see it 
by your recollection, your devotedness, your spiritual progress. 

" In all places and times I will never depart 
From the Heart of my God and the God of my heart." 



after Communion. 

ACTS OF ADORATION, PRAISE, AND THANKSGIVING. 

BEHOLD, Jesus is within me! The God of heaven 
has taken up His abode in my wretched, unwor 
thy heart. Welcome, my dear heavenly Spouse! I 
bless Thee for having come to me! I bow down before 
Thee here really and truly present in my heart, with 
Thy body and blood, soul and divinity, and with all the 
powers of my soul I adore Thee. 

I love Thee, my dear Jesus, with all my heart. I have 
found my treasure, my joy, my delight! Thy adorable 
Heart is all mine; Thou Thyself hast given it to me! 
I praise and bless Thee a thousand times for coming 
to me. 

My dear Lord, as I am wholly unworthy of this ines 
timable favor, and altogether unable to thank Thee as 
I ought, I beg Thy most holy Mother and all the heavenly 



462 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

spirits to unite with me in praising, adoring, and thank 
ing Thee, my generous Benefactor. But as even this 
falls immeasurably short of the thanks due to God, 
what can I do but offer Thy own loving Heart itself 
in thanksgiving. O supreme Good, to Thee alone be 
praise, adoration, and glory from all creatures through 
endless ages. Amen. 

ACT OF OBLATION. 

///"HAT return, dear Jesus, can I make Thee for 
^" Xg ** Thy wondrous love in condescending to visit 
me, a poor, worthless creature? I give Thee all I 
possess: my heart to Thy love, my will to Thy law, my 
memory to the perpetual remembrance of Thy love, 
Thy bitter Passion and death, and the profusion of 
Thy divine liberality to me. "Take and receive, O 
Lord, my entire liberty." 

Reign over my senses and all the powers of my soul. 
Do with me as Thou wilt: "My heart is ready, O 
Lord, my heart is ready! " 

Prostrate at Thy sacred feet, dear Jesus, I sacrifice 
to Thee my attachment to my own will, I sacrifice those 
eager desires to be esteemed and loved by others, my 
impetuous and hasty temper, that human respect which 
has so often been the mainspring of my actions, and 
those warm attachments and natural friendships which 
have occupied my mind and heart. I resolve hence 
forth to act only for Thee, to seek only to please Thee, 
that my mind, my heart, and my soul may acknowledge 
Thee forever as their only King and sovereign Master. 

ACT OF PETITION. 

BESEECH Thee most earnestly, dear Jesus, to 
destroy in me all that is displeasing to Thee. 
Help me to overcome my passions; make me strong 
against temptation ; give me grace to correct that special 
\ault N.N. which I know most grieves Thy Sacred Heart. 



Various Exercises for Hol\ Communion. 463 

O holy head of my Jesus, crowned with sharp thorns, 
purify all the thoughts of my mind, that they may be cen 
tered in Thee. Sacred eyes of my Jesus, restrain my curi 
osity. Sacred tongue of my Jesus, curb my evil tongue, and 
teach me to be fervent in Thy praise. Oh ! sanctify all my 
senses, that they may become instruments of Thy glory.* 

ACT OF TRUST. 

MY Jesus! Thou art infinitely rich, and all the 
treasures of grace are locked up in Thee! These 
treasures Thou hast brought to me this day. Thou 
art now in my heart, ready and willing to open Thy 
hands and fill me with Thy gifts. Wretched though I 
am, I come full of confidence to Thee, my tender Father, 
sure that by the merits of Thy precious blood Thou 
wilt enrich my poverty. Oh! most bountiful Jesus, 
give me purity of soul and body, profound contrition 
and humility, fortitude, patience, charity, and fervent 
zeal and unbounded confidence in Thee. Direct me 
in all my undertakings, enlighten my mind, strengthen 
my resolutions, and confirm my will: give me, dear 
Jesus, the spirit of my state, and grant me grace to 
observe with fidelity my holy vows, which I here 
renew. . . . 

PRAYER FOR OTHERS. 

S~\ LORD Jesus, at this happy moment I must not 
^ pray for myself alone, but for the whole Catholic 
Church, for the Pope and clergy; also for all Chris 
tian governments; and, Lord, in Thy mercy look 
down on all unhappy infidels and heretics. 

Cast an eye of love and pity on my friends and rela 
tives, as also on those for whom I am bound to pray. 
I beseech Thee to strengthen and console all who are 
in pain of mind or body; and by Thy compassionate 

* See Petitions and Offerings after Holy Communion, on 
page 42 1. 



464 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

Heart, grant the grace of conversion to all poor sinners. 
Support those who are in the j r last agony, and grant 
relief to the suffering souls in purgatory. 

Dear Jesus, I most earnestly implore Thee to watch 
with tender love and care over our Congregation, its 
head, its Superiors, and all its charitable works; in 
particular I recommend to Thy Sacred Heart this 
Community, its Superior and its special work N.N. 
Grant, O Lord, that peace, union, and charity may 
reign among us, and may we all attain to the end of 
our holy vocation, laboring efficaciously for "Thy 
greater honor and glory." 

Say the Indulgenced Prayer before a Crucifix, as on page 
213, and renew your vows. 

PRAYER TO OUR LADY AFTER HOLY COMMUNION 

/TOOTHER of Jesus, entertain now thy divine Son 
^^ for me! O my dear Mother Mary, raise up thy 
pure hands in my behalf. Through thee, O Mary, I 
consecrate to Jesus my soul with all its powers, my body 
with all its senses, my heart with all its affections. O 
Mary, obtain for me a true devotion to the most Sacred 
Heart of Jesus, a great devotion to His most sacred 
Passion, and a tender love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacra 
ment of the Altar; great confidence in thy holy inter 
cession, and that I may ever serve and love thee as 
thy devoted child. O my dear Jesus, for the sake 
of Thy most precious blood, and through the merits 
of Thy most holy Mother, do not permit me to betray 
Thee. I pray Thee to grant me a holy death, give me 
grace to receive Thee worthily in my last illness, 
with a heart full of confidence in Thy great love and 
mercy, and a soul flooded with true and lively contri 
tion for my many sins, that united with Thee and 
burning with an ardent desire of seeing Thee, I may 
depart from this life to behold Thee face to face for 
all eternity. Amen. 



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ZEAL FOR THE INTERESTS OF THE HEART OF JESUS. 

OLORD Jesus! do Thou henceforth alone live in 
my heart. May the tongue on which Thou hast 
rested never more utter words but such as would pro 
ceed from Thy meek and humble Heart. May my 
thoughts be ever in unison with Thine. May that mind 
that was in Thee be likewise in me; may I be con 
sumed with the same desires. May I be one heart and 
one soul with Thee. 

O Jesus, Whom I bear within me, let this union of my 
heart with Thine shed its influence over my whole life, 
and guide me at all times and in all events, that so I 
may be able to draw hearts to love Thee, and devote 
themselves to Thy interests. This is the desire, O my 
Jesus, with which Thou dost inspire me, that Thy 
kingdom may come, reign, and triumph over all hearts 
and nations, and that Thy will may be perfectly accom 
plished. Amen. 

O holy Mother, keep and guard our hearts, which 
Jesus has this day chosen for His dwelling. Defend 
us by thy ceaseless prayer, that we may seek in all 
things the glory of God-and the interests of His Sacred 
Heart. Amen. 

THANKSGIVING. 

T7ESUS, gentle Saviour, 
eJ God of might and power, 
Thou Thyself art dwelling 
In me at this hour. 

Multiply Thy graces, 

Chiefly love and fear, 
And, dear Lord, the chiefest, 

Grace to persevere. 

When my heart Thou leavest, 

Lord, worthless though it be, 
Give it to Thy Mother 

To be kept for Thee. 



466 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

Simple praters for 1bolE Communion. 

BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION. 

"T^>RAYER FOR HELP. O my God, help me to 
*** make a good communion. Mary, my dearest 
Mother, pray to Jesus for me. My dear angel guardian, 
lead me to the altar of God. 

Act of Faith. O my God, because Thou hast said it, 
I believe that I shall receive in holy communion the 
sacred body of Jesus Christ, and His most precious 
blood. I believe this with all my heart. 

Ad of Hope. O my God, relying on Thy infinite 
power and goodness, and on Thy promises, I hope to 
obtain, through Jesus Christ, the salvation of my soul. 

Act of Humility. My God, I confess that I am a 
poor sinner; I am not worthy to receive the body and 
blood of Jesus on account of -my sins. Lord, I am 
not worthy that Thou shouldest enter under my roof; 
say but the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

Act of Sorrow. My God, I detest all the sins of my 
life. I am sorry for them, because they have offended 
Thee, my God, Who art so good. I am resolved never 
more to commit sin. My good God, have mercy on 
me, forgive me. Amen. 

Act of Adoration. O Jesus, great God, present on 
the altar, I bow down before Thee, I adore Thee. 

Act oj Love and Desire. Sweet Jesus, I love Thee. 
I desire with all my heart to receive Thee. Come to me 
and let me never again be separated from Thee. 

AFTER HOLY COMMUNION. 

T OF FAITH. O Jesus, I believe that I have 
received Thy sacred body and Thy most precious 
blood in holy communion; I believe, O Saviour, that 
Thou art really present within my breast. Thou art the 
same Jesus Who was born in Bethlehem and dwelt in 
Nazareth, Who suffered and died for my salvation ; the 



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same Lord Who now sitteth in heaven at the right hand 
of God, and Who is there the joy of the saints and angels. 

Act of Adoration. O Jesus, my God, I adore Thee 
present in my heart and soul. I am penetrated with 
Thy substance; I am Thy living ciborium; I unite 
myself with my holy guardian angel, and offer Thee 
my tribute of honor and praise. 

Act of Hope. O Jesus, I place all my hope in Thee, 
because Thou alone art my salvation, my strength, my 
refuge, and the foundation of all my happiness. 

Act of Humility. O Jesus, I am but dust and ashes, 
and yet Thou hast come to me, and now my poor heart 
may speak to Thee as to a friend and brother. 

Act of Love. Sweet Jesus, I love Thee; I love Thee 
with all my heart. Thou knowest that I love Thee, 
and that I wish to love Thee daily more and more. 

Act of Thanksgiving. My good Jesus, I thank Thee 
with all my heart. How good, how kind Thou art to 
me, sweet Jesus. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy 
Sacrament of the Altar. 

Act of Offering. O Jesus, receive my poor offering. 
Jesus, Thou hast given Thyself to me, and now let me 
give myself to Thee: 

I give Thee my body, that it may be chaste and pure. 

I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin. 

I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee. 

I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe, and 
especially my last; I give Thee myself in life and in 
death, that I may be Thine for ever and ever. 

Remember the words of Jesus: "Ask and you shall 
receive," and 

Pray for Yourself. 

O JESUS, wash away my sins with Thy precious blood. 
O Jesus, the struggle against temptation is not 
yet finished. My Jesus, when temptation comes near me, 
make me strong against it. In the moment of tempta 
tion may I always say, "Jesus, mercy! Mary, help!" 



468 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

O Jesus, may I lead a good life; may I die a happy 
death. May I receive Thee before I die. May I say 
when I am dying, "Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I give you 
my heart and my soul." 

Listen now for a moment to Jesus Christ; perhaps 
He has something to say to you. There may be some 
promise you have made and broken, which He wishes 
you to make again and keep. 

Answer Jesus in your heart, and tell Him all your 
troubles. Then 

Pray for OtJters. 

O JESUS, have mercy on Thy holy Church; take 
care of it. 

O Jesus, have pity on poor sinners, and save them 
from hell. 

O Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers 
and sisters, and all I ought to pray for, as Thy Heart 
knows how to bless them. 

O Jesus, have pity on the poor souls in purgatory, 
and give them eternal rest. 

Sweet Jesus, I am going away for a time, but I trust 
not without Thee. Thou art with me by Thy grace. 
I will never leave Thee by mortal sin. I do not fear 
to do so, though I am so weak, because I have such 
hope in Thee. Give me grace to persevere. Amen. 

PRAYER OF VEN. FATHER OLIER. 

O JESUS, living in Mary, 
Come and live in Thy servants, 
In the spirit of Thy holiness, 
In the fulness of Thy might, 
In the truth of Thy virtues, 
In the perfection of Thy ways, 
In the communion of Thy mysteries. 
Subdue every hostile power, 

In Thy Spirit, for the glory of the Father. Ameri. 
Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius IX. Oct. 14,, 1859,, 



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Ejaculation. 

PfTERNAL Father! I offer Thee the precious blood 
^^ of Jesus in satisfaction for my sins, and for the 
wants of Thy holy Church. 

Indulgence of 100 days each time. Pius VII., Sept. 22, 1817. 

OFFERING BEFORE A PICTURE OF THE SACRED HEART. 

/T\Y loving Jesus, I N.N. give Thee my he.art; and 
^^ I consecrate myself wholly to Thee out of the 
grateful love I bear Thee, and as a reparation for all 
my unfaithfulness; and with Thine aid I purpose never 
to sin again. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day; plenary once a month if 
said daily. Pius VII., June 9, 1807. 

TO BE SAID AFTER THE HAIL MAR\. 

QY Queen! My Mother! I give myself entirely to 
thee; and to show my devotion to thee, I con 
secrate to thee this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, 
my heart, my whole being, without reserve. Where 
fore, good Mother, as I am thine own, keep me, guard 
me, as thy property and possession. 

With one Hail Mary, morning and evening, an indulgence of 
100 days, once a day. Plenary indulgence on usual conditions. 
Pius IX., Aug. 5, 1851. 



ILitang for fjolg Communion.* 

(Before or after.) 

, have mercy on us. 
Christ, have mercy on us. 
Lord, have mercy on us. 
Christ, hear us. 
Christ, graciously hear us. 

* This litany is for private devotion only. The Litany of the 
Holy Name of Jesus, and the Litany of the Sacred Heart, when 
recited slowly after holy communion, are apt to excite happy 
inspirations and devout reflections. 



470 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

God the Father of Heaven, 

God the Son, Redeemer of the world, 

God the Holy Ghost, 

Holy Trinity one God, 

Jesus, Living Bread which came down from heaven, 

Jesus, Bread from heaven giving life to the world, 

Hidden God and Saviour, 

My Lord and my God, 

Who hast loved us with an everlasting love, 

Whose delights are to be with the children of men, 

Who hast given Thy flesh for the life of the world, 

Who dost invite all to come to Thee, 

Who dost promise eternal life to those who receive 

Thee, 

Who with desire dost desire to eat this Pasch with us, 
Who art ever ready to receive and welcome us, 
Who dost stand at our door knocking, 
Who hast said that if we will open to Thee the door, Thou 

wilt come in and sup with us, 
Who dost receive us into Thy arms and bless us with the 

little children, 

Who dost suffer us to sit at Thy feet with Magdalen, 
Who dost invite us to lean on Thy bosom with the be 
loved disciple, 

Who hast not left us orphans, 
Most dear Sacrament, 
Sacrament of love, 
Sacrament of sweetness, 
Life-giving Sacrament, 
Sacrament of strength, 
My God and my All, 
That our hearts may pant after Thee as the hart after 

the fountains of water, 
That Thou wouldst manifest Thyself to us as to the 

two disciples in the breaking of bread, 
That we may know Thy voice like Magdalen, 
That with a lively faith we may confess with the beloved 

disciple "It is the Lord," 
That Thou wouldst bless us who have not seen and 

have believed, 
That we may love Thee in the Blessed Sacrament with 



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our whole heart, with our whole soul, with all our 

mind, and with all our strength, 
That the fruit of each communion may be fresh love, 
That our one desire may be to love Thee and to do Thy 

will, 

That we may ever remain in Thy love, 
That Thou wouldst teach us how to receive and welcome 

Thee, 
That Thou wouldst teach us to pray and Thyself pray 

within us, 



That with Thee every virtue may come into our souls, 
That through this day Thou wouldst keep us closely 

united to Thee, 

That Thou wouldst give us grace to persevere to the end, 
That Thou wouldst then be our support and Viaticum, 
That with Thee and leaning on Thee we may safely pass 

through all dangers, 
That our last act may be one of perfect love, and our last 

breath a long deep sigh to be in Our Father s house, 
That Thy sweet face may smile upon us when we appear 

before Thee, 
That our banishment from Thee, dearest Lord, may not 

be very long, 
That when the time is come, we may fly up from our 

prison to Thee and in Thy Sacred Heart find our rest 

forever, 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
spare us, O Lord. 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
graciously hear us. 

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, 
have mercy on us. 

V. Stay with us, Lord, because it is toward evening. 

R. And the day is now far spent. 

Let us pray. 

come to Thee, dear Lord, with the apostles, saying, 
"Increase our faith." Give us a strong and lively 
faith in the mystery of Thy real presence in the midst of us. 
Give us the splendid faith of the centurion, which drew 
from Thee such praise. Give us the faith of the beloved 



472 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

disciple to know Thee in the dark and say, "It is the Lord! " 
Give us the faith of Peter to confess, "Thou art Christ, the 
Son of the living God." Give us the faith of Magdalen to 
fall at Thy feet crying, "Rabboni, Master." Give us the 
faith of all Thy saints, to whom the Blessed Sacrament has 
been heaven begun on earth. In every communion increase 
our faith; for with faith love and humility, and reverence, 
and docility, and all good, will come into our souls. 
Dearest Lord, increase our faith. 

Sbort Bets for Ibolg Communion. 

ACT OF FAITH. 

JESUS, I believe that Thou art present in the 
Blessed Sacrament, as truly as Thou art in 
heaven. I believe that, under the appearance of bread, 
I shall receive, in holy communion, Thy sacred body 
and blood. I adore Thee as my Lord and my God. 

ACT OF HOPE. 

JESUS, I hope in Thee because Thou art infinitely 
good, almighty, and faithful to Thy promises. 
Through Thy mercy I hope to obtain the pardon of my 
sins, and the grace of final perseverance. 

ACT OF CHARITY. 

JESUS, I love Thee with my whole heart and above 
all things, because Thou art the one supremely 
good and infinitely perfect Being. My desire is to love 
Thee more, and in all things to please Thee. 

ACT OF DESIRE. 

O JESUS, my heart yearns for Thee in holy com 
munion. Come, Thou Food of angels and Bread 
of heaven, to nourish my soul. Come, most amiable 
Spouse of my soul, to inflame me with such love of Thee 
that I may never again be separated from Thee. Come, 
do not delay, sweet Master, Thou Joy of the angels and 
Bliss of the saints. 



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ACT OF SORROW AND HUMILITY. 

JESUS, I am a poor sinner. But Thou wilt not 
despise a contrite and humble heart. I am 
truly sorry for having sinned, because Thou art so 
good and sin displeases Thee. O Lord! I am not 
worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof, but 
say only the word, and my soul shall be healed. 

Bfter 1bolg Communion. 

ACT OF \DORATION. 

/~\ JESUS, my Beloved, Thou art with me now. 
^-^ Thou art my God, and yet Thou hast come 
to me, a poor sinner. I adore Thee in union with the 
saints and angels. Thou art my King; reign Thou 
alone over my heart and my whole being. Let me 
never be separated from Thee by sn, that I may adore 
Thee and love Thee for ever, in heaven. 

ACT OF THANKSGIVING. 

O JESUS, I thank Thee for coming to me, and 
nourishing my soul with Thy sacred body and 
most precious blood. "What shall I render to the 
Lord for all the things that He hath rendered to me ? " 
(Ps. cxv. 12). Unworthy as I am I will offer to God 
the merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Beloved 
of my soul. I offer the merits of His most blessed 
Mother, and of all the saints. O saints and angels, 
praise the Lord in my name, and give thanks to Him 
for His goodness and mercy to me. With the grace 
of God, I mean to manifest my gratitude for His graces 
and blessings by obedience to His holy commandments, 
by my devotedness to my duties, and by my fidelity to 
His inspirations. Thanks be to God. Blessed be His 
holy name! 



474 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 



ACT OF REPARATION AND LOVE. 

f\ JESUS, how great is Thy love for my poor soul. 
^-* Thou hast died for me on the cross, and Thou 
hast given me, in this Blessed Sacrament, the pledge 
of eternal life. I love Thee, my Lord, with all my 
heart. I am sorry for the insults and injuries that I 
and others have inflicted on Thy Sacred Heart; for 
Thou art infinitely good and worthy of all my love. I 
would rather lose my life and all my possessions than 
lose Thee again through mortal sin, O my sovereign 
Good! Help me to love Thee more and more. I wish 
to avoid everything that is displeasing to Thee. I give 
Thee my soul and my body. I consecrate to Thee my 
thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings. I place my 
self entirely in Thy hands; do with me according to 
Thy pleasure. With St. Ignatius, I pray: "Give me 
but Thy love and Thy grace; more than this I do not 
ask;" and with the seraphic Francis, I cry to Thee: 
"My Lord and my God! Thou hast died for love of 
me, let me also die to self for love of Thee." 

PETITION. 

J7ESUS, my Lord, since Thou hast come to me to 
J grant me graces, bidding me to ask with confi 
dence, I now pray Thee not for earthly riches, honors, 
and transitory pleasures, but for the greatest spiritual 
treasures, namely, a supernatural horror of sin, and 
intense sorrow for past offences, freedom from inordi 
nate affections, a meek and humble heart like Thine, 
the most perfect submission and even abandonment to 
Thy will, a holy life and a happy death. Help me to 
live daily more perfectly in accordance with the spirit 
of my vows, and that I may persevere as a true and 
zealous Religious to the end of my days. 

I have also some particular graces to ask for (mention 
them). O heavenly Father! since our dear Lord and 



Various Exercises j or Holy Communion. 475 

Saviour Himself has said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, 
if you ask the Father anything in My name, He will 
give it you," I beseech Thee, for the love of Thy Son, 
Jesus Christ, Who now dwells within me, and Whose 
infinite merits I offer up to Thee, do Thou graciously 
hear my prayers and grant all my petitions. 

MEMENTO OF THE LIVING. 

1. C\ LORD, my God! I recommend to Thee the 
^-^ Sovereign Pontiff, and all prelates, bishops, 

and priests, all Superiors and Religious; in particular 
those of our own Congregation; grant them, O Lord, 
zeal and the spirit of their state, that they may give 
themselves to the salvation of souls. 

2. My relatives, friends, and enemies; the dying 
who are on the point of leaving this world; and all the 
faithful who are in Thy grace; give them, O Lord, 
perseverance and fervor in Thy love. 

3. All infidels, heretics, and sinners; give them light 
and strength that they may all know and love Thee. 

MEMENTO OF THE DEAD. 

1. *T RECOMMEND to Thee the souls of my 
*** parents, benefactors, friends, and enemies; 

and of those who are in purgatory through my fault. 

2. The souls of priests, and those who labored for 
souls especially of Superiors and Rel igious. 

3. The souls of those who were most devout to the 
Passion of Jesus Christ, to the Most Holy Sacrament, 
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and to His Blessed Mother; 
the souls who are the most forgotten; those who are 
suffering the most; and those who are nearest to the 
gates of paradise. 

FINAL REFLECTIONS, ACTS, AND PETITIONS. 

EET Heart of Jesus, be my love. Sweet heart 
of Mary, be my salvation. May I suffer for 
you, may I die for you; may I be all yours, and in 



476 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

nothing my own! May the Most Holy Sacrament be 
evermore thanked and praised! Blessed be the holy 
and immaculate conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
"My son, give Me thy heart" (Prov. xiii. 26). O my 
soul, behold this is all that thy Lord asks of thee; when 
He comes to visit thee, He would have thy heart and 
thy will. He gives Himself to thee without reserve; 
it is but reasonable that thou shouldst also give Him 
all thyself without reserve, taking care to follow His 
will in all things: "For the Lord will return, to rejoice 
over thee in all good things" (Deut. xxx. 9). Act in 
such a manner that Jesus, when He comes to thee again, 
may find that thou hast executed all His designs. My 
Jesus! I wish to please Thee; help Thou my desire. 
Give me strength, and do with me whatsoever Thou 
pleasest. 

" When life is o er to me He ll say, 

Arise, my love, the winter s past; 
The rains have ceased, come haste away, 

Heaven s endless day has dawned at last. 

" In rapturous love, then, face to face, 

My Jesus all unveiled I ll see 
Upon His Heart, in His embrace, 
I ll sweetly rest eternally." 

A PETITION TO OVERCOME YOUR FAULTS. 

EAR Jesus, Thou knowest my special weaknesses, 
and how earnestly I have asked Thee to strengthen 



me. 



But there are other failings, and these I petition Thee 
to help me in a particular manner to overcome. 

I wince and chafe when I am found fault with, even 
when the reproach is just. 

It is like a lancet cutting me to be misunderstood, 
and to have my intentions and actions misrepresented. 

But to be accused falsely and before many, to be 
branded with motives and deeds which I would spurn, 



Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 477 

well-nigh paralyzes me, and tempts me to bitterness of 
heart and revenge. 

While seeing others preferred before me, being de 
rided and held up to scorn rouses all the worst feelings 
and passions of my nature with such force that I am well- 
nigh carried away by their violence. 

I feel it so hard, sometimes almost impossible, to be 
kind to those who have treated me treacherously and 
with ingratitude, and my thoughts, words, and ges 
tures are poisoned with dislike when they come across 
me. 

I strive to cast the injury they have done me from 
my mind, and to treat them with more kindness than 
before, but the struggle seems hopeless. 

And in this way I am so utterly unlike Thee, Whom 
I have received in holy communion, Whose disciple 
I am, and Whose follower I pretend to be, that I entreat 
Thee to change me, that I may imitate closely Thy 
beautiful example. 

Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, make my heart 
like Thine! 

When I am misunderstood and misrepresented, make 
me as calm, patient, resigned, and joyful as Thou wert, 
when Thyself, Thy divine mission, and Thy actions 
were misunderstood and grossly misrepresented. 

When I am falsely accused, make me as unruffled as 
Thou wert when Thy enemies accused Thee publicly of 
having a devil, of casting out devils by Beelzebub, and 
when Thou stoodst before Pilate, arraigned as a rebel 
plotting to take away the kingdom of Judea from the 
rule of Caesar. 

When I am spoken of contemptuously, when others 
are preferred before me, whether it be through injustice 
or by Thy permissive providence to cure me of my 
deep pride and morbid self-love, make me silent and 
resigned, as Thou wert when Barabbas, the murderer 
and the robber, was preferred before Thee, and when, 



478 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

hanging on the cross, the Jews cried out, "Vah! Thou 
that destroyest the Temple of God, and in three days 
dost rebuild it, save Thy own self: if Thou be the Son 
of God, come down from the cross" (Matt, xxvii. 40). 

In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes 
and ancients, mocking, said, "He saved others; Him 
self He can not save. If He be the King of Israel, 
let Him come down from the cross, and we will believe 
Him" (Matt, xxvii. 42). 

Make me act toward those who have offended me as 
Thou didst to Magdalen, whom Thou didst love most 
of others after Thy Mother; as Thou didst to Peter, whom 
Thou didst not only fully forgive, but didst make him 
prince of the apostles. 

These are some of the weak parts of my moral nature, 
and I beseech Thee to invigorate and strengthen them. 

These are the points where my resolutions so often 
fail, and the enemy too frequently triumphs. 

Give me such fortitude that I may never be defeated 
again. 

Leave the impress of Thy example on my soul to-day, 
that it may stimulate me to walk in Thy footsteps, and 
so become like Thee in my thoughts, words, and actions, 
but especially in my conduct toward others. 

Oh! dear Jesus, I desire most earnestly to be Thy 
real disciple, Thy true and faithful follower. Help me 
with Thy grace. 

It is my resolve ever to try to learn the golden truth 
and to act upon it, that all real goodness must depend 
upon the practice of the love of God and my neighbor, 
as Our Saviour says: "On these two commandments 
dependeth the whole law and the prophets" (Matt, 
xxii. 40). 

It is my firm purpose to learn and practice humility, 
which consists in acting on the plain truth, that we have 
nothing of our own, and that whatever we possess be 
longs to God, according to the teaching of St. Paul: 



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"By the grace of God, I am what I am" (i Cor. xv. 
10). . 

And if I am ever tempted to deny or to forget this 
primary truth, I will always say: "What hast thou that 
thou hast not received, and if thou hast received, why 
dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?" (i Cor. 
iv. 7). 

And when self-love or others tempt me to glory in 
what is not mine, my answers shall be in the words of 
David: "Not to us, O Lord, but to Thy name, give 
glory" (Ps. cxiii. i). 

Neither will I put myself before others unfairly or 
unjustly, but will follow the advice of Our Saviour: "But 
when thou art invited, go sit down in the lowest place: 
that when he who inviteth thee cometh, he may say to 
thee, Friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have 
glory before them that sit at table with thee" (Luke 
xiv. 10). 

And when pride and vanity are trying to enter my 
heart and mind, I will always remember my nothing 
ness and say: "Why is earth and ashes proud ? " (Ecclus. 
x. 9). 

If ever I have authority, or am in an honorable position, 
I will never treat those under me as my inferiors, but 
I will carry out the spirit of Our Saviour s instructions, 
where He says: "W T hoever shall be the greater among 
you, let him be your minister, and he that shall be first 
among you shall be your servant" (Matt. xx. 26, 27). 

Thus I shall avoid the punishment of the proud, 
and receive the reward of the humble: "And whoso 
ever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and he that 
humbleth himself shall be exalted" (Matt, xxiii. 12). 

I am determined to be fully resigned. to God s will, 
and in all that happens to say from my heart in every 
sorrow and misfortune, "Not my will, but Thine, be 
done" (Luke xxii. 42). 

I promise to leave myself and my future with child- 



480 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

like trust and confidence in God s hands, and to banish 
all fear, anxiety, and restlessness about what may happen. 

I firmly resolve, with God s grace, never wilfully to 
commit any venial sin, whether of pride, vanity, anger, 
jealousy, revenge, uncharitableness, or untruthfulness, 
and if I fail, I am determined at once to ask God s for 
giveness by an act of sorrow. 

It is my unshaken intention to correspond with the 
inspirations of grace; and never to forget the injunction 
of St. Paul: "And we exhort you not to receive the 
grace of God in vain" (2 Cor. vi. i). 

This is the way to lead good lives, to prepare for a 
happy death, and to save our souls. Then we shall be 
so pleasing to God that He will guard us as the apple 
of His eye, and protect us under the shadow of His 
wings, and whenever we die a crown of eternal glory 
will await us, for "He that shall persevere unto the end, 
he shall be saved" (Matt. x. 22). 

JESUS, MASTER, TEACH ME. 



me, teach me, dearest Jesus, 
In Thine own sweet loving way, 
All the lessons of perfection 
I must practice day by day. 

Teach me meekness, dearest Jesus, 
Of Thine own the counterpart; 

Not in words and actions only, 
But the meekness of the heart. 

Teach Humility, sweet Jesus, 

To this poor, proud heart of mine, 

Which yet wishes, O my Jesus, 
To be modelled after Thine. 

Teach me Fervor, dearest Jesus, 
To comply with every grace, 

So as never to look backwards, 
Never slacken in the race. 



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Teach me Poverty, sweet Jesus, 

That my heart may never cling, 
To whate er its love might sever, 

From my Saviour, Spouse, and King. 

Teach me Chastity, sweet Jesus, 

That my every day may see 
Something added to the likeness 

That my soul should bear to Thee. 

Teach Obedience, dearest Jesus, 

Such as was Thy daily food 
In Thy toilsome earthly journey 

From the cradle to the rood. 

Teach Thy Heart, to me, dear Jesus, 

Is my fervent, final prayer. 
For all beauties and perfections 

Are in full perfection there. 

A SPECIAL REQUEST. 

B BAREST Lord, whilst Thou art with me I have 
one great favor to ask, which I am sure Thou 
wilt grant, because it is for Thy greater glory and for 
my good. 

From to-day, and for the rest of my life, I want to 
love Thee with an unselfish, perfect love. 

I do not want to love Thee only for what gifts or 
rewards I shall receive, or for the punishments I shall 
avoid. 

I do not desire to love Thee merely because I shall 
thereby obtain heaven and avoid hell. 

But I ardently wish to love Thee for Thine own dear 
sake, because Thou art so infinitely good, beautiful, 
powerful, rich, tender, compassionate, and loving. 

Because there is no king or emperor can compare with 
Thee, and imagination can not conceive any being that 
can dimly approach Thee. 

This, loving Jesus, is the request I now make with al/ 
the fervor of my soul. 



482 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 



Give me, I beseech Thee, this generous and unselfish 
love. Intensify and deepen it day by day, and then 
indeed my life will be happy and peaceful. 

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER S HYMN OF LOVE. 
|^V DEUS, ego amo Te! 

Nee amo Te ut salves me, 



OGOD, I love Thee for 
Thyself 



Aut quia non amantes Te, 
/Eterno punis igne: 

Tu, Tu, mi Jesu, totum me 

Amplexus es in cruce. 
Tulisti clavos, lanceam 

Multamque ignominiam, 
Innumeros dolores, 

Sudores et angores, 



And not that I may heaven 

gain, 
Nor yet that they, who love 

Thee not, 

Must suffer hell s eternal 
pain. 

Thou, O my Jesus! Thou 

didst me 

Upon the cross embrace ; 
For me didst bear the nails 

and spear 
And manifold disgrace; 

And griefs and torments 

numberless, 
And sweat of agony; 



Ac mortem: et haec propter E en death itself and all 



me, 
Ac pro me peccatore! 

Cur igitur non amem Te, 

O Jesu amantissime ? 
Non ut in coelo salves me, 

Aut ne aeternum damnes me, 
Nee praemii ullius spe; 

Sed sicut Tu amasti me, 
Sic amo et amabo Te, 

Solum quia Rex meus es, 
Et solum quia Deus es. 



for one 
Who was Thine enemy. 

Then why, O blessed Jesus 

Christ, 

Should I not love Thee well : 
Not for the sake of winning 

heaven, 
Or of escaping hell; 

Not with the hope of gaining 
aught, 

Not seeking a reward; 
But, as Thyself hast loved me, 

O ever-loving Lord? 

E en so I love Thee, and will 

love, 

And in Thy praise will sing; 
Solely because Thou art my 

God 
And my eternal King. 



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AX ACT OF PRAISE. 

V T"\EAREST Lord, praise is the outcome of a heart 
*"- filled with perfect love, gratitude, and admira 
tion. 

Oh, I love and praise Thee for all Thy wondrous 
deeds, Thy infinite love and goodness, and particularly 
for giving Thyself to me in holy communion this day, 
to be the food and nourishment of my soul! 

Oh, that I could make all creatures and all creation 
love and praise Thee as Thou deservest! 

Oh, that, like the four-and-twenty ancients, I could 
ever continually repeat their prayer of praise: "Thou 
art worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory, and 
honor, and power! " 

That as the angels sang over Bethlehem, I might keep 
singing in my heart, "Glory to God in the highest." 

That I might love to cry out like David, "Ye sun, 
moon, and stars, ye young men and women, magnify 
and glorify God for ever." 

That with the three children in the burning furnace, 
who walked in the midst of the flames, praising God 
and blessing the Lord, in tribulation and adversity, I 
might ever praise and bless Thee. 

That, after the example of the Blessed Virgin, who 
cried out, "My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my 
spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Saviour," my soul might 
be full of Thy praises. 

That, imitating St. Francis and the saints in every age, 
I might call on everything to praise the Lord, as they 
used to cry out, "Praise the Lord, ye birds and swallows 
and all living things!" 

This is the way I will try to praise Thee, dear Lord, for 
all Thy gifts, and especially for giving Thyself to me in 
the holy communion. 



484 Various Exercises for Holy Communion 



PRAYER OF BLESSED MARGARET MARY. 

MY God, I disavow with all my heart whatever 
passes within me contrary to Thy holy love. I 
cheerfully accept all the painful dispositions in which 
it is Thy pleasure to place me, and my wish is in all 
things to conform myself to Thy holy will. Whenever 
I kiss Thy cross, it is to show that I submit to mine. 

A PRAYER TO BECOME A FERVENT RELIGIOUS. 

N calling me to the religious life, O God of my 
heart! Thou hast called me to perfection; Thou 
wishest that I should daily aspire to it, and Thou afford- 
est me the most abundant means for that purpose. But, 
alas! how remote am I from that solid and perfect 
virtue which should characterize Thy faithful spouse! 
What a long journey still remains for me to arrive at 
that happy term! Notwithstanding the many years I 
have passed in religion, I find myself still subject to 
the same defects, and I make no progress in virtue. 
Instead of advancing, I very often fall back; instead 
of correcting myself, of becoming more holy, of being 
more faithful to my duties, of being more detached 
from the world and myself, more mild and charitable, 
more exact and fervent, more docile, submissive, more 
poor in spirit and heart, I continue to be tepid and negli 
gent ; averse to trouble and contradiction ; hostile to mor 
tification, silence, and recollection; seeking in all things 
my satisfaction, the gratification of my humor and 
natural inclinations. O my God! shall I be always 
an unfaithful soul, an imperfect Religious, a spouse 
unworthy of Thee? How great a misfortune for me, 
were death to take me by surprise! Vouchsafe, O 
Spouse of my soul! to lend me Thy all-powerful hand; 
draw me from my tepidity, inspire me with a holy zeal 
for my perfection; and, in order to repair the lost time, 
conduct me by rapid steps to the term of my vocation. 



Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 485 

I implore this favor of Thee through the intercession of 
Mary and Joseph. 

Paler, Ave. 

MARKS OF A FERVENT RELIGIOUS.* 

E perfection of a Religious does not consist, as is some- 
times imagined, in undertaking great things, in reciting 
long prayers, or in sublime contemplation, in practicing 
excessive austerities and mortifications, in performing heroic 
acts of virtue; in a word, it does not consist in walking in 
an extraordinary way and distinguishing one s self by a 
singular mode of life, or by making one s self prominent 
before the world. We are to seek perfection only in the 
faithful keeping of our vows and in the strict observance 
of our rules and constitutions. The following points are to 
be remarked in the conduct of a fervent Religious: 

1. In regard to God the fervent Religious punctually 
performs all his exercises of piety in accordance with the 
spirit of God and of his holy Institute. Or, to enter more 
into details, he recites all his vocal prayers with attention, 
makes his meditations with fervor and his spiritual reading 
considerately, receives holy communion with due prepara 
tion, and performs all his actions with a pure intention, 
solely to please and serve God, with inviolable fidelity to 
grace, with perfect conformity to the divine will, with the 
most intimate union of his heart with the Sacred Heart of 
Jesus Christ, Who deigned to call him to so holy and exalted 
a state. 

2. In regard to his neighbor he is full of respect and 
esteem in accordance with the divine law and his own con 
science; he is charitable and obliging, meek, patient, and 
indulgent toward others; bears their ill-humor vith com 
posure, excuses their faults, sympathizes with them in their 
sufferings and trials, forestalls their desires and wishes, most 
carefully shuns all cutting remarks, bitter complaints, un 
pleasant retorts, all kinds of dissatisfaction, all coldness and 
unfeelingness. He seeks occasions to oblige them, to render 
them service, and this without exacting gratitude in return. 
. 

* By Rev. Jos. Schneider, S.j. 



486 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

He is never more pleased than when he can befriend them. 
He gives to all a good example, helps and consoles them, 
and does all he can to contribute to the happiness of those 
with whom he lives. 

3. In regard to himself he is all humility, retirement, and 
watchfulness. In him reigns a constant equanimity with 
a cheerful peace of mind. He is always perfectly composed 
and devoid of obstinacy, uneasiness, confusion, pride, and 
arrogance. Without hypocrisy or duplicity he considers 
himself as the servant of all, and sees in his neighbor Jesus 
Christ Himself. He neither seeks human applause, nor 
yields to the cravings of vanity, self-love, and self-compla 
cency, and cheerfully devotes himself to promoting the glory 
of God in whatever place, employment, or rank, obedience 
and divine Providence may place him. 

In short, a fervent Religious shows in his whole conduct 
and in his actions nothing singular or extraordinary, but 
he imparts a sublime elevation and value to all his actions 
and to his whole conduct by his exalted motives, by the 
wholly divine exercise of an interior and recollected life, 
of walking in the presence of God, of desire for perfection, 
and by his consideration and expectation of heavenly bliss. 
Thus have many Religious lived, e.g., a St. Aloysius Gon- 
zaga, in whose life there was seen nothing grand or extraor 
dinary, and who, by the exercises of an apparently ordinary 
life, raised himself to a very high degree of holiness. St. 
Mary Magdalen de Pazzi once beheld him in a vision clothed 
with brightest glory, at which sight she was so full of astonish 
ment and wonder that she fell into an ecstasy. How did 
St. Aloysius reach such a height of virtue and glory? By 
constant fidelity to grace, by the faithful performance of all 
his duties, by his "inner and hidden life," so full of treasures 
of merits, so unknown to the world, but so pleasing to God 
and richly rewarded by Him. 

This grand model urges us to lead, a perfect life, and cor 
rects our many former errors concerning piety. It is very 
consoling to timorous souls, who do not feel strong enough 
to take a lofty flight like the eagle, but who can gather there 
from the hope of attaining, even step by step, that degree 
of perfection to which they are called by their state and the 
grace of God. 



Various Exercises for Holy Communion, 487 

Let us also keep in view this exalted model, that he may 
serve us as a mirror wherein to contemplate how we may 
trace in us all his traits and adapt to them our heart, our 
sentiments, and our conduct. 

Gbe picture of a (Boofc 1Rox>ice, 

THE MARKS BY WHICH IT MAY BE KNOWN WHETHER 
HE. WILL BECOME A GOOD AND FAITHFUL MEMBER OF 
HIS ORDER.* 

PERFECT novice, who in time will become a true 
Religious, may be known by the following signs: 

1. He never commits a venial sin with full deliberation. 

2. He conceals nothing from his Superiors, nor does he 
wish that they should remain in ignorance of anything about 
him whatever. 

3. He bears it without bitterness if his faults are shown 
to him. 

4. He cheerfully does penance for failings which scarcely 
deserve a punishment. 

5. He takes advantage of every chance to deny and mortify 
himself. 

6. He always speaks of matters that are in keeping with 
his vocation. 

7. He keeps so close a guard over his external conduct 
that a searching eye finds hardly anything to blame. 

8. Books that excite virtuous resolutions he reads with 
greater fervor and relish than those which merely satisfy 
curiosity and engage the mind. 

9. He entertains no special friendship that rests on purely 
natural grounds. 

10. He steadily combats self-love by undertaking, with 
the consent of his Superiors, whatever he dislikes. 

11. He struggles with success against weariness at prayer, 
reading, and other spiritual exercises. 

12. He estimates the practical value of meditation, not 
by the consolation he experiences, but by the amount of love 
he acquires for virtue and the care he takes to avoid wilful 
imperfections. 

* According to P. Dirkink, S.J. 



488 Various Exercises for Holy Communion. 

13. He longs for perfection, not to benefit self, but to 
please God. 

14. He avoids the smallest violation against the Rule and 
holds nothing unimportant that bears on perfection. 

15. He frequently consults his novice-master and submits 
to his guidance to the intent: 

(a) That he may be protected against the danger of mortally 
offending God, and lessen the number of venial sins and 
imperfections. 

(b) That he may practice virtue with safety. 

(c) That he may learn to perform his interior and exterior 
actions more perfectly from day to day. 

16. Of several good works he aims to choose the more 
perfect. 

17. He shows no preference for any occupation, office, or 
place, but simply accommodates himself to every situation 
and circumstance. 

18. He is always satisfied and cheerful, never ill-humored 
or self-willed. 

19. He is not easily worried about anything, and construes 
matters in the best light; but things that may injure the 
community, a wrong-doer, or a neighbor, he does not fail 
to report. 

20. A novice fashioned in this mould and rooted in solid 
virtue, leaves the novitiate with such a dread of sin and imper- 
Jection, and such a love of virtue and perfection, that all 
alone and without fear of reproof he will lead a life as vir 
tuous, pure, and guarded as if he were constantly under the 
observing eye of a most venerated Superior. 

I conclude with the short advice, " Do this and thou shalt 
live." Yes, you will live in your Community with pleasure, 
your life will be blameless, godly, and perfect, as becomes 
a true follower of Christ. I entreat you, only make a brave 
start; for "well begun is half done." "When you begin," 
ays St. Bernard, "begin well; if you do, you will soon 
reach the end." And when, like the angels ascending, you 
have mounted, as up a Jacob s ladder, the rounds of virtue, 
you will find the Lord leaning upon the topmost round, and 
you will be clasped in the blessed, outstretched arms of God. 



Before and after Communion. 489 



IReflectfons ano praters before ano after 
Communion for IReligious,* 

Cbrfst ur Xorfc as Iking. 

BEFORE COMMUNION. 

/. Who comes ? 

E, Who is King of kings, and Lord of lords" (Apoc. 
xix.) ; "the King of glory" (Ps. xxiii.) ; "a power 
ful King and greatly to be feared, Who sitteth upon His 
throne and is the God of dominion" (Ecclus. i.); He of 
Whom it is written: " On His head were many diadems" 
(Apoc. xix.); "Thousands of thousands ministered to 
Him, and ten thousand times a hundred thousand stood 
before Him" (Dan. vii.); "And the armies that are 
in heaven followed Him " (Apoc. xix.); " And the four- 
and-twenty ancients fell down before Him and adored 
Him and cast their crowns before the throne " (Apoc. 
iv.). 

"Aftei wards He was seen upon earth, and conversed 
with men" (Baruch iii.). 

"Art Thou a King then? ... I am a King. For 
this was I born and for this came I into the world" (John 
xviii.); "I am appointed King over Sion" (Ps. ii.). 

Yet how little He parades His royalty. Among the 
things that are so sweet in the character of Our King, is 
the absence of condescension about Him. He says so 
little about Himself. He comes so silently into our 
midst. He drops so quietly into our ways that we 
have to be continually reminding ourselves Who He is. 
Kings never succeed in putting those around them quite 
at their ease. They betray themselves unconsciously by 
the attentions they exact. "Do you forget," said one, 

* By Mother Mary Loyola. 



490 Before and after Communion. 

"that I am your king?" With the King of kings it is 
not so. He does not show us that He is stooping to 
come among us, that He feels our companionship try 
ing after what He has been used to, that our ways and 
our rudeness jar on His infinite refinement. No, He 
leaves St. Paul to speak about the annihilation of His 
Incarnation: "Taking the form of a servant, being 
made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a 
man" (Phil. ii.). He Himself seems to be, if we might 
venture to say so, proud of what He gained by His com 
ing. He loves to call Himself the Son of man. And 
once among us, He tries to be like us as far as He can. 
What we have to do and bear, He will do and bear, and 
as we take our daily privations and troubles as a matter 
of course, so will He. He speaks so seldom of Who He 
is, that some have said, He has never told us plainly 
that He is God. If He works miracles all day long 
during the three years of the public ministry, it is for 
our sakes, and He only speaks of them when our good 
requires that He should speak. Of His frightful suffer 
ings He scarcely makes any mention two or three 
times, that is all and so calmly, quite as a thing to 
be looked for. When they were over, He said they 
were only what we ought to have expected our Messias 
to do for us. Ought not Christ to have suffered these 
things? "These things" (Luke xxiv.), as if the mock 
ing, and the scourging, and the crucifixion, which had 
completely staggered the faith of His disciples, were 
nothing so very wonderful after all. 

" Cur igitur non amem Te 
O Jesu amantissime! " 

O dearest King, who will give me a single reason 
in the wide world why I should not love You, why I 
should not dedicate to You every fiber of my being, 
why I should not strive with all my heart and soul and 
mind and strength to return You love for love? 



Before and after Communion. 491 

Faith. 

" T T is a great glory to follow the Lord." I know it, O 
*> Lord, I know it. And I know how utterly unworthy 
I am to be ranked among Your followers, Your per 
sonal attendants, Your friends. I can not understand 
in the very least how You can have chosen me. But 
I make my act of faith, without understanding, and 
so come to Your feet, that by union with You I may 
become a little less unworthy. 

Love. 

OU also wast with Jesus of Nazareth" (Matt. 

xxvi.). My King and my Leader, put into my 
heart so strong a love of You, that I may be eager to 
follow You everywhere, even to pain and shame. Let 
the reproach which was flung at Peter be my glory. 
Let my highest ambition here, let my happiness here 
after be, "Thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth." 

II. To whom does He come ? 

*T* SEE the King standing on a grassy plain near Jeru- 
" salem, surrounded by those who believe in Him 
and love Him. He is fair and beautiful, and the hearts 
of His servants go out to Him as He stands there in 
their midst, on the green grass with the wild flowers 
at His feet. I see Him calling a certain number, a 
few to be His personal followers, His intimate com 
panions, His friends. He chooses them here and there; 
He calls them by their names one by one. Shall I 
say to my infinite surprise shall I say to my extreme 
confusion shall I say to my intense joy, I hear my 
own name called? 

I see these so called stepping forth from the ranks 
and forming a little inner circle round Him His per 
sonal companions, His friends. "I will not now call 
you servants, but friends" (John xv.). Such a call is 
His free gift. He is Master of His gifts and He dis 
penses them as He chooses. He binds all men by the 



492 Before and after Communion. 

law of His commandments. He invites a few to the 
following of His counsels / am oj that few. Some 
souls He designs for great gifts, others for greater, others 
again for greatest / am elected to the greatest. 

Well may I cast down my eyes; well may I thank 
Him that He does not go by goodness or by fitness, but 
by His own glorious freedom of choice. 

OGIFT of gifts, O gracious call, 
My God, how can it be, 
That Thou Who hast discerning love 
Shouldst give that gift to me I 

How many hearts Thou might st have had 

More innocent than mine, 
How many souls more worthy far 

Of that sweet touch of Thine. 

Ah, grace! into unlikeliest hearts 

It is Thy boast to come, 
The glory of Thy light to find 

In darkest spots a home. 

Thy choice, O God of goodness! then 

I lovingly adore; 
O give me grace to keep Thy grace 

And grace to merit more. 

QUID RETRIBUAM? \Vhat shall I give Him? 
Surely that for which He is looking the corre 
spondence befitting such a vocation. By my profession I. 
am called to the special praise, reverence, and service of 
God. I must see that He gets this from me. Like a 
courtier living in the palace, always in the immediate 
presence of royalty, there must be in my praise, rever 
ence, and service, a delicacy, an assiduity, an exactitude, 
a generosity not called for from those outside. Mine 
is a service more nearly observed and to be more glori 
ously requited. 

God looks to Religious as to those with whom He 



Before and after Communion. 493 

may solace Himself. Repelled by the generality of 
men, He turns to them to open Himself to them. 
Therefore no minimizing for me, no paring down of a 
service, which when I have done my best, He must use 
all His condescension to accept. 

But there are degrees of devotedness even in the corps 
d elite. There are those who are content to fulfil their 
engagements, to do their own work, to keep in view 
the movements of their own division. But as to the 
whole army, to the general interests, to following the 
King closely this has no attraction for them they 
are not eminent. 

And there are those whose one desire is to follow 
their King as closely as possible. Where the battle is 
thickest where the blows are hardest where the 
marches are longest and the burdens heaviest there 
they will be because He is there. Mortifications that 
are not necessary, pain, and injuries, and ignominy are 
their choice because they were His. 

"Always to do my very best for Him all that I can 
possibly do I will do for Him." This is the cry of 
their hearts. It shall be my cry. He is a King to live 
for a King to die for a King to Whom it should be a 
joy to sacrifice personal interest, convenience, com 
fort, health, strength, time, talents, life itself. 

Let me do all that lies in me, to make my Congre 
gation a stronghold in His cause. This it will be if 
His principles reign supreme, if His service is the thought 
paramount in every heart not those around me, cer 
tainly not me, for the first and foremost consideration, 
but everywhere and always the King His interests, 
His glory, His greater service. 

" For oh, what is the single end 

Of this life s mortal span, 
Except to glorify the God 
Who for our sakes was man?" 



494 Before and after Communion. 



KINGDOM COME ! in my own heart first, 
and then in every heart that I can influence, in 
those near and dear to me, in those entrusted to me more 
than all. 

My own heart first. Yes, for all strong, lasting influ 
ence for good must spring from the interior spirit. It 
must come of personal devotion to you, of close union 
with Your Sacred Heart. That Heart must win me 
to detachment from comforts and convenience, to detach 
ment from honor and reputation, to detachment from 
self in all its forms if I am to follow my Lord closely, 
and win souls for Him. 

I see Him holding out His hands and saying to me: 
Will you come? Asking for help, asking for personal 
service, personal devotedness, personal sacrifice such 
as He has given to me. Will you come? Will you be 
content with My food, with My cup, with My clothing, 
content to share My labors and privations, content this 
coming year with My food the will of My Father, with 
My cup suffering, with My livery, humiliations and 
reproaches. Will you come? Can I hesitate? 

O Sovereign and true Leader, I fall on my knees 
before You. I am not worthy, I am most unworthy of 
Your call. But take me as I am. I give myself up 
into Your hands. "I will follow Thee whithersoever 
Thou goest" (Luke ix.). "In what place soever Thou 
shalt be, my Lord King, either in death or in life, there 
will Thy servant be" (2 Kings). 

Humility. 

OW St. Francis Borgia prized his vocation ! Per- 
haps the humility and gratitude of that humble 
heart may find its way into mine, if I use his words 
and ask to feel as he felt: 

"O my Lord, in Whom alone I put my trust, what 
is there in me that Thou shouldst look upon me ? What 
hast Thou found in me, that Thou shouldst call me to 



Before and after Communion. 495 

form one of the company of Thy chosen servants! For 
they ought to be valiant, and I am a coward; they 
ought to be despisers of the world, and I am a slave 
to its opinion; they ought to be haters of themselves, 
and I am full of self-love. What then didst Thou find 
in me? Perhaps Thou didst perceive me to be bolder 
than others in disobeying Thy commands, more indiffer 
ent to Thy glory, more wedded to my own interests. 
Surely, if Thou didst seek these things, Thou didst 
find them in me." 

" Thy choice, O God of goodness! then 

I lovingly adore, 

Oh, give me grace to keep Thy grace, 
And grace to merit more." 

Contrition. 

IN return for all Your favor, my God, You do not 
ask much, but You do ask for faithfulness. And 
I have been so unfaithful. There has been so little 
alacrity in Your service, so much self-seeking, so many 
shortcomings every way. 

Yet I know You will not have me to be discouraged. 
I know You are ready to take us up at any time. For 
give me all there is to forgive You know, my God, 
what that means. Could I ask it of any other than You ? 

III. Why does He come? 

comes to fire my heart with the loyal love of 
Him, with the devotion to His person, on which 
the fervor of my service depends. He comes to be 
near me, to put Himself within my reach, to unite Him 
self intimately to me, that so I may be able to appre 
ciate His character, to learn His ways, to know Him. 
Not to know Him is darkness and death. To know 
Him is light and life eternal. "This is eternal life, to 
know Thee, the only true God and Jesus Christ, Whom 
Thou hast sent" (John xvii.). He is the Model on the 



496 Before and after Communion. 

Mount, upon which all the elect are to be formed. The 
knowledge of Him is the condition in the order of God s 
providence for carrying out His mission in the world. 

What God required in the apostles was not that they 
should be learned men or able men, but that they 
should know His Son. St. Peter, too, required it when 
he proposed another to fill the place of Judas. "Of 
these men who have companied with us, all the time 
that the Lord Jesus came in and went out amongst 
us, . . . one of these must be made a witness with us" 
(Acts i.). The same personal knowledge was given 
to St. Paul, revealed to him by Our Lord Himself. 
The same is required in all those who by their voca 
tion are chosen to carry on the work of Jesus Christ. 
It is the condition necessary to success. It is the train 
ing the soldiers must go through before they can be 
let loose upon the enemy. An instrument, to be efficient, 
must be united to the main agent; we must be united 
to Our Lord, we must study Him, we must be like Him 
in His character, in His ways, in His likings and dis- 
likings, in His methods, in His principles, if we are to 
influence others as He did. He drew all to Him, that 
He might draw all to God. We must draw all to God 
by giving them Jesus Christ. 

Personal devotion to Him, familiarity with Him, is 
then an obligation for us. It must be the fruit of study 
and of prayer. We say of those whom we love, and 
with whom we are familiarly acquainted, "He would 
say this, he would act in this way, this reminds me of 
him, this is like him." So must we come to know 
Christ our Lord, that we may conform ourselves to 
Him and bring out His characteristics, some in one 
way, some in another. This is the secret of finding an 
easy way into the hearts of all. Those who have this 
strong, personal devotion to Our Lord, have a tact, an 
address, a facility of approach denied to others. For 
those who know Him best love Him most, and are 



JSefore and after Communion. 497 

most blessed by Him. They are most near Him and 
like Him here, and are to be most near Him and like 
Him by-and-by. 

This personal devotion to Our Lord is the one thing 
needed by many souls to make them all that God wants, 
and all that they require to be most useful in His service. 

If this be true, O Lord, and I know that it is true, 
then it is plain why You are coming to me. I shall 
have much to talk to You about, much to ask, and 
much to obtain from Your Heart. 

Hope and Desire. 

VV1 1 HO COMES? 

vJCA The Word made flesh for me, 
The Lord Who died for me, 
The Love made food for me, 
He comes! 

TO WHOM DOES HE COME? 

To one redeemed by Him, 
To one allied with Him, 
To one who longs for Him, 
He comes! 

WHY DOES HE COME? 

To reign upon His throne, 
To reign supreme alone, 
To make me all His own, 
He comes! 

AFTER COMMUNION. 

Adoration. 

OW therefore your King is here, Whom you 
have chosen and desired." (i Kings xii.) 

KING, live forever! " (Dan. vi.) 

"I will extol Thee, O God, my King." (Ps. 
cxliv.) 

Thou alone art my King and my God " the blessed 



498 Before and after Communion. 

and only mighty, the King of kings, and Lord of lords" 
(i Tim. vi.), "my King Who is in His sanctuary" 
(Ps. Ixvii.). 

"Sing praises to Our God, sing ye, sing praises to 
Our King, sing ye." (Ps. xlvi.) 

"For this is God, Our God unto eternity, and for ever 
and ever; He shall rule for evermore." (Ps. xlvii.) 

Thanksgiving. 

BLESS Our God and make the voice of His praise 
to be heard." (Ps. Ixv.) 

"I will cry to God, the most High, to God Who hath 
done good to me." (Ps. Ivi.) 

"Bless the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, who 
stand in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the 
house of Our God." (Ps. cxxxiii.) 

"Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us extol 
His name together." (Ps. xxxiii.) 

"Blessed be the Lord, for He hath shown His wonder 
ful mercy to me." (Ps. xxx.) 

"Let them say so that have been redeemed by the 
Lord, whom He hath redeemed from the hand of the 
enemy and gathered out of the countries." (Ps. cvi.) 

"Oh, how hast Thou magnified Thy mercy, O God." 
(Ps. xxxv.) 

"What shall I render to the Lord for all that He 
hath rendered to me?" (Ps. cxv.) 

"Offer to God the sacrifice of praise and pay thy 
vows to the Most High." (Ps. xlix.) 

"I will pay my vows to the Lord in the courts of the 
house of the Lord, in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem." 
(Ps. cxv.) 

"Let all Thy works, O Lord, praise Thee, and let 
all Thy saints bless Thee." (Ps. cxliv.) 

"Praise the Lord, O my soul, in my life I will praise 
the Lord, I will sing to my God as long as I shall be." 
(Ps. clxv.) 



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"What have I in heaven but Thee, and besides Thee 
what do I desire upon earth? Thou art the God of 
my heart, and the God that is my portion for ever." 
(Ps. Ixxii.) 

"O Lord, my God, I will give praise to Thee for 
ever and ever." (Ps. xxix.) 

Love. 

not, for I have redeemed thee and called 
thee by thy name: thou art Mine" (Is. xliii.). 
Yes, I am Yours, my God, Yours wholly, Yours only. 
I know that if it depended on Your will alone, my per 
severance and salvation would be assured. But there 
is my own treacherous, inconstant will, ever ready to 
play me false. On what rock can I anchor it, what 
is there that will secure it against its own instability? 
One thing only, a strong personal love of Him Whom 
You have given me for my Redeemer and Saviour. 

Of all motives a personal love of Jesus is the strongest 
and lasts the longest. Others lose their force. The 
Jove of God in a vague sort of a way will not stand the 
test of time and trial ; temptation comes, and those who 
have relied on it fall away. But those who cling to Our 
Lord with a deep, personal love remain steadfast to the 
end. 

That this love may be possible, I must believe firmly 
in His personal love of me. I am not to say, "Of 
course Our Lord can love this one or that, but I can 
not see what He can find to love in me." My seeing 
has nothing to do with it. I am to believe it heartily, 
like all other mysteries. He does love me and He wants 
my love. 

Nor must I say, "My heart is cold and hard. He 
can not care for love such as mine." Our Lord wants 
my love, such as it is, such as I can give Him. No 
two hearts give Him the same kind of love. He does 
not ask me to give Him any one else s love, but my own. 



500 Before and after Communion. 

He wants of each what each can give. And so He asks 
of me a love which only my heart can give, a love which 
if I refuse Him He will never have. 

O Lord and Master, how can I refuse what is Yours 
by every conceivable claim? How can I help bringing 
to You with joy the little I have to give? Take, O 
Lord, take all. 

O Sovereign and true Leader, O Christ my King, 
I kneel before You here like a vassal in the old feudal 
times to take my oath of fealty. I place my joined 
hands within the wounded hands and renew the dear 
vows of my Profession. And I bring up to You all 
that depend on me to show You homage and allegiance. 
All the powers of my soul, all the senses of my body, 
all the affections of rny heart I offer them all to You. 

Sume et suscipe Take, take all, O Lord! 

O ye angels, archangels, thrones and dominations, 
principalities and powers, virtues of heaven, cherubim 
and seraphim, adore Our God for me; thank Him, and 
love Him with me. Patriarchs and prophets, apostles, 
all ye martyrs of Christ, holy confessors, virgins of the 
Lord, and all ye saints, adore Him, thank Him, love 
Him with me. 

Mother of God, adore your Son for me, thank Him, 
and love Him for me. 

O Heart of Jesus, be my adoration and my thanks 
giving to the three divine persons now dwelling within 
me. 

Eternal Father, look upon the face of Your Christ. 
Through Him and with Him and in Him be to You 
in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory. 
Amen. 

Petition. 

(ft\ HAT a joy it is, my God, to lay down my soul at 
^^* Your feet, and feel that You read it through 
and through. I know what You see there. I know I 
ought to fear Your all-holy glance. And yet I love to 



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think of You as my inward Witness. It is a joy to 
know that "Thou hast understood my thoughts" (Ps. 
cxxxviii.j, that there is nothing I can hide from You, 
even if I would. Bad as I am, I am content that You 
know all. I have no secrets from You, my God. 

And so I lay my heart here at Your feet, and open 
it out before You. All its needs, all its miseries, all its 
longings are known to You what it is, what it ought 
to be, what You want it to be. Take it into Your hands. 
Put it right for me. You can, and You have the will. 
You are its Maker; You know exactly what is wrong. 
What springs to touch You know, and what to cleanse, 
and what to renew. 

" For Thou hast made this wondrous soul 

All for Thyself alone; 
Ah! send Thy sweet transforming grace 
To make it more Thine own." 

Your interest and Your intentions are mine, my 
God, because they are Yours. I love and care for them 
all, I pray for them every one. The interests of Your 
greater glory; the accomplishment of Your will; the 
extension of Your kingdom for all this I pray. For 
the Church suffering, the holy, waiting souls; for the 
Church militant, and her almost infinite needs; for 
the Holy See above all. I think of the weight of solici 
tude that day and night presses on the anxious head 
of the Vicar of Christ, . . . and I pray for him. I pray 
for all rulers in Church and State ; for all who can much 
advance or hinder the good of souls. I pray for all 
laborers in Your vineyard, for all who are now bearing 
the burden and heat of the day. And I beg for all Your 
pity, Your blessing, and Your help. 

Special Petition /or Perseverance. 
sent from on high and took me and drew me out 
of many waters. He delivered me from my most 
mighty enemy, and from them that hated me, for they 



502 Before and after Communion. 

were too strong for me. And He brought me forth 
into a large place, He delivered me because I pleased 
Him." (2 Kings xxii.) 

"Therefore will I give thanks to Thee, O Lord, and 
will sing to Thy name." (2 Kings xxii.) 

My God, keep ever fresh in my heart the thanks 
giving with which it gave itself to You on the day You 
called me from the world into Religion, on the day 
You clothed me with Your livery, on the day You re 
ceived my vows. As long as that thanksgiving is there, 
my vocation is safe. At least I was in earnest then. 
At my Profession I chose You, I forsook all things for 
You. It was not much, but like Peter I could say 
it was all things; it was all I had, and if it had been a 
thousand times more I would gladly have left it to follow 
You, O Lord. All I had I gave You body and soul, 
and mind, and heart, and will, that I might be all Yours 
and live only for You and for Your service. Has there 
been rapine in the holocaust? Have I broken my 
faith with You, my God? Oh, give me grace to be 
always what I was then, in my desires, in self-surrender, 
in the sincerity of my oblation. "Confirm, O Lord, 
what Thou hast wrought in us" (Ps. Ixvii.). "Renew 
our days as from the beginning " (Lament, v.). 

God, Who called me then and gave me grace to 
begin, give me now more abundant grace to perfect 
my offering and make my election sure. 

1 commend to You aft whom You have loved with 
me and sought out and gathered together with me into 
the same religious family, all who are under the same 
roof with me. You have Your designs on all and on 
each. I offer them each and all to You. Because of 
their merits, because of their company, in which I hope 
to be found at my death, have mercy on me. You 
have numbered me with Your chosen ones in this life, 
number me with them in the life to come. Say to me 
at judgment: "Thou art one of them" (Mark xiv.). 



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Let it be said to each of our Superiors as to St. Paul: 
" God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. . . . 
And so it came to pass that every soul got safe to land " 
(Acts xxvii.). 

Oblation. 

/T\Y God, what can I give to You in return for all 
^"* You have given to me? I give You my heart, 
I give You my love, I give You my body with all its 
senses, my soul with all its powers, my heart with all 
its affections. I give You my vows. I give You all 
I have and am, now and always in time and eternity. 
I bring to You all I love, all my treasures, all who are 
dear to me, all who are in any way entrusted to me, 
and I give them all into Your keeping. 

I trust to You my temptations, my graces, my respon 
sibilities, my opportunities. I trust to You my progress 
in the way of perfection, my desire of a closer, more 
uninterrupted union with You. Bring me up to the 
ideal You had in Your divine mind when You created 
my soul. I could not bear, my God, to fall short of 
Your designs after all You have done for me; I could 
not bear to be a disappointment to You throughout 
eternity. 

" Jesu, quern velatum nunc aspicio, 
Oro, fiat illud, quod tarn sitio, 
Ut, Te revelata cernens facie, 
Visu sim beatus Tuae gloriae." 

" O Jesu, Whom by faith I now descry, 

Shrouded from mortal eye, 
When wilt Thou slake the thirsting of my heart 

To see Thee as Thou art, 
Face unto face in all Thy glad array, 

Tranced with the glory of that everlasting day?" 

Say the prayer before a crucifix, "Look down upon mt, 
good and gentle Jesus," as on p. 213. 



504 Exercise for Holy Communion. 



H lfler Commenoable Bjercise for 1bolv? 
Communion: /iDostlp from tbe praters 
of St. Oertruoe ano tber Saints. 

preparation for Communion. 

CONTRITION, HOPE, CONFIDENCE, DESIRE. 

f\ JESUS, most sweet and loving Spouse of my 
soul, behold, the longed-for moment draws near: 
the rapturous moment, in which I, Thy unworthy 
creature, shall receive the Most Holy Sacrament of 
Thy body and blood, as the most effectual remedy for 
all my miseries. For the love of Thee I grieve most 
bitterly for every one of my sins and my negligences, 
whereby I have offended Thy tender goodness, and 
defiled my soul, which Thou didst ransom with Thine 
own most precious blood. How shall I presume to 
receive Thee into a heart all set around with briars 
and thorns, reeking with foul and unwholesome vapors 
of worldliness and vain desires! But, my merciful 
Jesus, though I am sick of soul, I remember the words 
which fell from Thine own gracious lips that they who 
are whole need not the physician, but they who are sick 
and this gives me confidence. Good Jesus, Who didst 
invite the blind and the lame, the poor and the needy, to 
Thy supper, behold, as one of them, yea, even as the 
poorest and most wretched of them all, I will draw 
near to the most sacred feast of Thy body and blood, 
the Banquet of the angels, not in presumption, but with 
a contrite and humble heart, with lowly confidence, 
with hope in Thy goodness and mercy, with love for 
all the love that Thou hast shown to me, with vehement 
desire to please Thee, to be all Thine, and to live hence 
forth for Thee alone. 



Exercise for Holy Communion. 505 



TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. 

Prayer of St. Gertrude before communion, the efficacy 
of which Our Lord revealed to her. 

OMOST loving Lord Jesus Christ, I beseech Thee, 
by all the love of Thy sweetest Heart, that Thou 
wouldst vouchsafe to offer for me all that perfection 
wherewith Thou didst stand arrayed in the presence 
of God the Father when Thou didst ascend on high 
to enter into Thy glory; and through Thy sinless and 
unspotted manhood to render my polluted soul pure 
and free from every sin, vnd through Thy most glorious 
divinity to endow and a lorn it with every virtue, and 
through the virtue of that love, which has forever united 
Thy supreme divinity to Thine immaculate humanity, 
to furnish it befittingly with Thy best gifts. Amen. 

TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 

Prayer, which the Blessed Virgin herself taught St. 
Gertrudt. 

OMOST chaste Virgin Mary, T beseech thee by that 
unspotted purity wherewith thou didst prepare 
for the Son of God a dwelling of delights in thy virginal 
womb, that by thy intercession I may be cleansed from 
every stain. 

O most humble Virgin Mary, I beseech thee by that 
most profound humility whereby thou didst merit to 
be raised high above all the choirs of angels and of saints, 
that by thy intercession all my negligences may be 
expiated. 

O most amiable Virgin Mary I beseech thee, by that 
ineffable love which united thee so closely and so in 
separably to God, that by thy intercession I may obtain 
an abundance of all merits. Amen. 



506 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

INVITATION TO JESUS.* 

Love and Desire. 

Q JESUS, surpassingly sweet, Who hast said with 
Thine own gracious lips that Thy delights are to 
be with the children of men, my soul longeth for Thee, 
my heart yearneth now toward Thee. Wherefore I 
invite Thee to come unto me with all that devotion and 
that love wherewith any loving soul hath ever invited 
Thee to itself. Come, then, O most beloved Spouse of 
my ^soul; come, my only love; come and turn aside 
awhile into the poor and wretched hovel of my heart. 
Come, Thou heavenly Physician, come and heal my 
stricken soul. Come, O Friend, a thousandfold above 
all others beloved, come and enrich my utter poverty. 

Come, Thou bright and genial Sun, and scatter the 
thick darkness which hangs upon my heart. Come, 
Thou sweetest Manna, and satisfy my soul s exceed 
ing hunger. Come, O Jesus, incomparable in Thy 
loveliness; come, Thou beloved of my heart s vows; 
come and sup with me in the chamber of my heart. 
And although I have made ready nothing that is worthy 
of Thy dazzling magnificence, yet wilt Thou find therein 
one dish of savory meat such as Thou lovest, a will 
which tends to Thee alone, and affections wholly Thine. 

O Thou my only Love, I long for Thy coming with 
most eager desire, I await Thy coming with yearning 
love. O Thou fairest of the sons of men, O spring 
of inexhaustible sweetness, O Thou sweeter than all 
sweetest delights, come, oh, come unto me, and disdain 
not Thy poor and needy servant. Amen. 

Invocations. 

Q MARY, my sweet Mother! Jesus is coming to 

me; hasten to my assistance; do thou prepare 

my heart as thou didst prepare thine own for the recep- 

* St. Gertrude. 



Exercise for Holy Communion. 507 

tion of thy beloved Son in the Holy Eucharist. Adorn 
the sanctuary of my soul with all those dispositions 
which thou knowest will make it a pleasure for Jesus 
to take up His abode therein. 

Dear St. Joseph, beloved father mine! prepare my 
heart as thou didst prepare so lovingly the crib of Bethle 
hem; for the same divine Infant will soon repose there, 

My holy guardian angel, blessed patron saints and 
all ye blessed spirits who surround the altar-throne 
of Our Lord in profound adoration, pray for me with 
St. Thomas Aquinas, "that I may receive the body 
of the only-begotten Son of God, Our Saviour Jesus 
Christ the very body which He took of the Virgin 
Mary in such a manner, that I may be truly incor 
porated into His mystical body and so numbered among 
its members." 

May the prayer of the angelic doctor be fulfilled in 
me: "Most gracious God, grant that I may receive 
the Bread of angels, the King of kings, and Lord of lords 
with such contrition and devotion, such purity and 
faith, such good- will and intention, as may avail to 
the welfare and salvation of my soul. O most loving 
Father, grant that I may at last behold with open face 
and for evermore this same beloved Son of Thine, 
Whom I now purpose to receive in my pilgrimage, 
beneath the sacramental veils." 



O 



VENI, DOMINE JESU! 

JESUS, hidden God, I cry to Thee; 



O Jesus, hidden Light, I turn to Thee; 
O Jesus, hidden Love, I run to Thee; 
With all the strength I have I worship Thee; 
With all the love I have I cling to Thee; 
With all my soul I long to be with Thee, 
And fear no more to fail, or fall from Thee. 

O Jesus, deathless Love, Who seekest me, 
Thou Who didst die for longing love of me, 



508 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

Thou King, in all Thy beauty, come to me, 
White-robed, blood-sprinkled, Jesus, come to me, 
And go no more, dear Lord, away from me. 

My soul is dark away from Thee, my own-, 
My eyes are dim in seeking Thee, my own; 
My flesh doth pine away for Thee, my own; 
My heart leaps up with joy to Thee, my own; 
My spirit faints receiving Thee, my own. 

Where in the height of heaven is light like Thee? 
Where in the breadth of heaven is bliss like Thee? 
Where in the depth of heaven is peace like Thee? 
Where in the home of love is love like Thee? 
With all my heart I give myself to Thee, 
And waiting wait, O King and Spouse, for Thee, 
Till I am one forevermore with Thee. 

O sweetest Jesus, bring me home to Thee; 
Free me, O dearest God, from all but Thee, 
And all the chains that keep me back from Thee; 
Call me, O thrilling Love, I follow Thee; 
Thou art my All, and I love nought but Thee. 

O hidden Love, Who now art loving me; 

O wounded Love, Who once wast dead for me-, 

O patient Love, Who weariest not of me 

O bear with me till I am lost in Thee; 

O bear with me till I am found in Thee.* 

"DEAR LORD, HAVE MERCY." t 

V T~\EAR Lord, have mercy on me; take pity- on me, 
<-*- " and do not let me disappoint any longer the 
desires of Thy Sacred Heart. Give me the grace to be 
at last what Thou hast a right to expect me to be, favored 
as I have been in such unspeakable ways. May 1 
receive Thee into the poor dwelling of my heart in this 
morning s communion, and in every communion that 

* By Father Rawes. 
V Bv Father Russell. 



Exercise for Holy Communion. 509 

may still be before me, and especially in my last com 
munion may I receive Thee, O my Lord, with such 
dispositions that that last communion may place me in 
safety before Thy judgment-seat. Thou wilt be my 
Judge then; now Thou comest as my Saviour. 6 
merciful Jesus, come now and possess my heart, that 
then Thou mayest be able to say to me: "Come and 
possess My kingdom." Thy kingdom come, O King of 
my heart! Come, Lord Jesus. 

after Communion. 

FAITH, ADORATION, PRAISE, THANKSGIVING, PETITION. 

JESUS, my Lord my God, and my All! Jesus, 
my life, my love, Thou art really mine! Thou 
art truly within me, Thou art all mine! With the 
angels and saints I adore Thee. In union with the 
most blessed Virgin on the day of Thy Incarnation, and 
when later she received Thee in the Most Holy Sacra 
ment, I adore Thee with the liveliest faith, the most 
ardent devotion, and the most profound respect. "My 
soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced 
in God my Saviour, for He hath regarded the humility 
of His handmaid " (Luke i.). 

I praise Thee, I thank Thee, I will glorify Thee 
for evermore. 

" That He Who lay on Mary s knee, 
Who still d the waves of Galilee, 
Was the dear Guest at Bethany, 
And bled and died on Calvary, 
That He in truth abides with me 
I hold with faith s sure certainty. 
O God, O hidden Deity, 
Profoundly I here worship Thee, 

Rabboni! 

" O God, most wonderful in all Thy ways, 
Most in this mystery of love, upraise 
My heart to Thee in canticles of praise, 
Rabboni! 



510 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

" And since my hungry soul this day is fed 
With meat indeed, with Thee the living Bread, 
Give me to live by Thee as Thou hast said, 
Rabboni! " 

"JESUS, MY LORD." * 

J7ESUS, my Lord, fill my heart now with all the 
J virtues which ought to have been there to wel 
come Thee. Give me more faith and love, more hope 
and more contrition, more humility and patience and 
piety, a stronger will and a purer heart. I believe 
all that Thou hast in any way revealed to us; but, 
dearest Lord, make my faith more living, more loving, 
more vivid, more strong. I grieve for all my sins, 
offences, and negligences, from my first sin long ago 
down to the faults and shortcomings of yesterday and 
to-day. I grieve, too, over the dulness, coldness, and 
ingratitude of this heart which is now Thy tabernacle. 
I hope in Thee, O Lord, Who wilt never let me be con 
founded. I thank Thee for this supreme gift, and 
for all the gifts of Thy goodness, particularly for all 
the graces which, in spite of my miserable unworthiness, 
I have received in this Sacrament so often since the 
happy day of my first communion; and I beg of Thee, 
O Lord, the grace never more to abuse Thy graces. 

And now, adoring Thee in this deepest mystery of 
Thy condescension, and loving Thee above all in this 
Sacrament of Thy love, I lay all the wounds and wants 
of my soul before Thee, O my merciful and loving 
Redeemer! See the wretched plight to which I am 
reduced: faith so dull, hope so dim, love so cold. Look 
upon me, and pity me, and heal me, and I shall be 
healed. I ask Thy loving Heart, now so close to mine, 
for all that I need and desire. But I need only Thy 
self, O Lord; I desire none but Thee. I do not dare 
to ask for more grace, but I ask for more courage and 

* Bv Father Russell. 



Exercise for Hoi} Communion. 511 

generosity in making use of all Thy graces. During 
all the hours that follow of this day, my thoughts, my 
words, and my deeds must be the thoughts and words 
and deeds that are fitting one on whom so many graces 
are showered hour by hour, the latest being this sacra 
mental communion. And so from day to day, from 
communion to communion, may I sanctify my soul 
and serve Thee, my almighty and all-merciful God, 
my Creator, my Redeemer, my Judge from day to 
day, and from communion to communion, on to the last 
communion which I hope to receive as my Viaticum. 
May that Viaticum conduct my soul, pure from sin, 
safe to the feet of my Jesus, Who has just now come 
to me as my Saviour, but then must be my Judge. O 
Jesus, my Saviour, be to me indeed a Saviour then 
and now and for ever. Amen.* 

Love. 

Thy excess of love, O divine Lord! Thou hast 
given Thyself to me. Tell me, O Jesus! what 
Thou desirest of me. Is there any sacrifice Thy love 
demands of me? Speak, Lord! for Thy child, Thy 
servant, listeneth, and, with Thy gracious assistance, 
will accomplish Thy divine pleasure. I love Thee, O 
my God! I love Thee, and love Thee alone: I love all 
Thy creatures for Thee and in Thee; ^and, with St. 
Paul, I will labor to become all to all, in order to gain 
all to Thee, O sweetest Jesus, O most amiable, most 
loving Lord Jesus. Strengthen me with Thy grace, 
hide me within Thine adorable Heart, and there let me 
live and die as a victim of Thy pure and perfect love. 

* The " Acts of Faith, Hope, and Charity before the Blessed 
Sacrament " (respectively by Father Ramiere, Father de la 
Colombiere, and Blessed Margaret Mary), which will be found 
among the prayers in honor of the Blessed Sacrament in the latter 
part of this book, may be appropriately recited here. Attention 
is also called to the Acts of Consecration and other prayers among 
the same devotions, many of which are most serviceable after holy 
communion. 



5J2 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

Sell-immolation* 

GOD of my heart! behold this heart which is 
Thine; behold, I offer Thee all my love through 
the hands of Thy tender Mother. O Mary, my Mother, 
accept this offering; guard my heart; obtain that it may 
never be ruled by any other love than that of Thy 
divine Son. "All in Him and Him in all." Sacred 
fire of the Heart of Jesus, consume in me all that is con 
trary to the pure love of Thee! 

A PRAYER FOR THE FULFILLING OF THF WILL OF GOD. 



me Thy grace, most merciful Jesus, that 
VJ it may be with me, and labor with me, and con 
tinue with me to the end. 

Grant me always to desire and will that which is 
most acceptable to Thee and which pleaseth Thee best. 

Let Thy will be mine, and let my will always follow 
Thine, and agree perfectly with it. 

Let me always will and not will the same with Thee; 
and let me not be able to will or not will anything ex 
cept what Thou wiliest or wiliest not. Amen. 

Indulgence of 200 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Feb. 27, 
1886. 

OFFERINGS AND THANKSGIVINGS FROM THE PRAYERS OF 
ST. GERTRUDE. 

Offering to God the Father, of Exceeding Efficacy. 
MOST holy Father, behold I, Thy most unworthy 
servant, trusting only in Thine ineffable com 
passion, have received Thy beloved Son, Our Lord 
Jesus Christ, and even now hold Him in my heart as 
my own possession, most intimately united with me. 
Wherefore, receiving this Thy Son into my arms, even 
as did holy Simeon, I offer Him to Thee with all that 
love and that fulness of intention wherewith He offered 

* According to St. Francis de Sales. 



Exercise for Holy Communion. 513 

Himself to Thee for Thine everlasting glory, while 
lying in the manger, and when He was hanging upon 
the cross. Look, O compassionate Father, on this 
offering, which I, Thine unworthy servant, make to 
Thee, my living and true God, to Thine everlasting 
praise and glory, for Thine infinite rejoicing and delight. 

I offer to Thee the same, Thy Son, for myself, and for 
all those for whom I am accustomed or bound to pray, 
in thanksgiving for all the benefits Thou hast bestowed 
on us, and in supply of all those virtues and good works 
which, of our own mere negligence, we have failed to 
practice. I offer Him to Thee to obtain Thy grace 
and Thy mercy, that we may be preserved and delivered 
from all evil and sin, succored in every necessity of 
body or of soul, and brought forth through a happy 
death into everlasting joys. Finally, I offer Him to 
Thee for the remission of all my sins, and in satisfaction 
for that huge debt which I can not pay Thee, seeing that 
it far exceeds even ten thousand talents; and therefore, 
casting myself at Thy feet, O most merciful Father, I 
acknowledge and plead my utter poverty, in union 
with the bitterness of the Passion of Thy most sinless 
Son, in Whom Thou hast declared Thyself well pleased ; 
and in and through Him I make Thee full reparation 
and satisfaction for my sins, offering Thee all His sor 
rows, griefs, and tears, and all that expiation which He 
made upon the cross for the sins of the whole world. 

Remember also, O Lord, Thy servants who have 
gone before us with the sign of faith, and sleep the 
sleep of peace : for all and each of whom (and especially 
for N) I offer Thee that saving Victim Whom I have 
now received, the body and blood of Thy beloved Son; 
beseeching Thee, that through His infinite dignity and 
worth, and through the merits of all sainis, Thou wouldst 
grant them pardon of all their sins, and merciful 
release from all their pains. Amen. 



514 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

Offering to the Saints. 

You may form an idea of the efficacy of this offering from 
the vision vouchsafed to St. Gertrude when she had offered 
this Sacrament in honor of the holy angels; she saw these 
blessed spirits entranced with joy and gladness and overflow 
ing with abundant and thrilling delights, as though they had 
never known bliss before. 

MOST blessed Virgin Mary, behold, I most hum- 
bly and lovingly set before thee thy Son, Whom 
thou didst conceive in thy spotless womb, didst bring 
forth, and nourish at thy breasts, and press to thy heart 
with most tender and thrilling embraces; Him in Whose 
countenance Thou didst ever joy, and find ever fresh 
delights, and Who has this day given Himself to me 
in the ineffable condescension of His divine love. I 
offer Him to thee that thou mayest fold Him in thine 
arms, and kiss Him with the kisses of thy mouth, and 
love and worship Him for me and together with me, 
and offer Him, in deepest adoration, to the Most Holy 
Trinity for my sins and the sins of all the world; so 
that the prerogative of thy great dignity may obtain 
for me what I dare not presume to hope of myself. 

O all ye saints of God, and ye especially, my most 
beloved patrons, behold Jesus Christ, your Lord and 
Spouse, Whom while ye lived in the flesh ye loved with 
all your heart and all your strength; for in and through 
Him Whom I have now received in the Most Holy 
Sacrament, I salute you all and each of you, and offer 
Him to you for the signal increase of your joy, your glory, 
and your blessedness, with all the love and the faith 
fulness which He showed you in time, and now showeth 
you evermore in eternity, beseeching you all to worship 
and adore Him for me, and to offer Him to the Most 
Holy Trinity with all your consummate devotion on 
behalf of my necessities and those of the whole Church, 
and in thanksgiving for all the benefits He has ever 



Exercise for Holy Communion. 515 

bestowed upon me. And whatever I am unable to obtain 
of myself, do you impetrate for me, through your merit- 
and intercessions. Amen. 

Thanksgiving of St. Gertrude. 

T my heart and my soul, together with all my 
senses, and all my powers of mind and body, 
give praise and thanks to Thee, O sweetest Jesus, in 
union with all the creatures of Thy hand, for the con 
descending mercy which Thou, O most faithful Lover 
of our salvation, hast deigned to show me, most un 
worthy, in this sacred banquet of Thy body and 
blood. Acknowledging my utter insufficiency, I offer 
unto Thee, O Most Blessed Trinity, all the praises and 
thanksgivings which the most sacred humanity of Our 
Lord Jesus Christ rendered Thee throughout His whole 
earthly life, and especially when He instituted this 
Sacrament. Receive also, O compassionate Father, 
all those thanksgivings which the Blessed Virgin Mary 
and all Thy saints have ever rendered Thee with ali 
their heart and all their soul, and especially when they 
have received this Sacrament; and mercifully grant 
that all my insufficiencies and my negligences may be 
supplied and satisfied for by their abundance and per 
fection. Amen. 

OFFERING OF ALL ONE S ACTIONS TO THE SACRED HEART 
OF JESUS.* 

/T\OST Sacred Heart of Jesus, I offer thee my will, 
^ ^ that thou mayest strengthen it; my understand 
ing, that thou mayest enlighten it; my memory, that 
thou mayest occupy it; and all my desires and affec 
tions, that thou mayest purify them. I offer thee also 
all my projects, that they may be guided by thee; my 
toils and labors, that they may be blessed by thee; 

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516 Exercise for Holy Communion. 

and all my interior and exterior occupations, that they 
may be sanctified by Thee. Thy Divine Heart, O Jesus, 
shall possess all that I have and all that I am. In the 
love which Thou dost bear me, I place all my hope 
and confidence. O Jesus, hear my prayer and grant 
that I may never be separated from Thee. Amen. 

ACT OF CONSECRATION BY BLESSED MARGARET MARY 
ALACOQUE. 

*, N. N., give and consecrate to the Sacred Heart of 
Our Lord Jesus Christ my person and my life, 
my actions, penances, and sufferings, not wishing to 
make use of any part of my being for the future except 
in honoring, loving, and glorifying that sacred Heart. 

It is my irrevocable will to be entirely His, and to 
do everything for His love, renouncing with my whole 
heart- whatever might displease Him. 

I take Thee, then, O most sacred Heart, as the 
sole object of my love, as the protector of my life, as the 
pledge of my salvation, as the remedy of my frailty 
and inconstancy, as the repairer of all the defects of 
my life, and as my secure refuge in the hour of death. 

Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification 
before God the Father, and remove far from me the 
thunderbolts of His just wrath. O Heart of love, I 
place my whole confidence in Thee. While I fear all 
things from my malice and frailty, I hope all things 
from Thy goodness. 

Consume, then, in me whatever can displease or be 
opposed to Thee, and may Thy pure love be so deeply 
impressed upon my heart that it may be impossible that 
I should ever be separated from Thee, or forget Thee. 

I implore Thee, by all Thy goodness, that my name 
may be written in Thee, for in Thee I wish to place all 
my happiness and all my glory, living and dying in 
very bondage to Thee. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIII, Jan. 13, 1898; 
PiusX, May 30, 1908. 



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PETITIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE. 

OLORD Jesus, let me know myself, let me know Thee, 
And desire nothing else but only Thee. 
Let me hate myself and love Thee 
And do all things for the sake of Thee. 
Let me humble myself, and exalt Thee, 
And think of nothing else but Thee. 
Let me die to myself, and live in Thee, 
And take whatever happens as coming from Thee. 
Let me forsake myself and walk after Thee, 
And ever desire to follow Thee. 
Let me flee from myself, and turn to Thee, 
That so I may merit to be defended by Thee. 
Let me fear for myself, let me fear Thee, 
And be amongst those who are chosen by Thee. 
Let me distrust myself, and trust in Thee, 
And ever obey for the love of Thee. 
Let me cleave to nothing but only to Thee, 
And ever be poor for the sake of Thee. 
Look upon me, that I may love Thee; 
Call me, that I may see Thee 
And forever possess Thee. Amen. 

Indulgence of 50 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Sept. 25, 
1883. 

PETITIONS. 

OGOD, Who out of Thy immense love hast given 
to the faithful the most Sacred Heart of Thy 
Son, Our Lord, as the object of Thy tender affection; 
grant, we beseech Thee, that we may so love and honor 
this pledge of Thy love on earth, as by it to merit the 
love both of Thee and Thy gift, and be eternally loved by 
Thee and this most blessed Heart in heaven. Through 
the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Thy Son, Who liveth 
and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, 
one God, world without end. Amen. 

Through Thy Sacred Heart, O Jesus, overflowing 
with all sweetness, we recommend to Thee ourselves 
and all our concerns; we recommend to Thy tender 



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mercy and protection the whole Catholic Church, our 
Holy Father, N.N., our bishop, our priests, our con 
fessor, and in particular our Superiors N.N. ; bless 
our friends and enemies, our relatives and benefactors, 
and all those for whom we have promised to pray; 
take under Thy protection our Community, this house, 
city, and country; extend this Thy care to all such as 
are under any affliction, and to those who labor in the 
agony and pangs of death; cast an eye of compassion 
on the obstinate sinner, and more particularly on the 
poor suffering souls in purgatory, as also on those who 
are engaged and united with us in honoring and wor 
shipping Thy Sacred Heart in the Blessed Sacrament 
Bless these in particular, O bountiful Jesus, and bless 
them according to the extent of Thy infinite love. 
Amen. 

PRAYER TO OUR LADY, MOTHER OF CONFIDENCE. 

O IMMACULATE Mary, when we venerate thee 
under the gracious title of Mother of Confidence, 
how our hearts overflow with the sweetest consolation, 
how we are moved to hope for every good gift from 
thee! That such a name should have been given to 
thee is a sign that none have recourse to thee in vain. 
Receive, then, with a mother s compassion these acts 
of homage, with which we earnestly pray thee to be 
propitious to us in every necessity. Above all we ask 
thee to make us live ever united to thee and thy divine 
Son, Jesus. Under thy escort we shall safely walk 
along the straight road; and so shall it be our lot to 
hear on the last day of our lives those consoling words: 
Come, O faithful servant, enter into the joy of thy 
Lord. Amen. 

Indulgence of 200 days, once a day. Leo XIII, Jan. 26. 1901. 



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f n&ulgenced praters an& Ejaculations. 

PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY. 

"T* ADORE Thee, O my God one God in three Persons; I 
JL, annihilate myself before Thy majesty. Thou alone art 
being, life, truth, beauty, and goodness. I glorify Thee, I 
praise Thee, I thank Thee, and I love Thee, all incapable and 
unworthy as I am, in union with Thy dear Son, Jesus Christ, 
our Saviour and our Father, in the mercifulness of His Heart 
and through His infinite merits. I wish to serve Thee, to 
please Thee, to obey Thee, and to love Thee always, in union 
with Mary Immaculate, Mother of God and our mother, loving 
also and serving my neighbor for Thy sake. Therefore, give 
me Thy holy Spirit to enlighten, correct, and guide me in the 
way of Thy commandments, and in all perfection, until we 
come to the happiness of heaven, where we shall glorify Thee 
for ever. Amen. 
300 days, every time. Pius X, April 18, 1906. 

EJACULATION OF BLESSED MARGARET MARY. 

O HEART of love, I place all my trust in Thee: for though 
I fear all things from my weakness, I hope all things from 
Thy mercies. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, June 3, 1908. 



O 



EJACULATION TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

JESUS in the most holy Sacrament, have mercy on us. 



Indulgence of 100 days. Pius X, July 6, 1909. 

EJACULATORY PRAYER TO OUR LORD. 

O JESUS CHRIST, Son of the living God, light of the world, 
I adore Thee, for Thee I live, for Thee I die. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius X, July i, 1909. 



O 



ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

HOLY Spirit, divine!" spirit of light and love, I consecrate 
to Thee my understanding, heart and will, my whole 



520 Indulgenced Prayers. 

being for time and eternity. May my understanding be always 
submissive to Thy heavenly inspirations, and to the teaching 
of the Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible 
guide; may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God 
and of my neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the 
divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful imitation of 
the life and virtues of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 
to Whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory for 
ever. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, June 5, 1908. 

EJACULATION. 

TT ESUS, Mary, and good Joseph, bless us, now and in the 
gj agony of death. 

Indulgence of 50 days. Pius X, June 9, 1906. 



PRAYER: "o DULCISSIME JESU." 
For the Increase of Daily Communion. 

O SWEETEST JESUS, Who earnest into this world to enrich 
the souls of all with Thy grace, and Who, in order 
to preserve and increase it in them, didst in the most august 
sacrament of the Eucharist give Thyself to be a salutary 
remedy for our infirmities and divine food to sustain our 
weakness; we humbly beg of Thee mercifully to pour out 
upon all men Thy holy Spirit, which may enable them, if 
stained with any mortal guilt, to recover the life of grace 
lost by sin, and return to Thee; while those who through 
Thy great mercy are still united with Thee may daily, so far 
as each may be able, approach Thy heavenly Table, where 
they may find strength, and an antidote for their daily faults, 
may nourish the life of grace within them, and, being more 
and more purified, may attain to everlasting happiness in 
heaven. Amen. 

An indulgence of 300 days, once a day, for the recital of the 
above prayer. Pius X, June 3, 1905. 



O 



PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

VIRGIN MARY, our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, glory 
of &. Christian people, joy of the universal Church, sal- 



Indulgenced Prayers. 521 

vation of the world, pray for us and awaken in all the faithful 
devotion to the Holy Eucharist in order that they may render 
themselves worthy to receive it daily. 

Indulgence of 300 days, each time. Pius X, Jan. 23, 1907. 
PRAYER FOR THE CONVERSION OF SINNERS. 

OLoRD JESUS, most merciful Saviour of the world, we beg 
and beseech Thee, through Thy most sacred Heart, that 
all wandering sheep may now return to Thee, the shepherd 
and bishop of their souls, Who livest and reignest with 
God the Father and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. 
Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 22, 1905. 



ACTS OF CONSECRATION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY FOR THE 
MEMBERS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY SODALITY. 

By St. John Berchmans. 

Y MARY, Mother of God, and virgin, I choose thee 
this day for my queen, patron, and advocate, and 
firmly resolve and purpose never to abandon thee, never to 
say or do anything against thee, nor to permit that aught 
be done by others to dishonor thee. Receive me, then, I 
conjure thee, as thy perpetual servant; assist me in all my 
actions and do not abandon me at the hour of my death. 
Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, for each recitation. Pius X, Nov. 17, 
1906. 

By St. Francis de Sales. 

sT holy Mary, virgin Mother of God, I (full name), 
most unworthy though I am to be thy servant, yet touched 
by thy motherly care for me and longing to serve thee, do, in 
the presence of my guardian angel, and all the court of heaven 
choose thee this day to be my queen, my advocate, and my 
mother, and I firmly purpose to serve thee evermore myself 
and to do what I can that all may render faithful service to 
thee. 

Therefore, most devoted mother, through the precious blood 
thy Son poured out for me, I beg thee and beseech thee, deign 



522 Ind idgenced Prayers. 

to take me among thy clients and receive me as thy servant 
for ever. 

Aid me in my every action, and beg for me the grace never, 
by word or deed or thought to be displeasing in thy sight and 
that of thy most holy Son. 

Think of me, my dearest mother, and desert me not at the 
hour of death. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, for each recitation. Pius X, Nov. 17, 
1906. 



PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY. 

O VIRGIN MARY, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary 
may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold 
duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, 
a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk joyfully along 
the path of duty. Grant, above all, O Virgin Mary, that the 
study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, 
a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening, and fragrant, 
which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, 
my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I 
acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid 
of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of sup 
plication, or by aspirations of love. I ask this of thee, O 
Queen of the Holy Rosary, through St. Dominic, thy son of 
predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the 
faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, March 15, 1907. 

INDULGENCED PRAYERS IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF THE MOST 
BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us! 

Indulgence of 300 days to those who recite this invocation 
before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. Pius X, Dec. 30, 1905. 

2. O Virgin Mary, our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 
who art the glory of Christians, the joy of the universal Church, 
and the hope of the world, pray for us! Stir up in all the 
faithful devotion to the most holy Eucharist, that they may 
render themselves worthy to communicate every day. 

Indulgence of 300 days, each time. Pius X, Dec. 9, 1906. 



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3. Let us with Mary immaculate adore, thank, supplicate, and 

console the most sacred and beloved eucharistic Heart of Jesus! 

Indulgence of 200 days for each recital. Pius X, Dec. 19, 1904. 

PRAYER TO OUR LORD IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

OUR sins, O Lord, darken our minds, and we lose the benefit 
of loving Thee as Thou deservest. Enlighten us with a 
ray of Thy bright light. Thou art friend, redeemer, father 
of all who turn repentant to Thy Heart; and we return to Thee 
sorrowing. Save us, O Jesus; provide out of Thy infinite bounty 
for our miseries. O Jesus, we hope in Thee because we know 
that our salvation cost Thee Thy life, sacrificed upon the cross, 
and induced Thee to dwell continuously in the Blessed Sac 
rament, in order to be united with us as often as we desire. 
We, O Lord, to thank Thee for the great love Thou bearest us, 
promise with the help of Thy grace to receive Thee in the 
Blessed Sacrament as often as possible; to declare Thy praises 
in church and in every place, without human respect. O Lord, 
confiding in Thy sacred Heart, we beseech Thee, to preserve 
in Thy love those who love thee and. to invite all to receive 
Thee daily at the altar in accordance with Thy burning desire. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, July 6, 1906. 

O DIVINE Heart of Jesus, grant, we beseech Thee, eternal 
rest to the souls in purgatory, the final grace to those who 
shall die to-day, true repentance to sinners, the light of the Faith 
to pagans, and Thy blessing to me and mine. To Thee, O most 
compassionate Heart of Jesus, I commend all these souls, and I 
offer to Thee on their behalf all Thy merits, together with the 
merits of Thy most holy Mother and of all the saints and 
angels, and all the sacrifices of the holy Mass, communions, 
prayers, and good works which shall be accomplished to-day 
throughout the Christian world. 

Indulgence of loodays, once aday. Leo XIII, March 13, 1901. 
INDULGENCED ACTS IN HONOR OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

Reverent Genuflection and Dew.it Invocation Before the Blessed 

Sacrament. 

i. if OR reciting in any language the invocation "Jesus, my 

pn God, I adore Thee here present in the sacrament of 

Thy love," whilst devoutly genuflecting before the 

Blessed Sacrament enclosed in the tabernacle, one hundred days 

indulgence, each time. 



524 InduLgenced Prayers. 

2. For reciting the same invocation whilst adoring with a 
double genuflection the Blessed Sacrament solemnly exposed, 
three hundred days, each time. 

3. For making an exterior act of reverence in passing by 
a church or oratory where the Blessed Sacrament is kept, one 
hundred days, each time. 

Pius X (S. Cong. Indul., July 13, 1908). 

Blessed be God! 

Indulgence of fifty days, every time, if said devoutly 
hearing a blasphemy. Pius X, Nov. 28, 1903. 

CONSECRATION OF THE FAMILY TO THE SACRED HEART. 



Heart of Jesus, Who didst manifest to Blessed 
Margaret Mary the desire of reigning in Christian families, 
we to-day wish to proclaim Thy most complete dominion over 
our own. We would live in future with Thy life, we would 
cause to flourish in our midst those virtues to which Thou hast 
promised peace here below, we would banish far from us the 
spirit of the world which Thou hast cursed: and Thou shall 
reign over our minds in the simplicity of our faith, and over 
our hearts by the whole-hearted love with which they shall 
burn for Thee, the flame of which we shall keep alive by the 
frequent reception of Thy Holy Eucharist. 

O divine Heart, deign to preside over our assemblings, to 
bless our enterprises, both spiritual and temporal, to dispel 
our cares, to sanctify our joys, to alleviate our sufferings. If 
ever one or other of us should have the misfortune to afflict 
Thee, remind him, O Heart of Jesus, that Thou art good and 
merciful to the penitent sinner. And when the hour of separa 
tion strikes, when death shall come to cast mourning into our 
midst, we will all, both those who go and those who stay, be 
submissive to Thy eternal decrees. We shall console ourselves 
with the thought that a day will come when the entire family, 
reunited in heaven, can sing for ever Thy glories and Thy 
mercies. 

May the immaculate heart of Mary and the glorious patriarch, 
St. Joseph, present this consecration to Thee, and keep it in our 
minds all the days of our life. All glory to the Heart of Jesus, 
our King and our Father. 

Plenary indulgence on the day of consecration, and every 
year on the day of renewal (on the usual conditions). Pius X, 
June 15, 1908. 



Indulgenced Prayers . 525 



PRAYER IN HONOR OF THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS. 

OGOOD Jesus! O most tender Jesus! O most sweet Jesus! 
O Jesus, Son of Mary the Virgin, full of mercy and kind 
ness! O sweet Jesus, according to Thy great mercy, have pity 
on me! O most merciful Jesus, I entreat Thee by that precious 
blood of Thine which Thou didst will to pour forth for sinners, 
to wash away all my iniquities, and to look upon me, poor 
and unworthy as I am, asking humbly pardon of Thee, and 
invoking this holy name of Jesus. O name of Jesus, sweet 
name! Name of Jesus, name of joy! Name of Jesus, name 
of strength! Nay, what meaneth the name of Jesus but Saviour? 
Wherefore, O Jesus, by Thine own holy name, be to me Jesus, 
and save me. Suffer me not to be lost me, whom Thou didst 
create out of nothing. O good Jesus, let not my iniquity destroy 
what Thy almighty goodness made. O sweet Jesus, recognize 
what is Thine own, and wipe away from me what is not of 
Thee! O most kind Jesus, have pity on me while it is the time 
of pity, and condemn me not when it is the time of judgment. 
The dead shall not praise Thee, Lord Jesus, nor all those who 
go down into hell. O most loving Jesus! O Jesus most longed 
for by Thine own! O most gentle Jesus! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, 
let me enter into the number of Thine elect. O Jesus, salvation 
of those who believe in Thee; Jesus, consolation of those who 
fly to Thee. Jesus, Son of Mary the Virgin, pour into me grace, 
wisdom, charity, chastity, and humility, that I may be able 
perfectly to love Thee, to praise Thee, to enjoy Thee, to serve 
Thee, and to glory in Thee, together with all those who invoke 
Thy name, which is Jesus. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX, Nov. 26, 1876. 



PRAYER, DIVINE JESUS. 

JESUS, incarnate Son of God, Who for our salvation 
didst vouchsafe to be born in a stable, to pass Thy life 
in poverty, trials, and misery, and to die amid the sufferings 
of the cross, I entreat Thee, say to Thy divine Father at the 
hour of my death: Father, forgive him; say to Thy beloved 
mother: Behold thy Son; say to my soul: This day thou shall 
be with Me in paradise. My God, My God, forsake me not 
in that hour. I thirst; yes, my God, my soul thirsts after 
Thee, Who art the fountain of living waters. My life passes 
like a shadow; yet a little while, and all will be consummated. 
Wherefore, O my adorable Saviour! from this moment, for 



526 Indulgenced Prayers. 

all eternity, into Thy hands I commend my spirit. Lord Jesus, 
receive my soul. Amen. 

His Holiness, Pope Pius IX, by a decree of the Sacred Congre 
gation of Indulgences, June 10, 1856, confirmed an indulgence of 
three hundred days, to be gained by all the faithful every time that 
they shall say this prayer with contrite heart and devotion. 



et 



EJACULATIONS TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS. 
I. 

UCHARISTIC Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us I 



Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, July 26, 1907. 

II. 

ACRED Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come ! 



Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, May 4, 1906. 

III. 

"T^ViviNE Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, 
* * set free the holy souls in purgatory. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 6, 1906. 

PRAYER TO JESUS, LOVER OF CHILDREN. 

O JESUS, friend of children, Who from Thy most tender 
years didst grow visibly in wisdom and in grace before 
God and men; Who at the age of twelve wast seated in the 
Temple, in the midst of the Doctors, listening to them attentively, 
humbly asking them questions, and exciting their admiration 
by the prudence and wisdom of Thy discourse; Who didst 
receive so willingly the children, blessing them and saying 
to Thy disciples : Let them come to Me, for of such is the Kingdom 
of Heaven, inspire me as Thou didst inspire the Blessed Peter 
Canisius, model and guide of the perfect catechist, with a 
profound respect and a holy affection for childhood, a taste 
and a marked devotion for instructing them in Christian doc 
trine, a special aptitude in making them understand its mysteries 
and love its beauties. I ask this of Thee, through the inter 
cession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, March 15, 1906. 



Indidgenced Prayers. 527 



PRAYER TO JESUS DEAD. 

O JESUS, Who in Thy bitter passion didst become the reproach 
of men and the man of sorrows, I venerate Thy sacred 
face, on which shone the grace and sweetness of the Divinity; 
now for my sake changed into the likeness of a leper. But 
under this deformity I perceive Thy infinite love, and I am 
overwhelmed with the desire of loving Thee and making Thee 
beloved by all men. The tears which stream from Thy eyes 
seem as precious pearls, which I love to gather up, in order to 
purchase with their infinite value the souls of poor sinners. 

O Jesus, Thy face is the only beauty which ravishes my 
heart. 1 am content not to see here below the sweetness of 
Thy look, not to feel the ineffable delight of a kiss of Thy 
mouth; but oh! I beseech Thee, print on me Thy divine 
likeness, and inflame me with Thy love, so that it may rapidly 
consume me, and I may soon come to see Thy glorious face 
in heaven. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Feb. 16, 1906. 



INDULGENCED PRAYERS IN HONOR OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST. 

f"\ GLORIOUS St. John the Baptist, of those born of women 
^^ the greatest of prophets (Luke vii. 28); thou, though 
sanctified from thy mother s womb and most innocent, didst 
nevertheless will to retire into the desert, there to practise 
austerities and penance; obtain for us from Our Lord the grace 
to be detached, at least in the affections of our hearts, from 
all earthly treasure, and to practise Christian mortification 
with interior recollection and a spirit of holy prayer. Pater, 
Ave, and Gloria. 



MOST zealous apostle, who, without working any miracle 
on others, but solely by the example of thy life of penance 
and the power of thy words, didst draw after thee the crowds, in 
order to prepare them to worthily receive the Messias, and 
listen to His heavenly teaching; grant that it may be given 
to us also, by the example of a holy life and the practice of good 
works, to lead many souls to God, and above all, those who 
have been enveloped in the darkness of error and ignorance, 
and led astray by vice. Pater, Ave, Gloria. 



528 Indulgence^ Prayers. 

OUNCONQUERED martyr, who for the honor of God, and 
the salvation of souls, didst, with heroic constancy, and 
at the cost of life itself, withstand the impious Herod, reproving 
him openly for his bad and dissolute life; obtain for us a brave 
and generous heart, so that, overcoming all human respect, 
we may boldly profess our faith, and follow the teaching of 
our divine Master, Jesus Christ. Pater, Ave, Gloria. 
V. Pray for us, St. John the Baptist. 
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. 



Let us pray. 

OGoo, Who hast made this day worthy of honor in the 
nativity (commemoration) of St. John, grant to Thy people 
the grace of spiritual joys, and direct the minds of all the faith 
ful into the way of eternal salvation; through Christ our Lord. 
Amen. 

Indulgences: i. 200 days, once a day. ii. 300 days, once a 
day, during a triduum or novena. iii. Plenary, once during the 
triduum or novena, or within eight days, on the usual conditions. 
Pius X, Jan. n, 1904. 



EJACULATIONS. 

UCHARISTIC Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, June 27, 1907. 



( 



BACKED Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee! 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, June 27, 1906. 

be God! 



Indulgence of fifty days, every time. (If said devoutly on 
hearing a blasphemy.) Pius X, Nov. 28, 1903. 

Y GOD, unite all minds in the truth and all hearts in 
charity. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Jan. 21, 1905; 
May 30, 1908. 



Indulgence^ Prayers. 529 

Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, 
set free the holy souls in purgatory. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 6, 1906. 

Lady of Good Studies, pray for us! 
Indulgence of 300 days. Pius IX, May 22, 1906. 

, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto 
Thine. 

Indulgence of 303 days, every time. Pius X, Sept. 15, 1905. 

Lady of the Sacred Heart, pray for us! 
Indulgence of 100 days, every time. Pius X, July 9, 1904. 

, Mary, Joseph. 



Indulgence of seven years and seven quarantines. Pius X, 
June 16, 1906. 



> our hope, have pity on us. 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Jan. 8, 1906. 

Y > most sorrowful mother of all Christians, pray for us. 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, June 27, 1906. 



530 Indidgenced Prayers. 



PRAYERS DURING A PROCESSION OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. Then say 
ten times: 

V. Let us every moment praise the Most Holy Sacrament. 

R. May our God, present in the Sacrament, be now and ever 
praised. 

Repeat Our Father, Hail Mary, etc., while the procession is 
in progress. 

Indulgence of 300 days. Pius X, Aug. n, 1906. 



EJACULATIONS. 

Lady of Lourdes, pray for us. 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 9, 1907. 

OTHER of love, of sorrow, and of mercy, pray for us. 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X. May 30, 1908. 

VENI SANCTE SPIRITUS. 

aoME, O Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and 
kindle in them the fire of Thy love. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, May 8, 1907, 



DEVOTION TO THE HOLY NAME. 

For saying: Glory be to the Father, etc., and May the Holy 
Name of Jesus be infinitely blessed, five times, the following 
indulgences are granted on the usual conditions: 

I. Three hundred days, each time. 

II. Plenary, on the Sunday after the Epiphany, if said daily, 
all who visit a church where the Feast of the Holy Name 

being celebrated. 

III. Plenary, to all who assist at the annual requiem for those 
who were devout to the Holy Name. Pius X, Nov. 26, 1906. 



f IA 



Indulgence^ Prayers, 53 1 



TO BE SAID IN REPARATION FOR BLASPHEMIES. 



FATHER, by the most precious" blood of Jesus 
Christ, glorify His most holy name, according to the inten 
tion and the desires of His adorable Heart. 

Indulgence of 300 days. Pius X, Jan. 27, 1908. 



PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART. 

For the Church and the Supreme Pontiff, for Friends, Relatives, 
and Benefactors; and for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 

OMOST sacred Heart of Jesus, pour down Thy blessings 
abundantly upon Thy Church, upon the Supreme Pontiff, 
and upon all the clergy; give perseverance to the just, convert 
sinners, enlighten unbelievers, bless our parents, friends, and 
benefactors, help the dying, free the souls in purgatory, and 
extend over all hearts the sweet empire of Thy love. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, June 16, 1906. 



EJACULATIONS. 

SESUS, Mary, and good Joseph, bless us, now and in the 
agony of death. 

Indulgence of fifty days. Pius X, June 9, 1906. 



Mary! 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Oct. 10, 1904. 

PRAYER TO BE SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF MASS. 



Father, I unite myself with the intentions and 
affections of our Lady of Sorrows on Calvary, and I offer 
Thee the sacrifice which Thy beloved Son Jesus made of Himself 
on the cross, and now renews on this holy altar: i. To adore 
Thee and give Thee the honor ^vhich is due to Thee, confessing 



532 Indulgenced Prayers. 

Thy supreme dominion over all things, and the absolute depend 
ence of everything upon Thee, Thou who art our one and last 
end. 2. To thank Thee for innumerable benefits received. 
3. To appease Thy justice, irritated against us by so many sins, 
and to make satisfaction for them. 4. To implore grace and 
mercy for myself, for .... for all afflicted and sorrowing, for poor 
sinners, for all the world, and for the holy souls in purgatory. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time; also a plenary indulgence 
once a month, if said on every Sunday and holyday of obligation, 
on the usual conditions. Pius X, July 8, 1904. 

EJACULATIONS. 

JT ESUS, my God, I love Thee above all things. 
fj Indulgence of 50 days, every time. Pius IX, May 7, 1854. 
T ESUS, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto 
J Thine. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Sept. 15, 1905. 
Y the Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere! 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX, Sept. 23, 
1860. 

BWEETEST Jesus, grant me an increase of faith, hope, and 
charity, a contrite and humble heart. 
Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo XIII, Sept. 13, 1893. 

QAY the Heart of Jesus in the most blessed sacrament be 
praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every 
moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of 
time. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Pius IX, Feb. 29, 1868. 

O SWEETEST Heart of Jesus! I implore 
That I may ever love thee more and more. 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius IX, Nov. 26, 1876. 

PRAYER TO ST. PAUL. 

O GLORIOUS St. Paul, who from a persecutor of the Christian 
name, didst become an apostle of burning zeal, and who, 
in order that Jesus Christ might be known to the furthermost 
bounds of the earth, didst joyfully suffer imprisonment, scourg 
ing, stoning, shipwreck, and every kind of persecution, and 
who didst finally shed thy blood to the last drop; obtain for 
us the grace oif accepting, as divine favors, the infirmities, 
torments, and calamities of this life, so that we may not be 
drawn from the service of God by the vicissitudes of this our 
exile, but on the contrary may prove ourselves more and more 
faithful and fervent. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, Jan. i8,?i90S. 



Indulgenced Prayers. 533 



PRAYER TO OUR LADY. 

ARY, mother of mercy, mother and daughter of Him Who 
is the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 1 
dispenser of the treasures of thy Son, 2 handmaiden of God, 3 
mother of the supreme High-priest, Christ, at once priest and 
altar, 4 immaculate treasure-house of the word of God, 5 mistress 
of all the apostles and disciples of Christ; 6 protect the Supreme 
Pontiff, intercede for us and for our priests; that the High-priest 
Jesus Christ may purify our consciences, so that we may worthily 
and piously approach His holy banquet. 

immaculate virgin, who not only gavest us Christ, to be 
our bread from heaven, for the remission of sins, 7 but art thyself 
a most acceptable victim offered to God, 8 and the glory of the 
priesthood, 9 who according to the testimony of thy most blessed 
servant St. Antoninus, although thou didst not receive the 
Sacrament of Order, art filled with whatever of dignity and grace 
is conferred by it; wherefore deservedly art thou proclaimed 
virgin priest; 10 look down upon us and on the priests of thy 
Son; purify, sanctify, save us, that receiving the ineffable gifts 
of the sacraments, we may deserve to obtain the eternal sal 
vation of our souls. Amen. 

Mother of mercy, pray for us. 

Mother of the eternal priest, Christ Jesus, pray for us. 

Queen of the clergy, pray for us. 

Mary, virgin priest, pray for us. 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Jan. 9, 1907. 

1 Richard of St. Laurence. 

2 St. Bernard. 

Bernard de Busto. 

4 St. Epiphanius. 

5 Blosius. 

St. Thomas of Villanova. 

7 St. Epiphanius. 

8 St. Andrew of Crete. 

St. Ephrem. 

10 Br. of Pius IX, August 25, 1873, 



EJACULATIONS. 

ESUS, my God, I adore Thee here present in the sacrament 
of Thy love. 

Indulgence of 100 days, every time before the tabernacle; 
indulgence of 300 days, at exposition, every time. Pius X, 
July 3, 1908. 



534 Indidgenced Prayers. 

/TVY GOD, unite all minds in truth and all hearts in charity! 
Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, May 30. 1908. 

LL for Thee, most sacred Heart of Jesus! 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 26, 1908. 
EJACULATION. 

TERNAL FATHER! I offer Thee the precious blood of Jesus 
in satisfaction for my sins and for the wants of holy 
Church. 

Indulgence of 100 days, every time. Pius VII, Sept. 22, 1817. 
PRAYER TO OUR LADY " REPARATRICE." 

*T*MMACULATE Virgin, the refuge of sinners, thou who, to 
J- repair the outrages committed against God, and the evil 
inflicted on man by sin, didst resign thyself to the death of thy 
divine Son, be ever propitious to us, and carry on thy work 
of zeal and love for us in heaven, where thou reignest so gloriously. 
We wish to be thy children, do thou show thyself a Mother to 
us; obtain from the divine restorer, Jesus, that by applying 
to our souls the fruits of His passion and death He may free 
us from the bonds of our iniquities. May He be our light in 
the darkness, our strength in weakness, our help in danger, 
so that after He has consoled us by his grace and love in time, 
He may permit us to see, possess, and love Him in eternity. 
Amen. 

Indulgence of 200 days, once a day. Pius X, Aug. 24, 1904. 

PRAYER OF ST. ALPHONSUS FOR PURITY. 

Ave Maria thrice, and after each: 

BY THY immaculate conception, O Mary, make my body 
pure and my soul holy. 

Indulgence of 300 days, twice a day; morning and evening. 
Pius X, Dec. 5, 1904. 



Prayers for the Dead or Dying. 53 5 



PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH. 

O GLORIOUS St. Joseph! model of all those who are devoted to 
labor, obtain for me the grace to work in a spirit of penance 
for the expiation of my many sins; to work conscientiously, 
putting the call of duty above my inclinations; to work with 
thankfulness and joy, considering it an honor to employ and 
develop by means of labor the gifts received from God; to 
work with order, peace, moderation, and patience, never shrinking 
from weariness and trials; to work, above all, with purity of 
intention, and with detachment from self, keeping unceasingly 
before my eyes death and the account I must give of time lost, 
talents unused, good omitted, and vain complacency in success, 
so fatal to the work of God. 

All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thy example, 
patriarch Joseph; such shall be my watchword in life and in 
death. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, Nov. 25, 1906. 



PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH. 

O JOSEPH, virgin father of Jesus, most pure spouse of the 
Virgin Mary, pray for us daily to the Son of God, that, 
armed with the weapons of His grace, we may fight as we 
ought in life, and be crowned by Him in death. 

Indulgence of 100 days, twice a day. Pius X, Nov. 26, 1906. 



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EJACULATIONS. 

IIVINE Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, 
deliver the holy souls from purgatory! 

Indulgence of 300 days, every time. Pius X, Nov. 6, 1906. 

pragers for tbe Deafc or 5>Bing. 
Indulgenced by Pope Pius Tenth 

ALL SOULS DAY. 

VI PLENARY indulgence, toties quoties. This indulgence, 
IpL, like that of the Portiuncula, may be gained as often 
as a person visits a church or public chapel of the Bene 
dictines, whether monks or nuns, between first Vespers on Nov, 



536 Prayers for the Dead or Dying, 

i and sunset on Nov. 2. Communities and those dwelling with 
them may use a semipublic chapel. 

Those who wear a duly blessed medal of St. Benedict and 
are hindered from visiting a church or public chapel of the 
Benedictines by infirmity, enclosure, or distance (more than 
a mile), may gain the same indulgence by visiting any church 
or public chapel. Pius X, Feb. 27, 1907:1 Sept, 2 and n, 1907. 



PLENARY INDULGENCE IN ARTICULO MORTIS. 

To all who, on any day they may choose, will receive the sacra 
ments of Penance and Holy Eucharist and make this act for the 
love of God. 

OLoRD, my God, I now, at this moment, readily and willingly 
accept at Thy hand whatever kind of death it may please 
Thee to send me, with all its pains, penalties, and sorrows. 

Pius X, March 9, 1904. 



PRAYER TO OUR LORD ON THE CROSS. 

CRUCIFIED Jesus, mercifully accept the prayer which 
I now make to Thee for help in the moment of my death, 
when at its approach all my senses shall fail me. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, Sept. 4, 1903. 



PRAYER FOR A HAPPY DEATH. 

BLESSED are the dead who die in the Lord. my God, 
I have certainly to die, but I know not when, how, or 
where I shall die; this only I know: that if I die in mortal 
sin, I shall be lost forever. Amen. 

Most blessed Virgin Mary, Holy Mother of God, pray for 
me, a sinner, now and at the hour of my death. Amen. 



OFFERING OF MASSES FOR THE DYING. 

GOD, I offer Thee all the Masses which are being cele- 
brated to-day throughout the whole world, for sinners 
who are in their agony and who are to die this day. May the 
precious bloodlof Jesus, their Redeemer, obtain mercy for them. 

Indulgence of 300 days. Pius X, December 18, 1907. 



Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 537 



PRAYING FOR THE DYING 



TTTms may be gained by priests saying Mass, or the laity 
)-*4 assisting thereat, who commend to God all the sinners of 
the world who are "at that moment in their agony, or who are 
to die that day." 
Indulgence of 100 days. Pius X, Dec. 10, 1907. 



VERSICLES AND RESPONSES FOR THE DEAD. 

TERNAL rest give unto them, Lord. 

R. And let perpetual light shine upon them. 
V. May they rest in peace. 
R. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, each time, applicable only to the 
dead. Pius X, Feb. 13, 1908. 

SSeneMction of tbe JBleesefc Sacrament. 

O SALUTARIS HOSTIA. 

OSALUTARIS Hostia, /~\ SAVING Victim, open- 

V_/ ing wide 
Quae coeli pandis estium; The "gate of heav n to man 

below ! 
Bella premunt hostilia : Our foes press on from every 

side; 

Da robur fer auxilium: Thine aid supply, Thy 

strength bestow. 

Uni trinoque Domino, To Thy great name be end 

less praise, 

Sit sempiterna gloria: Immortal Godhead, one in 

three. 

Qui vitam sine termino, Oh, grant us endless length 

of days 

Nobis donet in patria. In our true native land 

Amen. with Thee. Amen, 

TANTUM ERGO SACRAMENTUM. 

^*ANTUM ergo sacramen- *1~\O W N in adoration fall- 

V*) turn, .JLJ ing, 

Veneremur cernui; Lo! the sacred Host we hail; 



538 Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 



Et antiquum documentum, 

Novo cedat ritui; 

Praestet fides supplementum, 

Sensuum defectui. 

Genitori, Genitoque, 
Laus et jubilatio, 

Salus, honor, virtus quoque, 

Sit et benedictio: 
Procedenti ab utroque, 
Compar sit laudatio. Amen. 

V. Panem de coelo praesti- 
tisti eis. 

R. Omne delectamentum 
in se habentem. 



Lo! o er ancient forms de- 
parting, 

Newer rites of grace prevail; 

Faith for all defects supply 
ing, 

Where the feeble senses fail. 

To the everlasting Father, 
And the Son Who reigns on 

high, 

With the Holy Ghost pro 
ceeding 

Forth from each eternally, 
Be salvation, honor, blessing, 
Might and endless majesty. 

Amen. 

V. Thou hast given them 
bread from heaven. 

R. Replenished with all 
sweetness and delight. 



Prayer. 



BEUS, qui nobis, sub sa- 
cramento mirabili, pas- 
sionis tuae memoriam reliqui- 
sti, tribue quaesumus, ita nos 
corporis et sanguinis tui sa 
cra mysteria venerari, ut re- 
demptionis tui fructum in no 
bis jugiter sentiamus. Qui 
vivis et regnas in saecula saecu- 
lorum. Amen. 



OGOD, Who hast left us 
in this wonderful Sac 
rament a perpetual memorial 
of Thy Passion: grant us, we 
beseech Thee, so to venerate 
the sacred mysteries of Thy 
body and blood that we may 
ever feel within us the fruit 
of Thy redemption : Who liv- 
est and reignest world without 
end. Amen. 



AT THE BLESSING. 

O SACRAMENT most holy! O Sacrament divine! 
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment 
Thine. 

Bless me, O Lord! j in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

DEVOUT ACTS OF PRAISE. 

BLESSED be God. 
Blessed be His holy name. 



Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 539 



Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man. 
Blessed be the name of Jesus. 
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart. 
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the 
Altar. 

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. 
Blessed be her holy and immaculate conception. 
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. 
Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints. 

Indulgence of 2 years for every public recital after Mass or 
Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Leo XIII., Feb. 2, 1897. 

TE DEUM LAUDAMUS. 

praise Thee, O God! 
we acknowledge Thee 

to be Our Lord. 
All the earth worships Thee, 

the Father everlasting 
To Thee all the angels cry 

aloud; the heavens, and all 

the heavenly powers: 
To Thee the cherubim and 

seraphim continually do 

cry: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God 

of Sabaoth. 
Heaven and earth are full of 

the majesty of Thy glory. 
The glorious choir of the 

apostles praise Thee. 
The admirable company of 

the prophets praise Thee. 
The noble army of the mar 
tyrs praise Thee. 
The holy Church throughout 

the world acknowledges 

Thee. 

The Father of infinite majesty; 
Thy adorable, true, and only 

Son; 
Also, the Holy Ghost, the 

Comforter. 
Thou, O Christ, art the King 

of glory 



E Deum laudamus: Te 
Dominum confitemur. 



Te aeternum Patrem, oinnis 

terra veneratur. 
Tibi ornnes Angeli: tibi coeli, 

et universae potestates: 

Tibi cherubim et seraphim 
incessabili voce proclamant : 

Sanctus. sanctus, sanctus, Do- 
minus Deus Sabaoth. 

Pleni sunt cceli et terra ma- 
jestatis gloriae tuae. 

Te gloriosus apostolorum cho 
rus: 

Te prophetarum laudabilis 
numerus : 

Te martyrum candidatus lau- 
dat exercitus; 

Te per orbem terrarum sancta 
confitetur Ecclesia. 

Patrem immensae majestatis; 
Venerandum tuum verum et 

unicum Filium. 
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum 

Spiritum. 
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe. 



540 



Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 



Tu Patris sempiternus es 

Filius. 
Tu ad liberandum susceptu- 

rus hominem, non horruisti 

Virginis uterum. 

fu devicto mortis aculeo, 
aperuisti credentibus regna 
coelorum. 

Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes in 
gloria Patris. 

Judex crederis esse venturus. 

* Te ergo qucesumus, tuis fa 
mulis subveni, quos preti- 
oso sanguine redemisti. 



Thou art the everlasting Son 
of the Father. 

When Thou tookest upon 
Thee to deliver man, Thou 
didst not disdain the Vir 
gin s womb. 

Having overcome the sting of 
death, Thou didst open the 
kingdom of heaven to all 
believers. 

Thou sittest at the right hand 
of God, in the glory of the 
Father. 

We believe that Thou shalt 
come to be Our Judge. 

We therefore pray Thee to 
help Thy servants, whom 
Thou hast redeemed with 
Thy precious blood. 

Make them to be numbered 
with Thy saints in glory 
everlasting. 

Save Thy people, O Lord, 
and bless Thy inheritance. 

Govern them, and raise them 

up forever. 
Every day we bless Thee. 

And we praise Thy name 
for ever and ever. 

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, 

to keep us without sin. 
Have mercy on us, O Lord, 

have mercy on us. 
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be 

upon us, as we have hoped 

in Thee; 
In Thee, O Lord, I have 

hoped; let me never be 

confounded. 

On occasions of solemn thanksgiving the following prayers are 
added : 



fac cum sanctis tuis 
in gloria numerari. 

Saivum fac populum tuum, 

Do mine, et benedic here- 

ditati tuae. 
Et rege eos, et extolle illos 

usque in aeternum. 
Per singulos dies, benedici- 

mus Te. 
Et laudamus nomen tuum in 

saeculum, et in saeculum 

saeculi. 
Dignare, Domine, die isto sine 

peccato nos custodire. 
Miserere nostri Domine, mise 

rere nostri. 
Fiat misericordia tua, Do 

mini, super nos: quemad- 

modum speravimus in Te. 
In Te, Domine speravi ; non 

confundar in aeternum. 



* During this petition it is usual to kneel. 



Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 541 



V. *>ENEDICTUS es, 

,-Kj Dornine, Deus, 
Patrum nostrorum. 

R. Et laudabilis, et glori- 
osus in sascula. 

V. Benedicamus Patrem et 
Filium, cum Sancto Spiritu. 

R, Laudemus et superexal- 
temus cum in saecula. 

V. Benedictus es, Domine 
Deus, in firmamento coeli. 

R. Et laudabilis et glorio- 
sus, et superexaltatus in sae 
cula. 

V. Benedic, anima mea, 
Dominum. 

R. Et noli oblivisci omnes 
retributiones ejus. 

V. Domine, exaudi ora- 
tionem meam. 

R. Et clamor meus ad te 
\reniat. 

V. Dominus vobiscum. 

R. Et cum spiritu tuo. 

Oremus. 

EUS, cujus misericordiae 
non est numerus, et 
bonitatis infinitus est the 
saurus: piissimae majestati 
tuae pro collatis donis gratias 
agimus, tuam semper cle- 
mentiam exorantes: ut qui 
petentibus postulata concedis, 
eosdem non deserens, ad prae- 
mia futura disponas. 



V. "-fT* L E S S E D art 

JO Thou, O Lord, 
the God of our fathers. 

R. And worthy to be 
praised, and glorious forever. 

V. Let us bless the Father 
and the Son, with the Holy 
Ghost. 

R. Let us praise and mag 
nify Him for ever. 

V. Blessed art Thou, O 
Lord, in the firmament of 
heaven. 

R. And worthy to be 
praised, glorified, and ex 
alted for ever. 

V. Bless the Lord, O my 
soul. 

R. And forget not all His 
benefits. 

V. O Lord, hear my prayer. 

R. And let my cry come 
unto Thee. 

V. The Lord be with you. 
R. And with thy spirit. 

Let its pray. 

OGOD, Whose mercies 
are without number, 
and the treasure of Whose 
goodness is infinite ; we ren 
der thanks to Thy most 
gracious Majesty for the gifts 
Thou hast bestowed upon us, 
evermore beseeching Thy 
clemency: that as Thou 
grantest the petitions of those 
who ask Thee, Thou wilt 
never forsake them, but wilt 
prepare them for the rewards 
to come. 



REFLECTIONS ON BENEDICTION. 

ELIGIOUS, in particular, ought to be grateful 
for the many opportunities they have of assisting 



542 Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 

at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and they 
ought to show this gratitude by the fervor of their devo 
tion, and by ever seeking to make this expression of 
their love of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and this tribute 
of their praise and adoration as splendid as the circum 
stances will permit. Jesus must be pleased with this 
devotion. As though it were too long for His burning 
love to remain hidden all day in the tabernacle, He 
permits His priests to take Him out at evening and 
place Him aloft on His altar-throne, that He may look 
down upon us, love us with His Sacred Heart, and, 
loving us infinitely, bless us. O, how good is our 
gentle Jesus! How many tender inventions of love 
has He devised to show His love to us and win our 
love in return! When thus, in Benediction, He is 
raised on high before us amid starry lights and fragrant 
flowers and sweet-smelling incense, let us lift up our 
hearts to Him and ask Him very ardently to make us 
love Him. Let us tell Him all our wants, thank Him 
for all His love, ask Him that one day we may see His 
divine face in heaven, which is now veiled under the 
appearance of the little round white Host. Long ago, 
when on earth, having first embraced them, He blessed 
the little children who pressed around Him; so, too, 
He loves us, if we are innocent of heart, and will bless 
us at Benediction. 

Ask the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, and your guardian 
angel to aid you in assisting worthily at Benediction. 



PRAYERS AT BENEDICTION. 
I. 



O 



JESUS, Who art about to give Thy Benediction 
to me, and to all who are here present, I humbly 
beseech Thee that it may impart to each and all of us 
the special graces we need. Yet more than this I ask. 
Let Thy blessing go forth far and wide. Let it be felt 



Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 543 

in the souls of the afflicted who can not come here to 
receive it at Thy feet. Let the weak and tempted 
feel its power wherever they may be. Let poor sinners 
feel its influence, arousing them to come to Thee. Grant 
to me, O Lord, and to all here present, a strong, per 
sonal love of Thee, a lively horror of sin, a higher esteem 
of grace, great zeal for Thy honor and glory, for the 
interest of Thy Sacred Heart, for the salvation of souls, 
for our sanctification and that of all those confided 
to our care, and grant that in our intercourse with others 
we may lead many souls to Thee. Amen. 

II. 

f~\ DIVINE Redeemer of our souls, Who of Thy 
^-^ great goodness hast been pleased to leave us 
Thy precious body and blood in the Most Holy Sac 
rament of the Altar, we adore Thee with the most pro 
found respect, and return Thee our most humble thanks 
for all the favors Thou hast bestowed upon us, espe 
cially for the institution of this Most Holy Sacrament. 
As Thou art the source of every blessing, we entreat 
Thee to pour down Thy benediction this day upon us, 
and upon all those for whom we offer our prayers. 
And that nothing may interrupt the course of Thy 
blessing, take from our hearts whatever is displeasing 
to Thee. Pardon our sins, O my God, which, for the 
love of Thee, we sincerely detest; purify our hearts, 
sanctify our souls, and bestow a blessing on us like 
that which Thou didst grant to Thy disciples at Thy 
Ascension into heaven; grant us a blessing that may 
change us, consecrate us, and unite us perfectly to 
Thee, and fill us with Thy spirit, and be to us in this 
life a foretaste of those blessings which Thou hast pre 
pared for Thy elect in Thy heavenly kingdom. Amen.* 

* For Compline, see p. 157, after Evening Prayers. 



544 Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. 
III. 

Hcts of dotation ano Ubanfe83ix>in0 to tbe 



QOST holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, be 
hold us prostrate in Thy divine presence. We humble 
ourselves profoundly, and beg of Thee pardon for our sins. 
We adore Thee, omnipotent Father, and with the out 
pouring of our hearts we thank Thee for having given us Thy 
divine Son Jesus to be our redeemer, and for having left Him 
with us to the consummation of the world in the most 
august sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, in which mystery 
of faith and love he reveals to us the wonders of His sacred 
Heart. Gloria Patri. 

O DIVINE Word, most adorable Jesus, we adore Thee in 
Thy sacrament, and with the outpouring of our hearts 
we thank Thee for having taken human flesh and for having 
made Thyself, for our redemption, priest and victim in the 
sacrifice of the cross, a sacrifice which, by an excess of the 
love of Thy adorable Heart, Thou dost renew every moment 
on our altars throughout the world. O supreme priest, O 
divine victim, grant that we may honor the sacrifice of the 
most holy Eucharist with the united homage of most holy 
Mary and of all Thy Church, in triumph, in suffering, and 
in warfare. We offer ourselves wholly to Thee, and since 
Thou dost deign to have victims associated with Thee, accept 
our offering, and, uniting it withThine, bless us. Gloria Patri. 

O DIVINE Spirit and Paraclete, we adore Thee, and 
with the outpouring of our hearts we thank Thee for hav 
ing with so much love for us wrought the ineffable blessing 
of the incarnation of the divine Word, a benefit which is 
continually being extended and increased in the most holy 
Eucharist. By this adorable mystery of the love of the 
Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant to us and to all sinners Thy 
grace; pour out upon us and upon all redeemed souls Thy 
holy gifts, but in a special manner bestow them upon the 
holy Church, the spouse of Jesus Christ and our Mother, upon 
its visible head the Supreme Pontiff, upon all the cardinals, 
the bishops, and pastors of souls, on all priests, and on all 
the other ministers of the sanctuary. Amen. Gloria Patri. 
Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Pius X, March 22, 1905. 



BOOK 



OUtanfes, Bovenas, Unoulgencefc {praters, 
ffices, ano praters for {particular o 
casions. 

Ebe "Meek Sanctified. 

"TT* COMMENDABLE practice of piety consists in con- 
sA-*i secrating each day of the week to some particular 
devotion. 

Besides honoring the mystery or the- saint of each day, 
and reciting the prayers assigned for it, you should take 
as the object of your endeavors and prayers the correction 
of the principal fault of which you accused yourself in your 
last confession. 

Select some prayers and ejaculations, from the following 
part of this book, appropriate to the devotions assigned 
to each particular day, and say them in connection with 
your daily visit to the Blessed Sacrament.* 

* In the following part we have endeavored, for the sake of 
method, to group and classify in seven sections, under the head 
ings given for the sanctification of the week, namely, Sunday, 
the Holy Trinity: one God; Monday, the Holy Ghost and the 
Holy Souls; Tuesday, the Holy Angels; Wednesday, St. Joseph; 
Thursday, the Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart; Friday, 
the Sacred Heart and the Passion of Our Lord and Saviour, 
and Saturday, the Blessed Virgin, all the prayers and devotions 
appropriate to the various seasons of the whole year. The 
Novenas, however, will be found in a separate group. In regard 
to the devotions of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Sacrament, 
given under Thursday, the Holy Hour and the Hour of Adora 
tion, i.e., the former in honor of the Suffering Heart of Jesus (to 
render Christ homage in the extreme anguish He suffered on the 
night of His Passion), and the latter in honor of the Blessed 
Sacrament, are kept by Communities mostly on Thursday after 
noon or evening, and prayers to the Sacred Heart as well as to 

547 



Sunday. The holy Trinity. 
I. 

Dol Urinttp: ne Oofc. 

THE SIGN OF THE CROSS. 
Make the sign of the cross, * saying: 

IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of 
the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

This sacred sign may be regarded as a compendium of all 
the mysteries of our faith, as a homage rendered to the three 
Persons of the adorable Trinity, as an act of gratitude for all 
that the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 
ha=> condescended to do in favor of man. 

Indulgence of 100 days. Pius IX., March 23, 1876. 

PRAYERS TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY TO BE SAID AT 
THE END AND AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. 
Pope Pius IX., by a brief, December 5, 1876, granted to all the 
faithful, who, with at least contrite heart, during the last half 
hour of the year and the first half hour of the following year, 
shall pray to the Most Holy Trinity in thanksgiving for benefits 
received; beseeching the same Holy Trinity for peace among 
Christian nations, for concord among Christian princes, for the 
conversion of sinners, and for the triumph of holy Mother 
Church and its visible head, the Roman Pontiff, an indulgence of 
7 years. 

THE CANTICLE OF THE SERAPHIM. 

LY, holy, 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. 

Indulgence of 100 days, once a day; three times every Sunday 
and during the Octave of the festival of the Most Holy Trinity. 
Clement XIV., 1769 and 1770. 

the Blessed Sacrament are then used by the pious adorers before 
the Sacred Host exposed upon the altar. That is why bom are 
included under Thursday. Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament 
generally unite prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with devo 
tions in honor of the sublime Mystery of the altar. Friday is 
given to the Sacred Heart as well as to the Passion, but the 
prayers for Sacred Heart devotions will be found, as we have 
said, under Thursday. 



Sunday: The Holy Trinity. 549 



PRAYER POR SUNDAY TO THE BLESSED TRINITY. 

BLESSED Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, 
the Source and Fountain of all good, I most 
firmly believe in You, I most humbly adore You, and 
thank You with a grateful heart for all the blessings 
and benefits I have received from Your infinite good 
ness. I most fervently consecrate and offer to You 
an unreserved sacrifice of my whole being. O my God, 
Who hast a right to every day, hour, and moment of 
my existence, accept the thoughts, words, and actions 
of this day, which I offer Thee in testimony of my 
sincere desire to satisfy my obligation of keeping it 
holy and as the first-fruits of the week; mercifully 
assist me to spend it in such a manner as may draw 
down Thy blessing. Increase in my soul the heavenly 
virtues of faith, hope, and charity, which I received 
at baptism, and teach me to make faith the rule of my 
conduct, that thereby it may avail me to life everlasting. 
Eternal Father, take possession of my memory; efface 
from it all images of vanity, and engrave therein the 
recollection of Thy adorable presence. Eternal Son, 
enlighten my understanding, and conduct me in the 
path of salvation by the light of faith. Holy Spirit, 
sanctify my will by the most ardent love; render it sub 
missive under the contradictions of this life, and never 
permit that by attachment to my own ideas or judg 
ment, I should forfeit the blessings of peace offered 
to men of good-will and obedient minds. Holy, ador 
able, undivided Trinity, by Whose power, mercy, and 
providence I was created, redeemed, regenerated, and 
preserved to this moment, receive the oblation of my 
whole being, and take me out of the world rather than 
permit me to efface Your sacred image in my soul by 
mortal sin. I adore You, O Holy Trinity, I worship 
You, I most humbly give You thanks for having revealed 
to man this glorious, this incomprehensible mystery, 



55 Sunday: The Holy Trinity. 

and for granting to those who persevere until death 
in the faithful profession of it, the reward of beholding 
and enjoying in heaven, what we now believe and 
adore upon earth, one God in three Persons, the Father, 
the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Amen. 

Aspiration. 

LORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to 
the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is 
now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. 

OLttang of tbe Xove of (Boo.* 

(Composed by His Holiness Pope Pius VI.) 

*T~!ORD, have mercy on us. 

t * * Christ, have mercy on us. 

Lord, have mercy on us. 

Christ, hear us. 

Christ, graciously hear us. fit; 

God, the Father of heaven, 

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, 

God, the Holy Ghost, 

Holy Trinity? one God, 

Thou Who art Infinite Love, 

Thou Who didst first love me, 

Thou Who commandest me to love Thee, 

With all my heart, 

With all my soul, 

With all my mind, 

With all my strength, 

Above all possessions and honors, 

Above all pleasures and enjoyments, 

More than myself, and everything belonging to me, 

More than all my relatives and friends, 

More than all men and angels, 

Above all created things in heaven or on earth, 

Only for Thyself, 

Because Thou art the sovereign Good, 

Because Thou art infinitely worthy of being loved, 

* For private devotion only. 



Monday: The Holy Ghost, 551 

Because Thou art infinitely perfect, 

Even hadst Thou not promised me heaven, 

Even hadst Thou not menaced me with hell, 

Even shouldst Thou try me by want and misfortune, 

In wealth and in poverty, 

In prosperity and in adversity, 

In health and in sickness, 

In life and in death, 

In time and in eternity, 

In union with that love wherewith all the saints and all 

the angels love Thee in heaven, 
In union with that love wherewith the Blessed Virgin 

Mary loveth Thee, 
In union with that infinite love wherewith Thou lovest 

Thyself eternally, 

Prayer. 

Y God, Who dost possess in incomprehensible 
abundance all that is perfect and worthy of 
love! Annihilate in me all guilty, sensual, and undue 
love for creatures, kindle in my heart the pure fire of 
Thy love, so that I may love nothing but Thee or in 
Thee, until, being entirely consumed by holy love of 
Thee, I may go to love Thee eternally with the elect 
in heaven, the country of pure love. Amen. 

II. 

Ube tools (Bbost 

HYMN AND SEQUENCE OF THE HOLY GHOST. 

Hymn, 

VENI Creator Spiritus, f^TOME, Holy Ghost, Cre- 
\^ ator, come, 
Mentes tuorum visita, From Thy bright, heavenly 

throne ; 
Imple superna gratia Come, take possession of our 

souls, 

Quae tu creasti pectora. And make them all Thine 

own. 



55 2 Monday: The Holy Ghost. 

Qui diceris Paraclitus, 



Altissimi donurn Dei, 
Fons vivus, ignis, charitas, 

Et spiritalis unctio. 



Tu septiformis munere, 

Digitus paternae dexterae, 
Tu rite promissum Patris, 

Sermone ditans guttura. 
Accende lumen sensibus, 
Infunde amoretn cordibus, 
Infirma nostri corporis 
Virtute firmans perpeti. 
Hostem repellas longius, 

Pacemque dones protinus: 
Ductore sic Te praevio, 

Vitemus omne noxium. 
Per Te sciamus da Patrem 
Noscamus atque Filium, 
Teque utriusque Spiritum 
Credamus omni tempore. 

Deo Patri sit gloria, 
Et Filio, qui a mortuis 
Surrexit, ac Paraclito, 

In saeculorum saecula. 
Amen. 



Thou Who art called the 

Paraclete, 

Best gift of God above; 
The living spring, the living 

fire, 

Sweet unction and true 
love. 

Thou Who art sevenfold in 

Thy grace, 

Finger of God s right hand ; 
His promise, teaching little 

ones 
To speak and understand. 

Oh! guide our minds with 

Thy blest light, 
With love our hearts in 
flame; 
And with Thy strength which 

ne er decays, 
Confirm our mortal frame. 

Far from us drive our hellish 

foe, 

True peace unto us bring; 
And through all perils lead 

us safe 
Beneath Thy sacred wing. 

Through Thee may we the 

Father know, 
Through Thee, th eternal 

Son, 
And Thee, the Spirit of them 

both, 
Thrice-blessed Three in one. 

All glory to the Father be, 

And to His risen Son, 
The like to Thee, great Para 
clete, 

While endless ages run. 
Amen. 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 



553 



V "T ENI Sancte Spiritus, 
Et emitte coelitus 
Lucis tuae radium. 



Veni pater pauperum, 
Veni dator inunerum, 
Veni lumen cordium. 



Consolator optima, 
Dulcis hospes animae, 
Dulce refrigeriurn. 



In labore requies, 

In aestu temperies, 
In fletu solatium. 

O lux beatissima, 
Reple cordis intima 

Tuorum fidelium. 

Sine tuo numine 
Nihil est in homine, 
Nihil est innoxium. 

Lava quod est sordidum, 

Riga quod est aridum, 
Sana quod est saucium. 



Flecte quod est rigidum, 

Fove quod est frigidum, 
Rege quod est devium. 



Spirit! Lord of 
light! 
From Thy clear celestial 

height, 

Thy pure, beaming radiance 
give: 

Come, Thou Father of the 

poor! 
Come, with treasures which 

endure ! 
Come, Thou light of all 

that live! 

Thou, of all consolers best, 
Visiting the troubled breast, 
Dost refreshing peace be 
stow: 

Thou in toil art comfort 

sweet ; 

Pleasant coolness in the heat ; 
Solace in the midst of woe. 

Light immortal ! light divine ! 
Visit Thou these hearts of 

Thine, 
And our inmost being fill: 

If Thou take Thy grace away, 

Nothing pure in man will stay ; 

All his good is turn d to ill. 

Heal our wounds our 

strength renew; 
On our dryness pour Thy dew ; 
Wash the stains of guilt 

away : 

Bend the stubborn heart and 

will; 

Melt the frozen, warm the chill ; 
Guide the steps that go 

astray. 



554 Monday: The Holy Ghost. 

Da tuis fidelibus Thou, on those who evermore 

In Te confitentibus Thee confess and Thee adore, 

Sacrum septenarium. In Thy sevenfold gifts de 

scend : 

Da virtutis meritum, Give them comfort when they 

die; 
Da salutis exitum, Give them life with Thee on 

high; 

Da perenne gaudium. Give them joys which never 

Amen. end. Amen. 

Indulgence of 100 days each time for reciting either the hymn 
or the sequence. Pius VI., May 26, 1796. 

Versicle, Response, and Prayer to the Holy Ghost. 
V. /2fMITTE Spiritum V. (^ END forth ^ Thy 



tuum et crea- ^^ Spirit, and they 

buntur. shall be created. 

R. Etrenovabisfaciemter- R. And Thou shalt renew 

rae. the face of the earth. 

Oremus. Let us pray. 

T^EUS, qui corda fidelium f\ GOD, Who hast taught 

JLJ Sancti Spiritus illu- V/ the hearts of the faith- 

stratione docuisti, da nobis ful by the light of the Holy 

in eodem Spiritu recta sa- Spirit ; grant that, by the gift 

pere, et de ejus semper conso- of the same Spirit, we may be 

latione gaudere. Per Chris- always truly wise, and ever 

turn, etc. rejoice in His consolation. 

Through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen. R. Amen. 



CHAPLET OF THE HOLY GHOST. 

of the Cross. Short Act of Contrition. Solemn 
invocation (the hymn) "Come, Holy Ghost, Creator, 
come," V., R., and Prayer "O God, Who hast taught the 
hearts of the faithful." 

i . By the Holy Ghost is Jesus conceived oj Mary. (Luke i. 

35 ) 
Our Father, once; Hail Mary, once; Glory be, seven 

limes 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 555 

Practice: Conformity to Jesus by the aid of the divine 
Spirit through Mary s intercession. 

2. The Spirit o] the Lord rests upon Jesus. (Matt. iii. 16.) 
Our Father, once; Hail Mary, once; Glory be, seven times. 
Practice: Esteem the gifts of the Holy Ghost and culti 
vate them assiduously; live as becomes a child of God, and 
practice the virtues of faith, hope, and charity. 

3. By the Spirit is Jesus led into the desert. (Luke iv. i, 2.) 
Our Father, once; Hail Mary, once; Glory be, seven 

times. 

Practice: Distrust self, and in all your ways yield yourself 
to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. 

4. The abiding presence of the Holy Ghost in the Church. 
(Acts ii.) 

Our Father, once; Hail Mary, once; Glory be, seven times. 
Practice: Devotion to the Holy See, the mouthpiece of the 
Holy Ghost. 

5. The Holy Ghost within the soul of the just man. (i Cor. 
vi. 19.) 

Our Father, once; Hail Mary, once; Glory be, seven 
times. 

Practice: Interior recollection, purity of heart and constant 
devotion to the Holy Ghost. Be ever mindful of the personal 
presence of the Holy Ghost within you. Cultivate purity 
of soul and body, for you are the temple of the Holy Ghost. 
Correspond faithfully with the inspirations of the Holy 
Spirit, so that His twelve fruits may spring forth and flourish in 
your soul, namely: " Charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, 
goodness, longanimity, mildness, faith, modesty, continency, 
chastity" (Gal. v. 22). 

Our Father, Hail Mary, the Creed for the intention of the 
Pope. 

Leo XIIL, in a brief of approval, dated March 24, 1902, speaks 
of the "Chaplet of the Holy Ghost" as a "salutary exercise," and 
hopes that by it "devotion toward the Paraclete may be more 
widely diffused." The indulgence granted for its public as well 
as private recital are seven years and seven quarantines for each 
recitation. 



556 Monday : The Holy Ghost. 



THE PRACTICE OF THE SEVEN GLORIA PATRIS IN HONOR OF 
THE HOLY SPIRIT. 

Indulgence of 7 days. Pius IX., March 12, 1857. 

INDULGENCES GRANTED FOR THIS NOVENA TO THE HOLY 
GHOST. 

Pope Leo XIII., May 9, 1897, decreed that a novena to the 
Holy Ghost should be made every year in preparation for the 
Feast of Pentecost, and granted an indulgence of seven years 
and seven quarantines for each day of the novena, and plenary 
indulgence any one day of the novena on the usual conditions. 
The same indulgences may be gained any day of the week between 
Pentecost and Trinity Sunday. 

Novena to tbc Ibolg <Sbo0t in preparation for tbe 
ffeast of ipentecoet. 

(Commencing on Ascension Day.} 

E novena of the Holy Spirit is the chief of all the 
novenas, because it was the first that was ever cele 
brated, and that by the holy apostles and the most holy 
Mary in the supper-room, being distinguished by so many 
remarkable wonders and gifts; principally by the gift of 
the same Holy Spirit, a gift merited for us by the Passion 
of Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus Himself made this known 
to us when He said to His disciples that if He did npt die 
He could not send us the Holy Ghost: "If I go not, the Para 
clete will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to 
you" (John xvi. 7). We know well by faith that the Holy 
Ghost is the love that the Father and the Eternal Word bear 
one to the other; and therefore the gift of love, which the 
Lord infuses into our souls, and which is the greatest of all 
gifts, is particularly attributed to the Holy Ghost. As St. 
Paul says, "The charity of God is poured forth in our hearts 
by the Holy Ghost, Who is given to us" (Rom. v. 5). In 
this novena, therefore, we must consider, above all. the 
great value of divine love, in order that we may desire to 
obtain it, and endeavor, by devout exercises, and especially 
by prayer, to be made partakers of it, since God has promised 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 557 

it to him who asks for it with humility: "Your Father from 
heaven will give the good Spirit to them that ask Him" (Luke 
xi. 13).* 



PRAYER TO THE HOLY SPIRIT FOR THE CHURCH. 



o 



HOLY Spirit, Creator, propitiously help the 
Catholic Church, and by Thy supernal power 
strengthen and confirm it against the assaults of the 
enemy; by Thy charity and grace renew the spirit of 
Thy servants whom Thou hast anointed, that in Thee 
they may glorify the Father and His only-begotten Son, 
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

Indulgence of 300 days, once a day. Leo XIII., Aug. 26, 1889. 

SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYER TO THE HOLY GHOST. 

OLY Spirit, Spirit of truth, come into our hearts ; 
give to all peoples the brightness of Thy light, 
that they may be well-pleasing to Thee in unity of faith. 
Indulgence of 100 days, once a day. Leo XIII., July 31, 1897. 

VARIOUS PRAYERS SUITABLE FOR A NOVENA TO THE 
HOLY GHOST. 

Prayer for the Feast of Pentecost, 

f\ HOLY Spirit, O my God, I adore Thee, and 
^"^ acknowledge, here in Thy divine presence, that 
I am nothing and can do nothing without Thee. Come, 
great Paraclete, Thou Father of the poor, Thou Com 
forter the best, fulfil the promise of our blessed Saviour, 
Who would not leave us orphans, and come into the 
mind and the heart of Thy poor, unworthy creature, 
as Thou didst descend on the sacred day of Pentecost 
on the holy Mother of Jesus and on His first disciples. 
Grant that I may participate in those gifts which Thou 

* During this novena no particular form of prayer is of obli 
gation. Any prayer to the Holy Ghost will suffice. 



558 Monday: The Holy Ghost. 

didst communicate to them so wonderfully, and with 
so much mercy and generosity. Take from my heart 
whatever is not pleasing to Thee, and make of it a 
worthy dwelling-place for Thyself. Illumine my mind, 
that I may see and understand the things that are for 
my eternal good. Inflame my heart with pure love of 
Thee, that it may be cleansed from the dross of all 
inordinate attachments, and that my whole life may 
be hidden with Jesus in God. Strengthen my will, that 
it may be made conformable to Thy divine will, and 
be guided by Thy holy inspirations. Aid me by Thy 
grace to practice the divine lessons of humility, pov 
erty, obedience, and contempt of the world, which Jesus 
taught us in His mortal life. 

Oh, rend the heavens, and come down, consoling 
Spirit! that inspired and encouraged by Thee, I may 
faithfully comply with the duties of my holy state, 
carry my daily cross most patiently, and endeavor to 
accomplish the divine will with the utmost perfection. 
Spirit of love! Spirit of purity! Spirit of peace ! sanctify 
my soul more and more, and give me that heavenly 
peace which the world can not give. Bless our Holy 
Father, the Pope, bless the Church, bless our bishops, 
our priests, all Religious Orders, and all the faithful, 
that they may be filled with the spirit of Christ, and 
labor earnestly for the spread of His kingdom. 

O Holy Spirit, Thou Giver of every good and perfect 
gift, grant me, I beseech Thee, the intentions of this 
novena. May Thy will be done in me and through 
me. Mayest Thou be praised and glorified for ever 
more! Amen. 

ACT OF OBLATION TO THE HOLY GHOST. 

GOD the Holy Ghost, infinite love of the Father 
and of the Son, through the hands of Mary, Thy 
immaculate spouse, I offer myself this day, and all the 
days of my life, upon Thv chosen altar, the Divine Heart 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 559 

of Jesus, as a holocaust to Thee, O Thou consuming 
fire, being firmly resolved, now more than ever, to hear 
Thy voice, and to do, in all things, Thy most holy and 
adorable will. 

I am resolved to foster a special devotion to Thee, to 
love Thee more perfectly, to adore Thee more fervently, 
and to make Thee everywhere more known and loved. 

OFFERING TO THE HOLY GHOST. 

N my knees, before the multitude of heavenly 
witnesses, I offer myself, soul and body, to Thee, 
Eternal Spirit of God! I adore Thee, great God, and 
acknowledge Thy dominion over me. 

Thou art the light and the strength of my soul. In 
Thee I live and move and have my being. I desire 
never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and 
I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest 
sin against Thee. Make me faithful in every thought, 
and grant that I may always listen to Thy voice, watch 
for Thy light, and follow Thy gracious inspirations. 
I cling to Thee, and give myself to Thee, and ask Thee, 
by Thy compassion, to watch over me in my weakness. 
Holding the pierced feet of Jesus, and looking at His 
five wounds, and trusting to His precious blood, and 
adoring His open side and stricken Heart, I implore 
Thee, adorable Spirit, Helper of my infirmity, so to 
keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against 
Thee with the sin which Thou canst not forgive. Give 
me grace, O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the 
Son, to say to Thee, always and everywhere, "Speak, 
Lord, for Thy servant heareth." 

Prayer. 

ANT, we beseech Thee, almighty and merciful 
God, that Thy Holy Spirit may come to us, and 
make us to be a temple worthy of the habitation of His 



5fo 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 



glory, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son; Who 
liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the 
same Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen. 



Xtttle ffice of tbe f>ols boat. 

AT MATINS. 



BPIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et cor- 
da nostra. 

R_. Amen. 

V. Domine labia tnea ape 
ries. 

R. Et os meum annuntia- 
bit laudem tuam. 

V. Deus in adjutorium me 
um intende. 

R. Domine, ad adjuvan- 
dum me festina. 

V, Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



/T\AY the grace of the Holy 
*** Spirit enlighten our 
minds and our hearts. 

R. Amen. 

V. O Lord, open Thou our 
lips. 

R. And our mouths shall 
show forth Thy praise. 

V. O God, come tc my 
assistance. 

R. O Lord, make haste to 
help me. 

V. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 

From Septuagesima to Easter, instead of Alleluia, Laus tibi 
Domine, Rex aeternae glorias; Praise be to Thee, O Lord, Kins 
of everlasting glory, etc., is said: 



"pVOBIS Sancti Spiritus 

,J-6 gratia fit data 

De qua Virgo virginum fuit 

obumbrata, 
Cum per sanctum angelum 

fuit salutata. 
Verbum caro factum est, 

Virgo fecundata. 

Ant. Veni Sancte Spiritus 
reple tuorum corda fidelium. 
et tui amoris in eis ignem 
accende. 

V. Emitte, Spiritum tuum, 
et creabuntur. 

R. Et renovabis faciem 
terrae. 

Oremus. 

DSIT nobis, quaesumu?, 
Domine, virtus Spiri- 



Hymn. 



JET 



V" the Spirit of glory 
. His grace on us pour, 
Whose presence o ershadowed 

The Virgin of yore: 
When she the archangel s 

Glad embassy heard, 
And conceived in the flesh 
The ineffable Word. 
Ant. 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 they shall be created. 

R. And Thou shalt renew 
the face of the earth. 
Let us pray. 
E beseech Thee, O 
Lord, that the 



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tus Sancti, quae et corda 
nostra clementer expurget et 
ab omnibus tueatur adversis. 
Per Dominum, etc. 



power of Thy Holy Spirit 
may be with us of His mercy, 
to cleanse our hearts, and 
defend us from all adversi 
ties. Through Our Lord, etc. 



AT PRIME. 



PIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et cor 
da nostra. Amen. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium me- 
um intende. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



V the grace of the Holy 
Spirit enlighten our 
minds and our hearts. Amen. 
V. O God, hasten to my 
aid. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



Hymn. 



DE Maria Virgine Christus 
fuit natus; 
Crucifixus, mortuus atque 

tumulatus, 
Resurgens Discipulis fuit de- 

monstratus. 
Et ipsis cernentibus in coelos 

elevatus. 

Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
etc. V. et R. cum Oratione 
ut supra. 



URE offspring of Mary s 

Immaculate womb; 
Lifted high on the cross 

Submerged in the tomb: 
Lo! Christ from His bondage 

Doth quickly arise, 
And in sight of His brethren 

Ascend to the skies! 

Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer as above. 



AT TIERCE. 



B PIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et 
corda nostra. Amen. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium 
meum intende. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



AY the grace of the Holy 
Spirit enlighten our 
minds and our hearts. Amen. 
V. O God, hasten to my 
aid. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



Hymn. 



Sanctum Spiritum 
Deus delegavit, 
In die Pentecostes Apostolos 

confortavit, 
Et de linguis igneis ipsos in- 

flammavit, 

Relinquere orphanos eos de- 
neeavit. 



brethren He wills 
As orphans to leave, 
And on Pentecost morn 
His Spirit doth give. 
Descending in power 

Their hearts to inspire, 
In semblance of tongues 
Of miraculous fire. 



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Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
etc. V. et R. cum Oratione, 
ut supra. 



Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer as above. 



AT SEXT. 



PIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et 
corda nostra. Amen. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium 
meum intende, etc. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



k AY the grace of the 
Holy Spirit enlighten 
our minds and our hearts. 
Amen 

I". O God, hasten to my 
aid, etc. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



J3 



Hymn. 



EPTIFORMEM gratiam 
tune acceptaverunt, 



Quare idiomata cuncta cog- 

noverunt, 
Ad diversa climata mundi re- 

cesserunt, 
Et Fidem Catholicam tune 

praedicaverunt. 

Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
etc. V. et R. cum Oratione, 
ut supra. 



TRAIGHT, wholly re- 

plenished 
From Wisdom s high throne, 
Earth s languages all, 

Are to them as their own; 
And nothing accounting 

Of danger, or death, 
They spread through the na 
tions 

The Catholic faith. 
Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer as above. 



AT NONE. 



PIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et cor 
da nostra. Amen. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium 
meum intende. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



AY the grace of the Holy 
Spirit enlighten our 
minds and our hearts. Amen. 
V. O God, hasten to my 
aid. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



Hymn 



B PIRITUS Paraclitus fuit 
appellatus, 
Donum Dei, charitas, fons, 

vivificatus, 

Spiritualis unctio, ignis in- 
flammatus, 



O SPIRIT of charity, 
Virtue, and might ! 
Anointed by Whom 

They fought the good fight. 
Our sevenfold Treasure! 
And Lifespring divine! 



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Septiformis gratia, charisma 

vocatus. 

Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
etc. V. et R. cum Oratione, 
ut supra. 



Dread finger of God! 

All glory be Thine. 

Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer as above. 



AT VESPERS. 



Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et cor- 
da nostra. Amen. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium me- 
um intende. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



! AY the grace of theHoly 
Spirit enlighten our 
minds and our hearts. Amen. 
V. O God, hasten to my 
aid. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



Hymn. 



*-pVEXTER;E Dei Digitus, 

,JL/ Virtus spiritalis, 

Nos defendat, eruat ab omni 
bus malis, 

Ut nobis non noceat daemon 
infernalis : 

Protegat et nutriat, fove- 
atque, sub alis. 
Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 

etc. V . et R. cum Oratione / 

ut supra. 



O lovingly named 

By the lips of the Lord, 
)ur Comforter, Guide, 

And Consoler adored, 
From Satan, from sin, 

And from all evil things, 
Deliver us under 
Thy fostering wings. 
Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer, as above. 



AT COMPLINE. 



BPIRITUS Sancti gratia 
illuminet sensus et cor- 
da nostra. Amen. 

V. Converte nos, Deus sa- 
lutaris noster. 

R. Et averte iram tuam a 
nobis. 

V. Deus, in adjutorium 
meum intende. 

R. Gloria Patri. Alleluia. 



QAY the grace of the 
Holy Spirit enlighten 
our minds and our hearts. 
Amen. 

V. Turn us, O God our 
Saviour. 

R. And take away Thine 
anger that is towards us. 

V. O God, hasten to my 
aid. 

R. Glory be to the Father. 
Alleluia. 



Hymn. 

PIRITUS Paraclitus nos 
velit juvare, 



|T\AY Thy splendor en 
MA lighten 

Our minds with its ray; 



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Gressus nostros regere et illu- 

minare, 
Ut cum Deus venerit omnes 

judicare, 
Nos velit ad dexteram omnes 

appellare. 

Ant. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
etc. V. et R. cum Oratione, 
ut supra. 



Thy guidance direct us 

Along the true way; 
So when at the solemn 

Tribunal we stand, 
The Saviour may set us 

Upon His right hand. 

Ant. Come, O Holy Spirit, 
etc. V. and R. with the 
Prayer as above. 



COMMENDATION. 



AS horas canonicas cum 

devotione, 
Tibi, Sancte Spiritus, pia ra- 

tione 
Dixi, ut nos visites inspira- 

tione, 

Et vivamus jugiter in coeli 
regione. Amen. 



holy devotion, 
My Paraclete dear 
I render to Thee 

From a bosom sincere; 
And in hope by Thy grace, 

When I slumber to rest, 
To merit a place 

In the land of the blest! 



pious Sspirattons for Obtaining tbe Seven (Sifts of 

(Bbost. 

aOME, Holy Ghost, send 
down those beams 
Which sweetly flow in silent 

streams, 

From Thy bright throne 
above, etc. 

OOME, O Spirit of Wis 
dom ! Dispose my 
heart, so that I may know 
how to value and love the 
good things of heaven, and 
prefer them before all earthly 
delights. Show me, more 
over, the way whereby I 
may obtain and possess them 
for ever. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

aOME, O Spirit of Under 
standing ! Enlighten 
my mind, that I may appre 
hend and embrace all the 
mysteries of salvation, and 
at length may deserve to be- 



tbe 

*"% T^ENI Sancte Spiritus 
Et emitte coelitus, 
Dona tuae gratiae, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Sapien 
tial Instrue cor meum, 
ut sciam aestimare et amare, 
bona coelestia eaque terre- 
nis omnibus anteponere. 
Monstra insuper viam, qua 
ilia consequi, aeternumque 
possidere valeam. 



Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Intel- 
lectus ! Illumina men- 
tern, ut omnia salutis my- 
steria, percipiam et amplectar, 
careque tandem in lumine 
Tuo lumen aeternum videre, 



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plenamque Tui, Patrisque ac 
Filii cognitionem obtinere 
merear. 

Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Consihi! 
Assiste mihi in omni 
bus instabilis hujus vitae ne- 
gotiis, mentem in bonum 
inclina, et a mala absterre, 
meque per rectum mandato- 
rum tuorum tramitem ad 
optatam salutis yeternai me- 
tam dirige. 

Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Saric e Spiritus, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Fortitu- 
dinis! Da robur cordi 
meo illudque in omni pertur- 
batione, et adversis casibus 
confirma, virtutemque contra 
noxios inimicorum meoruni 
conatus largire, ne umquam 
victus, a Te Deo summo 
bono meo separer. 

Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, etc. 

VENI,O Spiritus Scienhce! 
Fac, ut caduca hujus 
mundi bona eorumque vanita- 
tem perspiciam, et contem- 
nam, neque aliter iis utar, 
quam ad Tuam unius glori- 
am, meamque salutem; Tua 
vero aeterna praemia omni 
bus rebus terrenis antepo- 
nam. 

Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Pietatis! 
Cor meum ad veram 
pietatem, et sanctum Do- 



hold the Light eternal in Thy 
light, and to attain the full 
knowledge of Thee, and the 
Father, and the Son. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

OOME, O Spirit of Coun 
sel! Be Thou with me 
in all the affairs of this pass 
ing life, incline my soul unto 
good, withhold it from evil, 
and guide me through the 
straight path of Thy com 
mandments to the wished- 
for goal of everlasting salva 
tion. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

OOME, O Spirit of Might! 
Give strength to my 
heart, and establish it in 
every trouble and mishap; 
grant me power against the 
baneful efforts of mine ene 
mies, lest being overcome, I 
be ever parted from Thee, O 
God, the sovereign Good. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

aOME, O Spirit of Knowl 
edge! Grant I may 
see through the fragile goods 
of this world, and their 
emptiness, that so I may 
despise them, nor ever use 
them but for the glory of 
Thee alone, and mine own 
salvation, and may prize 
Thine everlasting treasures 
beyond all earthly things. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

aOME, O Spirit of God 
liness. Stir up my 
heart to true godliness, and 



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mini Dei mei amorem impelle, 
ut hunc in omni devotione 
mea semper quseram et in 
vera dilectione inveniam. 

Pater noster, etc. 

Veni, Sancte Spiritus, etc. 

VENI, O Spiritus Timoris 
Domini! Confige ti- 
more Tuo carnes meas, ut 
provideam Te Dominum De- 
um meum in conspectu meo 
temper, omniaque sollicite 
aveam quae purissimis di- 
/inae Majestatis Tuae oculis 
displicere possunt. 

Pater noster, etc. 

V. Veni, Sancte Spiritus, 
reple Tuorum corda fidelium. 

R. Et Tui amoris in eis ig- 
nem accende. 

V. Domine, exaudi ora- 
tionem meam. 

R. Et clamor meus ad te 
veniat. 

Oremus. 

ENTIBUS nostris, quae- 
sumus, Domine, Spin- 
turn Sanctum benignus in- 
funde, cujus et sapientia 
conditi sumus, et providentia 
gubernamur. Per Dominum. 



V. Divinum auxilium ma- 
neat semper nobiscum. 
R. Amen. 



to a holy love of the Lord 
my God, that I may ever 
seek Him in all my devotions, 
and may find Him in true 
love. 

Our Father, etc. 

Come, Holy Ghost, etc. 

OOME, O Spirit of the 
Fear of the Lord! Make 
my flesh to tremble with fear 
of Thee, that I may set the 
Lord before me always, and 
may carefully avoid whatever 
may displease the most pure 
eyes of Thy divine Majesty. 

Our Father, etc. 

V. Come, O Holy Ghost, fill 
the hearts of Thy faithful. 

R. And kindle in them the 
fire of Thy love. 

V. Lord, hear my prayer. 

R. And may my cry come 
unto Thee. 

Let us pray. 
O Thou, of Thy loving 
kindness, we beseech 
Thee, O Lord, pour into our 
hearts the Holy Spirit, by 
Whose wisdom we have been 
fashioned, and by Whose 
providence we are guided. 
Through Christ, etc. 

V. May the divine help 
abide ever with us. 
R. Amen. 



THE HOLY GHOST AND RELIGIOUS ORDERS. 

ELIGIOUS should ever bear in mind that the great 
Orders and Congregations of the Church are the 
special work of the Holy Ghost, and that their personal 
call to the holy state of life in which they are living is a 
special grace of the Divine Spirit, to Whom, therefore, they 



Monday: The Holy Ghost. 567 

should have or cultivate a special devotion. To the soul of 
every Religious, these words of the Holy Ghost may be 
applied in a particular manner: "Behold, I will allure her, 
and I will lead her into the wilderness; and I will speak to 
her heart." 

Father Marianus Fiege, O.M.Cap., writes on this sub 
ject in "The Paraclete": 

You who are a Religious, tell me, who "allured" you 
away from the vanities of a deceitful world? Who "led" 
you to your abode of sweet seclusion and retirement ? Who 
first "spoke to your heart" of the peaceful service of God 
in the cloister? Who encouraged and strengthened you to 
"leave all things and follow Christ?" Who enabled you 
10 consummate the sacrifice, when by the three vows of 
poverty, chastity, and obedience, you made of yourself a 
whole burnt-offering, and fastened yourself, so to speak, 
with Jesus to the cross? Who has ever since that moment 
enabled you to be faithful to the solemn promises you then 
made, and to be diligent in the discharge of the sublime 
duties of your noble calling? Who still aids you to lead 
that life of prayer and recollection, so necessary to you? 
Who is the source and fount of the interior life you now 
lead a life utterly unknown to the lovers of the world? 
Who gives you strength to practice the virtues befitting your 
exalted state? Who encourages and comforts you amidst 
the many trials and hardships incident to your mode of life ? 
"I will speak, and do thou answer me." Is not all this the 
special work of the Holy Ghost, Who has singled you out 
from among the rest of mankind and called you to this blessed 
state of life? 

Religious soul! How can you be conscious of all you owe 
to the Holy Ghost, without cultivating a special devotion 
to Him in yourself, and others under your influence? Let 
the Spirit of God reign entirely in your hearts; let the fire 
of His love purify your hearts; let His will dominate your 
energies; then you will live, labor, and suffer for Him; then 
you will be filled with zeal for the glory of God and the sal 
vation of souls. 

Make a daily act of consecration to the Holy Ghost ; trust 
in Him; love Him; think of Him; pray to Him in every 
important undertaking; beseech Him for a more perfect 



568 Monday: The Holv Ghost. 

following of Christ, and being yourself filled with the Divine 
Spirit, make known His gracious attributes everywhere, so 
that all may come under the sweet empire of His love and 
mercy, thus finding rest to their soul s eternal salvation. 

A PRAYER FOR THE CONVERSION OF UNBELIEVERS. 

OHOLY Spirit of truth, we beseech Thee to enlighten the 
minds of unbelievers in the midst of us, to incline their 
hearts to receive Thy word, and to believe the teachings of 
Thy Church; give them courage to accept the faith and 
openly profess it; that they may come into union with Thee 
and the Father, through Christ our Lord, Who liveth and 
reigneth for ever and ever. Amen. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father. 

THANKSGIVING, CONSECRATION, AND PRAYER TO THE HOLV 
GHOST. 

OLY Spirit, divine Consoler! I adore Thee as my true 
God. I bless Thee by uniting myself to the praises 
Thou dost receive from the angels and the saints. I offer 
Thee my whole heart, and I render Thee heartfelt thanks 
for all the benefits that Thou hast bestowed and dost 
unceasingly bestow upon the world. Thou, Who art the 
Author of all supernatural gifts and Who didst enrich with 
immense favors the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the 
Mother of God, I beseech Thee to visit me by Thy grace 
and Thy love, and to grant me Thy sevenfold gift, in order 
that I may with constant love and perseverance walk in 
the way of my eternal salvation. 

PRAYERS TO THE HOLY GHOST IN CONNECTION WITH DEVO 
TIONS TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT.* 
I. 

OHOLY Ghost, help me to receive Jesus with love and 
reverence. Thou art my Teacher and my Sanctifier, 
and by Thee I live. Thou givest light and strength to my 
soul. Jesus, hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, is my Saviour 
and my God. I long to be with Him, that He may abide 
more in me and I in Him. He is the Bread of life, the 
true Bread of God. I long to feed with adoration on that 
living Bread. Be with me, O Blessed Spirit, as in this great 
light I draw near to the altar, and give me always more 
faithfulness to Jesus and more love for Him. 

* From Father Rawes "Bread of Life." 



Monday : The Holy Ghost. 569 

II. 

the light of the tabernacle I ask Thee, O Holy Ghost, 
to fill my heart with pure desire for Jesus, the living 
Bread. Give me grace to adore Him with the holy angels, 
that His will may be done cm earth as it is in heaven, and 
that His will may be done in my soul. Help me to thank 
Him for all His gifts, and most of all for Himself. By this 
Holy Sacrament He strengthens souls on earth, and gives 
rest to souls in purgatory, and gladdens souls in heaven. 
He is the hidden Manna, promised by Himself to all who 
overcome. Thy grace will bring me in safety to God. May 
I taste the sweetness of Jesus! May my soul be kept by 
Thee very bright for the coming of my Spouse! 

III. 

OLEANSE my heart, O Holy Spirit, by this heavenly food, 
wherein Jesus gives me Himself. Strengthen my faith, 
that I may see Jesus in this Sacrament of His body and 
blood. There is in me a law by which I am in danger of 
falling into the captivity of sin. I have often to go on my 
heavenward way through darkness and many temptations, 
but Thou art my light and my strength. In Thee I trust. 
By Thy grace I can do all things that Jesus wishes me to 
do. Be ever in my soul as the dew of the light. With 
utter trust I rest upon Thee, and believe the testimony 
which Thou givest. Set up more and more Thy kingdom 
in my soul, that I may keep my body under, and bring it to 
subjection, lest I should be a castaway from Jesus and from 
Thee. 

IV. 

OHOLY Ghost, let my life be hidden with Jesus in 
God. Give me grace to live for God only, and to 
use creatures in Him and for His sake. Let the beauty 
of God blind me to the beauty of the world, and let the 
light of God blind me to the light of earth. Thou, O my 
God, art brighter than all things and sweeter. Take away 
from my soul all the dross, and purify it, giving it light 
and strength. To Thee, Spirit of deathless love, I turn 
for help. Take from me all human respect; for wrong 
regard of creatures blights the soul, so that its fruits are 
withered. Help me to be more faithful to Jesus, my Love, 
Who is coming to me from His altar. He is my life, as Thou 
art my life, and as the eternal Father is my life. Give me 
more love, that I may welcome Jesus as He comes to me 
in the hidden light, and the freshness of the morning dew. 



57 Monday: The Holy Ghost. 

V. 

OHOLY Ghost, fill me with the fear of the Lord, and 
drive far from me all thoughts of presumption. 
Save me from guilt like this. Keep me from offending 
God; and keep me from the wounds of His anger. Make 
me feel His goodness, and fill my heart with thankfulness. 
If I am faithful to Thee, Thou wilt give me much grace; if 
I am unfaithful, Thou wilt give me little grace, or, it may 
be, none at all. Dwell in my soul more and more, that I 
may be faithful with a great faithfulness, and inherit the 
fulness of Thy promises. 

VI. 

OHOLY Ghost, give me a great hunger for the Bread 
of life. Do Thou, by that Bread which is Jesus, satisfy 
my soul, and strengthen it, and make it full of life. I am 
needy with a great need; but this Bread of heaven is the 
life of the poor; let it be my life. I am very poor and 
needy; but Thou, my own Lord, dost always care for me. 
^yithout Thee, Blessed Spirit, I can not say, Jesus: without 
Thee, Helper of the needy, I can not feed on Him Who is 
the Bread from heaven. 

O Spirit of peace, give me a great love for the holy sac 
rifice of the Mass. 

Spirit of reconciliation, help all darkened souls, and 
bring them back to life. 

O Spirit of mercy, help the souls that are now suffering 
in the fire of purgatory. I ask Thee, by Thine own good 
ness, to give them refreshment and joy and white robes of 
consoling love. 

O most pitiful Spirit, give me a great joy in this Sacra 
ment of love. Thou dwellest in me, and by Thee I live 
to God. Thou makest me a temple of Thyself and of the 
Father and the Son. Thou makest me an heir of God. 
Bring me now, dear Spirit, in light to the altar; bring me 
in light to my grave ^ bring me in light to the city of the 
King and the song of the morning stars. 

VII. 

TERNAL Father, wash me from my sins in the blood 
. of Jesus. 

Eternal Son, fill me with the fire of Thy Heart. 
Eternal Spirit, make me glad with the sweetness of the soul 
of Jesus. 

O eternal Father, crush all the powers of evil under my feet. 
Let me walk upon the asp and the basilisk; let me trample 
under foot the lion and the dragon by the blood of Thy Son. 



Monday: The Faithful Departed. 571 

O eternal Son, pour into my soul abundant gifts of grace. 
Thou didst die for me on the cross. There Thou didst 
merit for me the treasures of grace which now Thou givest. 
Thou didst give me Thyself in shedding of blood and in 
dimness of death. Now Thou givest me Thyself in out 
pouring of gladness and in Thy deathless life. Thou wast 
dead, and art alive for ever. 

O eternal Spirit, hide me more and more with God, and 
let there be in me more and more of the mind of Jesus. 
Touch the lips of my soul and give me a taste for this Bread 
of God, that I may know the graciousness of my Jesus, and 
the sweetness of His blood. The love of God is shed abroad 
in my heart, for Thou, O Holy Ghost, art given to me. Oh, 
lift me up, dear Spirit, from the dust. Oh, bring me in 
Thine own good time to the pavement of pure gold as clear 
as crystal. Fill my soul with Thy dew ; fill it with Thy fire. 
There is no dew like Thine; and there is no fire like Thine. 
They mingle together in the fruitfulness of the garden of 
the Spouse. They mingle with the blood of Jesus, and 
with the water from His side. Oh, fire of the Holy Ghost, 
gentle and sweet as dew! Oh, dew of the Holy Ghost, pierc 
ing and cleansing as fire! O Holy Ghost, Whom I love, lift 
Thy little one to Thine uncreated Heart. 

O Blessed Trinity, show me the hidden things of the 
blood of Jesus, the holy mystery of Thy Church. O Blessed 
Trinity: O Blessed Trinity: O Blessed Trinity. 



Devotions for tbe ffaitbful Beparteo* 

THE HEROIC ACT OF CHARITY. 

An offering of all works of satisfaction and of all the suffrages 

in behalf of the souls in purgatory. 

HIS heroic act of charity in behalf of the souls in purgatory 
consists in a voluntary offering made in their favor to 
the divine Majesty, by any one of the faithful, of all works of 
satisfaction done by him in his life, as well as of all the suf 
frages which shall be offered for him after his death. Many 
of the faithful, devout to the Blessed Virgin, have followed 
the praiseworthy practice, introduced, or at least much 
spread since the last century, by, F. D. Gaspar Oliden, Thea- 
tine, of placing them in the hands of the Blessed Virgin, 
that she may distribute them in behalf of those souls whom 
it is her good pleasure to deliver sooner from the pains of 
purgatory. This heroic act of charity has been enriched 
with many indulgences. 



572 Monday: The Faithful Departed. 

As the " New Raocolta " tells us, a plenary indulgence, appli 
cable only to the departed, is granted to all the faithful who 
shall have made this offering, whenever they go to hol> 
communion, provided they visit a church or public oratory, 
and pray there, for some time, for the intention of his Holiness. 

A plenary indulgence, every Monday, to all who hear Mass 
in aid of the souls in purgatory, provided they fulfil the 
other conditions mentioned above. 

All indulgences granted or to be granted, which are to be 
gained by the faithful who have made this offering, may be 
applied to the holy souls in purgatory. 

Although this act of charity is called heroic vow of chanty in 
some printed sheets, in which also is given a formula for 
making the offering, no inference is to be drawn therefrom 
that this offering binds under sin; neither is it necessary 
to make use of the said formula, or any other, since, in order 
to share in the said indulgences, no more is required than 
a heartfelt act of the will. 

The heroic act of charity is not a vow ; nor does this offer 
ing prevent the maker of it from praying for himself, for 
his friends, or any other like intention, as by it he only 
foregoes that special fruit of his good works, which would 
telong to himself, as a satisfaction for the temporal punish 
ment deserved by him on account of his sins. 

" It is sometimes objected," we read in Murray s " Guide to 
Indulgences," "that this act of charity does an injustice to 
ourselves, because it takes away what is necessary to satisfy 
God s justice for our sins, and so leaves us much more suffering 
to endure in purgatory than would otherwise fall to our share. 

"The answer to this is, that even if this lengthening of 
our own punishment was an assured fact, it would be a 
small price to pay for the immense reward that God would 
bestow in heaven on those who performed such an heroic 
act of charity. But it is not true that those who make 
this offering will suffer more on account of it, for we may 
be sure that God would not have it so. On the contrary, 
He will reward those who are so generous by enkindling such 
a great love for Himself in their hearts that it will result 
in a full forgiveness not only of sin, but also of its tem 
poral punishment; and, moreover, He has still the right to 
make their souls, if they go to purgatory, the beneficiaries 
of those prayers and good works which the living are con 
tinually offering Him." 

Besides, those souls who may be released from their suffer 
ings by these heroic offerings will not prove ungrateful, 
but rather will they constantly intercede for those to 



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whom they owe their deliverance, and will not cease their 
prayers until the latter are either brought straight to heaven, 
or released from purgatory. 

REFLECTIONS. 

*T would seem like carrying coals to Newcastle, or water 
to the river, to exhort Religious to exercise charity 
by offering their suffrages in behalf of the poor, holy souls 
in purgatory. 

The true and zealous Religious will not fail to offer the 
holy sacrifice of the Mass and holy communion very fre 
quently for the faithful departed. The Way of the Cross, 
the Rosary, Novenas, and Litanies are good devotions for 
the same purpose. The De Profundis, besides other indul- 
genced prayers and ejaculations, should be made use of 
daily and frequently during the day in aid of the poor souls. 

The good Religious will nourish the most tender com 
passion for those who are now absolutely incapable of assist 
ing themselves, and who must remain separated from God un 
til the last farthing is paid, either by their own sufferings, 
or by the interposition of the faithful. Many powerful 
motives should induce you to be most fervent in assisting 
them: By this spiritual work of mercy you prove your love 
for God, you benefit your neighbor, and acquire great merit 
for yourself. You prove your love for God by interceding 
for those holy souls who are so dear to His divine Majesty, 
and whom He so ardently longs to glorify for ever. You 
perform an act of the greatest charity toward these suffer 
ing, holy souls, by endeavoring to shorten their banish 
ment where they are tortured by a fire far more terrible 
than any earthly fire, and deprived of the sight of God, a 
torment more excruciating than all other pains. And you 
essentially serve your own soul by providing for yourself 
powerful advocates who will not forget you when they 
stand before God. 

Let these considerations animate you to do all you can 
for the souls in purgatory. Devote fervently many prayers, 
good works, and various actions and mortifications to their 
relief, and endeavor to gain many indulgences for their 
benefit. Offer up, in particular, the holy sacrifice of the 
Mass on Mondays for this intention. But you should par 
ticularly impress on your mind that sloth or negligence in 
the prayers or actions which you offer for the suffering souls 
would make you very unworthy of being heard, and, far 
from benefiting those for whom you pray, you would only 
expose yourself to a severe purgatory hereafter in the same 
fire which torments them. 



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PRAYER TO BE SAID ON MONDAY. 

OGOD of all holiness, infinitely pure and adorable Being! 
how great must be Thy horror of the least stain of sin, 
since Thou punishest so rigorously in the flames of purgatory 
the venial faults of those whom Thou so tenderly lovest. 
Ah! mercifully enlighten my understanding, that the tor 
ments Thou inflictest on the least offence in the other world, 
may teach me the enormity of sin, and penetrate my heart 
with compassion for those souls who are now enduring inex 
pressible pains for such failings as perhaps I too often look 
on as trivial. My God, though Thy justice banishes them 
from that kingdom where nothing defiled can enter, yet 
surely Thy mercy has not forgotten them ; no, Thou art 
too good, too compassionate to abandon the work of Thine 
own hands. Though the season for merit and repentance 
is now past for them, yet Thou hast left them a resource 
in the prayers of Thy servants on earth. Despise not, then, 
O Lord, the supplication which I, Thy unworthy child, 
now make for those who can no longer implore Thy mercy 
for themselves. Remember, O infinite Goodness, that they 
are all the work of Thy hands, redeemed by the precious 
blood of Thine only Son ; consider that they are the objects 
of Thine infinite love, who burn with the most ardent desire 
to be united to Thee. Have mercy on them, then, O infinite 
Mercy! and for Thine own sake stretch forth to their relief 
those sacred hands by which they were formed, and apply 
to them once more the merits of that adorable blood by 
which they were redeemed. I most humbly offer up, to 
implore this favor, the adorable sacrifice of the Mass, in 
union with all the Masses which will be celebrated through 
out, the world to-day. 

In union, also, with the infinite merits of Jesus Christ, I 
offer all my prayers, works, and sufferings this day for the 
relief of the holy souls. 

Mercifully accept this oblation, O Lord, on behalf of 
all who now suffer in purgatory, particularly those for 
whom Thou desirest I should pray those who are most 
dear to me those to whose sufferings I may have been in 
any respect accessory those who are most forgotten by 
others, and who have no one to pray for them. Give them 
all speedy repose and eternal rest, O merciful Father of all 
mankind, and give me the grace to spend this day in such a 
manner that through Thy infinite goodness, I may obtain 
\.he relief of these suffering and blessed souls. 



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A SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYER IN BEHALF OF THE HOLY 
. . SOULS IN PURGATORY. 

V. *K> EQUIEM gster- V. Cf T E R N A L rest 

r*-\3 nam dona eis, V^\ give to them, O 

Domine ; Lord ; 

R. Et lux perpetua luceat R. And let perpetual light 

eis. shine upon them. 

Indulgence, applicable to the poor souls alone, 50 days each 
time. Leo XIII., March 22, 1902. 

THE CHAPLET OR THE ROSARY FOR THE DEAD. 



chaplet for the dead is composed of four decades, 
that is to say, forty beads, in honor and memory 
of the forty hours that Our Lord Jesus Christ passed in 
Limbo, to deliver and conduct to heaven all the souls of the 
saints who died before Him. 

Begin with the DC Profundis. (Those who do not know 
it can say an Our Father and Hail Mary instead.) 

On the large beads say: Eternal rest give to them, O Lord. 
And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in 
peace. Amen. O my God, I believe in Thee, because Thou 
art truth itself; I hope in Thee, because Thou art infinitely 
merciful; I love Thee with my whole heart, and above all 
things, because Thou art infinitely perfect, and I love my 
neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I am truly sorry 
for having sinned, because Thou art infinitely good, and 
sin displeases Thee. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy 
grace, never more to offend Thee. Amen. 

On each of the small beads say : 

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation. Conclude with 
the De Profundis. 

Indulgence of 60 years each time, applicable to the souls in 
purgatory. 

pragers for Bverg S)as in tbe Meek in SiD of tbe 
Souls in flMircjatorg. 

FOR SUNDAY. 

*T-*ORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the precious 
. * -A blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in the garden, 
deliver the souls in purgatory, and amongst them all, espe- 



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daily that soul which is most destitute of aid; and bring it 
to Thy glory, there to praise and bless Thee forever. Amen. 
Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Projundis. 

FOR MONDAY. 

*T~|ORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the precious 
<J * blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His cruel 
scourging, deliver the souls in purgatory, and amongst them 
all, especially that soul which is nearest to its entrance into 
Thy glory; that so it may soon begin to praise and bless Thee 
for ever. Amen. 
Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Projundis. 

FOR TUESDAY. 

*T~^ORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the precious 
, * blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed in His bitter 
crowning with thorns, deliver the souls in purgatory, and in 
particular, amongst them all, deliver that one which would 
be the last to issue from those pains, that it tarry not so long 
a time before it comes to praise Thee in Thy glory and bless 
Thee for ever. Amen. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Projundis. 

FOR WEDNESDAY. 

T- ORD God almighty, I beseech Thee, by the precious 
. I * blood which Thy divine Son Jesus shed through the 
streets of Jerusalem when He carried the cross upon His sacred 
shoulders, deliver the souls in purgatory, and especially that 
soul which is richest in merits before Thee; that so, on that 
throne of glory which awaits it, it may magnify Thee and 
bless Thee for ever. Amen. 

Our Father, Hail Mary, and the De Proju