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A sagitta volante in die, a negotio perambulante in tenebris: ab incursu, et dæmonio meridiano.


Cadent a latere tuo mille, et decem millia a dextris tuis: * ad te autem non appropinquabit.

Verumtamen oculis tuis considerabis : * et retributionem peccatorum videbis. Quoniam tu es, Domine, spes mea: Altissimum posuisti refugium tuum.

Non accedet ad te malum: * et flagellum non appropinquabit tabernaculo tuo.

Quoniam Angelis suis mandavit de te: ut custodiant te in omnibus viis tuis. In manibus portabunt te: ne forte offendas ad lapidem pedem tuum.


Super aspidem et basiliscum ambulabis: * et conculcabis leonem et draconem.

Quoniam in me speravit, liberabo eum : * protegam eum, quoniam cognovit no

men meum.

Clamabit ad me, et ego exaudiam eum : * cum ipso sum in tribulatione, eripiam eum, et glorificabo eum. Longitudine dierum replebo eum : * et ostendam illi Salutare meum.


Of the arrow that flieth in the day of the business that walketh about in the dark : of invasion, or of the noonday 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 hast said. 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 basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.

God will say of thee: Because he hoped in me, I will deliver him: I will protect him, because he hath known my Name.

He will cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.

I will fill him with length of days and I will show him my Salvation.

The fourth Psalm invites the Servants of God to persevere, with fervour, in the prayers they offer during the Night. The Faithful should say this Psalm in a spirit of gratitude to God, for his raising

up, in the Church, adorers of his holy name, whose grand vocation is to lift up their hands, day and night, for the safety of Israel. On such prayers depend the happiness and destinies of the world.

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* According to the Monastic Rite, as follows:

Te lucis ante terminum,
Rerum Creator, poscimus,
Ut solita clementia
Sis præsul ad custodiam.
Procul recedant somnia
Et noctium phantasmata


Hostemque nostrum comprime
Ne polluantur corpora.

Præsta Pater omnipotens,
Per Jesum Christum Dominum,
Qui tecum in perpetuum
Regnat cum Sancto Spiritu.


Cum Spiritu Paraclito
Regnans per omne sæculum.

co-equal with him! reigning for ever with the Holy Paraclete! grant this our prayer. Amen.


(Jeremias, xiv.)

Tu autem in nobis es, Domine, et nomen sanctum tuum invocatum est super nos; ne derelinquas nos, Domine Deus noster.

R. In manus tuas, Domine: Commendo spiritum

meum. In manus tuas.
V. Redemisti nos, Domi-
ne Deus veritatis. Com-

Gloria. In manus tuas. V. Custodi nos, Domine, ut pupillam oculi.

B. Sub umbra alarum

tuarum protege nos. ANT. Salva nos.

But thou art in us, O Lord, and thy holy name has been invoked upon us: forsake us not, O Lord our God.

R. Into thy hands, O Lord: * I commend my spirit. Into thy hands.

V. Thou hast redeemed us, O Lord God of truth. * I commend.

Glory. Into thy hands. V. Preserve us, O Lord, as the apple of thine eye.

R. Protect us under the shadow of thy wings. ANT. Save us.

The Canticle of the venerable Simeon-who, whilst holding the divine Infant in his arms, proclaimed him to be the Light of the Gentiles, and then slept the sleep of the just,-admirably expresses the repose of heart which the soul, that is in the Grace of God, will experience in her Jesus; for as the Apostle says, we may live together with Jesus, whether we are awake or asleep.1


(St. Luke, ii.)


Nunc dimittis tuum Domine secundum verbum tuum in pace.

Now dost thou dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace.

1 I. Thess. v. 10.

Because my eyes have seen thy Salvation.

Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples. The light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. Glory, &c.

ANT. Save us, O Lord, whilst awake, and watch us as we sleep; that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

Quia viderunt oculi mei : *salutare tuum.

Quod parasti: * ante faciem omnium populorum.

Lumen ad revelationem Gentium: et gloriam plebis tuæ Israël.

Gloria Patri, et Filio, &c. ANT. Salva nos, Domine, vigilantes: custodi nos dormientes, ut vigilemus cum Christo, et requiescamus in расе.


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Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.
Pater noster.

V. Et ne nos inducas in tentationem.

R. Sed libera nos a malo.
Credo in Deum, &c.
V. Carnis resurrectionem.

R. Vitam æternam. Amen.

V. Benedictus es, Domine Deus patrum nostrorum.

R. Et laudabilis et gloriosus in sæcula.

V. Benedicamus Patrem et Filium cum Sancto Spiritu.

R. Laudemus, et superexaltemus eum in sæcula. V. Benedictus es, Domine, in firmamento cœli.

B. Et laudabilis, et gloriosus et superexaltatus in


V. Benedicat et custodiat nos omnipotens et misericors Dominus. R. Amen.

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B. Miserere nostri. V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos. R. Quemadmodum speravimus in te.

V. Domine, exaudi ora

tionem meam.

R. Et clamor meus ad te


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us, O Lord.

R. As we have hoped in thee.

. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto thee.

After these Prayers, (which are omitted if the Office be of a double rite,) the Priest says:

V. Dominus vobiscum. R. Et cum spiritu tuo.


Visita, quæsumus Domine, habitationem istam, et omnes insidias inimici ab ea longe repelle: Angeli tui sancti habitent in ea, qui nos in pace custodiant: et benedictio tua sit super nos semper. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia sæcula sæculorum. Amen. V. Dominus vobiscum. B. Et cum spiritu tuo. V. Benedicamus Domino. R. Deo gratias.

Benedicat et custodiat nos omnipotens et misericors Domínus, Pater, et Filius, et Spiritus Sanctus. R. Amen.

. The Lord be with you. B. And with thy spirit.


Visit, we beseech thee, O Lord, this house and family, and drive from it all snares of the enemy: let thy holy Angels dwell herein, who may keep us in peace, and may thy blessing be always upon us. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless and pre

serve us.

R. Amen.

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