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Turn not away thy face from me, lest I be like them that go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear thy mercy in the morning; for in thee have I hoped.

Make the way known to me wherein I should walk for I have lifted up my soul to thee.

Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord, to thee have I fled teach me to do thy will, for thou art my God.



Thy good spirit shall lead me into the right land. For thy name's sake, O Lord, thou wilt quicken me, in thy justice.

Thou wilt bring my soul out of trouble: and in thy mercy thou wilt destroy my enemies.

And thou wilt cut off all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.



Priest, IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Ámen. O Lord, open thou our lips.

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Ans. And our mouths shall declare thy praise.
P. Let us adore the Lord of glory..

A. Let us adore the God of our salvation.

P. The king of heaven invites us, and graci◄ ously calls us into his sacred presence: to him we owe all the days of our lives; let us pay, at least, this one to his service.

A. Let us adore the Lord of glory.

P. Always are the angels assembled in their quires above; always are the saints ready with

their hymns; behold now the church also pre pares her solemn offices, and summons all her children to bring in their tribute of prayer and praise.

A. Let us adore the God of our salvation.)

P. Come, let us rejoice before the Lord; let us sing joyfully to God our Saviour; let us make haste to approach his presence and proclaim his praises; for the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods; in his hands are all the ends of the earth.

A. Let us adore the God that made us.

: P. Let us adore and fall down, and lament before the Lord that created us; for he is the Lord our God, and we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.

·A. Let us adore and fall down before him.

P. To-day, if ye shall hear his voice, harden not your hearts, but listen awfully to his word, and bend your knees before his holy altars.

A. We will adore the Lord of glory, we will worship the God of our salvation.

Our Father, &c. 5 but

An Act of Faith.

WE most firmly believe there is one only true and living God; but that in this one God there are three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost: that the Son took to himself the nature of man from the Virgin Mary's womb, by the operation of the power of the Holy Ghost; and that, in this our human nature, he was cru cified and died for us; that afterwards he rose again, and ascended into heaven; from whence he shall come to reward the just with everlasting glory, and to inflict everlasting punishments on the wicked. Moreover, we believe whatever else the Catholic Church proposes to be believed ; and this, because God, who is the sovereign Truth,

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which can neither érry nor lead into error, has revealed all these things to this his Church.

An Act of Hope.

O GOD, relying on thy almighty power, and thy infinite merey and goodness; and because thou art faithful to thy promises: we trust in thee that thou wilt grant us forgiveness of our sins, through the merits of Jesus Christ thy Son; and that thou wilt give us the assistance of thy grace, with which we may labour to persevere to the end in the diligent exercise of all good works, and thus deserve to obtain the glory which thou hast promised in heaven,

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An Act of Charity.

We love thee, O God, with our whole hearts, and above all things, because thy infinite perfections are most worthy of our love, and because thou art infinitely good to us. For thy sake also, We desire to love every neighbour as we do ourselves; we renounce every thought which is con trary to that love of one another, by which men are known to be the disciples of thy Son; we forgive all who have any ways injured us, and we beg thy grace and mercy for all the world.

¶ An Act of Contrition.

O GOD, whe art infinitely holy, and ever hatest sin; we beg thy pardon for all our offences against thee; we detest them all, and are sorry for them, because they are displeasing to thee, O God of infinite goodness; by thy grace we will endeavour to sin no more, and we will avoid those Occasions that have hitherto led us into sin.

¶ Litany.

P. Lord, have mercy on us.
A. Christ, have mercy... on ‹ us.

P. God the Father of heaven, have mercy

on us.

A. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

P. God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.

A. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us. P. That we may learn to submit our reason to the obedience of faith, and so much the more exalt the wonders of thy goodness, as they exceed the capacity of our understandings.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. That we may continually praise thy sovereign Majesty for the being thou hast given us, acknowledging our dependence on thee, and adoring thy unsearchable councils in the government of the world.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to conduct us by thy wisdom, to restrain us by thy justice, to comfort us by thy mercy, and defend us by thy power. A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. To thee we desire to consecrate all our thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings; that henceforward we may think of thee, speak of thee, constantly refer all our actions to thy glory, and suffer willingly whatever thou shalt appoint.

A, Hear us, O Lord.

P. Give us strength to subdue our passions, to overcome temptations, and to acquire the virtues that are proper for our state.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Fill our hearts with affection for thy goodness, a hatred for our faults, a love for our neighbour, and a contempt of the world.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Teach us to be submissive to our superiors, condescending to our inferiors, faithful to our friends, and charitable to our enemies.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Assist us to overcome sensuality by mor tification, avarice by alms-deeds, anger by meekness, and tepidity by devotion.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Make us prudent in our undertakings, courageous in dangers, patient in afflictions, and humble in prosperity.

A. Hear us. O Lord.

P. Grant that we may be punctual at our morning and evening devotions, temperate at our meals, diligent at our employments, and constant in our resolutions.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Let our consciences be ever upright and pure, our exterior modest, our conversation edifying, and our comportment regular.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Discover to us the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity.

A. Hear us, O Lord.

P. Be merciful, O Lord, and spare us.
A. Be merciful, O Lord, and hear us.

P. From the dangers most justly threatening our sins.

A. Deliver us, O Lord.

P. From the spirit of pride, profaneness, and hypocrisy.

A. Deliver us, O Lord.

P. From schism, heresy, and all blindness of heart.

A. Deliver us, O Lord.

P. From gluttony, drunkenness, swearing, and the false liberty of an undisciplined life. A. Deliver us, O Lord.

P. We sinners,

A. Beseech thee to hear us.

P. That in thy temple, and in thy solemn

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