A Manual of Prayers for the Use of the Catholic Laity/Morning Prayers

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Morning Prayers.


THE OFFICE OF PRIME.


Before Prime are said inaudibly the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the I believe in God.

Then is said aloud:

COME unto my help, O God.
R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Alleluia (or, in Lent, Praise to Thee, O Lord, King of eternal glory).

Then is said the following hymn:[1]

THE star of morn to night succeeds;
 We therefore meekly pray,
May God, in all our words and deeds,
 Keep us from harm this day.

May He in love restrain us still
From tones of strife and words of ill,
And wrap around and close our eyes
To earth's absorbing vanities.

May wrath and thoughts that gender shame
 Ne'er in our breasts abide,
Aud painful abstinences tame
 Of wanton flesh the pride;

So when the weary day is o'er,
And night and stillness come once more,
Blameless and clean from spot of earth
We may repeat with reverent mirth—

To God the Father glory be,
 And to His Only Son,
And to the Spirit, One and Three,
 While endless ages run. Amen.

Then follow the Psalms, which are said under one Antiphon:

Ant. for Sundays. Alleluia.

Ant. for week-days. Blessed are they that walk.

Psalm 53.

SAVE me, O God, by Thy name: and judge me in Thy strength.

Hear my prayer, O God: give ear unto the words of my mouth.

For strangers have risen up against me, and the mighty have sought after my soul: and they have not set God before their eyes.

For behold, God is my helper: and the Lord is the protector of my soul.

Turn back evil upon mine enemies: and destroy Thou them in Thy truth.

I will freely sacrifice unto Thee, and will praise Thy name, O Lord: for it is good:

For Thou hast delivered me out of all my trouble: and mine eye hath looked down upon mine enemies.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Psalm 118.

BLESSED are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord.

Blessed are they that search His testimonies: that seek Him with their whole heart.

For they that work iniquity: have not walked in His ways.

Thou hast commanded that Thy commandments be kept most diligently.

O that my ways may be so directed: that I may keep Thine ordinances.

Then shall I not be confounded: when I shall have regard to all Thy commandments.

I will praise Thee with uprightness of heart: when I shall have learned the judgments of Thy justice.

I will keep Thine ordinances: O forsake me not utterly.

By what doth a young man correct his way? even by keeping Thy words.

With my whole heart have I sought after Thee: let me not stray from Thy commandments.

Thy words have I hidden within my heart: that I may not sin against Thee.

Blessed art Thou, O Lord: O teach me Thine ordinances.

With my lips have I declared: all the judgments of Thy mouth.

I have had delight in the way of Thy testimonies: even as in all riches.

I will meditate ou Thy comuiaudments: and I will consider Thy ways.

I will think upon Thine ordinances: I will not forget Thy words.

Glory be to the Father, etc.


DEAL bountifully with Thy servant: quicken Thou me, and I shall keep Thy words.

Open Thou mine eyes: and I shall see the wondrous things of Thy law.

I am a sojourner upon earth: O hide not Thy commandments from me.

My soul hath longed greatly: to desire Thine ordinances at all times.

Thou hast rebuked the proud: cursed are they that do err from Thy commandments.

O take from me shame and contempt: for I have sought after Thy testimonies.

Princes also did sit and speak against me: but Thy servant was occupied in Thy statutes.

For Thy testimonies are my meditation: and Thine ordinances are my counsel.

My soul hath cleaved to the earth: O quicken Thou me according to Thy word.

I have declared my ways, and Thou heardest me: teach me Thy statutes.

Make me to understand the way of Thine ordinances: and I will meditate on Thy wondrous works.

My soul hath slumbered through weariness: strengthen Thou me in Thy words.

Remove from me the way of iniquity: and have mercy on me in Thy law.

I have chosen the way of truth: I have not forgotten Thy judgments.

I have cleaved unto Thy testimonies, O Lord: put me not to shame.

I have run in the way of Thy commandments: when Thou didst enlarge my heart.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

[The following creed is said only on Sundays, when the Sunday Office is recited:

QUICUMQUE vult salvus esse, * ante omnia opus est, ut teneat Catholicam fidem.

WHOSOEVER desires to be saved, before all things it is necessary that he hold the Catholic faith.

Quam nisi quisque integram inviolatamque servaverit, * absque dubio in æternum peribit.

Which faith, except every one do keep entire and inviolate, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.

Fides autem Catholica hæc est, * ut unum Deum in Trinitate, et Trinitatem in unitate veneremur.

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

Neque confundentes personas, * neque substantiam seperantes.

Neither confounding the Persons nor dividing the substance.

Alia est enim persona Patris, alia Filii, * alia Spiritus Sancti.

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

Sed Patris, et Fili, et Spiritus Sancti una est divinitas, * æqualis gloria, coæterna majestas.

But the Godhead of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost is one; the glory equal, the majesty co-eternal.

Qualis Pater, talis Filius, * talis Spiritus Sanctus.

As the Father is, such is the Son, such the Holy Ghost.

Increatus Pater, increatus Filius, * increatus Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Immensus Pater, immensus Filius, * immensus Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Æternus Pater, æternus Filius, * æternus Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Et tamen non tres æterni, * sed unus æternus.

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

Sicut non tres increati, nec tres immensi, * sed unus increatus, et unus immensus.

As also they are not three uncreates, nor three infinites; but one Uncreate, and one Infinite.

Similiter omnipotens Pater, omnipotens Filius, * omnipotens Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Et tamen non tres omnipotentes, * sed unus omnipotens.

And yet they are not three almighties, but one Almighty.

Ita Deus Pater, Deus Filius, * Deus Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Et tamen non tres dii, * sed unus est Deus.

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

Ita Dominus Pater, Dominus Filius, * Dominus Spiritus Sanctus.

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

Et tamen non tres Domini, * sed unus est Dominus.

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

Quia sicut singillatim unamquamque personam Deum ac Dominum confiteri christiana veritate compelimur: * ita tres Deos aut Dominos dicere Catholica religione prohibemur.

For as we are obliged by the Christian Truth to acknowledge every Person to be God and Lord: so we are forbidden by the Catholic religion to say there are three Gods or three Lords.

 
Pater a nullo est factus, * nec creatus, nec genitus.

The Father was made by no one, neither created, nor begotten.

Filius a Patre solo est: * non factus, nec creatus, sed genitus.

The Son is by the Father alone; not made, nor created, but begotten.

Spiritus Sanctus a Patre et Filio: * non factus, nec creatus, nec genitus, sed procedens.

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

Unus ergo Pater, non tres Patres: unus Filius, non tres Filii: * unus Spiritus Sanctus, non tres Spiritus Sancti.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers: one Son, not three Sons: one Holy Ghost, not three Holy Ghosts.

Et in hac Trinitate nihil prius aut posterius, nihil majus aut minus: * sed totæ tres personæ coæternæ sibi sunt, et coæquales.

And in this Trinity there is nothing before or after, nothing greater or less; but the whole three Persons are co-eternal together and co-equal.

Ita ut per omnia, sicut jam supra dictum est, * et unitas in Trinitate, et Trinitas in unitate veneranda sit.

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

Qui vult ergo salvus esse, * ita de Trinitate sentiat.

He, therefore, that desires to be saved must thus believe of the Trinity.

Sed necessarium est ad æternam salutem, * ut incarnationem quoque Domini nostri Jesu Christi fideliter credat.

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

Est ergo fides recta, ut credamus et confiteamur, * quia Dominus noster Jesus Christus, Dei Filius, Deus et homo est.

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

Deus est ex substantia Patris ante sæcula genitus: * et homo est ex substantia matris in sæculo natus.

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

Perfectus Deus, perfectus homo: * ex anima rationali, et humana carne subsistens.

Perfect God and perfect man; of rational soul and human flesh subsisting,

Æqualis Patri secundum divinitatem: * minor Patre secundum humanitatem.

Equal to the Father according to His Divinity; and less than the Father according to His humanity.

Qui licet Deus sit et homo, * non duo tamen, sed unus est Christus.

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

Unus autem, non conversione divinitatis in carnem, * sed assumptione humanitatis in Deum.

One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but by the assuming of human nature unto God:

Unus omnino, non confusione substantiæ, * sed unitate personæ.

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

Nam, sicut anima rationalis et caro unus est homo: * ita Deus et homo unus est Christus:

For as the rational soul and the body constitutes one man, so God and man is one Christ:

Qui passus est pro salute nostra: descendit ad inferos, * tertia die resurrexit a mortuis:

Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, arose again the third day from the dead:

Ascendit ad cœlos, sedet ad dexteram Dei Patris omnipotentis: * inde venturus est judicare vivos et mortuos:

He ascended into heaven; He sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead:

Ad cujus adventum omnes homines resurgere habent cum corporibus suis, * et reddituri sunt de factis propriis rationem.

At whose coming all men must arise again with their bodies, and must give an account of their own works.

Et qui bona egerunt, ibunt in vitam æternam: qui vero mala, in ignem æternum.

And they that have done good shall go into life everlasting; and they that have into everlasting fire.

Hæc est fides Catholica: quam nisi quisque fideliter firmiterque crediderit, salvus esse non poterit.

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

Gloria Patri, etc.

Glory be to the Father, etc.

Antiphon for Sundays, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

At Easter a fourth Alleluia.

Antiphon for Week-days:

BLESSED are they that walk in Thy law, O Lord.

Then is said the Chapter:

Sundays.

UNTO the King of ages, the Inmiortal, Invisible, only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.

R. Thanks be to God.

Week-days.

LOVE peace and truth, saith the Lord Almighty.

R. Thanks be to God.

Then follows the short Responsory:

CHRIST, Thou Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

R. Christ, Thou Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

V. Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father,

R. Have mercy on us.

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

R. Christ, Thou Son of the living God, have mercy on us.

V. Arise, O Christ, and help us.

R. And deliver us for Thy name's sake.

 

After the short responsory follow these prayers, called the Preces, except on Double Feasts and within Octaves, when they are omitted down to the mark (*):

LORD, have mercy,

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father (inaudibly).

V. And lead us not into temptation.

R. But deliver us from evil.

I believe in God (inaudibly).

V. The resurrection of the body.

R. And the life everlasting. Amen.

V. But I, O Lord, have cried unto Thee.

R. And in the morning my prayer shall come early before Thee.

V. Let my mouth be filled with praise.

R. That I may sing of Thy glory; and of Thy greatness all the day long.

V. O Lord, turn away Thy face from my sins.

R. And blot out all my iniquities.

V. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

R. And renew a right spirit within me.

V. Cast me not away from Thy face.

R. And take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

V. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation.

R. And strengthen me with a perfect spirit.

These prayers within the brackets are said only on week-days:

DELIVER me, O Lord, from the evil man.

R. And rescue me from the unjust man.

V. Deliver nie from mine enemies, O my God.

R. And defend me from them that rise up against me.

V. Deliver me from them that work iniquity.

R. And save me from the men of blood.

V. So will I sing a psalm unto Thy name for ever and ever.

R. That I may pay my vows from day to day.

V. Hear us, O God our Saviour.

R. Who art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and in the sea afar off.

V. Come unto my help, O God.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

V. Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal,

R. Have mercy on us.

V. Bless the Lord, O my soul,

R. And let all that is within me bless His holy name.

V. Bless the Lord, O my soul.

R. And forget not all His benefits.

V. Who forgiveth thee all thine iniquities.

R. Who healeth all thine infirmities.

V. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction.

R. Who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion.

V. Who satisfieth thy desire with good things.

R. Thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle's.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who hath made heaven and earth.

The Confiteor, p. 35.

Then the office continues as follows:

VOUCHSAFE, O Lord, this day

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.

* Here the office is resumed when the Preces have been omitted:

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

 

Let us pray.

O LORD, God Almighty, who hast brought us to the beginning of this day: let Thy power so defend us therein, that this day we fall into no sin, but that all our thoughts, words, and works may always tend to what is just in Thy sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

V. Let us bless the Lord.

R. Thanks be to God.

Here is read the Martyrology, if read at all; after which the office proceeds thus:

V. Precious in the sight of the Lord

R. Is the death of His saints.

MAY the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints plead for us with the Lord, that we may deserve to be helped and delivered by Him who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

V. Come unto my help, O God.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me. (This versicle and response is said thrice.)

V. Glory be to the Father, etc.

R. As it was in the beginning, etc.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Our Father (inaudibly).

V. And lead us not into temptation.

R. But deliver us from evil.

V. Look upon Thy servants. O Lord, and upon Thy works, and direct their children.

R. And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us, and direct Thou the works of our hands over us: yea, the work of our hands do Thou direct.

V. Glory be to the Father, etc.

R. As it was in the beginning, etc.

Let us pray.

O LORD GOD, King of heaven and earth, vouchsafe this day to direct and to sanctify, to rule and to govern, our souls and bodies, our senses, words, and actions, in Thy law, and in the works of Thy commandments; that both now and for ever we may deserve to be saved and delivered through Thy protection, O Saviour of the world, who livest and reignest, world without end.

R. Amen.

V. O Lord, grant Thy blessing.

The Blessing: May the Lord Almighty order our days and deeds in His peace.

R. Amen.

Then is read the short lesson:

AND may the Lord direct our hearts in the love of God, and the patience of Christ. And do Thou, O Lord, have mercy on us.

R. Thanks be to God.

V. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

R. Who hath made heaven and earth.

V. Bless ye.

R. God.

The Blessing: The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us unto life everlasting: and may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen.


ANOTHER FORM OF MORNING PRAYERS.

As soon as you are awake, make the sign of the Cross, and say:

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. Amen.(i)

When you are dressed, calling to mind the greatness of God, and your own nothingness, place yourself in His presence, and kneel down and say:

IN the name of the Father, ✠ 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 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.

O MY God, I most humbly thank Thee for all the favors Thou hast bestowed upon me up to the present moment. I give Thee thanks from the bottom of my heart that Thou hast created me after Thine own image and likeness, that Thou hast redeemed me by the precious blood of Thy dear Son, and that Thou hast preserved me and brought me safe to the beginning of another day. I offer to Thee. O Lord, my whole being, and in particular all my thoughts, words, actions, and sufferings of this day. I consecrate them all to the glory of Thy name, beseeching Thee that through the infinite merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour they may all find acceptance in Thy sight. May Thy divine love animate them, and may they all tend to Thy greater glory.

ADORABLE Jesus, my Saviour and Master, model of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavor this day to imitate Thy example, to be, like Thee, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, 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 you may name any besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to forsake.

O MY God, Thou knowest my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without Thee; deny me not, O God, the help of Thy grace; proportion it to my necessities; give me strength to avoid everything evil which Thou forbiddest, and to practise the good which Thou hast commanded; and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please Thee to send me.

OUR Father. Hail Mary. I believe in God. I confess to Almighty God, etc.

[Here the Litany of the Holy Name, p. 60, may be said.]

An Act of Faith.

O MY God! I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three Divine Persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; I believe that the 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.

O MY God! relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain 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 Charity.

O MY God! I love Thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because Thou art all-good and worthy of all love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of Thee. I forgive all who have injured me, aud ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

An Act of Contrition.

O MY God! I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

O HOLY Virgin, Mother of God, my Mother and Patroness, I place myself under thy protection, I throw myself with confidence into the arms of thy compassion. Be to me, O Mother of mercy, my refuge in distress, my consolation under suffering, my advocate to thy adorable Son, now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

O FAITHFUL Guardian and Father of virgins, Blessed Joseph, to whom was confided the care of Jesus, and of Mary the Queen of Virgins, I most humbly supplicate thee, by the love thou dost bear Jesus and Mary, to obtain for me that, being preserved from every stain during my whole life, I may be ever able to serve them with unspotted purity of mind and body. Amen.(i)

ANGEL 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.(i)

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.

MAY the power of the Father govern and protect me! May the wisdom of the Son teach and enlighten me! May the influence of the Holy Ghost renew and quicken me! May the blessing of the All-holy Trinity, the Father, ✠ the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be with me, now and for evermore. Amen.

 

 

THE ANGELUS.(i)

To be said Morning, Noon, and Night; kneeling, except on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday.

ANGELUS Domini nuntiavit Mariæ.

THE Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.

R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

R. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Ave, Maria, etc.

Hail, Mary, etc.

V. Ecce ancilla Domini.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Ave, Maria, etc.

Hail, Mary, etc.

V. Et Verbum caro factum est.

V. And the Word was made Flesh.

R. Et habitavit in nobis.

R. And dwelt among us.

Ave, Maria, etc.

Hail, Mary, etc.

Oremus.

Let us pray.

GRATIAM tuam, quæsumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde, ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem ejus et crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur; per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

POUR forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son by the message of an Angel, so, by His Passion and Cross, we may be brought to the glory of His resurrection; through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Eastertide, instead of the Angelus, the Regina Cœli (p. 78) is said standing.

 

 

A PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH, THE CIVIL AUTHORITIES, ETC.

Composed by Archbishop Carroll, A.D. 1800.

WE pray Thee, O Almighty and Eternal God, who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy; that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue, with unchanging faith, in the confession of Thy Name.

We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life our chief Bishop, N., the Vicar of our Lord Jesus Christ in the government of His Church; our own Bishop, (or Archbishop,) N. (if he is not consecrated, our Bishop-elect); all other Bishops, Prelates, and Pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise among us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.

We pray Thee, O God of might, wisdom, and justice, through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist, with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude, the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people, over whom he presides, by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government; so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge, and may perpetuate to us the blessings of equal liberty.

We pray for his Excellency the Governor of this State, for the members of the Assembly, for all Judges, Magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare; that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.

We recommend likewise to Thy unbounded mercy all our brethren and fellow-citizens, throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge, and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and, after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.

Finally, we pray Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith, and repose in the sleep of peace: the souls of our parents, relations, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation; and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship, and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

 

 

GRACE BEFORE MEALS.

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 mercies. Who livest and reignest world without end.

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.

May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

R. Amen.


  1. Translation by Cardinal Newman.