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St. Abraham the Hermit

St. Aelred of Rievaulx

St. Alphonsus Liguori

St. Ambrose

St. Anselm of Canterbury

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St. Abraham the Hermit

Prayer for Assistance

Most merciful God, look down on my weakness: assist me with thy grace, that thy name may be glorified. Despise not the works of thine own hands. (c. 360 A.D.).

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St. Aelred of Rievaulx

Pardon Prayer of St. Aelred of Rievaulx

Behold me, O sweet Lord, behold me! For I hope that in your loving kindness, O Most Merciful One, you will behold me either as a loving physician to heal, a kind teacher to correct, or an indulgent father to pardon... confident in your sweet powerful mercy and most merciful power, I ask in virtue of your sweet name and of the mystery of your sacred humanity that, mindful of your kindness and unmindful of my ingratitude, you forgive me my sins and heal the languors of my soul.

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St. Alphonsus Liguori

Evening Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

Jesus Christ, my God, I adore you and I thank you for the many favors you have bestowed on me this day. I offer you my sleep and all the moments of this night, and I pray you to preserve me from sin. Therefore, I place myself in your most sacred side, and under the mantle of our blessed Lady, my Mother. May the holy angels assist me and keep me in peace, and may your blessing be upon me.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

Behold, O Mother of my God, my only hope, Mary, behold at thy feet a miserable sinner, who asks thee for mercy. Thou art proclaimed and called by the whole Church, and by all the faithful, the refuge of sinners. Thou art consequently my refuge; thou hast to save me... Thou knowest most sweet Mother of God, how much thy blessed Son desires our salvation. Thou knowest all that Jesus Christ endured for this end. I present thee, O my Mother, the sufferings of Jesus: the cold that He endured in the stable, His journey into Egypt, His toils, His sweat, the blood that He shed; the anguish which caused His death on the cross, and of which thou was thyself a witness. Oh, show that thou lovest thy beloved Son, and by this love I implore thee to assist me. Extend thy hand to a poor creature who has fallen and asks thy help. Were I a saint I would not need seek thy mercy; but because I am a sinner I fly to thee, who art the Mother of mercies. I know that thy compassionate heart finds its consolation in assisting the miserable, when thou canst do so, and does not find them obstinate. Console, then, thy compassionate heart, and console me this day; for now thou has the opportunity of saving a poor creature condemned to hell; and thou canst do so, for I will not be obstinate. I abandon myself into thy hands, only tell me what thou wouldst have me do, and obtain for me strength to execute it, for I am resolved to do all that depends on me to recover the divine grace. I take refuge under thy mantle. Jesus wills that I should have recourse to thee, in order not only that His blood may save me, but also that thy prayers may assist me in this great work; for thy glory, and for His own, since thou art His Mother. O Mary, see, I have recourse to thee; in thee do I confide. Thou prayest for so many others, pray also for me; say only a word. Tell Our Lord that thou willest my salvation, and God will certainly save me. Say that I am thine, and then I have obtained all that I ask, all that I desire. Amen.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

I will address thee, O great Mother of God, in the words of St. Bernard: 'Speak, O Lady, for thy Son heareth thee, and whatever thou askest thou wilt obtain.' Speak, speak, then, O Mary, our advocate, in favor of us poor miserable creatures. Remember that it was also for our good that thou didst receive so great power and so high a dignity. A God was pleased to become thy debtor by taking humanity of thee, in order that thou mightest dispense at will the riches of divine mercy to sinners. We are thy servants, devoted in a special manner to thee, and I am one of these, I trust, even in a higher degree. We glory in living under thy protection. Since thou dost good to all, even to those who neither know nor honor thee, nay, more, to those who outrage and blaspheme thee, how much more may we not hope from thy benignity, which seeks out the wretched in order to deliver them, we who honor, love, and confide in thee? We are great sinners, but God has enriched thee with compassion and power far exceeding our iniquities. Thou canst, and hast, the will to save us; and the greater our unworthiness, the greater shall be our hope in order to glorify thee the more in heaven, when by thy intercession we get there. O Mother of mercy, we present thee our souls, once cleansed and rendered beautiful in the blood of Jesus Christ, but, alas, since that time, defiled by sin. To thee do we present them; do thou purify them. Obtain for us true conversion; obtain for us the love of God, perseverance, heaven. We ask thee for much; but what is it? Perhaps thou canst not obtain all? Is it perhaps too much for the love God bears thee? Ah, no! For thou hast only to open thy lips and ask thy divine Son; He will deny thee nothing. Pray, then, pray O Mary, for us, pray; thou wilt certainly obtain all: and we shall with the same certainly obtain the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

O greatest and most sublime of all creatures, most sacred Virgin, I salute thee from this earth - I, a miserable and unfortunate rebel against my God, who deserve chastisements not favors, justice and not mercy. O Lady, I say not this because I doubt thy compassion. I know that the greater thou art the more thou dost glory in being benign. I know that thou rejoicest that thou art so rich, because thou art thus enabled to succor us poor miserable creatures. I know that the greater is the poverty of those who have recourse to thee, the more dost thou exert thyself to protect and save them. O my Mother, it was thou who didst one day weep over thy Son who died for me. Offer, I beseech thee, thy tears to God, and by these obtain for me true sorrow for my sins. Sinners then afflicted thee so much, and I, by my crimes, have done the same. Obtain for me, O Mary, that at least from this day forward I may not continue to afflict thee and thy Son by my ingratitude. What would thy sorrow avail me if I continued to be ungrateful to thee? To what purpose would thy mercy have been shown me, if again I was unfaithful and lost? No, my Queen, permit it not; thou hast supplied for all my shortcomings. Thou obtainest from God what thou wilt. Thou grantest the prayers of all. I ask of thee two graces... Obtain for me that I may be faithful to God, and no more offend Him, and love Him during the remainder of my life as much as I have offended Him. Amen.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

O great Mother of my Lord, I see full well that my ingratitude towards God and thee, and this too for so many years, has merited for me that thou shouldst justly abandon me, and no longer have a care of me, for an ungrateful soul is no longer worthy of favors. But I, O Lady, have a high idea of thy great goodness; I believe it to be far greater than my ingratitude. Continue, then, O refuge of sinners, and cease not to help a miserable sinner who confides in thee. O Mother of mercy, deign to extend a helping hand to a poor fallen wretch who asks thee for pity. O Mary, either defend me thyself, or tell me to whom I can have recourse, and who is better able to defend me than thou, and where I can find with God a more clement and powerful advocate than thou, who art His Mother. Thou, in becoming the Mother of Our Savior, wast thereby made the fitting instrument to save sinners, and was given me for my salvation. O Mary, save him who has recourse to thee. I deserve not thy love, but it is thine own desire to save sinners that makes me hope that thou lovest me. And if thou lovest me, how can I be lost? O my own beloved Mother, if by thee I save my soul, as I hope to do, I shall no longer be ungrateful, I shall make up for my past ingratitude, and for the love which thou hast shown me, by my everlasting praises, and all the affections of my soul. Happy in heaven, where thou reignest, and wilt reign forever, I shall always sing thy mercies, and kiss for eternity those loving hands which have delivered me from hell, as often as I have deserved it by my sins. O Mary, my liberator, my hope, my Queen, my advocate, my own sweet Mother, I love thee; I desire thy glory, and I love thee forever. Amen, amen. Thus do I hope.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

O my most sweet Lady, since thy office is...that of a mediatress between God and sinners, I will address thee in the words of St. Thomas of Villanova: 'Fulfill thy office in my behalf, O tender advocate; do thy work.' Say not that my cause is too difficult to gain; for I know, and all tell me so, that every cause, no matter how desperate, if undertaken by thee, is never, and never will be, lost. And will mine be lost? Ah, no, this I cannot fear. The only thing that I might fear is, that, on seeing the multitude of my sins, thou mightest not undertake my defense. But, on seeing they immense mercy, and the very great desire of thy most sweet heart to help the most abandoned sinners, even this I cannot fear. And who was over lost that had recourse to thee? Therefore I invoke thy aid, O my great advocate, my refuge, my hope, my mother Mary. To thy hands do I entrust the cause of my eternal salvation. To thee do I commit my soul; it was lost, but thou hast to save it. I will always thank Our Lord for having given me this great confidence in thee; and which, notwithstanding my own unworthiness, I feel is an assurance of salvation. I have but one fear to afflict me, O beloved Queen, and that is, that I may one day, by my own negligence, lose this confidence in thee. And therefore I implore thee, O Mary, by the love thou bearest to Jesus, thyself to preserve and increase in me more and more this sweet confidence in thy intercession, by which I hope most certainly to recover the divine friendship, that I have hitherto so madly despised and lost; and having recovered it, I hope, through thee, to preserve it; and preserving it by the same means, I hope at length to thank thee for it in heaven, and there to sing God's mercies and thine for all eternity. Amen. This is my hope; thus may it be, thus will it be.

Marian Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

Most holy Virgin Immaculate, my Mother Mary, to thee who art the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, the refuge of sinners, I who am the most miserable of all sinners, have recourse this day. I venerate thee, great Queen, and I thank thee for the many graces thou hast bestowed upon me even unto this day; in particular for having delivered me from the hell which I have so often deserved by my sins. I love thee, most dear Lady; and for the love I bear thee, I promise to serve thee willingly for ever and to do what I can to make thee loved by others also. I place in thee all my hopes for salvation; accept me as thy servant and shelter me under thy mantle, thou who art the Mother of mercy. And since thou art so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations, or at least obtain for me the strength to overcome them until death. From thee I implore a true love for Jesus Christ. Through thee I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love thou bearest to Almighty God, I pray thee to assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life. Forsake me not then, until thou shalt see me safe in heaven, there to bless thee and sing of thy mercies through all eternity. Such is my hope. Amen.

Morning Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori

My most sweet Lord, I offer and consecrate to you this morning all that I am and have: my senses, my thoughts, my affections, my desires, my pleasures, my inclinations, my liberty. In a word, I place my whole body and soul in your hands.

Prayer Before the Blessed Sacrament / Consecration

O my Lord Jesus Christ, who for the love Thou bearest mankind, dost remain night and day in this Sacrament, all full of tenderness and love, expecting, inviting and receiving all those who come to visit Thee; I believe that Thou art present in the Sacrament of the altar; I adore Thee from the depths of my own nothingness and thank Thee for all the favors thou hast bestowed upon me; and especially for having given me Thyself in this Sacrament, and Thy most holy Mother Mary as my advocate; and for having called me to visit Thee in this church. I pay my homage this day to Thy most loving Heart and this I intend to do for three intentions: first, in thanksgiving for this great gift; secondly, in reparation for all the insults Thou hast received from Thine enemies in this Sacrament; thirdly, by this visit I intend to adore Thee in all places upon the earth, where Thou art least adored and most neglected in Thy Sacrament. My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart. I repent of having in the past so many times displeased Thine infinite goodness. I purpose with the help of Thy grace never more to offend Thee in the future; and at this moment, wretched as I am, I consecrate myself wholly to Thee. I give to Thee and utterly renounce my entire will, all my affections, all my desires, and all that I possess. From this day forth do with me and with all that is mine whatever is pleasing in Thy sight. I ask and desire only Thy holy love, final perseverance and the perfect fulfillment of Thy will. I commend to Thee the souls in purgatory, especially those who were most devoted to this Blessed Sacrament and to Blessed Mary; I commend to Thee in like manner all poor sinners. Finally, my dear Savior, I unite all my affections with those of Thy most loving Heart, and thus united I offer them to Thine eternal Father, and I pray Him in Thy name graciously to accept and answer them for love of Thee.

Prayer for Five Graces

Eternal Father, your Son has promised that you would grant all the graces we ask of you in his name. Trusting in this promise, and in the name of and through the merits of Jesus Christ, I ask of you five special graces: First, I ask pardon for all the offenses I have committed, for which I am sorry with all my heart, because I have offended your infinite goodness. Second, I ask for your divine Light, which will enable me to see the vanity of all things of this earth, and see also your infinite greatness and goodness. Third, I ask for a share in your love, so that I can detach myself from all creatures, especially from myself, and love only your holy will. Fourth, grant me the grace to have confidence in the merits of Jesus Christ and in the intercession of Mary. Fifth, I ask for the grace of perseverance, knowing that whenever I call on you for assistance, you will answer my call and come to my aid. I fear only that I will neglect to turn to you in time of need, and thus bring myself to ruin. Grant me the grace to pray always, O Eternal Father, in the name of Jesus.

Prayer for God's Love

O God of love, you are and shall be forever the only delight of my heart and the sole object of my affections. Since Jesus said, 'Ask and you shall receive,' I do not hesitate to say, 'Give me your love and your grace.' Grant that I may love you and be loved by you. I want nothing else.

Prayer for Prayer

O Holy Spirit grant me the gift of prayer. Come into my heart, and [grant] me the strength not to abandon it because I sometimes grow weary of it; And give me the spirit of prayer, the grace to pray continually.

Prayer of Acceptance of Suffering

Dear Lord, I am now convinced that without patience suffering I cannot merit a reward in heaven. It is you who must give me patience in suffering. I make the resolution to accept with patience all the trials and sufferings that will come into my life. I know that so often, in spite of my resolutions, I have become despondent when I was asked to carry a cross; but if I do not learn to suffer for love of you, I shall suffer without merit. My Jesus, by the merits of the patience with which you suffered so many pains for love of me, give me the grace to bear my crosses for love of you.

Prayer of St. Alphonsus Liguori 

Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus Christ, let me never fail to recommend myself to you whenever I am tempted. I know you always help me when I have recourse to you; but my fear is that I may forget to recommend myself to you, and so my negligence will be the cause of my ruin. By the merits of Jesus Christ, give me grace to pray to you. But grant me such an abundant grace that I may always pray, and pray as I ought!

Prayer to St. Teresa

O Saint Teresa, seraphic Virgin, beloved spouse of thy crucified Lord, thou who on earth didst burn with a love so intense toward thy God and my God, and now dost glow with a brighter and purer flame in paradise: obtain for me also, I beseech thee, a spark of that same holy fire which shall cause me to forget the world, all things created, and even myself; for thou didst ever greatly desire to see Him loved by all men. Grant that my every thought and desire and affection may be continually employed in doing the will of God, the supreme Good, whether I am in joy or in pain, for He is worthy to be loved and obeyed everlastingly. Obtain for me this grace, thou who art so powerful with God; may I be all on fire, like thee, with the holy love of God.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

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St. Ambrose

Carry Me on the Cross

Carry me, Christ, on the Cross, which is salvation to the wanderers, sole rest for the wearied, wherein alone is life for those who die.

Evening Prayer of St. Ambrose

O God, Creator of all things, and ruler of the heavens, 'tis thou that clothest day with beautiful light, and night with the boon of sleep. 'Tis sleep that restores our wearied limbs to the toil of work. Sleep gives repose to the mind when tired, and takes away the anxious-making grief. The day is spent, and night is come; and we offer thee our thanks and prayers, singing our hymn, that thou mayst help us, thy servants. May our inmost heart sing thy praise, and tuneful voices sound forth thy name; may our chaste affection love, and our sober mind adore thee. And when the night's deep gloom shall shut out the day, may our faith know nought of darkness, and the very night be day by faith. Let not our soul, but only sin feel sleep; let faith keep us chaste, and by its refreshing power, check the vapours of sleep. May our heart's deepest self, unshackled by the allurements of sense, dream of thee; nor let the fear of the enemy, whose envy is ever laying snares, disturb us when at rest. Let our prayer ascend to Christ and to the Father, and to the Spirit of Christ and of the Father: O Trinity, one in essence, and all-powerful, be merciful to us, who pray to thee. Amen.

Pardon Prayer of St. Ambrose

 

Lord Jesus Christ, who stretched out your hands on the cross and redeemed us by your blood, forgive me, a sinner for none of my thoughts are hidden from you. Pardon I ask, pardon I hope for, pardon I trust to have. You who are full of pity and mercy, spare me, and forgive.

Prayer in Preparation for Holy Communion

O loving Lord Jesus Christ, I a sinner, presuming not on my own merits, but trusting in Thy mercy and goodness, with fear and trembling approach the table of Thy most sacred banquet. For I have defiled both my heart and body with many sins, and have not kept a strict guard over my mind and my tongue. Wherefore, O gracious God, O awful Majesty, I, a wretched creature, entangled in difficulties, have recourse to Thee the fount of mercy; to Thee do I fly that I may be healed, and take refuge under Thy protection, and I ardently desire to have Him as my Savior, whom I am unable to withstand as my Judge. To Thee, O Lord, I show my wounds, to Thee I lay bare my shame. I know that my sins are many and great, on account of which I am filled with fear. But I trust in Thy mercy, of which there is no end. Look down upon me, therefore, with the eyes of Thy mercy, O Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and Man, crucified for men. Hearken unto me, for my hope is in Thee; have mercy on me, who am full of misery and sin, Thou who wilt never cease to let flow the fountain of mercy. Hail, Victim of salvation, offered for me and for all mankind on the tree of the cross. Hail, noble and precious Blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, O Lord, Thy creature, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Blood. I am grieved because I have sinned, I desire to make amends for what I have done. Take away from me therefore, O most merciful Father, all my iniquities and sins, that, being purified both in soul and body, I may worthily partake of the holy of holies; and grant that this holy oblation of Thy Body and Blood, of which though unworthy I propose to partake, may be to me the remission of my sins, the perfect cleansing of my offenses, the means of driving away all evil thoughts and of renewing all holy desires, the accomplishment of works pleasing to Thee, as well as the strongest defense for soul and body against the snares of my enemies. Amen.

Prayer of St. Ambrose

O Lord, who has mercy upon all, take away from me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of your Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of stone: give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love, to adore you, Lord, a heart to delight in you, to follow, to rejoice in you, for the sake of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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St. Anselm of Canterbury

Prayer for Love

We love you, O God, and desire to love you more and more. Grant that we may love you as we wish to love you and as we should love you. O dearest Friend who has loved us so deeply and redeemed us; come and take your place in our hearts. Watch over our lips, our steps, and our deeds, and we no longer fear for soul and body. Yes, give us love, most precious of gifts, which knows no enemies. Give our hearts that pure love borne of your love for us, that we may love others as you love us. O most loving Father of Jesus Christ from whom all love flows, grant that our hearts, frozen in sin and grown cold toward you, may be warmed in the divine glow. Help and bless us in your Son. O blessed Lord, you have commanded us to love one another, give us the grace that, as we have received your unmerited favors, we may love all persons in you and for you. We implore your clemency for all people, but particularly for our friends whom you have given us. Love them, Source of Love, and instill in them a thorough love of yourself, that they may seek, utter, and do nothing save what is pleasing to you. Amen.

Prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury

My prayer is but a cold affair, Lord, because my love burns with so small a flame, but you who are rich in mercy will not mete out to them your gifts according to the dullness of my zeal, but as your kindness is above all human love so let your eagerness to hear be greater than the feeling in my prayers. Do this for them and with them, Lord, so that they may speed according to your will and thus ruled and protected by you, always and everywhere, may they come at last to glory and eternal rest, through you who are living and reigning God, through all ages.

Prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury

O Father, most merciful, who, in the beginning, created us; who, by the Passion of your only begotten Son, created us anew. Work in us now, we beseech you, both to will and to do your good pleasure! And because we are weak, and can do no good thing on our own, grant us your grace. Grant us your heavenly benediction, that in whatever work we undertake we may do all to your honor and your glory; that being kept from sin, daily increasing in good works, so long as we live in the body, we may always give service to you - and after our departure we may receive pardon for all our sins, attaining life eternal: through Him who, with You and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, God, forevermore. Amen.

Prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury

I beseech you, O my God, that I may know you, love you, and rejoice in you. If in this life I cannot do these things fully, grant that I may at the least progress in them from day to day. Advance in me the knowledge of you now, that in the life to come it may be complete. Increase in me the love of you here, that there it may be full. O God of truth: I pray that I may obtain that which you promise, that my joy may be made full. And in the meantime, let my mind meditate on it; let my soul hunger after it, and my whole being long for it, till at last I enter into the joy of my Lord, who is God, blessed forever. Amen.

Prayer of St. Anselm of Canterbury

By the name of thy beloved Son, grant us ever to keep the memory of thine own sweetest name; may it be the delicious food of our souls; may it be with us in danger; may it be with us in anguish; may it be to us the beginning of all joy!

Preacher's Prayer

Give me, O Lord, a mild and judicious eloquence which shall keep me from being puffed up and exalted above my brethren by reason of Thy gifts. Put into my mouth, I beseech Thee, words of consolation and edification and exhortation through Thy Holy Spirit, that I may be enabled to exhort the good to better things, and, by word and example, to recall to the straight way of Thy righteousness those who walk perversely. Let the words which Thou shalt give Thy servant, be like to sharp javelins and burning arrows that shall pierce and enkindle unto Thy fear and holy love the minds of all them that hear me. Amen.

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St. Augustine

Evening Prayer of St. Augustine

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give Your Angels and Saints charge over those who sleep. Tend Your sick ones, O Lord Christ. Rest Your weary ones, Bless Your dying ones, Soothe Your suffering ones, Pity Your afflicted ones, Shield Your joyous ones, And all for Your love's sake. Amen. 

Prayer for Assistance

Blessed are all your saints, my God and King! Who have through travail and in peace of soul all traveled within the ship with you, the tempestuous sea of mortality, and have, at last, made the desired port of peace and of felicity! O, cast a gracious eye upon us who are in our dangerous voyage still! Remember, succor us in our distress: think of those who lie exposed to the rough storms of troubles and temptations! Strengthen our weakness in your strength, that valiantly we may do your will in this spiritual battle. Help us against our own negligence, our cowardice; defend us from the treachery of our unfaithful hearts. We are exceedingly frail, and indisposed to every virtuous and gallant undertaking. Grant, O Lord, that we may bring our vessel safe to shore, into our desired haven, Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Return

Our Father, Who hast exhorted us to pray, Who also bringest about what Thou hast asked of us; since we live better when we pray to Thee and are better: hear me as I tremble in this darkness and reach out Thy hand to me. Hold Thy light before me and recall me from my strayings, that with Thee as my guide I may return to myself and to Thee. Amen.

Prayer of St. Augustine

Lord Jesus, may I know myself and know you, and desire nothing save only you. May I hate myself and love you. May I do everything for the sake of you, May I humble myself and exalt you. May I think of nothing except you. May I die to myself and live in you. May I receive whatever happens as from you. May I banish self and follow you, and ever desire to follow you. May I fly from myself and fly to you, that I may deserve to be defended by you. May I fear for myself and fear you, and be among those who are chosen by you. May I distrust myself and trust in you. May I be willing to obey on account of you. May I cling to nothing but to you. May I be poor for the sake of you. Look upon me that I may love you. Call me that I may see you, and ever and ever enjoy you. Amen.

Prayer of St. Augustine

Before Thy eyes, O Lord, we bring our offences, and we compare them with the stripes we have received. If we consider the evil we have wrought, what we suffer is little, what we deserve is great. What we have committed is very grave, what we have suffered is very slight. We feel the punishment of sin, yet withdraw not from the obstinacy of sinning. Under Thy lash our inconstancy is visited, but our sinfulness is not changed. Our suffering soul is tormented but our neck is not bent. Our life groans under sorrow, yet mends not in deed. If Thou spare us we correct not our ways: if Thou punish we cannot endure it. In time of correction we confess our wrong-doing: after Thy visitation we forget that we have wept. If Thou stretchest forth Thy hand we promise amendment; if Thou withholdest the sword we keep not our promise. If Thou strikest we cry out for mercy: if Thou sparest we again provoke Thee to strike. Here we are before Thee, O Lord, shameless criminals: we know that unless Thou pardon we shall deservedly perish. Grant then, O almighty Father, without our deserving it, the pardon we ask for; Thou who madest out of nothing those who ask Thee. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. V. Deal not with us, O Lord, according to our sins. R. Neither requite us according to our iniquities. Let us pray. O God, who by sin art offended and by penance pacified, mercifully regard the prayers of Thy suppliant people, and turn away the scourges of Thy wrath, which we deserve for our sins. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Breathe into me, Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. Move in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too may be holy. Attract my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy. Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, that I may defend all that is holy. Protect me, Holy Spirit, that I always may be holy. Amen.

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