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thy divine image, and fix me to continue thy faithful servant all the remaining days of my life, through the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour. Amén.
A Prayer when we offer our Alms. I ACKNOWLEDGE, O Lord, that all I possess is the effect of thy bounty; it is from thee I have received it, and to thy holy name be the glory. Accept of this free-will-offering of my hands, as an acknowledgment of thy right to all I enjoy, and as a testimony of that love and charity to my necessitous brethren which thou requirest, and art pleased to take as done to thyself. I will dedicate a part of those good things thou hast bestowed upon me, to relieve the poor ; because thou hast made it an evi. dence of my love to thee; and grant that all my alms-deeds may be performed with such purity of intention, and in such a proportion to what thou hast given me, that they may be acceptable in thy sight, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour. Amen.
A Prayer immediately after Consecration. ACCEPT, 0 eternal God, of that representation we make before thee, of that all-sufficient sa-, crifice which thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ
made upon the cross; let the merit of it plead effectually for the pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and render thee favourable and propi. tious to me a miserable sinner: let the power of it prevail against all the powers of darkness ; let the wisdom of it make me wise unto salvation; and let the peace of it reconcile me unto thee, and bring to me peace of conscience.
I adore thee, O blessed Jesus, my Redeemer, who didst endure the painful and shameful death of the cross, to recover me from a state of sin and misery; I admire thy infinite condescension, who was pleased to be made miser. able, that I might be made happy ; poor, that I might be enriched ; and didst die, that I might live for ever. With all my soul, O dear Jesus, I love and praise thee for these stupendous expressions of thy bounty and goodness towards me : 0 Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me: O Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world, grant me thy peace. Amen, Lord Jesus. Amen.
A Prayer before receiving the Consecrated
Elements. O most gracious God, who of thy infinite goodness hast given us thy Son Jesus Christ, who did offer up himself to thee a pure and
immaculate sacrifice upon the cross, for us miserable sinners;
I humbly beseech thee, by the merits of his blood, the great price of our redemption; I entreat thee by his wonderful and ineffable charity, wherewith he has vouchsafed to love us, unworthy creatures, at so great a rate ; that thou wouldst be pleased to wash me in his blood from all my sins, which make me unworthy to partake of these holy mysteries.
Let my repentance be hearty and sincere, and express itself by all the fruits of holy obedience for the time to come.
Thou alone out of an unclean thing canst bring a clean ; of a wretched sinner, make me holy and righteous.
Thou art the fountain of mercy, shut not up thy bowels of compassion towards me.
Thou art the great physician of souls, display thy power in my health and recovery.
Let me approach thy holy table with reverence and devotion, that no vile affections may hinder me from receiving the benefits of this divine nourishment.
Let me celebrate this Christian sacrifice with purity of heart, and a right intention of mind, that I may obtain all those advantages for which thou wast graciously pleased to establish it.
Let me entirely resign my soul and body to be a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice unto thee; for thou hast the justest claim to me, since the blessed Jesus hath purchased me at the price of his own blood.
Grant, O Lord, that I may constantly endeavour to make some proficiency in all the virtues of a Christian life ; because the blessed Jesus has obtained for me, by the merits of his sufferings, the grace and assistance of thy Holy Spirit, to work in me both to will and to do of thy good pleasure. · Make me ready to be reconciled to all those that have offended me; because when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.
Let me embrace all my poor brethren with sincere love and charity, and contribute all I can to the relief of Christ's distressed members; because he thought not his life too dear, nor his blood too precious, to redeem me from a state of bondage and slavery. . - Strengthen me, O Lord, in such a manner, by. this spiritual food, that I may successfully encounter all the attacks of my spiritual enemies.
Suppress in me the spirit of pride and vainglory, of envy and detraction, of uncleanness and intemperance, and of all distrust and diffidence of thy mercy.
May all temptations to any offences against thy holy laws, be overcome by that power which thou shalt be pleased to communicate to me in
this holy sacrament. And may all those evils which the craft and subtilty of the devil or man worketh against me, be brought to nought.
That being outwardly and inwardly fortified by the assistance of thy grace,I may press towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus; when I shall enjoy thee no longer in mystery, which is our lot and portion here below ; but see thee face to face, and be eternally satisfied with the pleasures of thy kingdom, in and through the merits of Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.
Another Prayer. O LORD, I come to this holy table, as a sick man to the great Physician of life; I beseech thee, O Lord, to cure my infirmities.
I come as a polluted wretch to the fountain of mercy; wash away, I entreat thee, all my uncleanness.
I come as a returning prodigal child to his tender and compassionate Father; O receive me, and relieve me by thy favour.
I come as a blind man to the source of eternal brightness; do thou, O Lord, enlighten my darkness; that I may behold the wondrous things of thy law. · I come as a poor frail creature, to the great