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8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.
Io All nations compassed me about in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.
II They compassed me about; yea, they compassed me about: in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.
12 They compassed me about like bees; they are quenched as the fire of thorns: in the name of the LORD I will cut them off.
13 Thou didst thrust sore at me that I might fall but the LORD helped me.
14 The LORD is my strength and song; and He is become my salvation.
15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly.
17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.
18 The LORD hath chastened me sore: but He hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will enter into them, I will give thanks unto the LORD.
20 This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter into it.
21 I will give thanks unto Thee, for Thou hast answered me, and art become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner.
23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now, we beseech Thee, O LORD: O LORD, we beseech Thee, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 The LORD is GOD, and he hath given us light bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my GOD, and I will give thanks unto Thee: Thou art my GOD, I will exalt Thee.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for He is good: for His mercy endureth for ever.
Antiphon: O Holy and Undivided TRINITY, with heart and mouth we confess, praise, and bless Thee the FATHER Eternal, Thee the only begotten SON, Thee the HOLY GHOST the COMFORTER : to Thee be glory for ever.
(In Eastertide is added, Alleluia.)
THE CHAPTER. I Tim. i. 17.
Now unto the KING Eternal, incorruptible, invisible, the only GOD, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
R. JESU CHRIST, SON of the living GOD, have mercy upon us.
y. Thou that sittest at the Right Hand of the FATHER, have mercy upon us.
R. JESU CHRIST, SON of the living GOD, have mercy upon us.
V. May the souls of the faithful, through the mercy of GOD, rest in peace. R. Amen.
(Here use the Meditation for the day from Avancini's "Vita et Doctrina Jesu Christ.") (The Meditation ended, stand and say the Prayer on p. 420--Suscipe Domine.)
Here kneel and say,
LORD, have mercy upon me.
Our FATHER, etc.
I confess to GOD the FATHER Almighty, to His only begotten SON, JESUS CHRIST our LORD, and to GOD the HOLY GHOST, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beseech Almighty GOD, the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST, to have mercy upon me, forgive me my sins, grant me true repentance, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen.
Come, O HOLY SPIRIT, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.
ACT OF ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING.
O Eternal GOD, FATHER, SON, and HOLY GHOST, the Beginning and End of all things, in Whom we live and move and have our being, I desire to adore Thee with the deepest humility of body and soul. I bless Thee, and give Thee thanks that Thou hast
created me out of nothing, made me in Thine own image and likeness, capable of loving Thee, and of eternal happiness in Thee; that Thou hast redeemed me with the precious blood of Thy SON, and dost sanctify me with Thy HOLY SPIRIT; that Thou hast called me into Thy Church, numbered me among Thy priests, assisted me by Thy grace, admitted me to Thy Sacraments, watched over me by Thy Providence, blessed me, notwithstanding my sins and unworthiness, with the continuance of Thy gracious protection, and for all the innumerable blessings which I owe to Thine undeserved bounty, especially for Thy merciful preservation of me the night past, and bringing me safely to this present day. What return can I make unto Thee, O my GOD, for all that Thou hast done unto me? I will bless Thy Holy Name, and serve Thee all the days of my life.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His Holy Name.
ACT OF REPENTANCE AND RESOLVE.
O my GOD, how ill have I hitherto lived, how little have I done for Thee. I am heartily sorry for all my waste of Thy grace, and loss of the time which Thou gavest me, in Thy infinite mercy, to be employed in Thy service and in working out my salvation. O my GOD, I would hate all the sins I have committed against Thy Divine Majesty: I would be sorry for love of Thee that I ever offended Thee, because sin is so displeasing to Thee. I would love Thee with my whole heart and soul, and would firmly purpose by the help of Thy grace to serve Thee faithfully for the time to come. Receive, I beseech Thee, the remainder of my life.
I will now begin, and will endeavour to spend this day according to Thy holy will. I will carefully avoid the failings to which I am subject (N), and will practise the virtues of my state of life and employment.
AN OFFERING OF YOURSELF.
I offer to Thee, O my GOD, the life and death of Thine only SON, and in union with them I humbly offer up myself, my soul and body, my thoughts and purposes, my words and actions, my affections and resolutions, my hopes and fears and sufferings, of this day and of my whole life, in honour of Thy Divine Majesty, in thanksgiving for Thy benefits, in repentance for my sins, and in petition for the help of Thy grace, that persevering to the end in doing Thy holy will, I may love and praise Thee eternally in Thy glory.
ACT OF PETITION.
Thou knowest, O GOD, how weak and unable I am to do good. Leave me not to myself, but take me into Thy protection, and give me grace faithfully to fulfil these sacred duties. Enlighten my understanding with a living faith, sustain my will with a firm hope, and enkindle in it a fervent charity. Strengthen my weakness and heal the corruption of my heart. Grant that overcoming my enemies both visible and invisible I may make good use of Thy grace. Give me the virtues I most want (N), and vouchsafe to add to these blessings the gift of endurance and perseverance to the end.
V. Our help is in the Name of the LORD.