Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Contrition

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Prior to the Council, it was customary, in addition to the grouping of the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity, for the Act of Contrition to be conveyed in the same group, a practice which might be anticipated to be restored at some time in the future.

Act of Faith.

I believe that there is one God, and that in this one God there are three persons. That the Son of God was made man for us, that He died upon the cross, rose again from the dead and ascended into heaven. I believe that the Son of God will come again at the Last Day, and call all men to judgment. I believe this because Christ is the Son of God and therefore can neither deceive nor be deceived; and because He has confirmed His teaching by many miracles. Moreover I believe whatever the Catholic Church by Christ’s authority proposes to us to be believed; I believe it because the Catholic Church is guided and defended against error by the Holy Spirit; and because even down to the present day God corroborates by miracles the truths which the Catholic Church teaches. O God, increase my faith.

Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 107
Sir Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Amberley
Great God! Whatever through Thy Church
Thou teachest to be true,
I firmly do believe it all,
And shall confess it too.
Thou never canst deceived be,
Thou never canst deceive,
For Thou art truth itself, and Thou
Dost tell me to believe.

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Act of Faith
Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891
My God! most firmly I believe what e’er Thou teachest me;
The voice of Holy Church is Thine, Her spirit rests in Thee.
The world and creatures may deceive, but Thou wilt constant be;
For Thou the source of truth and light art from eternity.

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The Rood

Act of Hope.

O my God, I hope that after death Thou wilt admit me to everlasting happiness, and that Thou wilt give me here such means as are essential to the attainment of that happiness. I trust that Thou wilt grant me for this end the grace of the Holy Spirit, such temporal good things as are necessary to me, pardon of sin, help in time of need, and a gracious answer to my petitions. I hope this, because Thou, Who art almighty and all-bountiful and ever-faithful to Thy promises, hast promised these things to me, and because Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour, has merited them for me by His cruel death upon the cross. O God, increase my hope.

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Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 108
Philip James (1890-1975)
Tregaron
My God! I firmly hope in Thee,
For Thou art great and good,
And gavest us Thine only Son,
To die upon the rood.
I hope through him for grace to live
As Thy commandments teach,
And through Thy mercy when I die,
The joys of heaven to reach.


Act of Hope
Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891
My God! relying on Thy love I firmly hope in Thee;
I trust Thy mercy and Thy grace, in heaven Thy face to see;
My God! in Thee alone I hope for grace to persevere;
Then through our Saviour’s Precious Blood
to rest in heaven’s sphere.

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Act of Charity.

My God, I love Thee with my whole heart, and above all things, because Thou art supreme beauty and perfection, because Thou art my greatest benefactor and Thy love for me is infinite. I will, therefore, think of Thee in all my actions; I will avoid even the slightest sins; I will give thanks to Thee for all Thy benefits and for all Thou givest me to suffer, and I will love my neighbor because he is Thy child and made after Thy image. O God, increase my charity.

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Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools and Aids to Memory for the Catechism (1860), p. 108
Arnold G.H. Bode (1866-1952)
Laramie
With all my heart, and soul, and strength,
I love Thee, O my Lord,
For Thou art perfect, and all things,
Were made by Thy blest Word.
Like me to Thine own image made,
My neighbor Thou didst make,
And as I love myself, I love,
My neighbor for Thy sake.


Act of Charity
Holy Face Hymnal, Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891
I love Thee, Lord, with all my heart, with all my strength and will;
For Thou alone all perfect art, None else my soul can fill.
My neighbour for Thy sake I love; Thine image I can see.
In all Thy children dearest Lord, Oh, make us more like Thee.

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The Act of Contrition – Oh, 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 are 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.
He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved, because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. – John 21:17

Act of Contrition.
Fr. Jeremiah Williams Cummings (1814-1866)
Songs for Catholic Schools
and Aids to Memory for the Catechism
New York: P. O’Shea. 1860. Pp. 109110
Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
Third Mode Melody
My holy God! my very soul,
With grief sincere is moved,
Because I have offended Thee,
Whom I should e’er have loved.
Forgive me, Father! I am now,
Resolved to sin no more,
And by Thy holy grace to shun,
What made me sin before.

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Act of Contrition
Holy Face Hymnal
Sisters of Mercy (Providence, R.I.), 1891
My God! my Father, I have sinned, Turn not Thy face away
For with repentant tears I’ve filled my feeble heart of clay.
Forgive me Father! by Thy grace; I’ll never more offend;
Oh, help me dearest Lord to be most faithful to the end.

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