Devotions for Holy Hour

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Preparation for Mental Prayer (Click/Expand or Bypass)
Preparation for Mental Prayer

First…recite a preparatory prayer, which may always be the same, and as follows:

Gather unto Thee, Lord Jesus, all my senses; cleanse my heart from all evil and unbecoming thoughts; enlighten my understanding, inflame my heart, that, during this prayer, I may employ attentively and devoutly the senses of my body and the powers of my soul, for Thy glory and my salvation; and that, through Thy most Sacred Heart, I may deserve to be heard in the sight of Thy Divine Majesty. Amen. Lord Jesus, in unison with that Divine intention of Thy Heart, whereby Thou didst pay to God the tribute of Thy praise, I offer to thee this prayer.

After which, place yourself before the Lord, in some appropriate mystery, or as dwelling in the holy Tabernacle. Finally, beg fervently of Him the fruit of the prayer which you are about to make. These three things constitute the beginning or introduction of the meditation, in whichsoever manner it is made.

Next…first, read slowly and attentively one or more verses, according as you may find it necessary or useful; secondly, consider how true that is which you have just now read; how true all the Saints deemed it, as well as all they that were anxious to deliver their souls from everlasting perdition, and to save them for eternity; how true you yourself will think it at the moment of death; thirdly, examine yourself, endeavoring to discover what has hitherto been, in practice, your conduct concerning it; if good, return thanks to the Lord, and ascribe to him all the glory, and do not neglect to beg for grace to be enabled to persevere in well-doing, yea, to act even better and more perfectly; if, on the contrary, evil, grieve, excite an act of contrition, ask pardon; fourthly, form a good resolution of correcting yourself, or making progress for the better: select means adapted to this purpose, and ask for grace to execute your resolve. The being done, if the allotted time for meditation is not elapsed, pass over to other verses, following the same order. – The Imitation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Father Peter Joseph Arnoudt SJ, 1811-1865


In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

(Here make the intention for the Holy Hour)

O Sacrament most holy
O Sacrament Divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving
be every moment Thine!

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Jesu, grant me this, I pray
H. W. Baker (1821-1877). Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625).
Song 13.
1. Jesu, grant me this, I pray,
ever in Thy heart to stay;
let me evermore abide
hidden in Thy wounded side.
2. If the world or Satan lay
tempting snares about my way,
I am safe when I abide
in Thy heart and wounded side.
3. If the flesh, more dangerous still,
tempt my soul to deeds of ill,
naught I fear when I abide
in Thy heart and wounded side.
4. Death will come one day to me;
Jesu, cast me not from Thee:
dying let me still abide
in Thy heart and wounded side.
Amen.


Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created, and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit, didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that in the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Heart of Jesus, I put my trust in Thee!

SacredHeart

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1. To Jesus’ Heart, all burning
With fervent love for men,
My heart with fondest yearning
Shall raise its joyful strain.
REFRAIN
While ages course along,
Blest be with loudest song
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev’ry heart and tongue!
The Sacred Heart of Jesus
By ev’ry heart and tongue!
2. O Heart for me on fire
With love no man can speak;
My yet untold desire
God gives me for Thy sake.
REFRAIN
3. Too true I have forsaken
Thy love by wilful sin;
Yet now let me be taken
Back to Thy fold again.
REFRAIN
4. As Thou art meek and lowly,
And ever pure of heart,
So may my heart be wholly
Of Thine the counterpart,
REFRAIN
5. O that to me were given
The pinions of a dove,
I’d speed aloft to heaven,
My Jesus’ love to prove.
REFRAIN
6. When life away is flying,
And earth’s false glare is done;
Still, Sacred heart, in dying
I’ll say I’m all Thine own.
REFRAIN
Amen.  


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 Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us!

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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 Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe Thou art really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I love Thee above everything else, and I long to receive Thee into my soul. I cannot now receive Thee in Holy Communion, but I beg Thee to come to me at least spiritually. I embrace Thee as already there, and unite myself entirely to Thee. Grant that I may never be separated from Thee!

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself, and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I love Thee. Amen.

I adore Thee every moment, O Living Bread from Heaven, great Sacrament!

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O Sacrament Most Holy
Rev. Irvin Mathias Udulutsch, OFM Cap
(1920-2010)
Fulda Melody
O Jesus we adore Thee, Who
In Thy love divine, con-
ceal Thy mighty Godhead, in
Forms of bread and wine. (Chorus)
CHORUS
O Sacrament Most Holy, O
Sacrament Divine, All
Praise and all thanksgiving, Be
Ev’ry moment Thine.
O Jesus we adore Thee, our
Victim and our Priest, Whose
Precious Blood and Body, Be-
come our Sacred feast. (Chorus)
O Jesus we adore Thee, our
Saviour and our King, and
with the saints and angels, our
humble homage bring. (Chorus)
O Jesus we adore Thee, come
Live in us we pray, that
All our thoughts and actions, be
Thine alone today. (Chorus)
O come all thee who labor, in
Sorrow and in pain, come
eat this Bread from heaven, thy
peace and strength regain. (Chorus)

At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee the repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental Communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen.


Offering of the Holy Hour

My Sweet Jesus, I desire to spend this Hour with Thee, to console Thee, and to make some reparation by the love of my poor heart, for the agony Thou didst suffer in Gethsemane. In that lone hour Thou wast forsaken, and the creatures, whom Thou didst create to love Thee, loved Thee not. The weight of all our sins pressed on Thee, and mine as well; and for the sorrow which I caused Thee then by my sins, I will endeavor to repay Thee now by my love. Strengthen it, my Jesus, that it may in some small measure give Thee consolation.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, strengthened in Thine agony by an Angel, comfort us in our agony.

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JesusMyLordMyGodMyAll

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1) Jesus! my Lord, my God, my all!
How can I love Thee as I ought?
And, how revere this wondrous gift,
So far surpassing hope or thought?
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
2) Had I but Mary’s sinless heart
To love Thee with, my dearest King!
O with what bursts of fervent praise
Thy goodness, Jesus, would I sing!
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
3) O see! within a creature’s hand
The vast Creator deigns to be,
Reposing infant-like, as though
On Joseph’s arm, or Mary’s knee.
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
4) Thy Body, Soul, and Godhead, all!
O mystery of love divine!
I cannot compass all I have,
For all Thou hast and art are mine!
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
5) Sound, sound His praises higher still,
And come, ye angels, to our aid,
‘Tis God! ‘Tis God! the very God
Whose power both man and angels made!
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
6) Ring joyously, ye solemn bells!
And wave, O wave, ye censers bright!
‘Tis Jesus cometh, Mary’s Son
And God of God, and Light of Light!
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
7) O earth! grow flowers beneath His feet,
And thou, O sun, shine bright this day!
He comes! He comes! O Heaven on earth!
Our Jesus comes upon His way!
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
8) He comes! He comes! The Lord of Hosts,
Borne on His throne triumphantly!
We see Thee, and we know Thee, Lord;
And yearn to shed our Blood for Thee.
Sweet Sacrament! we Thee adore!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
O, make us love Thee more and more!
9) Our hearts leap up; our trembling song
Grows fainter still; we can no more;
Silence! and let us weep – and die
Of very love, while we adore.
Great Sacrament of love divine!
All, all we have or are be Thine!
All, all we have or are be Thine!
Amen.

Opening Prayer to the Blessed Sacrament

My Lord Jesus Christ, it is Thy great love for men that keeps Thee day and night in this Sacrament, full of pity and love, expecting, inviting, and welcoming all who visit Thee. I believe that Thou art really present in the Sacrament of the Altar. From the depth of my nothingness, I adore Thee; and I thank Thee for the many graces Thou hast given me, especially for the gift of Thyself in this Sacrament, for the gift of Thy most holy Mother as my intercessor, and for the privilege of visiting Thee in this Church.

I now speak to Thy most loving Heart with a three-fold intention: to thank Thee for the great gift of Thyself; to atone for all the insults which Thy enemies heap upon Thee in this Sacrament; and to adore Thee wherever Thy Eucharistic Presence is dishonored or forgotten.

My Jesus, I love Thee with my whole heart. I am very sorry for my ingratitude to Thine infinite goodness. I now resolve, with the help of Thy grace, never to offend Thee again. And, sinful as I am, I consecrate to Thee my entire self, my whole will, my affections, my desires, and all that I have. From now on, do with me and mine as Thou pleasest. I ask for and desire only Thy love, final perseverance, and the grace always to do Thy holy will.

I intercede with Thee for the Souls in purgatory, especially for those who were most devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, and to Thy most holy Mother. I recommend to Thee also, all poor sinners. And lastly, my dear Savior, I unite all my desires with the desires of Thy most loving Heart. Thus united, I present them to Thy Eternal Father, and beg Him in Thy Name and for love of Thee, to hear and answer them.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make our hearts like unto Thine.

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Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum;
O res mirabilis:
manducat Dominum
pauper, servus et humilis.

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Latin text An English translation
1. Sacris solemniis
iuncta sint gaudia,
et ex praecordiis
sonent praeconia;
recedant vetera,
nova sint omnia,
corda, voces, et opera.
1. At this our solemn feast
let holy joys abound,
and from the inmost breast
let songs of praise resound;
let ancient rites depart,
and all be new around,
in every act, and voice, and heart.
2. Noctis recolitur
cena novissima,
qua Christus creditur
agnum et azyma
dedisse fratribus,
iuxta legitima
priscis indulta patribus.
2. Remember we that eve,
when, the Last Supper spread,
Christ, as we all believe,
the Lamb, with leavenless bread,
among His brethren shared,
and thus the Law obeyed,
of all unto their sire declared.
3. Post agnum typicum,
expletis epulis,
Corpus Dominicum
datum discipulis,
sic totum omnibus,
quod totum singulis,
eius fatemur manibus.
3. The typic Lamb consumed,
the legal Feast complete,
the Lord unto the Twelve
His Body gave to eat;
the whole to all, no less
the whole to each did mete
with His own hands, as we confess.
4. Dedit fragilibus
corporis ferculum,
dedit et tristibus
sanguinis poculum,
dicens: Accipite
quod trado vasculum;
omnes ex eo bibite.
4. He gave them, weak and frail,
His Flesh, their Food to be;
on them, downcast and sad,
His Blood bestowed He:
and thus to them He spake,
“Receive this Cup from Me,
and all of you of this partake.”
5. Sic sacrificium
istud instituit,
cuius officium
committi voluit
solis presbyteris,
quibus sic congruit,
ut sumant, et dent ceteris.
5. So He this Sacrifice
to institute did will,
and charged His priests alone
that office to fulfill:
to them He did confide:
to whom it pertains still
to take, and the rest divide.
6. Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum;
O res mirabilis:
manducat Dominum
pauper, servus et humilis.
6. Thus Angels’ Bread is made
the Bread of man today:
the Living Bread from heaven
with figures dost away:
O miraculous gift indeed!
the poor and lowly may
upon their Lord and Master feed.
7. Te, trina Deitas
unaque, poscimus:
sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
ad lucem quam inhabitas.
Amen.
7. Thee, therefore, we implore,
O Godhead, One in Three,
so may Thou visit us
as we now worship Thee;
and lead us on Thy way,
That we at last may see
the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.
Amen.

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SACRIS solemniis
iuncta sint gaudia,
et ex praecordiis
sonent praeconia;
recedant vetera,
nova sint omnia,
corda, voces, et opera.
2. Noctis recolitur
cena novissima,
qua Christus creditur
agnum et azyma
dedisse fratribus,
iuxta legitima
priscis indulta patribus.
3. Post agnum typicum,
expletis epulis,
Corpus Dominicum
datum discipulis,
sic totum omnibus,
quod totum singulis,
eius fatemur manibus.
4. Dedit fragilibus
corporis ferculum,
dedit et tristibus
sanguinis poculum,
dicens: Accipite
quod trado vasculum;
omnes ex eo bibite.
5. Sic sacrificium
istud instituit,
cuius officium
committi voluit
solis presbyteris,
quibus sic congruit,
ut sumant, et dent ceteris.
6. Panis angelicus
fit panis hominum;
dat panis caelicus
figuris terminum;
O res mirabilis:
manducat Dominum
pauper, servus et humilis.
7. Te, trina Deitas
unaque, poscimus:
sic nos tu visita,
sicut te colimus;
per tuas semitas
duc nos quo tendimus,
ad lucem quam inhabitas.
Amen.

Act of Faith

O my God! I firmly belive all the sacred truths which Thy holy Catholic Church believes and teaches, because Thous hast revealed them, Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

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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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Act of Hope

O my God! Relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the assistance of Thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

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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 Love

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, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

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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

O good and merciful Savior, it is the desire of my heart to return Thy love for love. My greatest sorrow is that Thou are not loved by all men, and, in particular, that my heart is so cold, so selfish, so ungrateful.

Deeply sensible of my own weakness and poverty, I trust that Thy own grace will enable me to offer Thee an act of pure love.

And I wish to offer Thee this act of love in reparation for the coldness and neglect that are shown to Thee in the sacrament of Thy love by Thy creatures.

O Jesus, my sovereign good, I love You, not for the sake of the reward which Thou have promised to those who love You, but purely for Yourself.

I love Thee above all things that can be loved, above all pleasures, and also above myself and all that is not You, protesting in the presence of heaven and earth that I will live and die purely and simply in Thy holy love, and that by loving Thee I must endure persecution and suffering, I am perfectly satisfied, and I will ever say with St. Paul: “Nothing shall separate me from the love of Christ.”

O Jesus, Supreme Master of all hearts, I love You, I adore You, I praise You, I thank You, because I am now all Thy own.

Rule over me, and transform my soul into the likeness of Yourself, so that it may bless and glorify Thee forever in the abode of the saints.

Amen.

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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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Prayer to Christ the King

O Christ Jesus, I acknowledge Thee King of the Universe. All that has been created has been made for Thee. Exercise upon me all Thy rights. I renew my baptismal promises renouncing Satan and all his works and pomps. I promise to lead a good Christian life and to do all in my power to procure the triumph of the rights of God and Thy Church. Divine Heart of Jesus, I offer Thee my poor actions in order to obtain that all hearts may acknowledge Thy sacred royalty and that thus the reign of Thy peace may be established throughout the universe. Amen.

Jesus, King and Center of all hearts, through the advent of Thy Kingdom, grant us peace.

christ-roi

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To Jesus Christ, our Sov’reign King,
Who is the world’s salvation,
All praise and homage do we bring,
And thanks and adoration.
Refrain:
Christ Jesus Victor, Christ Jesus Ruler!
Christ Jesus, Lord and Redeemer!
2. Thy reign extend, O King benign,
To ev’ry land and nation,
For in Thy kingdom, Lord divine,
Alone we find salvation.
(Refrain)
3. To Thee and to Thy Church, great King,
We pledge our hearts’ oblation,
Until before Thy throne we sing,
In endless jubilation.
(Refrain)

ToJesusChristOurSovereignKing

Our Lady of America on Christ the King


Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Spirit in the Virgin Mother’s womb, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, holy temple of God, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, tabernacle of the Most High, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, house of God and gate of heaven, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, vessel of justice and love, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, full of goodness and love, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, King and center of all hearts, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, of whose fullness we have all received, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, patient and rich in mercy, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, rich to all who call upon You, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our offenses, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, overwhelmed with reproaches, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, bruised for our iniquities, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, obedient even unto death, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, victim for our sins, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who hope in You, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in You, Have mercy on us.
Heart of Jesus, delight of all saints, Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble of Heart, Make our hearts like unto Thine.
Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy most beloved Son and upon the praises and satisfaction which He offers Thee in the name of sinners; and to those who implore Thy mercy, in Thy great goodness, grant forgiveness in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who livest and reignest with Thee forever and ever. Amen.
Hymn Imploring Jesus' Mercy at Life's End (Click/Expand or Bypass)
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Jesus, Ever-Loving Saviour
1. Jesus, ever loving Saviour,
Thou didst live and die for me,
Living, I will live to love Thee,
Dying, I will die for Thee,
Jesus! Jesus!
By Thy life and death and sorrow,
Help me in my agony.
2. When the last dread hour approaching
Fills my guilty soul with fear;
All my sins rise up before me,
All my virtues disappear.
Jesus! Jesus!
Turn not Thou in anger from me,
Mary, Joseph, then be near.
3. Mary, thou canst not forsake me,
Virgin mother undefiled;
Thou didst not abandon Jesus
Dying, tortured and reviled.
Jesus! Jesus!
Send Thy Mother to console me:
Mary, help Thy guilty child!
4. Jesus, when the cruel anguish
Dying on the shameful tree,
All abandoned by Thy Father,
Thou didst writhe in agony.
Jesus! Jesus!
By these three long hours of sorrow
Thou didst purchase hope for me.
5. Then, by all that Thou didst suffer,
Grant me mercy in that day;
Help me, Mary, my sweet Mother,
Holy Joseph, near me stay.
Jesus! Jesus!
Let me die, my lips repeating,
Jesus, mercy! Mary, pray!
Amen.


Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thee. We are Thine, and Thine we wish to be; but, to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; many too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.

Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof; call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd.

Be Thou King of all those who are still involved in the darkness of idolatry or of Islamism; refuse not to draw them all into the light and kingdom of God. Turn Thine eyes of mercy toward the children of that race, once Thy chosen people. Of old they called down upon themselves the Blood of the Savior; may it now descend upon them a laver of redemption and of life.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to It be glory and Honor forever. Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come!

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1 Sweet Sacrament divine,
hid in Thine earthly home,
lo, round Thy lowly shrine,
with suppliant hearts we come;
Jesus, to Thee our voice we raise
in songs of love and heartfelt praise:
sweet Sacrament divine,
sweet Sacrament divine.
2 Sweet Sacrament of peace,
dear home for every heart,
where restless yearnings cease
and sorrows all depart;
there in Thine ear all trustfully
we tell our tale of misery:
sweet Sacrament of peace,
sweet Sacrament of peace.
3 Sweet Sacrament of rest,
ark from the ocean’s roar,
within Thy shelter blest
soon may we reach the shore;
save us, for still the tempest raves,
save, lest we sink beneath the waves:
sweet Sacrament of rest,
sweet Sacrament of rest.
4 Sweet Sacrament divine,
earth’s light and jubilee,
in Thy far depths doth shine
Thy Godhead’s majesty;
sweet light, so shine on us, we pray,
that earthly joys may fade away:
sweet Sacrament divine,
sweet Sacrament divine.

Act of Reparation

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, animated with a desire to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, we prostrate before Thy throne of mercy, and in the name of all mankind, pledge our love and fidelity to Thee!

The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, the more firmly we shall believe them, O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hopes of immortality, the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, sole hope of mankind!

The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, the more we shall love Thee, O infinitely amiable heart of Jesus!

The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, O Divine Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, the more we shall delight to observe them, O most holy Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, O most liberal Heart of Jesus!

The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, the more we shall endeavor to practice them, O Heart, model of every virtue!

The more the devil labors to destroy souls, the more we shall be inflamed with desire to save them, O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, the more we shall try by purity of life to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, O Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Holy Church is despised, the more we shall endeavor to be her faithful children, O Sweet Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, the more we will honor him as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, show our fidelity and pray for him, O kingly Heart of Jesus!

O Sacred Heart, through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles in the midst of a corrupted world, and be Thy crown in the kingdom of heaven.

Amen.

Praise and adoration ever more be given to the most holy Sacrament!

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O Sacred Heart, What Shall I Render Thee?
Sunday School Hymn Book,
page 56
Sisters of Notre Dame
Boston, 1907
1. O Sacred Heart, what shall I render Thee,
For all the gifts Thou hast bestowed on me?
O Heart of God, Thou seem’st but to implore,
That I should love Thee daily more and more.
CHORUS
CHORUS
Then I will love Thee,
Then I will love Thee,
Then I will love Thee
Daily more and more.
2. O Heart of Jesus, come and live in me,
That with thy love my heart consumed may be;
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore,
That I may love Thee daily more and more.
CHORUS
3. O Sacred Heart, the sunshine of our days,
Be Thine the songs of everlasting praise,
Whose strains shall break, on the eternal shore,
Where we shall love and praise Thee evermore.
CHORUS
4. Dear Sacred Heart in life’s last, awful hour,
Oh! let us feel Thy love’s Almighty pow’r,
Oh! Then o’er all this grace we Thee implore,
That we may love and trust Thee more and more.
CHORUS
5. O Sacred Heart, be this our life’s one aim,
To labor for the glory of Thy name;
O dearest Heart, this grace we Thee implore,
That all the world may know and love Thee more.
CHORUS


The Holy Rosary

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.

1 Our Father – 3 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

The First Sorrowful Mystery–The Agony of Jesus in the Garden

“My soul is sorrowful unto death!” O Divine sadness of Jesus, Who savest the world and preparest for us the joys of Paradise, heal all our sorrows, accept our sorrow for having so greatly offended the Lord our God!

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1. Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

Scriptural rosary verses may be scanned silently on each bead while the enunciation of the Ave Maria proceeds uninterrupted.

  1. And they came to a farm [garden or olive orchard] called Gethsemani. And he saith to his disciples: Sit you here, while I pray. – Mark 14:32
  2. And he taketh Peter and James and John with him; and he began to fear and to be heavy. And he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death; stay you here, and watch. – Mark 14:33-34
  3. And when he was come to the place, he said to them: Pray, lest ye enter into temptation. – Luke 22:40
  4. And he saith: Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee: remove this chalice from me; but not what I will, but what thou wilt. – Mark 14:36
  5. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground. – Luke 22:44
  6. And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. – Luke 22:43
  7. And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. – Matthew 26:40-41
  8. As he was yet speaking, behold a multitude; and he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went before them, and drew near to Jesus, for to kiss him. And Jesus said to him: Judas, dost thou betray the Son of man with a kiss? – Luke 22:47-48
  9. Then Jesus saith to him: Put up again thy sword into its place: for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. – Matthew 26:52
  10. Now all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then the disciples all leaving him, fled. But they holding Jesus led him to Caiphas the high priest, where the scribes and the ancients were assembled. And Peter followed him afar off, even to the court of the high priest. And going in, he sat with the servants, that he might see the end. – Matthew 26:56-58

The Second Sorrowful Mystery–Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar

“My people, what have I done to you? Wherein have I offended you? Laden with My gifts you scourge Me like the least of slaves!” O Jesus, forgive the excesses of impiety against the Church, Thy mystic body!

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2. Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

  1. But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and said to him: Art thou the Christ the Son of the blessed God? And Jesus said to him: I am. And you shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of the power of God, and coming with the clouds of heaven. – Mark 14:61-62
  2. You have heard the blasphemy. What think you? Who all condemned him to be guilty of death. And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him: Prophesy: and the servants struck him with the palms of their hands. – Mark 14:64-65
  3. And straightway in the morning, the chief priests holding a consultation with the ancients and the scribes and the whole council, binding Jesus, led him away, and delivered him to Pilate. – Mark 15:1
  4. And they began to accuse him, saying: We have found this man perverting our nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he is Christ the king. – Luke 23:2
  5. [And Pilate]…said to them: You have presented unto me this man, as one that perverteth the people; and behold I, having examined him before you, find no cause in this man, in those things wherein you accuse him. No, nor Herod neither. For I sent you to him, and behold, nothing worthy of death is done to him. I will chastise him therefore, and release him. Now of necessity he was to release unto them one upon the feast day. But the whole multitude together cried out, saying: Away with this man, and release unto us Barabbas. – Luke 23:14-18
  6. And so Pilate being willing to satisfy the people, released to them Barabbas, and delivered up Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. – Mark 15:15
  7. I have given my body to the strikers, and my cheeks to them that plucked them: I have not turned away my face from them that rebuked me, and spit upon me. – Isaiah 50:6
  8. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows. – Psalm 129:3
  9. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed. – Isaiah 53:5
  10. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. – Isaiah 53:3

The Third Sorrowful Mystery–Jesus is Crowned with Thorns

“I am a worm and no man!” O Jesus, sated with outrages in this Mystery, with what eloquence dost Thou not show us that, lifted up from earth, we ever return to it again! May this Divine lesson subdue our pride!

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3. Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

  1. Then the soldiers of the governor taking Jesus into the hall, gathered together unto him the whole band. – Matthew 27:27
  2. And stripping him, they put a scarlet cloak about him. – Matthew 27:28
  3. And platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand. – Matthew 27:29
  4. And bowing the knee before him, they mocked him, saying: Hail, king of the Jews. – Matthew 27:29
  5. Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith to them: Behold, I bring him forth unto you, that you may know that I find no cause in him. – John 19:4
  6. Jesus therefore came forth, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. – John 19:5
  7. …And he saith to them: Behold the Man. …they cried out, saying: Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Take him you, and crucify him: for I find no cause in him. – John 19:5-6
  8. …Behold your king. But they cried out: Away with him; away with him; crucify him. Pilate saith to them: Shall I crucify your king? The chief priests answered: We have no king but Caesar. – John 19:14-15
  9. And after they had mocked him, they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him. – Matthew 27:31
  10. Then therefore he delivered him to them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him forth. – John 19:16

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery–Jesus Carries His Cross

“They forced the Cyrenean to take up His Cross.” Each day we also receive our crosses from Thy hand. O Jesus, grant that we may carry them, not by force, but for love.

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4. Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

  1. And…they took off the cloak from him, and put on him his own garments, and led him away to crucify him. – Matthew 27:31
  2. And bearing his own cross, he went forth to that place which is called Calvary, but in Hebrew Golgotha. – John 19:17
  3. Surely he hath borne our infirmities and carried our sorrows: and we have thought him as it were a leper, and as one struck by God and afflicted. – Isaiah 53:4
  4. And there followed him a great multitude of people, and of women, who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them, said: Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not over me; but weep for yourselves, and for your children. – Luke 23:27-28
  5. And as they led him away, they laid hold of one Simon of Cyrene, coming from the country; and they laid the cross on him to carry after Jesus. – Luke 23:26
  6. And he that taketh not up his cross, and followeth me, is not worthy of me. – Matthew 10:38
  7. Jesus said to him: No man putting his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. – Luke 9:62
  8. He was offered because it was his own will, and he opened not his mouth: he shall be led as a sheep to the slaughter, and shall be dumb as a lamb before his shearer, and he shall not open his mouth. – Isaiah 53:7
  9. And they bring him into the place called Golgotha, which being interpreted is, The place of the skull. – Mark 15:22
  10. And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh; but he took it not. – Mark 15:23

The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery–Jesus Dies on the Cross

“Behold thy Mother!” I thank Thee, O my Savior, for this admirable gift, this last will of Thy love. Grant that I may respond to it by a generous love toward Thy afflicted Mother.

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5. Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.

  1. …They have pierced my hands and feet. They have numbered all my bones. – Psalm 21:17-18
  2. They parted my garments amongst them; and upon my vesture they cast lots. – Psalm 21:19
  3. And Jesus said: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. – Luke 23:34
  4. And one of those robbers who were hanged, blasphemed him, saying: If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. But the other answering, rebuked him, saying: Neither dost thou fear God, seeing thou art condemned under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this man hath done no evil. And he said to Jesus: Lord, remember me when thou shalt come into thy kingdom. And Jesus said to him: Amen I say to thee, this day thou shalt be with me in paradise. – Luke 23:39-43
  5. When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. – John 19:26
  6. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own. – John 19:27
  7. And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying: Eloi, Eloi, lamma sabacthani? Which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
  8. Afterwards, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, said: I thirst. – John 19:28
  9. And Jesus crying out with a loud voice, said: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. And saying this, he gave up the ghost. – Luke 23:46
  10. Jesus therefore, when he had taken the vinegar, said: It is consummated. And bowing his head, he gave up the ghost. – John 19:30

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, o Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

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1. Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail, Mother of Mercy and of Love, O Maria! Refrain
Triumph, all ye cherubim,
Sing with us, ye seraphim!
Heav’n and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!
2. Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria! Refrain
3. As exiles all to you we cry, O Maria!
Come, soothe with hope our misery. O Maria! Refrain
4. Turn then, most gracious advocate, O Maria!
T’ward us your eyes compassionate, O Maria! Refrain
5. O gentle, loving, holy one, O Maria!
Make us each day more like your Son, O Maria! Refrain
6. And when from death to life we’ve passed, O Maria!
Show us your Son, our Lord, at last, O Maria! Refrain
Amen.

Let us pray. O GOD, whose only begotten Son, by His life, death, and resurrection, has purchased for us the rewards of eternal life, grant, we beseech Thee, that meditating upon these mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they contain and obtain what they promise, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Lord, I thank Thee, that Thou didst die on the Cross for my sins.

To the Queen of the Holy Rosary

O Queen of the most holy Rosary, in these times of brazen impiety, show again they power, with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old, and from the throne where thou art seated, dispensing pardon and grace, in pity watch over the Church of thy Son, His Vicar, and every order of the clergy and laity, suffering in grievous warfare. Hasten, O most powerful destroyer of heresy, hasten the hour of mercy seeing that the hour of judgment is daily challenged by innumberable offences. Obtain for me, the lowest of men, kneeling suppliant in thy presence, the grace which may enable me to live a just life on earth, and reign with the just in Heaven, whilst with the faithful throughout the world, O Queen of the most holy Rosary, I salute thee and cry out: Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us! Amen.

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Queen of the Holy Rosary
Most Holy Rosary
Regina scratissimi Rosarii
Victor Hammerel
Catholic Church hymnal with music (1905)
#114, p. 162
1. O Queen of the Holy Rosary, O
bless us as we pray, And
offer thee our roses, In
gar_-lands day by day; While
from our Father’s garden, With
loving hearts and bold, Wegather to thine ho_-nor, Buds
white and red and gold.
2. O Queen of-the Holy Rosary! Each
myst’ry blends with thine, The
sacred life of Jesus, In
ev’ry_ step divine. Thy
soul was His fair garden, Thy
virgin breast His throne, Thy
thoughts His faithful mirror, Re-
flecting Him alone.
3. Sweet Lady of the Rosary, White
roses let us bring, And
lay them round thy footstool, Be-
fore our_ Infant King. For
nesting in thy bosom, God’s
Son was fain to be, The
child of thy o-be-di_-ence, And
spotless purity.
Queen of the Holy Rosary! What
radiancy of love, What
splendor and what glory, Sur-round thy court above! Oh,
in thy tender pity, Dear
source of love untold, Re-
fuse not this our offering, Our
flowers, white, red, and gold.
Amen.


To Jesus Abandoned

With Mary Immaculate, let us adore, thank, implore and console, the Most Beloved and Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

O Divine Jesus, lonely tonight in so many Tabernacles, without visitor or worshipper I offer Thee my poor heart. May its every throb be an act of love for Thee. Thou art always watching beneath the Sacramental Veils; in Thy Love Thou dost never sleep and Thou art never weary of Thy vigil for sinners. O lonely Jesus, may the flame of my heart burn and beam always in company with Thee.

O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

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0415MotherPelican
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ADORO te devo__-te,
latens Deitas,
quae sub his figu__-ris
vere latitas:
tibi se__ cor me__-um
totum subiicit,
quia te contem__-plans
totum deficit.
2. Visus, tactus, gu__-stus
in te fallitur,
sed auditu so__-lo
tuto creditur;
credo quid__-quid dix__-it
Dei Filius:
nil hoc verbo Ve__-ri-
tatis verius.
3. In cruce late__-bat
sola Deitas,
at hic latet si__-mul
et humanitas;
ambo ta__-men cre__-dens
atque confitens,
peto quod peti__-vit
latro paenitens.
4. Plagas, sicut Tho__-mas,
non intueor;
Deum tamen me__-um
te confiteor;
fac me ti__-bi sem___-per
magis credere,
in te spem habe__-re,
te diligere.
5. O memoria__-le
mortis Domini!
panis vivus, vi__-tam
praestans homini!
praesta me__-ae men__-ti
de te vivere
et te illi sem__-per
dulce sapere.
6. Pie pellica__-ne,
Iesu Domine,
me immundum mun__-da
tuo sanguine;
cuius u__-na stil__-la
salvum facere
totum mundum quit__ ab
omni scelere.
7. Iesu, quem vela__-tum
nunc aspicio,
oro fiat il__-lud
quod tam sitio;
ut te re__-vela__-ta
cernens facie,
visu sim bea__-tus
tuae gloriae.
A__-men.

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St. Thomas Aquinas Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins
Adoro te devote, latens Deitas,
Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas;
Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit,
Quia te contemplans totum deficit.
Godhead here in hiding, whom I do adore,
Masked by these bare shadows, shape and nothing more,
See, Lord, at Thy service low lies here a heart
Lost, all lost in wonder at the God thou art.
Visus, tactus, gustus in te fallitur,
Sed auditu solo tuto creditur.
Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius;
Nil hoc verbo veritátis verius.
Seeing, touching, tasting are in thee deceived:
How says trusty hearing? that shall be believed;
What God’s Son has told me, take for truth I do;
Truth Himself speaks truly or there’s nothing true.
In cruce latebat sola Deitas,
At hic latet simul et Humanitas,
Ambo tamen credens atque confitens,
Peto quod petivit latro pœnitens.
On the cross Thy godhead made no sign to men,
Here Thy very manhood steals from human ken:
Both are my confession, both are my belief,
And I pray the prayer of the dying thief.
Plagas, sicut Thomas, non intueor:
Deum tamen meum te confiteor.
Fac me tibi semper magis credere,
In te spem habere, te diligere.
I am not like Thomas, wounds I cannot see,
But can plainly call thee Lord and God as he;
Let me to a deeper faith daily nearer move,
Daily make me harder hope and dearer love.
O memoriale mortis Domini!
Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!
Præsta meæ menti de te vívere,
Et te illi semper dulce sapere.
O thou our reminder of Christ crucified,
Living Bread, the life of us for whom he died,
Lend this life to me then: feed and feast my mind,
There be thou the sweetness man was meant to find.
Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine,
Me immundum munda tuo sanguine:
Cujus una stilla salvum facere
Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.
Bring the tender tale true of the Pelican;
Bathe me, Jesu Lord, in what Thy bosom ran
Blood whereof a single drop has power to win
All the world forgiveness of its world of sin.
Jesu, quem velatum nunc aspicio,
Oro, fiat illud quod tam sitio:
Ut te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beátus tuæ gloriæ. Amen
Jesu, whom I look at shrouded here below,
I beseech thee send me what I thirst for so,
Some day to gaze on thee face to face in light
And be blest for ever with Thy glory’s sight. Amen.

DoubtingThomas


Veneration of the Thorn-Crowned Head of the Savior

And platting a crown of thorns, they put it up on His head. They began to spit upon Him, and they gave Him blows. Others smote His face and said: “Prophesy, who is it that struck Thee?”

O holy Redeemer! Thou art clothed with a scarlet cloak, a reed is placed in Thy hands for a sceptre, and the sharp points of a thorny crown are pressed into Thy adorable head.

My soul, thou canst never conceive the sufferings, the insults and indignities offered to our Blessed Lord during this scene of pain and mockery.

I therefore salute Thee and offer Thee supreme homage as King of Heaven and earth, the Redeemer of the world, the Eternal Son of the living God.

O my afflicted Savior! O King of the world, Thou art ridiculed as a mock king. I believe in Thee and adore Thee as the King of kings and Lord of lords, as the supreme Ruler of Heaven and earth.

O Jesus! I devoutly venerate Thy sacred head pierced with thorns, struck with a reed, overwhelmed with pain and derision.

I adore the Precious Blood flowing from Thy bleeding wounds.To Thee be all praise, all thanksgiving and all love for evermore.

O meek Lamb, Victim for sin! May Thy thorns penetrate my heart with fervent love, that I may never cease to adore Thee as my God, my King and my Savior.

V. Behold, O God, our Protector,

R. And look upon the face of Thy Christ.

Let Us Pray: O my beloved Savior, at the sight of Thy most holy face disfigured by suffering, at the sight of Thy Sacred Heart so full of love, I cry out with St. Augustine: “Lord Jesus, imprint on my heart Thy sacred wounds, so that I may read therein sorrow and love: sorrow, to endure every sorrow for Thee; love, to despise every love for Thee.” Amen.

We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee, because by Thy holy Cross Thou hast redeemed the world.

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O Sacred Head Surrounded
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux,
1090-1153.
Translated by Sir Henry Williams Baker,
1821-1877.
Passion Chorale (1601),
Hans Leo Hassler 1564-1612
Harmonization by J.S. Bach,
1685-1750.
1. O sacred Head surrounded
By crown of piercing thorn!
O bleeding Head, so wounded,
Reviled and put to scorn!
Death’s pallid hue comes o’er Thee,
The glow of life decays,
Yet angel hosts adore Thee,
And tremble as they gaze.
2. I see Thy strength and vigor
All fading in the strife,
And death with cruel rigor,
Bereaving Thee of life;
O agony and dying!
O love to sinners free!
Jesus, all grace supplying,
O turn Thy face on me.
3. In this, Thy bitter passion,
Good Shepherd, think of me
With Thy most sweet compassion,
Unworthy though I be:
Beneath Thy cross abiding
For ever would I rest,
In Thy dear love confiding,
And with Thy presence blest.

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O Face, Divine of Jesus,
in ages long ago,
Prophets and Sages prayed that Thou,
on earth its light would show.
O Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
Like them that I Thy beams may see,
O Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O suff’ring Face of Jesus,
bleeding, soiled and torn,
Thy temples and Thy brow transpierced with
many a cruel thorn.
Most Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
offer Thy wounds to God for me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O dying Face of Jesus, on
that redeeming tree,
Crying aloud, “ah! why My God, hast
Thou abandoned Me?”
Most Holy Face, I cry to Thee,
plead by Thine agony for me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.
O Glorious Face of Jesus, if
after I have died,
My soul but in Thy likeness make,
I shall be satisfied.
Most Holy Face, I cry to thee,
more like Thee ever make Thou me,
Most Holy Face I cry to Thee.

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From the Holy Face Hymnal, 1891


To Our Lord Upon the Cross

My Crucified Jesus, mercifully accept the prayer which I now make to Thee for help in the moment of my death, when at its approach all my senses shall fail me.

When, therefore, O sweetest Jesus, my weary and downcast eyes can no longer look up to Thee, be mindful of the loving gaze which I now turn on Thee, and have mercy on me.

When my parched lips can no longer kiss Thy most sacred wounds, remember then those kisses which now I imprint on Thee, and have mercy on me.

When my cold hands can no longer embrace Thy Cross, forget not the affection with which I embrace it now, and have mercy on me.

And when, at length, my swollen and lifeless tongue can no longer speak, remember that I called upon Thee now.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, to Thee I commend my soul. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Wounds of our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the wounds of our souls.

(The illustration appears to signify Jesus expelling His dying breath.)
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Oh Come and Mourn with Me Awhile
Fr. Frederick William Faber (1849) John Bacchus Dykes St. Cross (1861)
1. Oh! come and mourn with me awhile;
See, Mary calls us to her side; Oh!
come and let us mourn with her;
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
2. Have we no tears to shed for Him,
While soldiers scoff and Jews deride?
Ah, look how patiently He hangs:
Jesus, our Love, is crucified!
3. Sev’n times He spoke, sev’n words of love,
And all three hours His silence cried
For mercy on the souls of men:
Jesus our Love, is crucified!
4 Come, take thy stand beneath the Cross,
And let the Blood from out that Side
Fall gently on thee drop by drop;
Jesus our Love, is crucified! Amen.

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Anonymous The Sodalist’s Hymnal (1887)
1. Thy life, O Lord, is ebbing fast,
Thine eyes are growing dim at last;
How near to death Thou art!
I hear Thou heave one heavy sigh:
It is the last, the loudest cry
That broke Thy Sacred Heart,
That broke Thy Sacred Heart.
2. The scene, the dreadful scene is o’er–
The wicked men can do no more,
Thy head is on Thy breast;
The thorns, the nails Thou dost not fear,
The cruel scoff, the bitter jeer–
Thy Heart is now at rest,
Thy Heart is now at rest.
3. Thy voice, that made the demons flee,
That waked the dead and calmed the sea,
Itself in death is hushed;
But O, we have this comfort sweet,
Our foes lie prostrate at Thy feet,
The serpent’s head is crushed,
The serpent’s head is crushed.
4. Thy corpse is hanging on the tree,
While mocking crowds in impious glee
The murd’rous act applaud;
But quiv’ring earth and darkened skies,
The crumbling rocks, the dead that rise,
Proclaim Thee to be God,
Proclaim Thee to be God.
5. Yes, Jesus, bruised and marked with blood,
And fastened to the dripping wood,
To me Thou art the same,
As throned on Thabor’s shining mount,
Or in the heav’ns, of bliss the Fount,
In glory and in shame,
In glory and in shame.
6. O, may Thy last, Thy piercing cry,
The Blood that pleaded loud on high,
For me be not in vain!
O, make me treat the world as dross,
And glory only in the Cross,
On which Thou wouldst be slain,
On which Thou wouldst be slain!
Amen.

O Jesus, my Savior! I see Thee now dead on this cross. Thou speakest no more; Thous breathest no more; because Thous hast life no longer, having willed to lose it to give life to our souls. Thou hast no longer any blood; for Thou hast shed it all, by dint of torments, to wash away our sins. In one word, Thou hast abandoned Thyself to death through Thy love for us. He has loved us, and delivered Himself for us.Ephesians 5:2. “Let us consider,” writes St. Francis de Sales, “this divine Savior stretched upon the cross, as upon His altar of honor, where He is dying of love for us; but a love more painful than that very death. Ah, why, then, do we not in spirit throw ourselves upon Him to die upon the cross with Him, Who has willed to die there for love of us? ‘I will hold Him’, we ought to say, ‘and will never let Him go. I will die with Him, and be burned up in the flames of His love. One and the same fire shall consume this divine Creator and His miserable creature. My Jesus is all mine, and I am all His. I will live and die upon his breast; neither death nor life shall ever separate him from me.'” – St. Alphonsus de Liguori, The Passion of Jesus Christ. 2. “The death of Jesus”.


Devotion in Honor of the Five Holy Wounds

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Hymn to the Sacred Wounds of Jesus
Fr. Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)
Hymn to the Sacred Wounds of Jesus (1860)
Martin Herbst (1654-1681)
William Henry Monk (1823-1889)
Heinlein
God of mercy let us run
Where yon fount of sorrow flows,
Pond’ring sweetly one by one,
Jesu’s wounds and Mary’s woes.
Ah! those tears our Lady shed,
(E)’nough to drown a world of sin;
Tears that Jesu’s sorrows fed,
Peace and pardon well may win.
His five wounds a very home
For our pray’rs and praises prove;
And our Lady’s woes become
Endless joys in Heav’n above.
Jesu who for us didst die,
All on Thee our love we pour;
In the Holy Trinity,
Worship Thee for evermore.
Amen.


As I kneel before Thee on the cross, most loving Savior of my soul, my conscience reproaches me with having nailed Thee to that cross with these hands of mine, as often as I have fallen into mortal sin, wearying Thee with my monstrous ingratitude.

My God, my chief and most perfect Good, worthy of all my love, for the many blessings Thou hast ever bestowed upon me; I cannot now undo my misdeeds as I would most willingly; but I will loathe them, grieving greatly for having offended Thee who art Infinite Goodness! And now, kneeling at Thy feet, I will try at least to compassionate Thee, to give Thee thanks, to ask of Thee pardon and contrition; wherefore with heart and lips I say:

To the Wound of the Left Foot

Holy wound of the Left Foot of my Jesus! I adore Thee, I compassionate Thee for the most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for the love whereby Thou wast wearied in overtaking me on the way to ruin, and didst bleed amid the thorns and brambles of my sins. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, in atonement for my sins, all which I detest with sincere and bitter contrition.

To the Wound of the Right Foot

Holy wound of the Right Foot of my Jesus! I adore Thee, I compassionate Thee for the bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for that love which pierced Thee with such torture and shedding of blood in order to punish my wanderings and the guilty pleasures I have granted to my unbridled passions. I offer the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, and I pray unto Thee for grace to weep over my transgressions with burning tears, and to enable me to persevere in the good which I have begun, without ever swerving again from my obedience to the commandments of my God.

To the Wound of the Left Hand

Holy wound of the Left Hand of my Jesus! I adore Thee, I compassionate Thee for the bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for having, in Thy love, spared me the scourges and eternal damnation which my sins had merited. I offer to the Eternal Father the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, and I pray Thee to teach me how to turn to good account my span of life, and bring forth in it worthy fruits of penance, and so disarm the justice of God, which I have provoked.

To the Wound of the Right Hand

Holy wound of the Right Hand of my Jesus! I adore Thee, I compassionate Thee for the bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee for Thy graces lavished on me with such love, in spite of all my most perverse obstinacy. I offer to the Eternal Father all the pain and love of Thy most holy humanity, and I pray Thee to change my heart and its affections, and make me do all my actions in accordance with the will of God.

To the Wound of the Sacred Side

Holy wound in the side of my Jesus! I adore Thee, I compassionate Thee for the cruel insult Thou didst suffer. I thank Thee, my Jesus, for the love which suffered Thy side and heart to be pierced, that so the last drops of blood and water might issue forth, making my redemption to abound. I offer to the Eternal Father this outrage, and the love of Thy most holy Humanity, that my soul may enter once for all into that most loving Heart, eager and ready to receive the greatest sinners, and never more depart.


Prayer for Increase of Daily Holy Communions

O sweetest Jesus, Thou who camest into the world to give all souls the life of Thy grace, and who, to preserve and nourish it in them, hast willed to be at one the daily cure of their daily infirmities and their daily sustenance; we humbly beseech Thee, by Thy Heart all on fire with love for us, to pour forth upon them all Thy Divine Spirit, so that those who are unhappy in mortal sin, may turn to Thee and regain the life of grace which they have lost, and those who, through Thy gift, are already living this Divine life, may draw near daily, when they can, to Thy sacred table, whence, by means of daily Communion, they may receive daily the antidote of their daily venial sins, and may every day foster within themselves the life of grace; and being thus ever more and more purified, may come at last to the possession of that eternal life which is happiness with thee.

Heart of Jesus, burning with love for us, inflame our hearts with love of thee.

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Anima Christi (“Soul of My Savior”)

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Suffer me never to be separated from Thee.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
In the hour of my death call me.
Et iube me venire ad te.
And bid me come unto Thee.
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te.
That with Thy Saints I may praise Thee.
In saecula saeculorum. Amen.
Forever. Amen.



Prayer for those in their Last Agony

O Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray Thee by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, wash in Thy blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony, and are to die this day. Amen.

Heart of Jesus Agonizing, have mercy on the dying.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph.

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PRAYER composed by HH Pope Pius IX
O Divine Heart of Jesus, I adore Thee, I love Thee and I invoke Thee, in union with all those who adore Thee, every moment of my life (the card is difficult to read here) and especially in temptation and at the hour of my death. Amen

100 days’ indulgence once daily, plenary once a month.

PRAYER to which 100 days’ indulgence is attached, granted by HH Pope Pius VIII
Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God.

Jesus, Joseph and Mary, I give you my heart, my soul and my life;
Jesus, Joseph and Mary, assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Joseph and Mary, may I breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.
Amen


300 days’ indulgence applicable to the souls in Purgatory.

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Jesus, Ever-Loving Saviour
1. Jesus, ever loving Saviour,
Thou didst live and die for me,
Living, I will live to love Thee,
Dying, I will die for Thee,
Jesus! Jesus!
By Thy life and death and sorrow,
Help me in my agony.
2. When the last dread hour approaching
Fills my guilty soul with fear;
All my sins rise up before me,
All my virtues disappear.
Jesus! Jesus!
Turn not Thou in anger from me,
Mary, Joseph, then be near.
3. Mary, thou canst not forsake me,
Virgin mother undefiled;
Thou didst not abandon Jesus
Dying, tortured and reviled.
Jesus! Jesus!
Send Thy Mother to console me:
Mary, help Thy guilty child!
4. Jesus, when the cruel anguish
Dying on the shameful tree,
All abandoned by Thy Father,
Thou didst writhe in agony.
Jesus! Jesus!
By these three long hours of sorrow
Thou didst purchase hope for me.
5. Then, by all that Thou didst suffer,
Grant me mercy in that day;
Help me, Mary, my sweet Mother,
Holy Joseph, near me stay.
Jesus! Jesus!
Let me die, my lips repeating,
Jesus, mercy! Mary, pray!
Amen.


Prayers for the Holy Father

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, look down with favor upon thy servant, N, whom Thou hast deigned to appoint the supreme Pastor of Thy Church; grant, we beseech Thee, that both his word and example may benefit those over whom he has been placed, so that together with the flock entrusted to his care he may attain unto life everlasting, through Christ our Lord. 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

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pour in richest fullness Thy blessings upon Holy Church, the Pope, and all the clergy; grant perseverance to the just, conversion to sinners; enlighten the unbelievers; assist the dying; deliver the souls in purgatory; and extend over all hearts the gentle dominion of Thy love.

Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope under the protection of Thy Sacred Heart. Be Thou his light, his strength and his consolation.

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Long live the Pope! His praises sound
Msgr. Hugh T. Henry H.G. Ganss
American Catholic Hymnal, 1913
1. Long live the Pope! His praises sound
Again and yet again:
His rule is over space and time;
His throne the hearts of men:
All hail! the Shepherd King of Rome,
The theme of loving song:
Let all the earth his glory sing,
And heav’n the strain prolong.
Let all the earth his glory sing,
And heav’n the strain prolong.
2. Beleaguered by the foes of earth,
Beset by hosts of hell,
He guards the loyal flock of Christ,
A watchful sentinel:
And yet, amid the din and strife,
The clash of mace and sword,
He bears alone the shepherd staff,
This champion of the Lord.
He bears alone the shepherd staff,
This champion of the Lord.
3. His signet is the Fisherman’s;
No sceptre does he bear;
In meek and lowly majesty
He rules from Peter’s Chair:
And yet from every tribe and tongue,
From every clime and zone,
Three hundred million voices sing,
The glory of his throne.
Three hundred million voices sing,
The glory of his throne.
4. Then raise the chant, with heart and voice,
In church and school and home:
“Long live the Shepherd of the Flock!
Long live the Pope of Rome!”
Almighty Father, bless his work,
Protect him in his ways,
Receive his prayers, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him “length of days.”
Receive his prayers, fulfill his hopes,
And grant him “length of days.”

Domine, quo vadis? Lord, where art Thou going?

Prayer for Mercy for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Have Mercy, O gentle Jesus! on the Souls detained in Purgatory. Thou Who for their ransom didst take upon Thyself our human nature and suffer the most cruel death, pity their sighs and the tears shed when they raise their longing eyes toward Thee; and by virtue of Thy Passion, cancel the penalty due to their sins. May Thy Blood, O tender Jesus, Thy Precious Blood, descend into Purgatory to solace and refresh those who there languish in captivity. Reach forth Thy hand to them, and lead them into the realms of refreshment, light and peace. Amen.

Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.

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O Turn to Jesus, Mother, Turn
Fr. Frederick W. Faber, 1849 Nicola A. Montani
1. O turn to Jesus, Mother! turn,
And call Him by His tenderest names;
Pray for the Holy Souls that burn
This hour amid the cleansing flames.
2. Ah! they have fought a gallant fight;
In death’s cold arms they persevered;
And after life’s uncheery night
The harbour of their rest is neared.
3. In pains beyond all earthly pains,
Favourites of Jesus! there they lie,
Letting the fire wear out their stains,
And worshipping God’s purity.
4. Spouses of Christ they are, for He
Was wedded to them by His blood;
And angels o’er their destiny
In wondering adoration brood.
5. They are the children of thy tears;
Then hasten, Mother! to their aid;
In pity think each hour appears
An age while glory is delayed.
6. See, how they bound amid their fires,
While pain and love their spirits fill;
Then with self-crucified desires
Utter sweet murmurs, and lie still.
7. Ah me! the love of Jesus yearns
O’er that abyss of sacred pain,
And as He looks His Bosom burns
With Calvary’s dear thirst again.
8. O Mary! let thy Son no more
His lingering Spouses thus expect;
God’s children to their God restore,
And to the Spirit His elect.
9. Pray then, as thou hast ever prayed;
Angels and Souls, all look to thee;
God waits thy prayers, for He hath made
Those prayers His law of charity.
Amen.


Prayer for Daily Neglects

  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.
    –To expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.
    –To purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  • Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its love, all its sufferings and all its merits.
    –To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and all my life.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Heart of Love, I put all my trust in Thee, for I fear all things from my own weakness, but I hoe for all things from Thy goodness. – St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


Period of Silent Adoration

Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth. – 1st Kings 3:10

Lord, what wilt Thou have me do? – Acts 9:6

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Speak, O Lord, Thy Servant Heareth
Anna Sophia of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1658.
Tr. George T. Rygh, 1909.
Johann Schop.
Werde Munter, 1648.
1 Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth,
Let Thy Word to me come near;
Newborn life and spirit give me,
Let each promise still my fear.
Death’s dread pow’r, its inward strife,
Wars against Thy Word of life;
Fill me, Lord, with love’s strong fervor
That I cling to Thee forever!
2 Oh, what blessing to be with Thee
And to listen to Thy voice;
Let me ever love and hear Thee,
Let Thy Word be now my choice!
Many hardened sinners, Lord,
Flee in terror at Thy Word;
But to all who for sin grieveth
Comfort sweet and hope it giveth.
3 Lord, Thy words are waters living
When my thirsting spirit pleads.
Lord, Thy words are bread life-giving;
On Thy words my spirit feeds.
Lord, Thy words will be my light
through death’s cold and dreary night;
Yes, they are my sword prevailing
And my cup of joy unfailing!
4 As I pray, dear Jesus, hear me;
Let Thy words in me take root.
May Thy Spirit e’er be near me
That I bear abundant fruit.
May I daily sing Thy praise,
From my heart glad anthems raise,
Till my highest praise is given
In the endless joy of heaven.


Prayer for Final Perseverance

O Jesus, my Savior, my God, by Thy Sacred Heart, by the most pure Heart of the Virgin Mother, by whatever is pleasing to Thee on heaven and on earth, I beg and entreat Thee, grant me holy perseverance, grant me patience. Give me grace and courage that I may efficaciously employ the means which Thou hast given.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.

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Teach Me, O Lord, Thy Way of Truth
Psalm 119:33-40 George J. Elvey
St. Crispin (1862)
1 Teach me, O LORD, Thy way of truth,
and from it I will not depart;
that I may steadfastly obey,
give me an understanding heart.
2 In Thy commandments make me walk,
for in Thy law my joy shall be;
give me a heart that loves Thy will,
from discontent and envy free.
3 Turn now my eyes from vanity,
and cause me in Thy ways to tread;
O let Thy servant prove Thy word
and thus to godly fear be led.
4 LORD, turn away reproach and fear;
your righteous judgments I confess;
to know Thy precepts I desire;
revive me in Thy righteousness.


Closing Prayer to the Blessed Sacrament

As this hour of Adoration closes, O Jesus, I renew my faith and trust in Thee. I am refreshed after these moments with Thee, and I count myself among a privileged number, even as Thy disciples were, who shared Thy actual presence.

Realizing that my visit to Thee is of little avail unless I try to live a better life and set a better example, I am resolved to go forth again to my duties and my concerns with a renewed spirit of perseverance and good will. In my daily life I will try to love and serve God well, and love my neighbor also, for these two things go together. I will try to be a true disciple, indeed. Help me. O Jesus, in this my resolution.

Bless me, dear Lord, before I go. And bless not me alone, O Lord, but all as well who are here present, and all who could not come, *especially the sick and the dying. Bless our homes and all the children there. Bless all our life and the hour of our death.

Grant rest to the souls of the faithful departed, and bring them into the light of Thy divine glory. So may we who have worshiped Thee and been blessed by Thee here on earth, come to behold the radiant glory of Thy unveiled countenance in heaven for ever and ever. Amen.


To Gain the Indulgences of the Holy Hour

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

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