Prayer for all Things Necessary to Salvation

O my God, I believe in Thee;
     do Thou strengthen my faith.
All my hopes are in Thee;
     do Thou secure them.
I love Thee with my whole heart:
     teach me to love Thee daily more and more.
I am sorry that I have offended Thee;
     do Thou increase my sorrow.

I adore Thee as my first beginning.
I aspire after Thee as my last end.
I give Thee thanks as my constant benefactor.
I call upon Thee as my sovereign protector.

Vouchsafe, O God,
to conduct me by Thy wisdom,
to restrain me by Thy justice,
to comfort me by Thy mercy,
to defend me by Thy power.

To Thee I desire to consecrate all my
* thoughts,
* words,
* actions, and
* sufferings;
that henceforward I may
– think of Thee,
– speak of Thee,
– willingly refer all my actions to Thy greater glory, and
– suffer willingly whatever Thou shalt appoint.

Lord, I desire that in all things Thy will may be done, because it is Thy will, and in the manner Thou willest.

I beg of Thee
to enlighten my understanding,
to inflame my will,
to purify my body, and
to sanctify my soul.

Give me strength, O my God,
to expiate my offences,
to overcome my temptations,
to subdue my passions, and
to acquire the virtues proper for my state.

Fill my heart with
a tender affection for Thy goodness,
a hatred for my faults,
a love for my neighbor, and
a contempt for the world.

Let me always remember to be
submissive to my superiors,
condescending to my inferiors,
faithful to my friends, and
charitable to my enemies.

Assist me to overcome
sensuality by mortification,
avarice by alms-deeds,
anger by meekness, and
tepidity by devotion.

O my God, make me
prudent in my undertakings,
courageous in dangers,
patient in afflictions, and
humble in prosperity.

Grant that I may ever be
attentive at my prayers,
diligent in my employments, and
constant in my resolutions.

Let
my conscience be ever upright and pure,
my exterior modest,
my conversation edifying, and
my comportment regular.

Assist me, that I may continually labour
to overcome nature,
to correspond with Thy grace,
to keep Thy commandments, and
to work out my salvation.

Discover to me, O my God,
the nothingness of this world,
the greatness of heaven,
the shortness of time, and
the length of eternity.

Grant
that I may prepare for death;
that I may fear Thy judgments;
that I may escape hell, and, in the end,
obtain heaven,
through the merits of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen.


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‘Tis Thy Good Pleasure And Not My Own

St. Alphonsus Liguori
Rev. E. Vaughan, C. SS. R.

American Catholic Hymnal, P. 210
Ancient Melody

1. ‘Tis Thy good pleasure, not my own,
In Thee, my God, I love alone;
And nothing I desire of Thee,
But what Thy goodness wills for me.

Refrain
O will of God, O will divine,
All, all our love be ever Thine;
O will of God, O will divine,
All, all our love be ever Thine.

2. In love no rival canst Thou bear,
But Thou art full of tenderest care;
And fire and sweetness all divine,
To hearts which once are wholly Thine.
Refrain

3. In Thee all pure affections live,
To love, Thou dost perfection give;
While ever burning with desires,
The loving soul to Thee aspires.
Refrain

4. Thou makest crosses soft and light,
And death itself seems sweet and bright;
No cross nor fear that soul dismays,
Whose will to Thee united stays.
Refrain

5 To Thee I consecrate, I give,
My heart and being while I live;
Jesus, Thy Heart alone shall be,
My love for all eternity.
Refrain

6. Alike In pleasure and in pain,
To please Thee is my joy in gain;
That, O my Love, which pleases Thee,
Shall evermore seem best to me.
Refrain

Final Chorus:
May heav’n and earth with love fulfill,
My God, Thy ever blessed will!

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