PRAYERS BEFORE THE COMMUNION

To be used in church, as time will permit, be-
fore the communion begins, and while others
are communing. These devotions may also
he used at home before going to the church.

LITANY.

God the Father of Heaven:
God the Son, Redeemer of the world:
God the Holy Spirit:
Holy Trinity, one God:
Have mercy upon us.

Help me, O God my Saviour.
From the dominion of all vices:
From blindness of heart:
From all evil:
Good Lord deliver me.

We sinners do beseech Thee to hear us.
That Thou spare us:
We beseech Thee to hear us.

That Thou give us a sure hope:
That Thou vouchsafe us a right faith:
That Thou bestow on us perfect love:
That Thou mortify in us the loathsome
forms of all vices:
That Thou quicken us with the excellency
of all virtues:
That by Thine Incarnation Thou wouldst
open for us an entrance into the holy of
holies:
That by this most holy Mystery Thou
wouldst renew our souls and bodies:
That by it Thou wouldst purify our con-
sciences:
That Thou suffer not this tremendous
Mystery to become our condemnation:
That we may handle with pure hands this
holy Sacrament:
That we may receive it with pure
minds:
That by it we may receive pardon of all
sins:
That by it we may be able evermore to
cleave unto Thee:
That by it we may be thought worthy to
have Thee dwelling in us, and ourselves to
dwell in Thee:
That it may please Thee to preserve the
Christian people who have been redeemed
by Thy most precious blood:
We beseech Thee to hear us, O Lord.

TAKE away from us, we beseech Thee, O
Lord, all our iniquities, and the spirit of
pride and arrogance, which Thou resistest,
and fill us with the spirit of fear, and give
us a contrite and humble heart, which
Thou dost not despise, that we may be ena-
bled with pure minds to enter into the holy
of holies; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Almighty and everlasting God, who re-
storest us by the blessed Passion of Thy
Christ, preserve in us the works of Thy
mercy; that in the celebration of this mys-
tery, our lives may be continually devout;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God,
that we who are incessantly afflicted by our
own transgressions, may be delivered by the
Passion of Thine only begotten Son, who
with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and
reigneth, ever one God, world without end.
Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, who didst stretch out
Thine hands on the Cross, and redeem us
by Thy blood, forgive me a sinner, for none
of my thoughts are hid from Thee. Pardon
I ask, pardon I hope for, pardon I trust to
have. Thou who art pitiful and merciful,
spare and forgive me. Amen.

We Thy servants, O Lord, bow down be-
fore Thy holy Altar, awaiting Thy rich mer-
cies. Send forth upon us, Lord, Thine
abundant grace and benediction, and hallow
our souls, and bodies, and spirits, that we
may be made worthy communicants of Thy
holy Mysteries, unto the remission of sins
and eternal life. Amen.

Grant, Lord, that our bodies may be
sanctified by Thy holy Body, and our souls
purified by Thine atoning Blood, and that
they may avail for the pardon of our offences
and remission of our sins. Glory be to Thee
for ever, O Lord God! Amen.

O Almighty and Eternal God, whom all
creatures honor, worship, and praise, as their
Creator and Father; grant that we, poor
sinners, may fulfil with true sincerity and
faith, what Thine only begotten Son, our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, has com-
manded all who believe to do in remembrance
of His death; through the same our Lord
Jesus Christ Thy Son, who with Thee liveth
and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost,
one God, world without end. Amen.

O Lord God, our Lord, reject me not,
though defiled by a multitude of sins; for,
behold, I approach to this Thy divine and
heavenly Mystery. Not as being worthy,
but looking only to Thy Goodness, I lift up
my voice unto Thee. O God, be merciful
to me a sinner! I have sinned against
Heaven and before Thee, and am not worthy
to look upon this Thy holy and spiritual
Table, whereon Thine only begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, is mystically set
forth as a Sacrifice for me a sinner. Jesus,
Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of
the world, have mercy upon me. In Thy
divine tenderness do Thou vouchsafe me, by
Thy grace, to partake of Thy holy Body
and precious Blood, without condemnation,
unto remission of sins and eternal life.
Amen.

O BLESSED Jesus, let all my sins be done
away through Thy sufferings. Let my
wounds be healed by Thy stripes. Let my
punishment be cancelled by Thy Cross.
Let Thy pains deliver me from the pains of
hell; and Thy labors procure my rest with
the saints in heaven. Let Thy captivity be
my redemption, Thy humiliation my exal-
tation, Thy Cross my crown, and Thy death
my life for evermore. Amen.

By Thy crucified Body, O Christ, deliver
us from this body of sin and death; and by
Thy life-giving Blood purge our consciences
from dead works, to serve Thee, the living
God.

Grant, O Lord my God, that we may all
so receive the Body and Blood of our Lord
Jesus Christ, as to obtain the remission of
our sins, and to be replenished with Thy
Holy Spirit, who livest and reignest, Fa-
ther, Son, and Holy Ghost, one God, blessed
for ever. Amen.

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