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O INCOMPREHENSIBLE Creator, the true fountain of light and only author of knowledge, vouchsafe, we beseech thee, to enlighten our understandings and to remove from us all darkness of sin and ignorance. Thou who makest eloquent the tongues of those that want utterance, direct our tongues and pour on our lips the grace of thy blessing. Give us a diligent and obedient spirit, quickness of apprehension, capacity of retaining, and the powerful assistance of thy holy grace; that what we hear we may apply to thy honour and the eternal salvation of our own souls, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Raise up your hearts on high.
We have raised them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is meet and just.

It is truly meet and just, right and available to salvation, that we should, always and in all places, give thanks to thee, oh holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, through Christ our Lord.


We praise thee, God; we own thee as our Lord, Eternal Father, by all earth ador❜d.

To thee, the angels, heavens, and powers on high, Cherubs and seraphs sing unceasingly

Holy! holy! holy! God of might!

All heaven and earth beam thy majestic light! Thy praise the apostles' glorious choirs,

The many prophets sainted fires,

The white-rob'd, martyr'd host inspires.
Thy holy church, from earth to sky,
Hymns thy paternal majesty.
Thy venerable only Son

And Holy Spirit-Three in One.
Great king of glory, Christ, art thou!

To thee, the Eternal Son, we bow,

Thou didst not spurn a virgin's womb to save mankind from death,

And conquering the sting of hell, didst open heaven to Faith.

The Father now with thee divides his throne.

Thou art the future judge the world must own. We pray thee, therefore, aid those souls for whom thy blood has flow'd,

Oh have them number'd with thy Saints in glory's pure abode.

Bless thy inheritance, oh Lord, and all thy people


And govern them and proudly raise them from a harmless grave.

Each day, oh Lord, thy goodness we adore;
And praise thy name for ever, ever more.

Deign, gracious Lord! this day to keep our souls from ill;

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy on us still. Let thy mercy beam on us, our souls have hop'd in thee:

In thee, Oh Lord, our souls have hop'd-oh, save us lastingly.

V. The Father, Son and holy Ghost be prais'd. R. To the one God be endless hymns uprais'd. O God, of whose mercies there is no number, and of whose goodness the treasure is infinite, we humbly thank thee for the gifts thou hast bestowed upon us; continue thy mercy to us, and give us so much of thy temporal blessings as thou knowest will be for our good.-Grant that the fruits of the earth may, by thy holy blessing, increase and multiply; defend them from all storms and tempests and whatever else may be hurtful to them. It is from thy hand only we look for succour, and to thee we have recourse in all our necessities; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayers to be said after the Te Deum, on Holidays in lieu of the above.


O GOD, who by the direction of a star didst this day manifest thine only Son to the Gentiles, mercifully grant that we, who know thee

by faith, may come at length to see the glory of thy Majesty. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.


O God, who wast pleased that the eternal Word, according to the declaration of the angel, should take flesh in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary: Give ear to our humble petitions; and grant that we, who believe her to be truly the mother of God, may be helped by her prayers. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.


GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who have celebrated the solemnity of Easter, may by the assistance of thy Divine grace ever make the effects thereof manifest in our lives and actions. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.


GRANT, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that we, who believe that thy only Son, our Redeemer, ascended this day to heaven, may also have our hearts always fixed on heavenly things. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

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ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, who hast granted thy servants in the confession

of the true faith to acknowledge the glory of an eternal Trinity, and in the power of Majesty to adore an Unity; we beseech thee that, by the strength of this faith, we may be defended from all adversity. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.


O GOD, who, in this wonderful sacrament has left us a perpetual memorial of thy passion, grant us, we beseech thee, so to reverence the sacred mysteries of thy body and blood that in our souls we may be always sensible of the fruit of thy redemption; who with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest one God, world without end. Amen.


O GOD, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of thy glorious apostles, Peter and Paul, grant that thy church may, in all things, follow their direction by whom was laid the foundation of her religion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, &c.


FORGIVE, O Lord, we beseech thee, the sins of thy people: that we, who are not able to do any thing of ourselves that can be pleasing to thee, may be assisted in the way of salvation by the prayers of the mother of thine only Son. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

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