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BLESSED art thou, O Lord, for that great and precious promise, which thou, in the bowels of thy mercy, didst vouchsafe to give the support of to our fallen parents; that the seed of the woman should break the serpent's head; and for the
pnnctual'accomplishment of that promise, which thou, in the fulness of time, wast pleased to make on this day.
Blessed be thou, O Lord, my God, and my Saviour, for the holy and bitter sufferings of this day! O grant, that what thou wert then content to endure for us men, and for our salvation, may be effectual, for the saving of my soul in particular.
An Act of CONTRITION.
I have rebelled against the Lord my God, and have fallen by my iniquity; but I will take with me words, and will return unto him, and
my iniquity, and receive me graciously; so will I render the calves of my lips.
Spare me, good Lord, spare me, and give not up thy servant to reproach and ruin. Be merciful, o Lord, be merciful; cease from thine anger, I beseech thee; repent, Lord, of the evil, and let it not be.
I have followed after lying vanities, and forsaken my own mercy,
and have been jusly cast out of the sight of thine eyes.
But, when my soul fainteth, I will remember my God, and will look again towards thy holy Temple.
Who is a God like unto thee, that párdonest iniquity, and passest by the transgression of thy people ? Thou retainest not thy anger for ever, because thou delightest in mercy.
Turn again then, and have coinpassion upon me; do thou subdue all mine iniquities, and cast my sins into the depth of the sea. perform all thy truth, and thy goodness upon thy servant.
O Lord, I have heard thy threatnings, and was afraid : I have consi
dered thy works and was astonished: But do thou in wrath remember mercy.
Behold me, Lord, like thy servant heretofore, clothed with filthy garments, and Satan standing at my right hand; but do thou, by the blood of thy covenant, by the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness, wash me thoroughly from my wickedness; and save me, as a brand plucked out of the fire.
Father, forgive me, for I knew not what I did: alas ! I knew not what I did, when I sinned so grievously against thee. Lord, remember me, in thy kingdom: Lord, lay not the sins of mine enemies to their charge. Lord, lay not my own sins to my charge;
But, by thy agony and bloody sweat, by thy head crowned with thorns, and smitten with fists and staves ; by thine eyes full of tears, and thine ears pierced with slanders and revilings; by thy face miserably defiled with spittle; by thy mouth moistened with vinegar and gall; by thy neck bending under the weight of the cross; by thy back torn and furrowed with scourges; by thy loud and bitter cry, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? By thy heart wounded with a soldier's spear; by the water and blood streaming from that wound; by thy body broken, and thy blood shed, for me; by the saving and significant memorials of thy love and suffer