IMITATION OF THE SACRED HEART: PRAYERS
ADORATION AND THANKSGIVING
O MY GOD! with a most lively faith and profound veneration I adore Thee, and thank Thee for all the graces I have received from Thy bounty, especially for the grace of my creation, redemption, and preservation, for the gift of the true faith, and for having preserved me during the past night from sudden death.
OFFERING AND INTENTION
O SACRED HEART! I give and consecrate myself entirely to Thee: my heart, my memory, and my will, in order that everything I shall do and suffer be done for Thy honor and for love of Thee; that I may love Thee in all I see and hear; that all my words may be so many acts of adoration, love, and praise of Thy infinite Majesty; that every movement of my lips be an act of contrition for the sins which I have committed, and for the omissions of which I was guilty. Most amiable, Divine Heart, would that I could draw me to Thee as often as I breathe; that I could offer Thee to the Eternal Father as often as I respire, in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits.
Trusting in Thy infinite mercy, I also form the intention of gaining all the holy indulgences to be gained today, and I implore Thee to let them aid the salvation of my soul. I moreover unite in all the prayers, good works, and holy intentions of the Church militant, suffering, and triumphant. Thus submitting my whole being to the dispositions of Thy most holy will, I implore Thee, O Lord, for Thy holy blessing.
PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
HAIL, most amiable Mistress, O holy Mother of my God! I venerate thee with all my heart, and resign into thy hands my liberty, imploring thee to be the guide of my steps, the mistress of my life, and the rule of all my intentions, desires, and actions. Most holy Virgin, be thou my star in the ocean of life, the secure haVen of my eternal salvation. Obtain for me, together with thy protection and blessing, the grace to live and die like thee.
TO THE GUARDIAN ANGEL AND HOLY PATRONS
HOLY Guardian Angel, and ye, my holy Patrons, hail! Grant me, I pray, your mighty protection and help. Amen.
DIVINE Heart of Jesus, living in the heart of Mary! I implore Thee to live and reign in the hearts of all men, and to enkindle in them the flames of Thy pure love.
ADORATION AND INVOCATION
MOST Sacred and Divine Heart of Jesus! convinced of my unworthiness, I prostrate myself before Thee to do Thee homage, to adore, love, and praise Thee as much as is in my power. O Jesus, my most sincere Friend! I expose to Thee all my wants, I discover to Thee all my miseries, my weakness, my tepidity and sloth-----in a word, all the wounds of my soul, and fervently implore Thee to let Thyself be moved to pity by them, and that Thou wouldst come to my aid according to the magnitude of Thy mercies.
(Examine your conscience.)
ACT OF CONTRITION
O SACRED HEART of my Jesus! by that ardent love which consumed thee on the Cross, a Victim of love and of suffering, and induced Thee to continue this sacrifice on our altars to the end of time, I, Thy miserable, sinful child, beseech Thee to grant me pardon for all the sins and outrages which I committed against Thee, for all ingratitude and infidelity of which I was guilty, and for my forgetfulness of Thee. Pardon all the sins of my life. I hate them, because Thou dost hate them; I detest them, because Thou dost detest them. For love of Thee I am sorry for having committed them, and should feel the greatest compunction for them even if there were neither Heaven nor Hell, solely because they offended Thee, Who art infinite goodness and worthy to be loved above all things. I would rather die a thousand times than offend Thee again, Whom I love above my life.
COMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART
O MOST amiable Heart of Jesus! let me, my relations, and friends, and all that have commended themselves to my prayer, and for whom I am bound to pray, experience Thy most powerful aid. Assist them individually in their necessities. O Heart full of mercies! convert all hardened hearts, console the Souls in Purgatory, be a refuge of the dying, the consolation of all distressed and suffering. Above all, be the refuge of my soul at the hour of death, and receive it into the bosom of Thy mercy.
In it I sleep securely and rest in peace. Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father, etc.
MOST sacred Heart! I select Thee as my resting-place, that Thou mayst be my strength in combat, my support in weakness, my light and guide in darkness, the expiation of my faults, and the sanctification of my intentions and actions, which I unite with Thine. Amen.
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