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his ingratitude, his iniquities, and those of all other men, that he may make reparation for them as far as in him lies.

Aias! O loving Jesus, we have sinned against heaven and before Thee. What hath Thy most Sacred Heart not suffered on our part in the course of Thy sacred life, in Thy bitter Passion, and from the moment that Thou hast dwelt amongst us in the Sacrament of Thy Love! O with how much bitterness, opprobrium, and grief have we deluged Thy divine Heart! Pardon; mercy; O adorable Heart of Jesus! mercy for me, mercy for all men, and for our land in particular!

I detest, with all the sincerity of my soul, and with the most profound and bitter grief, everything which hath ever offended Thee in myself or in others; I detest it for the love Thou deservest, and which is supremely due unto Thee. O that I could efface with my tears, and wash away with my blood, the injuries which we have done unto Thee. O that I could repay Thee, by my repentance, by my works, and by my love, all the glory, honor, and satisfaction of which Thou hast been robbed by the injuries and outrages that have been committed against Thee! Accept at least the earnest desire with which Thou inspirest me.

Vouchsafe, O Heart infinitely rich in mercy, to light again in my heart and that of all men the sacred fire which Thou camest to kindle upon the earth. Let it purify them, let it inflame them, let it make of them one heart with Thy Heart. Pour down, I beseech Thee, Thy most precious and abundant benedictions on Thy holy Church, and those who govern it; ou this diocese, on this region, and on all those who are united with us in devotion to Thy Sacred Heart. O Heart

of Jesus, live, reign in all hearts, for time and for eternity. Amen.

AN ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS.

O Thee, O Sacred Heart of Jesus, do I devote and

offer up my life, my thoughts, my words, iny actions, and my sufferings. May my whole being be no longer employed but in loving and serving and glorifying Thee. O Sacred Heart, be Thou henceforth the sole object of my love, the protector of my life, the pledge of my salvation, and my refuge at the hour of my death. Plead for me, O blessed and adorable Heart, at the Bar of Divine Justice, and screen me from the anger which my sins deserve. Imprint Thyself like a Seal upon my heart, that I may never be separated from Thee. May my name also be ever engraven upon Thee, and may I ever be consecrated to Thy glory, ever burning with the flames of Thy Love, and entirely penetrated with it for all eternity. This is all my desire, to live in Thee. Lord, and this will I seek, that I may dwell in the One thing have sought of the Heart of my Lord all the days of my life.

A PRAYER TO THE ETERNAL FATHER.

ETERNAL Father, let me offer up unto Thy Son, even as He offered Himself up a Sacrifice to Thy mercy the Sacred Heart of Thy dearly-beloved

Justice.

Accept, on my behalf, all the thoughts, sentiments, affections, motions, and all the actions of this Sacred Heart; they are mine, because It was immolated for

me; they are mine, because for the future I am resolved to admit nothing into my heart but what hath place in Thine. Receive, then, O God, the merits of this Sacred Heart in satisfaction for my sins, and in thanksgiving for all the benefits conferred upon me. Receive them, O Lord, as so many motives for granting my petitions. Give me, O Lord, for their sake, all the graces I need, but especially the gift of final perseverance. Receive them as so many acts of love, adoration, and praise, which I now offer to Thy divine Majesty. This Sacred Heart, this Heart alone, can love, honor, and glorify Thee as Thou deservest. Amen.

A PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS, IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR. (i)

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OW boundless, O Jesus, is Thy Love! Thou hast prepared for me, of Thy most precious Body and Blood, a divine Banquet, wherein Thou dost give Thyself to me without reserve. What hath urged Thee to this excess of love? Nothing but Thine own most Loving Heart. O adorable Heart of Jesus, Furnace of divine Love, receive my soul into the wounds of Thy most sacred Passion, that in this school of charity I may learn to make a return of love to that God who hath given me such wonderful proofs of His Love. Amen.

JESUS, meek and humble of heart,

Make my heart like unto Thine !(i)

O sweetest Heart of Jesus, I implore
That I may ever love Thee more and more!(i)

O Heart of Jesus, burning with love of me, inflame my heart with the love of Thee! (i)

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, mayest Thou be known, loved, and adored throughout all the world! (i)

O Heart of my dear Redeemer, may the love of Thy friends supply all the injuries and neglects which

Thou sustainest!

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The Stations of the Cross."

HIS DEVOTION arose first in Jerusalem, among the Christians who dwelt there, out of veneration for those sacred spots which were sanctified by the sufferings of our Divine Redeemer. From the Holy City this devout exercise was introduced into Europe. When, in 1342, the Franciscan Fathers established their house in Jerusalem, and undertook the custody of the sacred places of the Holy Land, they began to spread throughout the Catholic world the devotion of the Way of the Cross.

This excellent devotion has met with the repeated approvals of the Holy See, and is enriched with many Indulgences; to gain them, it is necessary to meditate, according to individual ability, on the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to go from one Station to another, if the space and number of persons will admit.

METHOD OF PRACTISING THIS EXERCISE,

COMPOSED BY ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI, A.D. 1787.

Let each one, kneeling before the High Altas, make an Act of Contrition, and form the intention of gaining the Indulgences, whether for himself or for the souls in Purgatory. Then say.

My Lord Jesus Christ, Thou hast made this journey to die for me with love unutterable, and I have so many times unworthily abandoned Thee; but now I love Thee with my whole heart, and because I love

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