Monday, October 21, 2013

Prayer before Mass

Basic Prayer before Holy Mass

     This is taken from the 1942 Fr. Stedman Sunday Missal, and reflects the four ends prayer: adoration, thanksgiving, atonement, and petition. 
Eternal Father, I unite myself with the intentions and affections of Our Lady of Sorrows on Calvary, and I offer Thee the Sacrifice which Thy Beloved Son Jesus made of Himself on the Cross, and now renews on this holy altar:
First:  To adore Thee and give Thee the honor which is due to Thee, confessing Thy supreme dominion over all things, and the absolute dependence of everything upon Thee, Thou Who art our one and last end.
Second:  To thank Thee for countless benefits received.
Third:  To appease Thy Justice provoked by so many sins, and to make satisfaction for them.
Fourth:  To implore grace and mercy for myself, for (name),  for all afflicted and sorrowing, for all poor sinners, and for the holy souls in Purgatory.
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