Morning Devotions.

"The wise man will give his heart to resort early to the Lord that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the Most High."&emdash;Eeclus. xxxix. 6., cf. NAB.

 

As soon as you awake, think that your guardian angel has awakened you, and that God has given you the day to work out your salvation. Remember that this day may be the last of your life, that in it you may practice virtue with the more zeal. Do every day what you wish to have done at the hour of your death.

 

Say, at rising:

 

I rise in the name of God + the Father, Who has created me, + the Son, Who has redeemed me, + the Holy Ghost, Who has sanctified me. May the Blessed Trinity preserve me from all dangers of soul and body.

 

While dressing:

 

O Lord, give me the garment of love, the arms of justice; gird my loins with truth; put on me the helmet of salvation, give me the sword of the spirit, which is your divine word; protect me with the shield of faith, with which I may repel the arrows of the enemy. Oh, that I might, like the elect of God, be invested with mercy, benignity, humility, patience, and all other virtues. [Eph. 6:11-13.]

 

AN ACT OF ADORATION.

 

O most holy and undivided Trinity, eternal Lord and God, I believe that you are here really present, and penetrate the inmost recesses of my heart. I adore you with the profoundest veneration. I unite my prayers with the praises of the angels and saints in heaven, and with those of your faithful servants on earth, who in this morning hour offer up their devotions to you. I love you with my whole heart, and above all things.

 

AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING.

 

I heartily thank you, most gracious God, for all the benefits which you have conferred upon me: that you have created me, redeemed me with your most precious blood, sanctified me through holy Baptism, called me to your holy religion, and particularly that you have preserved me during the night past. I also give thanks to you on behalf of those who fail to acknowledge the mercy of another day.

 

AN ACT OF CONTRITION.

 

Alas, when I look back, I confess with confusion! I reproach myself with many sins and omissions. I acknowledge my ingratitude and most heartily repent of it. Forgive me, O Lord, the bad thoughts by which, whether sleeping or waking, I have during the past night defiled my conscience and offended you. My God, deal with me according to your goodness and mercy, in which I hope. [Aditional versions of the act of contrition.]

 

AN ACT OF OBLATION.

 

O Lord, our Maker, Who has created all things for yourself, I offer up to your infinite good pleasure whatever I shall this day think, speak, do, or suffer, every pulsation and breathing, every inner and outer act of mine, in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in union with the thoughts of His most sacred Heart, and with the intentions which have ever been made by the Blessed Virgin Mary, and all pious souls, in order to praise and glorify you, the fountain of all goodness, to lay down a satisfaction for my sins before the judgment-seat of your justice, to imp]ore your mercy for all living and for the dead. To you, King of Glory, I devote all my labors.

 

PETITION AND COMMENDATION TO GOD.

 

From you, O Lord, proceed all good counsels and just works; assist me always with your grace, that I may begin, continue, and end all my works in you. Give me wisdom to speak what is right and pleasing to you, and wisdom to keep silence where silence is better than speech. Give me courage to suffer whatever you have ordered for my good. Cause yourself, O Lord, to be devoutly served in all Christian lands, that in all governments good laws may be made, in all families useful works may be done, that by all this day may be sanctified and directed to the glory of your name. Bless my friends and enemies; let no one this day perish, either temporally or spiritually. In particular, be gracious to the authorities whom you have set over us for our protection. Let them live in your fear and govern according to your will, that justice may be promoted and malice prevented. Guide those who travel; provide for the poor; to those who desire to live by their labor grant the rewards of their industry. Give me a heart compassionate towards the poor and suffering; heal the sick, comfort the afflicted, uphold the weary, preserve us all in health and happiness, and grant perpetual peace to the faithful departed, particularly to those who died during the night past. Finally, O Creator of all, have mercy on all that you have made.

I place myself, O Jesus, in your most sacred wounds, particularly in your most sacred Heart. Teach me to be like you, bumble, meek, and patient. Grant that I may daily take up my cross, deny myself, and follow you.

 

TO MARY

 

O, my advocate and most holy Mother of God, Mary, I commend myself to your special patronage and protection; to your compassion I commit my soul and body, my life, and the end of my life. Show that you are indeed a mother, and let me not die without your maternal blessing.

 

TO OUR GUARDIAN ANGEL

 

Angel of the Lord, and protector of my soul, to whom God has committed me, guard me this day in all my ways, against all my enemies, visible and invisible, enlighten, direct, and govern me.

 

TO OUR PATRON SAINTS

(Insert your own patron saint name, usually your first name, and/or that of your parish.)

O St. Joseph, St. Ann, the holy apostles St. Peter and St. Paul, St. N., and all holy patrons, pray for me, that I may not fall into any sin, that I may imitate your virtues, love my neighbor as myself, and daily become more pleasing to God, until by a happy death I shall, under your protection, pass into your society, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

(Reflect here what you have to do during the day; consider the obligations you have to fulfill; think of the faults you have committed at other times, of the dangers and occasions of sin to which you may be exposed, and resolve to guard against them.) [An "Occasion of Sin" is a situation that causes you to be tempted to sin. See, Mark 9:43f.]

O God, Whose will it is, that whether we eat or drink, or whatever we do, we should do all in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, I could wish for myself thousands of the most perfect hearts, with which this day to offer up to You, O heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your only-begotten Son, our Redeemer, whatever I shall think, say, do, or suffer, as an offering of worship and adoration due to your majesty; of thanksgiving for so many graces and benefits; of prayer for the gifts and assistance that we need; of propitiation for my sins and omissions, in union with the works and merits of Jesus Christ, and I desire that such might be the intention of all men.

 

THE THREE DIVINE VIRTUES

 

 

An Act of Faith.

Almighty, eternal God, before your face I prostrate myself before you in the depth of my nothingness, and with all saints and angels adore you, full of humility and veneration. I believe that you are one God, threefold in person&emdash;Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; that you reward the good and punish the bad. I believe that the second person in the Godhead, Jesus Christ, for our sakes became man, suffered, died, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty, is also truly and substantially present in the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, and one day shall come to judge the living and the dead. All this, and whatever the Catholic Church proposes to be believed, I firmly believe, because you have revealed it, O God, Who are the Eternal Truth, Who can neither deceive, nor be deceived. In this holy faith I will live and die. [See the Nicene Creed with cross references.]

 

An Act of Hope.

I hope, O my God, through the merits of Jesus Christ and by my cooperation therewith to obtain from you the forgiveness of all my sins, the graces necessary to lead a Christian life, and to serve you diligently, and to gain finally, after this life, everlasting happiness; because you have promised this, Who are infinitely powerful, benign, and faithful, Who are able to keep you word, Who desires to keep it, and Who will keep it. [1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Peter 4:19; 2 Tim. 2:13.]

 

Act of Charity

I love you, O my God, with all my heart, all my soul, all my strength; I love you as my Creator, my Redeemer, my Sanctifier, the author of my happiness, my greatest benefactor; but yet I love you more because you are the Supreme Good, infinitely worthy of all love. For love of you, I love my neighbor as myself, even my enemies and persecutors, because you command me to love them. For love of you, I also repent of all my sins, I hate and detest them, not out of fear of punishment, but because thereby I have offended you, O Supreme Good! In your love, O my God, will I live, and in you love I long with ardor to die. [See The Commandent to Love.]


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Goffine's Devoit Instructions, Benziger Brothers, Copyright 1896, p. 521. Imprimatur dated 1896 by +Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York.