Morning and evening prayer – Form Three (evening)

EVENING PRAYER – FORM THREE

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

A day is passed again, never to return. In all humility I adore thee, O my Lord, at the end of this day. As I have commenced it in thy name, so I will end it in thy name.

I kneel down in spirit before the Blessed Sacrament to humbly thank thee, O my God, for all the graces and benefits which thou hast bestowed upon me this day. Thou hast graciously preserved me from a sudden and ill death; from countless dangers of soul and body; and hast given me all that was necessary for my spiritual and bodily life. Praised be thou, O Lord, for thy goodness and mercy.

Alas, how ungrateful I have been! Instead of serving my God, who was so good to me, I have offended him.

(Examination of conscience. See page XX.)

O God, against whom I have sinned, I wish from my heart that I had never offended thee. Grant me the grace never to offend thee again. Have mercy on me according to thy great mercy, and blot out my iniquities. I renounce all sin, and firmly purpose to better my life.

During this night protect me, O Lord, from all harm and evil. Pour down thy blessing upon our Holy Father, the Pope; upon our Bishop, our Pastor, and our congregation; on my parents, relations, benefactors, friends, and enemies. Help the poor, the sick, and those who will die this night; convert the heretics and enlighten the infidels. Have mercy also on the poor souls in purgatory and give them eternal rest.

( + ) Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit. Save me waking, and keep me sleeping, that I may watch in Christ, and rest in peace.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you.

Morning and evening prayer – Form Three (morning)

MORNING PRAYER – FORM THREE

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

O great and holy God, Lord of heaven and earth! In profound humility I prostrate myself before thee at the beginning of this day. With all the angels and saints I adore thee. Thou art my Creator; my Lord; my first beginning and my last end. To thee I render the homage of my being and my life. I submit myself entirely to thy holy will and service.

I believe in thee, O my God, because thou art infinitely true.

I hope in thee, O my God, because thou art infinitely merciful.

I love thee, O my God, because thou art most deserving of all my love.

I praise thee and give thee thanks for the numberless blessings thou hast bestowed upon me. I thank thee, O heavenly Father, for having created me to thy own image and likeness. I thank thee, O God the Son, for having redeemed me by thy death on the cross. I thank thee, O Holy Ghost, for having cleansed and sanctified me in holy baptism and called me to the true Faith. I thank thee, O most bountiful God, for all the innumerable graces thou hast given me, and especially for having preserved me this night.

I consecrate this day entirely to thy honor and glory, O Almighty God. I offer to thee all my thoughts, words, and actions together with all the crosses I may meet with in the course of this day. I intend to do all in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Grant, O sweet heart of Jesus, that I may love thee more and more in all things.

O Jesus, give me the grace this day to follow thy holy example; to be humble, obedient, patient, charitable, and chaste. Incline my heart to keep thy commandments. I am resolved to watch over myself with the greatest care. I will especially take care not to relapse this day into my accustomed failings, but to struggle against them.

Holy Mary, my Queen, I commend my body and soul to thee. In thee I place all my hopes and confidence; my consolations, my trials and afflictions; my life and my death. O mother of grace and mercy, obtain for me the grace of fulfilling in all actions the will of thy divine Son.

Sweet heart of Mary, be my salvation.

St. Joseph, and all ye my holy patrons, pray for me.

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom his love commits me here; ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Sweet Jesus, have pity on all poor sinners, and save them from hell. Have mercy on the souls in purgatory. Bless all those for whom I am bound to pray.

OUR FATHER

HAIL MARY

I BELIEVE

O my God, I firmly believe all the sacred truths which thy Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches, because thou hast revealed them, who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.

O my God, relying on thy infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the assistance of thy grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

O my God, I love thee above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because thou art infinitely worthy and deserving of all my love. I love also my neighbor as myself for the love of thee. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for my sins, because by them I have offended thee; and by the help of thy grace I firmly purpose never more to offend thee, but to do all I can to avoid sin and the occasion of it.

My God and my Lord, all for thy honor!

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Orland storm update

Powerful storm hits Orland:

“Many residents in Willows and Orland have had power restored, but most of the rural Glenn County communities could be days still without power. Jones said it could be up to 5 days for the most remote portions of the county.

A PG&E spokesperson told the Sheriff that 15 feeder lines to the Elk Creek Substation are still down and PG&E is currently focusing all Glenn County restoration efforts to repair the damage at that site. As of 2p.m. Elk Creek still did not have power, officials said.

Roughly 25% of the utility and power poles in Glenn County have been destroyed or damaged by Friday’s storm.

As of 2p.m. Saturday, county law enforcement responded to 72 requests for public assistance. The Willows Fire Department dispatched 68 calls.

County human resource officials have teamed with health services officials to make arrangements for 13 vulnerable or elderly residents displaced by the storm.

All county roads in the Sacramento Valley are currently open, while many mountain roads are open depending on local conditions.

No damage figures were available Saturday, but officials said the most significant losses have been to the utility infrastructure and farmland.

Boyes said many orchard farmers had their trees completely uprooted and while no specific estimate was available Saturday, Boyes said the damage to farm land would be ‘very extensive.'”

Morning and evening prayer – Form Two (evening)

EVENING PRAYER – FORM TWO

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Glory to the Father, who created me; glory to the Son, Who redeemed me; glory to the Holy Ghost, Who sanctifieth me.

Almighty and eternal God, I adore Thee, and I thank Thee for all the benefits I have received this day through Thy infinite goodness and mercy. Give me light to know my faults and grant me grace to be truly sorry for my sins.

(Examination of conscience. See page XX.)

O my God, I am truly sorry for having sinned because Thou art infinitely good and because sin displeases Thee. I am firmly resolved, with the help of Thy grace, never more to offend Thee, and I will carefully avoid the occasions of sin.

I love Thee, my Lord and my God, with my whole heart and above all things, and for the love of Thee I love my neighbor as myself. Grant that I may love Thee more and more and give me the grace of perseverance, that I may live a holy life, die a happy death, and glorify Thee eternally in heaven.

OUR FATHER

HAIL MARY

I BELIEVE

GLORY BE

O sweetest heart of Jesus! I implore,
That I may ever love Thee more and more.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love!

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

O Mary! my Queen! my Mother! Remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I give you my heart and my soul.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, assist me in my last agony.

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, may I breathe forth my soul in peace with you. Amen.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the saints, pray for us to our Lord, that we may be preserved this night from sin and evil.

O my good angel, whom God has appointed to be my guardian, watch over me during this night.

DE PROFUNDIS
Out of the depths I have cried unto Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice. Let Thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities: Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
And by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His Word:
My soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy: and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on the poor souls in purgatory.

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins, that through pious supplications they may obtain that pardon which they have always desired, Who livest and reignest now and forever. Amen.

May the souls of the faithful departed ( + ), through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Visit, we beseech Thee, O Lord, this habitation, and drive far from it all the snares of the enemy: let Thy holy angels dwell herein, to keep us in peace, and may Thy blessing be always upon us. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

May the Lord bless me ( + ), preserve me from all evil, and bring me to life everlasting. Amen.

Morning and evening prayer – Form Two (morning)

MORNING PRAYER – FORM TWO

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Blessed be the Holy Trinity, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Glory to the Father, who created me; glory to the Son, Who redeemed me; glory to the Holy Ghost, Who sanctifieth me.

Almighty and eternal God, I adore Thee, and I thank Thee for all the benefits which Thou, in Thy infinite goodness and mercy, hast conferred upon me. I thank Thee especially for having preserved and protected me this night.

I believe in Thee, because Thou art truth itself, and, as Thou hast revealed them to her, I believe all the sacred truths which the Holy Catholic Church believes and teaches.

I hope in Thee, because Thou art omnipotent, most merciful, and faithful to Thy promises; I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, the grace to live a holy life, to die a happy death, and to obtain life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.

I love Thee with my whole heart, and above all things, because Thou art infinitely good; and for the love of Thee I love my neighbor as myself.

I beseech Thee most earnestly to bless me, that I may serve Thee faithfully this day by a perfect devotedness to all my duties and a steadfast adherence to all my promises and good resolutions.

I am truly sorry for having sinned because Thou art infinitely good and because sin displeases Thee. I will avoid the occasions of sin and strive in all things to do Thy holy will.

I wish to consecrate this day, and all the days of my life, to Thy honor and glory.

I offer Thee all my prayers, works, and sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus, for the intentions for which He pleads and offers Himself in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, in thanksgiving for Thy favors, in reparation for my offenses, and in humble supplication for my temporal and eternal welfare, for the wants of holy Mother the Church, for the conversion of sinners, and for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory.

OUR FATHER

HAIL MARY

I BELIEVE

GLORY BE

O sweetest heart of Jesus! I implore,
That I may ever love Thee more and more.

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.

Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love!

Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation!

O Mary! my Queen! my Mother! I give myself entirely to thee; and to show my devotion to thee, I consecrate to thee this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being, without reserve. Wherefore, good mother, as I am thine own, keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.

St. Joseph, model and patron of those who love the Sacred Heart of Jesus, pray for us!

Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love commits me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

All ye holy angels and saints of God, and especially you, my dear patron saint, pray for me!

May the Lord bless me ( + ), preserve me from all evil, and bring me to life everlasting. Amen.

May the souls of the faithful departed ( + ), through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.

Storm report

We had plenty of advance notice. The local media had been warning us since last weekend. On Thursday evening, Sheriff Larry Jones personally recorded a message and sent it to every residential telephone in the county. The same message was then delivered in Spanish to the same numbers. The message warned of possible wind gusts to 80mph, massive power outages, and widespread property damage. County residents were told to secure their livestock and prepare for the worst. Those in rural areas who depend upon well water (that would be us) were told to have water reserves of 1.5 gallons per person, per day, for three days.

On Thursday we filled up two coolers, a dozen plastic jugs, several pots and pans, one washbowl, and one bathtub with water – remembering that water would be needed to flush the toilets. The boys stacked a few days’ supply of dry firewood on the back porch, re-tied our fruit trees to their stakes (the ties from last year had fallen off or disintegrated), covered the tractor with a tarp, and put all of the outdoor furniture in the garage. At midnight there was no sign of rain and the air was eerily calm, so off to bed I went.

I awoke Friday morning to the howls of ferocious south winds. The light from our digital alarm clock had disappeared. The house smelled of smoke. I jumped out of bed and headed out into the living room. The room was filled with smoke from the woodstove, due to wind gusts blowing smoke back down the smokestack, and into the house through cracks in the pipe. Strangely, the front door had blown WIDE open. There were three or four cups of half-finished hot chocolate on the floor by the stove. The children were nowhere to be seen. I checked their bedrooms: they were gone. What could have happened?

It turns out the kids woke up early due to the winds (they have south walls in their bedrooms), boiled some water on the woodstove, and fixed themselves some hot chocolate. Eventually, they couldn’t take the smoke and went out into the garage to play ping-pong. Ha. And not surprisingly, the last one out didn’t close the door all the way. When the kids came back in, I told the boys to put out the fire with water from the bathtub, as the house was simply uninhabitable when full of smoke. I decided to drive into town – partly to listen to the radio, partly to take a look around. About half of Orland seemed to have electricity, but major sections were completely dark, including two gas stations. I wanted to head home on the backroads, but County Road 200 was entirely blocked off. The road looked like a railroad track due to 21 power poles laying across the pavement. Wow.

Our power returned shortly before 6:00 pm. As my dad works for PG&E, I called him on his cell phone to thank him for making our house a top priority. That elicited quite a chuckle: as of this moment most of Chico is still out of power.

We lost one tree a little larger than the tree pictured below. That’s one tree I hated to lose: the cows always enjoyed its shade in the summertime. And we lost one of the main branches of our oldest olive tree. I guess we’ll save some money on firewood next year.

Morning and evening prayer – Form One (evening)

EVENING PRAYER – FORM ONE

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

V. O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;
R. Let the whole earth stand in awe of Him.

V. Let my prayer be set forth in Thy sight as the incense;
R. And let the lifting up of my hands be an evening sacrifice.

OUR FATHER

HAIL MARY

I BELIEVE

(Examination of conscience: See page XX.)

I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and to all the saints, that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, and deed, through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore, I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and all the saints, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us pardon ( + ), absolution, and remission of all our sins.

MAGNIFICAT
( + ) My soul doth magnify the Lord, * and my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Savior.
For He hath regarded * the lowliness of His handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
For He that is mighty hath magnified me; * and holy is His Name.
And His mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all
generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm; * He hath scattered the
proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted
the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich He hath
sent empty away.
He remembering His mercy hath holpen His servant Israel; * as He
promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.

NUNC DIMITTIS
( + ) Lord, now lettest thou Thy servant depart in peace, * according
to Thy word.
For mine eyes have seen * Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared * before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles, * and to be the glory of
Thy people Israel.

Holy Angels, our loving guardians, defend us in the hour of battle, that we may not be lost at the dreadful judgment.

All ye saints of God, vouchsafe to intercede for us and for all men, that we may be saved.

O almighty and ever-living God, who, by the co-operation of the Holy Ghost, didst prepare the body and soul of Mary, glorious Virgin and Mother, to become the worthy habitation of thy Son; grant that we may be delivered from present evils, and from everlasting death, by her gracious intercession, in whose commemoration we rejoice. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Save us, O Lord, while awake, and watch us as we sleep; that we may watch with Christ, and rest in peace.

Vouchsafe, O Lord, this night to keep us without sin. Let thy mercy, O Lord, be ever upon us, as we have hoped in thee.

Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may repose upon Thy eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

May the almighty and merciful Lord ( + ), Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

Morning and evening prayer – Form One (morning)

MORNING PRAYER – FORM ONE

( + ) In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

V. We adore Thee, O Christ, and we bless Thee.
R. Because, by Thy holy cross, Thou hast redeemed the world.

V. Come, Holy Ghost, fill the hearts of Thy faithful people.
R. And kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

To God the Father, who first loved us and made us accepted in the Beloved; To God the Son, who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood; To God the Holy Ghost, who sheds the love of God abroad in our hearts – Be all love, and all glory, for all time and eternity. Amen.

OUR FATHER

HAIL MARY

I BELIEVE

O God, who desirest not the death of a sinner; mercifully look upon the weakness of our mortal nature and of Thy great mercy accept our repentance, that through Thy pity we may obtain remission of our sins, steadfastness in Thy service, and finally the reward which Thou hast promised to those who persevere.

VENITE, EXULTEMUS DOMINO
O come, let us sing unto the LORD; * let us heartily rejoice in the strength of
our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; * and show ourselves
glad in Him with psalms.
For the LORD is a great God; * and a great King above all gods.
In His hand are all the corners of the earth; * and the strength of the hills is
His also.
The sea is His, and He made it; * and His hands prepared the dry land.
O come, let us worship and fall down, * and kneel before the LORD our
Maker.
For He is the Lord our God; * and we are the people of His pasture, and the
sheep of His hand.
O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; * let the whole earth stand
in awe of Him
For He cometh, for He cometh to judge the earth; * and with righteousness
to judge the world, and the people with His truth.

BENEDICTUS ES DOMINE
( + ) Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; * for He hath visited and
redeemed His people;
And hath raised up a mighty salvation for us, * in the house of His
servant David;
As He spake by the mouth of His holy Prophets, * which have been
since the world began;
That we should be saved from our enemies, * and from the hand
of all that hate us.
To perform the mercy promised to our forefathers, * and to remember
His holy covenant;
To perform the oath which He swore to our forefather Abraham, *
that he would give us;
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies * might serve
him without fear;
In holiness and righteousness before him, * all the days of our life.
And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: * for thou
shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give knowledge of salvation unto His people * for the remission of
their sins;
Through the tender mercy of our God; * whereby the day-spring from
on high hath visited us;
To give light to them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death,
* and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

We thank Thee, O God, for blessings without number which we have received from Thee; chiefly for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for the Redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ, for our regeneration by the Holy Ghost, and for our membership in the Catholic Church. Make our hearts more truly thankful. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and everlasting God, who hast safely brought us to the beginning of this day; Defend us in the same with thy mighty power; and grant that this day we fall into no sin, neither run into any kind of danger; but that all our doings, being ordered by Thy governance, may be righteous in Thy sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast given to mankind the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession for us, by whom we deserved to receive the Author of life, Jesus Christ Thy Son, our Lord. Amen.

May the almighty and merciful Lord ( + ), Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless and preserve us, and bring us to life everlasting. Amen.

Morning and evening prayer – Examination of conscience

An Examination of Conscience for Evening Prayer

Was I lazy in rising? Did I neglect my prayers? Was I careless in saying my prayers? Have I doubted or denied my faith? Have I been resentful of the hardships, sufferings and trials God has given me? Have I been involved in magic, superstition, or false worship? Have I been ashamed of my religion? Have I been afraid to confess Christ before others? Have I used the name of God lightly, carelessly, or blasphemously? Have I been irreverent in the presence of the most Blessed Sacrament? Have I neglected or abused sacred things? Have I used vulgar or obscene language? Have I been disrespectful toward my parents, teachers, employers, pastors, and those in authority over me? Have I abused alcohol or drugs? Have I been intemperate in eating or drinking? Have I consented to impure glances? Have I consented to impure or unchaste thoughts? Have I abused my body, or another’s body, in any way? Have I been immodest in dress or behavior? Have I been a temptation to others? Have I consented to immoral entertainments? Have I cheated my employer or wasted time at work? Have I been dishonest or deceitful? Have I told any lies? Have I disclosed the sins or faults of others without necessity? Have I revealed secrets I should have kept? Have I been unkind or cruel to anyone? Have I been excessively critical of others, or concerned myself too much with their faults? Have I been unwilling to accept correction or just criticism? Have I entertained uncharitable thoughts? Have I made mischief between neighbors? Have I participated in gossip or evil rumors? Have I needlessly offended anyone? Have I been quarrelsome? Have I held any grudges? Have I been slow or unwilling to forgive offenses? Have I been jealous of the possessions, power, or wealth of others? Have I been greedy, selfish, or impatient? Have I been proud and self-righteous? Have I vainly displayed my knowledge, intelligence, or virtues for the admiration of others? Have I pretended to have knowledge, intelligence, or virtue I do not really possess? Have I failed to keep busy in order to counter sinful and idle thoughts? Have I neglected any duties toward my spouse and children? Have I forgotten the poor, the sick, and the lonely ones? Have I failed to pray for those close to me? Have I been unmindful of the needs of others?

Morning and evening prayer – Fr. Lasance

MORNING PRAYER
By Fr. F. Lasance

There is a freshness about the early morning which belongs to no other period of the day. The sun has a more kindly brightness and the air a fresh crispness which are lost largely as the day grows older. Upon awakening we throw open the window wide and let in the buoyant atmosphere of the new-born day. It fills our lungs and brightens our eye and makes us feel how good it is to live.

What the newborn day is to our physical nature, the morning prayer is to the life of the soul. It is opening the windows of the heart that the clear air of heaven may flow in. It reinvigorates the life within us and turns our thoughts toward the One we love the most. It is a source of renewed strength, and gives a buoyancy to the spiritual step and a clearness to the inner vision. It floods the heart with the breath of life and bathes it in the sunshine of God’s smile.

To begin the day without imploring God’s grace and thanking Him for benefits received, is certainly wrong and exposes us to great danger. St. Francis Xavier says: “When you wake in the morning, raise your thoughts at once to heaven, and while you are putting on your clothes and washing your hands and face, call to mind the faults into which you fell the day before, and ask your Lord grace to avoid them this day.”

The faithful Christian, before giving himself up to the occupations of the day, will meditate a certain space of time on the commandments of God and the example of Christ.

“I will meditate upon Thee in the morning.” (Ps. lxii.7)

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.” (Ecclus. xxxix.6)

“With desolation is all the land made desolate because there is none that considereth in the heart.” (Jer. xii)

“O how I have loved Thy law, O Lord! It is my meditation all the day.” (Ps. cxviii.97)


EVENING PRAYER
By Fr. F. Lasance

If it be a duty of the gravest importance to begin the day well, it is one of no less consequence to conclude it properly. The graces conferred on us during the course of the day, and the protection we stand in need of against the dangers of the night, are urgent reasons why we should address ourselves to God, and pray to Him with the utmost gratitude and fervor.

A
daily examination of conscience in general, with regard to our whole conduct throughout the day, and in particular with regard to our predominant vice (i. e., besetting sin), passion, or evil custom; and the virtue we want most to acquire, is strongly recommended by all spiritual writers as one of the most important duties of Christian life, and the most profitable exercise we can apply ourselves to, for avoiding sin and acquiring virtue. It is a looking glass in which we see ourselves in our true colors, and come to the knowledge of our sins and evil inclinations. It is a sponge by which we wipe away guilt from our souls, and become the more pure before God the more diligently we practice it. If we do not daily weed the garden of our souls by this holy exercise, the corrupt ground of the heart will naturally produce vices and imperfections in abundance.

The examination of conscience and act of contrition form the most important part of your evening exercise.

The many signal blessings which God has bestowed, and does bestow, on those families where prayers are regularly said in common, should be a sufficient inducement to establish this practice everywhere; and chiefly at night, when all may be assembled with greater convenience. “Where two or three persons shall be assembled in my name, there”, saith Christ, “shall I be in the midst of them.”

St. Francis Xavier says: “At night, before you go to sleep, you must examine your conscience, inquiring into your thoughts, words, and deeds of the whole day, and also whether you have left out anything of what you ought to have done.”

Sleep is the likeness of death. Meditate on death and eternity. Retire not without being prepared for death.

Compose yourself to rest in such a way that sleep may steal upon you with your thoughts fixed on divine things, and the mind preparing itself to spend the next day in greater holiness. Always keep in mind that saying of our heavenly Master: “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his soul?”