O most merciful Lord
by Thine agony and sweat of Blood,
by Thy precious death, deliver us,
we beseech Thee, from a sudden and unprovided death.
O most kind Lord
by Thy most sharp and ignominious scourging and crowning with thorns,
by Thy holy Cross and bitter Passion,
by Thy loving-kindness,
we humbly pray that Thou wouldst not suffer us
to die unprovided with Thy holy Sacraments.
O dearly beloved Lord
by all Thy labors and sorrows,
by Thy Precious Blood
and sacred Wounds,
by those Thy last words on the Cross:
"My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
and those others:
"Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit,"
we most earnestly beseech Thee to deliver us from a sudden death.
Grant us, we pray, room for repentance;
grant us a happy passing in Thy grace,
that so we may be able to love Thee,
praise Thee and bless Thee forever.
By this holy water and by Your Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord.
St. Theresa of Avila on holy water: "From long experience I have learned that there is nothing like holy water to put devils to flight and prevent them from coming back again. They also flee from the cross, but return; so holy ... continue reading
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