O Lord Jesus
Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost
to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles
and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit
to me, that He may perfect in my soul
the work of Thy grace
and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit
that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit
of Understanding to enlighten my mind
with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit
of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God
and gaining Heaven, the Spirit
that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit
that I may know God
and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit
of Piety that I may find the service of God
sweet and amiable, the Spirit
of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark
me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.
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O most merciful Jesus,
Lover of souls,
I beseech Thee,
by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart,
and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother,
wash clean in the Thy Blood
the sinners of the whole world
who are to die this day.
Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt
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