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Let us pray. Omnipotens.
fatherly tenderness this sheep, which thy might hath snatched from the jaws of the wolf, and mercifully join it to thy flock; that the enemy may never rejoice at any loss of thy family, but that thy church may rejoice at his or her] conversion and deliverance, as a tender mother doth for finding her fon. Thro’ Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Let us pray. Deus, qui.
thou wonderfully created ft to thy own image and likeness : graciously look down upon this thy fervant, that what he (or she] hath lost by blindness and ignorance, and the deceit of the devil the enemy, thy mercy may pardon and absolve: and that he cor she] may be restored to thy altars, having now again partaken of the communion of truth. Thro' Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
2. Do you believe in God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth? A. I believe in him.
Q: Do you believe in Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born and suffered for us? A. I believe in him.
Q: Do you believe in the holy Ghost, and that the holy catholick church is the communion of saints; as also the forgiveness of fins, the resurrection of the flesh, and everlasting life after death? A. I believe it all.
Q: Do you renounce the devil, and all his angels? A. I renounce them.
2. Do you renounce every sect of heathenism, or heretical wickedness, or Jewith superstition? A. I renounce them.
2: Do you desire to be admitted into, and live in the unity of the catholick faith! A. I do desire
Let us pray. Domine, Deus. O
Lord, Almighty God, Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who haft vouchsafed mercifully to deliver this thy fervant from [the errors of heathenism or] the lies of heretical wickedness, [or Jewith superstition) and to recal him (or her] to thy church; do thou, O Lord, send down on him [or her] the holy Spirit the Comforter from hea
R.. Amen. The spirit of wisdom, and understanding. R, Amen.
The spirit of counsel, and strength. R. Amen.
The spirit of knowledge, and of piety. R. Amen.
Fill him (or her] with the light of thy brightness, and let him (or her] be marked with the sign of the crofs to everlasting life, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. R. Amen.
to wooooooooooook రంగtook tookశం A PRAYER for obtaining an INDULGENCE.
INSTRUCTION. N Indulgence is a favour granted by the Church to performing some particular acts of religion, specified in the grant of the indulgence, the whole, or part of the ca. nonical pennance formerly enjoined for particular fins, is relaxed and remitted. If the whole be remitted, the Indulgence is called Plenary; if only a part, it is called an Indulgence of seven years, four years, true years, or forty days, according to the part of the Canonical pennance to be remitted. The Bishops of Rome alone at present grant such as are plenary; the other Bishops in their respective Dioccses seldom exceed in their grants that of forty days.
Hence it appears that an Indulgence is so far from being either a leave or permission to commit sin, (as is sometimes pretended by those, who venture their falvation on condemning doctrines they either do not, or will not understand) that it is not so much as even a forgiving of fins, but only a relaxation of the punishment due to fins already forgiven in the facrament of pennance.
That the Church was intrusted with such an authority by Christ, and hath in every age exercised this authority, must be acknowledged by all, who are not strangers to Scripture and Church-history. St. Paul had justly excommunicated the incestuous Corinthian; but, in consideration of the fervour of his repentance, he restored him again to the facraments and the communion of the faithful, in consequence of the power of Inofing, as well as binding, which Chrijl had left in the Church. And in the primitive ages we meet with nothing more frequent, than a relaxation of the canonical pennances at the intreaties and request of the Martyrs.
The following decree therefore of the Council of Trent, S:1.24 de Reform. cannot but be applauded by every sober and dilpasionate man. “As the power of bestowing Indul. “ gences was granted by Christ to the Church, and as the “ Church, even in the moft early ages, made use of this “power...the holy fynod teacherh and appointeth the use “ of indulgences, so very falutary to Chriftian people, and “ approved of by the authority of the sacred Councils, « to be retained in the Church..but desires that modera“ tion should be used in the grant of them, according to “the ancient and approved use of the Church ; leit, by “ too much ease, the discipline of the Church be enerva“ted. But defiring likewise that the abuses that have
crept therein may be corrected, she orders in general “ the abolishing all traffick for gaining the fame.” And desires all the Lithops to apply “proper remedies to what“ever abuses may liave arisen from superstition, ignorance, “and irreverence, in the are thereof.”
The conditions upon which alone we can receive the efees of any Indulgence, are, 1. To be truly sorry for our fins. 2. To have a fincere desire of satisfying for them. 3. To satisfy as far as is in our power. 4. To have ob. tained the remiffion of sin as to the guilt of it. 5. To fulfil the acts of religion prescribed for the obiaining the Indolgence; such as fafting, praying, visiting churches, gi. ving alıns, receiving the bleficd Eucharift, c.
fufion of countenance and contrition of heart that I present myself in this posture of humility on
my bended knees before thy divine Majesty, whom I have offended most grievously by my manifold crimes and offences. Great hath been their enormity, and such as thy justice would have punished with eternal torments, had not thy mercy interpofed, and saved me from thy wrath by the blood of thy holy only Son, which hath been applied to my soul by thy minister in the facrament of pennance. Thou hast again therefore, in thy infinite goodness, admitted me into favour: thou hast placed me again at thy table with thy children, and fed me with the food of life, and the bread of Angels. But I can never forget my past ingratitude to thee, O my God, my Father, and my King. I deteft again all the crimes I have ever committed against thy divine Majesty. I acknowledge, that iho’thou haft taken away my fins, there remaineth yet a punishment due to them. The discipline of thy Church, tho' ever unchangeable in the spirit that guides and directs it, requires no longer those external rigours of pennance formerly practised, and which I know the enormity of sins demand, but thy justice is ftill the same, and fin must still be satisfied for. This, my God, I have in some measure endeavoured to do, and will still increase my efforts to perform in the best manner I am able.
But do thou, O God, confirm and ratify what thy Vicar on earth hath done. He hath opened the treasures of the Church, and I may now apply to my foul the fuperabundant merits of Jesus Chrift, thy only Son, and those of all his saints, which are his own gifts in them, to supply all the defects of the satisfaction I have or may perform for my sins.
Accept therefore the alms, fasts, and prayers which I offer to thy divine Majesty. I pray not for myself only, but for the whole Catholick Church all over the world. For the supreme Paftor thereof, the successor of St. Peter, the chief of thy Apofiles : for the Prelate, to whom thou hast comnitted the care of thy flock in this district, and for all the Pastors, who labour under him in the salvation of souls: for the Prince appointed by thee for the government of these realms. I pray also for all Christian Princes, that they may live in peace and perfect concord, and avoid all the profanations, horrors, and devastations of war. Look down alfo, in thy mercy, on all those unhappy fouls that know not thee, the true and living God, or refufe to believe thofe truths thou hast revealed to thy holy Catholick Church, or obstinately remain separate therefrom, and by schism destroy that unity, which thy only-begotten Son appointed to be kept by all his disciples. Grant this my humble petition, I beseech ihee, O almighty God, thro’ the fame pefus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God world without end. Amen.
A PROFESSION Of the CATHOLICK FAITH publifhed by Pope
PIUS IV. usually made by Graduates, &c. in Catholick Countries. N. N. with a firm faith believe and profess all
and every one of those things, which are contained in the Creed, which the holy Catholick Church maketh use of, viz. I believe in one God, the Father almighty, &c. in the Nicene Creed, at Mofs.
I most stedfastly admit and embrace Apostolical and Ecclefiastical traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the church.
I also admit the holy Scripture according to that sense which our holy Mother, the Church, hath held, and doth hold, to which it belongs to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures : neither will I ever take and interpret them