Evening Prayers

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

O Almighty and Eternal God!  I prostrate at the feet of Your holy Majesty, I adore You with all possible reverence. I believe and hold for certain all You have revealed to Your holy Church. I hope in Your infinite goodness and mercy, and I love You with all my heart. 

Here pause a little to call to mind the specific blessings of this day.

O my God! I give You thanks, through Jesus Christ, for all the favors You have bestowed upon me, especially for creating me in Your own image and likeness, for redeeming me with Your Son’s Precious Blood, for making me a Christian, and preserving me this day. I beseech the Blessed Virgin, and all the saints, to give You thanks for ever and ever. Amen. 

O my God! grant me the grace to know wherein I have offended Thee, and to have a perfect sorrow for my sins. 

Here pause a little to ascertain what sins you may have committed.

  1. By thought: Willingly entertaining bad, angry, impatient, or uncharitable thoughts and desires. 
  2. By word: Using bad language, cursing, lying, etc. 
  3. By deed: Being disobedient, rude, cross and unkind; having evil or dangerous company; doing an immodest action ; being idle. 
  4. By omission: Neglecting your prayers, your lessons or some other duty. 



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, 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 the 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. 

May the Almighty God have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, and bring me to everlasting life. Amen. 

O most holy Virgin! be a mother to me: pray for me, now, and at the hour of my death. 

O my good Angel! whom God has appointed to be my guardian, enlighten me, protect me, and guard me in all my actions. Amen.

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Prayers from “ The Catholics Pocket Prayer Book, published in 1899.

Archbishop of New York.
New York, Oct. 13, 1899.

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