Tuesday, April 01, 2003

For Tuesday
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O. .....

1. Place yourself in the presence of God, kneeling with your hands clasped.

2. Read slowly and devoutly

Psalm xc. (as it is found in Compline)

3. Bring all you have read before you, as if you saw the Angels protecting you, especially your Guardian Angel.

4. Then say to God whatever is suggested to you; for instance:—

"He hath given His Angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. In their hands they shall bear thee up, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone."

(1) O my God, I will go forward in Thy way, for my Guardian goes with me. I am very blind; I know not what is before me. I know not what will happen to me in life. I do not know whether I shall live long, or die young. But this I know, that in health and sickness, in joy and sorrow, in youth and age, Thou wilt be with me.

(2) O my sweet Guardian, how beautiful thou art. I wish I could see thee. And thou art as pure and holy as thou art beautiful, and thy breath inspires chaste thoughts. And as gentle and kind as thou art pure.

5. Conclusion.—God of Angels, have mercy on me. Queen of Angels, pray for me.

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