O gracious Lord Jesus Christ, though I, who am a sinner, in no ways presume on any merits of my own, and put all my trust in your goodness and mercy, yet do I fear and tremble in drawing near to the Table on which is spread your banquet of all delights.
Many a sin has sullied me in body and in soul because I did not restrain my thoughts nor guard my lips: nevertheless it is to you, O God of majesty and love, that I turn in my extremity, for you are the fount of mercy; to you, as quickly as I may, I speed: for you alone can heal me; I take refuge under your protection. I dare not face you as my judge, but I cleave to Thee as my saviour. Thy mercy is above all Thy works. Though I fear, because of my sins, yet I trust in you on account of your mercy. Turn, then, those pitiful eyes of yours upon me, O Jesus Christ, our everlasting king and Lord, who are God and man, and who for man was crucified. Have mercy upon me, full of misery and of sin though I be, upon me, whose only hope is in you, because of your loving-kindness. Hail! you, saving victim, offered up for me and for all mankind upon the gibbet of the cross! Hail! you, glorious and most Precious Blood, that
Hail! you, saving victim, offered up for me and for all mankind upon the gibbet of the cross! Hail! you, glorious and most Precious Blood, that flows from the wounds of Jesus Christ, my crucified Lord; to wash away the sins of all the world! Forget not, O Lord, that I am one of those whom you have created, and with your own blood have redeemed. I repent me of my sins: I will strive to amend my ways. O most merciful Father, put far from me all my iniquities and all my offences; so that, by you made whole in body and in soul, I may be accounted worthy to approach the Holy of holies. Grant, in fine, that the holy foretaste of your body and blood, which thou vgives to me, a poor sinner, may be a pledge of the full remission of my sins and of the washing away for evermore of all my guilt. From my mind may it chase away every sinful thought: in my will may it foster all holy desires: may it spur me on to the doing of works well-pleasing to you; and may it be to me, of body and of soul, a very sure protection and defence against the craft of all my enemies.
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