Sayfadaki görseller

Our Father which art in heaven. (Secretly.)
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
V. Save thy servant (or thy handmaid).
R. My God, who hopeth in Thee.

V. Let the enemy have no advantage against him.

R. Nor the son of wickedness approach to hurt him.

V. Be Thou to him a strong tower.
R. From the face of the enemy.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto thee.
V. The Lord be with you. .
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, whose property is ever to have mercy and to forgive, receive our humble petition, and let the pitifulness of Thy affection mercifully absolve this Thy servant, who is bound with the sentence of excommunication. Through Christ our Lord.

After this, let the convert make profession of faith in this manner :

I, N. N. with a firm faith believe and profess all and every one of those things which are contained in that creed, which the holy Roman Church maketh use of. To wit, I believe in one God, the Father

Almighty, (and so on, to the end of the Nicene creed,] the life of the world to come.-Amen.

I most stedfastly admit and embrace Apostolical and Ecclesiastical traditions, and all other observances and constitutions of the same Church.

I also admit the holy Scriptures [Scripture in the original] according to that sense which our holy Mother the Church has held and does hold, to which it belongs to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the Scriptures: neither will I ever take and interpret them [it] otherwise than according to the unanimous consent of the Fathers.

I also profess that there are truly and properly seven sacraments of the new law, instituted by Jesus Christ, our Lord, and necessary for the salvation of mankind, though not all for every one: To wit, Baptism, Confirmation, the Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction, Order, and Matrimony: and that they confer grace; and that of these, Baptism, Confirmation, and Order, cannot be reiterated without sacrilege. I also receive and admit the received and approved ceremonies of the Catholic Church, used in the solemn administration of the aforesaid sacraments.

I embrace and receive all and every one of the things which have been defined and declared in the holy Council of Trent, concerning Original Sin and Justification.

I profess, likewise, that in the Mass there is offered to God a true, proper, and propitiatory sacrifice for the living and the dead. And that in the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist, there is truly, really, and substantially, the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ ; and that there is a conversion of the whole substance of the bread into the body, and of the whole substance of the wine into the blood; which conversion the Catholic Church calls transubstantiation. I also confess, that under either kind alone Christ is received whole and entire, and a true sacrament.

I constantly hold that there is a purgatory, and that the souls therein detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful.

Likewise that the saints reigning together with Christ are to be honoured and invocated, and that they offer prayers to God for us, and that their relics are to be had in veneration.

I most firmly assert, that the images of Christ, of the Mother of God, ever Virgin, and also of other saints, ought to be had and retained, and that due honour and veneration is to be given them.

I also affirm that the power of Indulgences was left by Christ in the Church, and that the use of them is most wholesome to Christian people.

I acknowledge the Holy Catholic, Apostolic, Roman Church for the Mother and Mistress of all churches : and I promise true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor to St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ.

I likewise undoubtedly receive and profess all other things delivered, defined, and declared by the

sacred canons, and General Councils, and particularly by the holy Council of Trent. And I condemn, reject, and anathematize all things contrary thereto, and all heresies which the Church has condemned, rejected, and anathematized.

I, N. N. do at this present freely profess, and sincerely hold this true Catholic faith, without which no man can be saved: and I promise, [row, and swear, original] most constantly to retain and profess the same entire and inviolated (and as far as lies in me, to cause it to be retained and taught, and preached by my subjects, and those of whom I have the charge, original] with God's assistance, to the end of my life. [So help me God, and the holy Gospels, original.]

Then having repeated, I confess,” &c. let the Priest say,

May Almighty God have mercy on thee, and forgiving all thy sins, bring thee to eternal life.

R. Amen.

May the Almighty and merciful Lord grant thee indulgence, absolution, and remission of all thy sins.

R. Amen.

May our Lord Jesus Christ absolve thee, and I by his authority absolve thee from the chain of excommunication into which thou hast fallen, and restore thee to communion and the unity of the faithful, and to the holy sacraments of the Church, in


the name of the Father +, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.

R. Amen.

Then is said the hymn,

“ We praise thee, O Lord,” &c.

Which being finished, the Priest, standing, says,

V. Blessed art thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.

R. And praised and glorious for ever.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given to thy servants by the confession of a true faith to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of the Majesty to worship the unity, we beseech thee that in the stedfastness of this faith, we may evermore be defended from all adversities. Through Christ our Lord.

V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
The blessing of God Almighty, the Father +, the

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