O most merciful Lord
by Thine agony and sweat of Blood,
by Thy precious death, deliver us,
we beseech Thee, from a sudden and unprovided death.
O most kind Lord
by Thy most sharp and ignominious scourging and crowning with thorns,
by Thy holy Cross and bitter Passion,
by Thy loving-kindness,
we humbly pray that Thou wouldst not suffer us
to die unprovided with Thy holy Sacraments.
O dearly beloved Lord
by all Thy labors and sorrows,
by Thy Precious Blood
and sacred Wounds,
by those Thy last words on the Cross:
"My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?"
and those others:
"Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit,"
we most earnestly beseech Thee to deliver us from a sudden death.
Grant us, we pray, room for repentance;
grant us a happy passing in Thy grace,
that so we may be able to love Thee,
praise Thee and bless Thee forever.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest and peace at the last.
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