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TUESDAY EVENING.

HAIL, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory be to thee, O Christ, who, touched with compassion towards Thy disciples, preferred their sadness to Thine own anguish, and leaving off Thy prayer, on which Thou wert so intent, didst come to them for the third time, and raised them from their sorrow, and urged them, giving way to sleep, to the practice of prayer. Give me grace to avoid, in all my exercises and works, the vice of sloth. Grant that I may serve Thee with an active and watchful heart, that I may prefer the salvation of my neighbours to my own private devotions, may always show bowels of 32mercy to others in whatsoever necessity they may be placed; and may I never seek myself, but on all occasions fly from myself for love of Thee.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory be to Thee, O Christ, who, when in agony didst pray the longer, and whereas Thou wert the Creator of heaven and earth, the King of kings, and Lord of angels, didst not disdain to be strengthened by the ministry of an angel. Grant that I may seek for Thee as my only comforter in all adversity and anxiety, in all sadness and heaviness of soul, and may ever find Thee ready to help and protect me. O that in all changes and chances I may trust in Thee, may submit myself wholly to Thy providence, may offer myself to Thy will, and cast myself entirely upon Thee.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory, be to Thee, O Christ, who, by reason of the vehemence and excess of the anguish of Thy soul, wert bedewed over Thy whole body with a bloody sweat. O that tears of holy contrition may stream forth from all the members of my inward man. O may I worthily bewail myself before Thee, that I have so long continued ungrateful 33to Thy love and mercy. O May I bear with a quiet mind all trouble, both from within and from without, and may I never complain that I am scourged and beaten by Thy chastisements, O most holy Father, but receiving good and evil with cheerfulness from Thy hand, may I rejoice continually in Thee.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory be to Thee, O Christ who willingly gave Thyself up into the hands of the traitor Judas, and the rest of Thine enemies who were thirsting for Thy blood and longing for Thy death; give me grace never to fly from adversities for Thine honour, but grant that I may readily meet them, and receive them gladly as precious gifts from Thee, and may I humbly and steadfastly endure them as long as it shall please Thee.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory, be to Thee, O Christ, who didst not repel the traitor Judas when he came to Thee with stealth, but didst fondly kiss him, and with the utmost calmness of countenance and sweetness of speech, didst tell him that Thou lovedst him, and didst exhort him to repentance. Grant me grace always to be gentle and full of charity to all my 34enemies, and howsoever they may sin against me, to pardon them with all my heart, and to love them as the ministers of Thy providence and my own salvation.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory, be to Thee, O Christ, who didst suffer Thine enemies to lay their sacrilegious and infuriated hands upon Thee, and though cruelly bound by them, Thou didst not avenge, but didst. meekly bear all the reproaches, and blasphemies, and injuries, which they wantonly uttered against Thee. O mayest Thou deliver me from the chains of my sins, and bind me on all sides with the chains of Thy sweetest love! O that Thou wouldst grant me the grace of true patience, so that I may cheerfully bear with all my enemies, and may endure every kind of trouble without _the slightest desire to kick against it.

Hail, sweet Jesus! praise, and honour, and glory, be to Thee, O Christ, who didst restore and heal the ear of Malchus, one of Thy furious persecutors, which Thy disciple Peter had cut off, that by repaying injury with kindness Thou mightest show us the riches of Thy gentleness and goodness. Grant, I beseech Thee, that the desire of 35revenge may never entwine itself within my heart, and vouchsafe that I may always show towards my neighbours, even should they injure me, a spirit of deep commiseration and most perfect love. Amen.

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