Vesting Prayers

If the hands are washed:

Da, Domine, virtutem manibus meis
ad abstergendam omnem maculam:
ut sine pollutione mentis et corporis
valeam tibi servire.

Give strength to my hands, Lord,
to wipe away every stain,
so that I may be able to serve you
in purity of mind and body.

If an amice is worn:

Impone, Domine,
capiti meo galeam salutis,
ad expugandos diabolicos incursus.

set the helmet of salvation on my head
to fend off all the assaults of the devil.

As the alb is worn:

Dealba me, Domine,
et munda cor meum:
ut in sanguine Agni dealbatus,
gaudiis perfruar sempiteris.

Purify me, Lord,
and cleanse my heart
so that, washed in the Blood of the Lamb,
I may enjoy eternal joys.

As the cincture is tied, if it is used:

Praecinge me, Domine,
cingulo puritatis,
et exstingue in lumbis meis humorem libidinis:
ut maneat in me
virtus continentiae et castitatis.

fasten the cincture of purity around me
and extinguish my earthly desires,
so that the virtue of continence and chastity
may dwell within me.

For Clergy

As the stole is worn:

Redde mihi, Domine,
stolam immortalitatis,
quam perdidi in praevaricatione primi parentis:
et, quamvis indignus accedo ad tuum sacrum mysterium,
merear tamen gaudium sempiterum.

restore the stole of immortality,
which I lost through the actions of our first parents,
and although I am unworthy to approach your sacred mysteries,
may I gain eternal joy.

(Deacons) As the dalmatic is worn:

Indue me, Domine,
indumento salutis et vestimento laetitiae;
et dalmatica justitiae
circumda me semper.

vest me in the garment of salvation
the vestment of joy.
May I always be surrounded
with the dalmatic of justice

(Priests) As the chasuble is worn:

Domine, qui dixisti:
Jugum meum suave est et onus meum leve:
fac, ut istud portare sic valeam,
quod consequar tuam gratiam.

Lord, you have said:
My yoke is sweet and my burden is light.
Grant that I may carry your yoke well
so as to obtain your grace.

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