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down, wrote with his finger on the ground. When therefore they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them: He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again stooping down, he wrote on the ground. But they hearing this, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, and Jesus alone remained, and the woman standing in the midst. Then Jesus lifting up himself, said to her: Woman, where are they that accused thee? Hath no man condemned thee? Who said: No man, Lord. And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more.
OFFERT. Ps. cxviii.-Direct my steps according to thy word, that no injustice may reign in me, o Lord.
SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the offering of this sacrifice may cleanse and protect our frail nature from all evil.
COMM. John viii.-Woman, hath no man condemned thee? No man, Lord. Neither will I condemn thee. Now sin no more.
P. COMM. Quæsumus.-We beseech thee, O Alinighty God, that we may be reckoned among his members, whose body and blood we partake of. Who livest, &c.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYÈR. Prætende.-Stretch forth, O Lord, over thy people, the right hand of thy heavenly aid, that they may seek thee with their whole heart, and mercifully obtain what they ask for as they ought. Thro'.
IV. SUNDAY IN LENT. IN the Mass of this day, the Church seems to forget
1 the sentiments of penance with which she hath been occupied from the beginning of Lent. The reason whereof is, that formerly such as were to receive baptism at Easter were enregistered, after having beep examined this week. She also saw the time now
approaching for the reconciliation of the penitents, whom she had subjected to public penance on AshWednesday. The future birth, therefore, of those who were judged worthy of the grace of baptism; anil the resurrection to a new life of several of her children, who, after having gone astray, return to God by a sincere conversion, is this day the subject of her joy.
INTROIT. Is. lxvi. Ps. cxxi. REjoice,Jerusalem, and I Ætare, Jerusalem, et el meet together all you conventum fucite omnes who love her : rejoice qui diligitis eam: gaudete exceedingly, you who cum lætitia, qui in trishave been in sorrow, that titia fuistis, ut exultetis, you may leap for joy, et satiemini ab uberibus and be satiated with com- consolationis vestre. fort from her breasts. Ps. cxxi. Lætatus suriz
Ps. I rejoiced at the in his, quce dicta sunt, things that were said to mihi : in domum Donini me: we shall go into the ibimus. house of the Lord.
COLLECT. Concede.Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we, who are justly afflicted according to our demerits, may be relieved by thy comforting grace. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Gal. iv. 22. 31.--Brethren: It is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bond-woman, and the other by a free-woman. But he who was of the bond-woman, was born according to the flesh: but he by the free-woman, was by promise. Which things are said by an allegory. For these are the two testaments. The one from Mount Sina, engendering unto bondage ; which is Agar: for Sina is a mountain in Arabia, which hath affinity to that Jerusalein which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But that Jerusalem, which is above, is free; which is our mother. For åt is written: “ Rejoice, thou barren, that bearest not: break forth and cry, thou that travailest not:
for many are the children of the desolate, more than of her that hath a husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then, he that was born according to the flesh, persecuted him that was after the spirit: so also it is now. But what saith the scripture? “ Cast out the bond-woman and her son: for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free; by the freedom wherewith Christ hath made us free.
GRAD. Ps. cxxi.-I rejoiced at the things that were said to me; we shall go into the house of the Lord.
V. Let peace be in thy strength, and abundance in thy towers.
TRACT. Ps. cxxiv.-Qui confidunt in Domino, sicut mons Sion : non commovebitur in æternum, qui hubitat in Jerusalem. They that trust in the Lord, shall be as mount Sion : he shall not be moved for ever that dwelleth in Jerusalem. V. Mountains are round about it; so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth now and for ever.
GOSPEL. John. vi. 1. 15.-At that time : Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is that of Tiberias: and a great multitude followed him, because they saw the miracles which he did on them that were diseased. Jesus therefore went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. Now the pasch, the festival day of the Jews, was near at hand. When Jesus therefore had lifted up his eyes, and seen that a very great multitude cometh to him, he said to Philip: Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? And this he said to try him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him: Two hundred penny-worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, saith to him: There is a boy here that hath five bar. ley loaves, and two fishes; but what are they among so many? Then Jesus said: Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. The men therefore sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to them that were sat down. In like manner also of the fishes, as much as they would, and when they were filled, he said to his disciples : Gather up the fragments that remain, lest they be lost. They gathered up therefore, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above to them that had eaten. Now these men, when they had seen what a miracle Jesus had done, said: This is of a truth the prophet that is to come into the world. Jesus therefore when he knew that they would come to take him by force and make him king, fled again into the mountain himself alone. CREDO.
OFFERT. Ps. cxxxiv.-Praise ye the Lord, for he is good: sing ye to his name, for it is sweet : what he pleased he hath done, in heaven and on earth.
SECRET. We beseech thee, O Lord, mercifully regard this present sacrifice, that it may both increase our devotion, and advance our salvation. Thro'.
COMMUNION. Ps. cxxi.-Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together : for thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord; to praise thy name, O Lord.
P. COMM. Da nobis.-Grant, we beseech thee, O merciful God, that we may sincerely respect, and receive with faith thy holy mysteries, with which thou daily feedest us.
MONDAY INTROIT. Ps. liii.—Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me in thy strength: O God, hear
my prayer: gire oar to the words of my mouth. Ps. For strarigers liave risen up against me; and the miglity have sought after my soul. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Præsta. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we, who ar:mually celebrate this holy fast, may be well pleasing to thee both in body and mind. Thio.
LESSON 3 King's i. 16. 28.-In those days : Two women that were harlots, came to king Solomon, and stood before tim: and one of them said : I beseech thee, my Lord, I and this woman dwelt in one house, and I was delivered of a child with her in the chamber. And the third day after that I was delivered, she alsс was delivered ; and we were together and 10 other person with us in the house, only we two. And this woman's child died in the night. For in her sleep she overlaid him. And rising in the dead time of the night, she took my child from my sile, while thy handmaid was asleep, and laid it mi her bosom: and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold it was dead; but considering him more diligently when it was clear day, I found that it was not mine which I bore. And the other woman answered: It is not so as thou sayest, but thy child is deal, and mine is alive. On the contrary she said : Thou liest: for my child liveth,
strove before the king. Then saith the king : The one saith, my child is alive, and thy child is dead. And the other answereth, Nay, but thy child is dead, and mine liveth. The king therefore said: Bring me a sword. And when they had brought a sword before the king, divide, said he, the living child in two, and give half to the one, and half to the other. But the woman, whose child was alive, said to the king (for her bowels were moved upon her child), I beseech thee, my Lord, give her the