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SECRET. The sacrifices we beg to be offered to thee, O Lord, are such tokens of temporal comfort, that we cannot despair of thy eternal promises.
COMM. Ps. xxiv.-Deliver me, o Gol of Israel, from all my distress. - P. COMM. Da nobis.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that as we daily celebrate tbese divine mysteries, we may be made worthy of the rewards of heaven. Thro'. - Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God. · PRAYER. Da nobis.-Grant us, O Lord, we beseech thee, perseverance in thy service; that in our days thy faithful may increase both in number and goodness. Thro'.
WEDNESDAY. INTROIT. Ps. xvii.-0 my deliverer from the angry Gentiles, thou wilt place me out of the reach of those that assault me: tho:1, O Lord, wilt rescue me from the unrighteous man. Ps. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength: the Lord is my support, my refuge, and my deliverer.
COLLECT. Sanctificato. Enlighten, O God of mercy, the hearts of thy people by means of this holy fast; and since all our devotion is the effect of thy bounty, mercifully hear the petitions we make. Thro'.
LESSON. Lev. xix. 10. 19.-In those days: The Lord srake to Moses, saying: Speak to all the ase sembly of the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: I am the Lord your God. You shall not steal. You shall not lie ; neither shall any man de ceive his neighbour. Thou shalt not swear falsely by my name, nor profane the name of thy God. I ain the Lord. Thou shalt not calumniate thy neighbour, nor oppress him by violence. The wages of him that has been hired by thee, shall not abide with
thee until the morning Thou shalt not speak evd of the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind: but thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, because I am the Lord. Thou shalt not do that which is unjust, nor judge unjustly. Respect not the person of the poor, nor honour the countenance of the mighty. But judge thy neighbour according to justice. Thou shalt not be a detracter nor a whisperer among the people. Thou shalt not stand against the blood of thy neighbour. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy heart, but reprove him openly, lest thou incur sin through him. Seek uot revenge, nor be mindful of the injury of thy citizens. Thou shalt love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord. Keep ye my laws, for I am the Lord your God.
GRAD. Ps, xxix. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. V.O Lord my God, I have cried to thee, and thou hast healed me. Thou hast brought forth, O Lord, my soul from hell, and thou hast saved me from them that go down into the pit.
* TRACT. Ps. cii.-Deal not, p. 117.
GOSPEL. John X. 22. 38.--At that time: It was the feast of the dedication at Jerusalem :, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon's porch, the Jews therefore came round about him, and said to him : How long dost thor: hold our souls in suspense? if thou be the Christ tell us plainly. Jesus answered them : I speak to you, and you believe not: the works that I do in the name of my Father, they give testimony of me: but you do not believe, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand. That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all; and no man
can snatch them out of the hand of my Father. I and the Father are one. The Jews then took up stones to stone him. Jesus answered them: Many good works I have shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me? The Jews answered him: For a good work we stone thee not, but for blasphemy: and because that thou being a man, makest thyself God. Jesus answered them: Is it not written in your law: I said, you are Gods ? If he called them gods, to whom the word of God was spoken, and the scripture cannot be broken; do you say of him, whom the Father hath sanctified and sent into the world: Thou blasphemest: because I said, I am the Son of God? If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do: though you will not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and believe that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.
OFFERT. Ps. lvii.-Deliver me, from my enla emies, O my God; and defend me, O Loril, from them that rise up against me.
SECRET. Grant, O merciful God, that we may offer thre, with a sincere heart, this sacrifice of propitiation and praise. Thro'. . COMM. Ps. xxv. I will wash my hands with the immocent: and will compass thy altar, O Loril, that I may lear the voice of thy praise: and publish all thy wonderful works.
P. COMM. Cæleslis.--Having received thy heavenly gift, we humbly beseech thee, O Almighty Gol, that it may produce in us the effect of the sacrainent, and procure our salvation. 'Thro'.
Let iis pray. Bow down your heads to Goil.
PRAYER. Adesto.-llcar our prayers and entreaties, 0 Alinighty Guil, and grant that those to whom thou givest hopes of thy mercy, may experience the effects of thy usual clemency. Thro'.
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THURSDAY. INTROIT. Dan. iii.-All thou hast done for us, O Lord, thou hast done with great justice; because we have sinned against thee, and have not obeyed thy commandments: but do thou make thy name glorious, and deal with us according to the multitude of thy mercies. Ps. cxviii.-Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the Lord.
COLLECT. Præsta.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the dignity of human nature, which hath been wounded by excess, may be cured by the practice of healing temperance. Thro'.
LESSON. Dan. iii. 34. 45.-In those days : Azarias prayed to the Lord, saying: Deliver us not up for ever, we beseech thee, for thy name's sake, and abolish not thy covenant: and take not away thy mercy from us, for the sake of Abraham thy beloved, and Isaac thy servant, and Israel thy holy one: to whom thou hast spoken, promising that thou wouldst multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that is on the sea shore. For we, O Lord, are diminished more than any nation, and are brought low in all the earth this day for our sins. Neither is there at this time prince, or leader, or prophet, or holocaust, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place of first-fruits before thee. That we may find thy mercy: nevertheless in a contrite heart and humble spirit let us be accepted. As in holocausts of rams, and bullocks, and as in thousands of fat lambs : so let our sacrifice be made in thy sight this day, that it may please thee: for there is no confusion to them that trust in thee. And now we follow thee with all our heart, and we fear thee, and seek thy face. Put us not to confusion, but deal with us according to thy meekness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies. And deliver us according to thy wonderful works, and give glory to thy name, o
Lord: and let all them be confounded that shew evils to thy servants, let them be confounded in all thy might, and let their strength be broken: and let them know that thou art the Lord, the only God, and glorious over all the world. O Lord our God.
GRAD. Ps. xcv.-Bring up sacrifices, and come into his courts; adore ye the Lord in his holy court. V. Ps. xxviii. The Lord will discover the thick woods; and in his Temple all shall speak his glory.
GOSPEL. Luke vii. 36. 50. - At that time : One of the Pharisees desired him to eat with him. And he went into the house of the Pharisee, and sat down to meat. And behold a woman that was in the city a sinner, when she knew that he sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment; and standing behind at his feet, she began to wash his feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. And the Pharisee, who had invited him, seeing it, spoke within himself saying : This man, if he were a prophet, would know surely who and what manner of woman this is that touched him, that she is a sinner. And Jesus answering, said to him, Simon, I have somewhat to say to thee. But he said: Master, say it. A certain creditor had two debtors, the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And whereas they had not wherewith to pay, he forgave them both. Which therefore of the two loveth him most? Simon answering, said: I suppose that he to whom he forgave most. And he said to him : Thou hast judged rightly. And turning to the woman, he said unto Simon: Dost thou see this woman? I entered into thy house, thou gavest me no water for my feet; but she with tears hath washed my feet and with her hairs hath wiped them. Thou gavest me no kiss; but she, since she came in, hath not ceased to kiss my feet." My head with oil thou