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was this day presented in the temple, so our souls, being perfectly cleansed, may become a pure oblation and presented to thee. Thro'.
LESSON. Mal. ü. 1. 4.-Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord whom you seek, and the angel of the Testament whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts : and who shall be able to think of the day of his coming ? and who shall stand to see him ? For he is like a refining fire, and like the fuller's herb: and he shall sit refina ing and cleansing the silver, and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. And the sacrifice of Juclea and Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years : saith the Lord Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. xlvii.—We have received thy mercy O God, in the midst of thy temple; according to thy name, O God, so also is thy praise unto the ends of the earth. V. As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of our God, on his holy mountain.
Allelvia, Alleluia. V. The old man carried the Child, and the Child governed the old man.
Alleluia. After Septuag. instead of Alleluia and V. is said TRACT. Nunc dimittis.- Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace. Because my eyes have seen thy salvation. Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people. A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
GOSPEL. Luke ii. 22. 32.- At that time: After the days of the purification of Mary, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Jesus to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord. As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons. And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said: Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word, in peace. Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: a light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. CREDO.
OFFERT. Ps. xliv.--Grace is spread on thy lips, therefore hath God blessed thee for ever and ever.
SECRET.-Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, and grant us the assistance of thy mercy, that what we offer to thy divine majesty may be worthy to be accepted. Thro'.
PREFACE, Quia per incarnati, p. XXX. COMM. Luke i.-Simeon, received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death till he beheld the Christ of the Lord.
P. COMM. Quæsumus. We beseech thee, O Lord our God, that the sacred mysteries we have received to preserve our new life, may by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, become a remedy to us both now and for the future. Thro'. When the Purification falls on Septuagesima, Sexa
gesima, or Quinquagesima Sunday, although the Candles are blessed, &c. yet the Mass is deferred till next day.
IV. St. ANDREW CORSINI, bp. c.
All as in Mass X*. p. 482, except COLLECT. Deus, qui. O God, who in every
furnishest the Church with fresh examples of virtue: grant thy faithful so closely to imitate blessed Andrew, thy Confessor and Bishop, as to be, one day, partakers in his reward. Thro'.
V. St. AGATHA, v. m.
All as in Mass XVI. p. 493, except INTROIT.-Let us rejoice in the Lord, and celebrate this festival in honour of blessed Agatha the Martyr, for whose martyrdom the angels rejoice, and join in the praises of the Son of God. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word : I speak my works to the king. V. Glory.
EPISTLE. 1 Cor. i. 26. 31.-Brethren: See your vocation, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: but the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise: and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong: and the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are, that no flesh should glory in his sight. But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption : that, as it is written, He that glorieth, may glory in the Lurd.
GRAD. Ps. xlv. God will assist her with his looks; God is in her, and she shall not fail. V. A swift running stream rejoiceth the city of God: the Most High hath consecrated his tabernacle. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. I spoke of thy testimonies before kings; and I was not ashamed. Alleluia. After Septuag. instead of Alleluia and V. is said
TRACT, Qui seminant, p. 476. GOSPEL. Matt. xix. 3. 12.At that time: The Pharisees came to Jesus tempting him, and saying: Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? Who answering, said to them: Have ye not read, that he who made man from the beginning, made them mule and female? And he said: For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be in one flesh. Therefore now
they are not two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. They say to him: Why did Moses command to give a bill of divorce, and to put away? He saith to them: Because Moses, by reason of the hardness of your heart, permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery ; and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry. Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mother's womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuch's for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.
COMM.-He who vouchsafed to heal all my wounds, and restore my breast to my body, is the living God, whom I call upon.
VIII. St. JOHN of MATHA, C.
All as in Mass XIII. p. 488, except COLLECT. Deus.- O God, who by Holy John was pleased under thy heavenly directions to institute the Order of the Most Holy Trinity, for the redemption of captives out of the hands of the Saracens: grant, we beseech thee, that by his merits we may be delivered, hy thy grace, from all captivity of both body and mind. Thro'.
X. St. SCHOLASTICA, V. All as in Mass XIX. p. 498, except COLLECT. Deus, qui.-0 God, who to recommend to us iunocence of life, wast pleased to let the soul of thy blessed Virgin Scholastica ascend to heaven in the shape of a dove: grant by her merits and prayers, that we may lead innocent lives here, and ascend to eternal joys hereafter. Thro'.
XIV. St. VALENTINE, pr. and m.
All as in Mass III. p. 466, except COLLECT. Præsta.-Grant, we beseech thee,
Almighty God, that we who solemnize the festival of blessed Valentine, thy Martyr, may, by his instruction be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. Thro'.
SECRET.-Be appeased, O Lord, we beseech thee, with the offerings we have made, and by the intercession of blessed Valentine, thy martyr, defend us from all dangers. Thro'.
P. COMM. Šit nobis.—May this divine sacrainent strengthen us, O Lord, both in body and soul, by the intercession of blessed Valentine, thy Martyr, we may receive the effects of what we celebrate. Thro'.