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COLLECT. Concede.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who groan under the old captivity of sin, may be freed therefrom by the birth of thy only begotten Son. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Heb. i. 1, 12-God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all, in those days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world : who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right-hand of the majesty on high : being made so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, “ Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee? And again: “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a Son?" And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith : " And let all the angels of God adoré him." And to the angels indeed he saith : “He that maketh his angels,
ts: and his ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son: “ Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." And: “ Thou, in the beginning, O Lord, didst found the earth: and the works of thy hands are the heavens. They shall perish, but thou shalt continue: and they shall all grow old as a garment. And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the self-same, and thy years shall not fail."
GRAD. Ps. xcvii. --All the ends of the earth hath seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to the Lord all the earth. V. The Lord hath made known his salvation: he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles. Alleluia.
V. A sanctified day V. Dies sanctificatus hath shone upon us :
illuxit nobis: venite Gentes, come, ye Gentiles, and et adorate Dominum, quia adore the Lord, for this hodie descendit lux magna day a great light is come super terram. Alleluia. down upon
the earth. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. John i. In the beginning, &c. as in the Ordinary p. xlv.
OFFERT. Ps. lxxxvii.-Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth; the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded : Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne.
SECRET. Sanctify, O Lord, our offerings, by the new birth of thy only begotten Son, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Thro, the same.
COMMUNICANTES, till the Circumcision. BEING united in communion, and celebrating
this most sacred day, [in the 1st Mass, sacred night,] on which the spotless virginity of the blessed Mary brought forth a Saviour to this world, moreover honouring in the first place, the memory of the same glorious V. M. &c. as in p. xxxiv.
COMM. Ps. xcvii.--The whole earth hath seen the salvation of our God.
P. COMM. Præsta, quæsumus.-Grant we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that as the Saviour of the world, who was born this day, procured for us a divine birth, he may also bestow on us immortality. Who liveth. At the end of this Mass is said the Gospel of the
Epiphany, p. 91.
INTROIT. Ps. cxvi.
persecuted me: help me, O Lord my God, for thy servant hath practised thy cominandments. Ps.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Da nobis.-Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we may imitate him whose memory we celebrate, so as to learn to love even our enemies, because we now solemnize his martyrdom, who knew how to pray, even for his persecutors, to our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son. Who liveth. Commem. of Christmas, by the Collect, Secret, and
P." Comm. of the Ill. Mass, p. 77. LESSON. Acts vi. 8. 10. vii. 54. 69.-In those days : Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people. Now there arose some of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them that were of Cilicia and Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke. Chap. vii
. 54. Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth at him. But he being full of the Holy Ghost, looking up stedfastly to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right handl of God. And he said: Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the righthand of God. And they, crying out with a loud voire, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him. And casting him forth without the city, they stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying: Lord Jesus receive my spirit. And falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he said this, he fell asleep in the Lord.
GRAD. Ps. cxviii.- Princes sat, and spoke against me: and the wicked persecuted me. V. Help me, O
Lord my God: save me for thy mercies sake. Alleluia, Alleluia.
V. I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxiii. 34. 39.-At that time : Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees: Behold I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes : 1 and some of them you will put to death, and crucify, and some you will scourge in your synagogues,
and persecute from city to city: that upon you may come all the just blood that hath been shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Amen. I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou
that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not? Behuld, your house shall be left to you desolate. For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. CREDO.
OFFERT. Acts vi. 7.-The Apostles chose Stephen, a Levite, full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost, whom the Jews stoned, praying and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Alleluia.
SECRET. Receive, O Lord, these offerings in memory of thy saints : and as their sufferings have made them glorious, so may our devotion render us free from sin. Thro'.
COMM. Acts. vii.--I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing on the right-hand of the power of God: Lord Jesus receive my spirit, and lay not this sin to their charge.
P. COMM. Auxilientur.-May the mysteries we
have received, O Lord, be a help to us, and, by the intercession of the blessed martyr, Stephen, strengthen us with thy perpetual protection. Thio'
St. JOHN the EVANGELIST. INTROIT, In medio, as in MASS XII. Common of
Doctors. COLLECT. Ecclesiæ.-Mercifully, O Lord, enlighten thy Church, that being taught by blessed John, thy Apostle and Evangelist, she may come to thy eternal rewards. Thro'. The Commem. of Christmas, and of St. Stephen,
by their several Collects, Secrets, and P. Comms.
LESSON. Ecclus, XV: 1. 6.--He that feareth God, will do good : and he that possesseth justice, shall lay hold on her. And she will meet him as an honour. able mother, With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholesome wisdom to drink: and she shall be made, strong in him, and he shall not be moved : and she shall hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours, and in the midst of the Church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill him with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with the robe of glory. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and our Lord God shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.
GRAD. John xxi.-A report was spread among the brethren, that that disciple should not die : but Jesus said not, he should not die. V. But, so I will have him remain till I come: follow thou me. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. This is the disciple that beareth testimony of these things, and we know his testimony is true. Alleluia.