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hands, and charitably pray for me, a sinful creature. And may those who in heaven have obtained their desired end, and are now happily and gloriously united with Thee, vouchsafe to cast a look of pity upon me, a poor and needy beggar, and remember me before the Throne of Thy Grace. Amen. (Imit. 4.)

With regard to the manner in which we should spend our time after Communion, let us remember the words put into the mouth of Christ by the author of The Imitation.

HOU oughtest not only to prepare thyself by

THO devotion before Communion, but carefully

also to keep thyself therein after receiving the Sacrament; for the carefully guarding of thyself afterwards is no less required than the devoutly preparing of thyself before; for a good guard afterwards, is also the best preparation for obtaining greater grace in the future.

For that which renders a man very much indisposed, is, if he presently turn himself to seek exterior comforts. Beware of much talk, remain in secret, and enjoy thy God. For thou hast Him whom the whole world cannot take from thee. I am He to whom thou oughtest to give thy whole self; so that thou mayest henceforth live without solicitude, not in thyself, but in me.

One or more of the Parts of the Psalter of Jesus, p. 197, may, with other suitable devotions, be added, either now, or later during the course of the day.

The Ecclesiastical Dear.

PART I. Common of ordinary Sundays and week days.

PART II. Common of the feasts of Our Lord and the Saints.

PART III. Proper of the Season,
PART IV. Proper of the Saints.

UNDER this head the Lessons, Hymns, Collects, Epistles and Gospels for the Morning and Evening Offices and for Mass are given; with short notices respecting the Festivals and Seasons, and principal Saints' Days.

Unless otherwise specified, by MORNING OFFICE is here meant the Third Part of the Morning Office, page 18 and by EVENING OFFICE the First Part of the Evening Office, page 143.

The LESSON is proper to the Morning Office.

The HYMN, unless otherwise noted, is common to the Morning and Evening Offices.

The COLLECT is common to Mass, and to the Morning and Evening Offices.

The EPISTLE, either in whole, or to the point marked by an asterisk (*), serves as an Evening Lesson when no other is provided.

AMEN, though not inserted, is to be said after every hymn.

Part E-Common of the leek.






TEAR, O Israel, the commandments of life give ear that thou mayest learn wisdom. How happeneth it, O Israel, that thou art in thine enemies' land? Thou art grown old in a strange country: thou art defiled with the dead: thou art counted with them that go down into hell. Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom: for if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou hadst surely dwelt in peace for ever. Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding that thou mayest know also where is length of days and life, where is the light of the eyes and peace. Who hath found out her place? and who hath gone in to her treasures? Where are the


princes of the nations, and they that rule over the beasts that are upon the earth? That take their diversion with the birds of the air; that hoard up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and there is no end of their getting? who work in silver and are solicitous, and their works are unsearchable. They are cut off, and are gone down to hell, and others have risen up in their places. Young men have seen the light, and have dwelt upon the earth : but the way of knowledge they have not known: nor have they understood the paths thereof, neither have their children received it: it is far from their faces. It hath not been heard of in the land of Chanaan, neither hath it been seen in Theman. The children of Agar also, that search after the

wisdom that is of the earth, the merchants of Merrha, and of Theman, and the tellers of fables, and searchers of prudence and understanding: but the way of wisdom they have not known, neither have they remembered her paths. (Baruch 3.)


Primo die quo Trinitas (adapted).

Hymn. this, the day whereon our God

The world's foundations laid :

Whereon its Maker rose from death
And Death's dominion stayed:
Away with sloth, and love of self,
And thoughts on earth intent :
Lift we awhile our minds to God,
And from our hearts lament :
That we, His much-loved work, are yet
So slow to do His will;
And beg that He in mercy would

With love regard us still :

So may the Father hear our cry,

And still stretch forth His hand,

That, weak ourselves, we may through Him
Our strongest foes withstand.

So may the Son, who by His blood
Redeemed the world from sin,

Cleanse us from guilt, and make us meet
Eternal joys to win.

So may the Spirit, Source of love,

Remove all jarring strife;

And guide and strength'n us, till we reach

The gates of endless life.

Then, then indeed shall we, who now

In prayer our voices raise,

Pour forth with joy a grateful hymn

Of never-ending praise.


Our prayers, most loving Father, grant
Through Christ Thine equal Son,
Who with Thee and the Holy Ghost
Doth reign while ages run. Amen.

GOD of hosts, to whom belongeth all

in our hearts, the love of Thy Name, and grant us an increase of religion; that Thou mayest nourish in us that which is good, and by the zeal of our devotion preserve in us that which Thou hast nourished. Through &c.

Epistle. BRETHREN, the word of the Cross, to

them indeed that perish, is foolishness; but to them that are saved, that is, to us, it is the power of God. For it is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the prudence of the prudent I will reject. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world, by wisdom, knew not God: it pleased God, by the foolishness of our preaching, to save them that believe. For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: but we preach Christ crucified; unto the Jews indeed a stumbling-block, and unto the Gentiles, foolishness; but unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God, is wiser than men: and the weakness of God, is stronger than men. (1 Cor. 1.) Gospel. T that time, Jesus said to His disciples,


merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you shall be forgiven. Give, and it

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