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by the clemency of thine own goodness, and the intercession of thy saints obtain pardon and full remission of their sins. Thro'.
LESSON. Joel ii. 12. 19.— Thus saith the Lord: Be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts, and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. Who knoweth but he will return, and forgive, and leave a blessing behind him, sacrifice and libation to the Lord your Goal? Blow the trumpet in Sion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather together the people, sanctify the Church, assemble the ancients, gather together the little ones and them that suck at the breasts : let the bridegroom go forth from his bed, and the bride out of the bride-chamber. Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord's ministers shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people : and give not thine inheritance to reproach, that the heathens should rule over them. Why should they say among the nations: Where is their God? The Lord hath been zealous for his land, and hath spared his people. And the Lord answered and said to his people: Behold I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, you shall be filled with them: and I will no more make you a reproach among the nations : saith the Lord Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. lvi.---Have mercy on me O God, have mercy on me: for my soul hath trusted in thee. v. He hath sent from heaven, and delivered me: he hath made them a reproach that trode upon me.
* TRACT. Ps. cii. and lxxviii.-Deal not with us, O Lord, according to our sins, which we have committed, nor punish us according to our iniquities. V. Remember not, O Lord, our former iniquities : let thy mercies spcedily prevent us, for we are become exceeding poor. ( At this verse kneel down.) V. Help us, O God our Saviour, and for the glory of thy name O Lord deliver iis, and forgive us our sins for thy name's sake. The above Tract is still every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, till Wednesday in Holy Week, except there be a proper une appointed. GOSPEL. Matt. vi. 16. 21.--At that time; Jesus said to his disciples : When you fast be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigurt 'their faces, tlat they may appear to men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face: that thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father, who is in secret : and thy Father, who seeth in secret, will reward thee. Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust and moth consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal. For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart
OFFERT. Ps. xxix. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upholden me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. O Lord, I have cried to thee, and thou hast healed me.
SECRET. Grant, O Lord, that we may be duly prepared to present these our offerings, by which we celebrate the institution of this venerable mystery. Thro'. · II. SECRET. Ordinary, p. xxvii.
III. SECRET. O God, to whom alone is known the number of thine elect to be placed in eternal bliss : grant, we beseech thes, by the intercession of at thy saints, that the book of predestination may
contain the names of all those, whom we have undertaken to pray for, as well as those of all the faithful. Thro'.
PREFACE. Qui corporali jejunio, p. XXX.,
COMM. Ps. 1.-He that meditateth night and day on the law of the Lord shall yield his fruit in due season.
P. COMM. Percepta.-May the mysteries we have received, O Lord, afford us help, that our fasting may be acceptable to thee, and become a remedy to us. Thro'.
II, P. COMM. Mundet.- Ordinary, p. xliv.
III. P. COMM. Purificent.--May the mysteries we have received, purify us, we beseech thee, O Almighty and merciful God: and grant, by the intercession of all thy saints, that this thy sacrament may not increase our guilt to punishment, but be a means of obtaining pardon in order to salvation: may it wash away sin, strengthen our frailty, secure us against the dangers of the world, and procure forgiveness for all the faithful both living and dead. Thro'. Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
The Prayer, Inclinantes, over the people. MERCIFULLY look down upon us, O Lord, 1 bowing down before thy divine Majesty, that they who have been refreshed with thy divine mysteries, may always be supported by thy heavenly aid. Thro'.,
THURSDAY before the I. Sunday in Lent.
INTROIT. Ps. liv. W HEN I cried out to the Lord, he heard my
voice against those who were coming upon me: he that is before all ages and will be for ever, humbled them: cast thy care on the Lord, and he will feed thee. Ps. Hear, O God, my prayer, and 120 TAURSDAY BEFORE I. SUNDAY IN LENT. despise not my supplication : be attentive to me and hear me., V. Glory.
COLLECT. Deus, qui culpa.-0 God, who by sin art offended, and pacified by repentance, mercifully regard the prayers of thy people, who make supplication to thee: and turn away the scourges of thy anger, which we deserve for our sins. Thro'.
LESSON. Isaias xxxviii. 1.6.-In those days Ezechias was sick even to death, and Isaias the son of Amos the prophet came unto him, and said to him : Thus saith the Lord: Take order with thy house for thou shalt die, and not live. And Ezechias turned his face towards the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said: I beseech thee, O Loril, remember how I have walked before thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good iu tly sight. And Ezechias wept with great weeping. And the word of the Lord came to Isaias, saying: Go and say to Ezechias: Thus saith the Lord the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, and I have seen thy tears : behold I will add to thy days fifteen years: And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hands of the king of the Assyrians, and I will protect it, saith the Lord Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. liv.-Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: V. When I cried out to the Loril, he heard me, and defended ine against those that were coming upon me.
GOSPEL. Matt. viii. from * in the Gospel of the III. Sunday after Epiphany, p. 99.
OFFERT. Ps. xxiv.-To thee, O Lord have I lifted up my soul. O my God; in thee, O my God I put my trust, let me not be ashainel; neither let iny enemies laugh at ine; for none of them that wait.. on thee shall be confounded.
SECRET. Hear us, O Lord, we beseech thee, 2 and being appeased by these offerings, grant shuya?
may increase our devotion, and advance our salvation. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. 1.-Thou wilt accept a sacrifice of righteousness, oblations, and whole burnt-offerings on thy altar, O Lord.
P. COMM. Cælestis.-Having partaken of the blessings of these heavenly mysteries, we humbly beseech thee, O Almighty God, that by them we may receive both the sacrament and eternal salvation. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Purce.-Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: that having been justly chastised, they may find comfort in thy mercy. Thro'.
FRIDAY before the I. Sunday in Lent.
INTROIT. Ps. xxix. THE Lord hath heard, and hath had mercy on me: 1 the Lord hath become my helper. Ps. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Inchoata jejunia.-Graciously favour us, O Lord, we beseech thee, in the fast we have undertaken; that what we observe outwardly, we may perform with sincere minds. Thro'.
LESSON. Is. lviii. 1.9.-Thus saith the Lord God; Cry, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their wicked doings, and the house of Jacob their sins. For they seek me from day to day, and desire to know my ways, as a nation that hàth done justice, and hath not forsaken the judgment of their God: they ask of me the judgments of justice: they are willing to approach to God. Why have we fasted, and thou hast not re- . garded: why have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold, in the day of your