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fast, your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors. Behold you fast for debates and strife, and strike with the fist wickedly. Do not fast as you have done until this day, to make your cry to be heard on high. Is this such a fast, as I have chosen: for a man to afflict his soul for a day? is this it, to wind his head about like a circle, and to spread sackcloth and ashes ? wilt thou call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord ? Is not this rather the fast that I have chosen ? loose the bands of wickedness, undo the bundles that oppress, let them that are broken go free, and break asunder every burden. Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the needy and the harbourless into thy house: when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thy own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall speedily arise, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear: thou shalt cry, and he shall say; Here I am, for I the Lord thy God am merciful.
GRAD. Ps. xxvi.-One thing have I asked of the Jord, this will I seek after ; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord. V. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and be protected in dis holy temple.
* TRACT. Ps. cii. Deal not, p. 117.
GOSPEL. Matt. v. 43. 48. vi. 1. 4.-At that time; Jesus said to his disciples; You have heard that it hath been said: Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enenry. But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you : that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the imjust. For
If you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you do more? do not also the heathens the same. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect. (Chap. vi.) Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an alms deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you they have received their reward. But when thou clost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand cloth. That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee,
OFFERT. Ps. cxvii.- Preserve my life, O Lord, according to thy promise, that I may know thy coininandments.
SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the sacrifice we offer in this holy time of Lent, may render our souls acceptable to thee, and make us more ready in the practice of fasting. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. ii.-Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling: embrace discipline, lest you perish from the just way.
P. COMM. Spiritum nobis.--Give us, O Lord, the spirit of thy charity, that thou mayest, by thy mercy, make those unanimous, whom thou hast fed with one and the same heavenly bread. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God. " PRAYER. Tuere Domine.--Defend, O Lord, thy people, and mercifully cleanse them from all their sins: for no misfortune can hurt them, if no i wickedness rule over them. Thro'.
SATURDAY hefore the I. Sunday in Lent. The Introit, Gradual, Tract, Offertory, and Cominile
nion, us in the foregoing Mass, p. 121, fr. COLLECT. Allesto Domine.--Give ear, () Lord, to our prayers, and grant that we may, with true devotion, observe this solem fast, wliich was wholesomely instituted for giving health to both our souls and liodies. Thro'.
LESSON. Isaias lviii. 9. 11.-Thus sailh the Lord Guil: If thou wilt take away the chain out of the midst of thee, and cease to stretch ont the finger, and to speak that which is good for nothing. When thou shalt pour out thy soul to the liungry, au shalt satisfy the afflicted soul, then shall thy light risc mp in darkness, and thy darkness shall he as the moonia vlay. And the Lord will give the rest contimilly, and will fill thy sou with brightness, illud deliver this bones, anci thou shalt be like a watcrcal garden, and like a fountain of water, whose water's shall not fail. · And the places that have been desolate for ages, shall be built in thec: thou shalt raise up thie foundations of generation and generation: unlilion shalt be called the repairer of the lonces, turning the paths into rest. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thly own will in my holy day, and call the sabbath deliyhiful, and the holy of the Lord glorious, and glorify him, while then dost nit thy own ways, and thy jwn will is not founul, lo speak a word: Then shalt thou be dlcliglitcil in the Lord, and I will list thee up above the sigh places of the carth, and will feel ihce with the inlcritanee of Jacob thy father. For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
GOSPEL. Mark ri. 47. 56.-11 that time: When it was late, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and himself alone on the land. And seeing them labouring in rowing (for the wind was agaiust lhcın)
and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh to them walking upon the sea, and he would have passed by them. But they seeing him walking upon the sea, thought it was an apparition, and they cried out. For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he spoke with them, and said to them: Have a good heart, it is I, fear ye not. And he went up to them into the ship, and the wind ceased. And they were far more astonished within themselves: for they understood not concerning the loaves: for their heart was blinded. And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Genesareth, and set to the shore. And when they were gone out of the ship, immediately they knew him; and running through that whole country, they began to carry about in beds those that were sick, where they heard he was. And whithersoever he entered, into towns, or into villages, or cities, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch but the hem of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.
SECRET. Receive, O Lord, the sacrifice, by the immolation of which thou vouchsafest to be appeased; and grant, we beseech thee, that being purified by its efficacy, we may offer the affections of our mind well pleasing to thee. Thro'.
P. COMM. Cælestis.--Being strengthened, O Lord, by the gift of a heavenly life, we beseech thee, that what is a mystery to us in this life, may help us to obtain that which is eternal. Thro'.
Let us pray: Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Fideles.—May thy faithful, o God, be strengthened by thy gifts: that, by receiving them, they may ever hunger after them, and hungering after them, they may have their desires satisfied in the everlasting possession of them. Thro'.
1. SUNDAY IN LENT.
INTROIT. Ps. xc. HE shall cry to me, JNvocabit me, et ego 11 and I will hear him: I eraudiam eum : EriI will deliver him and pium eum, et glorificubo I will glorify him: I will eum: Longitudine diefill him with length of rum adimplebo eum.days. Ps. He that dwell. Ps. 90. Qui habitut in eth in the aid of the Most adjutorio altissimi, in proHigh, shall abide under tectione Dei cæli commothe protection of the God rubitur. of heaven. V. Glory. V. Gloria.
COLLECT. Deus qui.-0 God, who purifiest thy Church by the yearly observation of Lent: grant, that what thy children endeavour to obtain of thee by abstinence, they may put in execution by good works. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 2 Cor. vi. 1. 10.-Brethren: We ex. hort you, that you receive not the grace of God in vain. For he saith: “ In an acceptable time have I heard thee; and in the day of salvation have I helped thee.” Behold, now is the acceptable time: behold now is the day of salvation. Giving no offence to any man, that our ministry be not blamed : but in all things let us exhibit ourselves as the miniters of God, in much patience, in tribulation, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in prison, in seditions, in labours, in watchings, in fastings, in chastity, in knowledge, in long-suffering, in sweetness, in the Holy Ghost, in charity unfeigned, in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the armour of justice on the right-hand, and on the leít: by honour, and dishonour: by evil report, and good report: as deceivers, and yet true: as unknown, and yet known: as dying, and behold we live : as chastised, and not killed : as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing: as needy, yet enriching many: as having Kothing, and possessing all thir.gs.