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God hath not called us, unto uncleanness, but unto sanctification.
GRAD. Ps. XXV.—The distress of my soul is increased, deliver me, O Lord, from the evils that surround me. V. See, O Lord, to what I am reduced: see what I suffer, and forgive me all any sins.
TRACT. Ps. ev.--Confitemini Domino quonian bonus : quoniam in sæculum misericordia ejus. Give glory to the Lord for he is good : for his mercy enureth for ever. V. Who shall declare the powers of the Lord? who shall set forth all his praises ? y. Blessed are they that keep judgment and do justice at all times. V. Remember us, O Lord, in favour of thy people: visit us with thy salvation.
GOSPEL. Matt. xvii. 1. 9.-At that time : Jesus taketh unto him Peter and James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into a high mountain apart: and he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow. And behold there appeared to them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then Peter answering, said to Jesus : Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles, one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. And as he was yet speaking, behold a bright cloud overshadowed them. “And lo a voice out of the cloud, saying: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: hear ye hiin. And the disciples hearing, fell upon their face, and were very much afraid. And Jesus came and touched them: and said to them: Arise, and be not afraid. 'And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one, but only Jesus. And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying: Tell the vision to no man, till the Son of Man shall be risen from the dead. CREDO.
OFFERT. Ps. cxviii. I will meditate on they law, which I have loved exceedingly: and I will practise thy commandments, which I have loved.
SECRET. Look down, O Lord, we beseech thee, on this our sacrifice, that it may increase our devotion, and procure our salvation. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. v. Understand my cry: hearken to the voice of my prayer, O my King and my God, for to thee will I pray, O Lord.
P. COMM. Supplices.-- Grant we humbly leseech thee, O Almighty God, that those, whom thou hast refreshed with thy sacraments, may worthily serve thee in the conduct of their lives. Thro'.
INTROIT. Ps. xxv. DELIVER
me, O Lord, and take pity on me:
for my foot hath stood in the right path: in the assemblies will I bless the Lord. Ps. Be thou, O Lord, my judge, for I have walked in my innocency; and trusting in thee, I shall not be weakened. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Præsta.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that thy people who mortify themselves by abstinence from meat, may likewise fast from sin, and follow righteousness. Thro'.
LESSON. Dan. ix. 15. 19.-In those days : Daniel prayed to the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, who hast brought forth thy people out of the land of Egypt with a strong hand, and hast made thee a name as at this day: we have sinned, we have committed iniquity, O Lord, against all thy justice: let thy wrath and thy indignation be turned away I beseech thee, from thy city Jerusalem, and from thy holy mountain. For by reason of our sins, and the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are a reproach to all that are round about us. Now therefore, o our God, hear the supplication of thy
servant, and his prayers : and shew thy face upon thy sanctuary which is desolate, for thy own sake. Incline, O my God, thy ear, and hear: open thy cyes, and see our desolation, and the city upon which thy name is called: for it is not for our justifications that we present our prayers before thy face, but for the multitude of thy tender mercies. 0 Lord hear: O Lord, be appeased: hearken and do: delay not for thy own sake, O my God: because thy name is invocated upon thy city, and upon thy people, O Lord our God.
GRAD. Ps. lxix.-Be thou my helper and my deliverer: O Lord, delay nat. V. Let my enemies who seek my soul, be put to confusion and shame.
TRACT. Ps. cii.-Deal not, p. 117. GOSPEL. John vüi. 21. 29.-At that time : Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: I go
and you shall seek me, and you shall die in your sin. Whither I go, you cannot come.
The Jews there. fore sail: Will he kill himself, because he said: Whither I go, you cannot come? And he said to them: You are from heneath, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. Therefore I say to you, that you shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sip. They said therefore to him: Who art thou? Jesus said to them: The beginning, who also speak unto you. Many things I have to speak, and to judge of you. But he that sent me is true : and the things I have heard of him, the same I speak in the world. Now they understood not that he called God his Father. Jesus therefore said to them: When you shall have lifted up the Son of Man, then shall you kno
that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself but as the Father has taught me, these things I speak. And he that sent me is witb me, and he hath not left me alone: for I do always the things that please him.
OFFERT. Ps. XV.- I will bless the Lord, who hath given me understanding: I set the Lord always in my sight: for he is at my right hand, that I be not moved.
SECRET. May this sacrifice of propitiation and praise make us, O Lord, worthy of thy protection. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. viii.-0 Lord our God, how ad. mirable is thy name in the whole earth!
P. COMM. Hæc nos.-May this communion, O Lord, cleanse us from sin; and make us partakers of the heavenly remedy. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Adesto.--Hear our prayers and entreaties, 0 Almighty God; and grant that those, to whum thou givest hopes of thy mercy, may expo. rience the effects of thy usual clemency. Thro'.
INTROIT. Ps. xxvi. MY Y heart hath said to thee, my face hath sought
thee: thy face ( Lord will I still seek: turn not away thy face from me. Ps. The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Ý. Glory.
COLLECT. Perfice.-Grant us, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy assistance, whereby we may go. through the observance of this holy fast, that what we have undertaken by thy appointment, we may accomplish by thy grace. Thro'.
LESSON. 3 Kings xvii. 8. 16.-In those days : The word of the Lord came to Elias the Thesbite, saying: Arise, and go to Sarephta a city of the Sidonians, and dwell there: for I have commanded
dow woman there to feed thee. He arose, and went to Sarephta. And when he was come to the gate of the city, he saw the widow woman gathering sticks, and he called her, and said to her:
Give me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And when she was going to fetch it, he called after her, saying: Bring me, also, I beseech thee, a morsel of bread in thy hand. And she answered: As the Lord thy God liveth, I have no bread, but only a handful of meal in a pot, and a little oil in a cruse: behold I am gathering two strks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son that we may eat it, and die. And Elias said to her: Fear not, but go, and do as thou hast said: but first make for me of the same meal a little hearth cake, and bring it to me: and after make for thyself and thy son. For thus saith the Lord the God of Israel : The pot of meal shall not waste, nor the cruse of oil be diminished, until the day wherein the Lord will give rain upon the face of the earth. She went, and did according to the word of Elias: and he ate, and she, and her house: and from that day the pot of meal wasted not, and the cruse of oil was not diminished, according to the word of the Lord, which he spoke in the hand of Elias.
GRAD. Ps. liv.-Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. V. When I cried out to the Lord, he heard my voice against those who were coming upon me.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxiii. 1. 12.--At that time : Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying: the Scribes and the Pharisees have sitten on the chair of Moses. All things therefore whatsoever they shall say to you, observe and do: but according to their works do ye not: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy and insupportable burdens: and lay them on men's shoulders: but with a finger of their own they will not move them. And all these works they do to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad and enlarge their fringes. And they love the first places at feasts, and the first chairs in the synagogues, and salutations in the market-place, and to be called by men