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Moses and the prophets, neither will they believe, if one rise again from the dead.
OFFERT. Exod. xxxii.-Moses prayed in the presence of the Lord his God, and said: Why, () Lord, art thou angry with thy people ? Let the wrath of thy soul be appeased : remember Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to whom thou didst swear to give a land flowing with milk and honey. And the Lord was appeased: and did not the evil with which he threatened liis people.
SECRET. May the fast consecrated w thy name, O Lori, sanctify us by this preseut sacrifice, that we may experience inwarılly the effects of what we oute, wardly profess by our fast. Thro'.
COMIMI. John vi.-lle that eateth my flesh, and driviketh my blood, abideth in me, and I in him, saith the Lord.
P. COMM. Gralia. May thy grace, O Lord, we beseech thee, never abandon us, but erer make us intent on thy holy service, and always procure us thy help. Thro',
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Adesto.-Be favourable, () Lord, to thy servants, and hear their prayers in the grant of everlasting mercy; that glorying in thee their Creaa lor anul Governor, they may have all things perfictor and perpetuated to thein. Thro'.
INTROIT. Ps. xvi. BUT I will appear before thy sight in justice: 1 : D shall be satisfied when thy glory shall appear. Ps. Hear, O Lord, my justice: attend to any supo" plication. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Da quæsumus.-Grant, O Almighty God, that, being purified by this fast, we may come to the approaching solemnity with clean hearts Thru'.
LESSON. Gen. xxxvii. 6. 22. In those days : Joseph said to his brethren : Hear my dream which I have dreamed: I thought we were binding sheaves in the field : and my sheaf arose as it were, and stood, and your sheaves standing about bowed down before my sheaf. His brethren answered: Shalt thou be our king ? or shall we be subject to thy dominion? Therefore this matter of his dreams and words ministered nourishment to their envy and hatred. He dreamed also another dream, which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream, as it were the sun, and the moon, and eleven stars, worshipping me. And when he had told this to his father, and brethren, his father rebuked him, and said : What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren, worship thee upon the earth ? His brethren thercfore envied him: but his father considered the thing with himself. And when his brethren abode in Sichem, feeding their father's flocks, Israel said to him: Thy brethren feed the sheep m Sichem ; • come, I will send thee to them. And when he answered: I am ready : he said to him: Go, and see if all things be well with thy brethren, and the cattle : and bring me word again what is doing. So being sent from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem. And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked him what he sought. But he answered: I seek my brethren: tell me where they feed their flocks. And the man said to him: They are departed from this place: for I heard them say: let us go to Dothain. And Joseph went forward after his brethren, and found them in Dothain. And when they saw him afar off, before he came nigh them, they thought to kill himn: and said one to another, Behold the dreamer cometh, come let us kill him, and cast him into some old pit; and we will say: some evil beast hath devoured him ; and
then it shall appear what his dreams avail him. And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said : Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood: but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and keep your hands harmless : now he said this, being desirous to deliver him out of their hands and restore him to his father.
GRAD. Ps. cxix. -In my trouble I cried to the Lord, and he heard me. V. O Lord, Deliver my soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.
* TRACT. Ps. cii.-Deal not, p. 117. GOSPEL. Matt. xxi. 33. 46.--At that time Jesus spoke to the multitude of the Jews, and to the chief priests this parable : There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and made a hedge round about it, and dug in it a press, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen: and went into a strange country. And when the time of the fruits drew nigh, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits thereof. And the husbandmen laying hands on his servants, beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. · Again he sent other servants more than the former: and they did to them in like manner. And last of all he sent them his Son, saying: They will reverence my Son: But when the husbandmen seeing the Son, they said among themselves: This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance. And taking him they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those husbandmen? They say to him: He will bring those evil men to an evil and: and will let out his vineyard to other husbanamen, that shall render him the fruit in due season. Jesus saith to them: Have you never read in the Scriptures : « The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner? . By the Lord this hath been done, and it is wonderful
in our eyes.” Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them. And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude: because they held him as a prophet.
OFFERT. Ps. xxxix.-Look down, O Lord, to deliver me ; look down, O Lord, to help me, let them be confounded and ashamed together that seek after my soul to take it away: look down to my aid, O Lord.
SECRET. May the effects of this warfare, o Lord, remain in us, and be increased by good works. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. xi.-Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us: and keep us from this generation for erer.
P. COMM. Fac nos.--Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that having received this pledge of our · eternal salvation, we may so direct our course thereto, as happily to arrive at it. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYÊR. Da quæsumus.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, to thy people health both of soul and body, that by the continual practice of good works, they may always be defended by thy powerful protection. Thro'.
INTROIT. Ps. xviii. THE law of the Lord is unspotted, converting
1 souls; the testimony of the Lord is faithful giving wisdom to little ones. Ps The heavens shew forth the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Da quæsumus-Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, this saving effect of our fast, that the chastisement of the flesh, which we have undertaken, may become the improvement of our souls. Thro'.
LESSON. Gen. xxvï. 5. 39.-In those days : Rebecca said to her son Jacob: I heard thy father talking with Esau thy brother, and saying to him: Bring me of thy hunting, and make me meats that I may eat, and bless thee in the sight of the Lord, before I die. Now therefore, my son, follow my counsel: and go thy way to thy flock, bring me two kids of the best, that I may make of them meat for thy father, such as he gladly eateth: which when thou hast brought in, and he hath eaten, he may bless thee before he die. And he answered her: Thou knowest that Esau my brother is a hairy man, and I am smooth: if my father shall feel me, and perceive it, I fear lest he will think I would have mocked him, and I shall bring upon me a curse instead of a blessing. And his mother said to him: Upon me be this curse, my son: only hear thou my voice, and go, fetch me the things which I have said, He went, and brought, and gave them to his mother. She dressed meat such as she knew his father liked. And she put on 'him very good garments of Esau, which she had at home with her: and the httle skins of the kids she put about his hands, and covered the bare of his neck. And she gave him the savoury meat, and delivered him bread that she had baked. Which when he had carried in, he said: My father? But he answered: I hear. Who art thou my son? And Jacob said: I am Esau thy first born: I have done as thou didst command me: arise, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless' me. And Isaac said to his son: How couldst thou find it so quickly, my son? He answered: It