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governed; hear our prayers for all orders and des grees thereof: that by the assistance of thy grace, thou mayest be served by every rank and condition. Thro'. R. Amen. [Let us pray also for he King, the Defender of the Faith, that the Lord Gou may reduce to his obiedience all, barbarous nations for our perpetual peace.] Priest. Let us pray. Deacon. Let us kneel duwn. Subdeacon. Stand up again.
Almighty and Eternal God, in whose hands
are the power and right of all kingdoms : graciously look down on the empire of Great Britain; that those nations who confide in their own haughtiness and strength, may be reduced by the power of thy right hand. Thro'. R. Amen. [Let us pray also for our Catechumens, that our
Lord God may open for them the ears' of their hearts, and the gates of mercy; that having received the remission of sin by the laver of regeneration, they may also belong to our Lord Jesus Christ.]
Priest. Let us pray. Deacon. Let us kneel down. Subdeacon. Stand up again.
Alinighty and Eternal God, who continually
makest the Church fruitful in new children; increase the faith and understanding of our Catechumens, that, being again born at the font of baptism, they may be joined to thy adopted children. Thro. R. Amen. [Let us pray, most dearly beloved brethren, to God
the Father Almighty, that he would purge the world of all.errors, cure diseases, drive away mine, open prisons, break chains, grant a safe return to travellers, health to the sick, and a sécute harbour to such as are at sea.]
Priest. Let us pray. Deacon. Let us kneel down. Subdeacon. Stand up again.
O Almighty and Eternal God, the comfort of the
afflicted, and the strength of those that labour; let the prayers of all such as call upon thee in tribulation, come to thee; that all with joy, may tind the effects of thy mercy in their necessities. Thro'. R. Amen. (Let us pray also for all heretics and schismatics,
that our Lord God would be pleased to deliver them from all their errors, and call them back to our Holy Mother the Catholic and Apostolic Church.7
Priest. Let us pray. Deacon. Let us kneel down. Subdeacon. Stand up again. O Almighty and Eternal God, who savest all and
wouldst have none to perish; look down on those souls that are seduced by the deceits of the devil; that the hearts of all those who err, laying aside all heretical malice, may repent and return to the unity of the truth. Thro'. Ř. Amen. [Let us pray also for the perfidious Jews; that the
Lord God would withdraw the veil from their hearts, that they also may acknowledge our Lord
Jesus Christ thy Son.] * Flectamus genua is here omitted, in abhorrence of
the insult offered by the Jews to our Saviour, when they knelt before him in derision, in the hall of
Pilate's palace. O Almighty and Eternal God, who deniest not
thy mercy even to the perfidious Jews; hear our prayers which we pour forth for the blindness of that people; that by acknowledging the light of thy truth, which is the Christ, they may be brought out of their darkness. Thro'. R. Amen. [Let us pray also for the Pagans, that Almighty God
would remove all iniquity from their hearts; that quitting their idols, they may be converted to the true and living God, and his only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.]
Priest. Let us pray. Deacon. Let us kneel down. Suhdeacon. Stand up again. O Almighty
and Eternal God, who seekest not the death of sinners, but that they should live; mercifully hear our prayers, and deliver them from their idolatry; and, to the praise and glory of thy name, admit them into thy holy Church. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, who livest. R. Amen. Here the Priest takes down the cross, and uncovering
the top of it, says, Anth. Behold the wood of the cross, on which hung the Salvation of the World. Then the Clergy, and all the people, on their bended
knees, answer : R. Come let us adore*. Venite adoremus. * This Anth. and R, being repeated twice more, till the whole Cross is uncovered, the Priest lays it down in a proper place, and all kneeling thrice on both knees, reverently approach to, and devoutly kiss the feet of the crucifix. During this ceremony, two chanters in the middle of the choir sing alternately, the versicles called the Reproaches, because they are in the name of Christ reprouching the Jewish people with ingratitude, for the manifold blessings and favours he had conferred on them.
V. My people, what V. Popule meus, quid have I done to thee? Or feci tibi? in what have I grieved contristavi te ? Responde thee? Answer me.
Aut in quo
* The intention of the Church, in exposing the cross to onr veneration on this day, is, that we might the more etfectuaily raise up our hearts to HIM who expired thereon for our redemption. Whenever, therefore, we kneel or prostrate ourselves before a crucifix, it is JESUS CHRIST only whom we adore, and it is is bim alone that our respects terminale..
V. Because I brought V. Quia eduri te de thee out of the land of terra Egypti : parasti Egypt; thou hast pre- crucem Salvatori tuo. pared a cross for thy Saviour. I. Choir sings, Agios Theos.
0 II. Choir answers, Sanctus Deus. 1. Choir, Agios Ischyros. II. Choir, Sanctus Fortis.
O Most Holy One. I. Choir, Agios, Athanatos eleison imas.
One, have merII. Choir, Sanctus Immortalis, miserere nobis.
cy on us. After singing the foregoing praises of God in Greek and Latin (formerly the two most universal languages, to shew the union between all the Churches), two of the second choir proceed with the Reproaches.
V. Because I was thy guide through the desart for forty years, and fed thee with manna, and brought thee into an excellent land, thou hast prepared a cross for thy Saviour. Then Agios o Theos, &c. is repeated alternately as
above, after which two of the first choir sing :
V. What more should I have done to thee, and have not done? I have planted thee for my most beautiful vineyard : and thou hast proved very bitter to me, for in my thirst thou givest me vinegar to drink; and piercedst the side of thy Saviour with a spear.
Agios o Theos, &c. is repeated as above. V. For thy sake I scourged Egypt with her firstborn; and thou hast delivered me up to be scourged.
The whole Choir.] "My people, what have I done to thee? or in what have I grieved thee? Ano
Two of I. Choir.] v. I led thee out of Egypt, having drowned Pharaoh in the Red Sea ; and thou hast delivered me up to the chief priests.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir. ] V. I opened the sea before thee; and thou hast opened my side with a spear.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Twoʻof I. Choir.] V. I went before thee in a pillar of cloud; and thou hast brought me to the court of Pilate.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir.] v. I fed thee with manna in the desart; and thou hast beaten me with buffets and stripes.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of I. Choir.] v. I gave thee wholesome water to drink out of the rook, and thou hast given me for iny drink gall and vinegar.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir. V. For thy sake I smote the king of Canaan; and thou hast smote my head with
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of I. Choir.] v. I gave thee a royal sceptre ; and thou hast given me a crown of thorns.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir] 1. By great might I raised thee on high; and thou hast hanged me on the gibbet of the cross.
The whole Choir. My people, &c. and the ANTHEM. We adore thy cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify thy holy resurrection, for by the wood of the cross the whole earth is filled with joy.
Ps. May God have mercy on us and bless us; may his countenance shine upon us, and may he hare mercy on us.
Ant. We adore thee, &c. to Ps.