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Then is sung the Versicle, O faithful cross! with the

Hymn, in the following manner : 0 Faithful cross! O noblest tree !

In all our woods there's none like thee :
No earthly groves, no shady bow'rs
Produce such leaves, such fruit such flow'rs.
* Sweet are the nails, and sweet the wood,
That bears a weight, so sweet so good.

HYMN.
SING, O my tongue, devoutly sing

The glorious laurels of our King:
Sing the triumphant victory
Gain'd on the cross erected high ;
Where man's Redeemer yields his breath,
And, dying, conquers hell and death.

O faithful cross, &c. is repeated to*.
With pity our Creator saw
His noblest work transgress his law,
When our first parents rashly ate
The fatal tree's forbidden meat ;
He then resolv'd the cross's wood
Should make that tree's sad damage good

Sweet are the nails, &c. from*.
By this wise method God design'd
From sin and death to save mankind;
Superior art with love combines,
And arts of Satan countermines :
And where the traitor gave the wound,
There healing remedies are found.

O faithful cross, &c. to*.
When the full time decreed above
Was come to shew this work of love,
Th' Eternal Father sends his Son,
The world's Creator from his throne !
Who on our earth, this vale of tears,
C'loath'd with a virgin's flesh appears.

Sweet are the nails, &c. from

Thus God made man, an infant lies,
And in the manger weeping cries
His sacred Kimbs by Mary bound,
The poorest tatter'd rags surround;
And God's incarnate feet and hands
Are closely bound with swathing bands.

O faithful cross, &c. to*.
Full thirty years were fully spent
In this our mortal banishment;
And then the Son of Man decreed
For the lost sons of men to bleed;
And on the cross a victim laid,
The solemn expiation made.

Sweet are the nails, &c. fron*.
Gall was his drink; his flesh they tear
With thoms and nails; a cruel spear
Pierces his side, from whence a tlood
Streams forth, of water inix'd with blooi:
With what a tide are wash'd again
The sinful earth, the stars the main !

O faithful cross, &c. to*. Bend tow'ring tree, thy branches bend, Thy native stubborness suspend: Let not stiff nature use its force, To weaker saps have now recourse ; With softest arms receive thy load, And gently bear our dying God.

Sweet are the nails, &c. frum*. On thee alone the Lamb was slain That reconcil'd the world again; And when on raging seas was tost The shipwreck'd world and mankind lost, Besprinkled with his sacred gore, Thou safely brought them to the shore.

O faithful cross, &c. to. All glory to the sacred Three, One undivided Deity:

gere!

To Father Holy Ghost and Son,
Be equal praise and homage done:
Let the whole universe proclaim
Of One and Three the glorious name. Amen.

Sweet are the nails, &c. from*.
Towards the end of the Adoration, &c. the Candles

on the Altar are lighted, and the Cross being placed thereon, the Priest, with his Attendants, go to fetch the Presanctitied Host from the place where it was yesterday deposited. Whilst the Procession is re

turning the following Tłymn is sung. VEXILLA regis pro- Electa digno stipite deunt,

Tam sancta membra tanFulgit Crucis mysterium; Qua vita mortem pertu- Beata, cujus brachiis lit,

Pretium pependit sæculi, Et morte vitam protulit. Statera facta corporis,

Quæ vulnerata lanceæ. Tulitque prædam tartari. Mucrone diro, criminum O crux, aye spes úniUt nos laveret sordibus, Manavitunda et sanguine. Hoc passionis tempore ! Impleta sunt, quæ con- Piis adauge gratiam, cinit

Reisque dele crimina. David fideli carmine, Te fons salutis, Trini. Dicendo nationibus:

tas, Regnavit a ligno Deus. Collaudet omnis Spiritus; Arbor decora et fulgi- Quibus crucis victoriam gida,

Largiris, adde premium, Ornata regis purpura ! Amen. Having placed the Sacred Host on the Altar, he

censes it on his knees, and luys it on the corporal: and after receiving the Chalice with wine and water from the Deacon, he censes both Host and Chalice,

saying : MAX this incense, which hath been blessed by

thee, O Lord, ascend to thee, and may thy mercy descend upon us.

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At the censing of the Altar, L ET my prayer, O Lord, ascend like incense in

thy sight; and let the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Place, O Lord, a guard upon my mouth, and a gate of prudence before my lips, that my heart may not wander after words of malice, to seek excuses in sin.

On returning the Censer to the Deacon he says: MAY

AY the Lord kindle us the fire of his love,

and the flame of everlasting charity. Then he washes his fingers without saying any thing; afterwards he bows down at the middle of the altar,

and says : ACCEPT us, O Lord, coming to thee in the

spirit of humility, and with a contrite heart; and grant that the sacrifice of this day may be 80 celebrated by us as to be well pleasing to thee, O Lord our God.

Then turning about towards the people, he says : Pr, BRETHREN, pray that this my sacrifice and

yours may be acceptable to God the Father Almighty.

R. May the Lord receive this sacrifice from thy hands to the praise and glory of his own name, to our benefit, and that of all his holy Church. Pr. INSTRUCTED by thy saving precepts, and

following, thy divine directions, we presume to say: Our Father, &c. p. xxix.

R. Deliver us from all evil. Having answered Amen in silence, he then says aloud:

Deliver us, we beseech theo, O Lord, &c. as in Having elevated the Sacred Host, and divided it

into three parts, he puts one of them into the Chalice saying: LET ET not the participation of thy body, O Lord

Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, pret

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sume to receive, turn to my judgment and colle demnation; but let it, through thy mercy, become a safe-guard and remedy both to soul and body: who with God the Father, in unity with the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, one God, world without end. Amen. Taking up the Sacred Hosť on the Patèn, he says: WILL receive the bread of heaven, and call on the name of the Lord.

Then he strikes his breast, repeating thrice : LORD, I am not worthy thou shouldst enter under

my roof; speak therefore but the word, and my soul shall be healed.

When he receives the Sacred Host, he says: MAY the body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserte

my soul to everlasting life. Amen. Having received the Chalice, and taken the Ablution,

bowing down, he says: GRANT, O Lord, that what we have taken with

our mouths, we may receive with a pure heart; that aš we now receive it in this mortal life, it may procure us that which is eternal.

VESPERS. ANTHEMS and PSALMS, as yesterday, p.275. except

the Ant. At the Magnificat. ANT. Cum accepisset acetum dicit ; corisummatum est : et inclinato capite, emisit spiritum.

V. Christus factus est pro nobis obediens usque ad mortem, mortem autem crucis. Our Father being said in secret, the office concludes

with the Ps. Miserere, p. 279, and the Prayer Ress pice, p. 270.

HOLY SATURDAY. IN the first ages of the Church there was no Mass faithful silently adored Jesus Christ in the sepulclire till towards evening, when they assembled in the Churchi,

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