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V. The righteous man shall fiourish like the paima tree; he shall thrive like the cedar of Libanus. Allel. GOSPEL. Matt. xxv. as in Mass X. p. 482.

OFFERT.-My truth and my mercy are with him: and in my name, his power shall be exalted.

· SECRET.---Sanctify, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, those gifts which we offer thee on the fese tival of our holy Bishop Nicholas : that our lives may never swerve from truth, either in prosperity or adversity. Thro'.

* COMM.-Once have I sworu by my holy name: his posterity shall remain for ever, and his throne as the sun before me, and as the moon, perfect for Ever, and as the faithful witness in heaven.

P. COMM.- May the sacrifice we have partaken of, O Lord, on the solemnity of thy holy Bishop Nicholas, continually protect us. Thro'.

VII. St. AMBROSE, b. c. and D.

All as in Mass XII. p. 485, except GRAD. Eccles. xliv.-- Behold a great prelate, who in his days pleased God. V. There was none. found like him in keeping the law of the Most High. Alleluin, Alleluia. V. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent it: Thoni art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.

OFFERT.-My truth, &c. as above.

SECRET.--O almighty and eternal God, grant by the intercession of Ď. Ambrose, thy Confessor and Bishop, that the gifts we have offered to thy divine Majesty may procure for us eternal salvation. Thro'.

* COMM. - As above, Once have I sworn, &c.

P. COMM. Sacramentu.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that having received the sacrament of our salvation, we may be ever assisted by the prayers of blessed Ambrose, thy Confessor and Bishop, on whose festival we have offered this sacrifice to thy divine majesty. Thro'.

· VIII. CONCEPTION of the B. V. MARY.. [By changing the word Conception into Nativity, and

including a Comimem. of St. Adrian, m, by the Cola lect, &c. Præsta, from Mass V. p. 182, this Mass also serves for the 8th September. ] INTROIT, Salve, p. 507.

COLLECT. Famulis.--Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, to thy servants the gifts of thy heavenly grace: that as our redemption began in the delivery of the blessed Virgin, so in this solemnity of her Conception, [Nativity] we may have an increase of peace. Thro.

LESSON. Prov. viii. 22. 25.-The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any thing, from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived, neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out: the mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth: he had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when with a cer. tain law and compass he enclosed the depths : when he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters: when he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters, that they should not pass their limits: when he balanced the foundations of the earth. I was with him forming all things, and was delighted every day, playing before him at all times, playing in the world : and my delight is to be with the children of men. Now, therefore, ye children, hear me: blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction and be wise, and refuse it vot. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts,

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of my doors. He that shall find me shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord.

GRAD.-Thou art blessed, and worthy of our respects, O Mary the Virgin, who without prejudice to thy virginity, didst become the mother of the Saviour. Alleluia, Alleluiu. V. Happy art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise; because from thee arose the Sw of Righteousness, Christ our God. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Matt. i. 1. 16. The hook of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begotJacob. And Jacob begot.Judas and his brethren. And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram. And Aram begot Aminidab. And Aminidab begot NaasSON. And Naasson begot Salmon. And Salmon begot Booz of Rahal. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse. And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her who had been the wife of Urias. And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa. And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias. And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias. And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias. And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon. And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel. And Zorababei begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor. And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud. And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar hegot Matham. And Matham begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ,

OFFERT.-Blessed art thou, O Mary the Virgin, who didst bear the Creator of all things. Thou broughtest forth him who made thee, and remainest a virgin for ever.

SECRET.-May the humanity of thy holy begotten Son, O Lord, succour us, that he, (who being born of a Virgin, diminished not, but consecrated her virginity) may free us, who celebrate the festival of her Conception [Nativity] from our sins: and render our oblation acceptable to thee. Who. Comm and P. Comm. as is the Votive Mass, p. 509.

XI. St. DAMASUS, p. c.

All as in Mass XI. p. 484, except COLLECT. Exaudi.-Give ear, O Lord, to our prayers, and by the intercession of blessed Damasus, thy Confessor and Bishop, mercifully grant us para don and peace. Thro'. GRADUAL and OFFERTORY, as in Mass X.

p. 482. SECRET, as in Mass XX. p. 501.. COMM. Matt. XXV.-Lord, thou didst deliver to me five talents: behold I have gained other five over and above. Well done good and faithful servant: because thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will place thee over many things, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.

P. COMM. Da quæsumus.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that thy faithful may always celebrate with joy the festivals of thy saints, and ever be protected by their prayers. Thro'.

XIII. St. LUCY, v. m. Introit, Collect and Epistle as in Mass XIX. p. 498.

GRAD.-Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity. V. Therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee. Alleluia. GOSPEL. Offertory, Secret, and P. Comm. as in

Mass XX. p. 499. COMM.-- Princes have persecuted me without cause, and my heart hath trembled at thy words: but I will rejoice in thy commandments, like one who hath found rich spoils..

XXI. St. THOMAS, ap. · INTROIT, Mihi autem, p. 524.

COLLECT. Da nobis.-Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we may rejoice on the solemnity of thy blessed Apostle Thomas; to the end that we may always have the assistance of his prayers, and zealously profess the faith he taught.

EPISTLE. Ephes. ii. 19. 22.-Brethren : You are no more strangers and foreigners: but you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone: in whom all the building being framed together, groweth up into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the spirit. · GRAD.--Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable, exceedingly mighty is their power. I will number them; and they shall be multiplied above the sand. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just : praise becometh the upright. Alleluia. GOSPEL. John xx, to * as on Low Sund. p. 347.

OFFERT. Ps. xvii.--Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth: and their words unto the ends of the world.

SECRET.-We pay, O Lord, the homage due to thes humbly beseeching thee to preserve in us thy

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