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contain the names of all those, whom we have un. dertaken to pray for, as well as those of all the faith ful. Thro'.
PREFACE. Qui corporali jejunio, P. XXX.
COMM. Ps. i.-He that ineditateth night and day on the law of the Lord shall yield his fruit in due season.
P. COMM. Percepta.—May the mysteries we have received, O Lord, afford us help, that our fast. ing may be acceptable to thee, and become a remedy to us. Thro'.
II. P. COMM. Mundet.-Ordinary, p. xliv.
III. P. COMM. Purificent.--May the mysteries we have received, purify us, we beseech thee, O Almighty and merciful God: and grant, by the intercession of all thy saints, that this thy sacrament may not increase our guilt to punishment, but be a means of obtaining pardon in order to salvation : may it wash away sin, strengthen our frailty, secure us against the dangers of the world ; and procure forgiveness for all the faithful both living and dead Thro'. Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
The Prayer, Inclinantes, over the people. M ERCIFULLY look down upon us, O Lord,
W bowing down before thy divine Majesty, that they who have been refreshed with thy divine mysteries, may always be supported by thy heavenly aid. Thro'.
THURSDAY before the I. Sunday in Lent.
INTROIT. Ps. liv. W HEN I cried out to the Lord, he heard my
voice against those who were coming upon me: he that is before all ages and will be for ever, humbled them: cast thy care on the Lord, and he will feed thee. Ps. Hear, O God, my prayer, and
120 THURSDAY BEFORE 1. SUNDAY IN LENT. despise not my supplication : be attentive to me and hear me. V'. Glory.
COLLECT. Deus, qui culpa.-0 God, who by sin art offended, and pacified by repentance, merci. fully regard the prayers of thy people, who make supplication to thee: and turn away the scourges of thy anger, which we deserve for our sins. Thro'.
LESSON. Isaias xxxviii. 1.6.-In those days Ezechias was sick even to death, and Isaias the son of Amos the prophet came unto him, and said to him : Thus saith the Lord: Take order with thy house for thou shalt die, and not live. And Ezechias turned his face towards the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said: I heseech thee, O Lord, remember how I have walked before thee in truth, and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Ezechias wept with great weeping. And the word of the Lord came to Isaias, saying: Go and say to Ezechias: Thus saith the Lord the God of David thy father: I have heard thy prayer, and I have seen thy tears: behold I will add to thy days fifteen years: And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hands of the king of the Assyrians, and I will protect it, saith the Lord Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. liv.--Cast thy care upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: V. When I cried out to the Lord, he heard me, and defended me against those that were coming upon me.
GOSPEL. Matt. viii. from * in the Gospel of the III. Sunday after Epiphany, p. 99.
OFFERT. Ps. xxiv.-To thee, O Lord have I lifted up my soul. O my God: in thee, O my God I put my trust, let me not be ashamed; neither let my enemies laugh at me; for none of them that wait on thee shall be confounded.
SECRET. Hear us, O Lord, we beseech thee, and being appeased by these offerings, grant they
may increase our devotion, and advance our salvątion Thro'.
COMM. Ps. 1.-Thou wilt accept a sacrifice of righteousness, oblations, and whole burnt-offerings on thy altar, O Lord.
P. COMM. Cælestis.-Having partaken of the blessings of these heavenly mysteries, we humbly beseech thee, O Almighty God, that by them we may receive both the sacrament and eternal salvation. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Parce.-Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: that having been justly chastised, they may find comfort in thy mercy. Thro'.
FRIDAY before the 1. Sunday in Lent.
INTROIT. Ps. xxix. THE Lord hath heard, and hath had mercy on me,
I the Lord hath become my helper. Ps. I will extol thee, O Lord, for thou hast upheld me: and hast not made my enemies to rejoice over me. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Inchoata jejunia.—Graciously fayour us, O Lord, we beseech thee, in the fast we have undertaken; that what we observe outwardly, we may perform with sincere minds. Thro'.
LESSON. Is. lviii. 1. 9.—Thus saith the Lord God; Cry, cease not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their wicked doings, and the house of Jacob their sins. For they seek me from day to day, and desire to know my ways, as a nation that hath done justice, and hath not forsaken the judgment of their God: they ask of me the judgments of justice: they are willing to approach to God. Why have we fasted, and thou hast not regarded : why have we humbled our souls, and thou hast not taken notice? Behold, in the day of your fast, your own will is found, and you exact of all your debtors. Behold you fast for debates and strife, and strike with the fist wickedly. Do not fast as you have done until this day, to make your cry to be heard on high. Is this such a fast, as I have chosen: for a man to afflict his soul for a day? is this it, to wind his head about like a circle, and to spread sackcloth and ashes? wilt thou call this a fast, and a day acceptable to the Lord ? Is riot this rather the fast that I have chosen ? loose the bands of wickedness, undo the bundles that oppress, let them that are broken go free, and break asunder every burden. Deal thy bread to the hungry, and bring the needy and the harbourless into thy house : when thou shalt see one naked, cover him, and despise not thy own flesh. Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall speedily arise, and thy justice shall go before thy face, and the glory of the Lord shall gather thee up. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall hear: thou shalt cry, and he shall say; Here I am, for I the Lord thy God am merciful.
GRAD. Ps. xxvi. One thing have I asked of the Lord, this will I seek after ; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord. V. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and be protected in his holy temple.
* TRACT. Ps. cii.-Deal not, p. 117.
GOSPEL. Matt. v. 43. 48. vi. 1. 4.-At that time; Jesus said to his disciples ; You have heard that it hath been said: Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies, do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. For 'f you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans the same? And if you salute your brethren only, what do you do more? do not also the heathens the same. Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Fa-, ther is perfect. (Chap. vi.) Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an alms deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you they have received their reward. But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.
OFFERT. Ps. cxviii.-Preserve my life, O Lord, according to thy promise, that I may know thy commandments.
SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the sacrifice we offer in this holy time of Lent, may render our souls acceptable to thee, and make us more ready in the practice of fasting. Thro'.
COMM. Ps.ü.-Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling: embrace discipline, lest you perish from the just way.
P. COMM. Spiritum nobis.-Give us, O Lord, the spirit of thy charity, that thou mayest, by thy mercy, make those unanimous, whom thou hast fed with one and the same heavenly bread. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Tuere Domine.-Defend, O Lord, thy people, and mercifully cleanse them from all their sins: for no misfortune can hurt them, if no wickedness rule over them. Thro'.