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ham, according to thy oath, the father of all nations by this paschal sacrament; grant that thy people may worthily receive the grace of thy vocation. Thro'. R. Amen.
IV. PROPHECY. Exod. xiv. 24.- In those days : It came to pass in the morning watch, and behold the Lord looking upon the Egyptian army through the pillar of fire, and of the cloud, slew their host : and overthrew the wheels of the chariots, and they were carried into the deep. And the Egyptians said: Let us flee from Israel: for the Lord fighteth for them against us. And the Lord said to Moses : Stretch forth thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots and horsemen. And when Moses had stretched forth his hand towards the sea, it returned at the first break of day to the former place: and as the Egyptians were fleeing away, the waters came upon them, and the Lord shut them up in the middle of the waves. And the waves returned, and covered the chariots and the horsemen of all the army of Pharao, who had come into the sea after them, neither did there so much as one of thein remain. But the children of Israel marched through the midst of the sea upon dry land and the waters were to them as a wall on the right hand and on the left: and the Lord delivered Israel in that day out of the hands of the Egyptians. And they saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore, and the mighty hand that the Lord had used against them: and the people feared the Lord, and they believed the Lord, and Moses his servant. Then Moses and the children of Israel sung this canticle to the Lord, and said:
TRACT. Exod. xv.- Let us sing to the Lord : for he is gloriously magnified; the horse and the rider he hath thrown into the sea. He hath been my help and my protector and Saviour. V. He is my God, and I will glorify him; the God of my father, and I will exalt him. V. He is the Lord that destroyeth wars: his name is the Lord. Pr. Let us pray. Deac. Let us kneel down.
Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Deus cujus.-0 God, whose ancient iniracles we see renewed in our days: whilst, by the water of regeneration, thou performest, for the salvation of the Gentiles, that which by the power of thy right hand thou didst for the deliverance of one people from the Egyptian persecution; grant that all the nations of the world may become the children of Abraham, and partake of the dignity of the people of Israel. Thro'. R. Amen.
V. PROPHECY. Is. liv. Iv.-This is the inheritance of the servants of the Lord, and their justice with me, saith the Lord. All you that thirst come to the water: and you that have no money, make haste, buy, and eat : come ye, buy wine and milk without money, and without any price. Why do you spend money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which doth not satisfy you? Hearken diligently to me, and eat that which is good, and your soul shall be delighted in fatness. Incline your ear, and come to me: hear, and your soul shall live, and I will niake an everlasting covenant with you, the faithful mercies of David. Behold I have given him for a witness to the people, for a leader and a master to the Gentiles. Behold thou shalt call a nation, which thou knewest not; and the nations that knew not thee shall run to thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel, for he hath glorified thee. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found : call upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the lunjust man his thoughts, and let him return to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to oui
God: for he is bountiful to forgive. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are exalted above the earth, so are my ways exalted above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts. And as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and return no more thither, but soak the earth, and water it, and make it to spring, and give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: so shall my word be, which shall go forth from my mouth : it shall not return to me void, but it shall do whatever I please, and shall prosper in the things for which I sent it, saith the Lord Almighty. Pr. Let us pray. Deac. Let us kneel down.
Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Omnipotens.-0 almighty and eternal God, multiply, for the honour of thy name, what thou didst promise to the faith of our forefathers: and increase, by thy sacred adoption, the children of that promise: and what the ancient saints doubted not would come to pass, thy church may now find in great part accomplished. Thro'. R. Amen.
VI. PROPHECY. Baruch iii. 9.—Hear, O Israel, the commandments of life: give ear, that thou mayest learn wisdom. How happeneth it, O Israel, that thou art in thy enemies' land? Thou art grown old in a strange country, thou art defiled with the dead: thou art counted with them that go down into hell. Thou hast forsaken the fountain of wisdom: for if thou hadst walked in the way of God, thou surely hadst dwelt in peace for ever. Learn where is wisdom, where is strength, where is understanding : that thou mayest know also where is length of days and life, where is the light of the eyes, and peace. Who hath found out her place and who hath gone in to her treasures? Where are
tne princes of the nations, and they that rule over the beasts that are upon the earth? That take their pastime with the birds of the air, that hoard up silver and gold, wherein men trust, and there is no end of their getting? who work in silver and are solicitous, and their works are unsearchable? They are cut off, and are gone down to hell, and others are risen up in their place. Young men have seen the light, and dwelt upon the earth : but the way of knowledge they have not known, nor have they understood the paths thereof, neither have their children received it, it is far from their face. It hath not been heard of in the land of Chanaan, neither had it been seen in Theman. The children of Agar also, that search after wisdom, that is of the earth, the merchants of Merrha, and of Theman, and the tellers of fables, and searchers of prudence and understanding: but the way of wisdoin they have not known, neither have they remembered her paths. O Israel, how great is the house of God, and how vast is the place of his possession! It is great and hath no end: it is high and immense. There were the giants, those renowned men that were from the beginning, of great stature, expert in war. The Lord chose not them, neither did they find the way of knowledge: therefore did they perish. And because they had not wisdom, they perisned .hrough their folly. Who hath gone up into heaven, and taken her, and brought her down from the clouds ? Who hath passed over the sea, and found her, and brought her preferably to chosen gold? There is none that is able to know her ways, nor that can search out her paths: But he that knoweth all things, knoweth her, and hath found her out with his understanding: he that prepared the earth forevermore, and filled it with cattle and four-footed beasts: he that sendeth forth light, and it goeth; and hath called it, and it obeyed him with trembling. And the stars have given light in their watches, and rejoiced: they were called, and they said : Here we are: and with cheerfulness they have shined forth to him that made them. This is our God, and there shall no other be accounted of in comparison of him. He found out all the ways of knowledge, and gave it to Jacob his servant, and to Israel his beloved. Afterwards he was seen upon earth, and conversed with men. Pr. Let us pray. Deac. Let us kneel down.
Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Deus, qui.- O God, who continually multipliest thy church by the vocation of the Gentiles: mercifully grant thy perpetual protection to those whom thou washest with the water of baptism. Thro'. R. Amen.
VII. PROPHECY. Ezech. xxxvii.-In those days: The hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me forth in the spirit of the Lord : and set me down in the midst of a plain that was full of bones. And he led me about through them on every side: now they were very many upon the face of the plain, and they were exceeding dry. And he said to me: Son of man, dost thou think these bones shall live? And I answered: 0 Lord God, thou knowest. And he said to me: Prophesy concerning these bones : and say to them: Ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will send spirit into you, and you shall live, and I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to grow over you, and will cover you with skin : and I will give you spirit, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the Lord. And I prophesied as he had commanded me: and as I prophesied there was a noise, and behold a commotion : and the bones came together, each one to its joint. And I saw, and behold the sinews and the flesh came up upon them: and the skin was stretcher