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teacher to govern and instruct thy Church: grant, we beseech thee, that he who taught us the true way of life whilst here on earth, may now intercede for us in heaven. Thro'.
COLLECT, in commemoration of St. Barbara, as Deus qui in Mass XVI. p. 493.
VI. St. NICHOLAS, bp. c. INTROIT, Statuit, p. 461.
COLLECT. Deus, qui.-0 God, who by innumerable niracles hast honoured blessed Nicholas the Bishop: grant, we beseech thee, that by his merits and intercession we may be delivered from eternal flames. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Heb. xii. 7. 17.--Brethren: Remeniber your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. Jesus Christ yesterday and to-day: and the same for ever. Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats : which have not profited those that walk in them. We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the Holies by the high-priest for sin are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. And do not forget to do good and to impart; for by such sacrifices God's fa- ! vour is obtained. Obey your prelates, and be subject to them. For they watch, as being to render an account of your souls.
GRAD. to Alleluia, as in Mass I. p. 461.
V. The righteous man shall flourish like the palmtree; he shall thrive like the cedar of Libanus. Allcl.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxv. us 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 festival of our holy Bishop Nicholas : that our lives may never swerve from truth, either in prosperity or adversity. Thro'.
* COMM.-Once have I sworn by my holy name: huis 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. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent it: Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
OFFERT.-My truth, &c. as above.
SECRET.-0 almighty and eternal God, grant by the intercession of B. Ambrose, thy Confessor and Bishop, that the gifts we have offered to thy divine Alajesty may procure for us eternal salvation. Thro'.
* COMM.--As above, Once have I sworn, &c.
P. COMM. Sacramenta.—Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that having received the sacrament of uur 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 Commem. of St. Adrian, m. by the Collect, &c. Præsta, from Mass V. p. 482, this Mass also serves for the 8th September.] INTROIT, Salve, p. 507.
COLLECT. Famulis.-Grant, O Lord, we beBeech 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 certain 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 foundation 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 not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts
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, Alleluia. V. Happy art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise; because from thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Matt. i. 1. 16.— The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren. And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram. And Arain begot Aminidab. And Aminidab begot Naasron. And Naasson begot Salmon. And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed uf 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 Zorobabel 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 begot 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 be. gotten Son, O Lord, succour us, that he, (who being born of a Virgin, diminished not, but consecrated her virginity) may free lis, 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 pardon 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 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.