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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.
COLLÈCT. Da nubis.—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 Suud. p. 347.
OFFERT: Ps. xvij.Their sound bath gone forth into all the earth : and their words unto the ends of the world.
SECRET.- We pay, O Lord, the homage due to thee, bumbly bescecbing thee to preserve in us thy
own gifts by the intercession of blessed Thomas the apostle, on the day of whose glorious confession we offer a sacrifice of praise. Thro'.
COMM.-Reach hither thy hand, and feel the print of the nails: and be not incredulous, but believe.
P. COMM. Adesto.-Assist us, o merciful God, and vouchsafe, by the intercession of blessel Thomas the apostle, to preserve in us, what thou hast bestowed upon us. Thro'.
XXXI. St. SYLVESTER, P. C. INTROIT, Sacerdotes, p. 484. Collect, Secret and
P. Comm. as in p. 482, with Cornmemorations of all the Festivals, from Christmas-day inclusively. EPISTLE. 2 Tim. iv. J. 8. as in p. 486.
GRAD.-Behold a great Prelate, who in his days pleased God. V. There was none found like him in keeping the law of God. Allel. Allel. V. Ps. 1 have found my servant David: I have anointed him with my holy oil. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Luke xii. as in Mass XIII. p. 488.
OFFERT. Ps. lxxxvii.—I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him. My hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen
COMM. Matt. xxiv. as in Mass XIII. p. 489.
January II. Octave-day of St. STEPHEN.
All as on the Feast itself, p. 78, except COLLECT. Omnipotens.-0 Almighty and eternal God, who didst consecrate the first fruits of martyrdom in the blood of blessed Stephen the Levite : grant, we beseech thee, that he may intercede for us
who begged mercy, even for his persecutors, of our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son. Who liveth.
V. Octave of St. THOMAS of CANTERBURY. Mass as on his Feast, p. 85, with Commems. of the
Eve of the Epiphany, of the Sunday within the Octave of Christmas, and of St. Telesphorus, hy the Collect, &c. of Mass II. p. 464, &c.
At the end of Mass is read the following GOSPEL of the Eve of the Epiphany. Matt. ii. 19. 23. — Ai that time: When Herod was dead, behold an angel of the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, saying: Arise and take the child and his mother and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead that sought the life of the child. Who arose, and took the child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But hearing that Archelaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was afraid to go thither: and being warned in his sleep, retired into the quarters of Galilee. And coming he dwelt in a city called Nazareth : that it might be fulfilled which was said by the prophets : that he shall be called a Nazarite. Deo gratias.
January XIII. Octave-day of the EPIPHANY.
All as on the Feast, p. 89, except COLLECT. Deus cujus.-0 God, whose only begotten Son appeared in the substance of our flesh: grant, we beseech thee, that we may be interiorly reformed by him, whom we confess to have outward ly taken our flesh ion himself. Thro'.
GOSPEL. John i. 29. 34. — At that time : John saw Jesus coming to him, and he saith : Behold the Lamb of God, behold he who taketh away the sins of the world. This is he of whom I said: after me cometh a man who is preferred before me: because he was before me. And I knew him not, but that he may be made manifest in Israel, therefore am I coine baptizing with water. And John gave testiynony, saying: I saw the Spirit coming down as a dove from heaven, and he remained upon him. And I knew him not: but he who sent me to baptize with water, said to me: "He upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, he it is that baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. And I saw: and I gave testimony, that this is the Son of God.'
SECRET.-We offer sacrifice to thee, O Lord, in remembrance of the manifestation of thy Son: Tumbly beseeching thee, that as our Lord Jesus Shrist is the author of what we offer, so he may fully receive the same. Who liveth.
P. COMM. Cælesti lumine.—May thy heavenly light, we beseech thee, O Lord, go before us at all times and in all places: that we may contemplate with a clear sight, and receive with due affection the mystery whereof thou hast been pleased we should partake. Thro'.
N. B. After the Octave till Candlemas, the Il. and III. Collects, &c. are the same as those thus narked * p.p. 50. 52. and 53.
XIV. St. HILARY, bp. c. All as in Mass XII. p. 485, with a Commem. of St.
Felix, by the following Collect, &c. COLLECT. Concede.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the examples of thy saints may excite us to the amendment of our lives: that as we celebrate their festivals, so we may imitate their virtues. Thro'.
SECRET of the same.—Mercifully receive, O Lord the offerings consecrated to thee by the merits
of blessed Felix thy Martyr, and grant they may be a continual support to us. Thro'.
P. COMM. Quæsumus. Of the same.--We beseech thee, O Lord, that, being fed by these holy mysteries of our salvation, we may be helped by the prayers of blessed Felix, thy Martyr, whose festival we celebrate. Thro'.
XV. St. PAUL, the first Hermit. INTROIT, Justus ut palma, p. 489.
COLLECT. Deus, qui nos.-0 God, who dost comfort us by the yearly solennity of blessed Paul thy Confessor, mercifully grant that while we celebrate his festival, we may imitate his actions. Thro*
Intercessio of St. Maurus. COLLECT, p. 491. EPISTLE. Philip ij. 7. 12.- Brethren : The things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord : for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: and may be found in him not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith : that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also appre hended by Christ Jesus.
GRAD. Ps. xci.-The just shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. V. To shew forth thy merey in the morning, and thy truth in the night