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offeringy we have made unto thee, that they may become a means of propitiation unto us, by the intercession of him, whose patronage thou hast been pleased to grant us. Thro'.

COMM.-Suffer little ones to come unto me, and hinder them not: for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.

P. COMM. Sanctificati.-Being sanctified, O Lord, by this saving mystery, we beseech thee, that, by the intercession of blessed Joseph, thy Confessor, we may ever increase in piety. Thro'.

XXVIII. St. AUGUSTIN, bp. c. D.

All as in Mass XII. p. 485, except COLLECT. Adesto.—Give ear, O Lord, to our prayers, and by the intercession of blessed Augustin, thy conf. and bp. favourably bestow the effects of thy accustomed mercy on us, to whom thou hast given reason to trust in thy goodness. Thro'.

COLL. (Of St. Hermes.) Deus, qui.-0 God, who gavest blessed Hermes, thy martyr, strength and constancy in his sufferings : grant, by his example, that for thy love we may despise whatever this world estcems great, and dread none of its terrors. Thro'. GRAD. to Alleluia, as in p. 486.

V. I have found David, my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him. Alleluia.

SECRET. (Of St. Hermes. We offer thee, O Lord, the sacrifice of praise in commemoration of thy saints: grant, therefore, we beseech thee, that what hath procured glory for them may avail to oui salvation. Thro'.

P. COMM. (of St. Hermes.)—Being fed with thy heavenly food, O Lord, we beseech tny clemency, that by the prayers of blessed Hermes, thy martyr we may partake of the salutary effects of the mysteries which we celebrate with humility. Thro'.

XXIX. DECOLLATION of St. J. BAPTIST.

INTROIT. Ps. cxviii. as in p. 493, to

Ps. It is good to praise the Lord, and to sing to thy name, O thou the Most High! V. Glory.

COLLECT. Sancti Joannis.---Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the venerable solemnity of blessed John the Baptist, thy precursor and martyr, may procure us the effects of thy saving aid. Who livest.

COLLECT, &c. of St. SABINA, as in p. 493.

LESSON. Jer. i. 17. 19.- In those days: The word of the Lord came to me saying: Gird up thy loins and arise, and speak to them all that I command thee. Be not afraid at their presence: for I will make thee not to fear their countenance. For behold I have made thee this day a fortified city, and a pillar of iron, and a wall of brass, over all the land, to the kings of Juda, to the princes thereof, and to the priests, and to the people of the land. And they shall fight against thee, and shall not prevail : and I am with thee, saith the Lord, to deliver thee.

GRAD. to Alleluia, as in Mass XII. p. 486.V. The righteous man shall bud forth like a lily: and flourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Mark vi. 17, 29. At that time Herod sent and apprehended John, and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias the wife of Philip his brother, because he had married her. For John said to Herod : It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Now Herodias laid snares for him: and was desirous to put him to death, and could not. For Herod feared John, knowing him to be a just and holy man: and kept him, and when he heard him, he did many things: and he heard him willingly. And when a convenient day was come, Herod made a supper for his birth day, for the princes, and

tribunes, and chief men of Galilee. And when the daughter of the saine Herodias had come in, and had danced, and pleased Herod, and them that were at table with him, the king said to the damsel: Ask of me what thou wilt, and I will give it thee. And he swore to her : Whatsoever thou shalt ask, I will give thee, though it be the half of my kingdom. Who when she was gone out, said to her mother: What shall I ask? But she said: the head of John the Baptist. And when she was come in immediately with haste to the king, she asked, saying: I will that forthwith thou give me in a dish the head of John the Baptist. And the king was struck sad; yet because of bis oath, and because of them that were with him at table, he would not displease her: but sending an executioner, he commanded that his head should be brought in a dish. And he beheaded him in the prison, and brought his head in a dish; and gave it to the damsel, and the damsel gave it to her mother. Which his disciples hearing, came, and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

OFFERT.-In thy strength, O Lord, the just shall joy: and in thy salvation he shall rejoice exceedingly: thou hast given him his heart's desire.

SECRET-Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the offerings we bring on this festival of thy martyr blessed John the Baptist, may, by his intercession, procure for lis salvation.

P. COMM. Conferat.—May the solemnity of holy John the Baptist enable us, O Lord, both to venerate what these august mysteries signify and to find the effects thereof in ourselves. Thro'.

XXX. St. ROSE of LIMA.

All as in Mass XIX. p. 498, except COLLECT. Bonorum.-0 Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, who wast pleased that blessed

Rose, abundantly favoured with the dew of heavenly grace, should beautify the Indies with her purity and patience: grant that we thy servants, following the perfume of her virtues, may become an agreeable odour to Christ. Thro'.

COLLECT,. &c. of St. Felix. Majestatem.We humbly beseech thy Majesty, O Lord, that as in celebrating the festivals of the saints, thou fillest us with new joys: so thou wouldest vouchsafe to protect us by their prayers. Thro'.

SECRET. (Of ib.)-Favourably regard, O Lord, the offerings of thy people, and make thein sensible of the salutary effects of what they celebrate with a devout inind in honour of thy saints. Thro'.

P. COMM. Repleti. (Of ib.) ---Being fed, O Lord, with thy heavenly gifis, we beseech thee, by the intercession of thy saints, that we may always remain thankful. Thro'.

September 1. St. RAYMOND NONNATUS, c.

All as in Mass XIII. p. 488, except COLLECT. Deus, qui.-0 God, who didst make blessed Raymond, thy confessor, wonderfully eminent by redeeming the faithful out of captivity: grant, by his prayers, that being freed from the bonds of sin, we may cheerfully perform what is most pleasing to thee. Thro'.

II. St. STEPHEN, King and c.

All as in Mass XIII. p. 488, except COLLECT. Concede.Grant to thy church, Almighty God, that' as blessed Stephen, thy confessor, while he reigned on earth, enlarged her bounds, so being now glorious in heaven, he may be her protector. Thro'.

GOSPEL. Luke xix. as on the 25th Aug. p. 650.

SECRET--Favourably look down, O Almighty God, on our offerings, and grant, that as we celebrate the mysteries of our Lord's passion, we may imitate what we perform. Thro'.

P. COMM. Præsta.Grant, we beseech thee, 0) Almighty God, that we may with suitable devotion imitate the faith of thy confessor, blessed Stephen : who, by the propagation of the same faith, meriteil to pass from an earthly kingdom to the glory of an heavenly one. Thro'.

VIII. NATIVITY of the B. V. M. as p. 529.

Should the following festival (which occurs on the

SUNDAY within the OCTAVE of the preceding) fall on the XIV. it is transferred to the next vacant day ; but if on the XV. then the ensuing Mass is said without any Commem. of the Octave-day.

FEAST of the NAME of the B. V. MARY. INTROIT:-Vultum tuum, as in p. 499.

COLLECT. Concede.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty. God, that thy faithful, who rejoice under the name and protection of the most blessed Virgin Mary, may, by her pious intercession, be delivered from all evils here on earth, and be brought to the eternal joys of heaven. Thro'.

COLLECT, &c. of the Sunday after Pentecost.

LESSON. Eccles. xxiv. 23. 31.-As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odour: and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits. For my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations

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