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II. LESSON. Is. xxxv. 1. 7.Thus suith the Lord: The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and! shall flourish like the lily. · It shall bud forth, and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it, the beauty of Carmel and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God. Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees. Say to the faint hearted : Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompense: God himself will come and will save you. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.' Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the desert, and streams in the wilderness. And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water, saith the Lord Almighty.

GRADUAL. Ps. xvii. He hath set his tabernacle in the sun : and he as a bridegroom coming out of his bride chamber. V. His going out is from the ends of heaven, and his circuit even to the end thereof. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again,

III. COLLECT. Indignos nos.-Comfort us, O Lord, thy unworthy servants, who lie dejected under the horror of our crimes, by the coming of thy only Son. Who liveth.

III. LESSON. Is. xl. 9. 10.Thus saith the Lord : Get thee up upon a high mountain, thon that bringest good tidings to Sion: lift up thy voice with strength, thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem : 'lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Juda: Behold your God: behold the Lord God shall coine with strength, and his arm shall rule behold his reward is with him, and his work is be.

fore him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd. he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom.

GRADUAL. Ps. lxxix.-0 God of Hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be saved. V. Stir up thy might, O Lord, and come to save us. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.

IV. COLLECT. Presta, quæsumus.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the approaching solemnity of thy Son's birth may afford us the remedies of this present life, and obtain for us the rewards of eternal happiness. Thro’ the same.

IV. LESSON. Is. xlv. 1. 9.–Thus saith the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue nations before his face, and to turn the backs of kings, and to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and will humble the great ones of the earth: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and will burst the bars of iron. And I will give thee hidden treasures, and the concealed riches of secret places: that thou mayest know that I am the Lord who call thee by thy name, the God of Israel. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have made a likeness of thee, and thou hast not known me. I am the Lord, and there is none else: there is no God besides me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me: that they may know who are from the rising of the sun, and they who are from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else, I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord that do all these things. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud

forth a savjour: and let justice spring up together: 1 the Lord have created him.

GRADUAL. Ps. lxxix.-Stir up thy might, O Lord, and come to save us. Give ear, O thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep; thoi that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.

V. COLLECT. Preces populi.—Mercifully hear, O Lord, we beseech thee, the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly afilicted for our sins, inay receive comfort from thy kind visit. Who livest.

V. LESSON. Dan. iii. 49.In those days : The angel of the Lord went down with Azarias, and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, and made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew, and the fire touched them not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm. Then these three, as with one mouth, praised and glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying:

CANTICLE. Blessed art thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers: and worthy of praise and glory forever.

And blessed is the name of thy glory; which is holy; and worthy of praise and glory forever.

Blessed art thou in the holy temple of thy glory: and worthy of praise and glory forever.

Blessed art thou upon the sacred throne of thy kingdom: and worthy of praise and glory forever.

Blessed art thou, on the sceptre of thy divinity: and worthy of praise and glory forever.

Blessed art thou, who sittest on the Cherubim, beholding the deep : and worthy of praise and glory forever.

Blessed art thou who walkest on the wings of

the winds, and on the waves of the sea: and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

May all the angels and thy holy ones bless thee: may they praise and glorify thee for ever.

May the heavens, earth, sea, and all therein bless thee: may they praise and glorify thee for ever.

V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: who is worthy of praise and glory for ever.

R. As it was in the beginning, now is, and evermore shall be, world without end. Amen. Who is worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou, O Lord, the God of our forefathers, and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with thy

spirit.

VI. COLLECT. Deus, qui tribus.-0 God, who, in behalf of the three young men, didst render harmless the flames of fire: mercifully grant, that we thy servants may not be burnt by the flames of vice. Thro'.

Here are said the other Collects, as directed, p. 50.

EPISTLE. 2 Thess. i. 1. 8.-Brethren, We beseeeh you by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him: that you be not easily moved from your mind, nor be frighted, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God shewing himself as if he were God. Remember you not, that when I was yet with you I told you these things? And now you know what withholdeth, that ne may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now

holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way, and then that wicked one shall be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming.

GRADUAL.' Ps. Ixxix.- Thou who rulest Israel, hearken: thou who leadest Joseph as a sheep. V. Thou who sittest on the Cherubim, shew thyself to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasse. V. Exert thy power, O Lord, and come to save us.

GOSPEL. Luke iii. as in the next p. 69. OFFERTORY. Rejoice exceedingly, o daughter of Sion, publish it, o daughter of Jerusalem : behold thy King and Saviour cometh to thee.

SECRET. Hear us, O Lord, we beseech thee, and, being appeased by these offerings, grant they may increase our devotion, and advance our salvation. Thro'.

COMM. Ps. xviii.—He hath rejoiced as a giant to run the way: his going out is from the end of heaven, and his circuit even to the end thereof.

P. COMM. Quesumus. We beseech thee, O Lord our God, that thou wouldst make these sacred mysteries, which thou hast given us, strengthen in us the effects of our reparation, and be a remedy to us, both now and hereafter. Thro'.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

INTROIT. Is. xlv. Ps. xviii. TROP down dew, ye D Orate cæli desuper, et

U heavens from above nubes pluant justum and let the clouds rain aperiatur terra, et ger the just: let the earth be minet Salvatorem. Ps. 18 opened and bud forth a Cæli enarrant gloriam Saviour. Ps. The heav- Dei; et opera manuum ens shew forth the glory ejus annuntiat firmamenof God: and the firma- tum V. Gloria. ment declareth the works of his hands. V. Glory.

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