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Such holy love inflam'd her heart
Spare fasts did every sense control,
Great source of courage, Christ our king!
To God the Father and the Son
SALVETE FLORES MARTYRUM: FOR HOLY INNOCENTS.
Ye flowers, ye buds of martyrs, hail!
Ye earliest victims Jesus owns!
Ye tender flock cut rudely down
While, deck'd with palms and flowery crowns, Ye play'd the altar's steps upon.
But shall the mighty crime avail ?
Christ, only Christ escaped from death.
And slaughter'd babes bestrew'd the ground, The Virgin's Son was borne away,
While flow'd his playmates' blood around. Thus Moses, who pourtrayed of yore
The fate of Christ-escaped the stroke Of Pharaoh; living to restore
And raise his nation from the yoke.
HYMN OF JUDGMENT.
Lo! He comes in clouds descending, Once for favour'd sinners slain : Thousand thousand saints attending Fill the triumph of his train. Hallelujah! See the Son of God appear. Every eye must now behold Him, Robed in dreadful majesty:
Those who set at nought and sold him, Pierced and nail'd him to the tree, Deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see. Every valley, hill, and mountain, Heav'n and earth, shall fade away; Those who hate him shall, confounded, Hear the trump proclaim the day.
Come to judgment, come away.
See redemption, long expected,
Now shall meet him in the air.
Yea, amen! let all adore thee,
Take the kingdom for thine own.
ADVICE OF ST. FRANCIS of Sales.
Attend at Vespers and all the public devotions of the Church as much as possible. It is your duty to do so, that your good example may lead to the edification of others; and that your aspirations for the glory of God may be aroused and united with the aspirations of all. The public offices of the Church are ever preferable to private devotions: Jesus Christ having promised peculiar favour to those who should be assembled in his name.
PRAYERS FOR FAMILIES.
In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
SIR THOMAS MORE'S PRAYER IN THE TOWER.
Grant us, O Lord, thy grace, that, in every pain and difficulty against which we may be inclined to murmur, we may think on the great agony which thou, our Creator and Redeemer, didst suffer on Mount Olivet before thy bitter passion; and, in meditating thereon, grant that we may receive such spiritual comfort as may teach us resignation to thy holy will.
Take from us all vain glorious thoughts; all desire for our own praise; all envy, covetousness, gluttony, sloth, and luxury; all froward affections; all wish for revenge; all desire of others' harm; all pleasure in provoking any person to anger; all delight in insulting or triumphing over any in-their affliction and calamity. Give us humble, peaceable, patient, and charitable minds; and, in all our thoughts, words, and deeds, to have the approbation of thy Holy Spirit.
Give us a lively faith, a firm hope, and a constant charity :-a love of thee incomparably above the love of ourselves, that we may love nothing to thy displeasure, but every thing in order to thy satisfaction.
Give us a longing to be with thee, not so much for avoiding the evils of this world, nor for attaining the joys of heaven with respect to our own good, as purely for the love of thee.
Continue to us, O Lord, thy love and favour which our love for thee, were it ever so great, could not deserve, without thy infinite goodness.
Pardon our boldness in making such high petitions; we admit that we are unworthy to obtain them. Yet, O Lord, they are the blessings we are bound to wish for, and which we might hope to receive if our manifold sins were not a hindrance: oh! wash us from them by the merits of that sacred blood that issued from thy body in the divers torments of thy bitter passion.
Take from us, also, O Lord, our lukewarm manner of meditation, our dullness in prayer; give us patience in sorrow, and grace in every thing to conform our wills to thine, and to labour truly to deserve those favours for which we have prayed. Amen.
THE "PATER NOSTER."
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be