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The Word of God, who was Verbum Dei, Deo natum, born of God, and was not Quod nec factum nec creamade nor created, and who tum, came down from heaven-this Venit de coelestibus : Word was seen, and handled, Hoc vidit, hoc attrectavit, and revealed to men, by John Hoc de coelo reseravit the Evangelist.

Joannes hominibus. John sprang up amidst those Inter illos primitivos true rivulets, which, from the Veros veri fontis rivos commencement, flowed from Joannes exsiliit, the True Fountain ; he has Toti mundo propinare made the whole world drink Nectar illud salutare of that life-giving nectar, that Quod de throno prodiit. flows from the throne of God.

He soared above the hea- Coelum transit, veri rotam vens, and gazed, with the fixed- Solis ibi vidit, totam ness of his soul's eye, on the Mentis figens aciem : brightness of the true Sun; Speculator spiritalis this spiritual contemplator Quasi Seraphim sub alis saw, as it were from under the Dei videt faciem. wings of the Seraphim, the Face of God.

He hears what songs are Audiit in gyro sedis sung round the Throne by the Quid psallant cum cithaFour and Twenty Elders and rædis the heavenly Harpers. He Quater seni proceres : has stamped upon the coin of De sigillo Trinitatis our terrestrial city the impress Nostræ nummo civitatis and seal of the Holy Trinity. Impressit characteres.

He, the guardian of the Vir- Iste custos Virginis gin, wrote his Gospel, that he Arcanum originis might show to the world the Divinæ mysterium, profound mystery of the Di- Scribens Evangelium, vine Generation : and Jesus, Mundo demonstravit ; after allowing him to recliné Cordis cui sacrarium on his Sacred Heart, com- Suum Christus lilium, mended his own pure Lily, Filio tonitrui Mary, to this his and her

much Sub amoris mutui loved one, the Son of Thun- Pace commendavit. der.

He drinks a deadly poison ! Haurit virus hic lethale, but the virtue of his faith pre- Ubi corpus virginale serves his virginal body from Virtus servat fidei :

Pona stupet quod in pæna death. Nay, the very creaSit Joannes sine pæna ture that was prepared to torBullientis olei.

ture him—the boiling oilstood wondering at his feeling

not its cruel power to pain. Hic naturis imperat

Nature is obedient to him. Ut et saxa transferat

He bids the stones be gems, In decus gemmarum : and they obey : he bids the Quo jubente riguit,

branch of a tree turn its pliant Auri fulvum induit

fibres into the precious metal Virgula silvarum.

of gold, and it obeys. Hic infernum reserat, He bids the sepulchre and Morti jubet, referat

death yield back them whom Quos venenum stravit : poison had made their victims; Obstruit quod Ebion, they obey. He stops the biasCerinthus et Marcion phemous howlings of Ebion, Perfide latravit.

Cerinthus, and Marcion. Volat avis sine meta

He is the Eagle, soaring to Quo nec vates, nec Pro- the infinite; nor Seer, nor pheta

Prophet, passed him in his Evolavit altius :

flight. No pure mind ever Tam implenda, quam im- saw more clearly than he so pleta

many mysteries, already past Numquam vidit tot secreta or yet to come. Purus homo purius. Sponsus rubra veste tec- Jesus, the Bridegroom, tus,

clothed in his scarlet robe, Visus sed non intellectus, after being seen by men, but Redit ad palatium :

not understood, returned to Aquilam Ezechielis

bis palace above : he sent to Sponsæ misit quæ de cælis his Bride the Eagle of EzeReferret mysterium. chiel, that he might relate to

her the mystery seen in heaDic, dilecte, de dilecto, O Beloved Disciple! speak Qualis sit, et ex dilecto to us of thy Beloved : tell the Sponsus sponsæ nuncia : Church the beauty of this thy Dic quis cibus Angelorum, Jesus, who is her chosen Quæ sint festa superorum Spouse : tell her, who is the De sponsi præsentia. Bread of the Angels : tell her,

what feasts her Spouse's presence causes to the citizens of

heaven. Veri panem intellectus, Speak to her of that Bread Cænam Christi supra pectus which feeds the soul with Christi sumptam resera : truth; reveal to her that SupUt cantemus de patrono, per of thy Lord taken on the


Breast of thy Lord : we will Coram Agno, coram throno, sing to the Lamb, we will sing Laudes super æthera. round the Throne, we will praise him above the heavens, for his having given us such a Patron as thee.

O glorious Saint! we thank thee with all the gratitude of our hearts, for the assistance thou hast so lovingly granted us, during the celebration of this grand Feast of Jesus' Birth. Thou art ever with us at Christmas; but it is only to help us to know Jesus the more; for, in considering thy prerogatives, we are giving praise to Him, who gave them to thee. We offer thee, then, the homage of our admiration and thanks, dear Friend of Jesus, and adopted Child of Mary! Before leaving us, suffer us to offer thee, once more, our humble petitions.

Pray, sweet Apostle of Fraternal Love! that the hearts of all men may be united in holy charity; that dissensions may cease ; that the simplicity of the dove, of which thou wast such a touching example, may become the spirit of our present age, adverse though it seem to this commandment of our Lord. May Faith, without which love and charity cannot exist, be maintained in all its purity; may the serpent of heresy be crushed, and its poisoned


find neither teachers to offer it, nor disciples to drink it. May the attachment to the doctrines of the Church be firm and courageous; may no human schemes or theories, or cowardly toleration of error, enervate the principles of truth and morals; may the children of light boldly disown fellowship with the children of darkness.

Remember, O holy Prophet! the sublime vision granted thee of the Churches of Asia Minor; and obtain for the Angels, who are set over ours, that unflinching faithfulness, which alone wins the victory and the Crown. Pray, also, for those countries which received the Gospel from thee, but have since deserved to lose the Faith. They have been suffering, now for ages, the consequences of false doctrines slavery and degradation ; intercede for them, that they may be regenerated by Jesus and his Spouse the Church. From thy heavenly home, send Peace to thine own dear Church of Ephesus, and to her Sister-Churches of Smyrna, Pergamus, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea; may they awake from their sleep; may they rise from their tomb; may Mahometanism cease its brutalising tyranny over them; may schism and heresy, which now keep the East in a state of barbarism, be extinguished; and may the whole flock be once more united in the one Fold. Cover with thy protecting love the holy Church of Rome, which was witness of thy glorious Confession, and which she counts as one of those her grand glories, which began with the Martyrdom of thy fellow Apostles, Peter and Paul. May she receive a fresh infusion of light and charity, now that the harvest is whitening over so many countries. And, lastly, Beloved Disciple of the Saviour of mankind ! pray that, on the last day, we may enjoy the sight of thy glorified Body; and, after having so often presented us, on this earth, to Jesus and Mary in Bethlehem, present us, on that day, to the same Jesus and Mary in the glories of the eternal Vision.

1 St. John, iv. 35.



WE finish, to-day, the Octave consecrated to the memory of the Holy Innocents of Bethlehem. Thanks be to God, who has given them to us, to be our intercessors and our models! Their name will not re-appear on the Church's Calendar, until the return of the Christmas Solemnity; let us, therefore, devoutly approach these sweet Infant Saintsvenerate them, love them, and address to them our farewell prayers.

The Holy Church, which, on the Feast, vested in the colour of mourning, -and this out of condolence with Rachel's grief,--now, on the Octave-Day, clothes herself in the red of her Martyrs, in order to honour these Babes, who shed their blood for Jesus. Notwithstanding, she is full of tender compassion for those poor Mothers, who suffered such agonies of grief at the sight of the murder of their little ones: she continually alludes to it in to-day's Liturgy, and reads, in the Office of Matins, a passage from an ancient Sermon, which vividly describes their feelings. We cannot withhold it from our readers. The Sermon, from which it is taken, was for a long time attributed to St. Augustine.

When our Lord was born, there began lamen“tation, not indeed in heaven, but on earth! Lamen“ tation for the Mothers, joy for the Angels, heaven “for the Babes. He that is born, is God: a victim “must be offered him, and Innocents must be that offering, for he came to condemn the malice of this

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