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and fidelity, be like Sarah: and may the first author of all evil, at no time, have any share in her actions. May she remain attached to the faith and the commandments, and, being joined to one man in wedlock, may she fly all unlawful addresses: may a regularity of life and conduct be her strength against the weakness of her sex: may she be modest and grave, bashful and venerable, and well instructed in heavenly doctrine. May she be fruitful in her offspring, approved and innocent: and may it be at length her happy lot to arrive at the rest of the blessed in the kingdom of God: may they both see their children's children to the third and fourth generation, and live to their wished-for old age. Through. R. Amen.

COMM. Ps. cxxvii. Thus shall every man be blessed that feareth the Lord: and mayest thou see thy children's children: peace be to Israel.

P. COMM. Quæsumus. Mercifully accompany, O Lord, we beseech thee, what thy providence hath instituted; and preserve in length of peace those whom thou lawfully joinest together. Through.

Before the Priest gives the Blessing to the People, he turns to the Eridegroom and Bride, and says:

MAY the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, be with you: and may he fulfil his blessing in you: that you may see your children's children to the third and fourth generation: and afterwards enter into the possession of eternal life, through the assistance of our Lord Jesus Christ, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth, &c. R. Amen.

Then he exhorts them to observe an inviolable fidelity toward each other; to observe continence at the times of Prayer, (especially on Fast-days and great solemnities), and to persevere in the fear of God.



Introit. Ps. liv.

HEAR, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: be attentive to me, and hear


Ps. I am grieved in my exercise: and am troubled at the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. V. Glory.

COLL. O almighty and everlasting God, the eternal salvation of them that believe in thee: hear us in behalf of thy servants who are sick, for whom we humbly crave the help of thy mercy, that their health being restored to them, they may render thanks to thee in thy Church. Through.

If the Sick Person be near the point of Death.

COLL. O almighty and merciful God, who hast prepared for mankind the means of salvation, and the rewards of eternal life: look down, in thy mercy, on thy servant now labouring under the calamity of sickness, and be thou the comfort of his soul, which thou hast created: that, at the hour of death, it may be presented to thee, by the hands of the angels, without spot. Through.

EPISTLE. James v. 13. 16. Brethren: Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing psalms. Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick man; and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved.

GRAD. Ps. vi. Have mercy on me, O Lord,

for I am weak: heal me, O Lord. V. All my bones are troubled, and my soul is troubled exceedingly. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Hear, O Lord, my prayer, and let my cry come to thee. Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia and V. is said:

TRACT. Ps. xxx. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am afflicted: my eye is troubled with wrath, my soul, and my belly. V. For my life is wasted with grief; and my years in sighs. V. My strength is weakened through poverty, and my bones are disturbed.

In Paschal Time, the Gradual is omitted, and the following is said:

Alleluia, Alleluia. Hear, O Lord, my prayer, and let my cry come to thee, Alluia. In God hath my heart confided, and I have been helped. And my flesh hath flourished again, and with my will I will give praise to him. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Matt. viii. from * in the Gospel of the third Sunday after Epiphany, page 138.

OFFERT. Ps. liv. Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: be attentive to me, and hear me.

SECRET. O God, by whose pleasure the moments of our life are numbered: receive the prayers and sacrifices of thy servants, for whom, in their sickness, we implore thy mercy; that we may rejoice in the health of those whom we now apprehend to be in danger. Through.

If the Sick Person be near the point of Death.

SECRET. Receive, O Lord, the sacrifice we offer for thy servant, who is near the end of his life: and grant, that by it all his sins may be cleansed away, that he who is chastised by thy appointment in this life, may obtain eternal rest in that which is to come. Through.

COMM. Ps. xxx. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant, save me in thy mercy: let me

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not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee.

P. COMM. Deus, infirmitatis. O Lord, the singular aid of human weakness, show the power of thy help to thy sick servant: that being assisted by thy mercy, he may come in health again to thy holy church. Through.

If the Sick Person be near the point of Death.

P. COMM. Quæsumus. We beseech thy mercy, O almighty God, that thou wouldst please to strengthen with thy grace thy servant by the efficacy of these mysteries, that the enemy may not prevail against him at the hour of his death, but that he may pass to eternal life with thy angels. Through.

Mass for the Dead.

On the day of Decease or Burial.


REQUIEM æternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eis. Ps. Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion: et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem. Exaudi orationem meam: ad te omnis caro veniet. Requiem, &c. to Ps.

GRANT them eternal

rest, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine on them. Ps. A hymn becometh thee, O God, in Sion: and a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee. Grant them, &c. to Ps.

.COLL. Deus, cui. O God, whose property it is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly present our prayers to thee in behalf of the soul of thy servant N. which thou hast this day called out of the world: beseeching thee not to deliver it into the hands of the enemy, nor to forget it for ever: but command it to be received by the holy angels, and to be carried into paradise: that

as it believed and hoped in thee, it may be delivered from the pains of hell, and inherit everlasting life. Through.

EPISTLE. 1 Thess. iv. 12. 17. Brethren: We will not have you ignorant concerning them that are asleep, that you be not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him. For this we say unto you in the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who have slept. For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. Wherefore comfort ye one another with these words.

GRAD. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. V. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear the evil hearing.

TRACT. Absolve. Release, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from the bonds of their sins. V. And by the assistance of thy grace may they escape the sentence of condemnation. V. And enjoy the bliss of eternal light.

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