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M A S S. INTROIT. Ait for the Lord, act manful

lylet , ed, and wait for the Lord. Pf. The Lord is my light and my falvation, whom shall I fear?

COLLECT. Noftra tibi. MAY oyr fast, O Lord, we beseech thee, be

acceptable to thee, and, having purified us from fin, make us worthy of thy grace, and procure us everlasting remedies. Thro'.

LESSON. Dan. xiv. 27. IN N those days : The people of Babylon gathered

together about the King, and said to him : DeJiver up to us Daniel, who hath destroyed Bel, and killed the Dragon ; otherwise we will destroy thee and thy family. The King therefore seeing, that they preffed with violence on him, being obliged by force, delivered Daniel up to them. And they cast him into the den of lions, where he was fix days. Now in the den there were seven lions, and they every day gave them two carcasses and two sheep, which were not given them then, that they might devour Daniel. And there was in Judea a prophet called Habacuc, who had made broth, and, having broken bread in a difh, was going into the field to carry it to the reapers. And the angel of the Lord faid to Habacuc : Carry the dinner thou hast provided to Daniel in Babylon, who is in the lions den, And Habacuc said : Lord, I never saw Babylon, neither know I the den. Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown of his head, and carrying him by the hair, with the force of his fpirit placed him in Babylon over the den. And Habacuc cried out aloud, saying: 0 Daniel, servant of God, take the dinner God hath sent thee. And Daniel said : Thou hast semembered me, O God, and haft net

Or, In a migbry wind,

abandoned thofe that love thee. And Daniel arose and eat. And the angel of the Lord immediately carried Habacuc back to his own place. Then the King came on the seventh day to bewail Daniel; and coming to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel was fitting in the midst of the lions. And the King cried out with a loud voice, saying: Great art thou, O Lord the God of Daniel. And he took him out of tbe den of lions. But those, who had been the cause of his intended destruction, he cast into the den, and they were devoured in a moment before his face. Then the King said: Let all the people of the whole earth fear the God of Daniel, for it is he wbo saveth, performeth signs and wonders, and bath delivered Daniel from the lions den. . GRADUAL. Pf. 42. Judge my cause, O Lord; and deliver me from the wicked and deceitful man. V. Send forth thy light and thy truth; for they have led me on and brought me up to thy holy mount.

GOSPEL. John vii. 1, 13. AI

T that time : Jesus went into Galilee; for he

would not go into Judea, because the Jews fought to kill him. Now the Jewish feast of the tabernacles was at hand ; and his brethren said to him: Depart hence, and go to Judea, that thy disciples also may see the works thou performest. For no one doth any thing in secret, when he hath a mind to be known in publick: if therefore thou performelt these things, Thew thy self to the world. For neither did his brethren believe in him. Jesus therefore faith to them : My time is not yet come ; but your time is always ready. The world cannot hate

you; but it hateth me, because I bear witness against it, that it's works are evil. Go you up to this festival ; but I am not now going to this festi


my time is not yet fully come. Having said this, he staid in Galilée. But when his brethren VOL. II.



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were gone up, then went he also to the feast, not openly, but, as it were, in fecret. Then the Jews looked for him on the festival-day, and said: Where is he? And there was much murmuring among the people about him. For some said : He is a good man.

Others said : No, but he seduceth the people. But nobody spoke openly about him, for fear of the Jews.

OFFERTORY. Pf. 9. Let all, who know thy name, O Lord, hope in thee ; for thou for sakeit not those who seek thee. Sing to the Lord, who dwelleth on Sion, for he hath not forgot the prayer of the poor ones.

THE sacrifices we bring to be offered to thee,

O Lord, are such tokens of temporal comfort, that we cannot despair of thy eternal promises. Thro'.

COMMUNION. Pf. 24. Deliver me, O God of Ifrael, from all my diftress.

POSTCOMMUNION. Da, quæfumus. GRant, we beseech, thee, O Almighty God, that

as we daily celebrate these divine mysteries,
we may be made worthy the rewards of heaven.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.

PRAYER. Da, nobis.
Rant us, O Lord, we beseech thee, perfeve-

rance in thy service; that in our days, thy faithful may increase both in number and goodness. Thro'.

The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS. Anth. Go you up to

Ant. Vos afcendite ad this festival; but I will diem feftum hunc; ego not go up, because my autem non ascendam, time is not yet come. quia tempus meum non

dum advenit. V. and R. as above, p. 122. PRAYER. Da, nobis.

c Expl. Ibere were many disputes in private,



Pf. 17. Gentiles, thou wilt place me out of the reach of those that assault me: thou, O Lord, wilt rescue me from the unrighteous man. Pf. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength : the Lord is my support, my refuge, and my deliverer.

COLLECT. San&tificato.


people by means of this holy fast; and since all our devotion is the effect of thy bounty, mercifully hear the petitions we make.' Thro'.

LESSO N. Lev. xix. II, 19. IN these days: The Lord fpake to Mofes, saying:

Speak to all the assembly of the children of IFrael, and thou shalt lay to them: I am the Lord your God. You shall not steal. You shall not lie, nor shall any one deceive his neighbour. Thou fhalt not swear fally by my name; neither thalt thou profane the name of thy God. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not calumniate thy neighbour, nor oppress him by force. The wages of him that is hired, fhall not remain with thee till morning. Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind; but shalt fear the Lord thy God, for I am the Lord. Thou shalt do nothing that is wicked, nor judge unjustly. Look not on the perfon of the poor", nor honour the person of the mighty ; but judge thy neighbour according to justice. Thou shalt not be a detractor, nor a talebearer among the people : neither shalt thou stand up against the blood of thy neighbour'. I am the Lord. Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thy

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. Thou shalt net swear falsly against him to deprive bim of


bis life.

heart; but reprove him publickly, that thou mayst not partake of his fin. Seek not revenge, nor bear in mind any injury done thee by thy countrymen. Thou fhait love thy friend as thyself. I am the Lord. Keep my laws; for I am the Lord your God.

GRADUAL. Pf. 29. I will praise thee, O Lord, because thou hast upholden me: and haft not let my enemies rejoice over me. V. O Lord, my God, I have cried out to thee, and thou hast healed me; thou, O Lord, haft rescued my foul from hell, thou haft saved me from the number of those that are gone down into the pit.

Tract. Deal not, as above, p. 29.

GOSPEL. John X. 22, 38.
T that time : The feast of the Dedication was

kept in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Fesus was walking in the temple, in Solomon's porch. The Jews therefore came about him, and said to him : How long wilt thou hold our souls in fu. spence? If thou art the Chrijl, tell us plainly. Jeo sus answered them: I tell you, and you believe me not. The works I do in Father's name, bear witness to me. But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any one snatch them out of my hands. That which my Father hath given me, is greater than all mı : and nobody can snatch them out of my Father's hands. I and


Father are one. Then the Jews took up stones to stone him. Jefus answered them: I have shewn you many good works from my Father; for which of them is it that you stone me? The Jews answered him: We stone thee not for any good work; but for blasphemy: and because thou, who art a man, makest thyself God.

TR Expl. The power my Fatber bath given me, is greater Iban Ibat of

any orber. In the Greek it is : My Farber, wbo gave them to me, is greater, er, above all,


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