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Hear ye therefore, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you, to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that he may know to refuse the evil, and to chuse the good. GRADUAL. Ps. cxliv. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him; to all that call upon him in truth. V. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name.

GOSPEL. Luke i. 26, 38. At that time: The angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the Virgin's name was Mary. And the angel, being come in, said to her; Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. having heard, she was troubled at his saying, and Who thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the Angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth she is the sixth month with her that is called barren; bealso hath conceived a son in her old age; and this cause no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word,




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now fear not for behold our God will do justice; will come himself, and save us.

SECRET. Let our fasts, we beseech thee, Lord, be acceptable to thee, that by atoning for our sins, they may both make us worthy of thy grace, and bring us to the everlasting effects of thy promises. Thro'. The other secrets as p. 4.

COMM. Is. vii. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son; and his name shall be called Emmanuel.

P. COMM. Salutaris. Being filled, O Lord, by the participation of thy saving mysteries, we humbly beseech thee, that as we rejoice in the taste thereof, we may be renewed by their effects. Thro'. The other Postcommunions as p. 4.


INTROIT. Ps. cxviii.

THOU art near, O Lord: and all thy ways are truth. I have known from the beginning concern who ing thy testimonies: that thou hast founded them for ever. Ps. Blessed are the undefiled in the way; walk in the law of the Lord. V. Glory.



COLLECT. Excita, quæsumus. Exert, O Lord, we beseech thee, thy power, and come: that they who trust in thy goodness, may speedily be delivered from all adversity. Who livest. Other Col. p. Thus saith the Lord LESSON. Is. xi. 1, 5. God: And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness, and he shall be filled with the spirit of the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge according to the sight of the eyes, nor reprove according to the hearing of the ears. But he shall judge the poor with justice, and shall reprove with equity for


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the meek of the earth: and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his loins: and faith the girdle of his reins. GRADUAL. Ps. lxxxiv. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us thy salvation. V. Lord, thou hast blessed, thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.

GOSPEL. Luke i. 39, 47. At that time: Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.

And she

eried out with a loud voice, and said; Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, art thou that hast believed, because those things shall the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. And Mary said; My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Sa


OFFERTORY. Ps. lxxxiv. Thou wilt turn, us to life: and thy people shall re

O God, and bring

joice in thee. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and

grant us thy salvation.

SECRET. Having received, O Lord, our offerings and prayers, cleanse us, we beseech thee, by these heavenly mysteries, and mercifully hear us.

Other sec. p. 4.

COMM. Zach. xiv. Behold, the Lord will come, and all his saints with him; and in that day there

shall be a great light.

P. COMM. Tui nos.

Lord, of thy sacrament, give us a new life. that by

May the receiving, O

putting aside the old man, it may bring us to the participation of this saving mystery. Thro' other Postcommunions p. 4.


INTROIT. Ps. lxxix.

COME, and shew us thy faith, O Lord, who sit test on the Cherubim: and we shall be saved. Ps. Thou who rulest Israel hearken; who leadest JoV. Glory. seph as a sheep.

After the Kyrie eleison, is said: Let us pray, Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again. I. COLLECT. Deus, qui conspicis. O God, who seest us afflicted through our own wickedness; mercifully grant, that by thy coming we may be

comforted. Who livest.

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I. LESSON. Is. xix. 20, 22. In those days: They shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressor, and he shall send them a Saviour and a defender to deliver them. And the Lord shall be known by Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall worship him with sacrifices and offerings and they shall make vows to the Lord. and perform them. And the Lord, shall strike Egypt with a scourge, and shall heal it, and they shall return to the Lord, and he shall be pacified to wards them, and heal them.

the end of heaven, and his circuit even to the end GRADUAL. Ps. xviii. His going out is from thereof: V. The heavens shew forth the glory of God and the firmament declareth the work of his



Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again. Concede quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who groan under the old captivity of sin, may be freed by the preparing

new birth of thy only Son, which we are for. Who liveth.

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11 LESSON. Is. xxxv. 1, 7. Lard: The land that was desolate and impassable Thus saith the 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 recompence: God himself will come and will save you. shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears Then f 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 desart, 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. xviii. 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


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 borror 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, thou 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: with strength, and his arm shall rule: behold his reGod: behold the Lord God shall come ward is with him, and his work is before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather



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