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GRAD. Ecclus. xliv. Behold a great Prelate, who in his days pleased God. V. There was none found like him in keeping the law of the Most High. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. I am the good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and my sheep know me. Alleluia. GOSPEL. John. x 11, 16. At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life, for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own sheep they are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf snatcheth and scattereth the sheep and the hireling flieth because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me; as the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep. And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold them also must I bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be made one fold and one shepherd. THE CREED.


OFFERT. Ps. xx. Thou hast set, O Lord, on his head, a crown of precious stones: he asked life of thee and thou didst give it him. Alleluia.

SECRET. Sanctify O Lord, the offerings consecrated to thee: and being appeased thereby, mer cifully look upon us, by the intercession of blessed T. thy Martyr and Bishop.


COMM. John x. I am the good Shepherd: and I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.

P. COMM. Hæc nos, com. May this communion, O Lord, cleanse us from sin, and, by the interces sion of blessed Thomas, thy martyr and bishop, make us effectually partakers of this heavenly remedy. Thro'.

SUNDAY within the Octave of Christmas. INTROIT. Wisdom xviii. Ps. xcii.-Dum medium, &c.

WHILE all things were in quiet silence, and the

night was in the midst of her course, thy Almighty Word, O Lord, came down from thy royal throne. P. The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty: the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded himself.

V. Glory.

COLLECT. Omnipotens. O Almighty and eternal God, regulate our actions according to thy divine will, that, in the name of thy beloved Son, we may abound in good works. Thro'.

Commems. of Christmas, St. Thomas, &c. by their respective Collects, &c. pp. 28, and 35.

EPISTLE. Gal. iv. 1, 7. Brethren: As long as the heir is a child, he differeth nothing from a servant, though he be Lord of all: but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed by the father: So we, also, when we were children, were serving under the elements of the world. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law: that he might redeem them who were under the law; that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.

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now he is no more a servant, but a Son. son an heir also through God.

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GRAD. Ps. xliv. and xcii. Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips. V. My heart hath uttered a good word, I speak my works to the King. My tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly. Alleluia, Al


V. The Lord hath reigned, he clothed himself with beauty: he hath clothed himself with strength, and armed himself with might. Alleluia.

and Mary the mother of Jesus, were wondering at GOSPEL. Luke ii. 33, 40. At that time: Joseph, those things which were spoken concerning him. And Simon blessed them, and said to Mary his Mo

ther: Behold the child is set for the fall, and for the resurrection of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be contradicted. And thy own soul a sword shall pierce, that out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed. And there was one Anna a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asar; she was far advanced in years, and had lived with her husband seven years from her virginity. And she was a widow until fourscore and four years: who de parted not from the temple, by fastings and prayer serving day and night. Now she at the same hour coming in, confessed to the Lord; and spoke of him to all that looked for the redemption of Israel. And after they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord they returned into Galilee, to their city, Nazareth. And the child grew and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in


OFFERT. Ps. xcii. God hath established the world which shall not be moved, thy throne O Godis prepared from of old; thou art from everlasting.


SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty. God, that this sacrifice offered to thy Divine Majes ty, may obtain for us the grace of true devotion, and a happy eternity. Thro'.

COMM. Matt. ii. Take the child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel; for they are dead who sought the life of the child.

P. COMM. Per hujus. May the efficacy of this sacrament, O Lord, cleanse us from our sins, and ob tain for us the accomplishment of our just desires, Thro'.

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St. SYLVESTER. p. c.

P. xxii. Collect, p. xxi. with

INTROIT, Sacerdotes, Mass XII.
Secret, and P. Comm. as in Mass XI.
Commemorations of all the Festivals, from Christ-
mas-day inclusively.

EPISTLE. 2 Tim. iv. 1, 8. as in Mass XIII. p. xxiv. GRAD. Behold a great Prelate, who in his days pleased God. V. There was none found like him in keeping the law of God. Allel. Allel. V. Ps. I have found my servant David: I have anointed him with my holy oil. Alleluia.

p. xxvi.

GOSPEL. Luke xii. as in Mass XIV. OFFERT. Ps. lxxxviii. I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him. My band shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen

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COMM. Matt xxiv. as in Mass. XIV p. xxvi.


INTROIT. Isaias. ix. Puer natus est, p. 27. COLLECT. Deus, qui salutis. O God, who by the fruitful virginity of the blessed Mary, hast given mankind the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech thee, that we may experience her intercession, through whom we deserved to receive the Author of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who. EPISTLE. Tit. ii. As in p. 23.

GRAD. Ps. xcvii. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to

the Lord all the earth.

known his salvation: he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles. Alleluia.

V. The Lord hath made

fied day hath shone upon us:

V. A sanctiand adore the Lord, for this day a great light is come down upon the earth. Alleluia. Alleluia. come, ye Gentiles, V. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to our Fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days hath spoken to us by

his son. Alleluia

GOSPEL. Luke ii. 21. At that time: After eight days were accomplished that the child should be circumcised: his name was called Jesus, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb. THE CREED.

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OFFERT. Ps. lxxxviii. Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth. The world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded, justice and judgment are the preparations of thy throne.

SECRET. Receive, O Lord, our offerings, and prayers; cleanse us by these heavenly mysteries, and mercifully hear us.

COMM. P. xcvii.


All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

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P. COMM. Hæc nos. May this communion, Lord, cleanse us from sin, and by the intercession of blessed Mary, the virgin-mother of God, make us partakers of thy heavenly remedy. Thro'.

January II. Octave-day of St. STEPHEN.
As on the Feast itself, p. xxxix. except

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COLLECT, Omnipotens. O Almighty and eternal God, who didst consecrate the first fruits of martyrdom in the blood of blessed Stephen the Levite: grant, we beseech thee, that he may intercede for us, who begged mercy, even for his persecutors, of Lord Jesus Christ thy Son. Who liveth.


Introit, Collect, Epistle, Secret, Com. and Post Com. as in the Sunday within the Octave of Christ


The Commems. of St. Telesphorus, as in Mass III. p. v. and of the Blessed Virgin.

GRAD. Ps. xliv. Beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured into thy lips. V. My heart

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