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I say that Christ Jesus was minister of the circumci sion for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the Fathers. But that the Gentiles are to glori"Therefore fy God for his mercy, as it is written : I will confess to thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles, And again he saith: and will sing to thy name. "Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people." And again: "Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and magnify him all ye people." And again Isaias saith: "There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise up rule the Gentiles, in him the Gentiles shall hope." Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Ghost.

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GRAD. Ps. xlix. He shall come in his comeli ness and beauty from Sion; God will come visibly. V. Gather to him his saints, who have observed his covenant more than sacrifice. Alleluia, Alleluia.

V. I rejoice at what was told me: we are to go up to the house of the Lord. Alleluia.

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GOSPEL. Matt. xi. 2, 10. At that time: When John had heard in prison the works of Christ, sending two of his disciples he said to him: Art thou he that art to come, or look we for another: And Jesus making answer, said to them: Go and relate to John what you have heard and seen. The blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he that shall not be scandalized in me. And when they went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitude, concerning John: What went you out into the desert to see? A reed shaken with the wind? But what went you out to see? A man cloathed in soft garments? Bebold, they that are cloathed in soft garments are in the houses of kings. But what went you out to see? A prophet? Yea, I tell you, and more than a pro

phet. For this is he of whom it is written:

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hold, I send my angel before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee." THE CREED.

OFFERT. Thou wilt turn, O God, to us, and bring us to life, and thy people shall rejoice in thee. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy, and grant us thy salva

tion.

SECRET. Be appeased, O Lord, we beseech thee by our humble prayers and sacrifices; and although we can allege no deserts on our part, grant us thy protection. Thro'.

For the II. and III. Secrets, see p. 4.

COMM. Arise, O Jerusalem and stand on high, and behold the joy that will come to thee from thy

God.

this spiritual food, we

P. COMM. Repleti. Being filled, O Lord, with us, by partaking of this mystery, to despise earthly humbly beseech thee, to teach things, and to love such as are heavenly.

For the II, and III. Postcommunions, see p. 4.

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.

INTROIT. Philip iv. and Ps. lxxxiv. Gaudete in

Domino.

REJOICE in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let your modesty be known to all men: the Lord is nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your petitions be made known to God. Ps. O Lord thou hast blest thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. V. Glory.

Lord, we beseech thee, to our prayers, and enlightCOLLECT. Aurem tuam. Bend thine ear, O en the darkness of our minds by the grace of thy

visitation. Who livest.

For the other Collects, see p. 2.
Brethren: Re-

joice in the Lord always; again, I say, rejoice. Let EPISTLE. Philip. iv. 4, 7.

your modesty be known to all men.

The Lord is

THIRD SUNDAY

nigh. Be nothing solicitous: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your And the peace petitions be made known to God.

of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

GRAD. Ps. lxxix. Lord, who sittest on the V. Thou, Cherubim, exert thy power, and come. who rulest Israel, hearken; thou who leadest Joseph as a sheep. Alleluia, Alleluia.

V. Exert, O Lord, thy power, and come to save us. Alleluia.

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GOSPEL. John i. 19, 28. At that time: The Jews sent from Jerusalem Priests and Levites to John, to ask him: Who art thou? And he confessed, and did not deny : and he confessed: I am not the Christ. And they asked him: What then? Art Art thou a thou Elias? And he said: I am not. They said thereprophet? And he answered: No. fore unto him: Who art thou, that we may give an answer to them that sent us? What sayest thou of thyself? He said: "I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the And they that Lord," as said the prophet Isaias. were sent were of the Pharisees. And they asked him and said to him: Why then dost thou baptize, if thou be not Christ, nor Elias, nor the prophet? John an swered them, saying: I baptize with water; but there hath stood one in the midst of you, whom you know not. The same is he that shall come after me, who is preferred before me; the latchet of whose shoe I am not worthy to loose. These things were done in Bethania beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. THE CREED.

OFFERT. Ps. lxxxiv. Lord, thou hast blessed thy land: thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy peo ple. May we always, O Lord, offer thee this sacrifice of our devotion, both to comply with

SECRET.

the institution of these sacred mysteries, and won-
derfully to procure ourselves that salvation which
thou designest us. Thro'.

For the other Secrets, see p. 4.

COMM. 18. XXXV. Say, be comforted, O ye fearful of heart, and fear not; behold our God will

come and save us.

P.COMM. Imploramus. We implore, O Lord, thy mercy, that these divine helps having cleansed us from sin, may prepare us for the ensuing solemnity. For the rest of the Postcommunions see p. 4.

QUARTER TENSE, OR EMBER-DAYS. THE Ember-days, (so called from our forefathers' fasting on those days in sackcloth and ashes, or from their eating nothing but cakes baked under the embers) are the Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday of the first week of Lent, of Whitsun-week, of the third week in September, and of the third week in Advent. The spirit of the Church is, to engage her children at these stated times to pray, fast, and perform such other good works as may prevail with God to furnish his Church with good pastors; Satunday in Ember-week being the appointed day for ordaining and consecrating persons to the sacred ministry. We are likewise to beg God's blessing on the fruits of the earth, and give him thanks for those we have already received.

WEDNESDAY IN EMBER-WEEK.

INTROIT. Is. xlv. Ps. xviii.

the clouds rain the just; let the earth be opened and Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let

bud forth a Saviour.

the glory of God, and the firmament declareth the

Ps. The heavens show forth

work of his hands. V. Glory.

Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.
After Kyrie eleison is said, Let us pray.

COLLECT.

Præsta quæsumus. Grant we be

seech thee. O Almighty God, that the approaching solemnity of our redemption may afford us the suc cours of this present life, and heap on us the rewards the re of eternal happiness. Thro'.

1. LESSON. Is. ii. 2, 5. In those days the prophet Isaias said: In the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be prepared on the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go, and say: Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths; for the law shall come forth from Sion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And he shall judge the Gentiles, and rebuke many people; and they shall turn their swords into plough-shares, and their spears into sickles: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall O house of Jathey be exercised any more to war. cob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the

Lord.

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GRADUAL. Ps. xxiii. Lift up your gates you princes: and be you lifted up, O eternal gates, Who shall asand the King of Glory shall enter in. cend into the mountain of the Lord: or who shall stand in his holy place? The innocent in hands, and

clean of heart.

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The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit. COLLECT. Festina. Make haste, we beseech thee O Lord, and delay not; but grant us the assistance of thy heavenly grace; that they who trust in thy goodness, may be relieved by the comfort of thy coming. Who livest.

Here are said the other Collects, as directed, p. 2
II. LESSON. Is. vii. 10, 16. In those days: The

Lord spoke unto Achaz, saying: Ask thee a sign of
the Lord thy God, either unto the depth of hell, or
unto the height above. And Achaz, said: I will not
ask, and I will not tempt the Lord. And he said:

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