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the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. CREDO.
OFFERT. Luke i. Hail Ave Maria, gratia plena, Mary, full of grace, the Dominus tecum; benedicta Lord is with thee; blessed tu in mulieribus; et bene. art thou amongst women; dictus fructus ventris tui. and blessed is the fruit of Alleluia. thy womb. Alleluia.
SECRET. Strengthen, we beseech thee, O Lord, in our souls, the mysteries of the true faith ; that we, who confess him, that was conceived of a Virgin, to be true God, and true man, may, by the power of his saving resurrection, deserve to come to eternal joys. Thro' the
PREPACE. On the ANNUNCIATION. ORDINARY, p. 49.
COMM. Is. vii. Be- Ecce Virgo concipiet, et hold a Virgin shall conceive, pariet Filium ; et vocabitur and bring forth a Son; and nomen ejus Emmanuel. Alhis name shall be called Em- leluia. manuel. Alleluia.
POSTCOMM.. Gratiam tuam. Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we, who, by the message of an Angel, have known the incarnation of thy Son, the Christ, may, by his passion and cross, come to the glory of his resurrection. Thro' the same. JI. VESPERS. All as the first VESPERS, p. 272, except:
At the MAGNIFICAT. Anth. The Angel Gabriel Ant. Gabriel Angelus lospoke to Mary, saying; cutus est Mariæ, dicens ; Hail, full of grace, the Ave, gratia plena, Dominus Lord is with thee; blessed tecum ; benedicta tu in muart thou amongst women. lieribus. Alleluia. Alleluia.
PRAYER. Collect at Mass, p. 273.
THE FEASTS OF APRIL. II. St. FRANCIS OF PAULA, Confessor. A Double, VESPERS. All as p. xlii. PRAYER. Collect at Mass. MASS. INTROIT. The righteous man, as p. xlv. except:
COLLECT. Deus, humilium. O God, who exaltest the humble, and didst raise blessed Francis to the gloty of thy saints; grant we beseech thee, that, thro' his merit, and by following his example, we may happily obtain those rewards, which thou hast promised to the humble. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Phil. ii. 7. 12. B В
RETHREN; The things that were gain to me,
those I have accounted loss for Christ. Farthermore I count all things to be but loss, for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ, and may be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus ; which is of God, righteousness in faith. That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death; if by any means I may attain to the resurrection, which is from the dead. Not as though I had already attained to that, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may by any means lay hold of that, whereunto I was also laid hold of by Jesus Christ.
SECRET. May the offering, O Lord of thy devout people, which we lay upon thy altars, by the merits of blessed Francis, be pleasing to thee, and advantageous to
Thro.' POSTCOMM. Sumpta, Domine. May the heavenly sacraments, O Lord, which we have received, procure for us, by the intercession of blessed Francis, thy Confessor, all necessary help both for this life, and that which is
III. St. RICHARD, Bishop. A Double. VESPERS. As p. xxxii. PRAYER. Collect at Mass. MASS. INTROIT. The Lord settled. &c. p. xxxiv. ercept:
COLLECT. Deus, qui Ecclesiam. O God, who didst gloriously illustrate thy Church both by the merits and miracles of blessed Richard thy Confessor and Bishop ; grant that we thy servants may, by his intercession, arrive at an eternal glory of bliss. Thro'.
SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O merciful God, that by the intercession of blessed Richard, thy Confessor and Bishop, the offering we present to thrine majesty, -may obtain for us the grace to lead gode lives here, and to enjoy endless glory hereafter. Thro'.
POSTCOMM. Hæc sacrosancta. May the most sacred mysteries we have received, O Lord, and which blessed Richard, thy Confessor and Bishop, dispensed
with so much devotion, produce a salutary effect in our souls. Thro'.
IV. St. ISIDORE, Bp. Conf. and Dr. d.
VESPERS. As p. xxxii. At the MAGNIFICAT. Anth. O excellent Doctor, p. xxxix. Prayer. Deus, qui populo tuo, ib.
MASS All as p. xxxix.
V. St. VINCENT FERRERIUS, Conf. d. VESPERS. As p. xlii. PRAYER. Collect at Mass. The COMMEMORATION of St. ISIDORE. Anth. O excellent Doctor, p.xxxix. V. The Lord led, p. xxxvii. PRAYER. Deus, qui populo tuo, p. xxxix.
MASS. INTROIT. The mouth of the righteous man, &c. p. xliii. except :
COLLECT. Deus, qui Ecclesiam. O God, who wast pleased to illustrate thy Church by the virtue and preaching of blessed Vincent, thy Confessor ; grant us thy servants, that we may be both instructed by his example, and, by the assistance of his prayers, delivered from all evil. Thro'.
XI. St. LEO, Pope, Confessor, and Doctor. A Double.
VESPERS. As p. xxxii. At the MAGNIFICAT. Anth. O excellent Doctor, p. xxxix. PRAYER. Deus, qui populo tuo, il. MASS. INTROIT. He opened. &c. p. xxxix. except:
LESSON. Eccles. xxxix. 6. 14. THE righteous man will give his heart to watch early
to the Lord, that made him, and he will pray in the sight of the Most High. He will open his mouth in prayer, and make supplication for his sins. For if it shall please the great Lord, he will fill him with the spirit of understanding and he will pour forth the words of his wisdom as showers, and in his prayer he will confess to the Lord. And the Lord shall direct his counsel, and his order of life, and advise, him in his difficulties. He will shew forth the discipline he hath learned, and shall glory in the law of the covenant of the Lord. Many shall join in the commendation of his wisdom, and the memory of it shall never be forgotten. The remembrance of him shall never be lost, and his name shall be in request from generation to generation. The nations shall proclaim his wis. dom, and the Church shall publish his praise.
GOSPEL. Matt. xvi. 13, 19.
rea Philippi ; and he asked his disciples saying: Whom do men say that the Son Man is? But they said : Some John the Baptist, and others some Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the Prophets. Jesus saith to them ; But whom do you say that I am ? Simon Peter answered and said ; Thou art Christ the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him; Blessed art thou Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee; That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven ; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven. CREDO.
XIII. St. HERMENEGILDUS, Martyr. A Semidouble.
At VESPERS. The COMMEMORATION. Anth. A perpetual light. V. Ye saints. p. iii. PRAYER. Collect at Mass.
MASS. INTROIT. Thou hast protected. &c. p. iii. except :
COLLECT. Deus, qui beatum. O God, by whose holy spirit blessed Hermenegildus, thy Martyr, was taught to despise an earthly crown for an eternal one ; grant, we beseech thee, that, by his example, we may learn to contemn the things of this world, and fix our hearts on those which are more valuable. Thro'.
GOSPEL, Luke xiy. 26. 35.
one come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also,, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple.' For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges that are necessary, whether he have wherewithal to finish it. Lest after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, saying; This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, about to go and make
war against another king, doth not first sit down and think, whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him, that with twenty thousand cometh against him. Or else, whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embasy, he desireth conditions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple. Salt is good. But if the salt should lose its flavour, wherewith shall it be seasoned ? It is neither profitable for the land, nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. CREDO.
XIV. SS. TIBURTIUS, VALERIANUS, and MAXI
MUS, Martyrs. VESPERS. The Commemoration. Anth. A perpetual light.
V. Ye saints. p. iii. PRAYER. Collect at Mass.
MASS. INTROIT. Thy saints, O Lord, &c. p. vi. except :
COLLECT. Præsta, quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who solemnize the festival of thy holy Martyrs, Tiburtius, Valerianus, and Maximus, may likewise imitate their virtues. Thro'.
LESSON. Wisd. 5. p. iv. Gospel. John xv. p. v.
SECRET. We beseech thee, O Lord, that the sacrifice, which we offer thee in honor of the triumphs of thy Martyrs, may loose the bonds of our sins, and procure us the gifts of thy mercy. Thro'.
POSTCOMM. Sacro munere. Being filled with thy heavenly gift, we humbly beseech thee, O Lord, that what we perform as an homage due to thee, may avail us to salvation. Thro'.
XVII. St. ANICETUS, Pope, and Martyr. At VESPERS. The Commemoration, Anth A perpetual light. V. Ye saints, p. iii. PRAYER COLLECT. Deus, qui nos beati. p.iv.
MASS. INTROIT. Thou hast protected, p. iii. ColLECT. Deus, qui nos beati, p. iv. LESSON, Wisd. v. p. iv. Allelluia, Alleluia. V.
GOSPEL. John xvi. 20. 23.
weep; but the world shall rejoice ; and you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman