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Lesson of the Holy Gospel according | Al. They gave splendour to God. Al. to S. John.

* And they were curdled like milk. Al. Lesson VII. Chap. xv.

Al. Ý. Purer than snow, whiter than

milk, more ruddy than rubies, fairer AT

T that time: Jesus said unto His than sapphires. And. Glory. And.

disciples: I am the true Vine, and My FATHER is the Husbandman.

Lesson IX. And that which follows.

I AM, saith He, the true Vine, and

My Father is the Husbandman. A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. Are then the Husbandman and the Tract 80 on S. John.

Vine one and the same ? CHRIST is This place of the gospel, brethren, the Vine, according to that He saith: where the LORD calls Himself the My FATHER is greater than I.

But vine and His disciples branches, He according to that His other saying, I saith in sense, because the Head of the and My FATHER are one : He Himself Church, and Mediator between God is the Husbandman; not such as and man, is the Man Jesus CHRIST ; those who perform their ministry by and we are His members. Forasmuch external work, but such that He giveth as the vine and the branches are of increase. For neither is he, that one nature. Wherefore, being God, planteth anything, neither is he that of Whose nature we are not, He was watereth; but He that giveth the inmade man, that in Him the Vine, crease from within, God. But verily being of human nature, we likewise, Christ is God; for the Word was being men, might be branches.

God: whence He and the FATHER are Ry. I am the True Vine, and My which He was not before, nevertheless,

one: and if the Word is made Flesh, FATHER is the Husbandman ; he

He remains what He was. that dwelleth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. Al.

Te Deum, p. 15. Al. y. As My FATHER hath loved

2. OTHER LESSONS. Me, even so have I loved you. He. Ben. He (or they) whose feast.

For Martyrs in Easter-tide.

SECOND NOCTURN.
Lesson VIII.

From the Epistle of S. Cyprian, B. M., WHAT then is this: I am the true

to the Martyrs and Confessors. Vine? By adding the word true, doth He point to that vine from whence

Lesson IV. this similitude is drawn ? For He is

Book 2. Ep. 6. $0 called a vine by way of similitude, WITH what praises shall I speak not, by reason of quality, like as He of you, most mighty Martyrs ? is called a Sheep, à Lamb, a Lion, a with what proclaiming voice shall I Rock, a Corner-stone, and other such extol the valour of your minds, and things from which these similitudes, perseverance of your faith? Ye enthough not any qualities, are derived, dured to the end the most hard quesand which are in themselves true. tion of glory: nor yielded ye from torBut when He saith : I am the true ment, but rather the torments yielded Vine, He distinguishes Himself from to you. The end of your sorrows, which that, to which it is said: How art thou torments gave not, your crowns did turned into bitterness, into a strange give. The butchery lasted long and vine? In what way is that a true vine the more severely, not to cast down of which grapes are expected, but it steadfast faith, but the more rapidly brings forth thorns ?

to send the men of God to GOD. Ry. Her Nazarites were made white. Ry, Light perpetual. p. 77.

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multitude : If an me, and hate not hi. mother, and wife, and brethren, and sisters, y own life also, he canı. disciple. And that which fi A Homily of S. Gregory the

Homily 37. on the Gospel If we consider, dearly belove thren, what and how great art things promised unto us in hea all that we have upon earth comes as nought to our soul. F when earthly goods are compared wit. heavenly happiness, they become a burden, not an aid. Temporal life when compared with eternal life should rather be called death than la life. For what is the daily weakness fol of corruption, but a sort of lengthening kep out of death? But what tongue can Mars declare, what understanding can com- and I prehend, how great are the of that Heavenly City : to be amo org of angels, to stand bef the Creator with me to behold the pres God, to see the T bound, to be s

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Lesson of the Holy Gospel according | Al. They gave splendour to God. Al. to S. John.

* And they were curdled like milk. Al. Lesson VII. Chap. xv.

Al. V. Purer than snow,

whiter than

milk, more ruddy than rubies, fairer AT T that time: Jesus said unto His than sapphires. And. Glory. And.

disciples: I am the true Vine, and My FATHER is the Husbandman.

Lesson IX. And that which follows.

I AM, saith He, the true Vine, and

My Father is the Husbandman. A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. Are then the Husbandman and the Tract 80 on S. John.

Vine one and the same ? CHRIST is This place of the gospel, brethren, i the Vine, according to that He saith: where the LORD calls Himself the My Father is greater than I. But vine and His disciples branches, He according to that His other saying, I saith in sense, because the Head of the and My FATHER are one : He Himself Church, and Mediator between God is the Husbandman; not such as and man, is the Man Jesus CHRIST; those who perform their ministry by and we are His members. Forasmuch external work, but such that He giveth as the vine and the branches are of increase. For neither is he, that one nature. Wherefore, being God, planteth anything, neither is he that of Whose nature we are not, He was watereth; but He that giveth the inmade man, that in Him the Vine, crease from within, God. But verily being of human nature, we likewise, Christ is God; for the Word was being men, might be branches.

GOD: whence He and the FATHER are Ry. I am the True Vine, and My which He was not before, nevertheless,

one: and if the Word is made Flesh, FATHER is the Husbandman ; he

He remains what He was. that dwelleth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. Al.

Te Deum, p. 15. Al. ¥. As My FATHER hath loved

2. OTHER LESSONS. Me, even so have I loved you. He. Ben. He (or they) whose feast.

For Martyrs in Easter-tide.

SECOND NOCTURN.
Lesson VIII.

From the Epistle of S. Cyprian, B. M., WHAT then is this: I am the true

to the Martyrs and Confessors. Vine? By adding the word true, doth He point to that vine from whence

Lesson IV. this similitude is drawn? For He is

Book 2. Ep. 6. so called a vine by way of similitude, WITH what praises shall I speak not, by reason of quality, like as He of you, most mighty Martyrs ? is called a Sheep, a Lamb, a Lion, a with what proclaiming voice shall I Rock, a Corner-stone, and other such extol the valour of your minds, and things from which these similitudes, perseverance of your faith? Ye enthough not any qualities, are derived, dured to the end the most hard quesand which are in themselves true. tion of glory: nor yielded ye from torBut when He saith : I am the true ment, but rather the torments yielded Vine, He distinguishes Himself from to you. The end of your sorrows, which that, to which it is said: How art thou torments gave not, your crowns did turned into bitterness, into a strange give. The butchery lasted long and vine? In what way is that a true vine the more severely, not to cast down of which grapes are expected, but it steadfast faith, but the more rapidly brings forth thorns ?

to send the men of God to GOD. Ry. Her Nazarites were made white. Ry, Light perpetual. p. 77.

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Lesson V.

THIRD NOCTURN. THE multitude of bystanders won, Lesson of the Holy Gospel according

deringly beheld the heavenly conflict, the conflict of God, the

Lesson VII. Chap. xv. spiritual conflict, the battle of CHRIST: while His servants stood AT that time : Jesus said to His with free speech, incorrupt mind,

disciples : I am the vine, ye are divine strength, exposed indeed to the branches : He that abideth in Me, worldly weapons, but clad in the and I in him, the same bringeth forth armour of burning faith.

much fruit : for without Me ye can do

The tortured abode stronger than the tor nothing. And that which follows. turers : and the bruising and lace- Homily of S. Augustine, Bp., rating hooks were overcome by the

Tract 81 upon S. John. bruised and lacerated limbs. Cruel and reiterated wounds could not quell branch might bear at least some small

Lest any should think that the unconquerable faith, although, the outer bands and sinews being broken, fruit of itself, because He had said, not the limbs, but rather the wounds The same bringeth forth much fruit :

He saith not, For without me ye can of God's servants, were tortured. There flowed blood, fit to quench do but little ; but, ye can do nothing. the fire of persecution, and appease it cannot be done without Him, with

Whether therefore it be little or much, with its glorious drops the fires of hell.

out whom nothing can be done:

because even though the branch Ry. In His servants. p. 88. bear little, the Husbandman purgeth

it that it may bear more. Howbeit Lesson VI.

except it abide in the vine, and draw

life from the root, it can bear no fruit HOW noble was that sight in the whatsoever. For although CHRIST had O

LORD's eyes! how sublime, how not been the Vine except He had been great, how well pleasing in the sight of

man: nevertheless He could not have God the faith and loyalty of His sol- bestowed this grace upon the branches, dier ! As it is written in the Psalms, the Holy Ghost speaking to us like-except He had been God also. wise and teaching us : Right dear in the

Ry. I am the True Vine. p. 89. sight of the LORD is the death of His

Lesson VIII. Saints. Right dear is that death, which bought immortality with the BUT although it be thus that it is

impossible to be alive without price of its blood, and received the this grace, yet also is death in the crown of consummated virtue. How

power of the free will.

If a man joyful was Christ, being there present: abide not in Me, saith He, he is cast with what alacrity He fought and con- forth as a branch and is withered ; quered in these His servants: the and men gather them and cast them Protector of the faith, giving, to into the fire and they are burned. believers as much as the recipient The sticks therefore of the vine are as believed himself to have received : worthless if not abiding in the vine, He was present in his conflict, and as they would have been glorious had raised up, strengthened, and

they abode there. Then also concerncouraged the warriors and champions ing these the Lord speaketh · by of His name. And He who once con Ezekiel the Prophet: When they are quered death for us, ever conquers cut off they are meet for no use of in us.

the husbandmen, neither are they Ry. Come forth. p. 88.

reserved for any work of the carpenter.

en

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are

One of two things chanceth to the Ant. Though they were punished * branch, the vine or the fire ; if it be in the sight of men, yet is their hope not in the vine it will be in the fire ; full of immortality. Ps. iii. Domine, therefore that it be not in the fire let quid multiplicasti, p. 6. it be in the vine.

V. Be glad, o ye righteous, and Ry. Her Nazarites. p. 89.

rejoice in the LORD. Lesson IX.

Ry. And be joyful, all ye that are

true of heart. Our FATHER. Abs. IF ye abide in Me,

saith He, and My Hear, LORD. y. Sir, pray. Ben, words abide in you, ye shall ask

The FATHER Eternal. what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. By abiding in CARIST, what can Of the Epistle of S. Paul the Apostle they wish save that which agreeth

to the Romans. with CHRIST? What can they wish Lesson I. Chap. viii. when abiding in the SAVIOUR, save that which is not foreign to salvation? THEREFORE, brethren, we

debtors, not to the flesh, to live For we desire one thing because we after the flesh. For if ye live after the are in CHRIST, and another because we flesh, ye shall die : but if ye through are yet in this world. For while we the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the dwell in this world, it is sometimes body, ye shall live. For as many as suggested to us to ask a thing which are led by the Spirit of God, they are we are not aware is inexpedient for us. the sons of God. But God forbid that that thing should received the spirit of bondage again to

For ye have not be done for us if we abide in CHRIST, fear; but ye have received the Spirit who, when we ask, doeth nothing, save of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, what is expedient for us.

Father. The Spirit itself beareth witTe Deum, p. 15.

ness with our spirit, that we are the In the Common of Confessors, Vir- children of God: and if children, then gins, Holy Women not Virgins, and De-heirs ; heirs of God, and joint-beirs dication of a Church, in Easter-tide, with CHRIST; if so be that we suffer the Office is as hereafter set down for with Him, that we may be also glori. other times : but Alleluia is said after fied together. For I reckon that the the Inv. Ants., yy. and R7RY. of sufferings of this present time are not Lessons.

worthy to be compared with the glory

which shall be revealed in us. For COMMON OF MANY MARTYRS the earnest expectation of the creature Not in Easter-Tide.

waiteth for the manifestation of the Inv. The LORD, the King of Mar- sons of God. tyrs, * O come, let us worship. Ps. RÝ. God shall wipe away all tears Venite, p. 4.

from the eyes of the Saints, and there Hymn. Eterna Christi munera

shall be no more death, neither sorrow Et martyres victorias, as p. 87. nor crying, neither shall there be any

more pain; * for the former things are FIRST NOCTURN.

passed away. ¥. They shall hunger Ant. By the rivers of waters * He no more, neither thirst any more, planted the vineyard of the just, and neither shall the sun light upon them, in the law of the LORD was their nor any heat. For. Ben. The Only delight. Ps. i. Beatus vir., p. 5.

Begotten.
Ant. As gold * in the furnace the
LORD proved His elect, and, as a whole

Lesson II. burnt -sacrifice, He received them for A

ND we know that all things work ever. Ps. ii. Quare fremuerunt gen- together for good to them that tes, p. 5.

love God, to them who are called

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