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seek them, and shalt not find them, that walk therein : I the LORD have even them that contended with thee : called thee in righteousness, and will they that war against thee shall hold thine hand, and will keep thee, be as nothing, and as a thing of and give thee for a covenant of the nought. For I the LORD thy God people, for a light of the Gentiles : will hold thy right hand, saying unto to open the blind eyes, to bring out thee, Fear not; I will help thee. the prisoners from the prison, and Ry. The sceptre (p. xx.)

them that sit in darkness out of the

prison-house. Lesson III.

Ry. Behold now (p. xxi.) FEAR not, thou worm Jacob, and

Lesson III. ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy re- I AM the LORD : that is my name: deemer, the Holy One of Israel. Be- and my glory will I not give to hold, I will make thee a new sharp another, neither my praise' to graven threshing instrument having teeth : images. Behold, the former things thou shalt thresh the mountains, and are come to pass, and new things do beat them small, and shalt make the I declare : before they spring forth I hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, tell you of them. Sing unto the LORD and the wind shall carry them away, a new song, and his praise from the and the whirlwind shall scatter them : end of the earth, ye that go down to and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, the sea, and all that is therein ; the and shalt glory in the Holy One of isles, and the inhabitants thereof. Israel.

Let the wilderness and the cities Ry. I must decrease (p. xx.)

thereof lift up their voice, the villages

that Kedar doth inhabit: let the in. To-day is said the Office for the Dead. habitants of the rock sing, let them TUESDAY.

shout from the top of the mountains.

Let them give glory unto the LORD, Of Isaiah the Prophet. and declare his praise in the islands. Lesson I. Chap. xlii.

The LORD shall go forth as a mighty

man, he shall stir up jealousy like a BEHOLD my servant, whom I up

hold; mine elect, in whom my man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; soul delighteth; I have put my spirit he shall prevail against his enemies. upon him : he shall bring forth judg- RY. Virgin of Israel (p. xxi.) ment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to

WEDNESDAY. be heard in the street. A bruised reed

Of Isaiah the Prophet. shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench : he shall

Lesson I. Chap. li. bring forth judgment unto truthHe HEARKEN to me, ye that follow shall not fail nor be discouraged, till after righteousness, ye that he have set judgment in the earth : seek the LORD: look unto the rock and the isles shall wait for his law. whence ye are hewn, and to the hole Ry. Unto us (p. xxi.)

of the pit whence ye are digged. Look

unto Abraham your father, and unto Lesson II.

Sarah that bare you : for I called him THUS, saith God, the LORD, he alone, and blessed him, and increased

that created the heavens, and him. For the LORD shall comfort stretched them out; he that spread Zion: he will comfort all her waste forth the earth, and that which cometh places; and he will make her wilderout of it; he that giveth breath unto 'ness like Eden, and her desert like the the people upon it, and spirit to them | garden of the LORD; joy and gladness


shall be found therein, thanksgiving, beginning of the world men bave not and the voice of melody.

heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither R%. I have sworn (p. xxii.)

hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee,

what he hath prepared for him that Lesson II.

waiteth for him. HEARKEN unto me, my people; Ry. Sound (p. xx.)

and give ear unto me, O my nation : for a law shall proceed from

Lesson II. me, and I will make my judgment to THOU meetest him that rejoiceth rest for a light of the people. My and worketh righteousness, those righteousness is near; my salvation is that remember thee in thy ways: gone forth, and mine arms shall judge behold, thou art wroth; for we have the people; the isles shall wait upon sinned: in those is continuance, and me, and on mine arm shall they trust. we shall be saved. But we are all as Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and an unclean thing, and all our righteouslook upon the earth beneath: for the nesses are as filthy rags; and we all do heavens shall vanish away like smoke, fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like and the earth shall wax old like a gar- the wind, have taken us away. And ment, and they that dwell therein shall there is none that calleth upon thy die in like manner: but my salvation name, that stirreth up himself to take shall be for ever, and my righteousness hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy shall not be abolished.

face from us, and hast consumed us, Ry. We will not depart (p. xxii.)

because of our iniquities.

R%. The sceptre (p. xx.)
Lesson III.

Lesson III.
HEARKEN unto me, ye that know

righteousness, the people in But now, O LORD, Thou art our whose hearts is my law; fear ye not Father : we are the clay, and Thou the reproach of men, neither be ye our potter; and we all are the work afraid of their revilings. For the of thy hand. Be not wroth very sore, moth shall eat them up like a garment, O LORD, neither remember iniquity and the worm shall eat them like for ever : behold, see, we beseech thee, wool : but my righteousness shall we are all thy people. Thy holy cities be for ever, and my salvation from are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, generation to generation.

Jerusalem a desolation. Our holy Ry. Behold how great (p. xxii.) and our beautiful house, where our

fathers praised thee, is burned up with THURSDAY.

fire : and all our pleasant things are

laid waste.
Of Isaiah the Prophet.

Ry. I must decrease (p. xx.)
Lesson I. Chap. liv.
OH that thou wouldest rend the

heavens, that thou wouldest

Of Isaiah the Prophet. come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, as when

Lesson I. Chap. lxvi. the melting fire burneth, the fire HEAR the word of the Lord, yo


that tremble at his word ; Your thy name known to thine adversaries, brethren that hated you, that cast you that the nations may tremble at thy out for my name's sake, said, Let the presence! When thou didst terrible LORD be glorified : but he shall things which we looked not for, thou appear to your joy, and they shall be camest down, the mountains flowed ashamed A voice of noise from the down at thy presence. For since the city, a voice from the temple, a voice

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of the LORD that rendereth recom- At Matins, Invitatory of Christmas pence to his enemies.

Before she Eve. To-day ye shall know: as below. travailed, she brought forth ; before Hymn, Verbum supernum, p. 4. The her pain came, she was delivered of a Antiphons, Psalms, y y., Lessons, and man child. Who hath heard such a RyRz. in the First and Second Nocthing? who hath seen such things ? turns are of the 4th Sunday; in the Shall the earth be made to bring forth 3rd Nocturn, the Antiphons and Pss. in one day? or shall a nation be born of the Sunday, the yy. of Christmas at once ? for as soon as Zion travailed, Eve, with its three Lessons and Ry Ry. she brought forth her children. Lauds of Christmas Eve, with comRy. Unto us (p. xxi.)

memoration of the Sunday.

The Office of Christmas Eve shall be said Lesson II.

in like manner at the Hours. SHALL I bring to the birth, and not

CHRISTMAS EVE. cause to bring forth ? saith the LORD: shall cause to bring forth, Inv. To-day ye shall know that the and shut the womb? saith thy God. LORD shall come and on the morrow Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be then shall ye behold His glory. Ps. glad with her, all ye that love her: Venite. p. 3. rejoice for joy with her, all ye that Hymn. Verbum supernum, p. 4. mourn for her: that ye may suck, Antiphons and Psalms of the Feria. and be satisfied with the breasts of her

Ý. To-day ye shall know that the consolations; that ye may milk out, LORD shall come. and be delighted with the abundance

R]. And to-morrow, then shall ye of her glory. For thus saith the LORD, see His Glory. Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles Lesson of the Holy Gospel according like a flowing stream: then shall ye

to S. Matthew.
suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides,

Lesson I. Chap. i.
and be dandled upon her knees.
Ry. Behold, now (p. xxi.)

WHEN Mary the Mother of Jesus

was espoused to Joseph, before Lesson III.

they came together, she was found AS one whom his mother com

with child of the HOLY GHOST. And forteth, so will I comfort you;

that which follows.
and ye shall be comforted in Jeru-
salem. And when ye see this, your

A Homily of S. Jerome the Priest. heart shall rejoice, and your bones Book I. Comment. S. Matt. i. shall flourish like an herb: and the

Why was He not conceived of a hand of the LORD shall be known simple virgin, but of one espoused ? toward his servants, and his indig- First, in order that by the genealogy nation toward his enemies. For, of Joseph the origin of Mary might be behold, the LORD will come with fire, demonstrated : secondly, that she and with his chariots like a whirlwind, might not be stoned by the Jews as to render his anger with fury, and his an adulteress; thirdly, that, fleeing into rebuke with flames of fire.

For by Egypt, she should have a comforter. fire and by his sword will the LORD But the martyr Ignatius adds a fourth plead with all flesh : and the slain of reason why He was conceived by one the LORD shall be many.

espoused : That the Birth, saith he, Ry. Virgin (p. xxi.)

might be concealed from the devil, If Christmas Eve falls on Sunday, while he supposed Him to be begotten, the office is said as follows.

not by a virgin, but by a wife.

Ý. Sanctify yourselves to-day, and

CHRISTMAS DAY. be ye ready, for to-morrow ye shall

Inv. CHRIST is born to us :

O come behold *

the glory of God among let us worship. Ps. Venite. p. 3. you.

. To-day ye shall know that the HYMN.—JESU, Redemptor omnium. LORD shall come, and on hbe morrow, JESU, the Father or am redem, then Glory.

Whose all redemption won,
Before the worlds, of God Most High

Begotten all ineffably:
Lesson II.

The FATHER's Light and Splendour Thou, BEFORE they came together, she Their endless Hope to Thee that bow:

Accept the prayers and praise to-day, was found with child of the That through the world Thy servants pay. HOLY GHOST. Not found by any, save Joseph, who by marital licence Thou took'st the form of humankind,

Salvation's Author, call to mind knew all things concerning his future when of the Virgin undefiled, wife. But when it is said, Before Thou in man's flesh, becam’st a Child. they came together, it follows not that Thus testifies the present day they afterwards came together; but Through every year in long array, the Scripture sets forth that this had That Thou, Salvation's source alone,

Proceededst from the FATHER'S Throne. not taken place. Ry. Be of good cheer, and ye shall Whence sky, and stars, and sea's abyss,

And earth, and all that therein is, see the help of the LORD with you; Shall still, with laud and carol meet, Judah and Jerusalem, fear not: to- The Author of Thine Advent greet. morrow go ye forth, and the LORD shall And we who, by Thy precious Blood be with you. . Sanctify yourselves, From sin redeemed, are marked for God, ye children of Israel, and be ready. On this, the day that saw Thy Birth, To-morrow.

Sing the new song of ransom'd earth.

For that Thine Advent, glory be,
Lesson III.

O JESO, Virgin-born, to Thee!
With FATHER, and with Holy Ghost,

From men, and from the Heav'nly Host. THEN Joseph, being a just man, and unwilling to accuse her, was

FIRST NOCTURN. minded to put her away privily. If he which is joined to an harlot is one Ant. The LORD said unto Me, body; and it is written in the law, Thou art My Son, this day have that not only sinners, but those who begotten Thee. Ps. ii. Quare fremueare aware of others' sins are held runt. p. 5. guilty, how can Joseph, hiding his Ant. The LORD proceeding as wife's sin, be written a just man? Bridegroom out of His chamber. Ps. But this is the testimony of Mary, xix. Coeli enarrant. p. 14. that Joseph, knowing her chastity, Ant. Full of grace are Thy lips, and marvelling what should come to therefore God hath blessed thee for pass, hid in silence that of which he ever. Ps. xlv. Eructavit cor meum. knew not the mystery.

Rz. Sanctify yourselves, ye children Ť. As a Bridegroom. of Israel, saith the LORD, for to-morrow Ry. The LORD proceeding out of the LORD shall come down * and His chamber. shall take away from you all your The three following Lessons from Isaiah sicknesses. Ý. To-morrow the in

are read without title. iquity of the earth shall be done away, and the Saviour of the world

Lesson I. Chap. ix. shall reign over us. And. Glory. NEVERTHELESS the dimness And.

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vexation, when at the first he lightly) and the crooked shall be made straight, afflicted the land of Zebulun and the and the rough places plain. And the land of Naphtali, and afterward did glory of the LORD shall be revealed, more grievously afflict her by the way and all flesh shall see it together: for of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Gali- the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. lee of the nations. The people The voice said, Cry. And he said, that walked in darkness have What shall I cry? All flesh is grass,

a great light : they that and all the goodliness thereof is as dwell in the land of the shadow of the flower of the field. death, upon them hath the light shined. withereth, the flower fadeth ; because Thou hast multiplied the nation, and the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon not increased the joy : they joy before it: surely the people is grass. The thee according to the joy in harvest, grass withereth, the flower fadeth : and as men rejoice when they divide but the word of our God shall stand the spoil. For thou hast broken the for ever. yoke of his burden, and the staff of his RI. To-day true peace came down shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as to us from Heaven: * to-day, through in the day of Midian. For every all the world, the skies drop down battle of the warrior is with confused honey. V. To-day, the day of new noise, and garments rolled in blood : redemption, of ancient determination, but this shall be with burning and of eternal felicity, hath dawned upon fuel of fire. For unto us a child is us. To-day. born, unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder:

Lesson III. Chap. lii. and his name shall be called Wonder- A

WAKE, awake ; put on thy ful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The strength, 0 Zion ; put on thy everlasting Father, The Prince of beautiful garments, 0 Jerusalem, the Peace.

holy city ; for henceforth there shall Ry. To-day the King of Heaven no more come into thee the uncircumvouchsafed to be born of a virgin cised and the unclean. Shake thyself that He might recall lost man to the from the dust ; arise, and sit down, o heavenly kingdom. * The armies of

Jerusalem : loose thyself from the the ngels rejoice : because Eternal bands of thy neck, O captive daughter

of Zion. For thus saith the LORD, Salvation hath appeared to the human race. ¥. Glory to God in the Highest, Ye have sold yourselves for nought and on earth peace to men of good and ye shall be redeemed without will. The armies. Glory: And re- money. For thus saith the Lord GOD, peat, R . To-day, down to Ý. Glory to My people went down aforetime into GOD.

Egypt to sojourn there; and the

Assyrian oppressed them without Lesson II. Chap. xl.

Now therefore, what have I COMFORT ye, comfort ye my people, here, saith the LORD, that my people

saith your God. Speak ye comfort- is taken away for nought? they that ably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, rule over them make them to howl, that her warfare is accomplished, that saith the LORD; and my name conher iniquity is pardoned: for she hath tinually every day is blasphemed. received of the LORD's hand double for Therefore my people shall know my all her sins. The voice of him that name : therefore they shall know in crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye that day that I am he that doth speak : the way of the LORD, make straight in behold, it is I. the desert a highway for our God. Ry. Whom have ye seen, O shepEvery valley shall be exalted, and every herds, tell and proclaim to us, Who mountain and hill shall be made low: hath appeared upon earth ?


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