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his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

Lesson II. And Abram and Nahor took them

ND the LORD appeared unto wives: the name of Abram's wife was

Abram, and said, Unto thy seed Sarai ; and the name of Nahor's wife, will I give this land : and there builded Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the he an altar unto the LORD, who apfather of Milcah, and the father of peared unto him. And he removed Iscah. But Sarai was barren; she from thence unto a mountain on the had no child.

east of Beth-el, and pitched his tent, Ry. In the selfsame day. p. cix. having Beth-el on the west, and Hai

on the east: and there he builded an QUINQUAGESIMA SUNDAY. altar unto the LORD, and called upon Iny, as Septuagesima, p. xcix. the name of the LORD. And Abram Hymn, Ants., Pss., ¥ ¥. of Nocts., journeyed, going on still toward the as in the Psalter, p. 5.

south. And there was a famine in

the land : and Abram went down into FIRST NOCTURN.

Egypt to sojourn there ; for the famine Of the Book of Genesis. was grievous in the land. And it Lesson I. Chap. xji.

came to pass, when he was come near the LORD had said unto Sarai his wife, Behold

to enter into Egypt, that he said unto


I know Abram, Get thee out of thy that thou art a fair woman to look country, and from thy kindred, and

come to from thy father's house, unto a land upon : therefore it shall that I will show thee': and I will pass, when the Egyptians shall see make of thee a great nation, and I will wife': and they will kill me, but they

thee, that they shall say, This is his bless thee, and make thy name great; will save thee alive. Say, I pray and thou shalt be a blessing : and I thee, thou art my sister; that it will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee : and in may be well with me for thy sake;

and my soul shall live because of thee shall all families of the earth be

thee. blessed. So Abram departed, as the

Ry. While Abraham was standing LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was

by the oak at Mamre, he saw three seventy and five years old when he men coming up in the way;

three and adored One. 8. Behold, departed out of Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his Sarah thy wife shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name Isaac. brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran; and

Lesson III. they went forth to go into the land of AND it came to pass, that, when Canaan; and into the land of Canaan Abram was come into Egypt, the they came. And Abram passed through Egyptians beheld thc woman that she the land unto the place of Sichem was very fair. The princes also of unto the plain of Moreh. And the Pharaoh saw her, and commended her Canaanite was then in the land. before Pharaoh : and the woman was

R2: The LORD spake unto Abraham, taken into Pharaoh's house. And he saying: Get thee out of thy country, entreated Abram well for her sake : and from thy kindred, and come into a and he had sheep, and oxen, and he land that I will tell thee of : * and I asses, and menservants, and maidwill make of thee a great nation. y. servants, and she asses, and camels. Blessing, I will bless thee, and I will And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be his house with great plagues because blessed. And.

of Sarai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh

* he saw

He saw.



called Abram, and said, What is this

Lesson V, that thou hast done unto me? Why HE therefore added the details to

was thy wife? why saidst thou, She is should seem to have begun without my sister ? so I might have taken her counting the cost, or should in any to me to wife: now therefore behold way prevaricate as to the heavenly thy wife, take her, and go thy way. command. But, as the precepts were Ry. The LORD did tempt Abraham, heaped together, lest

any thing and said unto him: * Take now thy should escape notice, so also were the son, thine only son, Isaac, whom thou rewards set forth that there might be lovest, and offer him up for a burnt- no despair. He is tempted as a bravo offering upon one of the mountains man, he is incited as a faithful man, which I shall tell thee of. ¥. And he is stirred up as a righteous man: when he was called by the LORD, and rightfully did he go forth as the he answered, Here am I; and the LORD spake to him. And Lot went LORD said unto him. Take. Glory. out with him. The famous saying of Take.

one of the seven wise men, Follow GOD, SECOND NOCTURN.

Abraham accomplished. He antici

pated in deed that which the wise Of the book of S. Ambrose the Bp. on

man recommended in words, and fol. the Patriarch Abraham.

lowing God, went forth from his own Lesson IV.

country. Book 1, chap. 2.

Ry. The angel of the LORD called A GREAT man truly was Abraham, Abraham out of heaven the second

and renowned for many virtues ; time, and said : I will bless thee, * and & man whom philosophy, with all will multiply thee as the stars of her endeavours, could never rival. heaven. y. Thy seed shall possess She has never fancied so much as the gate of thine enemies, and in thy he performed, and the simple faith seed shall all the nations of the earth of verity is greater than the eru

be blessed. And. ditious deceit of eloquence. Let

Lesson VI. us consider then what kind of depotion it was that was implanted BUT because before this he had in such a man.

another country, that is, the land is the first in order, which is of the Chaldæans, out of which Terah, the foundation of the others; and the father of Abraham, went forth, and rightly did God require it of him in settled in Charran : and because he the first place, saying, Get thee out brought with him his nephew, alof thy country, and from thy kindred, though it was said, Depart from and from thy father's house. It had among thy kindred ; let us consider been enough to say, From thy whether this may not also be said to country. For that comprised the depart from our country, to go forth going from his kindred, and from his from sojourning in this country, that father's house.

is, in our flesh, from which S. Paul Rz. The angel of the LORD called went forth according to that word of Abraham, saying: Lay not thine his : Our conversation is in heaven. hand upon the lad, for now I know that R¥. God of my master Abraham, thou fearest God, y. And when he direct my way: * that I may return in stretched forth his hand to slay his safety to the house of my master. son, behold the angel of the LORD V. I beseech Thee, O_LORD, show called unto him out of heaven, and mercy to Thy servant. That. Glory. said. Lay.




the human race, for, having been exLesson of the Holy Gospel according pelled in Adam from the joys of to S. Lake.

paradise, and ignorant of the clearness Lesson VII. Chap. xviii.

of supernal light, it suffers the dark

ness of condemnation. But it is AT by

Him the twelve, and said unto Redeemer : so that by aspiration it them: Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, enjoys an interior light, and advances and all things that are written by the in the path of a life of good works. prophets concerning the Son of Man

Ry. The word of the LORD came to shall be accomplished. And that

Abraham, saying : * Fear not, Abrawhich follows.

ham, I am thy shield and thy exceeding A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. great reward. y. I am the LORD thy Hom. 2 on the Gospels.

God, Who brought thee out of Ur of Our Redeemer, foreseeing that His the Chaldees. Fear not. disciples’ minds would be troubled by

Lesson IX. His Passion, told them long before of BUT see how it is said that when the sufferings of that Passion, and of

Jesus draws nigh to Jericho, the the glory of His Resurrection: that blind man is enlightened. Jericho is when they saw Him die according to by interpretation, the moon; but in His word, they might not doubt but Holy Scripture the moon is set for the He should also rise again. But as weakness of the flesh; because its they, yet carnal, could in no wise re- waning figures the weakness of our ceive words of mystery, He proceeded mortal bodies. When therefore our to a miracle. Before their eyes the Creator approaches Jericho, the blind blind received his sight: that they returns to light: for, when God aswho could not accept the doctrine of sumed the weakness of our flesh, the heavenly mystery, might be mankind regained the light which it strengthened to faith by a deed of had lost. As God was subjected to heavenly power,

human things, so man is thereby Ry. I came this day unto the well, raised to things Divine. And this and prayed to the LORD, saying, * LORD blind man is rightly said to be seated God of Abraham, prosper my request by the wayside, begging. For the Very this day. . Therefore the damsel Truth bath said, I am the Way. to whom I shall say, Give me water R%. The blind man sat by the way from the pitcher that I may drink, while the LORD passed by, and called and she shall say, Drink, my lord, and to Him, and the LORD said unto him, I will give thy camels drink also, let What wilt thou that I shall do unto the same be the woman whom the thee? * LORD, that I may receive my LORD hath appointed out for my sight. y. And JESUS stood and commaster's son. LORD.

manded him to be brought, and when Lesson VIII.

He was come near, He asked him, BUT the miracles of our LORD and saying. What. Glory. LORD.

SAVIOUR, beloved brethren, are to On the following Wednesday and be received as facts truly to be be- Saturday, instead of this R7. is said lieved, yet teaching us somewhat by the 1st Rz. of Monday. their meaning. His works shew one

MONDAY. thing by their power, and speak

Of the Book of Genesis. another by their mystery. For see how, in this history, we know not who

Lesson I. Chap. xiii. the blind man was ; but we know the AND Abram went up out of Egypt: meaning of the mystery.

he, ,


had, and Lot with him, into the south. , before God, and walked in His And Abram was very rich in cattle, in ways. And. silver, and in gold. And he went on

Lesson III. his journeys from the south even to

ND they separated themselves the Beth-el, unto the place where his tent

one from the other. Abram had been at the beginning, between dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Beth-el and Hai; unto the place of Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, the altar, which he had made there at and pitched his tent toward Sodom. the first : and there Abram called on But the men of Sodom were wicked the name of the LORD. And Lot also, and sinners before the LORD exceedwhich went with Abram, had flocks, ingly. And the LORD said unto Abram, and herds, and tents. And the land after that Lot was separated from him, was not able to bear them, that they Lift up now thine eyes, and look from might dwell together: for their sub- the place where thou art northward, stance was great, so that they could and southward, and eastward, and not dwell together.

westward : for all the land which thou Ry. Abram removed his tent, and seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy came and dwelt in the plain of seed for ever. And I will make thy Mamre: *

and built there an altar seed as the dust of the earth. unto the LORD. Ý. And the LORD

Ry. The LORD did tempt. p. cxiv. said unto him, Lift up now thine eyes and look : for all the land which thou

TUESDAY. seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy

Of the Book of Genesis. seed for ever. And built.

Lesson I. Chap. xiv. Lesson II. А ND there was a strife between the AND there went out the king of

Sodom, and the king of Goherdmen of Abram's cattle and morrah, and the king of Admah, and the herdmen of Lot's cattle : and the the king of Zeboim, and the king of Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled Bela, (the same is Zoar;) and they then in the land. And Abram said joined battle with them in the vale of unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I Siddim ; with Chedorlaomer the king pray thee, between me and thee, and of Elam, and with Tidal king of between my herdmen and thy herd- nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, men; for we be brethren. Is not the and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings whole land before thee? separate thy- with five. And the vale of Siddim was self, I pray thee, from me: if thou full of slimepits; and the kings of wilt take the left hand, then I will go Sodom and Gomorrah filed, and fell to the right: or if thou depart to the there; and they that remained fled to right hand, then I will go to the left. the mountain. And they took all the And Lot lifted up his eyes, and be- goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all held all the plain of Jordan, that it their victuals, and went their way. was well watered every where, before and they took Lot, Abram's brother's the LORD destroyed Sodom and Go- son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his morrah, even as the garden of the goods, and departed. LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou

Ry. The angel of the LORD. p. cxiv. comest unto Zoar. Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan : and Lot

Lesson II. journeyed east.

AND there came one that had Ry. Abram believed God; and it escaped, and told Abram the was imputed unto him for righteous- Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of

* And he was called the Friend Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, of God. y. He was also righteous and brother of Aner: and these were p. cxiy.


confederate with Abram. And when To-day before Matins in Choir are Abram heard that his brother was said the Gradual Psalms. taken captive, he armed bis trained

Abs. The Almighty and merciful servants, born in his own house, three LORD. Ben. The Evangelical lection. hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan. And he divided him- Lesson of the Holy Gospel according self against them, he and his servants,

to S. Matthew. by night, and smote them, and pur

Lesson I. Chap. vi. sued them unto Hobah, which is on the left hand of Damascus. And he AT that time : Jesus said unto His brought back all the goods, and also

disciples : When ye fast, be not, brought again his brother Lot, and his as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance. goods, and the women also, and the And that which follows. people.

A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. Ry. The angel of the LORD called.

2nd Book on the Sermon on the

Lesson III.

It is plain by these commands that meet him after his return from after inward joys : lest, seeking our

our the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of reward without, we be conformed to the kings that were with him, at the this world, and lose that promise of valley of Shaveh, which is the king's happiness, which is so much the more dale. And Melchizedek, king of

sure and stedfast, as it is more inward, Salem, brought forth bread and wine : whereby God hath chosen us to be and he was the priest of the most conformed to the image of His Son. high God. And he blessed him, and But in this chapter it is very chiefly said, Blessed be Abram of the most to be observed that not only of the high God, possessor of heaven and splendour and pomp of bodily things, earth : and blessed be the most high but also even of squalid, dismal things God, which hath delivered thine ene- is it possible to make a boast; and mies into thy hand. And he gave this is so much the more dangerous, him tithes of all.

as it deceiveth under the name of Ry. God of my master. p. cxiv. God's service.

RY. I came this day. p. cxv. Ben. ASH WEDNESDAY.

The Divine help. If a double Festival occurs on this

Lesson II. day, or on a Sunday in Lent, it is transferred to the next day not similarly HE therefore that exceedeth in unpreoccupied. On other days in Lent, due care of his body, in raiment, till Holy Week, if a Double or Semi- or in splendour in other matters, is double Festival occurs, its commemora- easily convicted by these very things tion is used, and 9th Lesson of the of being a follower of the pomps of the Homily of the Feria.

world, nor doth he deceive any one During the whole of Lent, till Holy by a feigned image of holiness. But Week, on Monday shall be said the he, who, while he professeth ChrisOffice of the Dead, on Wednesday the tianity, by unwonted foulness and Gradual Psalms.

slovenliness draweth the eyes of men On this and every other feria, till the upon him when he doeth this by choice, 1st Vespers of the 1st Sunday in Lent, and doth not endure it of necessity, Hymn, Chapter, and all else at Matins it may be concluded, from the rest of are said as in the ordinary course of his deeds, whether. he doeth this from the Psalter through the year.

contempt of. unnecessary raiment, or

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