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the sun was created. For all things Lesson of the Holy Gospel according were made by Him, and without Him to S. John.

was not anything made. Lesson I. Chap. viii.

Rz. Behold, I send. p. cxlviii. AT that time: JESUS spake unto

Lesson III. the multitude of the Jews, saying: I am the light of the world; he thai HE is therefore the Light, Who

made this light. Let us then followeth Me shall not walk in dark- love this light, let us desire to compreness, but shall have the light of life. hend it, let us thirst for it, that by its And that which follows.

own guidance we may at length come to A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. itself; and let us so live in it that we Tract 34 on S. John.

may never altogether die. For this is

that light whereof, in old time, the THAT which the Lord saith : I am the light of the world : must, I in the psalm : For with Thee is the

prophecy which went before, sang thus take it, be clear enough to them that well of life, and in Thy light shall we have eyes, whereby they may be partakers of that light; but those who Olden word of holy men of God spake

see light. Call to mind what the have not eyes, save in the flesh alone, aforetime concerning such a light. marvel that it should be said by the Thou, LORD, it saith, shalt save both LORD JESUS CHRIST, I am the light man and beast. How excellent is Thy of the world. And perchance there may not lack some one to say to him- mercy, O LORD. self : Pray then is the LORD CHRIST

Ry. Hear. p. cxlviii. that sun, which by his rising and

PASSION SUNDAY. setting ordereth the day? And indeed

Inv. there were some heretics who thought voice : * harden not your hearts.

To day if ye will hear His thus. The Manichæans deemed the

This Invitatory said till Maundy sun, which is visible to the eyes of Thursday. In the Psalm is omitted flesh, and is set forth openly to be To day, &c., which is repeated by the seen, not only by men, but also by Choir? then follows, As in the provocabeasts, to be CHRIST the LORD.

tion. Ry. The face. p. cxlviii.

At the end of the Psalm, Glory, &c., Lesson II.

is not said in Passiontide, except on BUT the right

faith of the Catholic Festivals, but the invitatory is repeated. Church rejecteth such a gloss, The Rz. RÖ. are said in like manner. and knoweth it to be a doctrine of

Hymn. Pange lingua. devils: nor doth she only know this as a matter of belief, but , when she SINGmy tongue, the glorious battle

: can, maintains it in controversy. Let And above the Cross's trophy. us then disprove this sort of error, How the world's Redeemer conquerd

Tell the triumph of the strife: which the holy Church hath held

By surrendering of His Life. accursed from the beginning. Let us God his Maker, sorely grieving, not deem our LORD JESUS CHRIST to That the first-made Adam fell, be this sun, which we behold arising When he ate the fruit of sorrow, in the east and setting in the west : Noted then this wood, the ruin

Whose reward was death and hell, to whose course night succeedeth, Of the ancient wood to quell. whose rays are obscured by clouds, For the work of our salvation which by a regular motion passeth Needs would have his order so, from place to place. This is not the And the multiform deceiver's LORD CHRIST. The LORD CHRIST is And from thence would bring the med'cine

Art by art would overthrow, not à created sun, but He by Whom Whence the insult of the foe.

Wherefore, when the sacred fulness

Lesson II. Of th' appointed time was come, This world's Maker left His FATHER, BUT the LORD said unto me, Say Sent the Heavenly Mansion from,

not, I am a child : for thou shalt And proceeded, God Incarnate,

go to all that I shall send thee, and Of the Virgin's Holy Womb.

whatsoever I command thee thou shalt Laid an Infant in the manger,

speak. Be not afraid of their faces; In the stable poor and dim, Wrapped in swaddling clothes, enfolding

for I am with thee, to deliver thee, Every helpless infant limb;

saith the LORD. Then the LORD put Thus the Blessed Virgin Mother

forth his hand, and touched my mouth. Mother's care bestowed on Him.

And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I To the TRINITY be glory

have put my words in thy mouth. See, I Everlasting, as is meet: Equal to the FATHER, equal

have this day set thee over the nations To the Son, and PARACLETE :

and over the kingdoms, to root out, Trinal UNITY, Whose praises

and to pull down, and to destroy, and All created things repeat. Amen,

to throw down, to build, and to plant. In the Nocturns, all as in the Psalter. Moreover the word of the LORD came y. Deliver my soul, and the other y.y. unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest of Passion-tide.

thou? And I said, I see a rod of an FIRST NOCTURN.

almond tree. Then said the LORD unto Here beginneth the Book of Jeremiah me, Thou hast well seen: for I will the Prophet.

hasten my word to perform it. And Lesson I. Chap. i.

the word of the LORD came unto me

the second time, saying, What seest THE words of Jeremiah the some of thou? And I said, I see a seething in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin : pot; and the face thereof is toward

the north. to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon

Ry. Many there be which trouble king of Judah, in the thirteenth year Me and say: there is no help for Him of his reign. It came also in the days

in His God. Arise, O LORD, save of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king Me, o My God. y. Lest Mine enemy of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh say, I have prevailed against Him. year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah Arise. king of Judah, unto the carrying away

Lesson III. of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month. Then the word of the LORD THEN the LORD said unto me, Oat

of the north an evil shall break forth came unto me, saying, Before I upon all the inhabitants of the land. formed thee in the belly I knew thee; For, lo, I will call all the families of and before thou camest forth out of the kingdoms of the north, saith the the womb I sanctified thee, and I LORD; and they shall come, and they ordained thee a prophet unto the na- shall set everyone his throne at tions. Then said I, AL, LORD God! be the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, hold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. and against all the walls thereof round

Ry. These are the days which ye about, and against all the cities of shall observe in their season : Judah. And I will utter my judg. On the fourteenth day, at even, is ments against them touching all their the LORD's Passover: and on the wickedness, who have forsaken me, fifteenth day ye shall keep a holy and have burned incense unto other solemnity to the LORD most high. I gods, and worshipped the works of y. And the LORD spake unto Moses, j their own hands. Thou therefore gird saying: Speak unto the children of up thy loins, and arise, and speak Israel, and say unto them. On the unto them all that I command thee: fourteenth.

be not dismayed at their faces, lest I



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confound thee before them. For, 1 is denied, although the calm of peace behold, I have made thee this day a is void of an opportunity for displaying defenced city, and an iron pillar, and courage. For the Apostle proclaims, brasen walls against the whole land, saying: All that will live godly in against the kings of Judah, against CHRIST JEsus shall suffer persecution: the princes thereof, against the priests and therefore the trouble of persecution thereof, and against the people of the is never lacking, provided zeal in land. And they shall fight against piety be never lacking. For the LORD thee; but they shall not prevail saith in His teaching, He that taketh against thee; for I am with thee, not up his cross and followeth Me is saith the LORD, to deliver thee. not worthy of Me; nor should we

Ry. How long shall Mine enemies doubt that this speech refers not triumph over Me? * consider and hear merely to CHRIST's disciples, but to Me, O LORD my God. y. For if I be all the faithful, and the entire Church, cast down, they that trouble Me will which heard universally the tidings of rejoice at it. But I will hope in Thy its salvation in the person of those mercy. Consider. How long. who were then present. SECOND NOCTURN.

Ry. Through Thee have I been A Sermon of S. Leo the Pope.

holden up ever since I was born. Lesson IV.

Thou art He that took Me out of my

mother's womb; go not from Me, Serm. 9 on Lent.

for trouble is hard at hand, and there IN all Christian solemnities, dearly is none to help Me. y. Save Me

beloved, we are not ignorant that from the lion's mouth; Thou hast the Paschal mystery is the chief; and heard Me also from among the horns the ceremonies of this whole season of the unicorns. For. have been reforming us for receiving it worthily and fitly: but the days which

Lesson VI. have now come, make an especial AS, therefore, a godly life is the

whole bodyso we know that they are close to that ing the cross is the duty of all time, most august mystery of the Divine and each is rightly counselled to mercy. During these, the greater fasts bear it, because each supports its were fitly ordained by the holy weight, in his own way and measure. Apostles at the teaching of the Holy Persecution is only one word, but the Ghost, in order that by the joint cause of suffering is more than one ; partaking of the Cross of CHRIST, we too and there is generally more danger should have some active share in that in a lurking assassin than in an open which He hath done for us: as the

enemy. Blessed Job, taught by the Apostle saith: if we suffer, we shall success of prosperity and adversity in also reign with Him. Wherever there the world, devoutly and truly said : Is is a sharing in the LORD's Passion, not the life of man on earth a trial? there is also a sure and certain expec: And that not only because the faithful tation of the promised blessedness. soul is attacked by bodily pains and

Rz. Thou art My GOD: O go not sufferings, but also even if the health from Me : * for trouble is hard at hand, of the members be perfect, the soul is and there is none to help Me. y. oppressed by sore disease, or enervated Thou art My succour, haste Thee to by bodily pleasure. But inasmuch as help Me. For.

the flesh lusteth against the spirit, Lesson V.

and the spirit against the flesh, the THERE is no one, dearly beloved, rational mind is trained under the

to whom, by reason of his earthly spirit of the cross of CHRIST, and does condition, the fellowship of this glory not give consent when allured by


hurtful desires, because it is pierced

Lesson VIII. with the nails of purity and of the LET each one of you, then, ponder

voice Ry. Trouble is hard at hand, O LORD, of GoD soundeth loud in the ear of and there is none to help Me: they his heart, and whether, because he is pierced My hands and My feet; deliver already of God, he acknowledges it. Me from the lion's mouth, that For there are some who will not conI may declare Thy name among My | descend to receive the commandments brethren. y. Deliver My soul, O GOD, of God even with the bodily ears. from the sword, My darling from the And there are some who indeed hear power of the dog. That. Trouble.

them with the bodily ears, but never THIRD NOCTURN.

embrace them with the desire of the Lesson of the Holy Gospel according mind. And there are some who freely to S. John.

receive the word of God, yea, are even Lesson VII. Chap. viii.

melted into tears, but who after a AT that time : Jesus said unto the space of tears return to their wicked

multitude of the Jews : Which of ness. These verily hear not the you convinceth me of sin ? And if I words of God, who think scorn to put say the truth, why do ye not believe them into practice. Call then, dearly me ? And that which follows.

beloved brethren, your life before the A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.

eyes of your mind, and with deepest

meditation tremble at that which Homily 18 on the Gospels. soundeth out of the mouth of the Ponder, dearly beloved brethren, the Truth: Ye therefore hear them not, gentleness of God. He came to set because ye are not of God. free from sin, and He said : Which of you convinceth' Me of sin ? He did

Ry. Turn not Thy face from Thy not scorn to show, by reason, that He trouble: haste Thee to hear Me. y.

for I am in

servant, 0 LORD, was no sinner, Who by the might of Draw nigh to My soul, and save Me: His Godhead was able to justify Deliver Me because of Mine enemies. sinners. But most awful is that

For. which He addeth: He that is of God,

Lesson IX. heareth God's words : ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of BUT that which the Truth speaketh he

concerning the reprobate, the who is of God, and no one is able to reprobate themselves confirm with hear His words who is not of Him; their own wicked works ; for what fol. let each one ask himself if with the loweth? Then answered the Jews and ear of the heart he receiveth the words said unto Him : Say we not well that of God and understandeth whence he Thou art a Samaritan, and hast a

The Truth commandeth that devil ? Let us hear what the LORD we long for the heavenly country, replieth when He receiveth so great trample under foot the lusts of the insult: I have not a devil; but I flesh, flee from the glory of the world, honour My FATHER, and ye do discovet not the things of others, bestow honour Me. For Samaritan is by freely of one's own.

interpretation Watchman; and He is Ry. All the day long, O LORD, I go of a truth that Watchman of whom mourning, for My sculis full of trouble; the Psalmist saith: Except the LORD * and they that laid wait for My soul, keep the city, the watchman waketh took their counsel against Me. y. but in vain ; and to Whom it is said by My lovers and My neighbours did stand Isaiah : Watchman, what of the night? looking upon My trouble, and My Watchman, what of the night? Therekinsmen stood afar off,

fore the LORD would not answer: I am




not a Samaritan: but, I have not al

Lesson II. devil. For two charges were bronght YE shall seek Me, and shall not against Him :

find Me: and where I am, thither to the other His silence gave con- 1 ye cannot come. Here He foretold sent.

His Resurrection : for they would not Ry. O that Mine head were waters, acknowledge Him when present with and Mine eyes a fountain of tears, them, but afterward they sought that I might weep all the day: for My Him, when they saw the multitude brother hath dealt treacherously already believing in Him. Great against Me, and all My friends indeed were the signs wrought when have walked deceitfully against Me. the LORD arose, and when He ascended y. Let their way be dark and slippery, i into heaven. Then by the disciples and the Angel of the LORD persecuting were great things wrought. He them. And. O that.

wrought by them, Who also wrought

by Himself. For He said unto them: MONDAY.

Without Me ye can do nothing. Inv.. To-day if ye. Hymn. Pange When that lame man, who sat at the lingua, p. cliji.

gate, rose at the voice of Peter, and Ants. and Pss. of the Feria, with walked upon his feet, so that men yy. of the Season.

marvelled, Peter spake thus unto Lesson of the Holy Gospel according he done this,

but by the might of Him

them : that not by his own power had to S. John. Lesson I. Chap. vii.

Whom they slew. Many then, cut to

the heart, said : What shall we do? AT T that time : The Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers soul, took their counsel together,

Ry. They that laid wait for My to take JESUS. And that which saying: God hath forsaken Him, follows.

persecute Him, and take Him, for A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. there is none to deliver Him. Go Tract 31 on S. John.

not far from Me, O God: My God, How could they take Him if He haste Thee to help Me. y. Ail mine were unwilling ?_Because, then, they enemies whisper together against Me: could not take Him against His will, they speak evil of Me, saying. Per

secute. they were sent to hear Him teaching. Teaching what? Then said JESUS

Lesson III. anto them: Yet a little while am I with you. What ye desire now to do, FOR they saw themselves bound

with the guilt of an enormous and ye shall do, but not now, because I impious crime, since they had slain will it not now. And wherefore do I Him, whom they ought to have not will it now? Because yet a little reverenced and worshipped: and this while am I with you, and then I go they thought to be past forgiveness. unto Him That sent Me. First it Great indeed was the guilt, the thought behoveth Me to fulfil My dispensa- of which drave them to despair : but tion, and thus to attain to My they needed not to despair for whom Passion.

the LORD, as He hung upon the Cross, Rz. Deliver Me, O My God, out of was pleased to pray. For He had said: the hand of the ungodly: out of the FATHER, forgive them, for they know hand of the unrighteous and cruel not what they do. He saw that man. * For Thou, O LORD God, art there were some of His own among the Thing that I long for. . Go many aliens. And He already asked not far from Me, O God: My God, pardon for those, from whom as yet haste Thee to help Me. For.

He had received nought but insult.

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