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with hewn stone, he hath made my froward, and from the insurrection of paths crooked.
wicked doers. Now let us contemplate Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto our Head Himself. Many martyrs the LORD thy God.
have suffered such things, but none Ry. My elect vine, I planted thee : *
shines with such glory as the Head of how art thou turned into bitterness, the Martyrs : in Him we best perceive that thou shouldest crucify Me, and what they endured. He was hidden let Barabbas go? y. I hedged thee from the insurrection of the froward; in, and gathered the stones out of for God hid Himself, He, the Very thee, and built a tower in thee. How. Son made Man, hid His Own Flesh: My elect.
for He is Son of man and Son of God;
Son of God, being in the form of God: SECOND NOCTURN.
Son of Man, being in the form of a Ant. They that sought after My servant, having power to lay down life laid snares for Me. Ps. xxxviii., His life, and having power to take it Domine, ne in furore, p. 23.
again. What could His enemies do to Ant. Let them be ashamed and con- Him? They killed the body, the soul founded, that seek after My Soul to they killed not. Give heed. It were destroy it. Ps. xl., Expectans ex- little for the LORD to exhort the pectavi, p. 25.
martyrs by word, did He not conAnt. Strangers are risen up against firm them by His example. Me, and tyrants seek after My Soul. Ry. Are ye come out as against a Ps. liv. Deus, in nomine.
thief, with swords and with staves for
to take Me? * I was daily with you SAVE me, o God, for thy Name's teaching in the temple, and ye laid sake : and avenge me in thy
no hold upon Me: and behold, ye have strength.
scourged Me, „and led Me away to 2 Hear my prayer, O God : and crucify Me. ř. And when they had hearken unto the words of my mouth. laid hands on Jesus, and had taken
3 For strangers are risen up against Him, He said unto them. I was. me : and tyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
Lesson V. 4 Behold, God is my helper the YE know, what was the gathering
them uphold my together of the froward Jews, and soul.
what was the insurrection of the 5 He shall reward evil unto mine ene- wicked doers. How were they wicked mies : destroy thou them in thy truth. doers ? In that they desired to
6 An offering of a free heart will kill the LORD JESUS CHRIST. Many I give thee, and praise thy Name, good works, saith He, have I showed LORD : because it is so comfortable.
you: for which of these works do ye 7 For he hath delivered me out of desire to kill Me? He bore all their all my trouble : and mine eye hath infirmities, He healed all their sick, seen his desire upon mine enemies.
He preached the kingdom of heaven; . There are false witnesses risen He kept not silence concerning their up against me. Ry. And such as vices, and this, that they might be speak wrong.
displeased with the vices themselves, From the Treatise of S. Augustine, not with the physician who healed Bp., on the Psalms.
them. Yet such was their ingratitude
for all these cures, that, like men raging Lesson IV.
in high fever, they were maddened On Psalm lxiv. v. 2. '
against the physician who had come THOU. hast hidden me, O God, to heal them, and took counsel for
from the gathering together of the His destruction. As though they
would put it to the proof whether He i to do it ? By no means. He pronounced were very man and mortal, or whether sentence on Him and commanded Him He were something superhuman, who to be crucified, and so might be said would not suffer Himself to die. We to kill him: but ye, O Jews, have killed recognise their words in the Wisdom Him. How did ye kill him? With of Solomon: Let us condemn Him, the sword of the tongue ; for ye they say, with a shameful death. Let have whet your tongues. And when us examine Him: for by His own did ye strike the blow, but when saying He shall be respected. If He ye cried out, Crucify Him, Crucify be the Son of God, He will help Him ? Him.
Rę. I have delivered the soul of My Ry. And there was darkness, when Beloved into the hands of the wicked: the Jews had crucified JESUS : and Mine heritage is unto Me as a lion in about the ninth hour Jesus cried with the wood : the adversary hath roared a loud voice, My God, My God, why against Me, saying, Gather ye together, hast Thou forsaken Me? * And He and make haste to devour Him : they bowed His Head, and gave up the have laid Me in a wilderness, and all ghost. y. And Jesus cried with a the earth mourneth for My sake. * For loud voice, FATHER, into Thy Hands I there is none found to acknowledge commend my Spirit. And He bowed. Me, and to do Me good. Ý. Men
without pity have risen up against Me, Lesson VI.
and have not spared My soul. For THEY have whet their tongues like there. I have.
a sword. Let not the Jews say, We did not kill CHRIST. For they
THIRD NOCTURN. delivered Him up to Pilate's tribunal Ant. Defend Me, O LORD, from them in order that they should themselves that rise up against Me, for they lie seem innocent of His death. For when waiting for My soul. Ps. lix., Eripe Pilate had said to them : Take ye Him me. p. 34. and judge Him, they answered, It is
Ant. Thou hast put away Mine not lawful for us to put any man to acquaintance far from Me: I am so death. Thus they sought to cast the fast in prison that I cannot get guilt of their crimes on a human judge; forth. Ps. lxxxviii., Domine Deus, did they deceive God the Judge? What Pilate did, made him in some sort
Ant. They gather themselves topartaker of their crime; but in com-gether against the soul of the parison with them he was much more Righteous; and condemn the innoinnocent. For he did what he could, cent Blood. Ps. xciv., Deus ultionum, to rescue Him out of their hands, and therefore ordered Him to be scourged y. They have spoken against Me and brought before them. Not as with false tongues. persecuting, scourged he the LORD, but as desiring to satisfy their rage ; that with words of hatred, and fought
Ry. They compassed Me about also when they saw Him scourged, they against Me without a cause. might relent, and cease to desire His death. This then he did. But when of the Epistle of S. Paul the Apostle they persisted, ye know how he
to the Hebrews. washed his hands, and said that it was not he who did the deed, and that Lesson VII. Chaps. iv. and v. he was innocent of His death. Never- LE
ET us labour therefore to enter theless he did do it. But if he be into that rest, lest any man fall guilty who did it, though reluctantly, after the same example of unbelief. shall they be innocent, who forced him For the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any two- 1 of God, as was Aaron. So also CHRIST edged sword, piercing even to the glorified not himself to be made an dividing asunder of soul and spirit, high priest; but he that said unto and of the joints and marrow, and is him, Thou art my Son, to day have I a discerner of the thoughts and intents begotten Thee. As he saith also in of the heart. Neither is there any another place, Thou art a priest for creature that is not manifest in his ever after the order of Melchisedec. sight: but all things are naked and Who in the days of his flesh, when he opened unto the eyes of him with whom had offered up prayers and supplicawe have to do. Seeing then that we tions with strong crying and tears unto have a great High Priest, that is passed him that was able to save him from into the heavens, Jesus the Son of death, and was heard in that he feared; God, let us hold fast our profession. though he were a Son, yet learned he For we have not an high priest which obedience by the things which he cannot be touched with the feeling of suffered; and being made perfect, he our infirmities; but was in all points became the author of eternal salvation tempted like as we are, yet without sin. unto all them that obey him ; called
Ry. They delivered Me up into the of God an high priest after the order hands of the wicked, and cast Me out of Melchisedec. among the transgressors, and spared Ry. Mine eyes are darkened with not My soul. The mighty men weeping: for My comforters are far gathered together against Me:.* and from Me. Behold, all people, if like giants they stood against Me. y. there be any sorrow like unto My Strangers have risen against Me, and sorrow. y. O all ye that pass by, mighty men sought after My soul. behold and see. If there. Mine And like giants.
eyes. Lesson VIII.
EASTER EVE. ET us therefore come boldly unto
FIRST NOCTURN. the throne of grace, that we may Ant. I will lay Me down in peace, obtain mercy, and find grace to help and take my rest. Ps. iy. Cum inin time of need. For every high vocarem, p. 80. priest taken from among
Ant. He shall dwell in Thy taberordained for men in things pertaining nacle, He shall rest upon Thy holy to God, that he may offer both gifts hill. Ps. XV., Domine, quis habitabit, and sacrifices for sins: who can have p. 10. compassion on the ignorant, and on Ant. My flesh shall rest in hope. them that are out of the way; for that | Ps. xvi., Conserva me, p. 10. he himself also is compassed with Ý. I will lay me down in peace. infirmity. And by reason hereof he
R. And take my rest. ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
Of the Lamentations of Jeremiah the Rz. The traitor delivered JESUS to
Prophet. the chief priests and elders of the
Lesson I. Chap. iii. people. And Peter followed afar off, that he might see the end. y. And IT is of the Lord's mercies that we
are not consumed, because his they brought Him to Caiaphas, the compassions fail not. They are new Chief Priest, where the Scribes and every morning : great is thy faithfulPharisees were gathered together. ness. The LORD is my portion, saith And Peter.
my soul: therefore will I hope in him. Lesson IX.
The LORD is good unto them that AND 20 man, taketh this honour wait for him, to the soul that seeketh
unto himself, but he that is called him. It is good that a man should
both hope and quietly wait for the in thee hath been slain the Saviour of salvation of the LORD. It is good for Israel. V. Let thy tears run down a man that he bear the yoke in his like a river day and night, let. not the youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth apple of thine eye cease. Because. silence, because he hath borne it upon
Lesson III. him. He putteth his mouth in the dust: if so be there may be hope. REMEMBER, O LORD, what is come He giveth his cheek to him that
upon us : consider, and behold smiteth him : he is filled full with our reproach. Our inheritance is
turned to strangers, houses reproach.
to aliens. We are orphans and fatherJerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto less, our mothers are as widows. We the LORD thy God.
have drunken our water for money; Rz. He was brought as a lamb to our wood is sold unto us. Our necks the slaughter, and when He was evil are under persecution: we labour, and entreated, He opened not His mouth. have no rest. We have given the He was given over to death, * that He hand to the Egyptians, and to the might quicken His people. Ý. He Assyrians, to be satisfied with bread. poured out His Soul unto death, Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and He was numbered with the trans- and we have borne their iniquities. gressors. That.
Servants have ruled over us: there is
none that doth deliver us out of their Lesson II.
hand. We gat our bread with the How is the gold become dim! how peril of our lives because of the
is the most fine gold changed! sword of the wilderness. the stones of the sanctuary are poured was black like an oven because of the out in the top of every street. The terrible famine. They ravished the precious sons of Zion, comparable to women in Zion, and the maids in the fine gold, how are they esteemed as cities of Judah. earthen pitchers, the work of the Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto kends of the potter! Even the sea the LORD thy God. monsters draw out the breast, they
Ry. Lament like a virgin, O my give suck to their young ones: the people, howl ye shepherds, in sack. daughter of my people is become cloth and ashes: * because the day of cruel, like the ostriches in the wilder- the LORD cometh, great and very ness. The tongue of the sucking terrible. y. Gird yourselves, ye child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth priests; aná lament, ye ministers of for thirst : the young children ask the altar, sprinkle yourselves with bread, and no man breaketh it unto ashes. Because. Lament. them. They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets : they that
SECOND NOCTURN. were brought up in scarlet embrace
Ant. Be ye lift up, ye everlasting dunghills. For the punishment of doors, and the King of Glory shall the iniquity of the daughter of my come in. Ps. xxiv., Domini est terra, people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was over
Ant. I believe verily to see the thrown as in a moment, and no hands goodness of the Lord in the land of stayed on her.
the living. Ps. xxvii., Dominus ilJerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto (luminatio, p. 16. the LORD thy God.
Ant. Thou, LORD, hast brought My Ry. Arise, O Jerusalem, and put off soul out of hell. Ps. XXX., Exaltabo the garments of gladness: cover thy- te, Domine, p. 18. self with sackcloth and ashes, * because ¥. But be Thou merciful unto Me,
O LORD. Rp. Raise Thou Me up | are named deceivers :) That Deceiver, again, and I shall reward them. say they to Pilate, said whilst He was From the Treatise of S. Augustine the yet alive, After three days I will rise
Bishop on the Psalms. again. Command therefore that the
sepulchre be made sure until the third
day, lest His disciples come by night, On Psalm lxiv. v. 6.
and steal Him away, and say unto the A
MAN shall come to a deep heart, people, He is risen from the dead : so
and God shall be exalted. They | the last error shall be worse than the said, Who will see us? The searchers first. Pilate said unto them, Ye have out of searchings, that is, of evil | a watch : go your way, make it as sure counsels, have failed.
A Man came
as ye can. So they went, and made to these very counsels, and suffered the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, Himself to be seized upon, as and setting a watch. a Man. For He could not have
Ry. O all ye that go by, behold been seized upon if He had not
if there be any sorrow like been Man; nor been seen if He had unto My sorrow. ¥. Behold, all ye not been Man; nor been scourged if people, and see My sorrow. If. He had not been Man ; nor been crucified, nor died, if He had not been
Lesson VI. Man. Wherefore He came, a Man; to THEY set a watch of soldiers cover endure all those sufferings which the sepulchre. The earth quaked : could have had no effect upon Him the LORD rose again. Such miracles had He not been Man. And if He were wrought around the sepulchre, had not been Man, man could not that the very soldiers who kept watch, have been delivered. He came, a Man might have borne witness, if they to a deep heart, that is, to a secret would have spoken truly. But that heart, exposing His Manhood to covetousness which possessed the human view, but keeping His Divinity disciple and companion of Christ, hidden within : concealing the Form possessed also the soldiers, who of God, wherein He is equal to the guarded His tomb. We will give you FATHER, and exhibiting the form of a money, said they: and say ye, that servant, wherein He is inferior to the His disciples came and stole Him FATHER.
away while ye slept. Verily they R. Our Shepherd is gone, the failed in searching out their searchings. Fountain of living water, at Whose What is this thou saidst, wretched departure the sun was darkened : cunning ? Dost thou so far forsake * For he is captured who kept the the light of prudence and piety, and first man prisoner: to-day our Saviour plunge thyself so deep in guile, as to burst the gates and bars of death. speak thus: Say ye that His disciples y. He destroyed the bonds of hell, came and stole Him away while ye and overthrew the power of the devil. slept? Thou producest sleeping witFor.
nesses: surely thou wast thyself asleep, Lesson V.
who hast thus failed in searching out How far. did they carry their such things.
searchings, those searchings R?. Behold how the Righteous which they failed to search out, even perisheth, and no man layeth it to to this, that when the LORD was dead heart: and merciful men are taken and buried, they set a watch over the away, considereth that the sepulchre ? For they said to Pilate: Righteous is taken away from the evil. That Deceiver, (by this name the * And He shall enter into peace. LORD JESUS CHRIST was named, to the . As a sheep before her shearers is comfort of His servants, when they dumb, so He opened not His mouth ;