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be ashamed; but let him glorify God came by the moving of fate, but rather on this behalf. For the time is come by the ordinance of God: nor was it any that judgment must begin at the necessity of the stars, that linked the house of God.

events of CHRIST's Passion: for GOD Te Deum. p. 15.

forbid that stars could force the Maker

of the stars to die.

Ry. It is a good. p. ccx.
Vigil of the Ascension.
If a feast of nine Lessons occur to-day,

Lesson III. its office is said, with ninth Lesson of the THERE are some who

understand homily of the vigil. A feast of three

that the Son was glorified by the Lessons is merely commemorated.

FATHER in this: that He did not spare Lesson of the Holy Gospel according Him, but delivered Him up for us all. to S. John.

But if He is said to have glorified Him

in His Passion, how much more in His
Lesson I. Chap. xvii.

Resurrection ? For in His Passion,
T that time : Jesus lifted up his His humility is proved more than His

eyes to heaven; and said : FATHER, glory: as the Apostle witnesseth, the hour is come, glorify thy Son. saying, He humbled Himself, and And that which follows.

became obedient unto death, even the A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. death of the Cross. Then he goes on, Tract 104 on S. John.

and saith next, concerning His glory: Our LORD, the only begotten Son of Wherefore God also hath highly exalted the FATHER, and co-eternal with Him, Him, and hath given Him a Name could, had there been need, have silently which is above every name: that at prayed in the form of a servant, and the Name of Jesus every knee should after the form of a servant. But bow, of things in heaven, and things He wished to show Himself in such in earth, and things under the earth : wise a worshipper of the Father, as to and that every tongue should confess remember that He was our Teacher. that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the For this reason, He made known to us glory of God the FATHER. This is the that prayer which He offered for us ; glory of our LORD JESUS CHRIST, because it is not only the discourse of which began with His Resurrection. such a Master to His disciples, but also

Te Deum. p. 15. His prayer for them to the FATHER, which edifies them, and, if them, who THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD. were present to hear the words spoken, Inv. Alleluia. CHRIST the LORD doubtless us also, who were to read them, ascending into heaven: * O come let when they had been written down. us worship. Alleluia. Ps. Venite, Ry. I will sing. p. ccx. Lesson II.

HYMN. Æterne Rex altissime. WHEREFORE, in that He saith ETERNA E Ilonah Ming most is bei

Blood hath brought Redemption come, glorify Thy Son; He shows us, By whom the death of Death was wrought,

, that every time, and whatever He did, And conq’ring Grace's battle fought: and when He did it, or suffered it to be Ascending to the Throne of might, done, was appointed by Him, Who was And seated at the FATHER's right, not subject to time; because whatever All power in Heav'n is Jesu's own, should happen at any time, had their That here His Manhood had not known. efficient causes in the wisdom of GOD, That so, in nature's triple frame, wherein time has no part. Therefore And things in Hell's abyss abhorr’d,

Each heavenly and each earthly name, we are not to believe that this hour May bend the knee and own Him LORD.

p. 3.

Yea, angels tremble when they see

depart from Jerusalem, but wait for How chang'd is our humanity, That Flesh bath purg'd what flesh had the promise of the Father, which, stain'd,

saith he, ye have heard of me. For And God, the Flesh of God, hath reign'd. John truly baptized with water; but Be Thou our Joy, and Thou our Guard, ye shall be baptized with the Holy Who art to be our great Reward :

Ghost not many days hence. Our glory and our boast in Theo

Ry. After His Passion being seen of For ever and for ever be !

them forty days, and speaking of the O grant us thitherward to tend, And with unwearied hearts ascend

things pertaining to the kingdom of Toward Thy Kingdom's Throne, where Thou, God: Al. * While they beheld, He As is our faith, art seated now.

was taken up, and a cloud received That when to judgment suddenly

Him out of their sight. Al. y. And The cloud shall bear Thy Majesty,

being assembled together with them, Our sins may all be put away, And our lost crowns restored for aye.

He commanded them that they should

not depart from Jerusalem, but wait All glory, LORD, to Thee we pay, Ascending o'er the stars to-day;

for the promise of the FATHER. And. All glory, as is ever meet,

Lesson II.

WHEN they therefore were come

together, they asked of him, Ant. Thou hast set * Thy glory, 0 saying, LORD, wilt thou at this time God, above the heavens. Alleluia. restore again the kingdom to Israel ? Ps. viii. Domine Dominus, p. 7.

And he said unto them, It is not for Ant. The Lord is in * His holy you to know the times or the seasons, temple: the LORD's seat is in heaven. which the FATHER hath put in his Alleluia. Ps. xi. In Domine confido, own power. But ye_shall receive

power, after that the Holy Ghost is Ant. He goeth forth * from the utter- come upon you: and ye shall be most part of the heavens, and runneth witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, about unto the end of it again. and in all Judæa, and in Samaria, and Alleluia. Ps. xix. Cæli enarrant, unto the uttermost part of the earth.

And when he had spoken these things, Ý. God is gone up with a merry while they beheld, he was taken up; and noise.

a cloud received him out of their sight. Rm. And the LORD with the sound Ry. All the beauty of the LORD is of the trumpet.

lifted up above the stars : * His glory is Here beginneth the Book of the Acts in the clouds of heaven, and His of the Apostles.

Name endureth for ever and ever. Lesson I. Chap i.

Alleluia. y. He goeth forth from the THE former treatise have I made, o uttermost part of the heaven, and

Theophilus, of all that Jesus runneth about unto the end of it began both to do and teach, until again. His glory. the day in which he was taken up,

Lesson III. after that he through the HOLY GHOST AND while they looked stedfastly had given commandments unto the toward heaven as he went up, apostles whom he had chosen: to behold, two men stood by them in whom also he shewed himself alive white apparel; which also said, Ye after his passion by many infallible men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing proofs, being seen of them forty days, up into heaven? this same Jesus, and speaking of the things pertaining which is taken up from you into to the kingdom of God: and being heaven, shail so come in like manner assembled together with them, com- as ye have seen him go into heaven. manded them that they should not. Then returned they unto Jerusalem

p. 9.

p. 14.

from the mount called Olivet, which is lethargy of untrustfulness had crept from Jerusalem a sabbath day's jour-over their souls, weighed down with ney. And when they were come in, sorrow, at the suffering of the Cross, they went up into an upper room, the giving up of the Ghost, and the where abode both Peter, and James, burial of the lifeless Body. and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Ry. It is time that I return to Him Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, that sent Me, saith the LORD; be not James the son of Alphæus, and Simon sorrowful, neither let your heart be Zelotes, and Judas the brother of troubled : * I pray the FATHER for James. These all continued with one you, that He Himself may keep you. accord in prayer and supplication, with Alleluia, Alleluia. V. If I go not the women, and Mary the mother of away, the Comforter will not come Jesus, and with his brethren.

unto you: when I am taken up, I will Ry. Be Thou exalted, LORD: Al. * send Him unto you. I pray. In Thine own strength. ¥. Thou hast set Thy glory above the heavens,

Lesson V. 0. GOD. In. Glory. In.

WHEREFORE the blessed


and all the disciples, who had SECOND NOCTURN.

been both 'terrified at the end upon Ant. Be Thou exalted, LORD * in the Cross, and doubtful in their belief Thine Own strength, so will we sing, of the resurrection, were so stablished and praise Thy power. Al. Ps. xxi. by the clear truth, that when the LORD Domine, in virtute. p. 15.

went up into the heights of heaven, Ant. I will magnify Thee, O LORD, * they not only felt no sorrow,

but were for Thou hast set me up. Al. Ps. xxx.

even filled with great joy. And in Exaltabo te, Domine. p. 18.

truth, there was great and unspeakable Ant. God is gone up with a merry reason for joy, when, in the sight of noise : * and the LORD with the sound that holy multitude, the nature of of the trumpet. Al. Ps. xlvii. mankind ascended above the dignity Omnes gentes. p. 28.

of all heavenly creatures, rising higher Ý. CHRIST going up on high. Ry. than the ranks of the angels, to be Led captivity captive. Al.

elevated above the heights of the Sermon of S. Leo the Pope.

archangels, and to find no limit to

its progress, in any loftiness, until, Lesson IV.

received to the seat of the Everlasting Sermon 1. on the Ascension of the FATHER, it should be joined upon the LORD.

throne unto His glory, unto Whose AFTER the blessed and glorious nature it was united

in the Son. Resurrection of our LORD JESUS Ry. Let not your heart be troubled : CHRIST, wherein by divine power He I go to the FATHER, and when I am raised up in three days the true taken up from you, I will send you, temple of God, destroyed by the Alleluia : * the SPIRIT of truth, and wickedness of the Jews, to day, dearly your heart shall rejoice. Alleluia. beloved, the number of the forty holy Y. I will pray the FATHER, and He days is fulfilled, appointed in a most shall send you another Comforter. sacred order, and designed for our The SPIRIT. useful instruction ; to the end that

Lesson VI. whilst the LORD during this interval SINCE then the Ascension of CHRIST lengthens the stay of His bodily is our promotion, and, where the presence, our faith in the Resurrection glory of the Head is gone before, might be fortified. For the death of thither the hope of the body is called CHRIST had grievously troubled the also, let us, dearly beloved, be glad hearts of His disciples, and a certain with fitting joy, and rejoice with


devout thanksgiving. For to-day we i rection was established by many are not merely confirmed in posses- | proofs to them as they doubted. sion of Paradise, but we have in CHRIST When we note these proofs as we passed into the highest heavens, read, what is the result, save that we winning greater things by the unspeak- are assured by their doubt? For Mary able grace of CHRIST than we had lost Magdalene, who believed quickly, hath through the envy of the devil. For, done less for me, than Thomas, who the Son of God hath united to His own doubted long. For he, in doubting, body, them whom the malicious enemy touched the scars of the wounds, and had cast down from the happiness of cut away the wound of doubt from our their first dwelling, and hath set them breast. at the right hand of God, with whom Ry. I will pray the FATHER, and He He liveth and reigneth, in the unity of shall give you another Comforter: the same SPIRIT, God, throughout all that He may abide with you for ever; ages. Amen.

even the SPIRIT of truth. Alleluia. Rị. Christ, going up on high, led y. If I go not away, the Comforter captivity captive. * He gave gifts to will not come unto you; but if I demen. Alleluia, Alleluia. y. God is gone part, I will send Him unto you. That. up with a merry noise, and the LORD Ben. The Divine help. with the sound of the trumpet. He. Glory. He.

Lesson VIII.

IN order to take in the truth of the Ant. Thou art exalted. * Al. Far

LORD's resurrection, we must obabove all gods. Al. Ps. xcvii.,

serve what Luke states, saying: After Dominus regnavit, p. 54.

they had eaten, He commanded them Ant. The LORD is great in Sion. *

that they should not depart from Al. And high above all people. Al. Jerusalem. And, a little after, As Ps. xcix., Dominus regnavit, irascantur, they beheld, He was taken up, and a

cloud received Him out of their sight.

Mark the words : observe the mysteAnt. The LORD hath prepared. * Al. ries. Sitting at meat He was taken His seat in heaven. Al. Ps. ciii.,

up. He ate: and He ascended. Benedic, p. 57.

Doubtless, that the truth of His Ý. I ascend unto My FATHER, and bodily existence might be evident, your FATHER. Al. Rz. To My God, through the act of eating. Mark inand your God. Al.

deed tells us, that before the LORD Lesson of the Holy Gospel according ascended into heaven, He rebuked the to S. Mark.

disciples for their unbelief and hardLesson VII. Chap. xvi.

ness of heart. And in this what have AT that time : He appeared unto we to consider, save that the LORD

the eleven as they sat at meat, blamed His disciples, when He left and upbraided them with their un

them bodily, for this reason, that belief and hardness of heart, because the words which He spake when they believed not them which had He departed, might remain more seen him after he was risen. And deeply impressed in the heart of the that which follows.

hearers ? A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.

Ry. Thou makest the clouds Thy

chariot, O LORD: * and walkest upon Homily 29 on the Gospels. the wings of the wind. Al. Ý. Thou The slow belief of the disciples in art clothed with majesty and honour, the LORD's resurrection, was not so Thou deckest thyself with light as it much their weakness, as, so to speak, were with a garment. And. Glory. tur future strength. For the resur- And.

p. 55.

Lesson IX.



to temperance

their hardness of heart, let us and to godliness brotherly kindness; hear what instruction He utters. Go and to brotherly kindness charity. into all the world, and preach the For if these things be in you, and gospel to every creature. My brethren, abound, they make you that ye shall was the holy gospel to be preached to neither be barren or unfruitful in the things without life, or to brute knowledge of our LORD JESUS CHRIST. animals, that the disciples should be But he that lacketh these things is told of it, Preach it to every creature ? blind, and cannot see afar off, and But man is denoted by the name of every hath forgotten that he was purged creature, for man hath something in from his old sins. common with every creature. Existence Ry. All the beauty. p. ccxix. he hath in common with stones: life with trees: feeling with animals :

Lesson III. understanding with angels. If then WHEREFORE the rather, brethren, man has something in common with

give diligence to make your callevery creature, in some sense man is ing and election sure : for if ye do every creature: therefore the gospel is these things, ye shall never fall: for preached to every creature, when it is so an entrance shall be ministered preached to man alone.

unto you abundantly into the everTe Deum. p. 15.

lasting kingdom of our LORD and


will not be negligent to put you always

in remembrance of these things, though FIRST NOCTURN.

ye know them, and be established in Here beginneth the Second Epistle of the present truth. Yea, I think it S. Peter the Apostle.

meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, Lesson I.

to stir you up, by putting you in SIMON Peter, a servant and an remembrance ; knowing that shortly

apostle of Jesus CHRIST, to them I must put off this my tabernacle, that have obtained like precious faith even as our LORD JESUS Christ hath with us through the righteousness of shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour Gud and our SaviouR JESUS CHRIST: that ye may be able after my decease Grace and peace be multiplied unto to have these things always in rememyou through the knowledge of God, brance. and of Jesus our LORD, according as Ry. Be thou exalted. p. ccxx. his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and

SECOND NOCTURN. godliness, through the knowledge of A Sermon of S. Leo the Pope. him that hath called us to glory and

Lesson IV. virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises : Sermon. 2 on the Ascension of the LORD. that by these ye might be partakers of THE mystery of our salvation, dearly the divine nature, having escaped the

beloved, which the Creator of the corruption that is in the world through world valued at the price of His own lust.

blood, was fulfilled through the dispenRy. After His Passion. p. ccxix.

sation of humility from the day of His

bodily birth, till the end of His Lesson II.

Passion. And although many tokens AND beside this, giving all diligence, of Godhead shone forth in Him, even

add to your faith virtue; and to in the form of a servant, nevertheless virtue knowledge; and to knowledge the mode of action during that period

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