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down as spurious. See then how that the Divine will is neither a sublime things he should speak who matter of regret nor of too curious is likened to an eagle: yet we, crawl- investigation. For since Peter was ing on the ground, weak and of small always impetuous, breaking out into account among men, dare handle interrogations of this sort, CHRIST, these matters, and expound: and again checking his fervour, answered deem that we apprehend when we thus, forbidding further inquiry. think, or are apprehended when we Ry. This is that John P. xxxv. speak, of them.
Lesson IX. Ry. In the midst of the Church
THEN went this saying abroad
among the brethren, that that THIRD NOCTURN.
disciple should not die; yet JESUS Lesson of the Holy Gospel according said not unto him, He shall not die, to S. John.
but, “If I will that he tarry till I
come, what is that to thee ?" Do not Lesson VII. Chap. xxi.
suppose, He saith, that I have ordained AT that time : Jesus said punto the same sorrow for both of you, And turning about, seeth the disciple seasonable affection and desire of whom Jesus loved following. And companionship. For since they were that which follows.
about to undertake the care of the
whole world, they could not be alA Homily of S. John Chrysostom,
lowed to be together any more. For Homily 87 on S. John.
then the world would have suffered a When CHRIST had spoken these great loss. Therefore he says, Thou great things to Peter, intrusting him hast been entrusted with a work ; with the care of the whole world, fore. attend to that; accomplish it, labour, telling his martyrdom, bearing witness and expose thyself to the contest. to his pre-eminent love toward Him. What is it to thee, if I will that he self, Peter desiring that John should tarry here? See thou to thy duty be his companion and colleague, said, and perform it. “Lord, and what shall this man do?"
Te Deum, p. 15. Shall he accompany me on the same way? And as at the supper he dared OCTAVE OF THE HOLY INNOCENTS. not to ask a question himself, but
Double. instigated John, so now he returns the favour, thinking that John desired, All as on the Festival, p. XXXV., except but had not the courage, to inquire
the Lessons. concerning himself. Then Christ re
FIRST NOCTURN. plied, “If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee?"
Of the Epistle to the Romans. Ry. In that day p. XXXV.
Lesson I. Chap. v.
THEREFORE being justified by Lesson VIII.
faith, we have peace with God FOR when Peter spoke thus, from through our LORD JESUS CHRIST: by
excess of affection not being whom also we have access by faith willing to be separated from John, into this grace wherein we stand, and Christ, to shew him that his love, how- rejoice in hope of the glory of God. ever great it might be, was surpassed And not only so, but we glory in triby His own, said, If I will that bulations also: knowing that tribuhe tarry till I come, what is that lation worketh patience; and pato thee? Teaching us by these words tience, experience; and experience,
hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; | is drawn, and there is no cause ; envy because the love of God is shed abroad alone cries for blood, seeing that in our hearts by the Holy Ghost He Who is born doth violence to no which is given unto us.
But we see the ewes mourning Ry. I beheld (p. xxxvi).
over their lambs. In Rama was there
a voice heard, lamentation, and weepLesson II.
ing, and great mourning. They are FOR when we were yet without pledges, not entrusted, but created ;
strength, in due time Christ died not left, but merely shown. for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die : yet per
Ry. They have poured. p. xxxvi. adventure for a good man some would
Lesson V. even dare to die. mendeth his love toward us, in that: NATURE herself is witness, which
struggled when the tyrant atwhile we were yet sinners, CHRIST tacked the infant martyrs. The died for us. Much more then, being mother scattered the hair of her head, now justified by his blood, we shall be when she was losing the true ornasaved from wrath through him. ment of her head. In how many ways
RY. I heard under the Altar (p. she sought to hide the infant, which xxxvi).
yet betrayed itself by its infant cries ! Lesson III.
It knew not silence, for it had not yet FOR if, when we were enemies, we learned fear. The mother strove, and
were reconciled to God by the the executioner; he dragged, she held death of his Son, much more, being it back. To the executioner the reconciled, we shall be saved by his mother cried : Why partest thou from life. And not only so, but we also me him whom I love ? My womb joy in God through our LORD JESUS bare him, and so long as he lived, he CHRIST, by whom we have now re- never sought vainly at my breasts for ceived the atonement. Wherefore, as milk. Carefully I have carried him by one man sin entered into the world, whom I see flung down by thee with and death by sin; and so death passed cruel hands. My bowels have but upon all men, for that all have sinned. I just brought him forth, and thou Ry. They worshipped (p. xxxvi).
hurlest him on the ground.
Ry. These are the Saints. p. xxxvii.
ANOTHER mother cried out, be
cause the cruel robber forced not Sermon I. Of the Innocents. the mother to be slain with the child. THE LORD being born, mourning be- Why sendest thou me empty away?
gins : not in heaven, but in the If there be guilt, it is mine; even if world. Lamentation among mothers; not, add death and free a mother. joy among angels; migration among Another said: What seek ye? Ye infants. It is God Who is born ; In- seek One, and slay many; and that nocents are fit sacrifice for Him, Who One only ye cannot reach. And again comes to condemn the wickedness of another cried : Come now, 0 come, the world. Little lambs are fitly Thou Saviour of the world, how long offered because the Lamb shall be shalt Thou be sought? Thou fearest crucified, Who takes away the sins none: let the soldier see Thee, and of the world. But the ewes complain, spare our infants. Amid the mingled for the loss of their lambs bleating laments of the mothers, the oblation without voice. O mighty martyr- of the children ascended to heaven. dom! O cruel sight! The sword Ry These are they. p. xxxvii.
Lesson IX. Lesson of the Holy Gospel according FOR verily when Saint Joseph saw to S. Matthew.
the Virgin great with Child, he fell Lesson VII. Chap. ii.
into great uneasiness : but the Angel
came on a sudden, wholly quenching AT that time : The Angel of the his dread. Afterwards, when he saw
LORD appeareth to Joseph in a the new born Child, he was filled with dream, saying, Arise, and take the much rejoicing: but again weighty young Child and His Mother, and filee peril followed hard upon this joy, into Egypt, and be thou there until I when the whole city was everywhere bring thee word. And that which fol-moved, the King himself raged, and lows.
sought the Child to slay Him. But
gladness also came again after this A Homily of S. John Chrysostom.
bitterness, to wit, the appearing of From the 8th Hom. on S. Matthew. the Star, and the worshipping of
When Joseph had heard these things the Magi. After this delight also he neither took offence nor said : This again was danger, again was fear. matter is uncertain, and thoroughly For Herod, saith He, seeks the life doubtful. But just now thou didst of the Child, and there is need to declare that He should save His peo- flee and to go into a far country. ple, and now indeed He is not able
Te Deum, p. 15. to set Himself free from peril : but flight, and pilgrimage, and journeying VIGIL OF THE EPIPHANY. to a far distance are needful for us.
Double of the Second Class. That which cometh to pass is in all all as on the Octave of the Nativity, points contrary to that which was promised. But nought whatever of
p. xli., except the Lessons. this kind objected he, for he was a
FIRST NOCTURN. faithful man: neither does he nar- Of the Epistle to the Romans. rowly ask after the time of return,
Lesson I. Chap. vii. which in truth was not plainly set forth by the Angel : but, Be thou KNOW ye not, brethren, (for I speak there, quoth he, until I shall tell that the law hath dominion over a man
to them that know the law,) how thee.
as long as he liveth? For the woman Ry. They sang. p. xxxvii.
which hath an husband is bound by
the law to her husband so long as he Lesson VIII.
liveth ; but if the husband be dead, BUT neither by this was he made she is loosed from the law of her hus,
tardier, but obeyed right willingly, band. So then if, while her husband and believed, enduring with gladness liveth, she be married to another man, every tribulation. And in truth the she shall be called an adulteress; but merciful God mingled certain joys if her husband be dead, she is free with his sorrows. Which, in good from that law; so that she is no sooth, He doth for all His Şaints, adulteress, though she be married to whom He suffereth to have neither another man. tribulation nor suffering continually: but weaveth together the life of the
Ry. Behold the Lamb. p. xlii. righteous both in adversity and in
Lesson II. health, in a wondrous diversity. THEREFORE, my brethren, ye Which, do thou consider, He also did
also are become dead to the in this case.
law by the body of CHRIST; that ye Ry. I saw. p. xxxvii. with Glory. should be married to another, even to
Him who is raised from the dead, that lost. As man confesses in the Psalms: we should bring forth fruit unto God. before I was troubled, I went wrong. For when we were in the flesh, the Man sinned, and became guilty: GOD motions of sins, which were by the is born man, that the guilty may be law, did work in our members to bring delivered. Man then fell, but God forth fruit unto death. But now we descended. Man fell miserably, God are delivered from the law, that being descended mercifully. Man fell by dead wherein we were held; that we pride, God descended with grace. should serve in newness of spirit, and Ry. Strengthened. p. xliii. not in the oldness of the letter.
Lesson VI. Ry. A hallowed day. p. xlii.
O MIRACLES! O prodigies ! My Lesson III.
brethren, the laws of nature are WHAT shall we say then? Is the changed in man: GOD is born, a
law sin? God forbid. Nay, I Virgin conceives: without an hushad not known sin, but by the law : band : knowing no
man, she is for I had not known lust, except the wedded by the word of
GOD : law had said, Thou shalt not covet. she is at a mother and a But sin, taking occasion by the com- Virgin. A mother, yet inviolate : a mandment, wrought in me all manner Virgin having a Son, knowing no man, of concupiscence. For without the ever sealed, yet not unfruitful. For law sin was dead. For I was alive He alone is born without sin, without the law once : but when the apart from human embrace, was becommandment came, sin revived, and gotten not of the will of the flesh, but I died.
of the obedience of the mind. Ry. Blessed is he that. p. xlii. RZ. Blessed and holy. p. xliii. SECOND NOCTURN.
ing to S. Matthew.
Lesson VII. Chap. ii.
dead, behold, an angel of the LORD brethren, who in eternity is the appeareth in a dream to Joseph, in Creator of all things, to-day, being Egypt saying, Arise, and take the born of a Mother, becomes our Saviour. He is born for us to day, in time, of into the land of Israel. And that
Child and His Mother, and go
young His own free will, that He may bring which follows. us to the eternity of the FATHER. GOD is made man, that man may be made A Homily of S. Jerome the Priest. GOD: that man may eat Angels' food, Book 1 Com. S. Matt. ii. the LORD of Angels is this day made
From this passage we see that not
only Herod, but also the priests and Ry. Rejoice with me. p. xliii.
the Scribes were at the same time Lesson V.
meditating the death of the LORD. Now is fulfilled that prophecy: And, he arose and took the young
Child : above ; and let the skies pour down young child and his wife, but the righteousness: let the earth open, and young child and His Mother; as if let it bring forth the Saviour. He he was the guardian, not the buswho made is therefore Himself made band. that He might be found that was Rz. Holy and immaculate. p. xxix.
New miracle of Power Divine !
wave did reign in Judea in the room of In other streams than nature gave. his father Herod, he was afraid to go All glory, LORD, to Thee we pay thither. Many have fallen into error For Thine Epiphany to-day: from their ignorance of history, think- All glory, as is ever meet, ing that this is the same Herod by To Father and to PARACLETE. Amen. whom our LORD was mocked in his
FIRST NOCTURN. Passion, and who is now said to be dead. But that Herod, who after- Ant. Bring unto the LORD, Oye wards made friends with Pilate, was mighty, and worship the LORD in the son of this Herod, and the brother of beauty of holiness. Ps. xxix., Afferte Archelaus.
Domino, p. 17. Ry. The Virgin Mother. p. xliv.
Ant. The river of the flood thereof
shall make glad the city of God. Lesson IX.
Alleluia. Ps. xlvi. Deus Noster, p.
If HE shall be called a Nazarene. 28.
the Evangelist had quoted some Ant. O sing praises, sing praises definite passage of Holy Scripture, he unto our God: o sing praises, sing would not have said, which was spoken praises unto our King. Sing ye praises by the Prophets, but which was spoken with understanding. Alleluia. Ps. by the Prophet. But now he uses the xlvii. Omnes gentes. p. 28. plural Prophets, to show that he has
. Let all the earth worship Thee. not taken the words of Scripture but the sense. Nazarene being inter
Ry. And sing praises unto Thy preted means holy. And thus Scrip- Name, O LORD. ture testifies that the promised LORD Of Isaiah the Prophet. was to be holy. Te Deum, p. 15.
Lesson I. Chap. lv.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come
ye to the waters, and he that hath The Creed being ended, in silence, no money; come ye, buy, and eat; as 'usual, and the yy., RZ RZ., Invita- yea, come, buy wine and milk without tory, and Hymn, being omitted, the money and without price. Where1st Ant. is at once begun: 0 worship fore do ye spend money for that the Lord.
which is not bread ? and your laBut during the Octave are said the bour for that which satisfieth not? yy and RZ RY., with the Invitatory, hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye Christ has appeared to us * O come that which is good, and let your soul let us worship, and the Hymn.
delight itself in fatness. Incline your HYMN.-Crudelis Herodes, Deum.
ear, and come unto me: hear, and
your soul shall live; and I will make HY, impious Herod, vainly fear,
an everlasting covenant with you, even here ?
the sure mercies of David. Behold, I He takes not earthly realms away.
have given him for a witness to the Who gives the crown that lasts for aye.
people, a leader and commander to To greet his birth the wise men went, the people. Led by the star before them sent; Called on by light, towards Light they
Ry. To day the LORD was baptised in press'd,
Jordan. The Heavens were opened, And by tbeir gifts their God confess'd.
and the SPIRIT descended like a dove, In holy Jordan's purest wave
and the voice of the FATHER was The heav'nly Lamb vouchsaf'd to lave; That He, to whom was sin unknown,
heard.* This is my Beloved Son, in Might cleanse his people from their own. whom I am well pleased. y. The Holy