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ripened wisdom. He finds it an easier A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope.
The kingdom of heaven, beloved and pares away with his knife the brethren, is therefore compared to wantonness of the young, teaching us things earthly, to the intent that that a lesson of purity may be gathered from that which the soul knoweth, it even from vines.
may rise to those hidden mysteries Ry. Thou hast loved. p. 109. which it knoweth not; that by the Lesson VI.
patterns of things visible, it may soar
to things invisible; that by things to A
WIDOW is as it were a veteran which it is accustomed, it may leam
who has served her campaign of to be inflamed with love to things to chastity, and though she have laid which it is unaccustomed; that by aside the arms of wedlock, yet never the loving that which is known, it theless she guided peacefully her house- may also learn to love that which is hold; and though she be free from unknown. Behold, the kingdom of bearing her former burdens, yet never- heaven is likened to treasure hid in a theless thoughtful of damsels about to field, which he who hath found it, wed, since where there is more care bideth, and for joy thereof he goeth there is richer fruit, she seeketh to and selleth all that he hath, and make their marriages happier by the buyeth that field. aid of her matured experience. There
Rz. She openeth her mouth with fore if the field be given in charge to wisdom, and in her tongue is the law the elders rather than to the younger, of kindness: she looketh well to the wherefore thinkest thou that it is ways of her household, * and eateth better to be wedded than to be a widow? not the bread of idleness. ỹ. She Because since the persecutors of the perceiveth that her merchandise is faith were likewise persecutors of good: her candle goeth not out by widowbood, verily those who follow the night. And. faith should not fiee from widowhood
Lesson VIII. as a punishment, but should hold it fast as a prize.
As regarding which matter, this is R?. Favour is deceitful and beauty
to be kept in mind : the disis vain. * A woman that feareth the covered treasure is hidden that it
Learn thence, LORD, she shall be praised. y. Give may be preserved. her of the fruit of her hands, that he keepeth not in safety the and let her own works praise her yearning. of heavenly desires from in the gates. A woman. Glory. A evil spirits, who keepeth them not
from human praise. In this present
life, we are as it were in the way, THIRD NOCTURN.
whereby we are journeying to our Lesson of the Holy Gospel according thieves, beset our pilgrimage; he
country. But evil spirits, like to S. Matthew.
must make up his mind to be atLesson VII. Chap. xiii. tacked who openly on his journey AT that time Jesus spake this carries a treasure.
Yet, mind you, parable to His disciples : The I say this as by no means telling you kingdom of heaven is like unto that our neighbours are not to behold treasure hid in a field, the which, our good works. For it is written, when a man hath found, he hideth, | Let your light so shine before men, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth that they may see your good works, all that he hath, and buyeth that field. and glorify your FATHER which is in And that which follows.
heaven. But what follows? This,
that in what we do we are not to did the victory, not because of the seek praise from man. For thus, I powerlessness of the sex of the comalthough the work be open, the in- , batants, but because the enemy is tention will abide in secret; so that now also overcome, by those by whom whilst we
give example to our he overcame. neighbour by good works, we shall
Rz. Ride on. p. 109. nevertheless by our intention, whereby we seek to please God alone, ever
Lesson V. desire secresy.
a woman he conquered, by a Ry. The kingdoms of the earth and woman he is defeated, This all the glory of the world I despised beforetime was his javelin : this is for the love of my LORD JESUS CHRIST: now made the weapon of his slaughter, * Whom I have seen, Whom I have this instrument appeareth unconquerloved, in Whom I have believed, able. The first woman sinned, and Whom I have desired. Ý. My heart died: this woman died lest she should is inditing of a good matter, Isin. She, puffed up by the hope of a speak of the things which I have worthless promise, broke the laws of made unto the King.
Whom. GOD: this one despised this present Glory. Whom.
life lest she should forswear her
fidelity henceforth to her Benefactor. Lesson IX.
What excuse then can men hope to TEE treasure is heavenly desire: find, if they be effeminate, and sloth
but the field wherein the treasure ful, and what pardon, when women is hid, the discipline of heavenly bare themselves in so mighty and exercises. Which field be verily manly a fashion, when so nobly they buyeth by the sale of all that he hath, girded themselves for the battle of who renouncing the pleasures of the godliness ? flesh, treadeth under foot his earthly Ry. Thou hast loved. p. 109. desires by the safeguard of heavenly
Lesson VI. discipline: so that already nought that charmeth the flesh doth he allow; SHE had a body powerless, and nought that slayeth the carnal life
to all of doth his spirit shrink from in horror. sex, nevertheless grace by its coming Te Deum. p. 15.
did hide the powerlessness of it all. For nought plainly is stronger than
one who hath taken great care to have 2. OTHER LESSONS FOR A MARTYR
the fear of God rooted in the heart;
whether it be flames, whether it be SECOND NOCTURN.
the sword, whether it be wild beasts, A Sermon of S. John Chrysostom.
or whatever else it might be that the
foe threateneth, such an one despiseth Lesson IV.
them all as a thing of nought; and 67th Sermon.
that was what this blessed one also On various passages in the New
Rz. Favour is deceitful.
114. ABOVE all memorial days I love
those of the Martyrs, I love COMMON OF THE DEDICATION them and embrace them; all of them
OF A CHURCH. indeed, but chiefly those which set forth the conflicts of women.
For Inv. Holiness becometh the House the weaker the vessel, the greater the of God: * CHRIST her Bridegroom let grace; the greater the grace, the us worship within her. Ps. Venite, nobler the triumph, the more splen-1 p. .
HYMN. Beata urbs Hierusalem. the house of the LORD, because the LESSED City, Heav'nly Salem,
glory of the LORD had filled the LORD'S B Vision dear of Peace and Love,
house. And when all the children of Who, of living stones upbuilded,
Israel saw how the fire came down, Art the joy of Heav'n above,
and the glory of the LORD upon the And, with angel cohorts circled, As a bride to earth dost move!
house, they bowed themselves with
their faces to the ground upon the From celestial realms descending, Ready for the nuptial bed,
pavement, and worshipped, and praised To his presence, decked with jewels, the LORD, saying, For he is good ; for By her LORD shall she be led :
his mercy endureth for ever. Then All her streets and all her bulwarks, Of pure gold are fashioned.
the king and all the people offered
sacrifices before the LORD. And king Bright with pearls her portal glitters ! Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty
It is open evermore;
and two thousand oxen, and an Thither faithful souls may soar,
hundred and twenty thousand sheep : Who for CHRIST's dear Name, in this world so the king and all the people dedicated Pain and tribulation bore.
the house of GOD. Many a blow and biting sculpture
Ry. At the dedication of the temple Polish'd well those stones elect, In their places now compacted
the people sang praise : and made By the Heavenly Architect,
sweet melody with their lips. Ry. The Who therewith hath will'd for ever
LORD's house is established in the top That His Palace should be deck'd.
of the mountains: and all nations Laud and honour to the FATHER;
shall flow unto it. And. Ben. The Laud and honour to the Son; Laud and hour to the SPIRIT;
Only-Begotten. Ever Three, and ever Onė:
Lesson II. Consubstantial, Co-eternal, While unending ages run. Amen. AND the priests waited on their
offices: the Levites also with in. FIRST NOCTURN.
struments of musick of the LORD, Ant. Lift up your heads, 0 ye
which David the king had made to gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting praise the LORD, because his mercy doors. Ps. xxiv. Domini est terra, endureth for ever, when David praised
by their ministry; and the priests Ant. The LORD * shall be my God, sounded trumpets before then, and and this stone shall be called the all Israel stood. Moreover Solomon House of God. Ps. xlvi. Deus noster hallowed the middle of the court that refugium, p. 28.
was before the house of the LORD: Ant. And Moses * built an Altar to for there be offered burnt offerings, the LORD God. Ps. xlviii. Magnus and the fat of the peace offerings, Dominus, p. 29.
because the brasen altar which Solomon y. Holiness becometh Thy House, had made was not able to receive the O LORD. Ry. For ever. Our FATHER.
burnt offerings, and the meat offerAbs. Hear, LORD.
V. Sir, pray.
ings, and the fat. Also at the same Ben. The FATHER Eternal.
time Solomon kept the feast seven
days, and all Israel with him, a very Of the 2nd Book of Chronicles.
great congregation, from the entering Lesson I. Chap. vii.
in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. Now
end of praying, the fire came solemn assembly: for they kept the down from heaven, and consumed the dedication of the altar seven days, and burnt offering and the sacrifices ; and the feast seven days. the glory of the LORD filled the house. Ry. The LORD's house is established And the priests could not enter into in the top of the mountains, and
exalted above the hills : * and all | a pillar, and poured oil on the top of nations shall flow unto it, and say: it. Ps. lxxxviii. Domine Deus, p. 51. Glory be to Thee, O LORD. y. They y. My house. Ry. Shall be called shall come again with joy, and bring a house of prayer. Our FATHER. Abs. their sheaves with them. And. Ben. His pity. y. Sir, pray. Ben. GOD
the FATHER. Lesson III.
A Sermon of S. Augustine the Bishop. THUS Solomon finished the house
Lesson IV. of the LORD, and the king's house: and all that came into Solomon's heart
256th Sermon of the Seasons. to make in the house of the LORD, and AS often, dear brethren, as we celein his own house, he prosperously
brate the dedication of an altar, effected. And the LORD appeared to or of a Church, so often, if we faithSolomon by night, and said unto him, fully and diligently take heed, and I have heard thy prayer, and have live righteously and godly, all that is chosen this place to myself for an done in the temple made with hands house of sacrifice. If I shut
is likewise altogether fulfilled in us
up heaven that there be no rain, or if I to spiritual edification. For he lied command the locusts to devour the not who said, The Temple of God land, or if I send pestilence among is holy, which temple ye are. And my people ; if my people, which again, Know ye not that your bodies are called by my name, shall humble are the temples of the Holy Ghost, themselves, and pray, and seek
Who dwelleth in you? my
Therefore, face, and turn from their wicked ways; beloved brethren, since without any then will I hear from heaven, and previous merits on our part deserving will forgive their sin, and will heal it, we have been by the grace of God their land. Now mine eyes shall be made worthy to become the temples of open, and mine ears attent unto the God, let us as fully as possible, with His prayer that is made in this place. help, labour, that our LORD, when He For now have I chosen and sanctified cometh, may find in His temple, that this house, that my name may be is, in ourselves, nothing offensive to there for ever: and mine eyes and the eyes of His Majesty. mine heart shall be there perpetually. Ry. If they pray toward this place,
Rz. Bless, O LORD, this house which o God, forgive the sins of Thy people, I have built for Thý Name: if they that Thou teach them the good way come and pray in this house, * then wherein they should walk, and give hear Thou in heaven, Thy dwelling glory in this place. y. Hear, 0 Thou place. Y. LORD, if Thy people return Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest unto Thee, and pray unto Thee Joseph like a sheep, that sittest upon towards Thy sanctuary. Then. Glory. the cherubim. O God. Ben. CHRIST Then.
give us the joys. SECOND NOCTURN.
Lesson V. Ant. This is none
other but the BYT let the dwelling of our hearts
the gate of be of vices heaven. Ps. lxxxiv. Quam dilecta, p. with virtues; closed to the devil, and 49.
opened to CHRIST ; and let us labour Ant. Jacob beheld a ladder, * and hereunto, that with the keys of good the top of it reached to heaven: and works we may open to ourselves the the Angels of God descending; and he gates of the kingdom of Heaven. For said : Surely this place is holy. Ps. since through evil works the door of lxxxvii. Fundamenta, p. 50.
everlasting life is closed against us, as Ant. And Jacob set up a stone for with so many bolts and bars, in like
manner, without doubt, it is opened to 2 I will say unto the LORD, Thou us by good works. Therefore, dear art my hope, and my strong hold : my brethren, let each one search narrowly God, in him will I trust. into his own conscience, and wherein 3 For he shall deliver thee from the he shall perceive himself to have been snare of the hunter : and from the wounded by any crime, let him care- noisome pestilence. fully cleanse his conscience by prayer, 4 He shall defend thee under his fastings, or alms-giving: and thus let wings, and thou shalt be safe under him venture to receive the Eucharist. his feathers : his faithfulness and
Rp. How dreadful is this place ! * truth shall be thy shield and buckler. This is none other but the House of
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any God, and this is the gate of Heaven. terror by night : nor for the arrow V. This is the House of the LORD, that flieth by day; strongly built: it is founded well on a 6 For the pestilence that walketh strong rock. This. Ben. God kindle. in darkness : nor for the sickness that
destroyeth in the noon-day. Lesson VI.
7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, FOR it, recognising his guilt, he and ten thousand at thy right hand :
holds himself back from the divine but it shall not come nigh thee. altar, he will quickly attain to recon- 8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou ciliation with the divine mercy. For behold : and see the reward of the unwhoso exalteth himself shall be abased; godly. but, on the other hand, he that 9 For thou, LORD, art my hope : humbleth himself shall be exalted. thou hast set thine house of defence And he, who as I have just said, very high. acknowledging his sin, humbly desires 10 There shall no evil happen unto to withdraw from the altar of the thee : neither shall any plague come Church, for the amendment of his nigh thy dwelling. life, such an one has no cause to fear 11 For he shall give his angels that he will be finally shut out from charge over thee : to keep thee in all that Eternal and Heavenly Banquet. thy ways. Ry. And Jacob rose up early in the
12 They shall bear thee in their morning, and set up the stone for a hands : that thou hurt not thy foot pillar, and poured oil upon the top of against a stone. it, and vowed a vow unto the LORD: 13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and Surely this place is holy, and I knew adder : the young lion and the dragon it not. . And Jacob awaked out shalt thou tread under thy feet. of his sleep, and he said. Surely.
14 Because he hath set his love upon Glory. Surely.
me, therefore will I deliver him : I
will set him up, because he hath THIRD NOCTURN.
known my Name. Ant. Whoso dwelleth * under the 15 He shall call upon me, and I defence of the Most High, shall abide will hear him : yea, I am with him in under the shadow of the Almighty. trouble ; I will deliver him, and bring
When this Antiphon is said entire, him to honour. and Alleluia is not added at the end, 16 With long life will I satisfy the Psalm is begun at verse 2, I will him : and shew him my salvation. say unto the LORD.
Ant. The Temple of God * is holy,
Whose Maker and Builder is God. Ps. xci. Qui habitat. Ps. xcvi. Cantate Domino, p. 53. WHOSO dwelleth under the defence Ant. Blessed * be the glory of the
of the most High : shall abide LORD out of His holy place. Alleluia. under the shadow of the Almighty. Ps. xcix. Dominus regnavit, p. 55.