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do I hate. Counsel is mine, and builded her house, she hath hewn out sound wisdom: I am understanding; her seven pillars : she hath killed her I have strength. By me kings reign, beasts ; she hath mingled her wine ; and princes decree justice. By me she hath also furnished her table. princes rule, and nobles, even all the She hath sent forth her maidens: she judges of the earth. I love them that crieth upon the highest places of the love me: and those that seek me city, Whoso is simple, let him turn early shall find me.

in hither: as for him that wanteth Rz. Holy and immaculate virginity, understanding, she saith to him, with what praises I shall celebrate Come, eat of my bread, and drink of thee, I know not: for Him Whom the wine which I have mingled. the heavens could not comprehend, Ry. Blessed art thou, Virgin Mary, thou containedst in thy womb. y. who barest the LORD, the Creator of Blessed art thou among women, and the world : * thou gavest birth to Him blessed is the Fruit of thy womb. Who made thee, and eternally reFor.

mainest a Virgin. ¥. Hail Mary, Lesson II.

full of grace : the LORD is with thee.

Thou. Glory. Thou. RICHES and honour are with me; yea, durable riches and righteous

SECOND NOCTURN. ness. My fruit is better than gold,

Ant. In thy glory * and thy beauty, yea, than fine gold; and my revenue than choice silver. I lead in the way reign. Ps. xlv. Eructavit, p. 28.

go forth, proceed prosperously, and of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment: that I may cause of His countenance: God is in the

Ant. God shall give her * the help those that love me to inherit sub- midst of her, therefore she shall not stance; and I will fill their treasures. be removed. Ps. xlvi. Deus noster The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of refugium, p. 28.

Ant. All our fresh springs

* shall old. I was set up from everlasting, be in thee. Ps. lxxxvii. Fundamenta from the beginning, or ever the earth was brought forth; when there were His countenance. When there were no depths, I ejus, p. 50.

y. God shall give her the help of no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, therefore shall she not be removed.

Ry. God is in the midst of her, before the hills was I brought forth.

Our FATHER. Abs. His pity. y. Ry. Rejoice with me, all ye that Sir, pray. Ben. God the FATHER. love the LORD, for being little, I pleased the Most High : * and from

From the Letter of S. Cyril of my womb I gave birth to God and Alexandria to Nestorius, . All generations shall call

Lesson IV. mo balese de formes Caan hath regarded the THAT

the Word is said to have been

than that He shared in flesh and blood Lesson III. just as we do. Therefore He made our

a me, watching daily at my gates, from a woman, without laying aside waiting at the posts of my doors. His Godhead, or His generation from For whoso findeth me findeth life, the FATHER, for even in taking flesh and shall obtain favour of the LORD. He remained what He was before. But he that sinneth against me This it is which the teaching of accuwrongeth his own soul : all they that rate faith everywhere proclaims; this bate me love death. Wisdom bath we find was the belief of the holy




a woman

fathers, and therefore they did not nament of stainless virginity; she is the hesitate to call the Blessed Virgin spiritual paradise of the Second Adam; Mother of God; not that the nature she is the bridal chamber wherein the of the WORD or His Godhead derived WORD betrothed human flesh to Himthe source of its origin from the holy self. She is that living bush of naVirgin, but because He drew His ture which the flame of divine childsacred body, made perfect with an bearing consumed not; she is truly understanding soul, from her: to that light cloud which bore in her which body the WORD of God was body Him who sitteth upon the Chepersonally united, and is said to have rubim. She is that most pure fleece, been born after the flesh.

moist with heavenly dew, wherewith Ry. I was exalted like a cedar in the Shepherd clad the sheep. She is Libanus, and as a cypress tree in the Ark, overlaid with gold within and Mount Sion: like the best myrrh * without, hallowed, that is, in body and I yielded a pleasant odour. Ý. And in spirit, wherein is the golden censer like cinnamon and aspalathus. I and the vessel of gold containing the yielded.

incense. She is the gate which looketh From the Treatise of S. Augustine toward the east, and is shut for ever

the Bishop, on the Creed to the more, because the LORD passed in and Catechumens.

passed out through her. She is the

boast of Virgins, the crown of the Lesson V.

Church, the dwelling of the Most Holy BY

came death, by a TRINITY. woman life; by Eve destruction, Ry. The LORD desired the daughter by Mary salvation. The one, sinful, of Jerusalem adorned with her jewels: followed the dcceiver; the other, un- * the daughters of Sion saw her, and stained, brought forth the SAVIOUR. called her blessed, saying, * Thy name The one readily accepted the cup from is as ointment poured forth. y. At the serpent to drink, and gave it to Thy right hand did stand the Queen her husband, whereby they both me- in a vesture of gold, wrought about rited death; the other on whom with divers colours. The daughters. heavenly grace was poured from on Glory. Thy. high, brought forth that Life, whereby

THIRD NOCTURN. the dead flesh might be quickened. Who is it that wrought this, save the

Ant. 1. O daughter, blessed art Virgin's Son, the Bridegroom of the thou of the most high GOD * above virgins ? He, Who gave His mother all the women upon the earth. Ps. fruitfulness, but took not from her xcvi. Cantate Domino, cantate. p. 53. virginity.

Ant. 2. Thou art our sister, be thou Rą. Who is she, that looketh forth the mother of thousands of millions : as the sun, and comely as Jerusalem?

* and let thy seed possess the gate of

Ps. xcvii. * The daughters of Sion saw her, and them which hate thee. blessed her ; yea, the queens, and

Dominus regnavit. p. 54. they praised her. y. As the days

Ant. 3. I will bless her, and give thee of the spring, the blossoms of roses,

& Son also of her: * yea, I will bless her, and the lilies of the valleys compassed and she shall be a mother of nations. her about. The daughters.

Ps.xcviii. Cantate Domino.. quia.p.55. A Sermon of S. Proclus, the Bishop, In Advent, and on the Feast of the

Annunciation. on the Nativity of the LORD.

Ant. 3. The Angel of the LORD * Lesson VI.

brought tidings unto Mary, and she HOLY Mary, the Mother of God, is conceived of the Holy Ghost. Ps.

the pure treasure, beauty, and or- xcviii. Cantate. p. 55.

Ý. GOD chose her, and elected

Lesson VIII. her. Ry. He made her to dwell in His BUT if the Flesh of the WORD

of GOD born after the flesh is tabernacle.

held to be extraneous to, and to have Our FATHER. Abs. The Almighty i no conneotion with, the flesh of His and merciful God loose us. y. Sir, Virgin Mother, then it is in vain thạt pray. Ben. The Evangelical.

the womb that bare Him and the paps Lesson of the holy Gospel according blessed. But what says the Apostle ?

which He had sucked are pronounced to S. Luke. At that time : As Jesus spake unto God sent forth His Son, made of a the multitude, a certain woman of the woman, made under the law. Nor are

tbey to be listened to, who think we company lifted up her voice, and said should read, Born of a woman, made anto Him, Blessed is the womb that under the law, but made of a woman, bare Thee. And that which follows.

because being conceived in the Virgin's Lesson VII.

womb He derived His Flesh, not A Homily of Ven. Bede, Priest. from nothing, nor from any other Book IV. Chap. 49, on S. Luke xi.

source than the flesh of His Mother,

for otherwise, if He had not His origin great devotion and faith ; for when be called the Son of Man. Let us

is the Scribes and Pharisees were at therefore, having said these things once tempting and blaspheming the LORD, she recognises with such sin the Catholic Church, of which this

against Eutyches, raise our voice with cerity His Incarnation, and confesses it before them all with such boldness, mind too, from the midst of the crowd,

woman was a type; let us raise our as at once to put to confusion the and say to our SAVIOUR, “Blessed is calumnies of the chief men then the womb that bear Thee, and the present, and the unbelief of future heretics. For as at that time the Jews paps which Thou hast sucked,” for

verily that Mother was blessed who, blasphemed the work of the Holy SPIRIT and denied the LORD to be the (as a certain one saith) brought forth truo Son of God, consubstantial with for ever the heavens and the earth.

in child-birth the King Who sustains the FATHER, so afterwards the heretics denied that the everer-Virgin Mary did,

Rz. All generations shall call me by virtue of the Holy Spirit, yield the blessed : * for He that is mighty hath substance of her flesh to the only. magnified me, and holy is His Name. begotten Son of God, about to be born y. And His mercy is on them that with human members, and so affirmed fear Him, throughout all generations. that we ought pot to confess that He For. Glory. For. is the true Son of Man, consubstantial

Lesson IX. with His Mother.

YEA, rather blessed are they that Ry. Happy art thou, sacred Virgin hear the word of God and keep it. Mary, and worthy of all praise, * for Well does the SAVIOUR of the world from thee hath arisen the Sun of assent to the witness of the woman, Righteousness, CARIst our God. ¥. not asserting her alone blessed, who Pray for the people, interpose for the merited to give bodily birth to the clergy, intercede forconsecrated women, Word of God, but also all whose aim let all feel thy help who celebrate it is to conceive that same Word thy holy festival. For. Ben. She spiritually by the hearing of faith, and, whose feast we celebrate, the Virgin by keeping to good works, to bring of virgins, intercede for us to the Him forth either in their own or their LORD.

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nourish Him; since she, the Mother At the end of every Psalm is said: of God, is indeed blessed for this

Eternal rest : grant unto them, O reason, as made the earthly instrument LORD ; to the Incarnation of the Word, but And light perpetual : shine upon. yet far more blessed is she, because them. she abode evermore preserving love Ant. I will walk before the LORD in for Him alway.

the land of the living. Te Deum, p. 15.

Ant. Woe is me * that I am con

strained to dwell with Mesech. OFFICE OF THE DEAD.

Ps. cxx. Cum invocarem, This is said, except in Easter-tide, on the first day of every month, not WHEN I was in trouble I called hindered by a feast of nine lessons, in

upon the LORD: and he heard which case it is said on the first day not so hindered. But, in Advent and

2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from Lent, on every Monday not so hindered, lying lips : and from a deceitful except in Holy Week." In Choirs it is tongue. said after the office of the day, i.e., done unto thee, thou false tongue :

3 What reward shall be given or Vcspers after Vespers, and Matins after Lauds of the day, unless the use

even mighty and sharp arrows, with of the churches be different : out of hot burning coals. Choir it is said as occasion serves.

4 Woe is me, that I am constrained

to dwell with Mesech : and to have VESPERS begin at once with the my habitation among the tents of Ant. I will walk * before the LORD Kedar. in the land of the living.

5 My soul hath long dwelt among

them : that are enemies unto peace. Ps. cxvi. Dilexi.

6 I labour for peace, but when I I AM well pleased : that the LORD speak unto them thereof: they make

hath heard the voice of my prayer; them ready to battle. 2 That he hath inclined his ear

Eternal rest. unto me : therefore will I call upon Ant. Woe is me, that I am conhim as long as I live.

strained to dwell with Mesech. 3 The snares of death compassed Ant. The LORD shall preserve thee me round about : and the pains of hell from all evil: yea, it is even He that gat hold upon me.

shall keep thy soul. 4 I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call upon the Name of the

Ps. cxxi. Levavi oculos. LORD : 0 LORD, I beseech thee, deliver I WILL. lift up mine eyes unto the

hills : from whence cometh my 5 Gracious is the LORD, and right- help. eous : yea, our God is merciful.

2 My help cometh even from the 6 The LORD preserveth the sim- LORD : who hath made heaven and ple : I was in misery, and he helped earth.

3 He will not suffer thy foot to be 7 Turn again then unto thy rest, o moved : and he that keepeth thee will my soul : for the LORD hath rewarded not sleep. thee.

4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel : 8 And why? thou hast delivered shall neither slumber nor sleep. my soul from death : mine eyes from 5 The LORD himself is thy keeper : tears, and my feet from falling. the LORD is thy defence upon thy right

9 I will walk before the LORD : in band; the land of the living.

6 so that the sun shall not burn

thy soul.


thee by day : neither the moon by thou hast magnified thy Name, and night.

thy Word above all things. 7 The LORD shall preserve thee from 3 When I called upon thee, thou all evil : yea, it is even be that shall heardest me : and enduedst my soul keep thy soul.

with much strength. 8 The LORD shall preserve thy going 4 All the kings of the earth shall out, and thy coming in : from this praise thee, O LORD : for they have time forth for evermore.

Leard the words of thy mouth. Eternal rest.

5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways Ant. The LORD shall preserve'thee of the LORD : that great is the glory from all evil : yea, it is even He that of the LORD. sball keep thy soul.

6 For though the LORD be high, Ant. If Thou, LORD, * wilt be ex- yet hath he respect unto the lowly: as treme to mark what is dono amiss, o for the proud," he beholdeth them LORD, who may abide it?

afar off.

7 Though I walk in the midst of Ps. CXXX. De profundis.

trcuble, yet shalt thou refresh me : OUT of the deep hare I called unto thou shalt stretch forth thy hand

thee, O LORD : LORD, hear my upon the furiousness of mine enevoice.

mies, and thy right hand shall save 2 O let thine ears consider well : me. the voice of my complaint.

8 The LORD shall make good his 3 If thou, LORD, wilt he extreme to loving-kindness toward me : yea, thy mark what is done amiss : 0 LORD, mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever; who may abide it?

despise not then the works of thine 4 For there is mercy with thee : own hands. therefore shalt thou be feared.

Eternal rest. 5 I look for the LORD; my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my! Thine own hands.

Ant. Despise not then the works of trust. 6 My soul fleeth unto the LORD: saying unto me. R. Blessed are the

Ý. I heard a voice from heaven, before the morning watch, I say, be dead which die in the LORD. fore the morning watch. 7 0 Israel, trust in the LORD, for Me, shall come unto Me: and he that

Ant. All * that the FATHER giveth with the LORD there is mercy : and cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast with him is plenteous redemption.

out. 8 And he shall redeem Israel : from all his sins. Eternal rest.

Maynificat. S. Luke i. Ant. If Thou, Lord, wilt be extreme My soul doth magnify the LORD to mark what is done amiss, O LORD, and my spirit hath rejoiced in who may abide it?

God my SAVIOUR. Ant. Despise not then * the works For he hath regarded : the lowliness of Thine own hands.

of his hand-maiden.

For behold, from henceforth : all Ps. cxxxviii. Confitebor tibi. generations shall call me blessed. I WILL give thanks unto thee, O For he that is mighty hath magni.

LORD, with my whole heart : even fied me : and his Name. before the gods will I sing praise unto And his mercy is on them that fear thee.

him : throughout all generations. 2 I will worship toward thy holy He hath shewed strength with his temple, and praise thy Name, because arm : he hath scattered the proud in of thy loving-kindness and truth : for the imagination of their hearts.

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