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should have left off sinning. For if

FIRST NOCTURN. they mean that he should never have Ant. Before I had formed thee in sinned at all, I too agree with them: the belly, I knew thee; and before for all have sinned, and come short of thou camest forth out of the womb, I the glory of God. But if they say sanctified thee. that he who has amended his old

Pss. of the Common of a Confessor fault, and has turned himself to such not a Bishop, p. 97. except the last of a kind of life as to keep himself from the 3rd Nocturn, which is as below. sin, if they say that he cannot abstain

Ant. Thou shalt go to all that I from offences, I cannot agree with shall send thee, saith the LORD: be their opinion, when we read that the not afraid, and whatsoever I command LORD so loved the church, that He thee, thou shalt speak. might present it to Himself a glorious Ant. Be not afraid of their faces, church, not having spot, or wrinkle, for I am with thee, to deliver thee, or any such thing: but that it should saith the LORD. be holy and without blemish.

Ý. There was a man sent from God.

Ry. Whose name was John.
JUNE 24.

Here beginneth Jeremiah the Prophet.
NATIVITY OF S. JOHN BAPTIST.

Lesson I. Chap. i.
Double of the 1st Class.

THE words of Jeremiah the son of If the Feast of Corpus Christi falls Hilkiah, of the priests that were on this day, the feast of S.John Baptist in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: is transferred to the 25th.

to whom the word of the LORD came Inv. The King the LORD of the in the days of Josiah the son of Amon Forerunner, * o come let us worship. king of Judah, in the thirteenth year Ps. Venite. p. 3.

of his reign. It came also in the days

of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king HYMN.

of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh Antra deserti teneris sub annis.

year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah Tung in years, In desert caverns king of Judah, unto the carrying away There, from the noisy town retreat

providest; month. Then the word of the LORD There too, from strife of sinful tongues abidest

came unto me, saying, Before I Pure and unspotted.

formed thee in the belly I knew Thou from the camel's skin a garment thee; and before thou camest forth gainest,

out of the womb I sanctified thee, and And from the sheep a girdle rade obtainest, I ordained thee a prophet unto the Water thy drink, with scanty food and plainest,

nations. Honey and locusts.

Ry. There was a man sent from Prophets of old times spake in mystic God, whose name was John. * The warning,

same came for a witness, to bear Of the far distant coming of the morning, witness of the Light, to make ready Thuu, to a world 'neath sin's pollution a people prepared for the Lord. y. mourning Shewest its Cleanser.

John was in the wilderness, preaching

the baptism of repentance. The In any kindred, tribe, or tongue, or nation, No man than John hath gained a holier same. station,

Lesson II.
Washing with water Him who laves creation
With His Own life-drops.

THEN, said I, Ah, LORD God!

behold, I cannot speak: for I am FATHER and Son, to Thee be adoration, a child. But the LORD said unto me, SPIRIT of Both, to Thee like veneration, Praiw to the One True God of our Salvation Say not, I am a child : for thou shalt

go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou , mother hath He made mention of my shalt speak. Be not afraid of their name. faces : for I am with thee to deliver y. Among them that are born of thee, saith the LORD. Then the LORD women. put forth his hand, and touched my Rz. There hath not risen a greater mouth. And the LORD said unto me, than John the Baptist. Behold, I have put my words in thy A Sermon of S. Augustine the Bishop. mouth. See, I have this day set thee

Amen.

ad ever.

Lesson IV. over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down,

Serm. 20 on the Saints. and to destroy, and to throw down, AFTER that most holy day of the to build, and to plant.

LORD'S Nativity, we read of none Ry. Elisabeth, the wife of Zacharias, other whose birth is celebrated by the brought furth a mighty man, John Church, save John Baptist alone. In Baptist, the forerunner of the LORD: the other Saints and elect of God, we * who prepared the way of the LORD know that that day is held in memory in the wilderness. ¥. There was a in which, after the consummation of man sent from GOD, whose name was their labours, and their victory and John. Who.

triumph over the world, the present Lesson III.

life gave them a new birth to eternal

happiness. In the case of others, the and arise, and speak unto them are celebrated : in John Baptist, the

, , all that I command thee: be not dis, first day also and the very beginnings mayed at their faces, lest I confound of existence are hallowed; doubtless thee before them. For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced choice of him to proclaim His Advent,

for this cause, that the LORD made city, and an iron pillar, and brasen lest if he came unawares to mankind, walls against the whole land, against He should not be received as their the kings of Judah, against the Saviour. For John was a figure of princes thereof, against the priests the Old Testament, and bare in himthereof, and against the people of the self a type of the law; and therefore land. And they shall fight against John proclaimed the Saviour, as the thee; but they shall not prevail law went before grace. against thee; for I am with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

Ry. The Angel of the LORD deRy. Before I formed thee in the scended to Zacharias, saying: Receive

* and his belly, I knew thee : and before thou a son in thine old age, camest forth out of the womb I sanc- y. This child shall be great in the

name shall be called John the Baptist. tified thee; * and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. y. He sight of the LORD, for His hand is was a man beloved by God and ho- with him. And. noured among men. And. Glory. And.

Lesson V.
SECOND NOCTURN.

AND in that while yet unborn, he Ant. The LORD put forth his hand prophesied from his mother's and touched my mouth, and ordained womb, and before he saw the light, me a prophet unto the nations. was a witness to the Truth, we are

Ant. Behold, I have put my words taught that, lying hid under the veil in thy moutb ; see, I have this day of fleshly ordinances, he preached the set thee over the nations and over the Redeemer to the world, and prokingdoms.

claimed to us our LORD and our God. Ant. The LORD hath called me from Ry. This is the beloved forerunner the womb : from the bowels of my and the shining light before the LORD: * this is that John who pre- y. Elisabeth, the wife of Zacharias, pared the way of the LORD in the brought forth a mighty man. R. desert, and pointed to the Lamb of John Baptist, the forerunner of the God, and enlightened the minds of LORD. men. y. He shall go before Him in Lesson of the Holy Gospel according the spirit and power of Elias. This

to S. Luke. is. Lesson VI.

Lesson VII. Chap. i. AND, in that John, when he was NOW, Elisabeth's full time came cast into prison, sent his disciples

that she should be delivered ; to CHRIST, it was, as it were, the law and she brought forth a son. And sending to the gospel. Which law, as her neighbours and her cousins heard a type of John, was shut up, so to how the Lord had shewed great mercy speak, in the prison of ignorance; the upon her, and they rejoiced with her. understanding was fettered down to and that which follows. the bare letter of scripture and by A Homily of S. Ambrose the Bishop. Jewish blindness. Of this speaks the blessed Evangelist :. He was a

Book 2. Comm. on S. Luke. Chap. 1. burning and a shining light: that is,

Elisabeth brought forth a son, and he was kindled by the fire of the her neighbours rejoiced with her. The Holy Ghost, that he might shew the birth of the saints is a joy to all men, light of salvation to a world sunk in for it is common good; for all men the night of ignorance, and, among share the just man's virtue, and the thickest shade of sin, might therefore in his birth a token is given herald the approach of the glorious beforehand of his future life, and the Sun of Righteousness. Whence he grace of the virtue that is to follow saith of himself: I am the voice of is signified by the typical joy of the one crying in the wilderness.

neighbours. But the time during Ry, They made signs to his father which the prophet is in his mother's how he would have him called : and womb, is wisely described, that he asked for a writing table, and mention might be made of Mary's wrote, saying, * His name is John. presence; but no mention is made of y. The mouth of Zacharias was

the time of his infancy, for he knew opened, and he prophesied, saying.

not the drawbacks of infancy. And His. Glory. His.

so in the Gospel we read nothing

more of him, but his birth and the THIRD NOCTURN.

prophecy relating to it, and his leaping Ant.

The LORD hath made my for joy in the womb, and his voice in mouth as it were sharp sword : in the desert. the shadow of His hand hath He hid Ry. The LORD's forerunner cometh,

of whom Himself beareth witness : * Ant. When the LORD formed me Among them that are born of women, from the womb, to be His servant, He there hath not risen a greater than said : I will give thee for a light to John the Baptist. y. This is the the Gentiles, that thou mayest be prophet, yea, more than a prophet of My salvation unto the end of the whom the SaviouR saith. Among. earth. Ant. Kings shall see and arise,

Lesson VIII and princes also shall worship because NOR was

me.

he sensible of any of the LORD that is faithful, and the

infantine age, who, beyond Holy One of Israel, and He shall nature, beyond his age, whilst still in choose thee. Ps. xxxiv. Benedicam, his mother's womb, began to be of the

age of the fulness of CHRIST. Won.

p. 20.

derful it is that the holy Evangelist | Lesson of the Holy Gospel according puts it first that they called him

to S. John. Zacharias after the name of his

Lesson III. Chap. xxi. father: that you might remark it was not the name of one of their kindred AT, that time: Jesus said unto

Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, that displeased the mother, but that lovest thou Me more than these? the name, which had been foretold by And that which follows. the Angel to Zacharias, had been made known to her by the HOLY SPIRIT. A Homily of S. Augustine the Bishop. And indeed he, by reason of his dumb

Tract 123 on S. John. ness, had been unable to signify to his A threefold confession is paid back wife the name of their son; and for the threefold denial, that the tongue Elisabeth learnt by prophecy what she may serve love no less than it had had not learnt from her husband. served fear; and lest impending death

Ry. The Angel Gabriel appeared to shall seem to have had more power Zacharias, saying, A son shall be born than present life in drawing forth the to thee, and his name shall be called voice. Let it be love's duty to feed John : * and many shall rejoice at his the LORD's flock, if it was fear's token birth. ¥. He shall be great in the to deny the Shepherd. They who sight of the LORD, and shall drink feed CHRIST's sheep in this spirit, that neither wine nor strong drink. And they wish the sheep to be their own, Glory. And.

not CHRIST's, are convicted of loving

themselves, not CHRIST ; or of being Lesson IX.

moved by desire of boasting, of ruling, JOHN, she says, is his name; that or of gaining; not by the charity of

is, it is not we who give him this obedience, of helpfulness, and of name, he has already received it from pleasing God. GOD; he has indeed a name we recog

JUNE 29. nise, though it be not one of our

FESTIVAL OF SS. PETER AND PAUL, choice. The good deeds of the saints

APOSTLES. are thus rewarded, that they receive their name from God. So Jacob is

Double of the 1st Class. called Israel, because he saw GOD. All of the Common of Apostles, p. 66, So our LORD JESUS CHRIST was except that which follows. named before He was born, to Whom

FIRST NOCTURN. not an angel, but the FATHER, gave the name. Thou seest that angels

Of the Acts of the Apostles. bring tidings of that which they have

Lesson I. Chap. iii. heard, not assumed; nor shalt thou Now Peter and. John went up tomarvel if a woman declares a name she gether into the temple at the has not heard, when the HOLY SPIRIT, hour of prayer, being the ninth hour; who had sent the angel, revealed it and a certain man lame from his to her.

mother's womb was carried, whom Te Deum. p. 15.

they laid daily at the gate of the

temple which is called Beautiful, to JUNE 28.

ask alms of them that entered into VIGIL OF SS. PETER AND PAUL.

the temple; who seeing Peter and

John about to go into the temple All as in the Common, p. 65, ex- asked an alms. And Peter, fastening cept the third Lesson, which is as his eyes upon him with John, said, follows.

Look on us. And he gave heed unto Ben. May our sins be blotted out them, expecting to receive something by the words of the Gospel.

of them.

Ry. Simon Peter, before I called I Just, and desired a murderer to be thee from the ship, I knew thee, and granted unto you; and killed the set thee prince over My people, * and Prince of life, whom God hath raised I gave thee the keys of the kingdom from the dead; whereof we are witof heaven. y. Whatsoever thou shalt nesses. And his name through faith bind on earth shall be bound in in his name hath made this man heaven, and whatsoever thou shalt strong, whom ye see and know : yea, loose on earth, shall be loosed in the faith which is by him hath given heaven. And.

him this perfect soundness in the Lesson II.

presence of you all.

Ry. Thou art Peter, and upon this THEN Peter said, Silver and gold rock will I build My Church, and the

have I none; but such as I have gates of hell shall not prevail against give I thee: In the name of Jesus it. *. And I will give unto thee the CHRIST of Nazareth rise up and walk. keys of the kingdom of heaven. y. And he took him by the right hand, whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth and lifted him up; and immediately I shall be bound in heaven, and whathis feet and ancle bones received soever thou shalt loose on earth shall strength. And he leaping up stood, be loosed in heaven. And. Glory. and walked, and entered with them And. into the temple, walking, and leaping,

SECOND NOCTURN. and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God:

A Sermon of S. Leo the Pope. and they knew that it was he which Serm. 1 on the Nat. of the Apps. Peter sat for alms at the beautiful gate of

and Paul. the temple: and they were finded with The whole world

, dearly beloved: had happened unto him.

and the devotion of the one faith Ry. If thou lovest Me, Simon Peter, requires that whatever is recorded as feed My sheep: LORD, Thou knowest done for the salvation of all should be that I love Thee, * and I will lay celebrated everywhere with general down my life for Thy sake. y rejoicing. But to-day's festival, beThough I should die with Thee, yet sides the general reverence which it will I not deny Thee. And.

demands from the whole world, is to

be venerated with special and peculiar Lesson III.

exultation in our city: that the AND as the lame man which was greatest joy on the day of martyr

healed held Peter and John, all dom of the chief apostles, should be the people ran together unto them in shewn in that place where was their the porch that is called Solomon's, glorious departure. For these are the greatly wondering. And when Peter men through whom, 0 Rome, the saw it, he answered unto the people, gospel of CHRIST shone upon thee: Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at and thou, who wast the mistress this ? or why look ye so earnestly on of error, becamest the disciple of us, as though by our own power or truth. holiness we had made this man to RY. LORD, if it be Thou, bid me walk? The God of Abraham, and of come unto Thee upon the water. Isaac, ani of Jacob, the God of our And immediately JESUS stretched fathers, hath glorified his Son JESUS; forth His hand, and caught him, and whom ye delivered up, and denied said unto him, o thou of little faith, him in the presence of Pilate, when wherefore didst thou doubt? y. But he was determined to let him go. when he saw the wind boisterous, he But ye denied the Holy One and the was afraid ; and beginning to sink,

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