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Absolutions and Benedictions.
SAID BEFORE THE LESSONS IN OFFICES OF NINE AND OF THREE LESSONS.

IN THE FIRST NOCTURN, AND ON lical lection be our safeguard and pro

MONDAY AND THURSDAY. tection. Ry. Amen. Absolution. Hear, LORD JESUS

Seventh Lesson. CHRIST, the prayers of Thy servants, Eighth Benediction. The Divine and have mercy upon us : Who livest Help remain with us evermore. Rz. and reignest with the FATHER and the Amen. Holy Ghost, One God, world without

Eighth Lesson. end. R. Amen.

Ninth Benediction. The King of
First Benediction. The FATHER Angels bring us to the society of the
Eternal bless us with perpetual bene- heavenly citizens. Ry. Amen.
diction. Rz. Amen.

Ninth Lesson.
First Lesson.

If the Office is that of a Saint (or Second Benediction. The Only- Saints) with nine lessons, the Eighth Begotten Son of God vouchsafe to Benediction shall be:

He (she or bless and to help us. Rz. Amen.

they) whose feast we celebrate, in

tercede for us to the LORD. Second Lesson.

If of S. Mary, the Eighth BenedicThird Benediction. The grace of tion shall be: She whose feast we the Holy Ghost illuminate our hearts celebrate, the Virgin of virgins, interand senses. Ry. Amen.

cede for us to the LORD. Third Lesson.

If the last Lesson is read from ano

ther Gospel, the Ninth Benediction IN THE SECOND NOCTURN, AND ON shall be : May our sins be blotted out TUESDAY AND FRIDAY.

by the words of the Gospel. Absolution. His pity and mercy as- In Office of Three Lessons the Absosist us, Who with the FATHER and lutions and Benedictions are said as the HOLY SPIRIT liveth and reigneth above: but when the Lessons are not to ages of ages. Ry. Amen.

from the Gospels, and the proper BeneFourth Benediction. God the dictions are of the third Nocturn, the FATHER Almighty be favourable and Benedictions shall be thus said: merciful unto us. Ri. Amen.

1. He bless us, Who liveth and Fourth Lesson.

reigneth for ever and ever.

2. The Divine Help, &c. Fifth Benediction. CHRIST give us the joys of eternal life. Ry. Amen.

3. The King of Angels, &c.

In Office of Three Lessons, when the Fifth Lesson.

Lessons are from the Gospel, the Bene. Sixth Benediction. God kindle the dictions shall be : fire of His Love in our hearts. Ry.

1. The Evangelical lection, &c. Amen.

2. The Divine Help, &c. Sixth Lesson.

3. The King of Angels, &c. IN THE THIRD NOCTURN, AND ON WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY.

In Office of a Saint, or Saints, of Three

Lessons, the Benedictions shall be : Absolution. The Almighty and 1. He bless us, Who liveth and merciful God loose us from the chain reigneth for ever and ever. of our sins. Ry. Amen.

2. He (she or they) whose feast, &o. Seventh Benediction. The Evange- 3. The King of Angels, &c.

The Psalter,

ARRANGED FOR THE WEEK.

WITH THE ORDINARY OFFICE OF THE SEASON.

SUNDAY.

For the LORD is a great GOD : and At Matins.

& great King above all gods. Before Matins are said silently: the

In his hands are all the corners of LORD'S PRAYER, the ANGELICAL SALU- the earth : and the strength of the TATION, and the APOSTLES' CREED.

hills is his also.

Who made us. Then is said aloud : *¥. O LORD, open Thou my lips: his hands prepared the dry land.

The sea is his, and he made it : and Ry. And my mouth shall shew forth Thy raise.

O come, let us worship and fall Ý. O God, make speed to save us :

down : and kneel before the LORD our

Maker. Rz. O LORD, make haste to help us.

For he is the LORD our God : and ¥. Glory be to the FATHER, and to we are the people of his pasture, and the son: and to the Holy GHOST; Ry. As it was in the beginning, is

the sheep of his hand. now, and ever shall be : world with- Let us worship the LORD, Who ont end.

made us. Alleluia.

To-day if ye will hear his voice, And Alleluia is thus said throughout harden not your hearts ; as in the the year, except from Septuagesima provocation, and as in the day of Sunday till Maundy Thursday, during temptation in the wilderness ; which time is said instead : Praise be

When your fathers tempted me : to Thee, O LORD, King of Eternal proved me, and saw my works. Glory.

Who made us. The Invitatory is said as follows Forty years long was I grieved from the Octave of the Epiphany to with this generation, and said : It is Septuagesima Sunday, and from Trinity a people that do err in their hearts, Sunday to Advent.

for they have not known my ways; Invitatory. Let us worship the Unto whom I LORD : Who made us.

wrath : that they should not enter Repeat. Let us worship the LORD : into my rest. Who made us.

Let us worship the LORD, Who Ps. xcv. Venite exultemus.

made us. O COME, let us sing unto the

Glory be to the FATHER, and to the LORD : let us heartily rejoice in Son : and to the Holy Ghost; the strength of our salvation.

As it was in the beginning, is now, Let us come before his presence and ever shall be : world without with thanksgiving : and shew our end. selves glad in him with psalms.

Who made us. Let us worship the LORD, Who Let us worship the LORD, Who made us.

made us,

sware

in my

The following Hymn is said from the Invitatories and Hymn for Advent

Octave of the Epiphany till the first First and Second weeks in Adv. Sunday in Lent, and from the first Inv. The King, the LORD that is to Sunday in October till Advent.

come: O come let us worship. HYMN.—Primo die, quo Trinitas. Third and Fourth. weeks in Adv.

Inv. The LORD is now near: 0 To Pitst she doe dark quickening come let us worship. And this is breath;

said daily till the Vigil of the Nativity, To-day our Maker, rigen anew, Delivered us from conquered death.

exclusive. Let us obey the Prophet's word,

HYMN.— Verbum supernum prodiens. From sleep and slothfulness arise, And duly seek unto the LORD

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earth descending, Word sublime, With waking hearts and waking eyes.

Begotten. ere the days of time,

Who cam'st a Child, the world to aid, That He may hearken to our prayer, As years their downward course displayed : And, stretching forth His high Right Hand, May put away our sin and fear,

Each breast be lightened from above, And lead us to our native Land.

Each heart be kindled with Thy love;

That we, who hear Thy call to-day,
That we who raise the chant of praise At length may cast earth's joys away.
In this most still and silent hour,
On this, the holiest of days,

That so,-when Thou, our Judge, art nigh, May win His gifts of love and power.

All secret deeds of men to try,

Shalt mete to sin pangs rightly, won,
Now then, O Father of all light!

To just men joys for deeds well done,-
Before Thy feet our prayers we pour:
Banish afar the torch of vice,

Thy servants may not be enchain'd
And every act of sin and dour.

By punishment their guilt has gain'd:

But with the blessed evermore
Let no uncleanness, nor deceit,

May serve and love Thee, and adore.
To body or to soul be knit,
Lest fiercer flames of hellish fire

To Him Who comes the world to froe,
From such unhallowed spark be lit.

To God the Son, all glory be:

To God the FATHER, as is meet, Redeemer of the world, we crave

To God, the blessed PARACLETE. Amen. That Thou wouldst wash our sins away; And let us plenteous entrance win

Inv. and Hymn, from the First SunTo Thy bright Home of endless day. day in Lent till Passion Sunday. Grant this, O FATHER, LORD most High, Inv. Be it not vain that ye haste Co-Equal, Sole-Begotten Son,

to rise up early, and so late take rest: And HOLY SPIRIT, PARACLETE, God, while eternal ages run. Amen.

for the LORD bath promised the Crown

unto them that watch. The following Hymn is said from Trinity Sunday to the Sunday which

HYMN.-Ex more docti mystico. is nearest the Kalends of Oetober. \HE fast, as taught by holy lore,

more: HYMN.—Nocte surgentes. The fast to all men known, and bound R ISE we, and pray we, in the nightly In forty days of yearly round. watches,

The law and seers that were of old
Making sweet Psalms our meditation ever:
GOD with our voice, and with our heart's Which CHRIST, all seasons' King and Guide,

In divers ways this Lent foretold,
affections,
Blessing and praising.

In after ages sanctified.
So that, in one strain worshipping our Mo- The words we speak, the

food we take,

More sparing therefore let us make narch, We, with his Saints, may merit to have Be every sense in holy guard.

Our sleep and mirth, -and closer barted entrance Into their bright home, there with them for In prayer together let us fall,

And cry for mercy, one and all,
Living and loving.

And weep before the Judge's feet,
This of His mercy, ever blessed Godhead,

And His avenging wrath entreat.
FATHER and Son, and HOLY SPIRIT, grantus; Thy grace have we offended sore
Whom through the wide world magnify for By sins, O God, which we deplore,

Bnt pour upon us from on High,
Worship and Glory. Amen. O pardoning One, Thy clemency!

ever

ever

ord tion of the righteous.

Remember Thou, though frail we be, I the LORD: and in his law will be That yet thine handiwork are we;

exercise himself day and night. Nor let the honour of Thy Name Be by another put to shame.

3 And he shall be like a tree Forgive the sin that we have wrought;

planted by the water-side: that will Increase the good that we bave sought: bring forth his fruit in due season. That we at length, our wanderings o'er, 4 His leaf also shall not wither : May please Thee here and evermore:

and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall Grant, O Thou Blessed TRINITY,

prosper. Grant, O Essential UNITY, That this our fast of forty days

5 As for the ungodly, it is not so May work our profit and Thy praise ! Amen. with them : but they are like the Inv. and Hymn in Paschal time.

chaft, which the wind scattereth away Inv. The LORD is risen indeed: from the face of the earth. Alleluia.

6 Therefore the ungodly shall not

be able to stand in the judgment: HYMN.-Rex sempiterne Cælitum.

neither the sinners in the congregaCalled forth creation from its rest, Before the ages Thou art LORD,

7 But the LORD knoweth the way of In Thine Eternal Father's breast.

the righteous : and the way of the Thou, when earth's dawning sun began ungodly shall perish. To chase the chaos shades away,

Glory be to the FATHER, and to the In Thine own Image madest man,

SON: and to the HOLY GHOST; And didst inspire the senseless clay.

As it was in the beginning, is now, But Satan's craft and Satan's wilo Could mar that work so very good:

and ever shall be : world without end, And Eden's wood must man beguile,

Amen. That God may reign from off the wood. This verse, Glory be to the FATHER, O born of Mary's virgin womb,

&c., is said at the end of every Psalm, First-fruits of Death's dark womb to be,

except where otherwise ordered. Thou bidst us waken from the tomb, And rise to light and life with Thee.

Ps. ii. Quare fremuerunt gentes ? Eternal Shepherd of the sheep,

WHY do the heathen so furiously The stone lies heavy on the well; The clear baptismal spring lies deep,

rage together : and why do the Come Thou and feed Thine Israel!

people imagine a vain thing? Redeemer of the sons of men,

2 The kings of the earth stand up, Thou hungest dying on the rood,

and the rulers take counsel together : That Thou mightst pay the price again. against the LORD, and against his Of our salvation in Thy Blood.

Anointed. O JESU, Saviour, lead us in

3 Let us break their bonds asunder: With Thee in safety to abide; And call us from the grave of sin,

and cast away their cords from us. To rise with Thee this Easter-tide. Amen. 4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall IN THE FIRST NOCTURN.

laugh them to scorn: the LORD shall

have them in derision. ADVENT. Ant. Behold, a King. THROUGH THE YEAR.

5 Then shall he speak unto them Ant. Serye

in his wrath: and yex them in his the LORD.

sore displeasure. EASTER-TIDE. Ant. (under which 6 Yet have I set my King: upon one Ant. all the Psalms of the Nocturn

my holy hill of Sion. are said), Alleluia.

7 I will preach the law whereof the Ps. i. Beatus vir, qui non abiit. LORD hath said unto me : Thou art my BLESSED kia the man that hath Son, this day have I begotten thee. ungodly, nor stood in the way of sin- thee the heathen for thine inheriners : and hath not sat in the seat of tance : and the utmost parts of the the scornful.

earth for thy possession. 2 But his delight is in the law of 9 Thou shalt bruise them with a

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rod of iron : and break them in pieces 5 For in death no man rememlike a potter's vessel.

bereth thee : and who will give thee 10 Be wise now therefore, O ye thanks in the pit? kings : be learned, ye that are judges 6 I am weary of my groaning; every of the earth.

night wash I my bed : and water my 11 Serve the LORD in fear : and re- couch with my tears. joice unto him with reverence.

7 My beauty is gone for very 12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, trouble : and worn away because of and so ye perish from the right way: all mine enemies. if his wrath be kindled, (yea, but a 8 Away from me, all ye that work little,) blessed are all they that put vanity : for the LORD hath heard the their trust in him.

voice of my weeping. Ps. iii. Domine, quid multiplicati ?

9 The LORD hath heard my petition:

the LORD will receive my prayer. LORD, how are they increased that 10 All mine enemies shall be con.

trouble me : many are they that founded, and sore vexed : they shall rise against me.

be turned back, and put to shame 2 Many one there be that say of suddenly. my soul : There is no help for him in

ADVENT. Ant. Behold, a King : his GOD. 3 But thou, O LORD, art my de- shall come with great power to save

the nations. Alleluia. fender : thou art my worship, and the

Ant. Comfort ye. lifter up of my head. 4 I did call upon the LORD with my

THROUGH THE YEAR. Ant. Serve the voice : and he heard me out of his LORD : in fear, and rejoice unto holy hill.

Him with reverence. 5 I laid me down and slept, and Ant. God is a righteous Judge. rose up again : for the LORD sustained

Ps. vii. Domine, Deus meus. me.

6 I will not be afraid for ten thou: O LORD my God, in thee have 1 sands of the people : that have set put my trust : save me from all themselves against me round about. them that persecute me, and deliver

7 Up, LORD, and help me, O my me; GOD : for thou smitest all mine ene- 2 Lest be devour my soul, like & mies upon the cheek-bone; thou hast lion, and tear it in pieces : while there broken the teeth of the ungodly. is none to help.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the 3 O LORD my God, if I have done LORD : and thy blessing is upon thy any such thing : or if there be any people.

wickedness in my hands ;

4 If I have rewarded evil unto him Ps. vi. Domine, ne in furore. that dealt friendly with me : yea, I O LORD, rebuke me not in thine have delivered him that without any

indignation : neither chasten me cause is mine enemy; in thy displeasure.

5 Then let mine enemy persecute 2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, my soul, and take me: yea, let him for I am weak : 0 LORD, heal me, for tread my life down upon the earth, my bones are vexed

and lay mine honour in the lust. 3 My soul also is sore troubled : 6 Stand up, O LORD, in thy wrath, but, LORD, how long wilt thou punish and lift up thyself, because of the inme ?

dignation of mine enemies : arise up 4 Turn thee, O LORD, and deliver for me in the judgement that thou my soul : O save me for thy mercy's hast commanded. sake.

7 And so shall the congregation of

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