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4 For thy mercy is greater than the him, let him be condemned and let heavens : and thy truth reacheth unto his prayer be turned into sin. the clouds.

7 Let his days be few : and let 5 Set up thyself, O. GOD, above the another take his office. heavens : and thy glory above all the 8 Let his children be fatherless : earth.

and his wife a widow. 6 That thy beloved may be deliver- 9 Let his children be vagabonds, ed : let thy right hand save them, and and beg their bread : let them seek it hear thou me.

also out of desolate places. 7 God hath spoken in his holiness : 10 Let the extortioner consume all I will rejoice therefore, and divide that he hath : and let the stranger Sichem, and mete out the valley of spoil his labour. Succoth.

11 Let there be no man to pity 8 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is bim : nor to have compassion upon mine : Ephraim also is the strength his fatherless children. of my head.

12 Let his posterity be destroyed : 9 Judah is my law-giver, Moab is and in the next generation let bis my wash-pot : over Edom will I cast name be clean put out. out my shoe ; upon Philistia will I 13 Let the wickedness of his fathers triumph.

be had in remembrance in the sight 10 Who will lead me into the strong of the LORD : and let not the sin of city : and who will bring me into his mother be done away. Edom?

14 Let them alway be before the 11 Hast not thou forsaken us, O LORD : that he may root out the meGOD : and wilt not thou, O God, go morial of them from off the earth; forth with our hosts?

15 And that, because his mind was 12 O help us against the enemy : not to do good : but persecuted the for vain is the help of man.

poor helpless man, that he might slay 13 Through God we shall do great him that was vexed at the heart. acts : and it is he that shall tread 16 His delight was in cursing, and down our enemies.

it shall happen unto him : he loved not blessing, therefore shall it be far

from him. Ps. cix. Deus laudum.

17 He clothed himself with cursing, praise : for the mouth of the come into his bowels like water, and ungodly, yea, the mouth of the deceit- like oil into his bones. ful is opened upon me.

18 Let it be unto him as the cloke 2 And they have spoken against me that he hath upon him : and as the with false tongues : they compassed girdle that he is alway girded withal. me about also with words of hatred, 19 Let it thus happen from the and fought against me without a LORD unto mine enemies : and to cause.

those that speak evil against my 3 For the love that I had unto soul. them, lo, they take now my contrary 20 But deal thou with me, O LORD part : but I give myself unto prayer. God, according unto thy Name : for

4 Thus they bave rewarded me evil sweet is thy mercy. for good : and hatred for my good 21 O deliver me, for I am helpless will.

and poor : and my heart is wounded 5 Set thou an ungodly man to be within me. ruler over him : and let Satan stand 22 I go hence like the shadow that at his right hand.

departeth : and am driven away as 6 When sentence is given upon the grasshopper.

HOLD not thy tongue, O God of my like as with

a raiment and it shali

23 My knees are weak through fast- hand of the poor : to save his soul ing : my flesh is dried up for want of from unrighteous judges. fatness.

Ant. I will give great thanks : unto 24 I became also a reproach unto the LORD, with my mouth. them : they that looked upon me In Advent. y. The LORD cometh shaked their heads.

out of His place : 25 Help me, O LORD my GOD : 0

Ry. That He may save His people. save me according to thy mercy ; Through the Year. y. Hear my

26 And they shall know, how that prayer, ) LORD. this is thy hand : and that thou, LORD, Ry. And let my crying come unto hast done it.

Thee. 27 Though they curse, yet bless

In Lent. y. His faithfulness and thou: and let them be confounded that truth shall be thy shield and buckler. rise up against me; but let thy ser

Ry. Thou shalt not be afraid of vant rejoice. 28 Let mine adversaries be clothed any terror by night.

In. Passion-tide. y. O shut not ap with sbame : and let them cover them

my soul with sinners : selves with their own confusion, as

Ry. Nor my life with the bloodwith a cloke.

thirsty. 29 As for me, I will give great

In Easter-tide. y. Then were the thanks unto the LORD with my mouth: and praise him among the multi-disciples glad. Alleluia. tade;

R. When they saw the LORD. 30 For he shall stand at the right


Common of Saints.

VIGILS OF APOSTLES. many by the diversity of the work,

How this The office is of the feria, except the one by the root of love. Lessons, which are set down in their love is to be holden He Himself proper places. But where there are no hinteth, for in many sentences of His

commandeth that proper Lessons, the following Gospel Scriptures He and Homily are read.

friends must be loved in Him, and

enemies for His sake. For he of a Lesson of the Holy Gospel according truth hath charity who both loveth his to S. John.

friends in God, and his enemy for Lesson I. Chap. xv.

God's sake. For some there are who AT that time : Jesus said unto His love their neighbours but with the

disciples : This is My command- love of kin, and of the flesh: neverthement, that ye love one another, as

less the sacred Scripture forbiddeth I have loved you.

And that which not this manner of love to such : but follows.

that which is bestowed freely by nature

is one thing, that which comes from A Homily of S. Gregory the Pope. charity by the LORD's commandHom. 27 on the Gospels.

ment, and is due to obedience, is

another. When the holy sayings of the LORD are full of commandments, where

Lesson III. fore doth the LORD say of love, as though it were His only command- THESE in truth love their neighment: This is My commandment,

bour, and yet nevertheless attain that ye love one another : save be- not those loftier rewards of love : because every commandment is of love cause they bestow their love not spiritalone, and all are but one command ? ually but carnally. Wherefore when because whatsoever is commanded is the LORD had said : This is My commade sare in charity alone. For even immediately He added : As I have

mandment, that ye love one another: as the many branches of a tree come forth but from one root : so many Love ve for this, because of which I

loved you : as if He had plainly said: virtues are begotten from charity alone. Neither hath the branch of good works have loved you. Herein, dearly beany greenness, if it abide not in the loved brethren, we must heedfully root of charity.

observe that our old enemy, while

he draweth aside hearts to R/R/. of the week-day, according to delight in things temporal, stirs the Season.

up against as our weaker neighbour, Lesson II.

who thus endeavours to take from THE commandments of the LORD us those very things which we are therefore both many, and one: love.




COMMON OF APOSTLES AND | testimony of the LORD is sure, and EVANGELISTS.

giveth wisdom unto the simple.

8 The statutes of the LORD are Inv. The LORD, the King of Apos- right, and rejoice the heart : the com, tles:* O come let us worship. Ps. mandment of the LORD is pure, and Venite, p. 3.

giveth light unto the eyes. HYMN._Æternu Christi munera.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean,

and endureth for ever: the judgements TH' Eternal gifts of CHRIST the KING,


of the LORD are true, and righteous And while due hymns of praise we pay,

altogether. Our thankful hearts cast grief away.

10 More to be desired are they The Church in these her princes boasts, than gold, yea, than much fine gold: These victor chiefs of warrior hosts:

sweeter also than honey, and the The soldiers of the heavenly hall,

honey-comb. The lights that rose on earth for all.

11 Moreover, by them is thy ser'Twas thus the yearning faith of Saints, Th' unconquer'd hope that never faints,

vant taught : and in keeping of them The love of CHRIST that knows not shame, there is great reward. The Prince of this world overcame.

12 Who can tell how oft he In these the FATHER's glory shone;

offendeth : O cleanse thou me from In these the will of God the Son


my secret faults. In these exults the HOLY GHOST ; Through these rejoice the Heavenly host.

13 Keep thy servant also from preRedeemer, hear us of Thy love,

sumptuous sins, lest they get the That, with this glorious band above,

dominion over me : so shall I be Hereafter, of Thine endless grace,

undefiled, and innocent from the Thy servants also may have place. Amen. great offence.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and FIRST NOCTURN.

the meditation of my heart : be alway Ant. Their sound is gone out * into acceptable in thy sight, all lands : and their words into the 15 O LORD : my strength, and my ends of the world.

redeemer. Ps. xix. Coeli enarrant.

Ant. Their sound is gone out into

all lands : and their words into the THE heavens declare the glory of ends of the world.

GOD : and the firmament sheweth Ant. The righteous cry:* and the his handywork.

LORD heareth them. 2 One day telleth another : and one night certifieth another. 3 There is neither speech nor lan

Ps. xxxiv. Benedicam Domino. guageihbut their voices are heard I WILL alway give thanks unto the them.

LORD : his praise shall ever be in 4 Their sound is gone out into all my mouth. lands : and their words into the ends 2 My soul shall make her boast in of the world.

the LORD : the humble shall bear 5 In them bath he set a tabernacle thereof, and be glad. for the sun : which cometh forth as a 3 O praise the LORD with me : and bridegroom out of his chamber, and let us magnify his Name together. rejoiceth as a giant to run his course. 4 I sought the LORD, and he heard

6 It goeth forth from the uttermost me : yea, he delivered me out of all part of the heaven, and runneth about my fear. unto the end of it again : and there is 5 They had an eye unto him, and nothing hid from the heat thereof, were lightened : and their faces were

7 The law of the LORD is an un- not ashamed. defiled law, converting the soul : the 6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the LORD heareth him : yea, and saveth him in all lands: they shall remember out of all his troubles.

Thy Name, O LORD. 7 The angel of the LORD tarrieth round about them that fear him: and

Ps. xlv. Eructavit cor meum. delivereth them.

My heart is inditing of a good 80 taste, and see, how gracious matter : I speak of the things the LORD is : blessed is the man that which I have made unto the King. trusteth in him.

2 My tongue is the pen : of a ready 9. O fear the LORD, yo that are his writer. saints : for they that fear him lack 3 Thou art fairer than the children nothing.

of men : full of grace are thy lips, be10 The lions do lack, and suffer cause God hath blessed thee for ever. hunger : but they who seek the LORD 4 Gird thee with thy sword upon shall want no manner of thing that thy thigh, 0 thou most Mighty : 80is good.

cording to thy worship and renown. 11 Come, ye children, and hearken 5 Good luck have thou with thine anto me : I will teach you the fear honour : ride on, because of the word of the LORD.

of truth, of meekness, and righteous12 What man is he that lusteth ness; and thy right hand shall teach to live : and would fain see good thee terrible things. days?

6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and 13 Keep thy tongue from evil : and the people shall be subdued unto thy lips, that they speak no guile. thee : even in the midst among the

14 Eschew evil, and do good : seek King's enemies. peace, and ensue it.

7 Thy seat, O God, endureth for 15 The eyes of the LORD are over ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a the righteous : and his ears are open right sceptre. unto their prayers.

8 Thou hast loved righteousness, 16 The countenance of the LORD and hated iniquity : wherefore God, is against them that do evil : to root even thy God, hath anointed thee out the remembrance of them from with the oil of gladness above thy the earth.

fellows. 17 The righteous cry, and the LORD 9 All thy garments smell of myrrh, heareth them : and delivereth them aloes, and cassia : out of the ivory out of all their troubles.

palaces, whereby they have made thee 18 The LORD is nigh unto them glad. that are of a contrite heart : and will 10 Kings' daughters were among save such as be of an humble spirit. thy honourable women : upon thy

19 Great are the troubles of the right hand did stand the queen in a righteous : but the LORD delivereth vesture of gold, wrought about with him out of all.

divers colours. 20 He keepeth all his bones : so 11 Hearken, o daughter, and conthat not one of them is broken. sider, incline thine ear : forget also

21 But misfortune shall slay the thine own people, and thy father's ungodly : and they that hate the house. righteous shall be desolate.

12 So shall the King have pleasure 22 The LORD delivereth the souls in thy beauty : for he is thy LORD of his servants : and all they that put God, and worship thou him. their trust in him shall not be des- 13 And the daughter of Tyre shall titute.

be there with a gift : like as the rich Ant. The righteous cry, and the also among the people shall make LORD heareth them.

their supplication before thee. Ant. Thou shalt make them princes 14 The King's daughter is all glo.

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