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Lesson IX.

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UT it may well be asked: how is it fession he is praiseworthy: aocused

that we are commanded to hate our as a sorcerer, when he glories in the parents and neighbours after the flesh, name of the LORD, since loving kindwhen we are ordered to love even our ness is the foundation of all virtues. enemies? And verily the Truth saith Ry. The LORD made him. p. 82. concerning & wife: What God hath joined together let no man put

Lesson V. asunder. And Paul saith : Husbands, TRULY in vain is he accused, who love your wives, even as CHRIST the is charged before the impious and Church. Lo, the disciple preacheth unbelieving with impiety while he is that a wife is to be loved, when the master of the faith. Verily he that is Master saith: If any man hate not accused without a cause must be bis wife, he cannot be My disciple. strong and stedfast. Wherefore then Doth the judge declare one thing and is it added : But my heart standeth in the crier proclaim another ? Can we awe of Thy word? To be in awe belove and hate both at the same time? longeth unto weakness, dread, and But if we ponder the force of the fear. But there is a weakness unto commandment, we can do both by salvation, and there is also a fear of right discernment: so that we can the saints. Fear the LORD, all ye his love wife, and those who are joined saints : and, Blessed is the man that to us by fleshly kindred, and those feareth the LORD. Wherefore blessed? whom we know, as neighbours, but For he hath great delight in his comthose whom we suffer as adversaries mandments. in the way of God, we must hate, and Ry. Thou gavest him. p. 82. flee from, and so know them not. Te Deum, p. 15.



the martyr therefore be placed

amid perils, while on one side SECOND NOCTUKN.

the savage beasts strike terror by From the Exposition by S. Ambrose the red hot irons and the flames of

their roaring, on another the hissing of the Bp. of the 119th Psalm.

the fiery furnace glow; here clank the Lesson IV. Serm. xxi. heavy chains, there stands the bloodPRINCES have persecuted me with stained executioner.

Let all things out a cause, but my heart standeth around, on which he looks, be full of in awe of Thy Word. Well does a torments, while he, thinking on the Martyr say this, because unjustly he divine commandments, on that persuffered the agony of persecution; he petual fire, that endless burning of the that committed no robbery, oppressed wicked, the bitterness of that ever-renone by violence, shed no blood, de- newed suffering, his heart standeth in filed the bed of none, who owed nothing awe; lest by yielding before present to the laws, and yet was made to bear destruction he give himself to that & punishment heavier than that of which never endeth: he is troubled in robbers : who spake righteously, and spirit, whilst he beholdeth as in a figure was not hearkened to: who spake that dreadful sword of judgment to words full of salvation and was striven come. In this fearful trustfulness of with : 80 that he might say: When I the stedfast man, does not the equal spake unto them, they fought against confidence of him who desires things me without a cause. Without a cause eternal, and is in awe of things divine, therefore he suffers persecution, who combine for the one result ? is accused without crime : he is Ry. The LORD clothed. p. 82.

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hath, but it is very much to deny that
Lesson of the Holy Gospel according which he is.
to S. Matthew.

Ry. This is the true. p. 84.
Lesson VII. Chap. xvi.

Lesson IX.
AT that time - Jesus said unto His THE LORD commanded us when we

disciples : If any man will come
after me, let him deny himself, and goods : because whosoever we be,
take up his cross, and follow me. when we come to the contest of faith,
And that which follows.

weundertake a struggle against the evil

spirits. But the evil spirits possess Homily of St. Gregory the Pope: nothing in this world of their own: Hom. 32 on the Gospels.

naked therefore should we wrestle Because our LORD and Redeemer with the naked. For if one that is came as the New Man into the world, clothed wrestle with one naked, he is He gave the world new command very quickly thrown to the ground, ments. For to our old life bred in because he hath whereby he may be sin He opposed the contrast of His grasped. And what are all earthly new life. For what else knew the old things, save a sort of clothing for the and carnal man, save to keep his own, body? He then that approaches to to steal the goods of others if he could, combat with the devil, let him cast covet them if he could not? But the aside his garments, lest he fall. heavenly Physician applieth medicines

Te Deum, p. 15. suitable for each evil. For as in the science of medicine heat is cured by 3. OTHER HOMILIES FOR ONE MARTYR. cold, and cold by heat: so our LORD

THIRD NOCTURN. opposeth remedies contrary to sins, Lesson of the Holy Gospel according 80 that to the loose He prescribeth

to S. Matthew. continence, to the grasping liberality,

Lesson VII. Chap. x. to the wrathful meekness, to the proud humility.

AT that time : Jesus said unto his

disciples : There is nothing coRy. There is a crown. p. 84.

vered that shall not be revealed; and

hid, that shall not be known. And Lesson VIII.

that which follows. VERILY He propounded new com

mandments, when He said to His Homily of S. Hilary the Bishop. followers: Except a man leave all Commentary on S. Matthew x. that he hath, he cannot be my dis- The LORD sets forth the Day of ciple. As if He would plainly say: Judgment, which shall make manifest Ye, who, according to your old life, de- the hidden things of our hearts, and sire the goods of others, now, according bring to light before all men those to your zeal in your new conversation, things which we now esteem to be give away your own. Let us hear what hidden. Therefore He teacheth that He saith in that lesson: If any man the threats, the counsels, the might will come after Me, let him deny him- of our persecutors are not to be self. There it is said that we must feared, for the Day of Judgment will deny our possessions ; here it is said shew that they were nothing but that we must deny ourselves.

And vanity.

What I tell you in darkperchance it is not hard for a man to ness, that speak ye in the light: leave his goods, but very hard indeed and what ye hear in the ear, that is it for him to leave himself. For preach ye upon the housetops. We it is little to deny that which he do not read that the Lord was wont

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to preach by night, nor to deliver his COMMON OF MARTYRS IN
doctrine in the dark; but every

word of His is dark to the carnal
mind, and His word is as night to

Inv. Let the Saints be joyful in the unbelievers.


* Alleluia. Ry. There is a crown. p. 84.

Ps. Venite, p. 3.

Hymn. (For one Martyr,) Deus Lesson VIII.

tuorum, as p. 78.

then He desires that His own (For many Martyrs,)
words should be declared with

Eterna Christi munera,
freedom of faith and confession.
Therefore He commandeth that the

Et martyrum victorias.
things spoken in darkness should
be preached in the light, and that

T :

THE eternal gifts of CHRIST the King,

And while due hymns of praise we pay, secrets committed to the ear should

Our thankful hearts cast grief away. be heard upon the housetops, that is,

The terrors of the world despised, should be spoken with loud proclama

The body's torments lightly prized, tion. Continually therefore is the

By one brief space of death and pain knowledge of God to be brought for- Life everlasting they obtain. ward, and the deep secret of gospel To flames the Martyr Saints are haled: doctrine to be made known by the

By teeth of savage beasts assailed:

Against them, arm'd with ruthless brand light of apostolic preaching, not fear

And hooks of steel, their torturers stand. ing those who, though they may have

The mangled frame is tortured sore; power over the body, yet have no The holy life-drops freshly pour: authority over the soul : but rather They stand unmoved amidst the strife, fearing God, Who hath power to cast

By grace of everlasting life.
both soul and body into hell.

Redeemer, hear us of Thy love,
R%. This is the true. p. 84.

That, with the Martyr Host above,
Hereafter, of Thine endless grace,

Thy servants also may have place. Amon.
Lesson IX.
FEAR not them which kill the body. The above hymn always ends thus.
No chance therefore which can

happen to our bodies is to be feared,
neither must we allow any grief for the

Ant. Then shall the righteous men
destruction of the flesh: for when it stand * in great boldness before the
is dissolved by reason of its own face of them that afflicted them.
nature and origin, its substance is Alleluia.
spiritual restored to the soul. In P88. for one or many Martyrs :
order that they who are strengthened Ps. i., Beatus vir, p. 5; Ps. ii., Quare

such teaching should have bold con- fremuerunt, p.5; Ps. iii., Domine quid,
fidence in confessing God, He addeth p. 6.
the conditions whereby we are to be V. and Rz. and Ry Rz. to Lessons as in
bound: that He will deny before His the Common of Apostles in Easter-tide,
Father in heaven that man who The Scripture Lessons in Easter-tide

upon earth : are from the office of the Season, or,
but on the other hand, the man who when there are none such, from the
confessed Him before men will be Common of one or many Martyrs, not
confessed by Him in heaven, for in Easter-tide.
according as we have been witnesses
to His Name among men, so will His

SECOND NOCTURN. testimony profit us with Grn the Ant. Behold how they are numbered

among the sons of God, and their Te Deum, p. 15.

lot is among the Saints. Alleluia.

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Jesus, to testify the gospel of the all things, how that so labouring ye grace of God.

ought to support the weak, and to Ry. This Saint contended for the remember the words of the. LORD law of his God even to death, and Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed feared not the words of the wicked * to give than to receive. And when he for he was founded upon the Rock. had thus spoken, he kneeled down, y. This is he who despised the life and prayed with them all. And they of the world, and attained to the king- all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, dom of heaven. For. Ben. The only and kissed him, sorrowing most of all Begotten.

for the words which he spake, that

they should see his face no more. Lesson II.

And they accompanied him unto the AND now, behold, I know that ye ship.

all, among whom I have gone Ry. He had understanding of righ. preaching the kingdom of God, shall teousness, and beheld great wonders, see my face no more. Wherefore I and made his supplication to the take you to record this day, that I am LORD, * and was found in the numpure from the blood of all men. For ber of the Saints. y. This is be that I have not shunned to declare unto despised the life of the world, and you all the counsel of God. Take attained to the Kingdom of Heaven. heed therefore unto yourselves, and to And. Glory. And. all the flock, over the which the HOLY Ghost hath made you overseers, to

SECOND NOCTURN. feed the church of God, which he hath

Ant. Know this also, * that the purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing that is godly.

LORD hath chosen to Himself the man shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of

Ps. iv. Cum invocarem. your own selves shall men arise, HEAR me when I call

, O God of my speaking perverse things, to draw

righteousness : thou hast set me away disciples after them. Therefore at liberty when I was in trouble; have watch, and remember, that by the mercy upon me, and hearken unto my space of three years I ceased not to

prayer. warn every one night and day with

2 O ye sons of men, how long will tears.

ye blaspheme mine honour : and have Ry. The righteous shall blossom as such pleasure in vanity, and seek after a lily, * and shall flourish before the leasing? LORD for ever. y. Such as 3 Know this also, that the LORD planted in the house of the LORD, in bath chosen to himself the man that the courts of the House of our God. is godly : when I call upon the LORD, Shall. Ben. The grace.

he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not : comLesson III.

mune with your own heart, and in Α' ND now, brethren, I commend you your chamber, and be still.

to God, and to the word of his 5 Offer the sacrifice of righteous. grace, which is able to build you up, ness : and put your trust in the LORD. and to give you an inheritance among 6 There be many that say : Who all them which are sanctified. I have will shew us any good ? coveted no man's silver, or gold, or 7 LORD, lift thou up : the light of apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, thy countenance upon us. that these hands have ministered 8 Thou hast put gladness in my unto my necessities, and to them that heart : since the time that their corn, were with me. I have shewed you and wine, and oil increased.


Ps. V.

look up.

9, I will lay me down in peace, and 13 For thou, LORD, wilt give thy take my rest : for it is thou, LORD, I blessing unto the righteous : and with only, that makest me dwell in safety. | thy favourable kindness wilt thou

Ant. Know this also, that the LORD defend him as with a shield. hath chosen to Himself the man that Ant. With Thy favourable kindness is godly.

wilt Thou defend him, O LORD, as Ant. With Thy favourable kindness * with a shield. wilt Thou defend him, O LORD, as Ant. In the whole world * Thou with a shield.

hast crowned him with glory and

honour. Verba mea auribus. PONDER my words, O LORD : con

Ps. viii. Domine, Dominus noster. sider my meditation. 2 0 hearken thou unto the voice of O LORD our Governour, how excelmy calling, my King, and my God :

lent is thy Name in all the world : for unto thee will I make my prayer.

thou that hast set thy glory above the

heavens ! 3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O LORD : early in the morning will I

2 Out of the mouth of very babes direct my prayer unto thee, and will and sucklings hast thou ordained

strength, because of thine enemies : 4 For thou art the God that hast that thou mightest still the enemy, no pleasure in wickedness : neither

and the avenger. shall any evil dwell with thee.

3 For I will consider thy heavens, 5 Such as be foolish shall not stand even the works of thy fingers : the in thy sight; for thou hatest all them moon and the stars, which thou hast that work vanity.

ordained. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that

4 What is man, that thou art mind. speak leasing : the LORD will abhor ful of him: and the son of man that

thou visitest him ? both the blood-thirsty and deceitful

5 Thou madest him lower than the ? But as for me, I will come into angels : to crown him with glory and thine house, even upon the multitude

worship. of thy mercy : and in thy fear will I minion of the works of thy hands : and

6 Thou makest him to have doworship toward thy holy temple.

8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righte- thou hast put all things in subjection ousness, because of mine enemies :

under his feet; make thy way plain before my face.

7 All sheep and oxen : yea, and the 9 For there is no faithfulness in his beasts of the field; mouth : their inward parts are very fishes of the sea : and whatsoever

8 The fowls of the air, and the wickedness. 10 Their throat is an open se

walketh through the paths of the pulchre : they flatter with their

9 O LORD our Governour : how tongue.

ii Destroy thou them, o Gon; let excellent is thy Name in all the them perish through their own imagi

world ! nations : cast them out in the multi

Ant. In the whole world Thou tude of their ungodliness ; for they hast crowned him with glory and have rebelled against thee.

honour. 12 And let all them that put their Ý. Thou hast set upon his head, O trast in thee rejoice : they shall ever

LORD. be giving of thanks, because thou Ry. A crown of pure gold. Our defendest them; they that love thy FATHER. Abs. His mercy. y. Sir, Name shall be joyful in thee;

pray. Ben. God the FATHER.

(c) VOL. II.



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