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and his servants, they all marvelled went to their beds : for they were all at the beauty of her countenance; and weary, because the feast had been she fell down upon her face, and did long. And Judith was left alone in reverence unto him.
the tent, and Holofernes lying along Ry. Blessed be Thou.
upon his bed : for he was filled with
wine. Now Judith had commanded THURSDAY.
her maid to stand without her bedIf this be the last week in September, chamber, and to wait for her coming on this night is begun the book of forth, as she did daily: for she said Esther with its RZ.R. as hereafter set she would go forth to her prayers, and down on the fifth Sunday of this she spake to Bagoas according to the month, and it is also read on the two
same purpose. So all went forth, and following days. If in these three days neither little nor great. Then Judith,
none was left in the bedchamber, is no feria, on which those RzRy. can be used, they are omitted for the standing by his bed, said in her heart, current year.
If this be not the LORD God of all power, look at this last week, the following lessons are present upon the works of mine hands read.
for the exaltation of Jerusalem. For Of the Book of Judith.
now is the time to help thive inherit
ance, and to execute mine enterprises Lesson I. Chap. xii.
to the destruction of the enemies AND in the fourth day Holofernes which are risen against us. a his
Ry. We have heard. p. civ. only, and called none of the officers to the banquet. Then said he to Bagoas
Lesson III. the eunuch, who had charge over all THEN she came to the pillar of the ,
bed, this Hebrew woman which is with head, and took down bis fauchion thee, that she come unto us, and eat from thence, and approached to his and drink with us. For, lo, it will be bed, and took hold of the hair of his a shame for our person, if we shall let head, and said, Strengthen me, O such a woman go, not having had her LORD GOD of Israel, this day. And company; for if we draw her not unto she smote twice upon his neck with all us, she will laugh us to scorn. Then her might, and she took away his went Bagoas from the presence of head from him, and tumbled his body Holofernes, and came to her, and he down from the bed, and pulled down said, Let not this fair damsel fear to the canopy from the pillars; and come to my lord, and to be honoured anon after she went forth, and gave in his presence, and drink wine, and Holofernes his head to her maid; be merry with us, and be made this and she put it in her bag. day as one of the daughters of the Assyrians, which serve in the house
Ry. Blessed be Thou. p. cix. of Nabuchodonosor. Then said
Of the Book of Judith.
Lesson I. Chap. xv.
AND when they that were in the
tents heard, they were astonished No , ,
his servants made haste to and trembling fell upon them, so that depart, and Bagoas shut his tent with there was no man that durst abide in out, and dismissed the waiters from the sight of his neighbour, but rushing the presence of his lord; and they out altogether, they fled into every
Master, I have brought unto Thee my his patient acting against all his rules, son,
which hath & dumb spirit. And He saith ; How long shall I come to : that which follows.
thy house? how long lose My skill A Homily of Venerable Bede the
and labour? while I order one thing, Priest.
and thou dost something else ? Book 3, Chap. 38, on S. Mark 9.
Ry. Bless the LORD. p. ciii. The demoniac, whom the LORD
Lesson III. healed when descending from the AND He saith unto them : This mountain, is called, by Mark, deaf and kind can go forth by nothing, dumb, and, by Matthew, also lunatic. but by prayer and fasting. While He He is a type of them of whom it is teaches the Apostles, in what way the written : The fool changeth as the worst of devils ought to be expelled, moon. For, never remaining in the He trains us all for life, that we may same condition, changing first to one know that the mightiest temptations vice and then to another, they in- of unclean spirits or of men are to be crease and decrease. They are dumb, overcome by fasting and prayer: and for they confess not the faith; they that the anger of the LORD, when it is are deaf, for they will not hear aught kindled against us to take vengeance of the word of truth. They foam on our sins, can be appeased by this when they are wasting through folly. excellent remedy. Now fasting is a For it is the wont of fools, of sick, and general word; and signifies obedience, of weak persons to let the foam of not only from food, but from all spittle run from the mouth. They carnal allurements, and also selfgnash with their teeth when they are restraint from every kind of vicious inflamed with raging anger; they are passion. In like manner, prayer, in parched, when they grow feeble, general, consists not only in the words through lazy sloth; and they live á in which we invoke God's mercy, but sinewless life, without being braced in every thing which we do, in the by any zeal in well-doing.
devotion of faith, to serve our Maker. Ry. We have heard. p. civ.
Ry. Fear not. p. ciii.
Of the Book of Tobit. BUT in that he saith, I spake to
Thy disciples, that they should Lesson I. Chap. xii. cast him out, and they could not, he tacitly accuses the Apostles; whereas THEN Tobit called his son Tobias,
and said unto him, My son, see the impossibility of cure is sometimes that the man have his wages, which not to be referred to the weakness of went with thee, and thou must give the healers, but to the faith of them him more. And Tobias said unto that are to be healed, according to him, O father, it is no harm to me to that saying of the LORD: According to give him half of those things which I your faith be it unto you. But He have brought: for he hath brought me answered and said unto them: 0 again to thee in safety, and made faithless and perverse generation, how whole my wife, and brought me the long shall I be with you? how long money, and likewise healed thee. shall I suffer you ? Not that He was
Ry. If it please. p. ciii. overcome by weariness, that meek and gentle One Who, as a sheep before
Lesson II. her shearers is dumb, so He opened THEN the old man said, It is due not His mouth, nor brake out into * words of wrath: but that after the angel, and he said unto him, Take manner of a physician, who should see half of all that ye have brought, and
go away in safety. Then he took |
EMBER FRIDAY. them both apart, and said unto them, Lesson of the Holy Gospel according Bless God, praise him, and magnify
to S. Luke. him, and praise him for the things
Lesson I. Chap. vii. which he hath done unto you in the sight of all that live. It is good to AT that time : One of the Pharisees
desired JESUS that He would eat praise God, and exalt his name, and
with him. And He went into the honourably to shew forth the works of God; therefore be not slack to praise Pharisee's house, and sat down to him.
meat. And that which follows. It is good to keep close the secret of a king, but it is honourable A Homily of S. Gregory the Great. to reveal the works of God. Do that Homily 33 on the Gospels. which is good, and no evil shall touch
Whom does the Pharisee denote, you. Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with presuming on his false
righteousness, righteousness is better than much the sinfnl woman, that sat and wept
save the Jewish people? Whom does with unrighteousness. It is better to at the LORD's feet, denote, save the give alms than to lay up gold: for converted Gentiles? She came with alms doth deliver from death, and her alabaster box, she poured out her shall purge away all sin. Those that ointment, she stood behind the LORD'S exercise alms and righteousness shall feet, she washed them with her tears, be filled with life; but they that sin she wiped them with the hairs of her are enemies to their own life.
head, and she ceased not to kiss the Ry. Bless the LORD. p. ciii.
feet which she had anointed and
wiped. It is then ourselves whom Lesson III.
that woman typifies; ourselves, if, SURELY I will keep close nothing after sin, we return to the LORD with
from you. For I said, It was good our whole heart, and imitate the sorto keep close the secret of a king, but row of her penitence. For what is set that it was honourable to reveal the forth by ointment, save the savour of works of God. Now therefore, when good belief? Whence also Paul saith : thou didst pray, and Sara thy We are the sweet savour of CHRIST TO daughter-in-law, I did bring the re- God in every place. membrance of your prayers before the
Ry. That which. p. civ. Holy One : and when thou didst bury
Lesson II. the dead, I was with thee likewise. And when thou didst not delay to rise IF then we do good works, by which
we fill the Church with the savour up, and leave thy dinner, to go and of our good belief, what do we, but cover the dead, thy good deed was not pour ointment upon the LORD's Body? hid from me: but I was with thee. But the woman stood behind the feet And now God hath sent me to heal thee of the LORD; and we took our stand and Sara thy daughter-in-law. I am opposite the LORD'S feet, when, set Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, in our sins, we resisted his ways. which present the prayers of the But if, after sin, we are converted to saints, and which go in and out before true repentance, we then stand behind the glory of the Holy One. Then His feet, because we follow the footthey were both troubled, and fell upon steps of Him, against. Whom we were their faces : for they feared. But he fighting. The woman washed His feet said unto them, Fear not, for it shall with her tears; which we do in truth, go well with you; praise God there whenever, by kindly compassion, we fore.
are drawn to the poor members of our Ry. Fear not. p. ciii.
LORD, and sympathize with His saints
way of the plain, and of the hill
SATURDAY. country. They also that had camped
Of the Book of Judith. in · the mountains round about Bethulia fled away.
Lesson I. Chap. xvi. children of Israel, every one that
as soon as they entered into & warrior among them, rushed out Jerusalem, they worshipped the
LORD; and as soon as the people were RX We know. p. cx.
purified, they offered their burnt of.
ferings, and their free offerings, and Lesson II.
their gifts. Judith also dedicated all THEN sent Ozias to Betomasthem, the stuff of Holofernes, which the
and to Bebai, and Chobai, and people had given her, and gave the Cola, and to all the coasts of Israel, canopy, which she had taken out of such as-should tell the things that his bedchamber, for a gift onto the were done, and that all should rush LORD. forth upon their enemies to destroy Ry. Strengthen me. p. cx. them. Now when the children of Israel heard it, they all fell upon them
Lesson II. with one consent, and slew them unto So the poople continued feasting in from Jerusalem, and from all the hill for the space of three months, and country, (for men had told them what Judith remained with them. After things were done in the camp of their this time every one returned to his own enemies ) and they that were in inheritance, and Judith went to Galaad, and in Galilee, chased them Bethulia, and remained in her own with a great slaughter, until they possession, and was in her time were past Damascus and the borders honourable in all the country. And thereof. And the residue, that dwelt many desired her, but none knew her at Bethulia, fell upon the camp of all the days of her life, after that Assur, and spoiled them, and were Manasses her husband was dead, and greatly enriched.
was gathered to his people. But Ry. I pray Thee. p. cx.
she increased more and more in
honour. Lesson III.
Ry. We have heard. p. civ. THEN Joacim the high priest, and the ancients of the children of
Lesson III. Israel that dwelt in Jerusalem, came AND she waxed old in her husband's to behold the good things that God house, being an hundred and five had shewed to Israel, and to see years old, and made her maid free; so Judith, and to salute her. And when she died in Bethulia : and they buried they came unto her, they blessed her her in the cave of her husband with one accord, and said unto her, Manasses. And the house of Israel Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, lamented her seven days: and before thou art the great glory of Israel, thou she died, she did distribute her goods art the great rejoicing of our ntaion: to all them that were nearest of kinthou hast done all these things by dred to Manasses her husband, and to thine hand : thou hast done much them that were the nearest of her good to Israel, and God is pleased kindred. And there were none that therewith : blessed be thou of the made the children of Israel any more Almighty LORD for evermore. And all afraid in the days of Judith, nor a the people said, So be it.
long time after her death. Rz. O LORD God. p. cx.
Ry. Blessed be Thou. p. cix.
FIFTH SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER. to all the officers of his house, that
they should do according to every
Also Vashti the Here beginneth the Book of Esther.
queen made a feast for the women in Lesson I. Chap. i.
the royal house which belonged to Now it came to pass in the days of king Ahasuerus. , (
Ry. No hope have I but in Thee, O which reigned from India even unto LORD God of Abraham : * Who art Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven angry, and wilt have mercy; and in and twenty provinces); that in those time of tribulation forgivest sins. y. days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on O LORD God of heaven, look upon our the throne of his kingdom, which was lowliness. Who. Glory. Who. in Shushan the palace, in the third year of his reign, he made a feast unto
SECOND NOCTURN. all his princes and his servants; the From the Book of the Offices of S. power of Persia and Media, the nobles
Ambrose the Bishop. and princes of the provinces being
Lesson IV. before him: when he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and
Book 3. Chap 15. the honour of his excellent majesty WHAT did Queen Esther do ? Did many days, even an hundred and fourscore days.
and fear not the anger of a ruthless R. O LORD, LORD, the King Al- king, to deliver her nation from peril, mighty, the whole world is in Thy a fitting, and noble achievement. The power, and there is no man that can Persian king himself,, fierce and proud resist Thee. * Deliver us for Thy as he was, yet thought it fitting to Name's sake. ¥. Hear our prayer, shew open favour to him who disand turn our sorrow into joy. Deliver. closed the conspiracy formed against
him, to snatch a free people from Lesson II.
slavery, to rescue them from death, AND when
these days were expired; and not to spare the death of the man the king made a feast unto all who had given him such disgraceful the people that were present in advice. In fact, he gave over to the Shushan the palace, both unto great gallows, one who was next to himself, * and small, seven days, in the court of whom he counted chief of all his the garden of the king's palace; friends, because he perceived that he where were white, green, and blue, himself had been disgraced by the hangings, fastened with cords of fine other's treacherous counsels. linen and purple to silver rings and Rz. Remember me, O my God, for pillars of marble : the beds were of good : * and wipe not out my good gold and silver, upon a pavement of deeds that I have done for the house red, and blue, and white, and black, of my God and for the offices thereof. marble.
y. Remember me, O my God. And. Ry. Strengthen. p. cx.
THAT kind of friendship which AN
ND they gave them drink in keeps a guard over honour, de
vessels of gold (the vessels being serves approval, and is to be preferred diverse one from another,) and royal to wealth, rank, or power, but it is not wine in abundance, according to the wont to be set above honour, rather state of the king. And the drinking to come after it. Such was Jonathan's, was according to the law; none did friendship, who, for his affection's compel: for so the king had appointed sake, shrunk neither from offending