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Ry. Our enemies are · gathered their law, and were attacked by the together, and boast in their strength ; j enemy on the sabbath day, preferred destroy their might, O LORD, and to expose their unarmed bodies to scatter them: * that they may know wounds, rather than defend themthat there is none other that fighteth selves, lest they should profane the for us, but only Thou, O God. y. sabbath. And they all therefore gave Scatter them abroad among the themselves cheerfully to death. But people, and put them down, O LORD the Maccabees, considering that, on this our defender. That. Glory. That. principle, the whole nation would SECOND NOCTURN.
perish, avenged the slaughter of their
innocent brethren, when they themFrom the Book of Offices of S. Ambrose selves were assaulted, though it was on the Bishop.
the sabbath day.
Antiochus was inflamed with anger, and
when he afterwards stirred up war by his WARLIKE glory may perhaps have generals, Lysias, Nicanor, and Gorgias, such a firm hold on some
was so routed, along with his Eastern persons, that they fancy there is no and Assyrian forces, that forty-eight sort of valour save that in battle, and thousand were overthrown in open that my reason for turning to a
field by three thousand. different subject is because this one Ry. The heathen are assembled todoes not apply to those of whom we gether against us to destroy us; are speaking. How valiant was Joshua neither know we what to do. * O the son of Nun, who in one battle over- LORD God, our eyes are upon Thee threw five captive kings, with their that we perish not. y. What things people, and took them captives. they imagine against us, Thou knowest. Then, when he was engaged in fight How shall we be able to stand against with the Gibeonites, and feared that them, except Thou, O God, be our night would put an end to his victory, help? O LORD. in the greatness of his courage, and
Lesson VI. his faith, he exclaimed, Sun, stand thou still: and the sun stood still till COM
TOMPUTE the valour of Judas the victory was complete. Gideon,
Maccabeus, the general, from with three hundred men,
that of one of his soldiers. For triumph over a mighty people, and Eleazar, when he perceived that one an embittered foe. Jonathan, when a
of the elephants, much larger than youth, displayed great courage in the others, was adorned with royal battle.
trappings, imagining that the king Ry. Fear ye not the assault of the was set thereupon, threw himself with enemies: remember how our fathers a sudden rush into the midst of the were delivered: * Now therefore let legion, and having cast away his us cry unto heaven, if peradventure shield, slaughtered the enemies with the Lord will have mercy upon us, and stooping down under it slew it
both hands till he came to the beast; y. Remember the marvellous works that He hath done to Pharaoh and his with his sword from below. So the ost in the Red sea. Now.
falling beast crushed Eleazar, who
thus died. How great was his Lesson V.
courage and spirit ! first, in that he I say of the had no fear of death; then, that when Maccabees? But first let me compassed by the enemy's legions, he speak of the nation of the fathers, rushed into the thickest of the foe, who, when they were prepared to fight pierced to the centre of the host, and, for the temple of their God, and for more terrible by reason of his con
tempt for death, casting away his mities of our people and our sancshield, he bore up and supported with tuary. As. both hands the weight of the wounded
Lesson II. beast, till he could get quite under it, AND after that Antiochus had
smitten Egypt, he returned again and, buried rather than crushed by its in the hundred forty and third year, fall, he was entombed in his own and went up against Israel and triumph.
Jerusalem with a great multitude, and Ry. Thine, O LORD, is the power, entered proudly into the sanctuary, Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, * and and took away the golden altar, and Thou art exalted as Head above all. the candlestick of light, and all the y. O LORD, LORD God, Creator of vessels thereof, and the table of the all things, Who art fearful and strong, shewbread, and the pouring vessele, and righteous and merciful. Give. and the vials, and the censers of gold, Glory. Give.
and the veil, and the crowns, and Ry. vii. The sun shone upon the the golden ornaments that shields of gold, and the mountains before the temple, all which he pulled glittered therewith: * and the strength off. of the Gentiles was scattered. Ý. Rz. They decked the forefront of the For the army was very great and temple with crowns of gold, and dedimighty: then Judas and his host cated the altar to the LORD; thus drew near, and entered into battle. was there very great gladness among And.
the people. Y. They praised the Rx. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii.
LORD with psalms and thanksgiving.
HE took also the silver and the Lesson I. Chap. i.
gold, and the precious vessels : NOW when the kingdom was also he took the hidden treasures
established before Antiochus, he which he found. And when he had thought to reign over Egypt, that he taken all away, he went into his own might have the dominion of two land, having made a great massacre, realms. Wherefore he entered into and spoken very proudly. Therefore Egypt with a great multitude, with there was great mourning in Israel, chariots, and elephants, and horse- | in every place where they were ; so men, and a great navy, and made war that the princes and elders mourned, against Ptolemee king of Egypt but the virgins and young men were made Ptolemee was afraid of him, and filed; feeble, and the beauty of women was and many were wounded to death changed. Every bridegroom took up Thus they got the strong cities in the lamentation, and she that sat in the land of Egypt, aud he took the spoils marriage chamber was in heaviness. thereof.
The land also was moved for the inRy. Judas said to Simon his babitants thereof, and all the house of brother, Choose thee out men, and go Jacob was covered with confusion. and deliver thy brethren that are in Ry. They praised the LORD with Galilee, for I and Jonathan my brother psalm and thanksgiving: * Who had will go into the country of Galaad : * done so great things for Israel, and as the will of God is in heaven, so let given them the victory, y. They Him do. y. Arm ye, and be ye decked also the forefront of the temple valiant men, and see that ye be in with crowns of gold, and dedicated the readiness: for it is better for us to die altar to the LORD, Who. Glory. in battle, than to behold the cala- Who.
into the city Modin, to make them Of the 1st Book of Maccabees.
sacrifice; and when many of Israel
came unte them, Mattathias also and Lesson I. Chap. ii.
his sons came together. IN those days arose Mattathias the
Ry. Open Thine eyes, O LORD, and son of John, the son of Simeon, a behold our desolation: the heathen priest of the sons of Joarib, from are assembled together against us to Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin. And destroy us; * but Thou, LORD, stretch he had five sons, Joannan, called forth Thiné arm, and deliver our souls. Caddis: Simon, called Thassi: Judas, Y. Punish them that oppress us, and who was called Maccabeus: Eleazar, with pride do us wrong: and preserve called Avaran: and Jonathan, whose Thinë own portion. But. Glory surname was Apphus. And he saw But. the blasphemies that were committed
WEDNESDAY. in Juda and Jerusalem.
Of the 1st Book of Maccabees. Ry. This is a lover of the brethren and of the people of Israel: * who
Lesson I. Chap. ii. prayeth much for the people, and for
THEN Mattathias answered and the holy city. Y. A virtuous and a
spake with a loud voice, Though good man, reverend in conversation, all the nations that are under the gentle in condition. Who.
king's dominion obey him, and fall Lesson II.
away every one from the religion of
their fathers, and give consent to his HE said, Woe is me! wherefore was commandments: yet will I and my people, and of the holy city, and to covenant of our fathers. God forbid dwell there, when it was delivered into that we should forsake the law and the the hand of the enemy, and the sanc- ordinances. We will not hearken to tuary into the hand of strangers ?. Her the king's words to go from our temple is become as a man without religion, either on the right hand, or glory. Her glorious vessels are carried the left. away into captivity, her infants are slain in the streets, her young men
Ry, The sun shone. p. cxxii. with the sword of the enemy. What
Lesson II. nation hath not had a part in her kingdom, and gotten of her spoils ? NOW when he had left speaking Ry. Thou, O LORD of all things, Who the Jews in the sight of all to sacri
these words, there came one of hast need of nothing, wast pleased fice on the altar which was at Modin, that the temple of Thy habitation should be among us; * therefore now, Which thing when Mattathias saw, he
according to the king's commandment. O holy LORD, keep this house ever undefiled. y. Thou, O LORD, didst was inflamed with zeal, and his reins choose this' house to be called by shew his anger according to judgment:
trembled, neither could he forbear to Thy name, and to be a house of wherefore he ran, and slew him upon prayer and petition for Thy people. the altar. Also the king's commisTherefore.
sioner, who compelled men to sacrifice, Lesson III.
he killed at that time, and the altar
Thus dealt he THEN Mattathias and his sons rent he pulled down,
their clothes, and put on sack- zealously for the law of God, like as cloth, and mourned very sore.
In the Phinees did unto Zambri the son of meanwhile the king's officers, such as Salom. compelled the people to revolt, came Ry. They decked. p. cxxii,
was delivered from the mouth of lions. AND. Mattathias cried throughout And, thus consider
you throughout all
that put in saying, Whosoever is zealous of him shall be overcome.
Fear not the law, and maintaineth the cove- then the words of a sinful man: for nant, let him follow
So his glory shall be dung and worms. he and his sons fled into the moun-To-day he shall be lifted up, and totains, and left all that ever they had morrow he shall not be found, because in the city. Then many that sought he is returned into his dust, and his after justice and judgment went down thought is come to nothing. into the wilderness, to dwell there:
R. The LORD hear. p. cxx. both they, and their children, and
Lesson III. their wives, and their cattle ; because WHEREFORE, ye, my sons, be afflictions increased sore upon them. Ry. They praised. p. cxxii.
men in the behalf of the law: for by THURSDAY.
it shall ye obtain glory. And, behold,
I know that your brother Simon is a Of the 1st Book of Maccabees.
man of counsel, give ear unto him Lesson I. Chap. ii.
alway: he shall be a father unto you. Now
when the time drew near that As for Judas Maccabeus, he hath been
Mattathias should die, he said mighty and strong, even from his unto his sons, Now bath pride and youth up: let him be your captain, and rebuke gotten strength, and the time fight the battle of the people. Take of destruction, and the wrath of also unto you all those that observe indignation : now therefore, my sons, the law, and avenge ye the wrong of be ye zealous for the law, and give your people. Recompense fully the your lives for the covenant of your heathen, and take heed to the comfathers. Call to remembrance what mandments of the law. So he blessed acts our fathers did in their time; so them, and was gathered to his fathers. shall ye receive great honour and an Ry. Our enemies. p. cxxi. everlasting name. Was not Abraham
FRIDAY. found faithful in temptation, and it
Of the 1st Book of Maccabees. was imputed unto him for righteousness ? Joseph in the time of his
Lesson I. Chaps. ii. and iii. distress kept the commandment, and AND he died in the hundred forty was made lord of Egypt. Phinees our
and sixth year, and his sons father in being zealous and fervent buried him in the sepulchres of his obtained the covenant of an everlast- fathers at Modin, and all Israel made ing priesthood.
great lamentation for him. Then his Ry. The LORD open. P. cxx.
son Judas, called Maccabeus, rose up
in his stead. And all his brethren Lesson II.
helped him, and so did all they that JESUS for fulfilling the word was held with his father, and they fought
made a judge in Israel. Caleb with cheerfulness the battle of Israel. for bearing witness before the congre- So he gat his people great honour. gation received the heritage of the For he pursued the wicked, and sought land. David for being merciful them out, and burnt up those that possessed the throne of an everlasting vexed his people. Wherefore the kingdom. Elias for being zealous and wicked shrunk for fear of him, and all fervent for the law was taken up into the workers of iniquity were troubled, heaven. Ananias, Azarias, and because salvation prospered in his Misael, by believing were saved out of hạnd. the flame. Daniel for his innocency R7. Fear ye not. p. cxxi.
| Then was the congregation gathered HE grieved also many kings, and together, that they might be ready for
made Jacob glad with his acts, battle, and that they might pray, and and his memorial is blessed for ever. ask mercy and compassion. Now Moreover he went through the cities Jerusalem lay void as a wilderness, of Juda, destroying the ungodly out of there was none of her children that them, and turning away wrath from went in or out : the sanctuary also Israel: so that he was renowned unto was trodden down, and aliens kept the the utmost part of the earth, and he strong hold; the heathen had their received unto him such as were ready habitation in that place; and joy was to perish. Then Apollonius gathered taken from Jacob, and the pipe with the Gentiles together, and a great host the harp ceased. out of Samaria, to fight against Israel. R. The sun shone. p. cxxii. Which thing when Judas perceived, he
Lesson II. went forth to meet him, and so he smote him, and slew him: many also WHEREFORE the Israelites, asfell down slain, but the rest fled.
sembled themselves together, Wherefore Judas took their spoils, and came to Maspha, over against and Apollonius' sword also, and Jerusalem; for in Maspha was the therewith he fought all his life long.
place where they prayed aforetime in Ry. The heathen. p. cxxi.
Israel. Then they fasted that day,
and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes Lesson III.
upon their heads, and rent their THEN began the fear of Judas and clothes
, and laid open the book of the his brethren, and an exceeding law, wherein the heathen had sought great dread, to fall upon the nations to paint the likeness of their images. round about them : insomuch as his They brought also the priests’ garfame came unto the king, and all ments, and the firstfruits, and the nations talked of the battles of Judas. tithes: and the Nazarites they stirred Now when king Antiochus heard these up, who had accomplished their days. things, he was full of indignation : Then cried they with a loud voice wherefore he sent and gathered to- towards heaven, saying, What shall gether all the forces of his realm, even we do with these, and whither shall a very strong army. He opened also
carry them away?
For thy his treasure, and gave his soldiers pay sanctuary is trodden down and profor a year, commanding them to be faned, and thy priests are in heaviready whensoever he should need ness, and brought low. And, lo, the them.
heathen assembled together Ry. Thino, O LORD. p. cxxii.
against us to destroy us : what things SATURDAY.
they imagine against us, thou knowest.
How shall we be able to stand against Of the 1st Book of Maccabees.
them, except thou, O GOD, be our Lesson I. Chap. iii.
when Judas and his brethren Ry. They decked. p. cxxii.
saw that miseries were multiplied, and that the forces did encamp them
Lesson III. selves in their borders; for they knew THEN sounded they with trumpets, how the king had given commandment to destroy the people, and utterly after this Judas ordained captains over abolish them; they said one to the people,
captains over another, Let us restore the decayed thousands, and over hundreds, and estate of our people, and let us fight over fifties, and over tens. But as for for our people and the sanctuary. such as were building houses, or had