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Lesson III.

nourished thee, and brought thee up BUT the mother was marvellous unto this age, and endured the

above all, and worthy of honour troubles of education. able memory: for when she saw her Ry. This is. p. cxxiii. seven sons slain within the space of

Lesson II. one day, she bare it with a good courage, because of the hope that she I BESEECH thee, my son, look had in the LORD. Yea, she exhorted upon the heaven and the earth, every one of them in her own lan- and all that is therein, and consider guage, filled with courageous spirits ;

that God made them of things that and stirring up her womanish thoughts were not: and so was mankind made with a manly stomach, she said unto likewise : fear not this tormentor, them, I cannot tell how ye came into but, being worthy of thy brethren, my womb; for I neither gave you take thy death, that I may receive breath nor life, neither was it I that thee again in mercy with thy brethren. formed the members of every one of Whiles she was yet speaking these you; but doubtless the Creator of the words, the young man said, whom world, who formed the generation of wait ye for ? I will not obey the man, and found out the beginning of king's commandment: but I will obey all things, will also of his own mercy the commandment of the law that was give you breath and life again, as ye given unto our fathers by Moses. now regard not your own selves for And thou, that hast been the author his law's sake.

of all mischief against the Hebrews, Ry. They praised. p. cxxii.

shalt not escape the hands of God.

For we suffer because of our sins: TUESDAY.

and though the living LORD be angry

with us a little while for our chasten. Of the 2nd Book of Maccabees.

ing and correction, yet shall he be at Lesson I. Chap. vii.

one again with his servants. NOW Antiochus, thinking himself

Ry. Thou, O LORD. p. cxxiii. despised, and suspecting it to be a reproachful speech, whilst the

Lesson III. youngest was yet alive, did not only BUT thou, O godless man, and of exhort him by words, but also assured all other most wicked, be not him with oaths, that he would make lifted up without a cause, nor puffed him both a rich and a happy man, if up with uncertain hopes, lifting up he would turn from the laws of his thy hand against the servants of God: fathers; and that also he would take for thou hast not yet escaped the him,for his friend, and trust him with judgment of Almighty God, who seeth affairs. But when the young man all things. For our brethren, who would in no case hearken unto him, now have suffered a short pain, are the king called his mother, and ex- dead under God's covenant of everhorted her that she would counsel the lasting life : but thou, through the young man to save his life. And judgment of God, shalt receive just when he had exhorted her with many punishment for thy pride. But I, as words, she promised him that she my brethren, offer up my body and would counsel her son. But she bow life for the laws of our fathers, ing herself toward him, laughing the beseeching God that he would speedily cruel tyrant to scorn, spake in her be merciful unto our nation; and that country language on this manner: thou by torments and plagues mayest O my son, have pity upon me that confess, that he alone is God; and bare thee nine months in my womb, that in me and my brethren the wrath and gave thee suck three years, and of the Almighty, which is justly

cease.

brought upon all our nation, may, in the Almighty God, who at a beck

Then the king, being in a can cast down both them that come rage, handled him worse than all the against us, and also all the world. rest, and took it grievously that he Moreover he recounted unto them was mocked.

So this man died what helps their forefathers had found, undefiled, and put his whole trust in and how they were delivered, when the LORD. Last of all after the sons under Sennacherib an hundred fourthe mother died.

score and five thousand perished. Rz. Open. p. cxxiii.

Ry. They decked. p. cxxii.
WEDNESDAY.

Lesson III.
Of the 2nd Book of Maccabees. T US when he had made them

bold with these words, and ready Lesson I. Chap. viii.

to die for the laws and the country, So his ;

much money of the captive Jews, and joined with himself his own as should defray the tribute of two brethren, leaders of each band, to wit, thousand talents, which the king was Simon, and Joseph, and Jonathan, to pay to the Romans. Wherefore giving each one fifteen hundred men. immediately he sent to the cities upon. Also he appointed Eleazar to read the the sea coast, proclaiming & sale of holy book: and when he had given the captive Jews, and promising that them this watchword, The help of they should have fourscore and ten GOD; himself leading the first band, bodies for one talent, not expecting he joined battle with Nicanor. And the vengeance that was to follow upon by the help of the Almighty they him from the Almighty God. Now slew above nine thousand of their when word was brought unto Judas of enemies, and wounded and maimed Nicanor's coming, and he had im- the most part of Nicanor's host, and parted unto those that were with him so put all to flight; and took their that the army was at hand, they that money that came to buy them, and were fearful, and distrusted the justice pursued them far: but lacking time of God, fled, and conveyed themselves they returned: for it was the day away. Others sold all that they had before the sabbath, and therefore they left, and withal besought the LORD to would no longer pursue them. So deliver them, being sold by the wicked when they had gathered their armour Nicanor before they met together.

together, and spoiled their enemies, Ry. The sun shone. p. cxxii.

they occupied themselves about the Lesson II.

sabbath, yielding exceeding praise and So Maccabeus called his men to thanks to the LORD, who had preserved

gether unto the number of six them unto that day, which was the bethousand, and exhorted them not to ginning of mercy distilling upon them. be stricken with terror of the enemy, And after the sabbath, when they had nor to fear the great multitude of the given part of the spoils to the maimed, heathen, who came wrongfully against and the widows, and orphans, the them; but to fight manfully, and to residue they divided among themset before their eyes the injury that selves and their servants. they had unjustly done to the holy Rz. They praised. p. cxxii. place, and the cruel handling of the

THURSDAY. city, whereof they made a mockery, and also the taking away of the

Of the 2nd Book of Maccabees. government of their forefathers : For

Lesson I. Chap. ix. they, said he, trust in their weapons ABOUT that time came Antiochus and boldness; but our confidence is with dishonour out of the country VOL. II.

&

of Persia. For he had entered the forth unto all the manifest power of city called Persepolis, and went about God. So that the worms rose up out to rob the temple, and to hold the of the body of this wicked man, and city; whereupon the multitude run- whiles he lived in sorrow and pain, ning to defend themselves with their his flesh fell away, and the filthiness weapons put them to flight; and so it of his smell was noisome to all his happened, that Antiochus being put army. And the man, that thought a to fight of the inhabitants returned little afore he could reach to the with shame. Now when he came to stars of heaven, no man could endure Ecbatane, news was brought him what to carry for his intolerable stink. had happened unto Nicanor and Ry. Our enemies. p. cxxi. Timotheus. Then swelling with anger he thought to avenge upon

FRIDAY. the Jews the disgrace done unto him Of the 2nd Book of Maccabees. by those that made him fee. There

Lesson I. Chap. x. fore commanded he his chariotman to drive without ceasing, and to dispatch Now Maccabeus and his company,

the LORD guiding them, recovered the journey, the judgement of God the temple and the city: but the altars now following him.

For he had which the heathens had built in the spoken proudly in this sort, That he would come to Jerusalem, and make it open street, and also the chapels, they

pulled down. And having cleansed & common burying-place of the Jews.

the temple they made another altar, Ry. The LORD open. p. CXX. and striking stones they took fire out Lesson II.

of them, and offered a sacrifice after

two years, and set forth incense, and UT the LORD Almighty, the God

lights, and shewbread. When that of curable and invisible plague: for as besought the LORD that they might

was done, they fell flat down, and soon as he had spoken these words, a pain of the bowels that was remediless if they sinned any more against him,

come no more into such troubles; but came upon him, and sore torments of that he himself would chasten them the inner parts ; and that most justly: with mercy, and that they might not for he had tormented other men's be delivered unto the blasphemous bowels with many and strange tor: and barbarous nations. ments. Howbeit he nothing at all the same day that the strangers proceased from his bragging, but still faned the temple, on the very same was filled with pride, breathing out fire in his rage against the Jews, and day it was cleansed again, even the

five and twentieth day of the same commanding to haste the journey : month, which is Casleu. but it came to pass that he fell down from his chariot, carried violently; so

Ry. Fear ye not. p. cxxi. that having a sore fall, all the mem

Lesson II. bers of his body were much pained. OW Timotheus, whom the Jews Ry. The LORD hear. p. cxx.

had overcome before, when he

had gathered a great multitude of Lesson III.

foreign forces, and horses out of Asia AN

ND thus he that a little afore not a few, came as though he would

thought he might command the take Jewry by force of arms. But waves of the sea, (so proud was he when he drew near, they that were beyond the condition of man) and with Maccabeus turned themselves to weigh the high mountains in a ba- pray unto God, and sprinkled earth lance, was now cast on the ground, upon their heads, and girded their and carried in an horselitter, shewing loins with sackcloth, and fell down at

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the foot of the altar, and besought him I made them more cheerful. And when to be merciful to them, and to be an he had stirred up their minds, he gave enemy to their enemies, and an ad- them their charge, shewing them thereversary to their adversaries, as the withalthefalsehood of the heathen, and law declareth. So after the prayer the breach of oaths. Thus he armed they took their weapons, and went on every one of them, not so much with further from the city: and when they defence of shields and spears, as with drew near to their enemies, they kept comfortable and good words: and by themselves.

beside that, he told them a dream Ry. The heathen. p. cxxi.

worthy to be believed, as if it had Lesson III.

been so indeed, which did not a little

rejoice them. Now the sun being newly risen, they joined both together; the

Ry. The sun shone. p. cxxii. one part having together with their

Lesson JI. virtue their refuge also unto the LORD for a pledge of their success and AND. this was his vision : That. victory: the other side making their a virtuous and a good man, reverend

Onias, who had been high priest, rage leader of their battle. But when in conversation, gentle in condition, the battle waxed strong, there appeared well spoken also, and exercised from a unto the enemies from heaven five child in all points of virtue, holding comely men upon horses, with bridles

up his hands prayed for the whole of gold, and two of them led the Jews, body of the Jews. This done, in like and took Maccabeus betwixt them, manner there appeared a man with and covered him on every side with

gray hairs, and exceeding glorious, their weapons, and kept him safe, but who was of a wonderful and excellent shot arrows and lightnings against the majesty. Then Onias answered, sayenemies : so that being confounded ing, This is a lover of the brethren, with blindness, and full of trouble, who prayeth much for the people, and they were killed. And there were for the holy city, to wit, Jeremias the slain of footmen twenty thousand and prophet of God. Whereupon Jeremias five hundred, and six hundred horse holding forth his right hand gave to

As for Timotheus himself, he Judas # sword of gold, and in giving it Aled into a very strong hold, called spake thus, Take this holy sword, a gift Gazara, where Chereas was governor.

from God, with the which thou shalt Ry. Thine, O LORD. p. cxxii. wound the adversaries. SATURDAY.

Ry. They decked. p. cxxiv.
Of the 2nd Book of Maccabees.

Lesson III.
Lesson I. Chap. xv.

THUS being well comforted by the BUT Maccabeus had over sura con

words of Judas, which were very fidence that the LORD would help good, and able to stir them up to him; wherefore he exhorted his valour, and to encourage the hearts of people not to fear the coming of the the young men, they determined not heathen against them, but to remem- to pitch camp, but courageously to set ber the help which in former times upon them, and manfully to try the they had received from heaven, and matter by conflict, because the city now to expect the victory and aid, and the sanctuary and the temple which should come unto them from were in danger. For the care that the Almighty. And so comforting they took for their wives, and their them out of the law and the prophets, children, their brethren, and kinsfolks, and withal putting them in mind of was in least account with them: but the battles that they won afore, be the greatest and principal fear was for

men.

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the holy temple. Also they that were went; they went every one straight in the city took not the least care, forward. being troubled for the conflict abroad.

Ry. Look down, O LORD, from Thy Ry. They praised. p. cxxii.

holy habitation, and think upon us:

LORD, bow down Tuine ear, and hear ; FIRST SUNDAY IN NOVEMBER.

open Thine eyes, O LORD, and see FIRST NOCTURN.

our tribulation. y. Hear, 0 Thou Here beginneth the Book of Ezekiel Shepherd of Israel, Thou that leadest the Prophet.

Joseph like a sheep. Open.
Lesson I. Chap. i.

Lesson III.
Now it came to pass in the thirtieth As for the likeness of their faces,

year, in the fourth month, in the they four had the face of a man, fifth day of the month, as I was and the face of a lion, on the right among the captives by the river of side: and they four had the face of an Chebar, that the heavens were opened, ox on the left side ; they four also and I saw visions of God. In the fifth had the face of an eagle. Thus were day of the month, which was the fifth their faces : and their wings were year of king Jehoiachin's captivity, stretched upward; two wings of every the word of the LORD came expressly one were joined one to another, and unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of two covered their bodies. And they Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by went every one. straight forward : the river Chebar; and the hand of whither the spirit was to go, they the LORD was there upon him. And went; and they turned not when they I looked, and behold, & whirlwind went. came out of the north, a great cloud, RY. Behold, O LORD, because the and a fire infolding itself, and a city doth sit solitary which was full of brightness was about it, and out of riches ! how is she become a widow ! the midst thereof as the colour of she that was great among the nations, amber, out of the midst of the fire. * She hath none to comfort her, but

Ry. I saw the LORD sitting upon a Thou, O LORD our God. y. She throne, high and lifted up, and the weepeth sore in the night, and her whole earth was full of His glory,

tears are on her cheeks. She. Glory. and His train filled the temple. y. She. Above it stood the seraphim : each

SECOND NOCTURN. one had six wings. And.

From the Exposition of the Prophet Lesson II.

Ezekiel by S. Gregory the Pope.

Lesson IV. ALSO ont of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living crea

Book 1. Hom. 2. tures; And this was their appearance; THE custom of the prophetic form they had the likeness of a man. And of speech is, first to describe the every one had four faces, and every person, the time, and the place; and one had four wings. And their feet then to begin to speak the mysteries were straight feet; and the sole of of the prophecy, in order to declare their feet was like the sole of a calf's the truth more expressly before esfoot: and they sparkled like the tablishing the foundation of the colour of burnished brass. And they history; and afterwards to make had the hands of a man under their known the fruits of the spirit through wings on their four sides; and they signs and allegories. Ezekiel there. four bad their faces and their wings. fore declares his age, saying: And it Their wings were joined one to came to pass in the thirtieth year, in another; thev turned not when they the fourth month, in the fifth day of

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