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selves; sensual men, having not the spirit. But you, my beloved, building yourselves upon your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto life everlasting.

XXII. St. ALBAN, Protomartyr of England.

All as in Mass III. p. 466. except COLLECT. Deus qui.-0 God, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of blessed Alban: grant, that as we annually rejoice in the celebratior of his festival, we may be continually favoured with his assistance. Thro'.

GOSPEL. Matt. xxvi. as in Mass II. p. 465.

SECRET.--As we praise thee, O Lord, in venerating thy blessed martyr, Alban; so, we beseech thee, through this pious offering of atonement, that he would always be our intercessor. Thro'.

P. COMM. Ut tua.—That thy sacraments, 0 Lord, may cleanse us from sin, and preserve in us the fervour of charity, grant, we beseech thy Divine Majesty, that we may be always assisted by the intercession of blessed Alban, thy martyr. Thro'.

XXIII. VIGIL of St. JOHN BAPTIST. · INTROIT. Luke i.-Fear not, Zacharias, thy prayer is heard, and thy wife, Elizabeth, shall bear Thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John: He shall be great before the Lord, and be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb: and many shall rejoice in his nativity. Psalm xx. In thy might, Lord, shall the king rejoice: and he shall exult exceedingly at being saved by thee. . Glory.

COLLECT. Præsta, qumesumus.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that thy people may walk in the way of salvation; and, by following the

exhortation of blessed John, the forerunner, may come safely to him, whom he foretold, our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son. Who liveth.

LESSON. Jer. i. 4 10.-In those days: The word of the Lord came to me, saying: Before I formed thee in the bowels of my mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womh I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations. And I said: Ah, ah, ah, Lord God: bea hold I cannot speak, for I am a child. And the Lord said to me: Say not: I am a child : for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee: and whatever I shall command thee, thou shalt speak. Be not afraid at cheir presence: for I am with thee to dea: liver thee, saith the Lord. And the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth: and the Lord said to me: Behold I have given my words in thy mouth; lo I have set thee this day over the nations, and over kingdoms, to root up, and to pull down, and to waste, and to destroy, and to build, and to plant, saith the Lord Amighty.

GRAD. John i.-There was a man sent from God whose name was John. F. He came to bear testimony of the light, and to prepare for the Lord a perfect people.

GOSPEL. Luke i. 5. 17.-There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia, and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name Elizabeth. And they were both just before God, walking in all the commandments and justifications of the Lord without blame. And they had no son, for that Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years. And it came to pass, when he executed the priestly function in the order of his course before God, according to the custom of the priestly office, it was his lot to offer incense, going into the temple of the Lord : and all the multitude

of the people was praying without at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zacharias seeing him was troubled, and fear fell upon him: but the angel said to him: Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John; and thou shalt have joy and glad ness, and many shall rejoice at his nativity. For he shall be great before the Lord : and shall drink na · wine nor strong drink, and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost even from his mother's womb. And he shall convert many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias : that he may turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the incredulous to the wisdom of the just, to prepare to the Lord a perfect people.

OFFÈRT. Ps. viii.-Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and set him over the works of thy

hands.

SECRET.-Sanctify, O Lord, the offerings we have made to thee, and by the intercessiori of blessed John the Baptist, and the efficacy of these mysteries, cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Thro'.

COMM.--Great is his glory in being saved by thee, O Lord : thou wilt crown him with glory, and great honour. Thro'. · P. COMM. Beati Joannis.-May the prevailing prayers of blessed John the Baptist, O Lord, accompany ours : and may he implore the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf, whose coining he foretold, and who with thee liveth, &c.

XXIV. NATIVITY of St. JOHN BAPTIST.

INTROIT. Is. xlix.-The Lord called me by my name from my mother's womb, and made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and made me as a chosen arrow. Ps. It is good to praise the Lord, and sing to thy name, O thou the Most High. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Deus qui præsentem- God, who hast honoured this day by the birth of blessed John's the Baptist : grant that thy people may rejoice in : spirit, and guide them in the way of eternal salvation. Thro'.

LESSON. Is. xlix. 1.7.-Give ear, ye islands, and hearken ye people from afar. The Lord hath called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he hath been mindful of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword: in the shadow of his hand he hath protected me, and hath made me as a chosen arrow: in his quiver he hath hidden me. And he said to me: Thou art my servant in Israel, for in thee will I glory. And now saith the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant: Behold, I have given thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation even to the farthest part of the earth. Kings shall see, and princes shall rise up and adore for the Lord's sake, and for the Holy One of Israel who hath chosen thee.

GRAD. Jer. i. Before I formed thee in the womb, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth from the womb I sanctified thee. V. The Lord put forth his hand and touched my mouth: and said to me : Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Thou child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Most High: thou shalt go before the Lord to prepare his ways. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Luke i. 57. 68.- Elizabeth's full time of being delivered was come, and she brought forth a son. And her neighbours and kinsfolk heard that the Lord had shewed his great mercy towards her, and they congratulated with her. And it came to pass that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they called him by his father's name

Zacharias. And his mother answering said: Not so, but he shall be called John. And they said to her: There is none of thy kindred that is called by that name. And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. And demanding a writing. table, he wrote, saying: John is his name. And they all wondered. And immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke blessing God. And fear came upon all their neighbours, and all these things were noised abroad over all the hill-country of Judea: and all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying: What a one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him. And Zacharias his father was filled with the Holy Ghost: and he prophesied, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.

OFFERT. Ps. xci.-The just man shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus.

SECRET.-We heap offerings, O Lord, on the altars, celebrating with due honour his nativity, who both foretold the coming of the Saviour of the world, and shewed him when come, Jesus Christ our Lord thy Son. Who liveth.

COMM. Luke i.-Thou, child, shalt be called the Prophet of the Most High: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways.

P. COMM. Sumat.---Let thy Church, O God, rejoice on the nativity of blessed John the Baptist, by whom she came to the knowledge of the author of her regeneration, our Lord Jesus Christ thy Sor Who liveth.

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