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the meek of the earth : and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. And justice shall be the girdle of his lois : and faith the girdle of his reins. · GRADUAL. Ps. lxxxiv..Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us thy salvation. V. Lord, thou hast blessed, thy land; thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacoh. - GOSPEL. Luke i. 39. 47.-At that time: Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb.. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womh. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord: and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

OFFERTORY. Ps. lxxxiv.-Thou wilt turn, O God, and bring us to life : and thy people shall rejoice in thee. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy; and grant us thy salvation.

SECRET. Having received, O Lord, uur offer. ings and prayers, cleanse us, we beseech thee, by these heavenly mysteries, and mercifully hear us.

COMM. Zach. xiv.--Behold, the Lord will contie, and all his saints with him; and in that day there shall he a great light.

P. COMM. Tui nos.-May the receiving, Lord, of thy sacrament, give us a new life, that by putting aside the old man, it may bring us to the participation of this saving mystery. Thro'.



INTROIT. Ps. lxxix. MOME, and shew us thy faith, O Lord, who

y sittest on the Cherubim : and we shall be saved. Ps. Thou who rulest Israel hearken ; who leadest Joseph as a sheep. V. Glory

After the Kyrie eleison, is said: Let us pray, Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.

who seest us afflicted through our own wickedness; mercifully grant, that by thy coming we may be comforted. Who livest.'

I. LESSON. Is. xix, 20. 22.-In those days: They shall cry to the Lord because of the oppressor, and he shall send them a Saviour and a defender to deliver them. And the Lord shall be known by Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the Lord in that day, and shall worship him with sacrifices and offerings: and they shall make vows to the Lord, and perform them. And the Lord, shall strike Egypt with a scourge, and shall heal it, and they shall re, turn to the Lord, and he shall be pacified towards them, and heal them.

GRADUAL. Ps. xviii.--His going out is from the end of heaven, and his circuit even to the end thereof: V. The heavens shew forth the glory of God and the firmament declareth the work of his hands. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.

II. COLLECT. Concede quæsumus.--Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who groan under the old captivity of sin, may be freed by the new birth of thy only Son, which we are preparing for. Who liveth.

II. LESSON. Is. xxxv. 1.7.-_Thus saith the Lord: The land that was desolate and impassable shall be glad, and the wilderness shall rejoice, and shall flourish like the lily. It shall bud forth, and blossom, and shall rejoice with joy and praise: the glory of Libanus is given to it, the beauty of Carmel and Saron, they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the beauty of our God. Strengthen ye the feeble hands, and confirm the weak knees. Say to the faint hearted : Take courage, and fear not: behold your God will bring the revenge of recompence: God himself will come and will save you. Then. shall the eyes of the blind be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall be free: for waters are broken out in the de sart, and streams in the wilderness. And that which was dry land, shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water, saith the Lord Al-, mighty.

GRADUAL. Ps. xviii. - He hath set his tabernacle in the sun: and he as a bridegroom coming out of his bride chamber. V. His going out is from the ends of heaven, and his circuit even to the end thereof. Let us pray. Let us kneel down. R. Stand up again.

III. COLLECT. Indignos nos.-Comfort us, o Lord, thy unworthy servants, who lie dejected under the horror of our crimes, by the coming of thy only Son. Who liveth.

III. LESSON. Is. xl. 9. 10.-Thus saith the Lord: Get thee up upon a high mountain, thou that bringest good tidings to Sion : lift up thy voice with strength, thou that bringest good tidings to Jerusalem : lift it up, fear not. Say to the cities of Juda: Behold your God: behold the Lord God shall come with strength, and his arm shall rule : bebold his reward is with him, and his work is be

fore him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather together the lambs with his arm, and shall take them up in his bosom.

GRADUAL. Ps. lxxix.-O God of Hosts, convert us: and shew thy face, and we shall be saved. V. Stir up thy might, O Lord, and come to save us. Let us pray, Let us kneel down, R. Stand up again.

IV, COLLECT. Præsta, quesumus.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the approach. ing solemnity of thy Son's birth may afford us the remedies of this present life, and obtain for us the rewards of eternal happiness. Thro' the same.

IV. LESSON. Is. xlv. 1. 9. -Thus saith the Lord to my anointed Cyrus, whose right hand I have taken hold of, to subdue nations before his face, and to turn the backs of kings, and to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut. I will go before thee, and will humble the great ones of the earth: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and will burst the bars of iron. And I will give thee hidden treasures, and the concealed riches of secret places : that thou mayest know that I am the Lord who call thee by thy name, the God of Israel. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have made a likeness of thee, and thou hast not known me. I am the Lord, and there is none else : there is no God besides me: I girded thee, and thou hast not known me: that they miay know who are from the rising of the sun, and they who are from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else, I form the light, and create darkness, I make peace, and create evil : I the Lord that do all these things. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened, and bud

forth a saviour : and let justice spring up together : . I the Lord have created him.

GRADUAL. Ps. lxxix. Stir up thy might, O Lord, and come to save us. Give ear, o thou that rulest Israel: thou that leadest Joseph like a sheep; thou that sittest upon the cherubims, shine forth before Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasses. Let us pray. Let us kneel down.'R. Stand up again.

V. COLLECT. Preces populi.-Mercifully hear, O Lord, we beseech thee, the prayers of thy people; that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins, may receive comfort from thy kind visit. Who livest.

V. LESSON. Dan. iii. 49.- In those days : The angel of the Lord went down with Azarias, and his companions into the furnace: and he drove the flame of the fire out of the furnace, and made the midst of the furnace like the blowing of a wind bringing dew, and the fire touched them not at all, nor troubled them, nor did them any harm. Then these three, as with one mouth, praised and glorified, and blessed God in the furnace, saying:

CANTICLE. Blessed art thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers : and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

And blessed is the name of thy glory; which is holy; and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou in the holy temple of thy glory: and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou upon the sacred throne of thy kingdom: and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou, on the sceptre of thy divinity: and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou, who sittest on the Cherubim, beholding the (leep: and worthy of praise and glory for ever.

Blessed art thou who walkest on the wings of

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