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| THE Church employs the four weeks that precede i Christmas in preparing the faithful for that great solemnity; hence the beginning of the ecclesiastical year is called Advent, from the Latin word Adventur, which signifies the coming, viz. of Jesus Christ. Our first parents soon after their fall, were comforted with the prediction of this great event, when God assured them that the time would come when " the seed of the woman should crush the head of the serpert.” This promise was renewed to Abraham, confirmed to Isaac, determined to the tribe of Juda, fixed in the house of David; and lastly, the time of its perfect accomplishment was exactly calculated by the prophet Daniel.
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. FOR THE M.ass-The Introit. Ps. xxiv...Ad te
levavi, &c. TO thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my Soul. Ia thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. Neither let my enemies laugh at me : for none of them that wait on thee shall be confounded. Px. Shew, O Lord, thy ways to me,
and teach me
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost : As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Then repeat, To thee, O Lord, &c. as far as Ps. Which mode of repeating the introit is always oh
served throughout the year. Then the Kyrie Eleison as in the ordinary. The Gloria in excelsis is not said, except on festivals, from this Sunday uhtil Christmas. Coll. Let us pray. Excita quees. Stir up,
0 Lord, thy power, we beseech thee, and come: that we may deserve, by thy protection, to be snatched from the imminent dangers of our sins, and by thy redemption to be saved; who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen. From this day to Christmas-eve, after the Collect of
the day, the two following Collects are said. Of the B. V. MARY. * Deus qui. O God, who wast pleased that thy Word, when the angel delivered his message, should take flesh in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary: give ear to our humble petitions; and grant, that we who believe her to be true ly the Mother of God, may be helped by ber prayers.
For the CHURCH. * Eccl. tuce. Mercifully hear, we beseech thee, O Lord, the prayers of thy Church, that all oppositions and errors being renov. ed, sbe may serve thee with a secure and undisturbed devotion. Thro' &c. Amen. Or instead of the foregoing, the following may be said.
For the POPE. Deus omnium. O God, the pastor and governor of all the faithful, look down in the mercy on thy servant N. wborn thou hast appointed Pastor over thy Church: and grant, we beseech thee, that, both by word and example, he mar edify all those that are under his charge, and, with the flock intrusted to him, arrive, at length, happiness. Thro.
Sur EPISTLE. Rom. xiii, 11, 14. Brethren : Know
ling that it is now the hour for us to rise from sleep. Por now our salvation is nearer than when we believel. The night is past, and the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and put on tie annour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day: not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambut put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ.
GRAD. Ps. xxiv. None of them that wait on
bering and impurities, not in contention and envy:
ways to me, and teach me thy paths. Alleluia, Al.
V. Shew us, O Lord, thy mercy, and grant us thy
GOSPEL. Luke xxi. 25, 33. At that time :
the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars : and upon paket the earth distress of nations, by reason of the confu
sion of the roaring of the sea and of the waves, men les withering away for fear, and expectation of what
shall come upon the whole world. of the hearens shall be moved: and then they shall see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with great power and majesty. But when these things begin to come to pass, look up, and lift up your heads : beto them a similitude: See the fig-tree and all the
For the powers
your redemption is at hand. And he spoke
trees : when they
now shoot forth their fruit, you know the suminer is nigh: so likewise
when you see
these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of
God is at hand. Amen, I say to you, this genera* tion shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away :
but shall not pass away. THE CREED. I lifted up my soul. In thee O my God I put my
OFFERTORY. Ps. xxiv. To thee O Lord have Fust; let me not be ashamed, neither let my ene
mies laugh at me: for none of them that wait on thee shall be confounded.
SECRET. Grant, O Lord, that these sacred mysteries may cleanse us by their powerful virtue, and bring us with greater purity to him, who was their author and institutor Thro'.
of the B. V. M. * Strengthen, we bescech thee, O Lord, in our souls, the mysteries of the true faith: that we who confess him, that was conceived of a Virgin, to be true God, and true man, may, by the power of his saving resurrection, deserve to come to eternal joys. Thro' the same, dic.
For the CHURCH. * Protect us, O Lord, whilst we assist at thy sacred mysteries, that being emplos: ed in acts of religion, we may serve thee both in body and mind. Thro'.
Instead of the last, may be said the following For the POPE. Be appeased, O Lord, with the offering we have made, and cease not to protect thy servant N. whom thou hast been pleased to appoint Pastor over thy Church, Thro'.
COMM. Pš. Ixxxiv. For the Lord will give bis goodness: and our earth shall yield her fruit.
P. COMM. Suscipiamus. May we receive, o Lord, thy mercy in the midst of thy temple, that with due honour we may prepare for the approaching lemnity of our reparation. Thro'.
Of the B. V. M. * Gratiam tuam. Pour forth, me beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we, who, by the message of an angel
, have known the incarnation of thy Son, the Christ, may by his passion and cross, come to the glory of his résurrection. Thro'.
For the CHURCH. * Qurtsumus. We beseech thee, Almighty God, not to leave exposed to the dangers of human life, those whom thou hast permit ted to partake of those divine mysteries. Thro,
testing his charge. Thro'.
lastend of the last, may be said the following,
of Ite missa est, is said, Benedicamus Do-
Gloria in excelsis is omitted.
ing Sunday is said unless there be a proper Mass
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
est Joseph like a sheep. V. Glory,
thee with pure minds. Who livest.
INTROIT. Is. XXX.—Populus, Sion, &c. PEOPLE of Sion, behold the Lord will come to save the Gentles: and the Lord will make the glory
of his voice heard to the joy of your hearts. Ps. 79. ! Give ear 0 thou that rulest Israel: thou that lead.. qur hearts to prepare the ways of thy only begotten
COLLECT. Excita Domine. Stir up, O Lord,
things soever were wriiten, were written for our