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49,6711. Choir answers, Sanctus Deus.

in Zarko L. Choir, Sanctus Fortis. sa L! I. Choir, Sanctus Immortalis, with kurches,) two of the second choir proceed with the en years, and fed thee with manna, and brought HRIST only whom we adore, agd it is in him alone

This Ant. and R. being repeated twice more, till the whole Cross is uncovered, the Priest lays it down in a proper place, and all kneeling thrice on both knees, reverently approach to, and devoutly kiss the feet of the crucifix. During this ceremony, tuo chanters in the middle of the choir sing alternately, the versicles called the reproaches, because they are in the name of Christ reproaching the Jewish people toith ingratitude, for the manifold blessings and favours he had conferred on them.

V. My people, what have I done to thee? Or in what have I grieved thee? Answer me.

V. Because I brought thee out of the land of beber Feypt; thou has prepared a cross for thy Saviour. Choir sings, Agios Theos.

Lo Holy God.
Choir, Agios Ischyros.

O Most Holy One.
Choir, Agios, Athanatos

O Holy Immortai eleison imas.

One, have mercy miserere nobis. After singing the foregoing praises of God in Greek and Latin (formerly the two most universal languages, to shero the union between all the Reproaches. V. Because I was thy guide through the desart for hee into an excellent land, thou hast prepared a tross for thy Saviour. Then Agios o Theos, &c. is repeated allernately as done, after which two of the first choir sing : V. What more should I have done to thee, and for our redemption. Whenever, therefore, we kneel prostrale ourselves before a crucifix, it is JESUS

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have not done? I have planted thee for my most beautiful vineyard: and thou hast proved very bitter vet dhe e to me, for in my thirst thou givest me vinegar to drink; and piercedst the side of thy Saviour with a man spear.

Agios o Theos, &c. is repeated as above. V. For thy sake I scourged Egypt with her first ste born; and thou hast delivered me up to be scourged

The whole Choir.] My people, what lave 1 done to thee? or in what have I grieved thee? As,

Two of I. Choir.] V. I led thee out of Egyptelene having drowned Pharaoh in the Red Sea; and then bast delivered me up to the chief priests.

The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir] V. I opened the sea belure the thee; and thou hast opened my side with a spear.

The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of I. Choir.] V. I went before thee in pillar of cloud; and thou hast brought me to the court of Pilate.

The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir] V. I fed thee with manna the desart; and thou hast beaten me with bufets and stripes.

The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of I. Choir.] V. I gave thee wholemuste water to drink out of the rock, and thou hast givet me for my drink gall and vinegar.

The whole Choir. My people, &c. Two of II. Choir.] V. For thy sake I smote the king of Canaan; and thou hast smote my head with

The whole Choir. My people, &c.
Two of I. Choir.] V. I gave thee a royal sceptre,
and thou hast given me a crown of thorns.

The whole Choir. My people, &c.
Two of II. Choir.] V. By great might I raised

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The whole Choir. My people, &c. and the ANTHEM. We adore thy cross, O Lord, and we praise and glorify thy holy resurrection, for by the Food of the cross the whole earth is filled with joy. Ps

. May God have mercy on us and bless us way his countenance shine upon us, and may he

Inl. We adore thee, &c. to Ps.
Then is sung the Versiele, O faithful cross! with the

Hymn, in the following manner :
O faithful cross! O noblest tree!
In all our woods there's none like thee :
So earthly groves, no shady bow'rs
Produce such leaves, such fruit, such flow'rs.
*Sweet are the nails, and sweet the wood,
That bears a weight, so sweet so good.

SING, O my tongue, devoutly sing
The glorious laurels of our King :
Sing the triumphant victory
Gaind on the cross erected high ;
Where man's Redeemer yields his breath,
And, dying, conquers heị and death.

O faithful cross, &c. is repeated to*.
With pity our Creator saw
His noblest work transgress his law,
When our first parents rashly ate
The fatal tree's forbidden meat;
He then resolv'd the cross's wood
Should make that tree's sad damage good.

Sweet are the nails, &c. from*.
By this wise method God design'd
From sin and death to save mankind;
Superior art with love combines,
And arts of Satan countermines :,

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And where the traitor gave the wound,
There healing remedies are found.

O faithful cross, &c. to*.
When the full time decreed above
Was come to shew this work of love,
Th’ Eternal Father sends his Son,
The world's Creator from his throne!
Who on our earth, this vale of tears,
Cloath'd with a virgin's flesh appears.

Sweet are the nails, fc. from*
Thus God made man, an infant lies,
And in the manger weeping cries
His sacred limbs by Mary bound,
The poorest tatter'd rags surround;
And God's incarnate feet and hands
Are closely bound with swathing bands.

O faithful cross, &c. 10*.
Full thirty years were fully spent
In this our mortal banishment;
And then the Son of Man decreed
For the lost sons of men to bleed:
And on the cross a victim laid,
The solemn expiation made.

Sweet are the nails, &c. from*
Gall was his drink; his flesh they tear
With thorns and nails; a cruel spear
Pierces his side, from whence a flood
Streams forth, of water mix'd with blooà;
With what a tide are wash'd again
The sinful earth, the stars the main!

O faithful cross, &c. to*. Bend tow'ring tree, thy branches bead Thy native stubbornness suspend : Let not stiff nature use its force, To weaker saps have now recourse:

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With softest arms receive thy load,
And gently bear our dying God.

Sweet are the nails, &c. from*.
On thee alone the Lamb was slain
That reconcild the world again;
And when on raging seas was tost
The shipwreck'd world and mankind lost,
Besprinkled with his sacred gore,
Thou safely brought them to the shore.

O faithful cross, &c. to*.
All glory to the sacred Threc,
One undivided Deity:
To Father Holy Ghost and Son,
De equal praise and homage done:
Let the whole universe proclaim
Of One and Three the glorious name. Amen.

Sweet are the nails, &c. fron*
Towards the end of the Veneration, &c. the Candles

on the Alar are lighted, and the Cross being 1.5 placed thereon, the Priest with his Attendants, go

to fetch the Presanctified Host from the place
where it was yesterday deposited. Whilst the Pro-
ccssion is returning the following hymn ir sung.
BEHOLD the royal ensigns fly,
Bearing the Cross's mystery ;
Where life itself did death endure,
And by that death did life procure.
A cruel spear let out a flood
Of water mix'd with saving blood,
Which gushing from the Saviour's side,
Drown'd our offences in the tide.
The mystery we now unfold,
Which David's faithful verse foretold,
Of our Lord's kingdom, whilst we see
God ruling nations from a tree.

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