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444 29th, 30th AND 31ST JANUARY AND 1st Feb.
COMM. The kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls, who having found one of great value, went and sold all his possessions and the shal bought it.
P. COMM. Sumpsimus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the votire mysteries we have received iten: on this apocal solemnity, may both succour us in late this temporal life, and procure for us that which will fighter have no end. Thro'.
XXIX. St. FRANCIS de SALES.
Ad es in Mass XI.* p. xxi, excep!
. vation of souls wast pleased that blessed Francis
, thy Confessor and Bishop, should become all to all
: mercifully grant, that being plentifully enriched with the sweetness of thy charity, by following lis directions, and by the help of his merits, we may obtain life everlasting. Thro?.
XXX. St. MARTINA, v. & m. All in Mass XXXI.
XXXI. St. PETER NOLASCUS, C.
All as in Mass XV. p. xxvii, ercept COLLECT. Deus, qui. O God, who, in imitation of thy charity, didst inspire blessed Peter to institute a new order in the Church for the redemption of captives; grant, by his intercession, that being delivered from the slavery of sin, we may enjoy everlasting liberty in our heavenly country. Thro!
February I. St. IGNATIUS, bp. m. INTROIT. Gal. vi. God forbid that I should glory save but in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ : by whom the world is crucified to me, and to the world. Ps. cxxxi. Remember David, O Lord, and all his meckness. V. Glory.
COLL. Secr. and P. COMM. as in Mass II. p. ii.
EPISTLE. Rom. viii. 35, 39. Brethren: Who iben shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation? or distress ? or famine? or nakedness? or danger? or persecution ? or the sword ? (As it is written : “For thy sake we are put to death all the day long We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.") But in all these things we overcome, because of him that hath loved us.
For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, por might, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GRAD. Behold, as on January 27, p. 443.
Alleluia, Alleluia, V. Gal. ii. With Christ I am nailed to the cross; I live, now not I, but Christ liveth in me.
COMM. I am the wheat of Christ; I am to be ground by the teeth of wild beasts, that I may be found pure bread.
II. PURIFICATION of the B. V. MARY. THIS feast is kept, not only in remembrance of our Saviour's Presentation in the Temple forty days after his birth, (in compliance with the law of Moses, Lev, xü.) but also in commemoration of HIS BLESSED MOTHER'S PURIFYING HERSELF, by offering that sacrifice in the temple, which was prescribed by the same law. Its institution must be of an early date, since we find mention made of it in the 5th century. By the distribution of the blessed candles, the faithful are exhorted to be as piously disposed as holy SIMEON was when he took Christ in his arms, and prophesied that he should become the light of the
Gentiles and the GLORY of Israel. Let us therefore receive the candles from the hands of the Priest with a becoming piety, as an emblem of Christ, who is the hight of our souls, and with him let us also offer up ourselves, as purified by bis blood to his Eternal Father.
At the BLESSING of the CANDLES The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit
. Let us pray. Domine sancte. HOLÝ Lord, Father Almighty and Eternal God, who didst create all things out of nothing, and by the labour of the bees following thy commands, hast brought this liquor to the perfection of wax; and who, on this day, didst accomplish the desire of the righteous Simeon, we humbly beseech thee, that by the invocation of thy most boly name, and by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, whose fesa tival we this day devoutly celebrate, and by the pray. ers of all thy saints, thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless Fand sanctify these candles, for the service of men, and for the good of their bodies and souls in all places; and that thou wouldst please mercifully to hear from thy holy temple, and from the throne of this majesty, the prayers of this thy people, who desire to carry them in their hands with reveronce, and with sacred hymns to praise thy name; and sket mercy to all that cry out onto thee, whom thou hast redeemed by the precious blood of thy beloved Son; who liveth. R. Amen.
Let us pray. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus O ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, who on this day wast pleased that thy only Son should be presented in the temple, and be received into the armis of holy Simeon; we bumbly beseech thy mercy to bless, sanctify 4*, and give the light of thy heavenly benediction to these candles, which we tly ser vants desire to carry in honour of thy name; that by offering them to thee, our Lord God, we may be
inflamed with the fire of thy sweet love, and made worthy to be presented in the holy temple of thy glory. Thro' the same. R. Amen.
Let us pray. Domine Jesu. LORD Jesus Christ, the true light, that enlighteneth every man that cometh into the world ; pour forth thy blessing upon these candles, and sanctifyathem by the light of thy grace ; and grant in thy mercy, that as these candles, by their visible light, dispel the darkness of the night, so our hearts, burning with invisible fire, and enlightened by the grace of the Holy Ghost, may be delivered from all blindness of sin ; that the eye of our soul being purified, we may discern those things that are pleasing ta thee, and beneficial to our souls; that after having finished the darksome passage of this life, we may come to never-fading joys through thee 0 Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, who, in perfect Trinity livest. R. Amen.
Let us pray. Omnipotens sempiterne. O ALMIGHTY and Eternal God, who, by thy servant Moses, commandest the purest oil to be prepared for lamps, continually to burn in thy presence, mercifully pour forth the grace of thy blessing Icon these candles : that as they supply us with visible light, so, by tby assistance, the light of thy Spirit inay never be wanting inwardly in our souls. Thro'. R. Amen.
Domine Jesu. LORD Jesus Christ, who appearing amongst men in the substance of his flesh, wast pleased this day to be presented in the temple by thy parents, and whom the vencrable Simeon, enlightened by the Holy Ghost, publicly confessing, received in his arms, and blessed ; mereifully grant, that, being inspired and taught by the grace of the same holy Spirit, we may sincerely acknowledge and faithfully love thee : who with God the Father, in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, livest, &c. R. Amen,
Let us pray.
Here the Priest baving put incense in the Censer,
sprinkles the Candles with Holy Water, kaya ing Sprinkle, &c. without the Ps. After suming them he distributes them to the Faithful, who re. ceive them kneeling, first kissing the Candle, and then the Hand of the Priest. During the Distribution of the Candles is sung,
ANT. A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of thy people Israel.
CANTICLE, Luke i
Because my eyes have seen thy salvation.
Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people.
Ant. Light, &c.
Then is sung the following song:
Ant. Arise, to Ps.
Sunday, is said
pel, and from the Consecration till after the Com-
COLLECT. Omnipoteris. O Almighty and Eter nal God, we humbly 'bescech thy divine majesty, that as thy only Son in the substance of our desh