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XXV. St. CATHARINE, v. m.
XXXI. except COLLECT. Deus, qui. O God, who gavest the law to Moses on Mount Sinai, and didst wonderfully translate the body of blessed Catharine, thy virgin and martyr thither, by the ministry of holy angels: mercifully grant, by ber merits and prayers, that we may safely come to the mount which is Christ. Who liveth.
XXVI. St. PETER of ALEXANDRIA, b, & m.
All as in Mass II. p. ii.
COMMON OF SAINTS.
MASS I. on the VIGIL of an APOSTLE. INTROIT. Ps. li. I as a fruitful olive, in the house of the Lord, have hoped in the mercy of my God: and I will wait on thy name, for it is good in the sight of thy saints. Ps. Why dost thou glory in mischief, that art mighty in iniquity? V. Glory.
COLLECT. Da quesumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the venerable solemnity of thy blessed apostle N. which we are now preparing to celebrate, may increase our devotion and advance our salvation. Thro'.
LESSON. Eccles. xliv. and xlv. The blessing of the Lord is on the head of the righteous man. Therefore did the Lord give him an inheritance, and assign him a part among the twelve tribes; and he found grace in the sight of all flesh. And he made him great to the terror of his enemies, and by his words he tarned monsters. He rendered him glorious in the presence of kings, and gave him his commandments in the sight of his people, and shewed him his glory. For bis faith and meekness he sanctífied him, and made choice of him among all flesh: and publicly gave him his precepts, and the law of life and discipline, and highly exalted him. He settled with him an eternal covenant, and encompassed him with the girdle of righteousness, and the Lord hath put on him a crown of glory.
GRAD. Ps. cxi. The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the Cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. V. To shew forth thy merey in the morning, and thy truth in the
GOSPEL. John XV. 12, 16. At that time : Je sus said to his disciples : This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man bath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends
, it you do the things that I command you. I will not now call you servants; for the servant knoweth not what his Lord doth. But I have called you friends: because all things whatsoever I have heard of my Father, I have made known to you. You have not chosen me: but I have chosen you; and have appointed you that you sbould go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain : that whatsoer er you shall ask of the Father in my name, be may give it you.
OFFERT. Ps. viü. Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, and hast set him over the works of thy hands, O Lord.
SECRET. Whilst with respect for the Apostolie dignity, we offer these sacred mysteries, grant
, we beseech thee, O Lord, (by the intercession of blessed N. thy Apostle, whose triumphs we are preparing to celebrate) that thy people may ever pray to thee, and obtain their desires. Thro.
COMM. Ps. xx. His glory is great in thy salu vation : glory and great beauty shalt thou lay apon him. P. COMM. Sancti. Being appeased, O Lord
, b the prayers of thy holy apostle N. grant us for giveness, and a remedy against all future relapses. Thro'. The Masses of the Apostles are to be found in their
MASS IL. Statuit, of a MARTYR and BP.
INTROIT. Eccles. xlv. Statuit ei, &c. THE Lord settled with him a covenant of peace, and made him a Chief that he might have the honour
of Priesthood for ever.
Ps. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness.
V. Glory, COLLECT. Infirmitatem. Have regard, O Almighty God to our weakness; and as we sink under the weight of our doings, let the glorious intercession of blessed N. thy Martyr and Bishop, be a protection to us. Thro'.
EPISTLE. James i. 12, 18. Dearly beloved : Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him. Let no man, when he is tempted, say that be is tempted by God. For God is not a tem ter of evils, and he tempteth no man. But every man is tempted by his own concupiscence, being drawn away and allured. Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin. But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death. Do not err therefore, my dearest brethren. Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of alteration. For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
GRAD. Ps. lxxxvii. I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him: for my band shall help him; and my arm shall strengthen him. V. The enemy shall bave no advantage over him; nor the son of iniquity have power to burt him. Alleluia, Alleluia. y. Ps. cix. V. Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia, Alleluia. After Septuag. instead of Aleluia and V. is said,
TRACT. Ps. 8x. Thou hast given him his heart's desire; and hast not withholden from him the will of his lips. V. For thou hast prevented him with blessings of sweetness. V. Thou hast set on his head a crown of precious stones.
GOSPEL. Luke xiv. 26, 33. At thal time : Je kus said to his disciples : If any man come to me, and bate not his father, and mother, and wise, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth pot carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you having a mind to build a tower, doth not first sit down and reckon the charges, that are necessary, whether he have where withal to finish it: lest after he hath laid the founda- Bs tion, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin ka to mock him saying: This man began to build, and LE was not able to finish. Or what king about to go and make war against another king, doth not first being sit down and think whether he be able with ten thousand, to meet him that with twenty thousand cometh out against him. Or else whilst the other it yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth condtions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that be possesseth, cannot be my disciple. OFFERT. Ps. lxxxvii. My truth and my mer
bor oy shall be with him : and in my name shall luis born be exalted.
SECRET. Mercifully receive, O Lord, the offer ings dedicated to thee by the merits of blessed N. thy Martyr and Bishop, and grant they may be a continual support to us. Thro'. COMM. Ps. Lxxxvii. Once have I sword by
C my boliness, and his seed shall endure for ever; and his throne as the sun before me, and as the moon perfect for ever, and a faithful witness in heaven.
P. COMM. Refecti, Being fed with the participation of thy sacred gifts, we beseech, thee, O Lord our God, that we may feel the efficacy thereof by the intercession of blessed N. thy Martyr and Bishop whose feast we celebrate. Thro'.