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moved: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all tribes of the earth mourn: and they shall see the Son of man, coming in the clouds of heaven with much power and majesty. And he shall send his angels with a trumpet, and a great voice: and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the farthest parts of the heavens to the utmost bounds of them. And from the fig-tree learn a parable: when the branch thereof is now tender, and the leaves come forth, you know that summer is nigh. So you also, when you shall see all these things, know ye that it is nigh even at the doors. Amen, I say to you, that this generation shall not pass, till these things be done. Heaven and earth shall pass, but my words shall not pass. CREDO.
SECRET. Mercifully receive, O Lord, the prayers and offerings of thy people: turn our hearts to thee; that being freed from earthly concupiscence, we may desire heavenly pleasures. Through.
P. COMM. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that whatever vice our souls are subject to, may be cured by the virtue of the sacrament we have received. Through.
The Common of Saints.
MASS ON THE VIGIL OF AN APOSTLE. Introit. Ps. 11.
AS a fruitful olive-tree in the house of the
and I will wait on thy name, for it is good in the sight of thy saints. Ps. Why dost thou glory in mischief, thou that art mighty in iniquity? v. Glory.
COLL. 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. Through.
LESSON. Ecclus. xliv. and xlv. The blessing of the Lord on the head of the righteous man. Therefore the Lord gave him an inheritance, and divided him his portion in twelve tribes; and he found grace in the sight of all flesh. And he magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease. He glorified him in the sight of kings, and gave him commandments in the sight of his people, and showed him his glory. He sanctified him in his faith and meekness, and chose him out of all flesh: and he gave him commandments before his face, and a law of life and instruction, and he exalted him. He made an everlasting covenant with him, and girded him about with a girdle of justice: and the Lord 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 show forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night.
John xv. 12. 16. At that time: Jesus said to his disciples: This is my commandment, that you love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if 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 should go, and should bring forth fruit; and your fruit should remain: that whatsoever
shall ask of the Father in my name, he may you give it you. OFFERT.
Ps. viii. 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 apostolic 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. Through.
COMM. Ps. xx. His glory is great in thy salvation: glory and great beauty shalt thou lay upon him, O Lord.
P. COMM. Being appeased, O Lord, by the prayers of thy holy apostle N. grant us forgiveness, and a remedy against all future relapses. Through.
MASS. I. Statuit, of a MARTYR and BISHOP. Introit. Ecclus. xlv.
STATUIT ei Dominus THE Lord made to testamentum pacis, et principem fecit eum: ut sit illi sacerdotii dignitas in æternum. Ps. Memento, Domine, David, et omnis mansuetudinis ejus. V. Gloria.
him a covenant of peace, and made him a prince, that the dignity of priesthood should be to him for ever. Ps. O Lord, remember David, and all his meekness. V. Glory.
COLL. 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. Through.
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 he is tempted by God. For God is not a tempter 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. lxxxviii. I have found David my servant: with my holy oil I have anointed him: for my hand shall help him: and my arm shall strengthen him. V. The enemy shall have no advantage over him: nor the son of iniquity have power to hurt him. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Ps. cix. Thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech. Alleluia.
After Septuagesima, instead of Alleluia and V. is said :
TRACT. Ps. xx. Desiderium. 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.
Luke xiv. 26. 33. At that time: Jesus said to the multitudes: If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me, cannot be my disciple. 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 wherewithal to finish it: lest after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that see it begin to mock him, saying: This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king about to go and make war against another king, doth not first sit down and think whether he be able with ten thousand, to meet him that with twenty thousand cometh against him. Or else whilst the other is yet afar off, sending an embassy, he desireth conditions of peace. So likewise every one of you that doth not renounce all that he possesseth, cannot be my disciple.
OFFERT. Ps. lxxxviii. My truth and my mercy shall be with him; and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
SECRET. Mercifully receive, O Lord, the offerings dedicated to thee by the merits of blessed N. thy martyr and bishop, and grant they may be a continual support to us. Through.
COMM. Ps. lxxxviii. Once have I sworn by my holiness; 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. Through.
MASS II. Sacerdotes Dei, of the same.
num: sancti et humiles corde, laudate Deum. Ps. Benedicite omnia opera Domini Domino,
OYE priests of God,
bless the Lord: O ye holy and humble of heart, praise God. Ps. All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord,