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GOSPEL. John xxi. 1. 14.
AT that time: Jesus shewed himself again to his disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and he shewed himself thus: There were together Simon Peter, and Thomas, called Didymus, and Nathaniel, who was of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter saith to them: I am going to fish. They say to him: we also are going with thee. And going forth, they went into a ship: and that night they caught nothing. And the morning being now come, Jesus stood on the shore; but his disciples knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus therefore said to them: Children, have you any thing to eat? They answered him: No. He saith unto them: Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and you will find. They cast it therefore, and now they were not able to drag it for the multitude of fish. Then that disciple, whom Jesus loved, said to Peter: It is the Lord. Simon Peter hearing it was the Lord, girt his garment about him, (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the ship, (for they were not far from land, only about two hundred cubits) dragging the net full of fish. As soon as they were come to land they saw a fire of coals, and a fish laid thereon, and bread. Jesus saith to them: bring hither some of the fish you have just now caught. Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty three: and though there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus saith to them: come and dine. And none of them that were at table durst ask him: Who art thou? Knowing it was the Lord. And Jesus cometh, and taketh the bread, and giveth it to them, and the fish in like manner. This was now the third time Jesus had shewed himself to his disciples after he was risen from the dead. Credo.
OFFERT. Pa. 77. The Lord opened the gates of heaven, and rained down Manna for them to eat: he gave them the bread of heaven: man hath eaten the bread of Angels. Alleluia.
SECRET. O Lord, we offer thee with joy these Paschal sacrifices, werewith thy Church is wonderfully fed and nourished. Thro'.
COMM. Rom. 6. Christ rising from the dead, dieth no more. Alleluia. Death shall have no more any power over him. Alleluia, Alleluia.
POSTCOMM. Ab omni. Grant we beseech thee, 0 Lord, that being cleansed from the old leaven, the receiving thy venerable sacraments may transform us into a new creature. Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest, &c.
THURSDAY in EASTER WEEK.
MASS. Intrott, Wisd. 10. They have altogether praised thy victorious hand, O Lord, Alleluia. For wisdom hath opened the mouth of the dumb, and made eloquent the tongues of infants. Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. 79- Sing to the Lord a new Song, for he hath done wonders. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Deus, qui diversitatem. O God, who hast united various nations in the confession of thy name: grant that they, who have been born again by the water of baptism, may have the same faith in their hearts, and the same piety in their actions. Thro'.
IN those days: The Angel of the Lord spoke to Phi lip, saying: Arise, and go towards the South, to the way that goeth down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert. And he arose, and went. And behold a Man of Ethiopia, an Eunuch of great authority under Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, and who had charge of all her treasure, had been at Jerusalem to worship; and was returning back, sitting in his chariot, and reading Isaias the Prophet. And the spirit said to Philip; Come near, and go up to that chariot. And Philip running up to it, heard him reading Isaias the Prophet; and he said; Dost thou think thou understandest what thou art reading? Who said; How can I, unless some one expound it to me? And he desired Philip to come up, and sit with him. And the place of Scripture he was reading, was this; He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and, like a lamb without voice before his shearers, he opened not his mouth. In his distress was his judgment taken away. Who shall declare his generation? For his life shall be taken from the earth. And the Eunuch answering Philip, said; of whom, I pray thee, doth the Prophet speak this; of himself or some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning from that part of the Scripture, preached to him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came to a certain water. And the Eunuch said: See, here is water; what hindereth me from being baptized? And Philip said: If thou believest with thy whole heart, thou may'st. And he answering, said; I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand; and they both of them went down into the water, Philip and the Eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the spirit of the Lord took away Philip, and the Eunuch saw him two more. And he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found in Azotus. And going on, he preached the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in all the cities, till he came to Cesarea.
GRAD. This is the day the Lord hath made, come let us exult, and rejoice thereon. V. The stone, which the builders rejected, is become the chief comer stone: this was done by the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Christ is risen, who created all things, and hath shewn mercy to mankind.
The Prose.Victimae Paschali, as adove, p. 108.
AT that time; Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping. And as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre; and she saw two Angels in white sitting, one at the head, and another at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laid. They say to her: Woman, why weepest thou? She saith to them: Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. Having said this, she turned back, and saw Jesus standing; but knew not that it was Jesus, Jesus saith to her: Woman, why weepest thou? Whom dost thou seek? She, thinking it was the gardener, saith to him; Master, if thou hast removed him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Jesus saith to her; Mary. She turning, saith to him: Rabboni, that is to say, Master. Jesus saith to her: touch me not, for I have not as yet ascended to my Father. But go to my brethren, and tell them: I ascend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. Mary Magdalen came, and saith to his disciples: I have seen the Lord, and so and so he said to me. Credo.
OFFERT. Exod. 13. In the day of your solemnity, saith the Lord, I will bring you into a land flowing with milk and honey, Alleluia.
SECRET. Graciously accept, we beseech thee, O Lord, the offerings of thy people: that being renewed by the confession of thy name and by baptism, they may obtain everlasting bliss. Thro'.
COMM. 1. Pet. 1. You, who are are a purchased, people, publish is might. Alleluia. It is he who hath called you from darkness to his wonderful light. Alleluia.
POSTCOMM. Exaudi. Graciously, hear our prayers 0 Lord, that, by frequenting these sacred mysteries of our redemption, we may obtain the necessary helps of this life, and the endless joys of the next. Thro.'
FRIDAY IN EASTER-WEEK.
MASS. Intrott. Ps. 77. The Lord hath brought them forth in hope. Alleluia: and the sea hath covered their enemies. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. My people, be attentive to my law; bend your ears to the words of my mouth. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Omnipotent. O Almighty and eternal God, who hast instituted this Paschal mystery in the covenant of the reconciliation of mankind; assist us with thy holy grace, that what we profess in this solemnity, we may practise in our lives. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 1 Pet. iii. 18. 22.
DEAR brethren: Christ died once for our sins, the just one for the unjust; that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but brought to life by the spirit. By which also he went and preached to the spirits that were in prison, which had been some time incredulous, when the patience of God waited for them, in the days of Noah, when the ark was building, in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. And baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also: being not the laying aside the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God
GRAD. This is the day the Lord hath made, come let us exult and rejoice thereon. V. Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord: he is our Lord God, and he hath shone upon us. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Publish it among the Gentiles, that the Lord hath reigned from the tree of the cross.
Prose. Victims Paschali, as above. p. 103
AT that time: The eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to a mountain, whither Jesus had appointed them to go. And seeing him they adored him: but some still doubted. And Jesus came, and spoke to them saying: All power in heaven and on earth is given me. Go ye therefore teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things, whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold I am with you all days, even to the end of the world. Credo.
OFFERT. Exod. 12. This day shall be a memorable one to you. Alleluia. You shall keep it a solemn festival to the Lord throughout all your generations; an everlasting stated solemnity. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
SECRET. Mercifully accept this sacrifice, we beseech thee, O Lord, which we offer for the remission of their sins, who have been regenerated; and to obtain speedily the help of thy grace. Thro'.
COMM. Matt. 28. All power in heaven and on earth is given me. Alleluia: Go teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia.
POSTCOMM. Respite. Look down, we beseech thee, O Lord upon thy people: and since thou hast vouchsafed to give them a new life by these eternal mysteries grant them also pardon of their temporal offences. Thro'.
SATURDAY IN EASTER-WEEK.
MASS. Intrott. Ps. 104. The Lord hath led forth his people with gladness, Alleluia: and his chosen ones in joy. Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. Praise the Lord, and call upon his name: publish his works among the Gentiles. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Concede. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we, who with reverence have celebrated this solemnity of Easter, may happily arrive at thy everlasting joys. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 1. Pel. ii. 1. 10.
DEAR brethren: Laying aside all malice, and all deceit, and dissembling, and envy, and all detraction like new-born infants, desire spiritual and pure milk ; that by it you may grow up to salvation; if so be that you have tasted that the Lord is sweet. To whom approaching, who is the living stone, which hath been rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured by God, be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy Priesthood, to offer spiritual victims, acceptable to