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God thro' Jesus Christ. Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I place in Sion a chief corner-stone, chosen and precious: and he that shall believe in him shall not be confounded. To you therefore that believe, there is honor: but to unbelievers, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the chief corner-stone; and a stone of qjfence, and a rock of scandal to those, who stumble at the word, and believe not, whereunto also they were set. But you are a chosen race, a royal* priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people; that you may publish his excellencies, who hath called you from darkness to his wonderful light. You who were sometime not the people, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Alleluia, Alleluia. V. This is the Day the Lord hath made; come let us exult and rejoice thereon. Alleluia. V. Ps. 112. Praise the Lord, ye his servants, praise the name of the Lord.
Prose. Victimae Paschali, as above p. 108.
AT that time: The first day of the week, Mary Magdalen came early, while it was yet dark, to the sepulchre; and saw the stone taken away from it. She ran therefore, and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith to them: They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went out, and that other disciple, and they came to the sepulchre. And they ran both together, and the other disciple out-ran Peter and came first to^the sepulchre. And stooping down, he saw the linen cloaths lying, but went not in. Then came Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulchre, and saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin that was about his head, not laid with the linen, but folded up in a place by itself. Then went in also that disciple, who came first to the sepulchre: and he saw, and believed it: for as yet they understood not the scriptures, that he was to rise again from the dead. Credo.
OFFERT. Ps. 117. Blessed is he who cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you from the house of the Lord: the Lord is God, and he hath shined upon us. Alleluia. Alleluia.
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SECRET. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that we may always gratefully solemnize the Paschal mysteries, and that the continual celebration of the sacrament of our redemption may be to us a subject of perpetual joy. Thro'.
COMM. Gal. 3. All you that have been baptized in Christ, have put on Christ. Alleluia.
POSTCOMM. Redemption^. Being strengthened, O Lord, by the sacrament of our redemption, grant that, thro' this help to eternal salvation, a true faith may always be encreased in us. Thro'.
QUASIMODO OR LOW SUNDAY.
THIS Sunday is called by the former name, from the first words of the Introit of the Mass ; and formerly the greater part of the Sundays in the year took their names from their first words of the Introit. The English name, Low Sunday, seems to be given in contradistinction to the greater solemnity of Easter-Sunday. It is called, in the Roman Missal. Dominica in all is, from the preceding Saturday being called Sablalum in altis; because those who had been baptized on Easter Eve, on the following Saturday after Mass, laid aside the white garment, with which they had been clothed at their baptism } and began this day to be no longer distinguished in their dress from the rest of the faithful. The Church, however, continues to instruct them in particular in the Mass of this day. It is to the new baptized, and even to those who have recovered the innocence of their baptism by the sacrament of pennance, that she addresses herself; representing to them, that like new born children, they ought earnestly to desire the spiritual milk of the word of God, which alone can maintain and increase in them the life of grace, w hich they have just recovered.
MASS. Intrott. 1 Pet. ii. Ps. lxxx.
JIKE new-born chil- fAUASI modo geniti in ._j dren, Alleluia, desire \ac fames, Alleluia, raspiritual and pure milk, tionabile sine dolo lac concuAlleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia. piscite. Alleluia, Alleluia, Ps. Rejoice in God who Alleluia. Ps. ExultateDeo is our help ; joyfully praise adjutori nostro; jubilate the God of Jacob. V. Deo Jacob. V. Gloria. Glory,
COLLECT. Prasta. Grant, we beseech thee, O Ai
mighty God, that we, who have celebrated this solemnity of Easter, may, by the assistance of thy divine grace, always shew the effects thereof in our lives and actions. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 1 John v. 4. 9.
DEARLY beloved: Whatever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this victory, by which the world is overcome, is our faith. *Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God. It is this same Jesus Christ, who came with water and blood: not with water only, but with water and blood. And it is the spirit that beareth testimony that Christ is the truth. For there are three that bear testimony in heaven; the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. And there are three, that bear testimony on earth: the spirit, and water, and blood; and these three are one. If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater: for God himself hath given this greater testimony concerning his Son: He that believeth in the Son of God, hath in himself the testimony of God.
Alleluia, Alleluia. V. On Alleluia, Alleluia. V. the day of my resurrection, In die resurrectionis meae, saith the Lord, I will go be- dicit Dominus, praecedam fore you into Galilee. Al- vos in Galilaeam. Alleluia, alleluia. V. After eight days, V. Post dies octo, januis the doors being shut, Jesus clausis, stetit Jesus in mestood in the midst of his dio discipulomm suorum, disciples, and said: Peace et dixit: Pax vobis. Allebe with you. Alleluia. luia.
GOSPEL. Johnxx. 19.
AT that time: The same day, it being the first day of the week, when it was late, and the doors were shut, where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews; Jesus came, and stood in the the midst, and said to them: Peace be with you. And having said this, „e shewed them his hands and his side. The di-.cipies therefore were glad, when they saw the Lord. Then he said to them again, Peace be with you: as the Father sent me, so I send you. When he had said this; he breathed on them, and said to them: Receive you the Holy Ghost: whose bms you shall forgive they are forgiven them; .atd whose sins you shall retain, they are retained. But, Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them, when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him; we have seen the Lord. But he said to them: Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it. And, after eight days, his disciples were again assembled within doors, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst of them, and said: Peace be with you. Then he saith to Thomas: Put thy finger in here, and see my hands; and bring hither thy hand and put it into my side, and be not incredulous, but believe, Thomas answered and said to him: My Lord, and my God. Jesus said to him: Because thou hast seen me, Thomas, thou hast believed: but blessed are they, who have not seen, and yethave believed. Many other miracles also did Jesus perform in the sight of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written, that you may believe, that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, you may have life in his name. Credo.
OFFERT. Matt, xxviii. Angelus Domini descendit An Angel of the Lord came de coelo, et dixit mulieridown from heaven, and said bus , Quem qussritis 5iUTcx« to the women: He whom it, sicut dixit. Alleluia. you seek is risen, as he told you. Alleluia.
SECRET. Receive, we beseech thee, O Lord, the offerings of thy joyful Church; and as thou hast given occasion to this great joy, grant she may receive the fruits of that joy, which will never end. Thro'.
COMM. John xx. Put Mitte manum tuam, et forth thy hand, and remark cognosce loca clavorum. the place of the nails. Al- Alleluia; et noli esse increleluia; and be not incredu- dulus, sed fidelis. Alleluia, lous, but believe. Alleluia, Alleluia. Alleluia.
POSTCOMM. Quasumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that the sacred mysteries thou hast given us to preserve the grace of our redemption, may be our present and future remedy, Thro'.
N. B. From Monday after Low Sunday to AscensionDay, unless it be a Double, the second Collect is Concede nos, as p. lxix. the third: Ecclesiae tuae, as p. lxxii. Or, Deus omnium, ib. together with their respectiveSecrrts and Postcommuntons.
VESPERS. All as on Sundays, p. 69 to the Litttlr Chapter. The Beginning of the Epistle to * p. 127. HYMN.
X now are past, ij. In robes of white come let Stolis amicti candidis, us taste
The Lamb's most royal Post transitum maris rubri
feast, and sing A hymn of praise to Christ Christo canamus Principi.
His blood with charity Divina cujus charitas divine
He to us drinks, instead of Sacrum propinat sangui
His body for this mystic Almique membra corporis
He sacrific'd by love, as Amor Sacerdos immolat.
The posts thus stain'd Sparsum cinorem posti
The wasting Angel passes Vastator horret Angelus; o'er;
The yielding sea divides its Fugitque divisum mare; waves;
Egyptians float in liquid Sterguntur hostes fluctibus. graves.
Our Paschal feast and sa- Jam Pascha nostrum crifice Christus est,
Is Christ the Lamb, who Paschalis idem victima; for us dies;
Christ is the pure unleaven Et pura puris mentibus bread,
By which the purest minds Sinceritatis azyma. are fed.
O true celestial sacrifice! O vera coeli victima! By thee hell's power van- Subjecta cui sunt Tartara! quish'd lies:
Relentless death unlocks his Soluta mortis vincula! chains!
And life eternal man re- Recepta vitae prsemia! gains!
The tyrant prince of hel- Victor, subactis inferis, lish might