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LESSOM. Acts vi. 8: vii. 54. 59.
IN those days: Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, wrought great wonders and miracles among the people. And there arose certain men of that which is called the Synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those, who were of Cilicia and Asia, who disputed with Stephen: and they were not able to stand against the wisdom and spirit, with which he spoke.— Chap. vii. 54. And hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, aud gnashed their teeth at him. But Stephen, full of theHoly Ghost, looking up to heaven, saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God. And he said: Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. But they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran furiously upon him: And casting him out of the city, they stoned him; and the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Then falling on his knees, he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And having said this, he fell a sleep in the Lord.
GRAD. Ps. 118. Princes sat and spoke against me, and the wicked persecuted me. V. Help me, O Lord, my God, save me for thy mercies sake. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Acts vii I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Matt, xxiii. 34.
AT that time: Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees: Behold I send to you prophets and wise men, and scribes; and of them some you will kill and crucify, and others you will scourge in your Synagogues, and persecute from city to city: that all the innocent blood may come upon you, that hath been shed on the earth, from the blood of the righteous Abel, even to the blood of Zacharias, the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Verily, I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who killest the prophets, and stonest those, who are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children, as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not? Behold your house shall be left to you dasolate. For I say to you: You shall not see me from this time, till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
OFFERT. Acts vi. The Apostles chose Stephen, a Levite, full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, whom the Jews stoned, praying, and saying: Lord Jesus receive my spirit. Alleluia.
SECRET. Receive these offerings, O Lord, in memory of thy saints: that as their sufferings made them glorious, so our devotion may render us innocent. Thro'.
COMM. Acts vii. I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God: Lord Jesus receive my spirit, and lay not this sin to their charge.
PuSTCOMM. Auxilientur. May the mysteries, we have received, be a help to us, O Lord, and, by the intercession of thy blessed Martyr, Stephen, strengthen lis with thy perpetual protection. Thro'.
IV. St. DOMINICK, Conf. Double.
All as p. xlii. In the Hymn is said: Deserves that we. Prayer. Collect at Mass.
MASS. Introit. The mouth of the righteous man, p. xli.
COLLECT. Deus, qui. O God, who hast enlightened thy Church, by the eminent virtues and preaching of blessed Dominick thy Confessor: grant, by his prayers, she may be provided against all temporal necessities, and daily improve in all spiritual good. Thro'.
Epistle. 2 Tim. iv. p. xl.
GRAD. Ps. cxi. The Justus ut palma florebit:
righteous man shall flow. sicut cedrusLibani multipli
rish like the palm-tree; cabitnrindomoDomini. V.
he hall thrive like the cedar Ad annuntiandum mane mi
on Libanus in the house of sericordiam tuam, et verita
the Lord. V. To publish tem tuam per noctem.
Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Alleluia, Alleluia: V.
The righteous man shall bud Justus germinabit sicnt liforth as the lily: and flou- hum; etflorebitinaeternum rish for ever before the ante Dominum. Alleluia. Lord. Alleluia.
Gospel. Luke xii. p. xliv. OFFERT. My truth and my mercy are with him -t and in my name shall his power be exalted.
SECRET. Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts offered thee; and grant, by the merits of blessed Dominick thy Confessor, they may be healing to us. Thro'.
COMM. This is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the Lord placed over his family to give them in due season their measure of wheat.
POSTCOMM. Concede. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who are oppressed with the burden of our sins, may be delivered by the intercession of blessed Dominick thy Confessor. Thro'.
The second Vespers are all of the following Feast, with a Commemoration of St. Dominicr.
V. The DEDICATION of St. MARY ad N1VES.
A greater Double. VESPERS. All as of the B. V. Mary, p. lxxiii. Prayer. Collect at Mass.
The Commem. of St. Dominick. Ant h. This man.
V. The Lord led. p. xlv. Pkayek. Collect at Mass.
Commem. of the B. Virgin, and of SS. Xystus, Fran, Cissimus, and Agapetus, M. M.
VI. The TRANSFIGURATION of our Lord. A greater
I. VESPERS. The Psalms as on Sundays, p. (X). Except the last, which is Ps. Laudate Dominum omnes. p. 90.
Anth. TESUS took Peter, Ant. A SSUMPSIT Jesus J and James, and ii Petrum, &: JacoJohn his brother, and led bum et Joannem fratrem er them to a high mountain a- jus, et duxit eos in montein part, and was transfigured excelsum seorsum, ettransbefore them. liguratus est ante eos.
Anth. His face shonelike Ant. Resplenduit facies the sun, and his garments ejus sicut sol, vestimenta
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LITTLE CHAP. Phil. iii. We look for the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ, who will reform our lowly body, to become like his glorious body.
^^LL_that desire with f^UICUMQUE ChrN
Christ to rise, ToThabor's Mount lift up
your eyes; See there what bliss, what
charming rays Of Glory God in heaven displays. We see an object bright, sublime, That knows no bounds of
place or time, Gloriously high and infinite,
Elder than heaven and Chaos-night. This is that King whose sov'reign sway
The Gentiles and the Jews obey,
Promis'd to Abr'ham and decreed,
To rule his num'rous faithful seed. The law and prophets him unfold,
And_sign the truth by them foretold;
VxJ turn quaaritis,
Illic licebit visere
Signum perennis gloriae.
Illustre quiddam cernimus,'
Quod nesciat fmem pad,
Sublime, celsum, interminum,
Antiquius coeld et Chao.
Hie ille Rex est Gentium,
Populique Rex Judaici,
Promissus Abrahae Patri,
Ej usque in serum semini.
Hunc et prophetis testibus,
Him God the Father from
his Throne, Commands the world to
hear and own. Glory to Christ, whose
light displays To little ones his saving
To God the Father let's repeat
The same, and to the Paraclete. Amen.
The Hymn at Complin is concluded in the same manner.
V. Thou didst appear V. Gloriosus apparuisti in glorious in the sight of the conspectuDomini. R. Prom. jlord. R. Therefore the area decorem induit te DaLord clothed thee with minus, beauty.
At the MAGNIFICAT.
Anth. Christ Jesus the Ant. Christus Jesus, splen
brightness of the Father, dor Patris, et figura substan
Testator et Pater jubet
Audire nos et credere.
Jesu, tibi sit gloria,
Qui te revelas parvulis,
Cum Patre et Almo Spiritu
tiae eius, portans omma verbo vrrtutis suae, purgationem peccatorum facien6, in monte excelso gloriosus apparere hodie dignatus est.
and the figure of his substance, supporting all things by his mighty word, and cleansing away sin, vouchsafed this day to appear glorious on the high mountain.
Prayer. Collect at Mass, p. 380.
The Commem. of the B. V. Mary. Anth. All generations, p Ixxv. V. Vouchsafe, ib. Prayer. Collect at Mass, p. lxix.
of SS. Xystus, &c. Anth. For to them. V. Rejoice. p. xxv. Prayer. Deus, qui nos concedis. p. xxix.
MASS. Introit. Psalm lxxvi.
THY lightning did flash over the earth, the earth shook and trembled. Ps. How lovely are thy tabernacles, O Lord of Hosts! My soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the L01 d. Y. Glory.
JLLUXERUNT coruscationes tuae orbi terrae: commota est, et contfemui£ terra. Ps. Quam dilecta tabernacula tua, Doming virtutum : concupiscit et derfick anima mea in atria Do mini, Y.. Gloria,.