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With regard to this edition of the Missal, it may be asserted, that unusual care bas been bestowed on every part of it. Without attempting a new translation from the Latin, the entire version which is here given, has been diligently compared with the original; differences long existing in the Graduals and Offertories of Missals, for the use of the Laity, have been harmonised; all those portions taken from Holy Scripture have been carefully collated with it, and the very words of the inspired Writers fully restored; the Masses, too, for the Passion, and those specially granted to England, have been inserted in their proper places. To many other improvements it is unnecessary to refer. If the devout reader's convenience and spiritual profit have been secured by any industry of the editore they will have been amply requited.
TABLE OF CONTENTS.
FOR THE USE OF THE CALENDAR.
T&B prayers and portions of Holy Scripture, of which the Mass or Liturgy of the Catholic Church, is composed, are, in part, unalterably the same, and in part, different every day : those that are fixed and not to be changed, are contained in wbat is called the ORDINARY OF THE MASS, from pages 35 to 81 inclusively; and the parts which are changed or the proper parts, viz., the INTROITS, COLLECTS, EPISTLES and LESSONS, GRADUALS and TRACTS, GosPELS, OFFERTORIES, SECRETS, COMMUNIONS, and PostCOMMUNIONS, form the subsequent contents of the book. As the PREPACES are not so frequently changed, they follow each other in regular succession in the Ordinary of the Mass.
The Ecclesiastical year commences with the First Sunday of Advent, which is the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the 30th of November.
Sundays and Festivals are celebrated with different degrees of solemnity; some are called Doubles; o:hers, Semi. doubles. Festivals which are neither Doubles nor Semidoubles, are called Simples. Week-days, on which no Festival occurs, are called Ferias. Some Festivals are celebrated with an Oetave, that is for eight successive days.
Of Doubles, (so called because the Antiphons are repeated entire both before and after the Psalms in the Divine Office) some are of the First Class, narked thus in the Calendar, d. I. cl. others of the Second Class, and are marked thus, d. II. cl. others are Greater Doubles, marked thus, gr. doublce, others, Common Doubles, and are marked d. or double.
A Semidouble, (so called because only part of the antiphon is said before each Psalm in the Divine Office,) is marked in the Calendar thus, semidouble, or semid., 01 sd.