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109 fnow and tho' they be red like crimson, they fhall become white as wooll. If you confent, and hear me, you fhall eat the good things of the earth, faith the Lord Almighty.
GRADUAL. P. xxxii. Bleffed is the nation that hath the Lord for it's God, and bleffed is the people the Lord hath chofen for his inheritance. V. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and by the breath of his mouth all the hosts thereof, TRACT. Deal not, &c. as above, p. 29.
GOSPEL. John ix. 1, 38.
At that time: Jefus paffing by, faw a man that
had been blind from his birth: and his difciples put this queftion to him: Mafter, who hath finned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jefus answered: Neither he nor his parents finned; but that the works of God may be manifefted in him 2. I must do the work of him that fent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had faid this, he fpit on the ground, and having made clay with the spittle, he fpread the clay on his eyes, and faid to him: Go wash in the pool of Siloe (which fignifieth, he that is fent.) He went therefore and washed, and came back feeing. The neighbours therefore, and fuch as had feen him before, (for he was a beggar) faid: Is not this he that fat and begged? Some faid, this is he: others faid, No; but it is one like him. But he faid: I am he. Then they faid to him: How were thy eyes opened? He answered: That man, who is called fefus, made clay and anointed my eyes, and faid to me: Go to the pool of Siloe and wash. And I went and washed, and received my fight. And they faid to him: Where is he? He faid: I know not. They VOL. II.
a Expl. That the power of God may be fhequn in bis cure.
bring him, who had been blind, to the Pharisees. And it was the Sabbath-day, when Jefus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharifees afked him again, how he had received his fight? And he faid to them: He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I fee. Then fome of the Pharifees faid: This man is not of God, who keepeth not the Sabbath-day. But others faid: How can a man, that is a finner, do fuch miracles? And there was a diffention among them. They faid therefore again to the blind-man: What fayeft thou of him, that opened thy eyes? And he faid: He is a Prophet. The Jews therefore would not believe that he ever had been blind, and had received his fight, till they called the parents of him, who had received his fight: and they asked them, faying: Is this your fon, who, you fay, was born blind? How then doth he now fee? His parents anfwered them, and said: We know this man to be our fon, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now feeth, we know not: neither know we who hath opened his eyes: Afk him; he is of age; let him fpeak for himself. His parents faid this, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had now refolved, that if any one should confefs him to be the Chrift, he fhould be put out of the fynagogue. For this reafon his parents faid: He is of age; afk him. Then they called again the man that had been blind, and faid to him: Give glory to God; we know this man is a finner. He faid therefore to them: Whether he be a finner, or no, I know not: but one thing I know; that whereas I was blind, I can now fee. Then › they faid to him: What did he do to thee? How did he open thine eyes? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: Why would you hear it again? Have you a mind to become his difciples? Then they reviled him, and faid: Be a Expl. He bould be excommunicated.
thou his difciple; but we are the difciples of Moses. We know God fpoke to Mofes; but as for this man, we know not whence he is. The man anfwered, and faid to them: There is fomething wonderful in that you should not know from whence he is, when he hath opened my eyes: for we know God heareth not finners: but if any one be a fervant of God, and do his will, him he heareth. Since the world began it was never heard, that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man was not of God, he could not do any thing. They answered and faid to him: Thou waft wholly born in fins, and doft thou teach us? And they caft him out. Jefus heard that they had caft him out, and having found him, he faid to him: Believest thou in the Son of God? He answered and faid: Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jefus faid to him: Thou haft seen him, and 'tis he that is talking to thee. And he faid: Lord, I believe; and falling down he adored him.
OFFERTORY. P. 65. O ye Gentiles, blefs the Lord our God, and make heard the voice of his praise who hath preferved my life, and hath not permitted my feet to flip. Bleffed is the Lord, who hath not rejected my prayer, nor turned afide his mercy from me.
E humbly befeech thee, O Almighty God, that our fins may be cleanfed away by this facrifice; because then thou wilt beftow on us true health both of body and foul. Thro'
COMMUNION. John 9. The Lord made clay of fpittle, and anointed my eyes: and I went and washed and faw, and believed in God.
AY the myfteries, O Lord our God, which we have received, both feed our fouls, and protect our bodies. Thro'.
bExpl. Excommunicated bim.
c Here all knsel down.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
AY the ears of thy mercy, O Lord, be opened to the prayers of us thy fervants : and that we may obtain the effect of our petitions, grant us to afk what is pleafing to thee. Thro'
The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS. Anth. That man, who is called Jefus, made clay of his fpittle, and anointed my eyes, and now I fee.
V. and R. as p. 27.
Ant. Ille homo, qui dicitur Jefus, lutum fecit ex fputo, & linivit oculos meos, & modo video.
ET the hearts of thofe, who feek the Lord, be glad: feek the Lord,
and be ftrengthened: always feek his prefence. Pf. Praife the Lord and call on his name: publish his works among the Gentiles. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Prafia, quæfumus.
Rant we beseech thee, O Almighty God,
G that the devotion, which makes us punish
ourfelves by this yearly faft, may alfo make us rejoice to the end that fuppreffing in ourselves all earthly affections, we may more eafily receive thy heavenly infpirations. Thro'.
LESSON. 4 Kings iv. 25, 38. •IN thofe days: A Sunamite's came to Elifeus on
mount Carmel: and when the man of God faw her coming towards him, he faid to Giezi his fervant: Behold that Sunamites: go therefore and meet her, and fay to her: Is all well with thee
113 and with thy husband, and with thy child? And fhe answered: All is well. And being come unto the mount to the man of God, she took hold of his feet and Giezi came to put her away. But the man of God faid: Let her alone: for her foul is in anguish, and the Lord hath concealed it, and hath not made it known to me. And the faid: Did I defire a fon of my Lord? Did I not fay: Do not deceive me? And he faid to Giezi : Gird thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand, and go. If any man meet thee, falute him not: and if any one falute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff on the face of the child. But the child's mother faid: As the Lord liveth, and as thy foul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arofe therefore and followed her. And Giezi was gone before them, and had laid the ftaff on the child's face; but he had neither voice, nor feeling and he went back again to meet him, and told him, saying: The child arofe not. Elifeus therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed and being come in, he fhut the door upon himself and the child, and prayed to the Lord. And rifing up, he lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and he ftretched himself upon him; and the flesh of the child grew warm. Then arifing, he walked once to and fro in the house, and went up again, and laid himself upon him: and the child gaped feven times, and opened his eyes. Then he called Giezi, and faid to him: Call the Sunamites. Who being called, went to him. He faid to her: Take thy fon. She came, and threw herself at his feet, and fell proftrate on the ground: and she took her fon, and went out, and Elifeus returned to Galgala.
GRADUAL. P. 73. Look down, O Lord, on thy covenant, and forget not for ever the fouls of thy poor fervants. V. Arife, O Lord, judge thy