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Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
Prayer. Miferere. WAKE compassion, O Lord, on thy people ;
and mercifully refresh them labouring under continual tribulations. Thro'.
The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS. Anth. No one laid Ant. Nemo in eum hands on bim: because misit manum: quia nonbis hour was not yet dum venerat hora ejus. come. V. and R. as p. 27. PRAYER. Miferere.
solutionsooner WOULOUDC0000000 WEDNESDAY.
Hen I shall have been fanctifi. Ezech. 36.
ed amongst you, I will gather you from all nations: and I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your fins; and I will give you a new spirit. Pf. 33. I will praise the Lord at all times : his praise shall be always in my mouth. V. Glory.
Immediately after the Kyrie eleison is faid:
Let us kneel down. Flectamus genua. R. R. Stand up again.
Let us pray:
of their good works, and by fafting pardon to finners : have mercy on thy suppliants, that the acknowledgment of our guilt may procure us the remiffion of our fins. Thro'.
LESSON. Ezech. xxxvi. 23, 28. THUS faith the Lord God: I will
fanctify my great name", which hath been profaned among the heathens, which you profaned in the midst of a Expl. Acknowleged the Holy one. Expl. I will make tbe boliness of my great name to be acknowledged. them: that the heathens may know that I am the Lord, when I shall be fanétified amongst you before their eyes. For I will take you out from among the heathens, and gather you together from all countries, and bring you into your own land. And I will pour upon you clean water, and you shall be cleansed from all your filthiness, and I will cleanse you from all your idols. And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your bodies, and give you a heart of Aesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and will cause you to walk in my precepts, and observe my ordinances and practise them. And you shall dwell in the land, which I gave to your fathers; and you shall be my people, and I will be your God, faith the Almighty.
GRADUAL. Pf. 33. Come, my children, and hear me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. V. Come near him, and be enlightened, and your face Ihall not be covered with shame.
II. COLLECT. Præfa, quæsumus.
the devotion, which makes us punith ourfelves by this yearly fast, may also make us rejoice: to the end that, suppressing in ourselves all earthly affections, we may more easily receive thy heavenly inspirations. Thro'.
II. LESSON. Ifaias i. 16, 19. HUS saith the Lord God: Wash yourselves,
be clean, and remove out of my fight your wicked designs. Leave off doing evil, learn to do good. Seek judgment, relieve the opprefled, do justice to the fatherless, defend the widow. Then come, and complain of me, faith the Lord. Tho' your fins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as
a Expl. Wben I fall show that I am your Holy one, or Gods D Expl. Examine before your judge.
snow: and tho' they be red like crimson, they shall become white as wooll. If you consent, and hear me, you shall eat the good things of the earth, faith the Lord Almighty.
GRADUAL. Pf.xxxii. Blessed is the nation that hath the Lord for it's God, and blessed is the people the Lord hath chosen 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 paling by, saw
a man that had been blind from his birth : and his dirciples put this question to him : Master, who hath finned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered : Neither he nor his parents sinned; but that the works of God may be manifested in him a. I must do the work of him that sent 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 said this, he spit on the ground, and having made clay with the spittle, he spread the clay on his eyes, and said to him: Go wash in the pool of Siloe (which fignifieth, he that is fent.) He went therefore and washed, and came back seeing. The neighbours therefore, and such as had seen him before, (for he was a beggar) said : Is not this he that fat and begged? Some laid, this is he: others said, No; but it is one like him. But he said: I am he. Then they said to him: How were thy eyes opened? He answered: That man, who is called Jesus, made clay and anointed my eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe and wash. And I went and washed, and received my fight. And they said to him: Where is he? He said: I know not. They Vol. II.
bring him, who had been blind, to the Pharisees. And it was the Sabbath-day, when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
Then the Pharisees asked him again, how he had received his fight? And he said to them: He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see. Then some of the Pharisees said : This man is not of God, who keepeth not the Sabbath-day. But others said: How can a man, that is a linner, do such miracles? And there was a diffention among them. They said therefore again to the blind-man : What fayeft thou of him, that opened thy eyes ? And he said: 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, saying: Is this your son, who, you say, was born blind? How then doth he now fee? His parents answered them, and said : We know this man to be our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now feeth, we know not: neither know we who hath opened his eyes : Ask him ; he is of age ; let him speak for himself. His parents said this, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had now resolved, that if any one should confess him to be the Christ, he fhould be put out of the fynagogue a. For this reason his parents said : He is of age; ask him. Then they called again the man that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God; we know this man is a fin
He said 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 see. Then they said 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 . disciples? Then they reviled him, and said : Be
a Expl, He bould be excommunicaied,
thou his disciple; but we are the disciples of Mofes. We know God spoke to Mofes ; but as for this man, we know not whence he is. The man anfwered, and said to them: There is something 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 said to him: Thou wast wholly born in fins, and doft thou teach us? And they cast b him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, he said to him: Believest thou in the Son of God ? He answered and faid: Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jesus said to him : Thou hast 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, bless the Lord our God, and make heard the voice of his praise : who hath preserved my life, and hath not permitted my feet to Nip. Blessed is the Lord, who hath not rejected my prayer, nor turned aside his mercy from me.
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that our sins may be cleansed away by this facrifice; because then thou wilt bestow on us true health both of body and soul. Thro'
COMMUNION. John 9. The Lord made clay of spittle, and anointed my eyes : and I went and washed and faw, and believed in God.
we have received, both feed our fouls, and protect our bodies. Thro'.
b Expl. Excommunicated bim, c Here all knxel down.