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the altar; after which the Deacon says: "Pray
Sir, give me your blessing.” To which the Priest
replies : “ May the Lord be in your heart and in
lips, that you may worthily and fitly proclaim his
Pascbal praise; in the name of the Father, and of te
the Son," &c. R. Amen.

DLE, all stand up.
LET now the heavenly troop of angels rejoice

let these divine mysteries be joyfully celebrated;
and let the heavenly trumpet publish the victory of
our great King, and let the earth also triumph, be
ing beautified with such resplendent beams; and let
it see the darkness which overspread the whole world!
chaced away by the splendor of our eternal King
Let our Mother the Church also rejoice, being
adorned by the rays of so great a light; and let this
temple echo with the joyful acclamations of all the
people. And therefore I beseech you, dear brethren,
who behold the wonderful brightness of this bohy
light, to join with me in invoking the mercy of Al
mighty God; that he who hath been pleased with
out any merit on my side, to admit me into the nu.
ber of his Levites, may by the effusion of light upon
me, enable me to go through with the encomiuno
this taper. Through our Lord Jesus Christ bis Sot
who with him and the Holy Ghost liveth and reign-
eth one God world without end. R. Amen.

V. The Lord be with you. R. And with the
spirit. V. Raise up your hearts on high. R. We
have them raised up to the Lord. V. Let us gitt
thanks to the Lord ons God. R. It is meet and just.

IT is truly meet and just to proclaim with all the affection of heart and soul, and sound of voice, invisible God, the Father Almighty, and his otily Son our Lord Jesus Christ; who paid for us to eternal Father the debt of Adam ; and, by his sacred blood, cancelled the guilt of the original oflence For this is the Paschal solemnity, in which the true


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Lamb was slain, by whose blood the doors of the faithful are consecrated. This is the night, in which thou formerly didst bring forth our forefathers, the children of Israel, out of Egypt, leading them dryfoot through the Red-Sea. This also is that night which dissipated the darkness of sin by the light of a pillar of fire. This is the night, which, withdrawing all those who, through the whole world, believe in Christ, from the vices of the world, and the darkness of sia, restores them to grace, and gives them a fellowship with the saints. This is the night in which Christ broke the chains of death, and ascended vic

torious from the grave. For it would have availed home is nothing to have been born, unless we had also the

advantage of being redeemed. O the wonders of tiny mercy towards us! O the inestiinable excess of thy lore. Thou didst deliver thy Son to redeem a slave! ( truly necessary sin of Adam, which hath been blotted out by the death of Christ. O happy fault

, which deserved such and so great a Redeemer! O truly blessed night, which alone was privileged to know the hour and moment when Christ rose again from the dead! This is the night of which it is written : “ And the night shall be as light as day; and the night shineth upon me in my pleasures. The

sacredness therefore of this night puts crimes to Tel. light, wasbes away sin, and restores innocence to

the fallen, and joy to those in sorrow. It banishes Renmities, produces concord, and makes potentates

Here the Deacon fixes the five Grains of incense in
the Candle in the form of a Cross, and then goes

RECEIVE, therefore, O Holy Father, on this sacred night, the evening sacrifice of this inceuse, which thy holy Church, by the hands of her minis, ters, presents to thee in the solemn oblation of this vax candle, made out of the labour of bees. But now we know the meaning of the encomiums of this

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taper lighted from this sparkling fire to the honou God. (Here he lights the Paschal Candle.) W fire, though now divided, suffers no loss from communication of its light, whilst it feeds on the ! ed wax produced by the bee to make this ta (Here the lamps are lighted.) O truly blessed which plundered the Egyptians, and enriched Hebrews! O night, in which heaven is unite earth, and God to man! We beseech thee, there O Lord, that this taper, consecrated to the lid of thy name, may continue burning to dissipat darkness of this night; and being accepted by as a sweet odour, it may be joined to the la Breaven. Let the morning star find it burning morning star, I mean, which never sets; wk turning from the grave, darted forth bis benige upon mankind.

We beseech thee, theres Lord, to grant us peace during this Paschal mity, and with thine uninterrupted protectie rule, govern


preserve us thy servants, 3 the clergy and devout laity; together with ou father Pope N. and our Bishop N. Thru Amen. Then are read the Lessons called Prophecies,

Instruction of the Catechumens. I. PROPUECY. Gen. i. ii. In the bey God created heaven and earth. And the ear void and empty, and darkness was upon the the deep; and the Spirit of God moved o wators. And God said : be light made. Al was made.

And God saw the light that good; and he divided the light from the da And he called the light day, and the darkne and there was evening and morning one day God said: Let there be a firmament made the waters: and let it divide the waters i waters. And God made a firmament, and the waters that were under the firinament in that were above the firmament. And it

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And God called the firmament, Heaven : and the evening and morning were the second day. God also said: Let the waters that are under the heaven be gathered together into one place; and let the dry land appear. And it was so done. And God called the dry land earth: and the gathering together of the waters, he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. And he said, Let the earth bring forth the green herb, and such as may seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its kind, which may have seed in itself upon the earth. And it was so done. And the earth brought forth the green herb, and such as yielded seed according to its kind, and the tree that beareth fruit, having seed each one according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights made in the firmament of heaven, to divide the day and the night, and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years; to shine in the firmament aof heaven, and to give light upon the earth.

And it was so done. And God made two great lights; a greater light to rule the day, and a lesser light to rule the night; and stars. And he set them in the firmament of heaven, to shine upon the earth. And to rule the day and the night, and to divide the light and the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And the evening and morning were the fourth day. God also said, Let the waters bring forth the creeping creatures having life, and the fowl that may fiy over the carth under the firmament of heaven. And God created the great whales, and every living and mooving creature, which the waters brought forth, according to their kinds, and every winged fowl according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And he blessed them, saying, Increase and multiply, and fill the waters of the sea; and let the birds be multiplied upon the earth. And the evening and morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the

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earth bring forth the living creature in its kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth a cording to their kinds; and it was so done. Apg God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and cattle, and every thing that creepeta the earth after its kind. And God saw that i ** good. And he said, Let us make man to our image and likeness, and let him have dominion ever the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creepers creature that moveth upon the earth. And Grade created man to his own image: to the image of Great he created him : male and female be created them And God blessed them, saying, Increase and mali ply, and fill the earth, and subdue it, and rule over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the ait, sud all living creatures that move upon the earth

. And God said, Behold I have given

you every herb beas: ing seed upon the earth, and all trees that have it themselves seed of their own kind, to be your near and to all beasts of the earth, and to every funt car the air, and to all that move upon the carth, and a hal wherein there is life, that you may have to feed upon And it was so done. And God saw all the things that he had made, and they were very good. And the evening and morning were the sixth day. (Chap. ii.) So the heavens and earth were finished, and all the furniture of them. And on the seventka day God ended his work which he had made: and he rested on the seventh day from all his work wluch he had done. Pr. Let us pray. Deac. Let us kneel down,

Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Deus, qui. O God, who didst wrotdersully create man, and redeem him by a still greater wonder; grant us, ve beseech thee, such strength of mind and reason against all the allure ments of sin, that we may deserve to obtain eterna joys. Thro'. R. Amen.

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