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II. PROPHECY. Gen. v. 31. vi. vii. vii. 18. And Noe, when he was five hundred years old, begot Sem, Cham, and Japheth. (Chap. vi.) And after thrat, men began to be multiplied upon the earth, and daughters were born to them. The sons of God seeing the daughters of men, that they were fair, took to themselves wives of all, which they chose. And God said, My spirit shall not remain in man for ever, because he is flesh: and his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.

Now giants were upon the earth in those days. For after the sons of God went into the daughters of men, and they brought forth children, these are the mighty men o. old, men of renown. And God seeing that the wickclness of men was great on the earth, and that all the thought of their heart was bent upon evil at all times, it repented him that he had made man on the earth. And being touched inwardly with sorrow of heart, he said, I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth, from man even to beasts, from the creeping thing even to the fowls of the air, for it repenteth me that I have made them. But Noe found grace before the Lord. These are the generations of Noe: Noe was a just and perfect man in his generation, he walked with God. And he begot three sons, Sem, Cham, and Japheth. And the earth was corrupted before God, and was Silled with iniquity. And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth) he said to Noe, The end of all fesh is come before me, and the earth is filled with iniquity through them, and I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of timber planks: thou shalt make little rooms in the ark, and thou shalt pitch it within and without. And thus shalt thou make it. The length of the ark shall be three kundred cubits: the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. Thou shalt make a window in the ark, and in a cubit shalt shou finish

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the top of it: and the door of the ark shalt thou en die
in the side: with lower middle chambers, and third
stories shalt thou make it. Behold I will bring the
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flesh, wherein is the breath of life, under heures
All things that are in the earth shall be consumed art
And I will establish my covenant with thee: And
thou shalt enter into the ark, thou and thy sons, and
thy wife, and the wives of thy sous with thee. And
of every living creature of all desh, thou shalt bring
two of a sort into the ark, that they may live with
thee; of the male sex, and the female. Of komedo
according to their kind, and of beasts in their busty
and of every thing that creepeth on the earth
cording to its kind : two of every sort shall go in rila
thee, that they may live. Thou shalt take unto thes
with thee: and it shall be food for thee and them all me
of all food that may be eaten, and thou shalt lay it masuala
And Noe did all things which God commanded line
(Chap. vii.) And he was six hundred years

when the waters of the flood overflowed the earth.
All the fountains of the great deep were broken er
and the flood-gates of heaven were opened. And
the rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty
nights. In the self-same day Noe, and Sen, and
Cham, and Japheth, his sons : his wife, and the
three wives of his sons with them, went into the ark:
they and every beast according to its kind, and all
the cattle in their kind, and every thing that meeth
upon the earth according to its kind, and every for
according to its kind, all birds, and all that fly

, And the ark was carried upon the waters. And the waters prevailed beyond measure upon the eartle and all the high mountains under the whole hearer: was covered. The water was fifteen cubits higher ei than the mountains, which it covered. And all desh was destroyed that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beasts, and of all creeping things that creep upon the earth: and Nor only


nemained, and they that were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed upon the earth a hundred and fifty days. (Chap. viii.) And God remembered. Noe, and all the living creatures, and all the cattle which were with him in the ark, and brought a wind upon the earth, and the waters were abated. The fountains also of the deep, and the flood-gates of heaven were shut up, and the rain from heaven was restrained. And the waters returned from off the earth, going and coming : and they began to be abated after a hundred and fifty days. And after that forty days were passed, Noe opening the window of the ark which he had made, sent forth a raven; which went forth, and did not return till the waters were dried upon the earth. He sent forth also a dove alter him, to see if the waters had now ceased upon the face of the earth. But she not finding where her foot might rest, returned to him into the ark : for the waters were upon the whole earth ; and he put forth his hand and caught her, and brought her into the ark. And having waited yet seven other days, he again sent forth the dove out of the ark. And she came to him in the evening, carrying a bough of an olive-tree, with green leaves in her mouth. Noe therefore understood that the waters were ceased tapon the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and he sent forth the dove, which returned not any more unto him. And God spoke to Noe, saying : Go out of the ark, thou and thy wise, thy sons, and the wives of thy sons with thee. All living things that are with thee of all flesh, as well in fowls, as in beasts, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, bring out with thee, and go ye upon the earth; increase and multiply upon it. So Noe went out, he and his sons, his wife, and the wives of his sons with him : and all living things, and cattle, and creeping things that creep upon the earth, according to their kinds, went out of the ark. And Noah built an altar unto the Lord: and taking of all cattle and fowls




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that were clean, offered holocaust upon the altzerac And the Lord smelled a sweet savour. Pr. Let us pray. Deac, Let us kneel dui.

Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Deus incommidallis. O God, whose power is unchangeable, and whose light nerer

fail eth, mercifully regard the wonderful sacrament af thy whole Church, and by an effect of thy perpetual providence, accomplish in peace the work of human as or salvation ; and let the whole world experience and see, that what was now fallen, is raised up again: what was old, is become new; and that all things are again settled by him who gave them their first being, our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son. Who livesta R. Amen.

III. PROPHECY. Gen. xxii In those dayti God tempted Abraham, and said to lum : Abrolism. Abraham. And he answered: Here I am. Hesad to him : Take thy only begotten Son Isaae, whwa thou lovest, and go into the land of rision : and there thou shalt offer him for an holocaust upon one of the mountains which I will show thee. So Abrale rising up in the niglit, saddled his ass; and took med him two young men, and Isaac his gon; and whes he had cut wood for the holocaust, he went his way to the place which God had commanded him. And on the third day, lifting up his eyes, he saw the place afar off. And he said to his young inete: Stre you here with the ass : I and the boy will go wish speed as far as youder, and after we liare worshup ped, will return to you. And he took the wood fest the holocaust, and laid it upon Isaac his son; himself carried in his hands fire and a sword. And as they two went on together, Isaac said to his hther: My father. And he answered: What will thon, son: Behold, saith he, fire and wood: where is the victim for the holocaust? And Abraham sand: God will provide himself a victim for a holocalist, tas

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the pince which God had shewed him, where he built an altar, and laid the wood in order upon it; and "When he liad bound Isaac, his son, he laid him on the altar apon the pile of wood. And he put forth his kand, and took the sword to sacrifice his son. And behold an angel of the Lord from heaven called to ham, saying ; Abraham, Abraham. And he answered: Here I am. And he said to him: Lay not thy hand upon the boy, neither do thou any thing to him: now I know that thou fearest God, and hast not spared ihy only begotten son for my sake. Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw behind his back a ram amongst the briers, sticking fast by the horns, which the took and offered for a holocaust instead of bis son. And he called the name of that place, The Lord seeth. Whereupon, even to this day, it is said : In the moun. tain the Lord will see. And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, saymg: By my own self have I sworn, saith the Lord : because thou hast done this thing, and hast not spared thy only begotten son for my sake: I will bless thec, and I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaYes, and as the sand that is by the sea shore; thy seed shall possess the gates of their enemies. And in thy'sced shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice. Abraliam rifarned to his young men, and they went to Bersabce dogether, and he dwelt there. Pr. Let us pray. Dear. Let us kneel down.

Subd. Stand up again PRAYER. Deus, fidelium, O God, the sovereign Father of the faithful, who throughout the whole world multipliest the children of the promise by the grace of thy adoption and makest thy servant Abraham, according to thy oath, the father of all nations by this paschal sacrament; grant that thy people may wortivly receive the grace of thy vocafiun. Thro'. R. Amcii.

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