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P. COMM. of St. Anast.

Thou hast fed, O
Land, thy family with these sacred oblations :
therefore comfort us with her intercession, whose

we celebrate. Thro'.

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III. MASS. On Christmas Day, at mid-day.

INTROIT. Isaias ix. Puer, natus, &c.
A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to uș,
and the government is upon his shoulder : and his
name shall be called the Angel of the great Counvil.

. Sing to the Lord a new canticle, for he hath
done wonderful things. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Concede. Grant, we beseech thee,

EPISTLE. Heb. i. 1, 12.

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Almighty God, that we who groan under the old captivity of sin, may be freed therefrom by the birth of the only begotten Son. Thro'

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all, in those days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appoint. world: wbo being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of bis power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high : being made so much better than the angels, as he For to which of the angels bath he said at any time, *Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee?" And again : “ I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son ?" And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith : And let all the angels of God adore him.” And

“ He that maketh his angels, spirits : and his ministers a flame of fire." But to the Son : “ Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : asceptre of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity :

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therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." And : * Ther, in the beginning, O Lord didst found the earth : and the works of thy bands are the heavens. They shall perish but thou shalt continue : and they shall all grow old as a garment. · And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the self-same, and thy years shall not fail.*

GRAD. Ps. xcvii. All the ends of the earth hark seen the salvation of our God : sing joyfully to the Lord all the earth. V. The Lord hath made known his salvation : he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles. Alleluia.

V. A sanctified day hath shone upon us : come, ye Gentiles, and adore the Lord, for this day * great light is come down upon the earth. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. John i. In the beginning, &c. as in the Ordinary of the Mass.

OFFERT. Ps. lxxxviii. Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth; the world and the fulness thereof ihou hast founded : Justice and judgment are the preparatiou of thy throne.

SECHET. Sanctify, O Lord, our offering , by the new birth of thy only begotten Son, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Thro' the same.

COMMUNICANTES, till the Circumcision. BEING united in communion, and celebrating this most sacred day, (in the 1st Mass, sacred night) on which the spotless virginity of the blessed Mary brought forth a Saviour to this world, moreover hot ouring in the first place, the memory of the same glorious V. M. &c. as in the ordinary.

COMM. Ps. xcvi. The whole earth hath seen the salvation of our God.

P. COMM. Prosta, quæsumus. Grant we besecch thee, O Almighty God, that as the Saviour of the world, who was born this day, procured for w*

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divine birth, he may also bestow on us immortality,
all the end of this Mass is said the Gospel of the

Epiphany, p. 2.
St. STEPHEN the first Martyr.

INTROIT. Ps. cxviii.
PRINCES sat, and spoke against me: and sinners

help me, O Lord my God, for thy
servant bath practised thy commandments.
Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in
the law of the Lord. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Da nobis. Grant, O Lord, we beseech thee, that we may imitate him whose memory we celebrate,

so as to learn to love even our enemies, because we now solemnize his martyrdom, who knew how to pray, even for his persecutors, to our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son.

Who liveth.
Commem. of Christmas, by the Collect, Secret, and

P. Comm. of the III. Mass, p. 27& 28.

LESSON. Acts vi. 8, 10. vii. 54, 69. In those and a days : Stephen, full of grace and fortitude, did great

wonders and signs among the people. Now there arose some of that which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and of the Cyrenians, and of the Alexandrians, and of them that were of Cilicia and able to resist the wisdom and the spirit that spoke. Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not Chap. vii. 54. Now hearing these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed with their teeth

to heaven, saw the glory of God, said: Behold I see the heavens opened, and the

on the right hand of God. And be Son of man standing on the right hand of God. And they, crying out with a loud voice, stopped their ears, and with one accord ran violently upon him, And casting him forth without the city, they stoned kin: and the witnesses laid down their garments at

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ing up stedfastly and Jesus standing

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the feet of a young man, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen, invoking and saying: Lond Jesus receive my spirit. And falling on his knees he cried with a loud voice, saying: Lord lay not this sin to their charge. And when he said this he fell asleep in the Lord.

GRAD. Ps. cxvii. Princes sat, and spoke against me: and the wicked persecuted me. V. Help me, O Lord my God. : save me for thy mercies sako Alleluia, Alleluia.

V. I see the heavens opened, and Jesus standing at the right hand of the power of God, Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Matt. xxiii. 34, 39. At that time , lan Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees: Behold send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them you will put to death, and crucify

, and some you will scourge in your synagogues, persecute from city to city: that upon you may come all the just blood that hath been shed upos 7 the earth, from the blood of Abel the just, even va. to the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Amen. I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together this children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldst not? Behold, your house shall be left to you desolate. For I sayt you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. THE CREED.

OFFERT. Acts vi. 7. The Apostles chose Stephen, a Levite, full of faith, and of the Holy Ghost

, whom the Jews stoned, praying and saying: Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Alleluia.

SECRET. Receive, O Lord, these offerings in memory of thy saints: and as their sufferings have

made them glorious, so may our devotion render us
free from sin. Thro'.
COMM, Acts vií. I see the heavens opened, and

on the right-hand of the power of

and both Jesus standing
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sin to their charge.

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P. COMM. Auxilientur. May the mysteries we

have received, O Lord, be a help to us, and, by the
intercession of the blessed martyr, Stephen, strength-

en us with thy perpetual protection. Thro'.

INTROIT, In medio Ecelesice. Eccl. xv. Ps. 91.
He opened his mouth in the midst of the Church,
and the Lord filled him with the spirit of wisdom

, It is good to confess to the Lord, and to sing to
thy name, 0 most high. V. glory, &c.
COLLECT. Ecclesie. Mercifully, O Lord en

and understanding, be put a stole of glory upon him.

to thy eternal rewards. Thro'.

their several Collects, Secrets, and P. Comms.

lighten thy Church, that being taught by blessed John, thy Apostle and Evangelist, she may come The Commem. of Christmas, and of St Stephen by will do good ; and he that possesseth justice, sball lay

LESSON Ecclus. xv. 1, 6. He that feareth God, hold on her. And she will meet him as an honourable mother, With the bread of life and understanding, she shall feed him, and give him the water of wholein him, and he shall not be moved : and she shall some wisdom to drink; and she shall be made strong hold him fast, and he shall not be confounded: and she shall exalt him among his neighbours, and in the midst of the Church she shall open his mouth, and shall fill bim with the spirit of wisdom and understanding, and shall clothe him with a robe of glory. She shall heap upon him a treasure of joy and gladness, and our Lord God shall cause him to inherit an

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