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XX. VIGIL OF St. THOMAS.
All in Mass I. in common p. i.
XXI. St. THOMAS, ap.
COLLECT. Da nobis. Grant, O Lord, we be. seech thee, that we may rejoice on the solemnity of thy blessed Apostle Thomas; to the end that we may always have the assistance of his prayers, and zealously profess the faith he taught.
EPISTLE. Ephes. ii. 19, 22. Brethren: You are no more strangers and foreigners; but you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone ; in whom all the building being framed together, groweth up into a holy temple in the Lord. In whom you also are built together into an habitation of God in the spirit.
GRAD. Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable, exceedingly mighty is their power. I will number them; and they shall be multiplied above the sand. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Rejoice in the Lord, O ye just; praise becometh the upright. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. John xx. to *as on Low Sunday.
OFFERT. Ps. xviii. Their sound hath gone forth into all the earth; and their words unto the ends of the world.
SECRET. We pay, O Lord, the homage due to thee, humbly beseeching thee to preserve in us thy own gifts by the intercession of blessed Thomas the apostle, on the day of whose glorious confession we offer a sacrifice of praise. Thro!
COMM. Reach hither thy hand, and feel the print of the nails; and be not incredulous, but be
P. COMM. Adesto. Assist us, O merciful God,
and vouchsafe, by the intercession of blessed Thomas
Felix, by the following Collect, &c.
, O Almighty God, that the examples of thy saints may excite us to the amendment of our lives ; thal as we celebrate their festivals, so we may imitate their virtues. Thro?.
SECRET of the same. Mercifully receive, o Lord the offerings consecrated to thee by the merits of blessed Felix thy Martyr, and grant they may be a continual support to us.
Thro'. P. COMM. Quæsumus. Of the same. We beseech thee, O Lord, that, being fed by these holy mysteries of our salvation, we may be helped by the prayers of blessed Felix, thy Martyr, whose festival we celebrate. Thro'.
XV. St. PAUL, the first Hermit.
INTROIT, Justus ut palma. COLLECT. Deus, qui nos. O God, who dost comfort us by the yearly solemnity
of blessed Paul thy Confessor, mercifully grant that while we celebrate his festival, we may imitate his actions. Thro? Intercessio of St. Maurus. COLLECT.
MASS XV. p. xxviii. EPISTLE. Philip iii. 7, 12. Brethren: The things that were gain to me, the same I have counted loss for Christ. Farthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss
of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ; and may be found in him not hav. ing my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith : that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, if by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead. Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect; but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend, wherein I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
GRAD. Ps. xci. The just shall flourish like the palm-tree; he shall grow up like the cedar of Libanus in the house of the Lord. V. To shew forth thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night. Alleluia, Alleluia. Îhe just shall bud as the lily, and shall nourish for ever before the Lord. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Matt. xi. 25, 30. At that time : Jesus ansiered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to little ones. Yea, Father; for so it hath seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither doth any one know the Father but the Son, and he to whom it shall please , the Son to reveal him. Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart; and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet, and my
OFFERT and SECRET as in Mass XV. p. xxxiii.
COMM. Ps. lxii. The just shall rejoice in the Lord, and shall hope in bim; and all the upright in heart shall be praised.
P. COMM. Refecti, as in Mass XIII. p. xxiv. Of St. Maurus, Protegat, as in Mass XV.*p. xxvü.
XVI. St. MARCELLUS, p. m.
COLLECT. Preces. Mercifully hear, O Lord, we beseech thee, the prayers of thy people
, that we may be assisted by the merits of blessed Marcellus, thy Martyr and Bishop, the feast of whose sufferings we celebrate with joy. Thro. EPISTLE and GOSPEL, from Mass III. p. Y.
SECRET. Graciously receive, O God, we beseech thee, the offerings we have made, and, in consideration of the merits of blessed Marcellus
, the Martyr and Bishop, grant they may procure for us the helps necessary to our salvation. Thro'.
COMM. as on St. Damasos, the 11th Dec. p. 429.
P. COMM. Satiasti. Thou hast fed, O Lord, thy family with these sacred oblations; cver therefore comfort as by his intercession, whose feast we celebrate. Thro'.
XVII. ST. ANTHONY, ABBOT.
XVIII. St. PETER'S CHAIR at ROME, &c.
serves also for his Chair at Antioch, on the 224
p. COLLECT. Deus, qui beato. O God, who by delivering to the blessed apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, didst give him the power of binding and loosing : grant that, by his intercession, we may be freed from the bonds of our sius. Who
Of St. Piul. Deus, qui multitudinem. O God, who by the preaching of blessed Paul the Apostle, lidst instruct the multitude of the Gentiles : grant,
We beseech thee, that whilst we celebrate his memory, we may find the effects of his prayers. Thro'.
Of St. PRISCA. Da quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, 0 Almighty God, that we who celebrate the memory of blessed Prisca, thy Virgin and Mar, tyr, may find comfort on her yearly festival and im. prove by the example of her great faith. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 1 Pet. i. 1, 7. Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ; grace unto you and peace be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy bath regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that cannot fade, reserved in heaven for you, who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein you shall greatly rejoice, if now you must be for a litúe time made sorrowful in divers temptations : that the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold, which is tried by the fire) may be be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
GRAD. Ps. cxvj. Let them exalt him in the church of the people; and praise him in the chair of the ancients. V. Let the mercies of the Lord give glory to him; and his wonderful works to the children of men. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church. Alleluia.
TRACT. (After Septuagesima.) Thou ant Peter, and
upon this rock I will build my church and the gates of Kell shall not prevail against it. And I will give thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven \". Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be