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was instituted in the beginning, is still accompanied with such a blessing, as alone, neither in punishment of original sin, nor by the sentence of the deluge, had been recalled; mercifully look down upon this thy handmaid, who, being now to be joined in wedlock, earnestly desires to be taken under thy protection: may love and peace constantly remain in her: may she marry in Christ faithful and chaste: may she ever imitate the holy women of former times: may she be pleasing to her husband, like Rachael: discreet, like Rebecca: may she, in her years and fidelity, be like Sarah: and may the first author of all evil, at no time, have any share in her actions. May she remain attached to the faith and the commandments, and, being joined to one man in wedlock, may she fly all unlawful addresses: may a regularity of life and conduct be her strength against the weakness of her sex: may she be modest and grave, bashful and venerable, and well instructed in heavenly doctrine. May she be fruitful in her offspring, approved and innocent: and may it be at length her happy lot to arrive at the rest of the blessed in the kingdom of God: may they both see their children's children to the third and fourth generation, and live to their wished-for old age. Thro'. R. Amen.

COMM. Ps. cxxvii. Thus shall every man be blessed that feareth the Lord: mayest thou see thy children's children: peace be to Israel.

P. COMM. Quæsumus. Mercifully accompany, O Lord, we beseech thee, what thy providence hath instituted; and preserve in length of peace those, whom thou lawfully joinest together. Thro'. Before the Priest gives the Blessing to the People, he turns to the Bridegroom and Bride, and says: MAY the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob be with you: and may he fulfil his blessing in you: that you may see your children's children to the third and fourth generation: and

afterwards enter into the possession of eternal life,
through the assistance of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth, &c. R.

Then he exhorts them to observe an inviolable fidelity
toward each other; to practise continence at the
bimes of Prayer, (especially on Fast-days and great
solemnities) and to persevere in the fear of God.


A VOTIVE MASS for the SICK. INTROIT. Ps. liv. Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication: be attentive to me, and hear me. Ps. I am grieved in my exercise: and am troubled at the voice of the enemy, and at the tribulation of the sinner. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Omnipotens. O Almighty and everlasting God, the eternal salvation of them that believe in thee; hear us in behalf of thy servants, who are sick, for whom we humbly crave the help of thy mercy, that their health, being restored to them, they may render thanks to thee in thy Church. Thro'.

If the sick person be near the point of Death. COLLECT. Omnipotens. O Almighty and merciful God, who hast prepared for mankind the means of salvation, and the rewards of eternal life: look down, in thy mercy, on thy servant now labouring under the calamity of sickness, and be thou the comfort of his [or her] soul, which thou hast created: that, at the hour of death, it may be presented to thee, by the hands of the angels, without spot.


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EPISTLE. James v. 13, 16. Brethren: Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing psalms. Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall sare the sick man; and the Lord shall raise him up: and

if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore your sins one to another: and pray one for another, that you may be saved.

GRAD. Ps. vi. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak: heal me, O Lord. V. All my bones are troubled, and my soul is troubled exceedingly. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Hear, O Lord my prayer: and let my cry come to thee. Alleluia.

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TRACT. Ps. xxx. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am afflicted: my eye is troubled with wrath, my soul, and my belly. V. For my life is wasted with grief; and my years in sighs. V. My strength is weakened through poverty, and my bones are disturbed.

GOSPEL. Matt. viii. 5. 13. At that time: When Jesus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a Centurion, beseeching him, and saying Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, and is grievously tormented. And Jesus saith to him: I will come and heal him. And the Centurion making answer saith: Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldst enter under my roof: but only say the word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man subject to authority, having under me soldiers: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh, and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. And Jesus hearing this, marvelled and said to them that followed him : Amen, I say to you, I have not found so great faith in Israel. And I say to you that many shall come from the East and the West, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into exterior darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said to the Centurion: Go, and as thou hast believed, so be it done to thee. And the servant was healed at the same hour. E*

OFFERT. Ps. liv. Hear, O God, my prayer, and despise not my supplication; be attentive to me, and hear me.

SECRET. O God, by whose pleasure the moments of our life are numbered, receive the prayers and sacrifices of thy servants, for whom, in their sickness, we implore thy mercy; that we may re oice in the health of those, whom we now apprehend to be in danger. Thro'.

If the sick Person be near the Point of Death. SECRET. Receive, O Lord, the sacrifice we of fer for thy servant, who is near the end of his [or her] Cife: and grant, that by it, all his [or her] sins may be cleansed away, that he [or she] who is chastised by thy appointment in this life, may obtain eternal rest in that which is to come. Thro'.

COMM. Ps. xxx. Make thy face to shine upon hy servant, save me in thy mercy, save me: Lord, et me not be confounded O Lord, for I have called upon thee.

P. COMM. Deus, infirmitatis. O Lord, the sia ular aid of human weakness, shew the power of thy help to thy sick servant: that being assisted by thy mercy, he may come in health again to thy holy Church. Thro',

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If the sick Person be near the point of Death. P. COMM. Quæsumus. We beseech thy mercy, Almighty God, that thou wouldst please to trengthen with thy grace thy servant by the effica y of these mysteries that the enemy may not pre ail against him [or her] at the hour of his [or her] eath, but that he [or she] may pass to eternal life ith thy angels. Thro'.

MASS XXXI in time of WAR.

The Ps. Miserere, is previously said or sung, after which follows the Prayer, O God, who by sin art offended.

INTROIT. Ps. xxiv. Remember, O Lord, thy

bowels of compassion, and thy mercies, that are from the beginning of the world, lest at any time our enemies should prevail over us: deliver us, O God of Israel, from all our perplexities. Ps. ib. To thee, O Lord, have I lifted up my soul: in thee, O my God, I put my trust; let me not be ashamed. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Deus, qui conteris bella. O God of battles, who grantest the victory to those that put their trust in thee: mercifully hear the prayers of us thy servants, that the evil designs of our enemies being defeated, we may praise thee with unceasing gratitude. Thro.'

LESSON. Jer. xlii. In those days: All the captains of the warriors came, and said to Jeremiah the prophet: pray thou for us to the Lord thy God. And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, and he called all the captains of the warriors, and all the people, from the least to the greatest. And he said to them: Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, to whom you sent me, to present your supplications before him: If you will be quiet, and remain in this land, I will build you up, and not pull you down: I will plant, and not pluck you up; for now I am appeased for the evil that I have done to you. Fear not because of the King of Babylon, of whom you are greatly afraid: fear him not, saith the Lord: for I am with you, to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. And I will shew mercies to you, and will take pity on you, and will cause you to dwell in your own land, saith the Lord, the Almighty,

GRAD. Ps. lxxvi. Thou art the God, that alone dost wonders: Thou hast made thy power known among the nations. V. Thou hast by thy power delivered thy people, the children of Israel and Joseph. Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. lviii. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God: and defend me from them that rise up against ine. Alleluia. After Septuagesima (but not in Paschal time) instead of the foregoing Alleluias and V, is said the

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