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TRACT. Deal not with us,

GOSPEL. Matt. xxiv. 3, 8. At that time: The disciples came to him privately, saying: Tell us when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the consummation of the world? And Jesus answering, said to them: Take heed that no man seduce you: for many will come in my name, saying: I am Christ: and they will seduce many. And you shall hear of wars, and ru mours of wars. See that ye be not troubled. For these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be pestilences, and famines, and earthquakes in places: now all these are the beginnings of sorrows.

OFFERT. Ps. xvii. Thou wilt save the humble people, Lord: but wilt bring down the eyes of the proud: for who is God, but thee, O Lord?

SECRET. Graciously receive, O Lord, the sacrifice we offer unto thee; that being delivered from the scourges of war, we may be placed under the wings of thy protection. Thro'.

COMM. Ps. XXX. Bow down thy ear to me, O Lord; make haste to deliver me.

P. COMM. Deus regnorum. O God, the supreme ruler of kings and kingdoms, who, by chastising, dost heal us, and by pardoning, dost preserve us pour down upon us thy mercy, that resting in perfect security, under thy powerful protection, we may apply the blessings of peace as remedies towards the amendment of our lives. Thro',


On the Day of Decease or Burial.


GRANT them eternal est, O Lord; and let perpetual light shine on them.

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Ps. A hymn becometh thee, O God, in Sion; and a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusaleın. O hear my prayer: all flesh shall come to thee.

Grant them, &c. to Ps.

COLLECT. Deus, cui. O God, whose property it is always to have mercy and to spare, we humbly present our prayers to thee in behalf of the soul of thy servant N. which thou hast this day called out of the world: beseeching thee not to deliver it into the hands of the enemy, nor to forget it for ever; but command it to be received by the holy angels, and to be carried into paradise; that as it believed and hoped in thee, it may be delivered from the pains of hell, and inherit everlasting life.

EPISTLE. 1 Thes. iv. 12, 17. Brethren: We will not have you ignorant concerning them that are asleep, that you be not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them who have slept through Jesus, will God bring with him. For this we say unto you in the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them who have slept. For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment: and with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead who are in Christ, shall rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet Christ, into the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord. Wherefore comfort ye one another with these words.

GRAD. Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. V. The just shall be in everlasting remembrance: he shall not fear the evil hearing.

TRACT. Release, O Lord, the souls of all the faithful departed from the bonds of their sins. V. And by the assistance of thy grace may they escape the sentence of condemnation. V. And enjoy the bliss of eternal light.


THE day of wrath, that dreadful day
Shall the whole world in ashes lay,
As David and the Sibils say.
What horror will invade the mind,
When the strict Judge, who would be kind,
Shall have few venial faults to find!
The last loud trumpet's wondrous sound
Must thro' the rending tombs rebound,
And wake the nations under ground.
Nature and death shall with surprise
Behold the pale offender rise!

And view the judge with conscious eyes.
Then shall with universal dread
The sacred mystic book be read,
To try the living and the dead.
The Judge ascends his awful throne,
He makes each secret sin be known,
And all with shame confess their own.
O then! what int'rest shall I make,
To save my last important stake,
When the most just have cause to quake?
Thou mighty formidable King!
Thou mercy's unexhausted spring!
Some comfortable pity bring.
Forget not what my ransom cost,
Nor let my dear-bought soul be lost,
In storms of guilty terror tost.
Thou, who for me didst feel such pain,
Whose precious blood the cross did stain:
Let not those agonies be vain.

Thou, whom avenging pow's obey,
Cancel my debt (too great to pay)
Before the sad accounting day.
Surrounded with amazing fears;
Whose load my soul with anguish bears;
I sigh, weep: accept my tears.

Thou, who wast moved with Mary's grief,


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And by absolving of the thief,
Hast given me hope, now give relief.
Reject not my unworthy prayer,
Preserve me from the dangerous snare,
Which death and gaping hell prepare.
Give my exalted soul a place
Among the chosen right hand race,
The sons of God, and heirs of grace,
From that insatiate abyss,

Where flames devour and serpents hiss
Promote me to thy seat of bliss.
Prostrate, my contrite heart I rend,
My God, my Father, and my friend!
Do not forsake me in my end.

Well may they curse their second birth,
Who rise to a surviving death.
Thou great Creator of mankind,
Let guilty man compassion find.


GOSPEL. John xi. 21, 28. At that time: Martha said to Jesus: Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But now also I know that whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith to her: Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith to him: I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her: I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, although he be dead, shall live. And every one that liveth, and believeth in me, shall not die for ever. Believest thou this? She I have believed that thou art Christ the Son of the living God, who art come into this world.

saith to him: Yea, Lord.


Lord Jesus Christ, King of Glory, deliver the souls of all the faithful departed from the flames of hell, and from the deep pit. Deliver them from the lion's mouth, lest hell swallow then, lest they fall into darkness: and let the standard bearer, St. Michael,

bring them into the holy light: * Which thou promisedst of old to Abraham and his posterity. V. We offer thee, O Lord, a sacrifice of praise and prayers: accept them in behalf of the souls we commemorate this day and let them pass from death to life. *Which, &c. to V.

SECRET. Have mercy, O Lord, we beseech thee, on the soul of thy servant, N. for which we offer this victim of praise, humbly beseeching thy majesty, that by this propitiatory sacrifice he (or she) may arrive at eternal rest. Thro'.


LET eternal light shine on them, O Lord, with thy saints for ever: for thou art merciful. V. Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest: and let perpetual light shine on them. * With to V.

P. COMM. Præsta. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the soul of thy servant, which this day hath departed this life, being purified and freed from sin by this sacrifice, may obtain both forgiveness and eternal rest. Thro'.

On the 3d, 7th, or 30th day after decease, the whole of the foregoing Mass is said, except

COLLECT. Quæsumus. Admit, we beseech thee, O Lord, the soul of thy servant N. (the third, seventh, or thirtieth day) of whose decease we commemorate, into the fellowship of thy saints, and refresh it with the perpetual dew of thy mercy. Thro'.

SECRET. Mercifully look down, O Lord, we beseech thee, on the offerings we make for the soul of thy servant N. that being purified by these heavenly mysteries, it may find rest in thy mercy.


P. COMM. Suscipe. Receive, O Lord, our prayers in behalf of the soul of thy servant N. that if any stains of the corruptions of this world still stick to it, they may be washed away by thy forgiving mer cy. Thro

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