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we beseech thee, never abandon us, but ever make us intent on thy holy service, and always procure us thy help. Thro'.

Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.

PRAYER. Adesto. Be favourable, O Lord, to thy servants, and hear their prayers in the grant everlasting mercy; that glorying in thee their Cre ator and Governor, they may have all things per fected and perpetuated to them. Thro'.


INTROIT. Ps. xvi.



BUT I will appear before thy sight in justice; shall be satisfied when thy glory shall Hear, O Lord, my justice; attend to my supplica

tion. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Da quæsumus. Grant, O Almighty God, that, being purified by this fast, we may come to the approaching solemnity with clean heart


LESSON. Gen. xxxvii. 6. 22. In those dayst

Joseph said to his brethren: Hear my dream which I have dreamed: I thought we were binding sheaves in the field; and my sheaf arose as it were, and stood, and your sheaves standing about bowed down before my sheaf. His brethren answereds Shalt thou be our king? or shall we be subject to thy dominion? Therefore this matter of his dreams and words ministered nourishment to their envy and hatred. He dreamed also another dream,

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which he told his brethren, saying: I saw in a dream, as it were the sun, and the moon, and ele ven stars, worshipping me. this to his father, and brethren, his father rebuked him, and said: What meaneth this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother, and thy brethren, worship thee upon the earth? His brethren therefore envied him; but his father considered the



thing within himself. And when his brethren abode in Sichem, feeding their father's flocks, Israel said to him: Thy brethren feed the sheep in Sichem; come, I will send thee to them. And when he anSered; I am ready; he said to him; Go, and see if all things be well with thy brethren, and the attle, and bring me word again what is doing. So being sent from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem. And a man found him there wandering in the field, and asked him what he sought. But he answered; I seek my brethren; tell me where they feed their flocks. And the man said to him: They are departed from this place; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothain. And Joseph went forward after his brethren, and found them in Dothain. And when they saw him afar off, before he came nigh them, they thought to kill him; and said one to another; Behold the dreamer cometh, come, let us kill him, and cast him into some old pit; and we will say; some evil beast hath devoured him; and then it shall appear what his dreams avail him. And Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said; Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood; but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and keep your hands harmless; now he said this, being desirous to deliver him out of their hands and restore him to his

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GRAD. Ps. cxix. In my trouble I cried to the
Lord, and he heard me. V. O Lord, Deliver my
soul from wicked lips, and a deceitful tongue.
*TRACT. Ps. cii. Deal not, p. 72

GOSPEL. Matt. xxi. 33, 46. At that time Jesus spoke to the multitude of the Jews, and to the chief priests this parable: There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and made a hedge round about it, and dug in it a press, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen: and went into a strange country. And when the time of the fruits drew nigh, he

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sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits thereof. And the husbandmen laying hands on his servants, beat one, and killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants more than the former: and they did to them in like manner. And last of all he sent them his Son, saying, They will reverence my Son: But when the husbandmen seeing the Son, they said among themselves: This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance. And taking him they cast him forth out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the lord of the vineyard shall come, what will he do to those husbandmen? They say to him: He will bring those evil men an evil end: and will let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, that shall render him the fruit in due season. Jesus saith to them: Have you never read in the Scriptures, "The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the bead of the corner? By the Lord this has been done, and it is wonderful in our eyes." Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and shall be given to a nation yielding the fruits thereof. And whoso ever shall fall on this stone, shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall grind him to powder. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew that he spoke of them. And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they held him as a prophet.


OFFERT. Ps. xxxix. Look down, O Lord, to


deliver me; look down, O Lord, to help me,
them be confounded and ashamed together that seek
after my soul to take it away: look down to my
O Lord.

SECRET. May the effects of this warfare, 0
Lord, remain in us, and be increased by good works.


COMM. Ps. xi. Thou, O Lord, wilt preserve us, and keep us from this generation for ever.

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Upon me be this curse, my son, only hear thou my voice, and go, fetch me the things which I have said, He went, and brought, and gave them to his mother. She dressed meat such as she knew his father liked. And she put on him very good gar ments of Esau, which she had at home with her: and the little skins of the kids she put about his hands, and covered the bare of his neck. And she gave him the savoury meat, and delivered him bread that she had baked. Which when he had carried in, he said: My father? But he answered, I hear. Who art thou my son? And Jacob said, I am Esau thy first born: I have done as thou didst command me, arise, sit and eat of my venison, that thy soul may bless me And Isaac said to his son, How couldst thou find so quickly, my son? He answered, It was the will of God that what I sought came quickly in my was And Isaac said, Come hither, that I may feel the my son, and may prove whether thou be my 50 Esau or no: Ile came near to his father, and when he had felt him, Isaac said: The voice indeed is the voice of Jacob, but the hands, are the hands of Esau. And he knew him not, because his hairy hands made him like to the elder. Then blessing him, he said:


Art thou my son Esau? He answered, I am! he said: Bring me the meats of thy hunting, son, that my soul may bless thee. And when they were brought and he had eaten, he offered him wie also, which after he had drunk, he said to him: Come near me, and give me a kiss, my son. He came near, and kissed him. And immediately as he smelled the fragrant smell of his garments, blessing him, he said, Behold the smell of my son is as the smell of a plentiful field, which the Lord hath bless ed. God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, abundance of corn and wine. And let peoples serve thee, and tribes worship thee: be thou lord of thy brethren, and let thy mother's children bow down before thee. Cursed be be that

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