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peace by reconciling in his person the highest things with the lowest. Alleluia. V. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women. Alleluia.

Alleluia. V. Ave, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. John xix. 25, 27.

T that time: There stood by the cross of Jesus, his

Mary of

Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman behold thy son. And after that, he saith to the disciple, behold thy mother. And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

OFFERTORY.

Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Creator of all things: thou didst bring forth him, who made thee, and remainest a Virgin for ever. Alleluia.

MA

Beata es, Virgo Maria, quæ omnium portasti Creatorem: genuisti qui te fecit, & in æternum permanes Virgo. Alleluia.

SECRET.

AY, O Lord, by thy own mercy, and the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, this oblation procure us peace and happiness both in this life, and in that which is to come. Thro'.

COMMUNION.

Blessed is the womb of Mary the Virgin. which bore the Son of the eternal Father.

Beata viscera Mariæ Virginis, quæ portaverunt æterni Patris Filium. leluia.

POSTCOMMUNION. Sumptis.

Al

received, O Lord, what is to advance our

H salvation, grant we may always be protected by

the patronage of blessed Mary, ever a Virgin, in whose honour we have offered this sacrifice to thy Majesty. Thro'.

A VOTIVE MASS OF THE B. V. MARY. .. FROM WHITSUNTIDE TO ADVENT. INTROIT, (omitting the Alleluias) COLLECT, and LesSON, as in the preceding Mass.

GRADUAL.

Thou art blessed, and worthy of our respects, O Mary, the Virgin, who, without prejudice to thy virginity, didst become the mother of the Saviour. V. Virgin mother of God! He, become man, was shut up in thy womb, whom the whole world cannot contain.

Alleluia, Alleluia. V. After child-birth thou didst remain a pure Virgin : Mother of God, intercede Alleluia.

for us.

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Benedicta, & venerabilis es, Virgo Maria, quæ, sine tactu pudoris, inventa es mater salvatoris. V. Virgo Dei genitrix, quem totus non capit orbis, in tua se clausit viscera, factus ho

mo.

Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Post partum Virgo inviolata permansisti: Dei Genitrix, intercede pro nobis. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Luke xi. 27, 28.

T that time: while Jesus spake to the multitude: a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the breasts that gave thee suck. But he said; Yea rather, blessed are they, who hear the word of God and keep it.

OFFERTORY.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women; and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Luke i.

Ave, Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus; et benedictus fructus ventris tui.

SECRET, COMMUNION, (omitting the Alleluias) and POSTCOMMUNION, as in the preceding Mass. N. B. When on a Saturday is said the Mass of our Lady, the Second Collect is: Deus qui corda. third: Ecclesiæ tuæ, or Deus omnium, as below. OF THE HOLY GHOST.

COLLECT. Deus qui corda.

The

God, who, by the light of the Holy Ghost, hast instructed the hearts of the faithful: grant, by the direction of the same Holy Spirit, we may relish what is right, and always enjoy his consolation. Thro'.

SA

SECRET.

ANCTIFY, O Lord, the offerings we have made; and cleanse our hearts by the fire of the Holy Ghost. Thro'.

POSTCOMMUNION. Sancti Spiritus.

AY the pouring forth of thy Holy Spirit, O Lord, cleanse our hearts, and make them faithful by his inward dew falling on them. Thro'. FOR THE CHURCH.

COLLECT. Ecclessæ tuæ.

MERC
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ERCIFULLY hear, O Lord, we beseech thee, the prayers of thy Church, that all oppositions and errors being removed, she may serve thee with a secure and undisturbed devotion.

Thro'.

SECRET.

PROTECT

ROTECT us, O Lord, while we assist at thy sacred mysteries, that being employed in acts of religion, we may serve thee both in body and mind. Thro'.

POSTCOMMUNION. Quæsumus.

WE beseech thee, O Almighty God, not to leave

life, those

whom thou permittest to partake of these divine mysteries. Thro'. FOR THE POPE.

COLLECT. Deus omnium.

O

God, the Pastor and Governor of all the faithful, look down in thy mercy on thy servant N. whom thou hast appointed Pastor over thy Church: and grant, we beseech thee, that, both by word and example, he may edify all those that are under his charge, and with the flock intrusted to him arrive, at length, at eternal happiness. Thro'.

SECRET.

E appeased, O Lord, with the offerings we have whom thou hast been pleased to appoint Pastor over thy Church. Thro'.

POSTCOMMUNION.

Hac nos.

M

AY the participation of this divine sacrament protect us, we beseech thee, O Lord: and always procure safety and defence to thy servant N. whom thou hast appointed Pastor over thy Church, together with the flock committed to his charge. Thro'.

VESPERS OF THE B. V. MARY.

I. VESPERS.

Ant.

AnthHILE the King was on his

WH

couch, my perfumes sent forth an odour of sweetness +.

Psalm cix. Dixit Anth. His left hand is under my head; and his right hand shall embrace met.

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UM esset Rex in accubitu suo,

nardus mea dedit odorem suavitatis.

Dominus. p. 69.

Ant. Læva ejus sub capite meo; et dextera illius amplexabitur me.

Psalm cxii. Laudate pueri, p. 72. Anth. I am black, but beautiful, O ye daughters of Jerusalem; therefore hath the King loved me, and brought me in to his chamber §.

Ant. Nigra sum, sed formosa, filiæ Jerusalem: ideo dilexit me Rex, et introduxit me in cubiculum

suum.

Psalm cxxi. Lætatus sum, p. 96. Anth. Now the winter is past; the rain is over and gone; arise, my love, and come ||.

Ant. Jam hiems transiit; imber abiit et recessit: surge, amica mea, et veni.

Psalm cxxvi. Nisi Dominus, p. 97. Anth. Thou art beautiful and sweet in thy perfumes, O holy Mother of God.

Psalm cxlvii. Lauda Jerusalem, p. 98.

Ant. Speciosa facta es, et suavis in deliciis tuis, sancta Dei genitrix.

Expl. These words agree to the Church, the spouse of Jesus Christ, and to all the holy souls in the Church. They may therefore, in a particular manner, he applied to the B. V. Mary, the holiest of all pure creatures. The King is Jesus Christ: the perfumes, the graces and virtues with which he adorned his blessed Mother. Expl. These figurative expressions mark the intimate union there is between Christ and his holy Mother, and all the souls of the righteous. § Expl. I am black, that is to say, of myself I am without beauty, but the graces and mercies of God have made me beautiful, and gained me his everlasting love, and brought on that happy union between us. Expl. The bridegroom speaks to his holy Mother, and invites her to eternal rest after the storms and tempests of this life.

VOL. II.

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LITTLE CHAPTER. Eccles. xxiv.

ROM the beginning, and before all ages was I created and I shall not cease to be in the world to come; and I ministered before him in his holy abode §.

FRO

HYMN.

HA

AIL God's bright
Mother, Hail!
Perpetual Virgin blest;
Sea-star, by which we sail,
And gate of heav'nly rest!
This Ave we to thee
From Gabriel's mouth re-
hearse :

Let peace our portion be,
And Eva's name reverse.

The sinner's bonds un-
bind,

Our evils drive away;
Bring light unto the blind;
For grace and blessings

pray.
Thy self a mother shew,

May he receive thy prayer,
Who, for the debts we

our air.

O Virgin chaste and

mild,

Whose virtues all surpast,
Preserve us undefil'd,
And make us meek and

chaste.

Our lives preserve from ill,

VE Maris stella,

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Dei Mater alma;
Atque semper Virgo
Fælix cœli porta.
Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,

owe,

From thee would breathe Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,

Inter omnes mitis,
Nos culpis solutos,
Mites fac, et castos.

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Vitam præsta puram,

Expl. "Tis the eternal Wisdom, begotten of the Father before all ages, and coeternal with him, that speaks here. It was this Wisdom that gave the law to Moses, and appointed every part of the ancient service, figurative of the truths of the new law, and thus by his types, ministered in the sanctuary, the holy abode of God. But this eternal Wisdom became incarnate, and that in the womb of the blessed Mary: in remembrance therefore of this blessing are read on the feasts of the blessed Virgin several passages, which, in their literal and proper sense, appertain to Christ alone, in whom with the Father and Holy Ghost, all our religious worship properly terminates.

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