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of thy judgments, shall have to fight against the angel of darkness, who will endeavour to conceal thy mercies from my eyes, and to plunge me into despair, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my poor heart, yielding to the pressure, and exhausted by its frequent struggles against the enemies of its salvation, shall feel the pangs of death, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me."

When the last tear, the fore-runner of my dissolution, shall drop from my eyes, receive it as a sacrifice of expiation for my sins; grant that I may expire the victim of penance, and in that dreadful moment, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my friends and relations, encircling my bed, shall shed the tear of pity over me, and invoke thy clemency in my behalf, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When I shall have lost the use of my senses, when the world shall have vanished from my sight, when my agonizing soul shall feel the sorrows of death, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my last sigh shall summon my soul to burst from the embraces of the body, and to spring to thee on the wings of impatience and desire, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When my soul, trembling on my lips, shall bid adieu to the world, and leave my body lifeless, pale and cold, receive this separation as a homage, which I willingly pay to thy Divine Majesty, and in that last moment of my mortal life, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

When at length my soul, admitted to thy presence, shall first behold the splendor of thy Majesty, reject me not, but receive me into thy bosom, where I may for ever sing thy praises, and in that moment, when eternity shall begin to me, Merciful Jesus, have mercy on me.

Let us pray.

O God, who hast doomed all men to die, but hast concealed from all the hour of their death, grant that I may pass my days in the practice of holiness and justice, and that I may deserve to quit this world in the peace of a good conscience, and in the embraces of thy love, thro'

Christ our Lord. Amen.



In the First Vespers both of Apostles and Martyrs, the Psalms, as on Sundays, p. 69, except the last, which is Psalm cxii. Laudate Dominum, p. 90.

In the II. Vespers of Apostles, the Psalms as in the Common of Apostles after the Paschal time, below p.


In the II. Vespers of Martyrs, the Psalms, as on Sundays, p. 69. except the last, which is Psalm cxv.

Credidi, p. 90. Anth. Lord HY saints, O TH flourish like the lily, Alleluia; and they shall be in thy sight like the sweet perfume of the balsam, Alleluia.

Anth. The abode of the saints is in the kingdom of heaven, Alleluia: and their rest is for eternity, Alleluia.

Anth. Thy saints, O Lord, cried out from behind the veil, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Anth. Ye spirits and souls of the righteous sing a hymn to our God, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Anth. The righteous shall shine like the sun in the presence of God, Alleluia.

Ant. S mine, florebunt

ANCTI tui, Do

sicut lilium, Alleluia; et sicut odor balsami erunt ante te, Alleluia.

Ant. In cœlestibus regnis sanctorum habitatio est, Alleluia; et in æternum requies eorum, Alleluia.

Ant. In velamento clamabant sancti tui, Domine, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Ant. Spiritus et animæ justorum hymnum dicite Deo nostro, Alleluia, Alleluia.

Ant. Fulgebunt justi sicut sol in conspectu Dei, Alleluia.

LITTLE CHAPTER. Wisd. v. righteous shall stand up with great constancy against those who afflicted them, and took away their labours.


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Of Jesus murder'd on the De Christi acerbo funere,


Whom, by this cruel, pain-
ful death,
His wicked servants robb'd
of breath:

An Angel bright from heav'n appears, Who, to the women, all in tears,

Foretels that Jesus, with his sight,

His faithful flock would soon delight.

As they with joy made haste to tell

splendent light.

That we for ever may possess

This joyful paschal happi


From death of sin, O Jesus, free

Quem morte crudelissima,

Servi necarunt impii:

Th' afflicted tribe, what
them befel;
Christ, cloth'd in glorious
light, they meet,
And worship, prostrate at
his feet.

Th' Apostles, cheer'd by
this account,

Go to the Galilean mount; Where, masters of their wish, their sight

Is bless'd with Christ's re- Almo beantur lumine.

Sermone verax Angelus

To God the Father, and
the Son,

Who rose from death, be
homage done;

is praise for ever let's re-
God the holy Paraclete.


Mulieribus prædixerat ;

Mox ore Christus gaudium
Gregi feret fidelium.

Ad anxios Apostolos

Current statim dum nun-
Illæ micantis obvia
Christi tenent vestigia.

Galilææ ad alta montium

Se conferunt Apostoli;
Jesuque, voti compotes,

Ut sis perenne mentibus

Paschale, Jesu, gaudium,

A morte dira criminum

Those that are born again Vitæ renatos libera. in thee.

Deo Patri sit gloria,

Et Filio, qui a mortuis

Surrexit, ac Paraclito,

In sempiterna sæcula. A


The Hymn of a Martyr is: Deus tuorum, as below, p. xiv. except the last stanza, which is the same as in the Hymn of Apostles.

In the I. VESPERS.

V. Ye saints and righteous ones rejoice in the Lord, Alleluia. R. God hath chosen you for his inheritance, Alleluia.

Anth. A Perpetual light shall shine upon thy saints, O Lord, for an eternity of ages, Alleluia.

At the MAGNificat.

In the II. V. Precious in the sight of the Lord, Alleluia. R. Is the death of his saints, Alleluia.

Anth. Ye saints and righteous ones rejoice in the Lord, Alleluia; God hath chosen you for his inheritance, Alleluia.


V. Sancti et justi in Domino gaudete, Alleluia. R. Vos elegit Deus in hæreditatem sibi, Alleluia.

Ant. Lux perpetua lucebit sanctis tuis, Domine, et æternitas temporum, Alleluia.


the assembly of the wicked, Alleluia; from the multitude of those who wrought iniquity, Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. Hear, O God, my petition, when I pray; deliver my soul from the fear of the enemy. V. Glory.


V. Pretiosa in conspectu Domini, Alleluia. R. Mors sanctorum ejus, Alleluia.


INTROIT. Psalm lxiii.

HOU hast protected

me, O God, from PROTEXISTI me, De

us, a conventu ma


lignantium, Alleluia ; multitudine operantium iniquitatem, Alleluia, Alleluia. Ps. Exaudi, Deus, orationem meam, cum deprecor; a timore inimici eripe animam meam. V. Gloria.

Ant. Sancti et justi in Domino gaudete, Alleluia; Vos elegit Deus in hæreditatem sibi, Alleluia.


Of a Bishop and Martyr. Infirmitatem.
TAVE regard, O Almighty God, to our weakness,

of our doings,

thy Martyr and

let the glorious intercession of blessed N. Bishop, be a protection to us. Thro'

Another. Deus, qui nos beati.


God, who, by the yearly solemnity of blessed N. thy Martyr and Bishop, rejoicest the hearts of thy faithful; mercifully grant that we, who celebrate his martyrdom, may enjoy his protection. Thro'.

Of a Martyr not a Bishop. Præsta quæsumus,

G RANT, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that

we, who celebrate the festival of blessed N. thy Martyr, may, by his intercession, be strengthened in. the love of thy name. Thro'.


Præsta, quæsumus.

RANT, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that,

we may be delivered from all temporal adversities, and our hearts be cleansed from all evil thoughts. Thro.' LESSON. Wisd. v.


HE righteous shall stand up with great constancy against those that afflicted them, and took away their labourst. The wicked seeing this shall be seized with dreadful fear, and shall be amazed at the suddenness of their unexpected salvation, saying within themselves, repenting and groaning thro' anguish of spirit; these are they whom we held for some time in derision, and for a by-word of reproach. Fools, as we were, we esteemed their life madness, and their end without honour. Behold, how they are numbered among the children of God, and their lot is among the Saints.


Or EPISTLE. Tim. ii. 8, 11; iii. 10, 12. EARLY beloved; Be mindful that the Lord Jesus

dead, of seed of

David, according to my gospel. Wherein I labour even unto bands, as an evil doer; but the word of God is not bound. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation, which is in Christ Jesus, with heavenly glory.-(Chap. iii.) But thou hast fully made known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, patience, persecutions, afflictions; such as came upon me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions, I endured, and out of them the Lord delivered me. And all that will live godly in Christ Jesus, shall suffer persecution.

Alleluia, Alleluia. V. Ps. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. 88. The heavens, O Lord, Ps. 88. Confitebuntur cœli

+ Or, hindered the fruit of their labours.

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