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A VOTIVE MASS of the B. V. MARY.

From CANDLEMAS to EASTER.

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Ail, Holy Mother, who didft bring forth the king, who reigns over heaven and earth for evermore. P. My heart hath uttered good tidings: I refer my works to the king. V. Glory.

COLLECT.

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Alve, Sancta Parens, enixa puerpera regem, qui cœlum, terramque regit in fæcula fæculorum. Pf. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi. V. Gloria. Concede nos.

Rant, O Lord God, we beseech thee, that we

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thy fervants may enjoy a conftant health of body and mind, and, by the glorious interceffion of blefled Mary ever a Virgin, be delivered from all temporal afflictions, and come to thofe joys, that are eternal. Thro'.

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LESSON. Ecclef. xxiv.

ROM the beginning, and before all ages was I created; and I fhall not cease to be in the world to come: and I miniftred before him in his holy abode. And thus was I established in Sion, and took up my reft in the holy city, and my empire is in Jerufalem. I took root amidst an honourable people, it's inheritance is in the lot of my God, and abode is in the midst of the faints.

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GRADUAL.

Thou art bleffed, and worthy of our refpects, O Mary, the Virgin, who, without prejudice to thy Virginity, didft become the Mother of the Saviour. V. Virginmother of God, he, be

Benedicta, & venerabilis es, Virgo Maria, quæ, fine tactu pudoris, inventa es Mater Salvatoris. V. Virgo Dei Genetrix, quem totus non capit orbis, in tua fe claufit vifcera, factus

come man, was fhut up homo. in thy womb, whom

the whole world cannot contain.

TRAC T.

Rejoice, O Virgin Mary, thou alone haft deftroyed all herefies. V. Who didft believe the words of Gabriel the Archangel. V. Whilft a Virgin thou didst bring forth him that was God and man; and after child-birth didft remain a pure virgin. V. O mother of God intercede

for us.

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Gaude, Maria Virgo, cunctas hærefes fola interemifti. V. Quæ Gabrielis Archangeli dictis tredidifti. V. Dum virgo Deum & hominem genuifti; & poft partum virgo inviolata permanfifti. V. Dei genetrix, intercede pro nobis.

GOSPEL. Luke, xi. 27, 28.

T that time: While Jesus spoke to the multitude: A certain woman from the croud, raising her voice, faid to him: Bleffed is the womb that bore thee, and the breafts that gave thee fuck. But he faid: Yea rather, bleffed are they, who hear the word of God, and keep it.

OFFERTORY.

Thou art truly happy, O facred Virgin Mary, and moft worthy of all praife for out of thee arofe the fun of righteousness, Christ our God.

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Felix namque es facra Virgo Maria, & omni laude digniffima: quia ex te ortus eft fol juftitiæ, Chriftus Deus nofter.

SECRET.

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

COMMUNION.

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

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Beata vifcera Maria Virginis, quæ portave

runt æterni Patris Filium.

POSTCOMMUNION. Sumptis.

'Aving received, O Lord, what is to advance our falvation; grant we may always be protected by the patronage of bleffed Mary, ever a Virgin, in whofe honour we have offered this facrifice to thy majefty. Thro'.

For the SICK.

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MASS.

INTROIT.LTEAR, O God, my prayer, and Pf. liv. S defpife not my petition: look down upon me, and hear me. Pf. I am become forrowful in my exercife: I have been frightened with the voice of my enemy, and at the distress the finner hath brought upon me. V. Glory.

COLLECT. Omnipotens.

Almighty and everlafting God, the eternal falvation of them that believe in thee; hear us in behalf of thy fervants, who are fick, for whom we humbly crave the help of thy mercy, that, their health being reftored to them, they may render thanks to thee in thy Church. Thro'.

If the fick perfon be near the point of death.

COLLECT. Omnipotens.

Almighty and merciful God, who haft prepared for mankind the means of falvation, and the rewards of eternal life: look down, in thy mercy, on thy fervant now labouring under the extremity of fickness, and be thou the comfort of his, or, her

foul, which thou haft created: that, at the hour of death, it may be prefented to thee, by the hands of the angels, without fpot. Thro'.

EPISTLE. James v. 13, 16. BRethren: Is any of you fad? Let him pray. Is he chearful in mind? Let him fing pfalms. Is any one fick 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 fhall fave the fick man: and the Lord fhall raife him up: and if he be in fins, they shall be forgiven him. Confefs therefore your fins one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be faved.

GRADUAL. P.6. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak heal me, O Lord. V. All my bones are disturbed, and my soul is in anguish.

TRACT. P. 30. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in diftrefs; my eye, my foul, and my heart are disturbed with anger and pain. V. For my life. is spent in grief, and my years in groans. V. My ftrength is weakened in my poverty, and my bones are dried.

GOSPEL. Matt. viii. 5. AT that time: When Jefus had entered into Capharnaum, there came to him a Centurion, befeeching him, and faying: Lord, my fervant lieth at home fick of a palfy, and is grievously tormented. And Jefus faith to him: 1 will come and heal him. And the Centurion making anfwer, faid: Lord, I am not worthy thou fhouldst enter under my roof: but only fay the word, and my fervant fhall be healed. For I myself am a man under authority: but having foldiers under me; I say to this man: Go, and he goeth: and to another: Come, and he cometh; and to my fervant: Do this, and VOL. II.

he doth it. And when Jefus had heard this, he marvelled; and faid to them that followed him: Amen I fay to you: I have not found fo great faith in Ifrael. And I fay to you, that many thall come from the eaft and the west, and shall fit down with Abraham, Ifaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven: but the children of the kingdom shall be caft

into outer darknefs; there fhall be weeping, and gnashing of teeth. And Jefus faid to the Centurion: Go, and as thou haft believed, so be it unAnd the fervant was healed at that very

to thee.

hour.

OFFERTORY. P. liv.

HEAR, God, my prayer, and defpife not my petition: look down upon me, and hear

me.

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SECRET.

God, by whofe pleasure the moments of our life are numbered, receive the prayers and facrifices of thy fervants, for whom, in their ficknefs, we implore thy mercy; that we may rejoice in the health of thofe, whom we now apprehend in danger. Thro'.

If the fick perfon be near the point of death.

SECRET.

Eceive, O Lord, the facrifice we offer for thy fervant, who is near the end of his, or, her life; and grant, that by it all his, or her, fins may be cleanfed away, that he, or fhe, who is chaftifed by thy appointment in this life, may obtain eternal reft in that to come. Thro'.

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COMMUNION. Pf. 30. Enlighten thy countenance on thy fervant, and by thy mercy fave me Lord let me not be put to fhame, fince I have called on thy name.

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