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the King: ber neighbours shall be brought to thee with joy. Alleluia.
After Septuag. instead of Alleluia and V. s said
TRACT. Ps. xliv. Hearken, 0 daughter, and see, and incline thy ear, for the King is taken with thy beauty. V. All the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance: the daughters of kings shall honour thee. V. Virgins shall be brought in her retinue to the King; her relation shall be presented to thee. V. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the king.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxv. as in p. XXXII.
OFFERT. Ps. xliv. The daughters of kings have delighted thee in thy glory. The queen stood on thy right hand in gilded cloathing, surrounded with variety.
SECRET. May the offerings, O Lord, of thy devout people, be acceptable to thee in honour of thy saints: by whose merits they bave experienced help in their aišictions. Thro'.
COMM. Matt. xxv. The five wise virgins took oit in their vessels with their lamps : and at midnight there was a cry made: Behold! the bridegroom cometh : go ye out and meet Christ the Lord.
P. COMM. Satiasti. Thou hast fed, O Lord, the family with these sacred oblations ; erer there fore comfort us with her intercession, whose feast we celebrate. Thro!
MASS XXI. Vultum tuan, of the same.
INTROIT. Ps sliv. ALL the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance : after her shall virgins be brought to the king: her neighbours shall be brought to thee in joy and gladness.
Ps. My heart bath attered a good word: I speak my works to the King. F. Glory,
COLLECT. Exaudi. Give ear to us, O God our Saviour, that as we celebrate with joy the solemnity of blessed N. thy Virgin, so we may improve in the affection of piety. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 1 Cor. vii. 25, 34. Brethren: Concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord : but I give counsel, as baving obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful. I think therefore that this is good for the present necessity, for a man so to be. Art thon bound to a wife ? seek not to be loosed, Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife. But if thou take a wife, thou hast not sinned. And if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned: nevertheless, such shall have tribulation of the flesh. But I spare you. This therefore I say, brethren : the time is short: it remaineth, that they also who have wives, be as if they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as if they rejoiced not; and they that buy as though they possessed not ; and they that use this world, as if they used it not: for the fashion of this world passeth away. But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wise, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife; and he is divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord: that she may be holy both in body and spirit, in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GRAD. Ps. xliv. The King shall greatly desire thy beauty : for he is the Lord thy God. V. Hearken, o daughter, see, and incline thy ear. Allel. Allel. y. This is a wise virgin, and one of the number of the prudent. Alleluia. After Septuag. instead of Alleluia and V. is said
TRACT, p. xxxvi. GOSPEL. Matt. xiii. 44. 52. At that time : Jesus spake to his disciples this parable : The king
dom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field. Which a man having found, had it
, and for joy thereof goeth, and selleth all that he bath, and buyeth that field. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls
. Wbo when he hath found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes. Which when it was filled they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just. And shall cast them into the furnace of fire; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have ye understood all these things? They say to him: Yes. He said unto them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the king. dom of heaven, is like to a man who is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasure new things and old.
OFFERT. Ps. xliv. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbours shall be brought to thee with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the Lord the King.
SECRET. May the offerings, O Lord, of thy devout people be acceptable to thee in bonour of thy saints; by whose merits they have experienced help in their afflictions. Thro'.
COMM. Malt. xii. The kingdom of beaven is like a merchant seeking good pearls : who when be had found one pearl of great price, he went his way, and sold all that he bad and bought it.
P. COMM. Satiasti. Thou hast fed, O Lord, thy family with these sacred oblations : ever, there fore, comfort us with her intercession, whose feast we celebrate. Thro'.
MASS XXII. Cognovi, of HOLY WOMEN.
INTROIT. Ps. cxviii. Cognovi Domine. I KNEW, O Lord, that thy judgments are equity : and in thy truth thou bast humbled me; Pierce thou my flesh with thy fear: for I am afraid of thy judgments.
Ps. Blessed are the undefiled in the way: who walk in the law of the Lord. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Ex di. Give car to us, O God our Saviour, that as we celebrate with joy the solemnity of blessed N. so we may improve in the affection of true piety. Thro'.
LESSON. Prov. xxxi. 10. Who shall find a valiant woman? the price of her is as of things brought from afar off, and from the uttermost coasts. The heart of ber husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoils. She will render him good and not evil, all the days of her life. She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her hands. She is like the merchant's ship, she bringeth her bread from afar. And she bath risen in the night, and given prey to her household, and victuals to her maidens. She hath considered a field, and bought it: with the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard. She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her arm. She hath tasted and seen that her traffic is good: her lamp shall not be put out in the night. She hath put out her hand to strong things, and her fingers have taken hold of the spindle. She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor. She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow, for all her domestics are cloatbed with double garments. She bath made for herseif clcathing of tapestry, fine linen and purple is her covering. Her husband is honourable in the gates, where he sitteth among the senators of the land. She made fine linen and sold it, and delivered a girdle to the
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Chananite. Strength and beauty are her cloathing, and she shall laugh in the latter day. She hath opened ber mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue. She bath looked well to the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle. Her children rose up, and called her blessed: ber husband, and he praised her. Many daughters hatha gathered together riches: thou hast surpassed them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vaia: the woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her bands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
GRAD. Ps. xliv. Grace is poured abroad on thy lips, therefore hath God blessed thee for ever. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice; and thij right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully. Alleluit, Alleluia. ' V. In thy coneliness and beauty go on, proceed prosperously and reign. Alleluia. After Septuag instead of Alleluja and V. is said
TRACT, Teni, p. Xxxü. GOSPEL, Matt. xiü. as in p. xxxvii.
OFFERT. Ps. xliv. Grace is poured abroad ou thy lips, therefore hath God blessed thee for ever and
• SECRET. May the offerings, O Lord, of the devout people, be acceptable to thee in honour of the saints: by whose merits they have experienced help in their affictions. Thro'.
COMM. Ps. xliv. Thou hast loved justice, and hated iniquity; therefore, God, thy God hath anointled thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
P. COMM. Satiasti. Thou hast fed, O Lord, thy family with these sacred oblations: ever there fore comfort us with her intercession whose feast we celebrate. Thro'.