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you to walk in my commandments, and to keep my judgments, and do them. And you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be my people, and I will be your God, saith the Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. xxxiii.—Come, children, hearken to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. V. Come ye to him, and be enlightened: and your face shall not be confounded.
II. COLLECT. Præsta.-Grant, we beseech thee, 0 Almighty God, that the devotion, which makes us punish ourselves by this yearly fast, may also make us rejoice to the end that, suppressing in ourselves all earthly affections, we may more easily receive thy heavenly inspirations. Thro'.
II. LESSON. Is. 1. 16. 19.-Thus saith the Lord God: Wash yourselves, be clean, take away the evil of your devices from my eyes : cease to do perversely, learn to do well: seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge for the fatherless, defend the widow. And then come, and accuse me, saith the Lord: if your sins be as the scarlet, they shall be made as white as snow: and if they be red as crimson, they shall be white as wool. If you be willing, and will hearken to me, you shall eat the good things of the land, saith the Lord Almighty.
GRAD. Ps. xxxii.-Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord: the people whom he hath chosen for his inheritance. V. By the word of the Lord the heavens were established ; and all the power of them by the spirit of his mouth.
* TRACT. Ps. cü.-Deal not, p. 117. GOSPEL. John ix. 1. 38.--At that time : Jesus passing by, saw a man that was blind from his birth; and his disciples asked him: Rabbi, who hath sinned, this man, or his parents, that he should be born blind? Jesus answered: Neither hath this man simed, nor his parents; but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, whilst it is day: the right cometh when no man can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had said these things, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and spread the clay upon his eyes, and said to him: Go, wash in the pool of Siloe, which is interpreted, Sent. He went his way therefore, and washed, and he came seeing. The neighbours therefore, and they who had seen him before, that he was a beggar, said: Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he. But others said : No, but he is like him. But he said: I am he. They said therefore to him: How were thine eyes opened? He answered: That man that is calleil Jesus, made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe, and wash. And I went, I washed, and I see. And they said to him: Where is he? He saith: I know not. They bring him that had been blind to the Pharisees. Now it was the Sabbath, when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Again therefore the Pharisees asked him how he had received his sight. But he said to them: He put clay upon my eyes, and I washed, and I see. Some therefore of the Pharisees said: this man is not of God who keepeth not the Sabbath. But others said: How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say therefore to the blind man again: What sayest thou of him that hath opened thy eyes ? And he said: He is a prophet. "The Jews then did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and had received his sight, inntil they called the parents of hirn that had received his sight, and asked them, saying: Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then doth he now see? His parents answered them, and
said: We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but how he now seeth we know not: or who hath opened his eyes we know not: ask himself; he is of age; let him speak for himself. These things his parents said, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had already agreed among themselves, that if any man should confess him to be Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. Therefore did his parents say: He is of age, ask him. They therefore called the man again that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God, We know that this man is a sinner. He said then to them: If he be a sinner, I know not: one thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see. Then they said to him: What did he to thee? How did he open thy eyes ? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: why would you hear it again: will you also become his disciples ? They reviled him, therefore, and said: Be thou his disciple; but we are the disciples of Moses. We know that God spoke to Moses: but as to this man, we know not from whence he is. The man answered, and said to them: Why, herein is a wonderful thing, that you know not from whence he is, and he hath opened my eyes. Now we know that God doth not hear sinners; but if a man be a server of God, and doth his will, him he heareth. From the beginning of the world it hath not been heard, than any man hath opened the eyes of one born blind. Unless this man were of God, he could not do any thing. They answered and said to him: Thou was wholly born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said to him: Dost thou believe in the Son of God? He answered, and said: Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jesus said to him: Thou hast Loth 'seen him: and it is he that talketh with thee.
And she said: I believe, Lord. And falling down, he adored him.
OFFERT. Ps. Ixv.- bless the Lord our God, ye.gentiles; and make the voice of his praisc be received who hath set my soul to live: and hath not suffered my feet to be moved. Blessed be the Lord, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
SECRET. We humbly beseech thee, O Almighty God, that our sins may be cleansed away by this sacrifice: because then thou wilt bestow on us true health both of body and soul. Thro'.
COMM. John ix.-The Lord made clay of spiltle, and anointed my eyes: and I went and washed and saw, and believed in God.
P. COMM. Sacramenta. May the mysteries, 0) Lord our God, which we have received, both feed our souls and protect our bodies. Thro'.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Pateant.--May the ears of thy mercy, O Lord, be opened to the prayers of thy servants : and in order to obtain the effect of our petiticus, grant we may ask what is pleasing to thee. Thro',
THURSDAY. INTROIT. Ps. civ.-Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord: seek ye the Lord, and be strengthened: seek his face evermore. Ps. Praise the Lord, and call upon his name: publish his works among the Gentiles. V. Glory. ;
COLLECT. Præsta, quæsumus. - Grant, we beseech thee, () Almighty God, that the devotion, which makes us punish ourselves by this yearly fast, may also make us rejoice: to the end that, suppressing in ourselves all earthly affections, we may more easily receive thy heavenly inspirations. Thro'.
LESSON. A Kings iv. 25. 38.-In those days: A Sunamitess came to Eliseus on mount Carmel
him, he said to Giezi his servant: Behold that Sunamitess. Go therefore to meet her, and say to her: Is all well with thee, and with thy husband, and with thy son? And she answered: Well. And when she came to the man of God to the mount, she caught hold on his feet: and Giezi came to remove her. Anth the man of God said: Let her alone, for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. And she said to him: Did I ask a son of my Lord ? Did I not say to thee: Do not deceive me? Then he said to Giezi: Gird up thy loins, and take up my staff in thy hand, and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and if any man salute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. But the mother of the child said: As the Lord liveth, and as my sond liveth, I will not leave - thee. He arose, therefore, and followed her.
But Giezi was gone before them and laid the staff upon the face of the child, and there was no voice nor sense: and he returned to meet him, and told him, saying: The child is not risen, Eliseus therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed. And going in he shut the door upon him, and upon the child, and prayed to the Lord. And he went up, and lay upon the child: and he put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he bowed himself upon him, and the child's flesh grew warm. Then he returned and walked in the house, once to and fro: and he went up and lay upon him: and the child gaped seven times, and opened his eyes. And he called Giezi, and said to him: Call this Sunamitess. And she being called went in to him. And he said: Take up thy son. She came and fell at his feet, and