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XXIV. or XXV. St. MATTHIAS, ap.
COLLECT. Deus.--0 God, who didst add blesse ed Matthias to the number of thy Apostles, grant, we beseech thee, that by his prayers we may be ever sensible of the effects of thy mercy. Thro'.
LESSON. Acts i. 15. 26. In those days : Peter rising up in the midst of the brethren, said : (now the number of persons together was about an hundred and twenty.) Men brethren, the scripture must needs be fulfilled which the Holy Ghost spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who was the leader of them that apprehended Jesus: who was numbered with us, and had obtained part of this ministry. And he indeed hath possessed a field of the reward of iniquity, and being hanged, burst asunder in the midst : and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jeru. salem: so that the same field was called in their tongue Haceldama, that is to say, the field of blood. For it is written in the book of Psalms : Let their habitation become desolate, and let there be none to dwell therein. And his bishopric let another take. Wherefore of these men who have companied with us, all the time that the Lord Jesus came in and went out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day wherein he was taken up from us, one of these must be made a witness with us of his resurrection. And they appointed two, Joseph, called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And praying they said : Thou, Lord, who knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, to take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas hath by transgression fallen, that he might go to his own place. And they gave them lots, and the lot fell
upon Matthias and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
GRAD. Ps. cxxxvïi.-Thy friends, O God, are made exceedingly honourable: their principality is exceedingly strengthened.: V. I will number them, and they shall be multiplied above the sand.
TRACT, Desiderium animæ, p. 462.
OFFERT. Ps. xliv.-Thou shalt make them princes over all the earth: they shall remember thy name, O Lord, throughout all generations.
SECRET.-Grant, Ö Lord, that the prayer of blessed Matthias thy apostle, accompanying the offerings we make to thy holy name) we may be both cleansed from our sins, and defended thereby. Thro'.
COMM. Matt. xix.--You who have followed me, shall sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
P. COMM. Præsta.--Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that by virtue of the sacrament we have received, and the intercession of blessed Matthias, thy apostle, we may obtain the pardon of our sins and peace. Thro'.
March II. St. CHAD, Bishop of Litchfield.
All as in Mass XI. p. 484, except COLLECT. Omnipotens.--Almighty and eternal God, who rejoicest us this day in the observation of the festival of blessed Chad, thy confessor and bishop, we humbly beseech thy clemency, that, as we devoutly observe his solemnity, we may through his intercession obtain the reward of eternal life. Thro'.
SECRET.-Be favourable, O Lord, to our prayers: and grant, by the intercession of blessed Chad, thy confessor and bishop, that by assisting at these mysteries, we may be delivered from all sin, and purified by thy grace. Thro'.
P. COMM. Presta.Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, our God, that we who have offered to thee these divine mysteries, may obtain thy mercy and advance to a full enjoyment of them above. Thro'.
IV. St. CASIMIR, c. All as in Mass XIII. p. 488, except COLLECT. Deus, qui. O God, who amidst the delights of a court, and the attractive snares of the world, didst preserve holy Casimir constant and faithful in thy service : grant, we beseech thee, that by his intercession, thy people may despise the transitory things of this world, and eagerly pursue those that are everlasting. Thro' Here is made a Commem. of St. J.ccius by the
Collect, &c. of Mass II. d. 464.
VII. St. THOMAS nf AQUIN, c. D.
All as in Mass XII. p. 485, ercept COLLECT. Deus, qui..O God, who by the wonderful learning of blessed Thomas, thy confessor, hast illustrated thy Church, and by his virtues hast enlarged it: grant, we beseech thee, that we may understand what he taught, and, in our lives, follow what he practised. Thro'.
LESSON. Wisd. vii. 9. 14.-I wisheri, and understanding was given me: and I called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came upon me: and I preferred her before kingiloms and thrones, and esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither did I compare unto her any precions stone, for all gold in comparison of her is as a little sand, and silver in respect to her shall be counted as clay. I loved her above health and beauty, and chose to have her in. stead of light, for her light cannot be put out. Now all good things came to me together with her, and mnumerable riches through her hands. And I re
joiced in them all: for this wisdom went before me, and I knew not that she was the mother of them all. Which I have learned without guile, and communicate without envy, and her riches I hide not. For she is an infinite treasure to men, which they that use become the friends of God, being commended for the gifts of discipline.
IX. St. FRANCES, w
All as in Mass XXI p. 502, except COLLECT. Deus. O God, who amongst other privileges of thy grace didst honour blessed Frances, thy handmaid, with the familiar company of Angels: grant, we beseech thee, by her prayers, that we also may be admitted into their society. Thro'.
X. The FORTY MARTYRS. INTROIT. Ps. xxxiii.- The just cried and the Lord heard them: and delivered them out of all their troubles. Ps. I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall be always in my mouth. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Præsta.-Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that as we have seen the courage of thy holy martyrs, in the confession of thy faith, so we may experience their kindness in interceding with thee for us. Thro'.
EPISTLE, Heb. xi. as on January 20, p. 541.
GRAD. Ps. cxxxi.—Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. P. It is like the precious ointment on the head, that ran down upon the beard, the beard of Aaron.
TRACT, Qui seminant, as in Mass VII. p. 476. and GOSPEL, Luke vi. from Mass VII. p. 478.
OFFERT. Ps. xxxi. -Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, 0 ye just; and glory all ye right of heart.
SECRET.-Mercifully look down, O Lord, on the sacrifice we offer thee: and grant, by the intercession of thy martyrs, that it may increase our de votion, and avail to our salvation. Thro'.
COMM.-Matt. xü.-Whoever shall do the will tof my Father, that is in heaven: he is my brother and sister, and mother, saith the Lord.
P. COMM. Quæsumus-We haseech thee, O Almighty God, that we may one day obtain the effects of that salvation, of which we have received the pledge in these mysteries. Thro'.
XI. St. JOHN of GOD.
All as in Mass XIII. p. 488, except COLLECT. Deus, qui.- O God, who didst grant thy servant John, being inflamed with the fire of thy love, to walk without hurt through the midst of flames, and by him institute a new order in thy Church: grant, by his merits, that the fire of thy charity may cure our diseased souls, and obtain for us eternal remedies.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxii, as in p. 432.
XII. St. GREGORY, P. C. INTROIT, Sacerdotes tui, Mass XI. po
484. COLLECT. Deus, qui.-God, who hast rewarded the soul of blessed Gregory, thy servant, with eternal bliss: mercifully grant that we who are oppressed by the weight of our sins, may find relief by his intercession. Thro'.
EPISTLE. 2 Tim. as in Mass XII. 486.
GRAD.-The Lord hath sworn, and he will not repent, thou art a priest for ever according to the order of Melchisedech, 5. The Lord said to my Lord, sit thou at my right-hand.
TRACT, Beatus vir, as in p. 465.