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COMM. Ps. cxviii. I have done judgmer and justice, O Lord, let not the proud calumniate me: I was directed to all thy commandments: I have hated all evil ways.

P. COMM. Divini muneris. Being plentifully fed with thy divine gifts, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that by partaking of them through the intercession of blessed N. thy virgin and martyr, we may obtain eternal life. Through.

MASS XVIII.

*Loquebar, of many VIRGINS and MARTYRS.

All as in Mass XVI. page 530, except

COLL. Da nobis. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord our God, that with a constant devotion we may celebrate the victories of thy holy virgins and martyrs N. and N., that, though we cannot solemnize them as we ought, we may seek their prayers with all due humility. Through.

EPISTLE. 1 Cor. vii. page 538.*

SECRET. Look down, we beseech thee, O Lord, on the offerings laid on thy altar, on this feast of thy holy virgins and martyrs N. and N., that as thou hast bestowed glory on them, so, by the sacred mysteries, thou mayest grant us pardon. Through.

P. COMM. Præsta nobis. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, by the intercession of thy virgins and martyrs, to receive with a pure mind what we receive with our mouths. Through.

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MASS XIX. Dilexisti, of a VIRGIN only.

Introit. Is. xliv.

DILEXISTI justitiam et odisti iniquitatem: propterea unxit te Deus, Deus tuus, oleo lætitiæ præ consortibus tuis. Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi. V. Gloria.

THOU hast loved jus

tice and hated iniquity: therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. V. Glory. COLL. 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. Through.

EPISTLE. 2 Cor. x. 17. xi. 1. 2. Brethren: Let him that glorieth, glory in the Lord: for not he who commendeth himself is approved; but he whom God-commendeth. (Chap. xi.) Would to God you could bear with some little of my folly: but do bear with me. For I am jealous of you with the jealousy of God. For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

GRAD. Ps. xliv. With thy comeliness and thy beauty set out, proceed prosperously and reign. V. Because of truth and meekness, and justice, and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. After her virgins shall be brought to the King: her neighbours shall be brought to thee with joy. Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, instead of Alleluia ana V. is said:

TRACT. Ps. xliv. Audi, filia. Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear, for the

King hath greatly desired thy beauty. V. All the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance: the daughters of kings shall honour thee. V. After her shall virgins be brought to the King; her neighbours shall be brought to thee. V. They shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing: they shall be brought into the temple of the King.

In Paschal Time, the Gradual is omited, and the following is said:

Alleluia, Alleluia. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbours shall be brought to thee with gladness. Alleluia. With thy comeliness and thy beauty, set out, proceed prosperously and reign. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Matt. xxv. 1. 13. At that time: Jesus spoke to his disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven shall be like to ten virgins, who taking their lamps went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. And five of them were foolish, and five wise. But the five foolish, having taken their lamps, did not take oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. And the bridegroom tarrying, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made: Behold the bridegroom cometh, go ye forth to meet him. Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise: Give us of your oil, for our lamps are gone out. The wise answered, saying: Lest perhaps there be not enough for us and for you, go you rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. Now whilst they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready, went in with him to the marriage, and the door was shut. But at last came also the other virgins, saying: Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered, saying: Amen I say to you, I know you not. Watch ye therefore, because you know not the day nor the hour.

OFFERT. Ps. xliv. The daughters of kings have delighted thee in thy glory. The queen stood on thy right hand in gilded clothing, 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 have experienced help in their afflictions. Through.

COMM. Matt. XXV. The five wise virgins took oil 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, thy family with these sacred oblations: ever therefore comfort us with her intercession, whose feast we celebrate. Through.

MASS XX. Vultum tuum, of the same.

Introit.

VULTUM tuum deprecabuntur omnes divites plebis: adducentur Regi virgines post eam: proximæ ejus afferentur tibi in lætitia et exultatione. Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi. V. Gloria.

Ps. xliv.

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 hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. V. Glory.

The Collect Tract, Secret, and P. Comm. as in the preceding Mass,

pages 536, 537, 538.

EPISTLE. 1 Cor. vii. 25. 34.

Brethren: Con

cerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: but I give counsel, as having 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 thou 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 wife, 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 hath greatly desired thy beauty: for he is the Lord thy God. V. Hearken, O daughter, and see and incline thy ear. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. This is a wise virgin, and one of the number of the prudent. Alleluia.

In Paschal Time, the Gradual is omitted, and the following is said:

Alleluia, Alleluia. This is a wise virgin, and one of the number of the prudent. Alleluia. Oh! how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory! Alleluia.

GOSPEL. Matt. xiii. as in page 534.

OFFERT. Ps. xliv. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbours shall be

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