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The COMMON MASS for the DEAD.
FOR BISHOPS OR PRIESTS. COLL. Deus, qui. O God, by whose favour thy servants were raised to the dignity of bishops, (or priests), and thus honoured with the apostolic functions: grant, we beseech thee, that they may be admitted to the eternal fellowship of thy apostles in heaven. Through.
FOR BRETHREN, FRIENDS, AND BENEFACTORS.
COLL. Deus Veniæ. O God, the author of mercy, and lover of the salvation of mankind; we address thy clemency in behalf of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, who are departed this life, that by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever a virgin, and of all thy saints, thou wouldst receive them into the enjoyment of eternal happiness. Through.
FOR ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED,
COLL. Fidelium, O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful, give to the souls of thy servants departed the remission of their sins: that through the help of pious supplications, they may obtain the pardon they have always desired. Who livest.
LESSON. Apoc. xiv. 13. In those days: I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. From henceforth now, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours: for their works follow them.
GOSPEL, John vi. 51. 55. At that time : Jesus said to the multitude of the Jews: I am the living bread which came down from heaven. It any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh for the life of the world. The Jews therefore strovo among themselves, saying: How can this man give us his flesh to eat? Then Jesus said to them: Amen, amen I say unto you: Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you shall not have life in you. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath everlasting life; and I will raise him up in the last day.
FOR BISHOPS OR PRIESTS. SECRET. Accept, O Lord, we beseech thee, the sacrifice we offer for the souls of thy servants, bishops (or priests), that those whom in this life thou didst honour with the episcopal (or priestly) dignity, thou mayest join to the fellowship of thy saints in the kingdom of heaven. Through.
FOR BRETHREN, FRIENDS, AND BENEFACTORS. SECRET. O God, whose mercy is infinite, graciously hear the prayers which we thy humble servants offer thee; and grant to the souls of our brethren, friends, and benefaetors, on whom thou didst bestow the grace to confess thy name, the pardon of all their sins by these mysteries of our salvation. Through.
FOR ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED. SECRET. Look down favourably, we beseech thee, O Lord, on the sacrifice we offer for the souls of thy servants; that as thou wast pleased to bestow on them the merit of Christian faith, thou wouldst also grant them the reward thereof. Through.
FOR BISHOPS, OR PRIESTS. P. COMM. Prosit. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, by thy merciful clemency, which we
have implored on behalf the souls of thy servants, bishops (or priests), that by thy mercy they may eternally enjoy thy presence, in whom they have hoped and believed. Through.
FOR BRETHREN, FRIENDS, AND BENEFACTORS.
P. COMM. Presta. Grant, we beseech thee, O almighty and merciful God, that the souls of our brethren, friends, and benefactors, for whom we have offered this sacrifice to thy Majesty, being, by virtue of these mysteries, purified from all sin, may, through thy mercy, receive the blessing of perpetual light. Through.,
FOR ALL THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED. P. COMM. Animabus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that our humble prayers in behalf of the souls of thy servants, both men and women, may be profitable to them: so that thou mayest deliver them from all their sins, and make them partakers of the redemption thou hast purchased for them. Who livest.
VARIOUS PRAYERS FOR THE DEAD.
FOR A PRIEST DEPARTED.
COLL. Presta quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the soul of thy servant, N. Priest, whom thou hast adorned with thy sacred gifts in this world, may for ever rejoice in the glorious seat of heavenly bliss. Through.
SECRET. Receive, O Lord, we beseech thee, this sacrifice, which we offer for the soul of thy servant, N. Priest, that having given him the priestly dignity, thou mayest also give him the reward of it. Through.
P. COMM. Præsta, quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, almighty God, that the soul of thy
servant, N. Priest, may be united in fellowship to the congregation of the just, in eternal bliss. Through.
POR A MAN DEPARTED.
COLL. Inclina, Domine. Incline, O Lord, thy ear to our prayers, by which we humbly beseech thy mercy, that thou wouldst place the soul of thy servant, N. whom thou hast taken out of this world, in the region of light and peace; and make him a companion of thy saints. Through.
SECRET. Grant us, we beseech thee, O Lord, that this oblation may be profitable to the soul of thy servant N., by immolating which, thou hast vouchsafed to remit the sins of the world. Through. P. COMM. Absolve, quesumus. Absolve, we beseech thee, O Lord, the soul of thy servant N. from every chain of sin, that rising again in the glory of the resurrection, he may enjoy a new life amongst thy saints and elect. Through.
FOR A WOMAN DEPARTED.
COLL. Quæsumus, Domine. Have mercy, we beseech thee, O Lord, through thy goodness, on the soul of thy servant N. and having freed her from the corruption of this mortal life, grant her a share in eternal salvation. Through.
SECRET. May these sacrifices, we beseech thee, O Lord, deliver the soul of thy servant N. from all her sins, without which none was ever wholly free from guilt, that by these pious offices of reconciliation she may obtain perpetual mercy. Through.
P. COMM. Inveniat, quæsumus. Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that the soul of thy servant N. having received the sacrament
of perpetual mercy, may enjoy eternal light. Through,
FOR A DECEASED FATHER OR MOTHER. Deus qui nos. O God, who hast commanded us to honour our father and mother: mercifully show pity to the soul of my father (or my mother), and forgive his (her or their) sins; and grant that I may see him (her or them) in the joys of eternal life. Through.
SECRET. Receive, O Lord, the sacrifice I offer for the soul of my father (or of my mother): grant him (or them) eternal joys in the land of the living: and associate me with him (her or them) in the bliss of thy saints. Through.
P. COMM. May the participation of these heavenly mysteries, O Lord, I beseech thee, obtain rest and light for the soul of my father (or of my mother:) and may thy grace crown me with him (her or them) for ever. Through.
The Proper of Saints.
As the primitive Christians were accustomed to meet every year on the anniversary of the Martyrs, in the churches or chapels usually erected to their memory in the same place where the whole, or some sacred remains of their bodies had been buried, and as their tombs served for an altar, so it has rer since been the custom to put the relics of some saint in or beneath altar stones. The Mass was not offered to the MARTYR, but to the GOD OF MARTYRS, to whom alone sacrifice is due, to thank him as well for the strength and courage wherewith he had animated them, as for that state of bliss to which he has admitted them. Such was the origin of the festivals of the saints.
November XXIX. VIGIL OF ST. ANDREW.
Introit. Matt. iv. THE Lord saw near the sea of Galilee two
bretliren, Peter and Andrew, and he called