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snow: and tho' they be red like crimson, they shall become white as wooll. If you consent, and hear me, you shall eat the good things of the earth, faith the Lord Almighty.
GRADUAL. Pf.xxxii. Blessed is the nation that hath the Lord for it's God, and blessed is the people the Lord hath chosen for his inheritance. V. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and by the breath of his mouth all the hosts thereof. TRACT. Deal not, &c. as above, p. 29.
GOSPEL. John ix. 1, 38. AT that time : Jefus paling by, saw
a man that had been blind from his birth : and his dirciples put this question to him : Master, who hath finned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered : Neither he nor his parents sinned; but that the works of God may be manifested in him a. I must do the work of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had said this, he spit on the ground, and having made clay with the spittle, he spread the clay on his eyes, and said to him: Go wash in the pool of Siloe (which fignifieth, he that is fent.) He went therefore and washed, and came back seeing. The neighbours therefore, and such as had seen him before, (for he was a beggar) said : Is not this he that fat and begged? Some laid, this is he: others said, No; but it is one like him. But he said: I am he. Then they said to him: How were thy eyes opened? He answered: That man, who is called Jesus, made clay and anointed my eyes, and said to me: Go to the pool of Siloe and wash. And I went and washed, and received my fight. And they said to him: Where is he? He said: I know not. They Vol. II.
bring him, who had been blind, to the Pharisees. And it was the Sabbath-day, when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.
Then the Pharisees asked him again, how he had received his fight? And he said to them: He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I see. Then some of the Pharisees said : This man is not of God, who keepeth not the Sabbath-day. But others said: How can a man, that is a linner, do such miracles? And there was a diffention among them. They said therefore again to the blind-man : What fayeft thou of him, that opened thy eyes ? And he said: He is a Prophet. The Jews therefore would not believe that he ever had been blind, and had received his fight, till they called the parents of him, who had received his fight: and they asked them, saying: Is this your son, who, you say, was born blind? How then doth he now fee? His parents answered them, and said : We know this man to be our son, and that he was born blind; but by what means he now feeth, we know not: neither know we who hath opened his eyes : Ask him ; he is of age ; let him speak for himself. His parents said this, because they feared the Jews: for the Jews had now resolved, that if any one should confess him to be the Christ, he fhould be put out of the fynagogue a. For this reason his parents said : He is of age; ask him. Then they called again the man that had been blind, and said to him: Give glory to God; we know this man is a fin
He said therefore to them: Whether he be a finner, or no, I know not: but one thing I know; that whereas I was blind, I can now see. Then they said to him: What did he do to thee? How did he open thine eyes ? He answered them: I have told you already, and you have heard: Why would you hear it again ? Have you a mind to become his . disciples? Then they reviled him, and said : Be
a Expl, He bould be excommunicaied,
thou his disciple; but we are the disciples of Mofes. We know God spoke to Mofes ; but as for this man, we know not whence he is. The man anfwered, and said to them: There is something wonderful in that you should not know from whence he is, when he hath opened my eyes : for we know God heareth not finners: but if any one be a fervant of God, and do his will, him he heareth. Since the world began it was never heard, that any one opened the eyes of a man born blind. If this man was not of God, he could not do any thing. They answered and said to him: Thou wast wholly born in fins, and doft thou teach us? And they cast b him out. Jesus heard that they had cast him out, and having found him, he said to him: Believest thou in the Son of God ? He answered and faid: Who is he, Lord, that I may believe in him? And Jesus said to him : Thou hast seen him, and 'tis he that is talking to thee. And he faid: Lord, I believe ; and falling down he adored him.
OFFERTORY. P/. 65. O ye Gentiles, bless the Lord our God, and make heard the voice of his praise : who hath preserved my life, and hath not permitted my feet to Nip. Blessed is the Lord, who hath not rejected my prayer, nor turned aside his mercy from me.
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that our sins may be cleansed away by this facrifice; because then thou wilt bestow on us true health both of body and soul. Thro'
COMMUNION. John 9. The Lord made clay of spittle, and anointed my eyes : and I went and washed and faw, and believed in God.
we have received, both feed our fouls, and protect our bodies. Thro'.
b Expl. Excommunicated bim, c Here all knxel down.
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
opened to the prayers of us thy servants : and that we may obtain the effect of our petitions, grant us to ask what is pleasing to thee. Thro'
The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS. Anth. That man, who Ant. Ille homo, qui is called Jesus, made dicitur Jesus, lutum feclay of his spitele, and cit ex sputo, & linivit anointed my eyes, and oculos meos, & modo now I fee.
video. V. and R. as p. 27.
MASS. INTROIT. 2 ET the hearts of thofe, who feek Pf. 104.
the Lord, be glad: seek the Lord, and be strengthened : always seek his presence. Pf. Praise the Lord and call on his name : publish his works among the Gentiles. V. Glory. COLLECT. Prasia, quesumus.
we 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 eafily receive thy heavenly inspirations. Thro'.
LESSON. 4 Kings iv. 25, 38. · 1 N those days : A Sunamitess came to Eliseus on
mount Carmel: and when the man of God faw her coming towards him, he said to Giezi his fervant: Behold that Sunamitess: go therefore and meet her, and fay to her: Is all well with thee
and with thy husband, and with thy child ? And The answered : All is well. And being come unto the mount to the man of God, she took hold of his feet: and Giezi came to put her away. But the man of God said : Let her alone : for her soul is in anguish, and the Lord hath concealed it, and hath not made it known to me. And she said: Did I defire a son of my Lord? Did I not say: Do not deceive me? And he said to Giezi : Gird thy loins, and take my staff in thy hand, and go. If any man meet thee, salute him not: and if any one falute thee, answer him not: and lay my staff on the face of the child. But the child's mother said : As the Lord liveth, and as thy foul liveth, I will not leave thee. He arose therefore and followed her. And Giezi was gone before them, and had laid the ftaff on the child's face; but he had neither voice, nor feeling: and he went back again to meet him, and told him, saying: The child arose not. Eliseus therefore went into the house, and behold the child lay dead on his bed : and being come in, he shut the door upon himself and the child, and prayed to the Lord. And rising up, he lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands, and he stretched himself upon him; and the Aesh of the child grew warm. Then arising, he walked once to and fro in the house, and went up again, and laid hiinself upon him: and the child gaped leven times, and opened his eyes. Then he called Giezi, and said to him: Call the Sunamitess. Who being called, went to him. He said to her: Take thy fon. She came, and threw herself at his feet, and fell proftrate on the ground : and she took her son, and went out, and Eliseus returned to Galgala.
GRADUAL, Pf. 73. Look down, O Lord, on thy covenant, and forget not for ever the fouis of thy poor fervants. V. Arise, O Lord, judge thy