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The PARTICULAR OFFICES of

the SAINTS.

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INSTRUCTION. "ROM the earliest ages of Christianity, the faithful

met every year on the anniversary day of the death of the Martyrs in the churches, or chapels, which were usually in the place where their bodies, or some facred remains thereof, had been buried The altar was placed on their tombs; and from thence came the custom of always putting some relicks in, or under, the altar-stones.

The sacrifice was not offered to the Martyrs. but to the God of the Martyrs, (to whom alone it is due) to thank him for the courage and strength he had given his fervants, and for that state of bliss, to which he had admitted them. Such was the origin of the feasts of the saints; and we ought to keep them with the same spirit, with which they were instituted; that is to say, the worship we pay in honour of the saints, ought to have God himself for it's object. Our adorations and respects terminate in God'; and we consider the faints only as powerful friends, whose credit and prayers may obrain for us, from the goodness of God, those helps our fins make us unworthy to obtain by our own prayers

alone. The FEASTS of FEBRUARY. N. B. If any of the following Feafts should fall on

a Sunday, if they be Doubles or Semidoubles, they are transferred to the first vacant day : but of Simples, there is only a Commemoration made of them during Lent, both at Mass and Vespers; and the last Gospel is always of the day. On Doubles and Semidoubles, there is always a Commemoration of the Feria.

VIII. St. JOHN of MATHA, Confeffor. A Double.

VESPER S. As in the COMMON, p. cxvii. In the HYMN is faid: Deferves that we. PRAYER. Collect at Mass.

MASS Introit. The mouth of the righteous man. With the rest. COMMON, p. cxviii. except:

COLLECT. Deus, qui per sanctum.

heavenly directions to institute the order of the most Holy Trinity, for the redeeming of captives out of the hands of the Saracens : grant, we beseech thee, that, by his merits, we may be delivered from all captivity, both of body and mind, by the affiftance of thy holy grace. Thro'. ofhoogoooooooooooooooooooooooooo$cocooooooo

IX.
St. APOLLONIA, Virgin and Martyr.

At V ES P E R S.
The COMMEMORATION. Anth. Come, O spouse.
V. In thy comeliness. COMMON, p.cxxvii. PRAY-
ER. Deus, qui inter cætera, ib. p. cxxviii.

At MASS. Collect. Deus, qui inter cætera. COMMON, p. cxxviii. with the SECRET and PostCOMMUNION following.

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X.

St. SCHOLASTICA, Virgin. A Double.

V ESPER S. As in the COMMON, P. cxxv. PRAYER. Collect at Mass.

M A S S. INTROIT. Thou lovedst righteousness. With the rest. COMMON, p. cxxxv. Or, All the rich, ib. p. cxxxviii. except:

COLLECT. Deus, qui animam.

of life, was pleased to let the soul of thy blersed virgin Scholaftica, ascend to heaven in the shape

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XIV.

St. VALENTINE, Priest and Martyr.

At VESPERS.
The COMMEMORATION. Anth. This faint. V.
Thou haft crowned. COMMON, p. Ixxix. PRAY-
ER. Collect at Mass.

At MAS S.
COLLECT. Præfta, quæsumus.
Rant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that

we, who folemnize the festival of blessed Van lentine, thy Martyr, may, by his intercession, be delivered from all the evils that threaten us. Thro'.

SECR E T.
E appeared, O Lord, we beseech thee, by the

offerings we have made; and defend us from all dangers, by the intercession of blessed Valentine, thy Martyr. Thro'.

POSTCOMMUNION. Sit nobis.
AY these heavenly myfteries, O Lord, re-

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interceflion of blessed Valentine, thy Martyr, we may find the effects of what we celebrate. Thro'.

XV SS. FAUSTINUS and JOVITA, Martyrs.

At VESPER S. The COMMEMORATION. Anth. For to them. V. Rejoice. COMMON, p. xcii. PRAYER. Deus, qui nos annuâ, ib. p. xcix.

At MASS Collect. Deus, qui nos annuâ. With the SECRET and POSTCOMMUNION. COMMON, p. xcix.

XVIII.
St. SIMEON, Bishop and Martyr.

At VESPERS.
The COMMEMORATION. Anth. This faint. V.
Thou haft crowned. COMMON, p. lxxix. PRAY-
ER, Infirmitatem, ib. p. Ixxx.

At MASS.
COLLECT. Infirmitatem. With the SECRET and
POSTCOMMUNION. COMMON, p. lxxx.

XXII.
St. PETER'S CHAIR at ANTIOCH.

A greater Double

I. VESPER S.
All as in the COMMON, p. ciii. except:

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nexibus revinxeris, Blest Peter, heav'n fhall Erit revinctum, Petre, ratify:

in arce siderumi And what thy pow'r Et quod resolvit hîc poshall here unbind,

teftas tradita, Above in heaven will be Erit folutum cæli in alto sign'd:

vertice : At the last day thou'lt In fine mundi judicabis judge mankind.

fæculum. To God the Father Patri perenne fit per æglory be,

vum gloria, Eternal Son, let's fing Tibique laudes concinato thee

mus inclytas, Transcendent praise;and Æterne nate, fit superto thy name

ne spiritus, O Holy Ghost, be end- Honor tibi decufque : less fame :

Sancta jugiter, To three in one give all Laudetur omne Trinitas

the fame. Amen. per sæculum. Amen,

V. Thou art Peter. V. Tu es Petrus. R. Et R. And upon this rock super hanc petram ædifiI will build

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Church. cabo Ecclesiam meam. At the MAGNIFICAT. Anth. Thou art the Ant. Tu es pastor pastor of the sheep, O ovium, Princeps Apofto. Prince of the Apostles: lorum : tibi traditæ funt to thee were given the claves regni cælorum. keys of the kingdom of heaven.

PRAYER. Collect at Mass. Then is made a COMMEMORATION of St. Paul. Anth. O holy Paul the

Ant. Sancte Paule AApostle, the preacher of poftole, prædicator veritruth, and doctor of the tatis, & doctor Gentium, Gentiles, intercede for us intercede pro nobis ad to God, who chose thee. Deum, qui te elegit.

V. Thou art a chosen V. Tu es vas electiovessel, O holy Paul the nis, sancte Paule apostole. Apostle. R. Preacher of R.Prædicator veritatis in the truth all over the universo mundo. world.

PRAYER. Collect at Mass.

MASS. Introit. The Lord settled. COMMON, p. cvi:

COLLECT. Deus, qui beato.

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Peter, the keys of the kingdom of heaven, didst give him the power of binding and loosing: grant that, by his interceffion, we may be freed from the bonds of our sins. Who livest.

Of St. PAUL. Deus, qui multitudinem, O

the Apostle, didft instruct the multitude of the Gentiles : grant, we beseech thee, that, while we celebrate his memory, we may find the effects of his

prayers. Thro'.

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