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envied him: but bis father considered the thing with himself in filence. And when his brethren were in Sichem feeding their father's flocks, Ifrael said to him: Thy brethren are feeding the sheep in Sichem: come, I will send thee to them. And when he answered: I am ready: he said to him: Go, and fee if all things be well with thy brethren and the cattle: and bring me word again what is doing. Be. ing sent therefore from the vale of Hebron, he came to Sichem : And a man found him wandering in the field, and asked him, what he fought: and he anfwered: I seek my brethren: tell me where they are feeding the flocks. And the man said to him: They are gone from hence: but I heard them say: Let us go to Dothain. Foseph therefore went after his brethren, and found them in Dothain. Who when they saw him afar off, before he came nigh them, they resolved to kill him ; and said one to another : Behold, here cometh the dreamer: come, let us kill him, and cast him into an old pit: and we will say: some wild beast hath devoured him: and then it will appear what his dreams will avail him. But Ruben hearing this, endeavoured to deliver him out of their hands, and said : Do not take away his life, nor shed his blood: but cast him into this pit: which is in the desert, and keep your hands guiltless. Now he said this, being desirous to rescue him out of their hands, and to restore him to his father.
GRADUAL. Pf. ing. I cried out to the Lord in my distress, and he heard me. V. Deliver my foul, O Lord, from wicked lips, and from a deceitful tongue. TRACT. Deal not with us, O Lord, p. 29.
GOSPEL. Matt. xxi. 33, 46. AT that time Jesus Spoke to the multitude of the
Jews, and to the chief priests this parable : There was a certain housholder, who planted a vineyard, and hedged it about, and fixed in it a
wine-press, and built a tower, and letting it out to some husbandmen, went to a far country. And when the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, to receive the fruit of his vineyard. And the husbandmen laying hold of his servants, one they beat, another they killed, and another they stoned. He sent again other fervants more in number than the former, and they treated them in like manner. And last of all, he sent to them his Son, saying: They will have respect for my Son. But the husbandmen, seeing the Son, said among themselves : This is the heir, come, let us kill him, and we shall have his inheritance. And seizing him, they dragged him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When the Mafter therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do to these husbandmen? They say to him: He will miferably destroy those wicked men, and let out his vineyard to other husbandmen, who shall give him the fruit in their seasons. Jefus faith to them : Have you never read in the scriptures : The stone, which the builders rejected, is become the chief corner-flone : this is done by the Lord, and it is wonderful in our eyes? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation, that will bring forth the fruits thereof. And whoever fhall fall on this stone, shall be broken: and on whomsoever it shall fall, it shall crush him. And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they knew hs spoke of them. And seeking to lay hands on him, they feared the people, because they held him for a prophet.
OFFERTORY. Pf. 39. Look down to my aid, O Lord, let them be put to confusion and thanie, who seek my life : look down to my aid, O Lord.
vation, we may fo direct our course thereto, as hap
main in us, and be increased by good works. Thro'.
COMMUNION. Pf. 11. Thou wilt defend us, o Lord, and protect us both now and for evermore.
POSTCOMMUNION. Fac nos.
ving received this pledge of our eternal falpily to arrive at it. Thro'. .
Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Da, quæfumus.
health both of soul and body, that, by the continual practice of good works, they may always be defended by thy powerful protection. Thro'.
The COMMEMORATION at Vespers. Anth. Defigning to Ant. Quærentes eum apprehend him, they tenere timuerunt turwere afraid of the mul- bam, quia, ficut propheticude, becaufe they ef- tam eum habebant. teemed him as a prophet.
V. and R. as above, p. 27. PRAYER. Da, quæfumus.
M AS S. INTROIT. HE law of the Lord is without Pl. 18.
reproof, and converteth fouls; the testimony of the Lord is true, and bestoweth wisdom on little ones. Pf. The heavens publish the glory of God; and the firmament declareth the works of his hands. V. Glory.
COLLECT. Da, quæfumus. GRant, o Lord; we beseech thee, this saving
effect of our faft, that the chastisement of the flesh, which we have undertaken, may become the improvement of our souls. Thro'.
LESSON. Gen. xxvii. 5, 39. IN those days : Rebecca said to her son "facob: I
heard thy father speak to thy brother Éjau, and say to him: 'Bring me in something of thy hunting, and make it ready for me, that I may eat and bless thee in the fight of the Lord, before I die. Now therefore, my son, take my counsel: and going to the flock, bring me two of the best kids, that I may make thereof for thy father meat such as he liketh : which thou shalt carry in, that when he hath eat it, he may bless thee before he dieth. To whom Jacob answered: Thou knowest my brother Efau is an hairy man, and I am smooth. If my father should touch me, and perceive it, I fear, he will think, I would have deceived him, and I shall bring a curse upon me, instead of a bleffing. His mother said to him: Let this curse fall upon me, my son ; obey thou only my voice, and go, fetch me what I told thee. He went, and brought them, and gave them to his mother. And the dressed them, as she knew his father liked them. And she put him on the best garments of Efau, which she had at home by her; and covered his hands and the bare of his neck with the skins of the kids. And she gave him the meat, and delivered to him the bread, she had made. Which he carried in, and said: My father. And he anfwered : I hear. Who art thou, my fon? And Tacob answered, I am Efau thy first-born: I have done as thou commandedft me : arise, fit, and eat of my hunting, that thy soul may bless me. Then Ifaac faid to his son: How couldft thou find it so quickly, my fon? Who answered: It was the will
of God, that what I wanted, camè presently in my way. And Ifaac faid come near me, that I may touch thee, my son, and feel, whether thou art my son Esau, or no. And he came near his fa ther, and Isaac having felt him, said : The voice indeed is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Efau. And he knew him not, because his hairy hands resembled those of his elder brother. Blessing him therefore he said: Art thou my son Efau ? He answered : I am. And he said : Bring me the meat of thy hunting, my son, that my
soul may bless thee. Which when he had eat, he gave him wine also: and having drunk it, he said to him: Come near, and kiss me, my son: and he came near and kissed him.
And as soon as he perceived the perfume of his clothes, he blessed him, and faid: Behold the perfume of my fon is as the smell of a plentiful field, which the Lord hath blessed. May God give thee of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, plenty of corn and wine. May people ferve thee, and tribes adore thee: be thou Lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's fons box down before thee. Be he cursed, that curseth thee; and may he be filled with blessings, who blesseth thee. Ifaac had scarce made an end of speaking, when Jacob being gone out, Esaucame, and brought into his father meat, which he had taken in hunting; and he said to him: Arise, my father, and eat of thy son's hunting, that thy soul may bless me. Isaac said to him: Who art thou? Who answered, I am Efau thy first-born. Ifaac was strangely surprised ; and, being seized with admiration beyond all that can be believed, said: Who is he then, that hath already brought me of his hunting, and I have eat of all before thou didit come! And I blessed him, and he shall be blefied, When Efau heard what his father faid, he broke out into a bitter cry, and being struck, said: Bless me also, my father. And he answered: Thy bro