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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
ther came deceitfally, and took thy bleffing. Efax replied: With good reason is he called Jacob : for behold he hath supplanted me now a second time. He first took away my birth-right; and now the second time he hath robbed me of my bleffing. He said then again to his father : Haft thou not referved also a blefling for me? Ifaac anfwered: I have appointed him thy Lord, and all his brethren I have given him for fervants; I have settled him in plenty of corn and wine ; and after this, what more shall I do for thee, my fon? To whom Efau faid: Father, hast thou but one blessing? Bless me also, I beseech thee. And he wept with a loud voice ; at which Ifaac being moved, said to him : In the fatness of the earth, and in the dew of heaven from above, thall thy blessing be.
GRADUAL. Pf. 91. It is good to praise the Lord, and fing to thy name, O thou the Most High. 1. To publish thy mercy in the morning, and thy truth in the night.
GOSPEL. Luke xv. 11.
risees this parable : A certain man had two sons: the younger of them said to his father: give me the portion of the estate that falleth to me. And he divided his estate between them. And not many days after, the younger fon, having got together all he had, took a journey into a far country, and there wafted his substance in riotous living. And having spent all, there happened a great famine in that land, and he began to be in want. And he went, and put himself to service to a man of that country, who sent him to his farm to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that
a Expl. The word Jacob fignifies one that takes anotber by ebe beel in order to throw him down, and was given to tbe Patriarcb, because be caugbt bis brother by the beeh wben be came out of sbe womb. It fignifies i berefore to deceive, beguile, or supplant. He was a fgure of Christ, wbo deceived the Devil by tbe bumble appearance of man. the swine did eat; and nobody would give them to him. But coming to himself, he said : How many hired servants in my father's house bave plenty of bread, while I am perishing here with hunger? I will rise and go to my father, and say to him: Father, I have finned against heaven and before thee : and I am not now worthy to be called thy fon; make me as one of thy hired servants. He rose then, and came to his father. And while he was yet afar off, his father saw him, and, moved with compassion, he ran, and, falling on his neck, kifed him. And his son said to him : Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and I am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father faid to his fervants : Bring hither quickly the best sobe, and put it on him; and give him a ring on his hand, and Moes on his feet: and bring out the fatted calf, and kill it, and let us eat and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again : he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. Now his elder fon was in the field: and as he came, and drew near to the house, he heard musick and dancing: and calling one of the servants, he asked him, what it meant? And he said to him : Thy brother is come, and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him fafe. And he was angry, and would not go in. His father therefore went out, and began to entreat him. But he answering said to his father: Behold I have served thee so many years, neither have I at any time transgressed thy command; and yet thou never gaveft me a kid to make merry with my friends : but as soon as this thy son, who hath spent his eftate with harlots, is come, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said to him: Son, thou art always with me, and all I have is thine: but it is fit we should make merry and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.
OFFERTORY. Pf. 12. Enlighten my eyes that I fleep not in death; that my enemy may never fay: I have overcome him.
crifice, that we, who desire to be freed from our own sins, niay not be burdened with those of others. - Thro'..
COMMUNION. Luke 15. Son, thou oughtest to rejoice because thy brother was dead, and is come to life again; he was lost and is found.
Lord, penetrate the innermost recesses of our hearts, and make us plentifully partakers of it's effects. Thro'. . Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Familiam tuam.
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only on the hopes of thy heavenly grace, so it may be defended by thy heavenly aid. Thro'.
The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS.
Ant. Dixit autem pato the servants : Bring ter ad servos fuos: Cito out presently the best proferte stolam primam, robe, and put it on him; & induite illum, & date and put a ring on his annulum in manu ejus, hand, and Thoes on his & calceamenta in pedifeet.
MASS. INTROIT. Pf. xxiv,
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