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== For Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary. <ref>It is now usual to insert this Common Office into Breviaries, but it is placed last of all, after the Office for the Consecration of Churches.</ref> ==
  
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''All as on Sundays, except the following.''
  
43$ THE COMMON OF SAINTS.
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====FIRST VESPERS.====
  
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''Antiphons, Chapter, and Prayer from Lauds.''
  
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'''Ps. cix.''' The Lord said, &c, ''(p. 176.)''
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'''Ps. cxii.''' Praise the Lord, O ye His servants, &c, ''[(p. 178.)]''
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'''Psalm CXXI.'''
  
AntifthonS) Chapter, and Prayerfrom Lauds.
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[Intituled " A Song of Degrees, of David."]
  
Ps. cix. The Lord said, &c, {p.
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<span class="dropcap">I</span> WAS glad when they said unto me : * Let us go into the house of the Lord.
  
176.) Ps. cxii. Praise the Lord, O ye His servants, &c, [(p. 178.)] Psalm CXXI.
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Our feet have been wont to stand * within thy gates, O Jerusalem !
  
[Intituled " A Song of Degrees, of David."] I WAS glad when they said unto me : * Let us go into the house of the Lord.
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Jerusalem is builded as a city * that is compact together :
  
Our feet have been wont to stand * within thy gates, O Jerusalem ! Jerusalem is builded as a city * that is compact together : Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, * the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
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Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, * the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord.
  
 
For there are set thrones for judgment, * the thrones for the house of David.
 
For there are set thrones for judgment, * the thrones for the house of David.
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Peace be within thy walls, * and prosperity within thy palaces.
 
Peace be within thy walls, * and prosperity within thy palaces.
  
For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will now say—Peace be within thee ! Because of the house of the Lord our God, * I will seek thy good.
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For my brethren and companions' sakes, * I will now say—Peace be within thee !  
  
Psalm CXXVI.
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Because of the house of the Lord our God, * I will seek thy good.
  
[Intituled "A Song of Degrees, of Solomon." The LXX. omits the ascription to Solomon.] "PXCEPT the Lord build the -*—' house, * they labour in vain that build it : Except the Lord keep the city, * the watchman waketh but in vain.
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'''Psalm CXXVI.'''
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[Intituled "A Song of Degrees, of Solomon." The LXX. omits the ascription to Solomon.]  
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<span class="dropcap">E</span>XCEPT the Lord build the house, * they labour in vain that build it :  
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Except the Lord keep the city, * the watchman waketh but in vain.
  
 
It is vain for you to rise up early, * rise up when ye are rested, ye that eat the bread of sorrow : For He giveth His beloved sleep.
 
It is vain for you to rise up early, * rise up when ye are rested, ye that eat the bread of sorrow : For He giveth His beloved sleep.
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Happy is the man that hath his desire satisfied with them : * he shall not be ashamed when he speaketh with his enemies in the gate.
 
Happy is the man that hath his desire satisfied with them : * he shall not be ashamed when he speaketh with his enemies in the gate.
  
Psalm CXLVII.
 
  
[In the Hebrew this is the continuation of the preceding Psalm. The Vulgate and the LXX. prefix "Alleluia," and the LXX.
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'''Psalm CXLVII.'''
  
adds " of Haggai and Zechariah."] PRAISE the Lord, O Jerusalem ! * praise thy God, O Zion ! For He hath strengthened the bars of thy gates : * He hath blessed thy children within thee : He maketh peace in thy borders : * and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
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[In the Hebrew this is the continuation of the preceding Psalm. The Vulgate and the LXX. prefix "Alleluia," and the LXX. adds " of Haggai and Zechariah."]
  
He sendeth forth His command- 1 It is now usual to insert this Common Office into Breviaries, but it is placed last of all, after the Office for the Consecration of Churches.
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<span class="dropcap">P</span>RAISE the Lord, O Jerusalem ! * praise thy God, O Zion !
  
FOR FEASTS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 437 ment upon earth : * His word runneth very swiftly.
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For He hath strengthened the bars of thy gates : * He hath blessed thy children within thee :
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He maketh peace in thy borders : * and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
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He sendeth forth His commandment upon earth : * His word runneth very swiftly.
  
 
He giveth snow like wool : * He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.
 
He giveth snow like wool : * He scattereth the hoar-frost like ashes.
  
He casteth forth His ice like morsels : * who can stand before His cold? He sendeth out His word, and melteth them : * He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
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He casteth forth His ice like morsels : * who can stand before His cold?  
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He sendeth out His word, and melteth them : * He causeth His wind to blow, and the waters flow.
  
 
He declareth His word unto Jacob, * His statutes and His judgments unto Israel.
 
He declareth His word unto Jacob, * His statutes and His judgments unto Israel.
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He hath not dealt so with any nation : * neither hath He made known to them His judgments.
 
He hath not dealt so with any nation : * neither hath He made known to them His judgments.
  
[The Hebrew adds " Alleluia," which the Vulgate and the LXX. prefix to the next Psalm.] '''Hymn.''' 1 TTAIL, thou "Star-of-Ocean," 2 *-! Portal of the sky, Ever-Virgin Mother Of the Lord Most High ! Oh, by Gabriel's AVE Uttered long ago, EVA's name reversing,3 'Stablish peace below ! Break the captive's fetters — Light on blindness pour- All our ills expelling, Every bliss implore — Show thyself a Mother — Offer Him our sighs, Who, for us Incarnate, Did not thee despise.
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[The Hebrew adds " Alleluia," which the Vulgate and the LXX. prefix to the next Psalm.]  
  
Virgin of all virgins ! To thy shelter take us — Gentlest of the gentle ! " Chaste and gentle make us.
 
  
Still as on we journey, Help our weak endeavour, Till with thee and Jesus, We rejoice for ever.
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'''Hymn.''' <ref>Authorship and date unsettled ; translation by the Rev. E. Caswall.</ref>
  
Through the highest heaven To the Almighty Three, Father, Son, and Spirit, One same glory be. Amen.
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HAIL, thou "Star-of-Ocean," <ref>Apparently meant for a translation of MRYM. See note in the Office of her name, between September 8 and September 9.</ref> ! <br/>
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Portal of the sky, <br/>
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Ever-Virgin Mother <br/>
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Of the Lord Most High ! <br/>
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Oh, by Gabriel's AVE <br/>
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Uttered long ago, <br/>
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EVA's name reversing, <ref>''I.e.'', Eva, written backwards, reads Ave (Hail). This quaint conceit is clearer in the translation than in the Latin.</ref> <br/>
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'Stablish peace below ! <br/>
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Break the captive's fetters — <br/>
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Light on blindness pour- <br/>
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All our ills expelling, <br/>
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Every bliss implore — <br/>
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Show thyself a Mother — <br/>
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Offer Him our sighs, <br/>
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Who, for us Incarnate, <br/>
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Did not thee despise.<br/>
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Virgin of all virgins ! <br/>
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To thy shelter take us — <br/>
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Gentlest of the gentle ! <br/>
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Chaste and gentle make us.<br/>
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Still as on we journey, <br/>
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Help our weak endeavour, <br/>
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Till with thee and Jesus, <br/>
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We rejoice for ever.<br/>
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Through the highest heaven <br/>
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To the Almighty Three, <br/>
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Father, Son, and Spirit, <br/>
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One same glory be. Amen.<br/>
  
 
''Verse.'' Holy Virgin, my praise by thee accepted be.
 
''Verse.'' Holy Virgin, my praise by thee accepted be.
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''Antiphon at the Song of the Blessed Virgin.''  O Holy Mary, be thou an help to the helpless, a strength to the fearful, a comfort to the sorrowful; * pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for all women vowed to God ; may all that are keeping this thine holy Feast-day feel the might of thine assistance.
 
''Antiphon at the Song of the Blessed Virgin.''  O Holy Mary, be thou an help to the helpless, a strength to the fearful, a comfort to the sorrowful; * pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for all women vowed to God ; may all that are keeping this thine holy Feast-day feel the might of thine assistance.
  
The words, "Are keeping this thine holy Feast-day," are very often altered on the different Festivals, which alterations will be found in their own places.
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''The words,'' "Are keeping this thine holy Feast-day," ''are very often altered on the different Festivals, which alterations will be found in their own places.''
  
At Compline the last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.
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''At Compline the last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
  
Invitatory. Holy Virgin Mary, * Mother of God, pray for us.
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''Invitatory.'' Holy Virgin Mary, * Mother of God, pray for us.
  
'''Hymn.'''* 'THE God Whom earth, and sea, and -*- sky Adore, and laud, and magnify, Who o'er their threefold fabric reigns, The Virgin's spotless womb contains.
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'''Hymn.''' <ref>From an hymn ascribed to Venantius Fortunatus ; translation by the late Rev, Dr Neale.</ref>
  
1 Authorship and date unsettled ; translation by the Rev. E. Caswall.
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THE God Whom earth, and sea, and sky <br/>
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Adore, and laud, and magnify, <br/>
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Who o'er their threefold fabric reigns, <br/>
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The Virgin's spotless womb contains.<br/>
  
2 Apparently meant for a translation of MRYM. See note in the Office of her name, between September 8 and September 9.
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The God, Whose will by moon and sun, <br/>
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And all things in due course is done, <br/>
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Is borne upon a maiden's breast, <br/>
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By fullest heavenly grace possessed.<br/>
  
3 I.e., Eva, written backwards, reads Ave (Hail). This quaint conceit is clearer in the translation than in the Latin.
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How blest that Mother in whose shrine <br/>
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That great Artificer Divine, <br/>
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Whose hand contains the earth and sky, <br/>
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Vouchsafed, as in His ark, to lie ! <br/>
  
4 From an hymn ascribed to Venantius Fortunatus ; translation by the late Rev, Dr Neale.
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Blest, in the message Gabriel brought ; <br/>
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Blest, by the work the Spirit wrought ; <br/>
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From whom the great Desire of earth <br/>
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Took human Flesh and human birth.<br/>
  
438 THE COMMON OF SAINTS.
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All honour, laud, and glory be, <br/>
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O Jesu, Virgin-born, to Thee ! <br/>
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All glory, as is ever meet, <br/>
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To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.<br/>
  
The God, Whose will by moon and sun, And all things in due course is done, Is borne upon a maiden's breast, By fullest heavenly grace possessed.
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How blest that Mother in whose shrine That great Artificer Divine, Whose hand contains the earth and sky, Vouchsafed, as in His ark, to lie ! Blest, in the message Gabriel brought ; Blest, by the work the Spirit wrought ; From whom the great Desire of earth Took human Flesh and human birth.
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''Only three Psalms are said.''
  
All honour, laud, and glory be, O Jesu, Virgin-born, to Thee ! All glory, as is ever meet, To Father and to Paraclete. Amen.
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''First Antiphon.'' <ref>Luke i. 42.</ref> Blessed art thou among women, * and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
  
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'''Psalm VIII.'''
  
Only three Psalms are said.
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[Intituled "A Psalm of David." It has also a title which seems to show that it was a song for the vintage. ]
  
''First Antiphon.'' x Blessed art thou among women, * and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
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<span class="dropcap">O</span> LORD, our Lord, * how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth ! For Thy glory is exalted * above the heavens.
  
Psalm VIII.
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<ref>This verse was quoted by our Lord, concerning those who cried Hosannah on Palm Sunday, Matthew xxi. 16.</ref> Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou perfected praise because of Thine enemies, * that Thou mightest destroy the enemy and the avenger.
  
[Intituled "A Psalm of David." It has also a title which seems to show that it was a song for the vintage. ] OLORD, our Lord, * how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth ! For Thy glory is exalted * above the heavens.
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When I consider Thine heavens, the work of Thy fingers : * the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained :
  
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast Thou perfected praise because of Thine enemies, * that Thou mightest destroy the enemy and the avenger.
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What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? * or the son of man, that Thou visitest him ?
  
When I consider Thine heavens, the work of Thy fingers : * the moon and the stars which Thou hast ordained : What is man, that Thou art mindful of him ? * or the son of man, that Thou visitest him ? Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, * and madest him to have dominion over the works of Thine hands.
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Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, Thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, * and madest him to have dominion over the works of Thine hands.
  
 
Thou hast put all things under his feet, * all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field.
 
Thou hast put all things under his feet, * all sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field.
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The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, * that pass through the paths of the sea.
 
The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, * that pass through the paths of the sea.
  
O Lord, our Lord, * how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth ! ''Second Antiphon.'' 3 O Holy Mother of God, * thou hast yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh.
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O Lord, our Lord, * how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth !  
  
Psalm XVIII.
 
  
[Intituled "A Psalm of David," with the same further obscure superscription, as in Pss. xii. and xiii.] THE heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament showeth His handy-work.
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''Second Antiphon.'' <ref>Ecclus. xxiv. 20.</ref> O Holy Mother of God, * thou hast yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh.
  
Day unto day uttereth speech, * and night unto night showeth knowledge.
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'''Psalm XVIII.'''
  
There is no speech nor language, * where their voice is not heard.
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[Intituled &quot;A Psalm of David,&quot; with the same further obscure superscription, as in Pss. xii. and xiii.]
  
Their sound is gone out through all the earth : * and their words to the ends of the world.
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>he heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament showeth His handy-work.
  
He hath set His tabernacle in the sun : 4 * which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.
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Day unto day uttereth speech, * and night unto night showeth knowledge.
  
1 Luke i. 42.
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There is no speech nor lang uage, * where their voice is not heard.
  
2 This verse was quoted by our Lord, concerning those who cried Hosannah on Palm Sunday, Matthew xxi. 16.
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Their sound is gone out through all the earth : * and their words to the ends of the world.
  
3 Ecclus. xxiv. 20.
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He hath set His tabernacle in the sun: <ref>So the LXX., as well as the Vulgate. Cf. Ps. cii. 19 ; ciii. 2, 3. The sense seems to be that the physical source of the light and life of this system is represented as a kind of celestial counterpart of the tabernacle, which was the centre of the Divine authority as re vealed upon earth. The Hebrew, however, which is supported by St Jerome, reads, &quot; In them (i.e., the starry heavens) hath He set a tabernacle for the sun,&quot; and this reading seems to commend itself to Archbishop Kenrick, who suggests that the &quot;tabernacle&quot; may signify the region below the horizon, into which the sun retires nightly, as into a tent, to sleep, and from which he issues in renewed glory every morning. Targum : &quot;In them hath He set splendour as a tabernacle for the sun.&quot; </ref>  * which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.
  
4 So the LXX., as well as the Vulgate. Cf. Ps. cii. 19 ; ciii. 2, 3. The sense seems to be that the physical source of the light and life of this system is represented as a kind of celestial counterpart of the tabernacle, which was the centre of the Divine authority as FOR FEASTS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY. 439 He rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race : * his going forth is from the end of the heaven.
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He rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race : * his going forth is from the end of the heaven.
  
 
And his circuit unto the ends of it : * and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
 
And his circuit unto the ends of it : * and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
  
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul : * the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
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The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul : * the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
  
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart : * the commandment of the Lord is clear, giving light unto the eyes.
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The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart : * the commandment of the LORD is clear, giving light unto the eyes.
  
The fear of the Lord is holy, enduring for ever and ever : * the judgments of the Lord are true, righteous altogether.
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The fear of the LORD is holy, enduring for ever and ever : * the judgments of the LORD are true, righteous altogether.
  
 
More to be desired are they than gold and store of precious stones, * sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
 
More to be desired are they than gold and store of precious stones, * sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
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Verily, Thy servant keepeth them : * in keeping of them there is great reward.
 
Verily, Thy servant keepeth them : * in keeping of them there is great reward.
  
Who can understand his errors ? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults * preserve Thy servant also from the sins of others.
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Who can understand his errors? Cleanse Thou me from secret faults : * preserve Thy servant also from the sins of others.
  
 
If they get not dominion over me, then shall I be undefiled : * and I shall be cleansed from the great transgression.
 
If they get not dominion over me, then shall I be undefiled : * and I shall be cleansed from the great transgression.
  
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of mine heart, * be acceptable in Thy sight for ever, O Lord mine Helper, * and my Redeemer ! ''Third Antiphon.'' Sirig for us again and again before this maiden's bed * the tender idylls of the play.
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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of mine heart, * be acceptable in Thy sight for ever, O LORD mine Helper, * and my Redeemer !  
  
Psalm XXIII.
 
  
[Intituled "A Psalm of David." The Vulgate and the LXX. add "for the first day of the week."] f*HE earth is the Lord's and * the fulness thereof; * the world, and they that dwell therein.
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''Third Antiphon.'' Sing for us again and again before this maiden's bed * the tender idylls of the play.
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'''Psalm XXIII.'''
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[Intituled "A Psalm of David." The Vulgate and the LXX. add "for the first day of the week."]  
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof; * the world, and they that dwell therein.
  
 
For He hath founded it upon the seas, * and established it upon the floods.
 
For He hath founded it upon the seas, * and established it upon the floods.
  
Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? * or who shall stand in His holy place ? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, * who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully unto his neighbour.
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Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord? * or who shall stand in His holy place?  
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He that hath clean hands and a pure heart, * who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully unto his neighbour.
  
 
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, * and mercy from the God of his salvation.
 
He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, * and mercy from the God of his salvation.
  
This is the generation of them that seek Him, * that seek the face of the God of Jacob. 1 Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ! * and the King of glory shall come in.
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This is the generation of them that seek Him, * that seek the face of the God of Jacob. <ref>SLH.</ref>
 
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Who is this King of glory? * The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
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Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ! * and the King of glory shall come in.
 
Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ! * and the King of glory shall come in.
  
Who is this King of glory? * The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. 1 revealed upon earth. The Hebrew, however, which is supported by St Jerome, reads, " In them {i.e., the starry heavens) hath He set a tabernacle for the sun," and this reading seems to commend itself to Archbishop Kenrick, who suggests that the "tabernacle" may signify the region below the horizon, into which the sun retires nightly, as into a tent, to sleep, and from which he issues in renewed glory every morning. Targum :—" In them hath He set splendour as a tabernacle for the sun." 1 SLH.
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Who is this King of glory ? * The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
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Lift up your gates, O ye princes, and be ye lift up, ye everlastingdoors ! * and the King of glory shall come in.
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Who is this King of glory? * The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. <ref>SLH.</ref>
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''Verse.'' In thy comeliness and thy beauty.
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''Answer.'' Go forward, fare prosperously, and reign.
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'''First Lesson.'''
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The Lesson is taken from the Proverbs of Solomon (viii. 12.)
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<span class="dropcap">I</span>, WISDOM, dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. The fear of the Lord is to hate evil ; pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the double mouth, do I hate. Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; understanding is mine ; mine is strength.
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By me kings reign and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles command righteousness.
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I love them that love me, and those that seek me early shall find me.
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'''First Responsory.'''
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O how holy and how spotless is thy virginity ! I am too dull to praise thee ; for thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.
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''Verse.'' Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
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''Answer.'' For thou hast borne in thy breast Him Whom the heavens cannot contain.
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'''Second Lesson.'''
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<span class="dropcap">R</span>ICHES and honour are with me, yea, durable riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold and precious stones, and my revenue than choice silver. I walk in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment ; that I may cause those that love me to inherit substance, and that I may fill their treasures. The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before His works of old.
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I was set up from everlasting, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was already conceived ; when there were no fountains abounding with water, before the mountains were settled in their strength, before the hills, was I brought forth.
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'''Second Responsory.'''
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Rejoice with me, all ye that love the Lord, for while I was yet a little one, I pleased the Most High.
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And I have brought forth from my bowels God and man.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Luke i. 48.</ref> All generations shall call me blessed, since the Lord hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden.
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''Answer.'' And I have brought forth from my bowels God and man.
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'''Third Lesson.''' (34.)
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<span class="dropcap">B</span>LESSED is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, and waiting at the posts of my doors. Whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain salvation from the Lord ; but he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul.
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All they that hate me love death, (ix. 1.) Wisdom hath builded her house ; she hath hewn out her seven pillars. She hath killed her beasts ; she hath mingled her wine : she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens unto the citadel, and unto the walls of the city, to cry out : Whoso is simple, let him come unto me.
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And unto them that want understanding, she saith : Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled.
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'''Third Responsory.'''
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Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who hast carried the Lord, the Maker of the world. Thou hast borne Him Who created thee, and thou abidest a virgin for ever.
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''Verse.'' Hail, Mary, full of grace.  The Lord is with thee.
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''Answer.'' Thou hast borne Him Who created thee, and thou abidest a virgin for ever.
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''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the :Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
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''Answer.'' Thou hast borne Him Who created thee, and thou abidest a virgin for ever.
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''First Antiphon.'' In thy comeliness and thy beauty, * go forward, fare prosperously, and reign.
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'''Psalm XLIV.'''
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[''This Psalm has a long superscription, the exact meaning of which is not now certain.  It seems to have been a marriage-song written to be sung by the Korahites. The Targum ascribes it to the time of Moses, but it seems rather to belong to that of the Jewish Monarchy.'']
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<span class="dropcap">M</span>INE heart is overflowing with a good matter : * I speak of my works unto the king.
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My tongue is the pen * of a ready writer.
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Thou art fairer than the children of men, grace is poured into thy lips : * therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
 +
 
 +
Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, * O most mighty !
 +
 
 +
In thy comeliness, and thy beauty, * go forward, fare prosperously, and reign,
 +
 
 +
Because of truth, and meekness, and righteousness : * and thy right hand shall lead thee wonderfully.
 +
 
 +
Thine arrows are sharp (the people shall fall under thee) * into the heart of the King's enemies.
 +
 
 +
<ref>So are these words translated in Heb. i. 8, 9.</ref>  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : * the sceptre of Thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
 +
 
 +
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : * therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
 +
 
 +
Thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, * whereby kings daughters among thine honourable women have made thee glad.
 +
 
 +
Upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, * bedecked with divers colours.
 +
 
 +
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear : * for get also thine own people, and thy father's house :
 +
 
 +
And the King shall greatly desire thy beauty : * for He is the Lord thy God, <ref>The word &quot;God&quot; is not in the Hebrew, and the original meaning, addressed to the bride, is, &quot;He is thy lord, and bow thou to him.&quot; So also St Jerome.</ref>  and Him shall they worship.
 +
 
 +
And the daughters of Tyre shall entreat thy favour * with gifts, even all the rich among the people.
 +
 
 +
The King's daughter is all glorious within, * in a vesture of gold, clad in divers colours.
 +
 
 +
After her shall virgins be brought unto the King : * her fellows shall be brought unto thee.
 +
 
 +
With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought : * they shall enter into the King's palace.
 +
 
 +
Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children : * thou shalt make them princes over all the earth.
 +
 
 +
They shall be mindful of thy name, * unto all generations.
 +
 
 +
Therefore shall the people praise thee for ever, * yea, for ever and ever.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Second Antiphon.'' God shall give her the help of His countenance ; * God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
 +
 
 +
'''Psalm XLV.'''
 +
 
 +
[This Psalm has a superscription of uncertain meaning, but of which part seems to imply that it was to be sung by treble voices, from the choir of the Korahite family. And the Targum ascribes it, but apparently by a mere guess, to the time when Korah and his fellow-rebels were destroyed by an earthquake in the wilderness, but "the children of Korah died not" (Num. xxvi. 10, II).]
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">G</span>OD is our refuge and strength, * our help in trouble, which is come upon us exceedingly.
 +
 
 +
Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, * and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea ;
 +
 
 +
Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled ; * though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. <ref>SLH.</ref>
 +
 
 +
[There is] a river, the streams whereof make glad the city of God : * the Most High hath hallowed His Tabernacle.
 +
 
 +
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved : * God shall help her right early.
 +
 
 +
The heathen raged, and the kingdoms were moved : * He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
 +
 
 +
The Lord of hosts is with us : * the God of Jacob is our refuge. <ref>SLH.</ref>
 +
 
 +
Come and behold the works of the Lord, what wonders He hath wrought in the earth ; * He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth.
 +
 
 +
He breaketh the bow and cutteth the weapons in sunder : * and burneth the shields in the fire.
 +
 
 +
Be still, and know that I am God : * I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.
 +
 
 +
The Lord of hosts is with us : * the God of Jacob is our refuge. <ref>SLH.</ref>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Third Antiphon.'' O Holy Mother of God : * all we who dwell in thee are in gladness.
 +
 
 +
'''Psalm LXXXVI.'''
 +
 
 +
[Intituled "A Psalm. A Song of the sons of Korah." The Targum adds that it was based upon words of the ancients, perhaps meaning that the two first verses before the SLH were an ancient saying to which the rest was a later addition.]
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">H</span>ER foundation is in the holy mountains : the Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob !
 +
 
 +
Glorious things are spoken of thee, * O city of God !
 +
 
 +
I will make mention of Rahab <ref>That is "the Insolent One," namely, Egypt.</ref> : and Babylon * that know me.
 +
 
 +
Behold the "Strangers," <ref>''I.e.'', the Philistines.</ref> and Tyre, and the people of Ethiopia, * these were there —
 +
 
 +
And of Zion shall it not be said : This and that man was born in her, * and the Highest Himself hath established her? <ref>Is the meaning that Jerusalem shall be illustrious as the birth-place of all kinds of distinguished persons? The Targum, curiously enough, says that the persons meant are David and Solomon, whereas David is a native of Bethlehem.</ref>
 +
 
 +
The Lord shall make count, when He writeth up the people [and the princes,] <ref>Displaced from the beginning of the next verse.</ref> * of all that are in her. <ref>SLH.</ref>
 +
 
 +
All they that dwell in thee * are in gladness.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' God shall give her the help of His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
 +
 
 +
'''Fourth Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
The Lesson is taken from the Sermons of St John Chrysostom, Patriarch [of Constantinople.] (''Found in Metaphrastes.'')
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE Son of God chose for His Mother not a woman of wealth, not a woman of substance, but that blessed maiden whose soul was bright with grace. It was because Blessed Mary had preserved a superhuman chastity, that she conceived the Lord Jesus Christ in her womb. Let us then fly to the most holy maiden, who is Mother of God, that we may gain the help of her patronage. Yea, all ye that be virgins, whosoever ye be, run to the Mother of the Lord. She will keep for you by her protection your most beautiful, your most precious, and your most enduring possession.
 +
 
 +
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
<ref>I.e., Wisdom. Ecclus. xxiv. 17, 20.</ref> I was exalted like a cedar in Lebanon, and as a cypress-tree upon Mount Zion. Like the best myrrh I yielded a pleasant odour.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Like cinnamon and sweet balsam.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' I yielded a pleasant odour.
 +
 
 +
'''Fifth Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">V</span>ERILY, dearly beloved brethren, the Blessed Virgin Mary was a great wonder. What thing greater or more famous than she, hath ever at any time been found, or can be found ? She alone is greater than heaven and earth.
 +
 
 +
What thing holier than she hath been, or can be found ? Neither Prophets, nor Apostles, nor Martyrs, nor Patriarchs, nor Angels, nor Thrones, nor Lordships, nor Seraphim, nor Cherubim, nor any other creature, visible or invisible, can be found that is greater or more excellent than she. She is at once the hand-maid and the parent of God, at once virgin and mother.
 +
 
 +
'''Fifth Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
<ref>Cant. viii. 5 ; vi. 10, 4, 8.</ref> Who is this that cometh up like the sun ? This, comely as Jerusalem? The daughters of Zion saw her, and called her blessed ; the queens also, and they praised her.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' <ref>Ecclus. 1. 8.</ref> And about her it was as the flower of roses in the spring of the year, and lilies of the valleys.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' The daughters of Zion saw her and called her blessed ; the queens also, and they praised her.
 +
 
 +
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">S</span>HE is the Mother of Him Who was begotten of the Father before all ages, and Who is acknowledged by Angels and men to be Lord of all. Wouldst thou know how much nobler is this virgin than any of the heavenly powers ? They stand before Him with fear and trembling, veiling their faces with their wings, but she offereth humanity to Him to Whom she gave birth.
 +
 
 +
Through her we obtain the remission of sins. Hail, then, O Mother ! heaven ! damsel ! maiden ! throne ! adornment, and glory, and foundation, of our Church ! cease not to pray for us to thy Son and our Lord Jesus Christ ! that through thee we may find mercy in the day of judgment, and may be able to obtain those good things which God hath prepared for them that love Him, by the grace and goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ ; to Whom, with the Father, and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all glory, and honour, and power, now, and for ever and ever. Amen.
 +
 
 +
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
When the Lord beheld the daughter of Jerusalem adorned with her jewels, He greatly desired her beauty; and when the daughters of Zion saw her, they cried out that she was most blessed, saying : Thy name is as ointment poured forth.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a vesture of gold wrought about with divers colours.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' And when the daughters of Zion saw her, they cried out that she was most blessed.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' Saying, Thy name is as ointment poured forth.
 +
 
 +
=====THIRD NOCTURN.=====
 +
 
 +
''First Antiphon.'' Joy to thee, * O Virgin Mary, thou hast trampled down all the heresies in the whole world.
 +
 
 +
'''Psalm XCV.'''
 +
 
 +
[In I Par. (Chron. ) xvi. it is stated that David gave this Psalm to Asaph and his brethren upon the day that the ark was brought to Jerusalem. The text is there given somewhat differently, and the whole forms the second part of one Psalm, of which the first part consists of the first fifteen verses of Ps. civ. The Vulgate and the LXX. note that it was sung at the rebuilding of the Temple after the Captivity.]
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">O</span> SING unto the Lord a new song : sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
 +
 
 +
Sing unto the Lord, and bless His Name : * show forth His salvation from day to day.
 +
 
 +
Declare His glory among the heathen, * His wonders among all people.
 +
 
 +
For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised : * He is to be feared above all gods.
 +
 
 +
For all the gods of the heathen are devils : * but the Lord made the heavens.
 +
 
 +
Praise and beauty are before Him : * holiness and majesty are in His sanctuary.
 +
 
 +
Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and honour : * give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name.
 +
 
 +
Bring sacrifices, and come into His courts : * O worship the Lord in His holy temple !
 +
 
 +
Let all the earth fear before Him. * Say among the heathen, The Lord reigneth !
 +
 
 +
He hath established the world also, that it shall not be moved : * He shall judge the people righteously.
 +
 
 +
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: * let the fields be joyful and all that is therein.
 +
 
 +
Then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord, for He cometh, * for He cometh to judge the earth.
 +
 
 +
He shall judge the world with righteousness : * and the people with His truth. <ref>In i Par. (Chron.) xvi. the Psalm continues :—" O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good : for His mercy endureth for ever. And say ye : Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy holy Name, and glory in Thy praise. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said : ' Amen ' and praised the Lord "—possibly in Ps. cxxxv.</ref>
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Second Antiphon.'' Holy Virgin, my praise by thee accepted be ; * give me strength against thine enemies.
 +
 
 +
'''Psalm XCVI.'''
 +
 
 +
[''The Vulgate and the LXX. have the superscription &quot;[A Psalm] of David when his country was re-established &quot; perhaps meaning after the usurpation of Absolom.'']
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE LORD reigneth ; let the earth rejoice : * let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
 +
 
 +
Clouds and darkness are round about Him : * righteousness and judgment are the foundation of His throne.
 +
 
 +
A fire shall go before Him, * and burn up His enemies round about.
 +
 
 +
His lightnings enlightened the world : * the earth saw and trembled.
 +
 
 +
The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, * at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
 +
 
 +
The heavens declared His right eousness, * and all the people saw His glory.
 +
 
 +
Confounded be all they that worship graven images, * and that boast themselves of idols.
 +
 
 +
Worship Him, all ye His Angels ! * Zion heard, and was glad.
 +
 
 +
And the daughters of Judah rejoiced, * because of Thy judgments, O LORD !
 +
 
 +
For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth : * Thou art exalted far above all gods.
 +
 
 +
Ye that love the LORD, hate evil : * the Lord preserveth the souls of His saints; He delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
 +
 
 +
Light is sprung up for the righteous, * and gladness for the upright in heart.
 +
 
 +
Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous, * and give thanks to the memorial of His holiness !
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Third Antiphon.'' After thy delivery thou still remainest a virgin * undefiled ; Mother of God, pray for us.
 +
 
 +
'''Psalm XCVII.'''
 +
 
 +
[Intituled "A Psalm." The Vulgate and the LXX. ascribe it to David.]
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">O</span> SING unto the Lord a new song: * for He hath done marvellous things.
 +
 
 +
His right hand, and His holy arm, * hath gotten Him the victory.
 +
 
 +
The Lord hath made known His salvation : * His righteousness hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
 +
 
 +
He hath remembered His mercy, * and His truth towards the house of Israel.
 +
 
 +
All the ends of the earth have seen * the salvation of our God.
 +
 
 +
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth, * make a loud noise and rejoice, and sing praise.
 +
 
 +
Sing unto the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the voice of a psalm. * With trumpets and sound of cornet,
 +
 
 +
Make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King. * Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein.
 +
 
 +
Let the floods clap their hands, let the hills be joyful together before the Lord. * For He cometh to judge the earth :
 +
 
 +
With righteousness shall He judge the world, * and the people with equity.
 +
 
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' God hath chosen her and fore-chosen her.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' He hath made her to dwell in His tabernacle.
 +
 
 +
'''Seventh Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
The Lesson is taken from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (xi. 27.)
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">A</span>T that time : as Jesus spake unto the multitudes, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice and said unto Him : Blessed is the womb that bare Thee. And so on.
 +
 
 +
Homily by the Venerable Bede, Priest [at Jarrow and Doctor of the Church.] (''Bk. iv. ch. 49 on Luke xi.'')
 +
 
 +
It is plain that this was a woman of great earnestness and faith.
 +
 
 +
The Scribes and Pharisees were at once tempting and blaspheming the Lord, but this woman so clearly grasped His Incarnation, and so bravely confessed the same, that she confounded both the lies of the great men who were present, and the faithlessness of the heretics who were yet to come. Even as the Jews then, blaspheming the works of the Holy Ghost, denied the very Son of God Who is of one substance with the Father, so afterwards did the heretics, by denying that Mary always a Virgin did, under the operation of the Holy Ghost, supply flesh to the Only-begotten One of God, when He was about being born in an human Body, even so, I say, did the heretics deny that the Son of Man should be called a true Son, Who is of one substance <ref>Verum consubstantialemque matri filium.</ref> with His Mother.
 +
 
 +
'''Seventh Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
O Holy Virgin Mary, happy indeed art thou, and right worthy of all praise, for out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for all women vowed to God. May all that are keeping this thine holy Feast-day feel the might of thine assistance.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' For out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God.
 +
 
 +
'''Eighth Blessing.'''
 +
 
 +
She whose feast-day we are keeping- <br/>
 +
Mary, blessed Maid of maidens, <br/>
 +
Be our advocate with God.<br/>
 +
 
 +
'''Eighth Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">B</span>UT if we shall say that the Flesh, Wherewith the Son of God was born in the flesh, was something outside <ref>Extranea.</ref> of the flesh of the Virgin His Mother, without reason should we bless the womb that bare Him, and the paps which He hath sucked. But the Apostle saith : " God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law," (Gal. iv. 4,) and they are not to be listened to who read this passage : " Born of a woman, made under the law." He was made of a woman, for He was conceived in a virgin's womb, and took His Flesh, not from nothing, not from elsewhere, but from the flesh of His Mother. Otherwise, and if He had not been sprung of a woman, He could not with truth be called the Son of man. Let us therefore, denying the doctrine of Eutyches, lift up our voice, along with the Universal Church, whereof that woman was a figure, let us lift up our heart as well as our voice from the company, and say unto the Saviour : " Blessed is the womb that bare Thee, and the paps which Thou hast sucked ! " Blessed Mother ! of whom one <ref>The poet Sedulius—an Irishman, of the fifth century.</ref> hath said : Thou art His Mother Who reigns o'er earth and o'er heaven for ever.
 +
 
 +
'''Eighth Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
All generations shall call me blessed. For He That is Mighty, even the Lord, hath done to me great things ; and Holy is His Name.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' And His mercy is on them that fear Him, from generation to generation.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' He That is Mighty, even the Lord, hath done to me great things, and Holy is His Name.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' He That is Mighty, even the Lord, hath done to me great things, and Holy is His Name.
 +
 
 +
'''Ninth Lesson.'''
 +
 
 +
"<span class="dropcap">Y</span>EA, rather, blessed are they that hear the Word of God and keep it." How nobly doth the Saviour say "Yea" to the woman's blessing, declaring also that not only is she blessed who was meet to give bodily birth to the Word of God, but that all they who spiritually conceive the same Word by the hearing of faith, and, by keeping it through good works, bring it forth and, as it were, carefully nurse it, in their own hearts, and in the hearts of their neighbours, are also blessed. Yea, and that the very Mother of God herself was blessed in being for a while the handmaid of the Word of God made Flesh, but that she was much more blessed in this, that through her love she keepeth Him for ever.
 +
 
 +
''The Hymn,'' " We praise Thee, O God, &c.," ''is said.''
 +
 
 +
====LAUDS.====
 +
 
 +
''First Antiphon.'' While the King sitteth at his table, * my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.
 +
 
 +
''Second Antiphon.'' <ref>Cant. ii. 6.</ref> His left hand is under my head, * and his right hand doth embrace me.
 +
 
 +
''Third Antiphon.'' <ref>Cant. i. 5, 4.</ref> I am black but comely, * O ye daughters of Jerusalem. Therefore the King hath loved me, and brought me into his chamber.
 +
 
 +
''Fourth Antiphon.'' <ref>Cant. ii. 11, 10.</ref> Lo ! the winter is past, * the rain is over and gone. Rise up, my love, and come away.
 +
 
 +
''Fifth Antiphon.'' O Holy Mother of God ! thou art become beautiful * and gentle in thy gladness.
 +
 
 +
''Chapter.'' (Ecclus. xxiv. 14.)
 +
 
 +
<ref>The speaker in these Little Chapters is Wisdom.</ref> <span class="dropcap">I</span> WAS created from the beginning, before the world ; and I shall never fail. In the holy tabernacle I served before him.
 +
 
 +
'''Hymn''' <ref>From the hymn beginning "The God Whom earth, &c., ascribed to Venantius Fortunatus ; translation by the Rev. Dr. Littledale.</ref>
 +
 
 +
O GLORIOUS Virgin, ever blest, <br/>
 +
All daughters of mankind above, <br/>
 +
Who gavest nurture from thy breast <br/>
 +
To God, with pure maternal love.<br/>
 +
 
 +
What we had lost through sinful Eve <br/>
 +
The Blossom sprung from thee restores, <br/>
 +
And, granting bliss to souls that grieve, <br/>
 +
Unbars the everlasting doors.<br/>
 +
 
 +
O Gate, through which hath passed the King! <br/>
 +
O Hall, whence light shone through the gloom ! <br/>
 +
The ransomed nations praise and sing <br/>
 +
The Offspring of thy virgin womb.<br/>
 +
 
 +
Praise from mankind and heaven's host, <br/>
 +
To Jesus of a Virgin sprung, <br/>
 +
To Father and to Holy Ghost, <br/>
 +
Be equal glory ever sung. Amen.<br/>
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Grace is poured into thy lips.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
 +
 
 +
''Antiphon at the Song of Zacharias.''  <ref>Luke i. 45.</ref> O Mary ! Blessed art thou that hast believed, * for there shall be a performance of those things which were told thee from the Lord. Alleluia.
 +
 
 +
''Prayer throughout the Office, if there be none special.''
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">G</span>RANT, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto all Thy servants, that they may remain continually in the enjoyment of soundness both of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, always a Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.
 +
 
 +
====PRIME.====
 +
 
 +
''The last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
 +
 
 +
''Antiphon.'' While the King, &c, (''First Antiphon at Lauds.'')
 +
 
 +
''In the Short Responsory instead of the Verse,'' "Thou that sittest, &c," ''is said :''
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Thou that wast born of the Virgin Mary.
 +
 
 +
''Chapter at the end.'' (Ecclus. xxiv. 19.)
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">I</span>N the broad ways I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatic balm ; I yielded a pleasant odour like the best myrrh.
 +
 
 +
====TERCE.====
 +
 
 +
''The last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
 +
 
 +
''Antiphon.'' His left hand, &c, (''Second Antiphon at Lauds.'')
 +
 
 +
''Chapter from Lauds.''
 +
 
 +
'''Short Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
In thy comeliness and in thy beauty.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' In thy comeliness and in thy beauty.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Go forward, fare prosperously, and reign.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' In thy beauty.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' In thy comeliness and in thy beauty.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' God shall help her with His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
 +
 
 +
''Prayer from Lauds.''
 +
 
 +
====SEXT.====
 +
 
 +
''The last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
 +
 
 +
''Antiphon.'' I am black, &c, (''Third Antiphon at Lauds.'')
 +
 
 +
''Chapter.'' (Ecclus. xxiv. 15.)
 +
 
 +
<span class="dropcap">A</span>ND so I was established in Zion, and likewise in the holy city was I given to rest, and in Jerusalem was my power. And I took root among the honourable people, <ref>''I.e.'', the Jews.</ref> even in the portion of my God as His own inheritance, and mine abiding was in the full assembly of the Saints.
 +
 
 +
'''Short Responsory.'''
 +
 
 +
God shall help her with His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' God shall help her with His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' With His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' God shall help her with His countenance.
 +
 
 +
''Verse.'' God hath chosen her, and fore-chosen her.
 +
 
 +
''Answer.'' He hath made her to dwell in His tabernacle.
 +
 
 +
''Prayer from Lauds.''
 +
 
 +
====NONE.====
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''The last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
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''Antiphon.'' O Holy Mother, &c, (''Fifth Antiphon at Lauds.'')
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''Chapter from the end of Prime.''
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'''Short Responsory.'''
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God hath chosen her, and forechosen her.
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''Answer.'' God hath chosen her, and fore-chosen her.
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''Verse.'' He hath made her to dwell in His tabernacle.
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''Answer.'' And fore-chosen her.
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''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to . the Holy Ghost.
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''Answer.'' God hath chosen her, and fore-chosen her.
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''Verse.'' Grace is poured into thy lips.
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''Answer.'' Therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
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''Prayer from Lauds.''
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====SECOND VESPERS.====
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''The same as the First, except the following :''
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''Verse.'' Holy Virgin, my praise by thee accepted be.
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''Answer.'' Give me strength against thine enemies.
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''Antiphon at the Song of the Blessed Virgin.''  All generations shall call me blessed, * for God hath regarded the lowliness of His hand-maiden.
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''At Compline the last verse of the Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
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''Note. The above-mentioned alterations of the last verses of the Hymns at Compline, Prime, Terce, Sext, Alone, and Compline, and in the Verse in the Short Responsory at Prime, are made every day within the Octaves of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, and that even when the Office of the day is not of her.''
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''Here follows in the original the Office of the Blessed Virgin as a Simple for Saturdays, but it is here omitted, as upon all Saturdays upon which it could occur the Votive Office of the Immaculate Conception is obligatory in England upon all persons bound to the recitation of the Divine Office.''
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'''Citations'''
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