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==Mid-Lent Sunday, called also Mothering Sunday, and Rose Sunday <ref>So called because on this day the gladness of the Church at the thought of the consequences to her of the atonement causes her to use, if possible, rose-coloured (viz. reddish brown) vest ments, &c., instead of purple, as well as the altar to be decorated with flowers, the dalmatic and tunicie to be worn, and the organ played. The observance is a sort of rest in the middle of Lent, and in some places the Fast undergoes a slight modification for a few days. On this day, at Rome, the Pope blesses the Golden Rose, which afterwards remains on the altar during Mass.</ref>==
 
==Mid-Lent Sunday, called also Mothering Sunday, and Rose Sunday <ref>So called because on this day the gladness of the Church at the thought of the consequences to her of the atonement causes her to use, if possible, rose-coloured (viz. reddish brown) vest ments, &c., instead of purple, as well as the altar to be decorated with flowers, the dalmatic and tunicie to be worn, and the organ played. The observance is a sort of rest in the middle of Lent, and in some places the Fast undergoes a slight modification for a few days. On this day, at Rome, the Pope blesses the Golden Rose, which afterwards remains on the altar during Mass.</ref>==
  
'''''The Fourth Lord's Day in the Forty Days before Easter.'''''
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===The Fourth Lord's Day in the Forty Days before Easter.===
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
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The Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Go down now into Egypt, and say unto Pharaoh : Let My people go. And the heart of Pharaoh shall be hardened, that he will not let My people go but by a mighty hand.
 
The Lord spake unto Moses, saying: Go down now into Egypt, and say unto Pharaoh : Let My people go. And the heart of Pharaoh shall be hardened, that he will not let My people go but by a mighty hand.
  
''Verse.'' The cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me, and I have seen their affliction : come now, there fore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, and thou shalt say unto him  
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''Verse.'' The cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me, and I have seen their affliction : come now, therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, and thou shalt say unto him &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' Let My people go. And the heart of Pharaoh shall be hardened, that he will not let My people go but by a mighty hand.
 
''Answer.'' Let My people go. And the heart of Pharaoh shall be hardened, that he will not let My people go but by a mighty hand.
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''Answer.'' Even Thy people, which Thou leddest in the pillar of the cloud.
 
''Answer.'' Even Thy people, which Thou leddest in the pillar of the cloud.
 
  
 
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
 
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
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==Monday.==
 
==Monday.==
  
''Second Day.''
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===Second Day.===
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
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==Tuesday.==
 
==Tuesday.==
  
Third Day.
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===Third Day.===
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
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'''Second Lesson.'''
 
'''Second Lesson.'''
  
<span class="dropcap">F</span>OR when they marvelled and whis pered, the Lord said a certain deep thing, yea, a thing worthy of very careful thought and discussion.  And what was this thing which the Lord gave for an answer to such as &quot; marvelled that He knew letters, hav ing never learned ? &quot; &quot; JESUS answered them and said : My doctrine is not Mine, but His That sent Me.&quot; Here is the first depth, for He seemeth in these few words to enunciate a contra diction. He saith not : This doctrine is not Mine but : &quot; My doctrine is not Mine.&quot; If it be not Thine, O Lord, wherefore dost Thou call it Thine ? If it be Thine, wherefore sayest Thou that it is not Thine ? For Thou sayest : &quot; My doctrine is not Mine.&quot;  
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<span class="dropcap">F</span>OR when they marvelled and whis pered, the Lord said a certain deep thing, yea, a thing worthy of very careful thought and discussion.  And what was this thing which the Lord gave for an answer to such as &quot; marvelled that He knew letters, hav ing never learned ? &quot; &quot; JESUS answered them and said : My doctrine is not Mine, but His That sent Me.&quot; Here is the first depth, for He seemeth in these few words to enunciate a contra diction. He saith not : This doctrine is not Mine &#8212; but : &quot; My doctrine is not Mine.&quot; If it be not Thine, O Lord, wherefore dost Thou call it Thine ? If it be Thine, wherefore sayest Thou that it is not Thine ? For Thou sayest : &quot; My doctrine is not Mine.&quot;  
  
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
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==Wednesday.==
 
==Wednesday.==
  
''Fourth Day.''
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===Fourth Day.===
  
 
''Before Mattins are said the Gradual Psalms.''
 
''Before Mattins are said the Gradual Psalms.''
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'''Second Lesson.'''
 
'''Second Lesson.'''
  
<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE Lord came; and what did He ? He set before us a great mystery. &quot; JESUS spat on the ground, and made clay of the Spittle &quot; for &quot;the Word was made flesh.&quot; &quot; And He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay&quot; but yet that man saw not. He was anointed, indeed, but yet still he saw not.  &quot;And He said unto him : Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.&quot; Now, it was the duty of the Evangelist to impress upon us the name of this Pool, and therefore he saith : &quot; Siloam, which is, by interpretation, Sent.&quot; Ye, my brethren, know Who is signified where it is written: &quot;[The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from his loins, until] He that shall be Sent [cometh.]&quot; (Gen. xlix. 10.) Yea, He it is, Who, if He had not been sent, we had never been sent loose out of the prison-house of sin.  The blind man went his way there fore, and washed his eyes in that Pool, which is, by interpretation, &quot; Sent &quot; in other words, he was bap tized in Christ. When, therefore, he had figuratively been baptized in Him Whom the Father hath Sent into the world &quot;he came seeing.&quot; When he was anointed, he was perchance made a figure of a Catechumen. <ref>Oil (specially blest for that purpose by Bishops on Maundy Thursday, and called from its object the oil of Catechumens) is, of course, still used in so making them, both infants and adults.</ref>
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE Lord came; and what did He ? He set before us a great mystery. &quot; JESUS spat on the ground, and made clay of the Spittle &quot; &#8212; for &quot;the Word was made flesh.&quot; &quot; And He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay&quot; &#8212; but yet that man saw not. He was anointed, indeed, but yet still he saw not.  &quot;And He said unto him : Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam.&quot; Now, it was the duty of the Evangelist to impress upon us the name of this Pool, and therefore he saith : &quot; Siloam, which is, by interpretation, Sent.&quot; Ye, my brethren, know Who is signified where it is written: &quot;[The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from his loins, until] He that shall be Sent [cometh.]&quot; (Gen. xlix. 10.) Yea, He it is, Who, if He had not been sent, we had never been sent loose out of the prison-house of sin.  The blind man went his way there fore, and washed his eyes in that Pool, which is, by interpretation, &quot; Sent &quot; &#8212; in other words, he was baptized in Christ. When, therefore, he had figuratively been baptized in Him Whom the Father hath Sent into the world &quot;he came seeing.&quot; When he was anointed, he was perchance made a figure of a Catechumen. <ref>Oil (specially blest for that purpose by Bishops on Maundy Thursday, and called from its object the oil of Catechumens) is, of course, still used in so making them, both infants and adults.</ref>
  
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
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<span class="dropcap">Y</span>E have heard this great mystery.  Ask of a man : 1<ref>The ancient Church, at least in Africa, did not so commonly use infant Baptism as we op. bt Augustine himself was made a Catechumen when an infant, and not baptized till his conversion to Catholicism from the heresy which he had embraced as a young man and retained for nine years.
 
<span class="dropcap">Y</span>E have heard this great mystery.  Ask of a man : 1<ref>The ancient Church, at least in Africa, did not so commonly use infant Baptism as we op. bt Augustine himself was made a Catechumen when an infant, and not baptized till his conversion to Catholicism from the heresy which he had embraced as a young man and retained for nine years.
</ref> &quot;Art thou a Christian ? &quot; He answereth thee : &quot; I am not.&quot; Then, if thou ask him : &quot; Art thou a pagan then, or a Jew ? &quot; And he still saith unto thee : &quot; Nay &quot; and thou say: &quot;Art thou then a Catechumen, though not yet one of the faithful ? &quot; and he saith : &quot; Yea, a Catechumen &quot; then there thou seest a man anointed, but not yet washed.  With what hath he been anointed ? Ask of him, and he will tell thee.  Ask of him in Whom he believeth, and, being a Catechumen, he will say: &quot;In Christ.&quot; But, behold, I speak before both Faithful and Cate chumens. What said I touching the Spittle and the clay ? I said : &quot; for the Word was made flesh. &quot; This the Catechumens hear, but it is not enough for them to be anointed ; they must make haste to the washing, if they would have their eyes opened. 2<ref>A great deal of doctrine and several formularies as well as privileges were concealed from the Catechumens.</ref>
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</ref> &quot;Art thou a Christian ? &quot; He answereth thee : &quot; I am not.&quot; Then, if thou ask him : &quot; Art thou a pagan then, or a Jew ? &quot; And he still saith unto thee : &quot; Nay &quot; &#8212; and thou say: &quot;Art thou then a Catechumen, though not yet one of the faithful ? &quot; and he saith : &quot; Yea, a Catechumen &quot; &#8212; then there thou seest a man anointed, but not yet washed.  With what hath he been anointed ? Ask of him, and he will tell thee.  Ask of him in Whom he believeth, and, being a Catechumen, he will say: &quot;In Christ.&quot; But, behold, I speak before both Faithful and Cate chumens. What said I touching the Spittle and the clay ? I said : &quot; for the Word was made flesh. &quot; This the Catechumens hear, but it is not enough for them to be anointed ; they must make haste to the washing, if they would have their eyes opened. 2<ref>A great deal of doctrine and several formularies as well as privileges were concealed from the Catechumens.</ref>
  
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
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==Thursday.==
 
==Thursday.==
  
''Fifth Day.''
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====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
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==Friday.==
 
==Friday.==
  
''Sixth Day.''
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===Sixth Day.===
  
 
''Office in honour of the Most Precious Blood of otir Lord JESUS Christ.''
 
''Office in honour of the Most Precious Blood of otir Lord JESUS Christ.''
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Conscious of His broken laws, <br/>
 
Conscious of His broken laws, <br/>
 
May this Blood in that dread hour, <br/>
 
May this Blood in that dread hour, <br/>
Cry aloud and plead our cause <br/>
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Cry aloud and plead our cause <br/> &#8212;
Bid our guilty terrors cease <br/>
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Bid our guilty terrors cease <br/> &#8212;
 
Be our pardon and our peace.<br/>
 
Be our pardon and our peace.<br/>
  
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'''Ps. xv.''' Preserve me, O Lord, c., [(p. 12.)]  
 
'''Ps. xv.''' Preserve me, O Lord, c., [(p. 12.)]  
  
''Verse.'' Lord, Thou hast redeemed us  
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''Verse.'' Lord, Thou hast redeemed us &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' By Thy Blood.
 
''Answer.'' By Thy Blood.
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'''Ps. lxiii.''' Hear my voice, &c., [(p. 114.)]  
 
'''Ps. lxiii.''' Hear my voice, &c., [(p. 114.)]  
  
''Verse.'' <ref>i John i. 7.</ref> The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God,  
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''Verse.'' <ref>i John i. 7.</ref> The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God, &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' Cleanseth us from all sin.
 
''Answer.'' Cleanseth us from all sin.
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The Lesson is taken from the Sermons of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop [of Constantinople.]  
 
The Lesson is taken from the Sermons of St John Chrysostom, Archbishop [of Constantinople.]  
  
<span class="dropcap">W</span>OULDEST thou hear the power of the Blood of Christ ? Then let us look at the figure thereof, let us call to mind the old type, and tell the story written in the antient Scriptures.  The Egyptians would not let God take away Israel His firstborn, <ref>The description in the Latin is a sort of oratorical paraphrase of the account in the Pentateuch, which I have thought it best to represent by two simple quotations.</ref> &quot;And Moses said : Thus saith the LORD About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt, and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne unto the first-born of the maid-servant that is behind the mill, and all the first-born of beasts.  And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast ; that ye may know how that the LORD hath put a difference be tween the Egyptians and Israel.&quot; (Ex. xi. 4-7.) &quot;Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them : Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood .... and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side-posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.&quot; (xii. 21-23.) And could the blood of a sheep save a man ? Yea, in good sooth ; not be cause it was blood, but because it represented in a figure the Blood of the Lord.
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<span class="dropcap">W</span>OULDEST thou hear the power of the Blood of Christ ? Then let us look at the figure thereof, let us call to mind the old type, and tell the story written in the antient Scriptures.  The Egyptians would not let God take away Israel His firstborn, <ref>The description in the Latin is a sort of oratorical paraphrase of the account in the Pentateuch, which I have thought it best to represent by two simple quotations.</ref> &quot;And Moses said : Thus saith the LORD &#8212; About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt, and all the first-born in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first-born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne unto the first-born of the maid-servant that is behind the mill, and all the first-born of beasts.  And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast ; that ye may know how that the LORD hath put a difference be tween the Egyptians and Israel.&quot; (Ex. xi. 4-7.) &quot;Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them : Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families and kill the Passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side-posts with the blood .... and when He seeth the blood upon the lintel and on the two side-posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.&quot; (xii. 21-23.) And could the blood of a sheep save a man ? Yea, in good sooth ; not be cause it was blood, but because it represented in a figure the Blood of the Lord.
  
 
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
 
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
  
<ref>i Peter i. 17-19.</ref> Pass the time of your sojourning&quot; here in fear ; forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold  
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<ref>i Peter i. 17-19.</ref> Pass the time of your sojourning&quot; here in fear ; forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold &#8212;
  
 
''Verse.'' But with the Precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot.
 
''Verse.'' But with the Precious Blood of Christ, as of a lamb without spot.
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<ref>i Cor. vi. 20 ; vii. 23.</ref> Ye are bought with a great price, therefore glorify God and bear Him in your body.
 
<ref>i Cor. vi. 20 ; vii. 23.</ref> Ye are bought with a great price, therefore glorify God and bear Him in your body.
  
''Verse.'' Ye are bought with a price be not ye the servants of men.
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''Verse.'' Ye are bought with a price &#8212; be not ye the servants of men.
  
 
''Answer.'' Glorify God and bear Him in your body.
 
''Answer.'' Glorify God and bear Him in your body.
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'''Sixth Lesson.'''
 
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
  
<span class="dropcap">O</span>NE of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side the veil of the Temple of His Body was rent in twain. (John ii. 19-21, Matth. xxvii. 51.) O how glorious is the treasure that is laid open to me therein ! How noble the riches that it is my joy there to have found ! Thus was it with the Paschal lamb. The Jews slew the typical sheep, but to me also is it given to know the worth of the thing typified.  &quot; One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side, and forthwith came thereout Blood and Water.&quot; I would not, O my hearer, that thou shouldest pass by the depths of such a mystery as this without pausing. I have some mystic and hidden words to say. I have said that that Blood and Water were a figure of Baptism and of the Mysteries [of the Altar.] These are the foundations of the Church, &quot; the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.&quot; (Tit. iii. 5.) I say [that the Church is founded in these things, whereof the substance came out of the Redeemer's Side, namely,] in Baptism and the Mysteries [of the Altar.] It was therefore out of the Side of Christ that the Church was created, just as it was out of the side of Adam that Eve was raised up to be his bride. (Gen. ii. 21, 22.) This is the reason why Paul saith, no doubt in allusion to the [bride of the Second Adam, even the Holy Church to which we belong, coming, like the bride of the first Adam, out of the] Side [of her Husband] : &quot; We are members of His Body, [of His Flesh,] and of His bones.&quot; (Eph. v. 30.) For even as God made the woman Eve out of the rib which He had taken out of the side of Adam, so hath Christ made the Church out of the Blood and Water Which He made to flow for us out of His Own Side.
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<span class="dropcap">O</span>NE of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side &#8212; the veil of the Temple of His Body was rent in twain. (John ii. 19-21, Matth. xxvii. 51.) O how glorious is the treasure that is laid open to me therein ! How noble the riches that it is my joy there to have found ! Thus was it with the Paschal lamb. The Jews slew the typical sheep, but to me also is it given to know the worth of the thing typified.  &quot; One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side, and forthwith came thereout Blood and Water.&quot; I would not, O my hearer, that thou shouldest pass by the depths of such a mystery as this without pausing. I have some mystic and hidden words to say. I have said that that Blood and Water were a figure of Baptism and of the Mysteries [of the Altar.] These are the foundations of the Church, &quot; the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.&quot; (Tit. iii. 5.) I say [that the Church is founded in these things, whereof the substance came out of the Redeemer's Side, namely,] in Baptism and the Mysteries [of the Altar.] It was therefore out of the Side of Christ that the Church was created, just as it was out of the side of Adam that Eve was raised up to be his bride. (Gen. ii. 21, 22.) This is the reason why Paul saith, no doubt in allusion to the [bride of the Second Adam, even the Holy Church to which we belong, coming, like the bride of the first Adam, out of the] Side [of her Husband] : &quot; We are members of His Body, [of His Flesh,] and of His bones.&quot; (Eph. v. 30.) For even as God made the woman Eve out of the rib which He had taken out of the side of Adam, so hath Christ made the Church out of the Blood and Water Which He made to flow for us out of His Own Side.
  
 
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
 
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
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Homily by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''120th Tract on John.'')  
 
Homily by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''120th Tract on John.'')  
  
&quot; One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side, and forthwith came thereout Blood and Water.&quot; The Evangelist speaketh carefully. He saith not that he smote the Side, nor yet that he wounded It, nor yet any thing else, but &quot;pierced&quot; &quot;pierced&quot; It, to fling wide the entrance unto life, whence flow the Sacraments of the Church, those Sacraments without which there is no entrance unto the life which is life indeed. That Blood which was shed there was shed for the remission of sins, that Water is the water that mantleth in the cup of salvation. Therein are we washed, and thereof do we drink. Of this was it a type when it was said unto Noah : &quot; The door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof . . . and of every living thing of all flesh shalt thou bring into the ark ... to keep them alive.&quot; (Gen. vi. 16, 19.) A figure this of the Church. Thus was it that the first woman was made from the side of her husband while he slept, and she was called [Eve, which is, being interpreted,] &quot;Life,&quot; &quot;because she was the mother of all living.&quot; (Gen. iii. 20.) This name set forth a great good, before it became associ ated with the bitter fruit of a great evil. And here we have the Second Adam bowing His Head, and the deep sleep of death falling upon Him upon the Cross, and He sleepeth, that the Lord God may take a thing out of His side, and may make thereof a wife for Him. O what a death was His, which quickeneth the dead ! What is cleaner than His Blood ? What more health-giving than His wounding ?  
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&quot; One of the soldiers with a spear pierced His Side, and forthwith came thereout Blood and Water.&quot; The Evangelist speaketh carefully. He saith not that he smote the Side, nor yet that he wounded It, nor yet any thing else, but &quot;pierced&quot; &#8212; &quot;pierced&quot; It, to fling wide the entrance unto life, whence flow the Sacraments of the Church, those Sacraments without which there is no entrance unto the life which is life indeed. That Blood which was shed there was shed for the remission of sins, that Water is the water that mantleth in the cup of salvation. Therein are we washed, and thereof do we drink. Of this was it a type when it was said unto Noah : &quot; The door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof . . . and of every living thing of all flesh shalt thou bring into the ark ... to keep them alive.&quot; (Gen. vi. 16, 19.) A figure this of the Church. Thus was it that the first woman was made from the side of her husband while he slept, and she was called [Eve, which is, being interpreted,] &quot;Life,&quot; &quot;because she was the mother of all living.&quot; (Gen. iii. 20.) This name set forth a great good, before it became associ ated with the bitter fruit of a great evil. And here we have the Second Adam bowing His Head, and the deep sleep of death falling upon Him upon the Cross, and He sleepeth, that the Lord God may take a thing out of His side, and may make thereof a wife for Him. O what a death was His, which quickeneth the dead ! What is cleaner than His Blood ? What more health-giving than His wounding ?  
  
 
'''Seventh Responsory.'''
 
'''Seventh Responsory.'''
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Homily by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''49th Tract on John.'')  
 
Homily by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''49th Tract on John.'')  
  
Ye remember that in our last read ing we learnt how that the Lord &quot; escaped out of the hands &quot; of them which &quot; took up stones to stone Him,&quot; &quot; and went away again beyond Jordan, into the place where John at first baptized.&quot; (John x. 31, 39, 40-) While, then, the Lord still tarried there, Lazarus was sick at Bethany, which was a town near to Jerusalem.  &quot;It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His Feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore his sisters sent unto Him.&quot; We know already whither it was that they sent, for we know where JESUS was : &quot; He was gone away again beyond Jordan.&quot; &quot; His sisters sent unto Him, saying : Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick &quot; in order that, if He so pleased, He might come and free him from his sickness. But JESUS healed not, that He might afterward quicken. What therefore sent his sisters to say ?  &quot; Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick&quot; and no more. They said not : &quot; Come : &quot; for JESUS loved him ; and to tell Him that he was sick was enough. They dared not to say : &quot; Come, and heal him : &quot;they dared not to say : &quot; Speak the word where Thou art, and it shall be done here.&quot; And wherefore should they not have said this if they had the faith which won the Centurion so much praise ? He had said : &quot; Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.&quot; (Matth. viii. 8.) But they said none of these things, only : &quot; Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick &quot; &quot; It is enough that Thou shouldest know it : Thou art not one that lovest and leavest.&quot; But some man will say : &quot; How shall Lazarus be a type of the sinner, and yet the Lord so love him ? &quot; Let such an one hear the words of the same Lord, which He said : &quot; I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners.&quot; (Matth. ix. 13.) For if God had not loved sinners, He had not come down from heaven to earth.  &quot;When JESUS heard that, He said : This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.&quot; Such a glorification is no increase of majesty for Him, but of profit for us. He therefore meaneth to say : &quot; This sickness is not unto death, but for the working of a miracle, the which being wrought, if men will thereby believe in Christ, they shall escape the real death.&quot; Note especially how the Lord doth in this place declare Himself to be God, as it were by implication, for the sake of some which say that He is not the Son of God.
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Ye remember that in our last read ing we learnt how that the Lord &quot; escaped out of the hands &quot; of them which &quot; took up stones to stone Him,&quot; &quot; and went away again beyond Jordan, into the place where John at first baptized.&quot; (John x. 31, 39, 40-) While, then, the Lord still tarried there, Lazarus was sick at Bethany, which was a town near to Jerusalem.  &quot;It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His Feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore his sisters sent unto Him.&quot; We know already whither it was that they sent, for we know where JESUS was : &quot; He was gone away again beyond Jordan.&quot; &quot; His sisters sent unto Him, saying : Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick &quot; &#8212; in order that, if He so pleased, He might come and free him from his sickness. But JESUS healed not, that He might afterward quicken. What therefore sent his sisters to say ?  &quot; Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick&quot; &#8212; and no more. They said not : &quot; Come : &quot; for JESUS loved him ; and to tell Him that he was sick was enough. They dared not to say : &quot; Come, and heal him : &quot; &#8212; they dared not to say : &quot; Speak the word where Thou art, and it shall be done here.&quot; And wherefore should they not have said this if they had the faith which won the Centurion so much praise ? He had said : &quot; Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.&quot; (Matth. viii. 8.) But they said none of these things, only : &quot; Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick &quot; &#8212; &quot; It is enough that Thou shouldest know it : Thou art not one that lovest and leavest.&quot; But some man will say : &quot; How shall Lazarus be a type of the sinner, and yet the Lord so love him ? &quot; Let such an one hear the words of the same Lord, which He said : &quot; I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners.&quot; (Matth. ix. 13.) For if God had not loved sinners, He had not come down from heaven to earth.  &quot;When JESUS heard that, He said : This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.&quot; Such a glorification is no increase of majesty for Him, but of profit for us. He therefore meaneth to say : &quot; This sickness is not unto death, but for the working of a miracle, the which being wrought, if men will thereby believe in Christ, they shall escape the real death.&quot; Note especially how the Lord doth in this place declare Himself to be God, as it were by implication, for the sake of some which say that He is not the Son of God.
  
 
''The hymn'' &quot;We praise Thee, O God, &c.,&quot; ''is said.''
 
''The hymn'' &quot;We praise Thee, O God, &c.,&quot; ''is said.''
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<span class="dropcap">H</span>AIL, Holy Wounds of JESUS, hail ! <br/>
 
<span class="dropcap">H</span>AIL, Holy Wounds of JESUS, hail ! <br/>
 
Sweet pledges of the saving Rood ! <br/>
 
Sweet pledges of the saving Rood ! <br/>
Whence flow the streams that never fail <br/>
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Whence flow the streams that never fail &#8212;<br/>
 
The purple streams of His dear Blood.<br/>
 
The purple streams of His dear Blood.<br/>
  
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But when for our poor sakes He died, <br/>
 
But when for our poor sakes He died, <br/>
 
A willing Priest, by love subdued, <br/>
 
A willing Priest, by love subdued, <br/>
The soldier's spear transfixed His Side <br/>
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The soldier's spear transfixed His Side &#8212; <br/>
 
Forth flowed the Water and the Blood.<br/>
 
Forth flowed the Water and the Blood.<br/>
  
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''Answer.'' Lord, Thou hast redeemed us by Thy Blood.
 
''Answer.'' Lord, Thou hast redeemed us by Thy Blood.
  
''Verse.'' The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God  
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''Verse.'' The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' Cleanseth us from all sin.
 
''Answer.'' Cleanseth us from all sin.
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''Answer.'' The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God, cleanseth us.
 
''Answer.'' The Blood of JESUS Christ, the Son of God, cleanseth us.
  
''Verse.'' Christ loved us  
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''Verse.'' Christ loved us &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' And washed us from our sins in His Own Blood.
 
''Answer.'' And washed us from our sins in His Own Blood.
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''Answer.'' Christ loved us, and washed us from our sins in His Own Blood.
 
''Answer.'' Christ loved us, and washed us from our sins in His Own Blood.
  
''Verse.'' Being justified by the Blood of Christ,  
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''Verse.'' Being justified by the Blood of Christ, &#8212;
  
 
''Answer.'' We shall be saved from wrath through Him.
 
''Answer.'' We shall be saved from wrath through Him.
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==Saturday.==
 
==Saturday.==
  
The Sabbath.
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===The Sabbath.===
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
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Homily on this passage by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''34th Tract on John.'')  
 
Homily on this passage by St Austin, Bishop [of Hippo.] (''34th Tract on John.'')  
  
I take it that these words of the Lord &quot; I am the Light of the world &quot; are sufficiently clear to all men who have eyes which see that Light. At the same time, such men as have no eyes except those which are in their bodies, are surprised to find our Lord JESUS Christ saying, &quot; I am the Light of the world.&quot; And that we might not want somebody to say, &quot;Is our Lord JESUS Christ, then, the same sun that riseth and setteth every day ? &quot; there have actually been heretics who did say it. The Manichaeans believed that that sun which we see with our bodily eyes, and to see which is plain and common to beasts as well as men, was the Lord Christ.
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I take it that these words of the Lord &#8212; &quot; I am the Light of the world &quot; &#8212; are sufficiently clear to all men who have eyes which see that Light. At the same time, such men as have no eyes except those which are in their bodies, are surprised to find our Lord JESUS Christ saying, &quot; I am the Light of the world.&quot; And that we might not want somebody to say, &quot;Is our Lord JESUS Christ, then, the same sun that riseth and setteth every day ? &quot; there have actually been heretics who did say it. The Manichaeans believed that that sun which we see with our bodily eyes, and to see which is plain and common to beasts as well as men, was the Lord Christ.
  
 
'''First Responsory.'''
 
'''First Responsory.'''
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'''Third Lesson.'''
 
'''Third Lesson.'''
  
<span class="dropcap">H</span>E is therefore the Light by Whom the material light was made.  Him may we love, Him may we long to know, Him may we thirst after ; to Him may His own beams one day lead us, and in Him may we so live that we shall never die ! For He, even He, and none other, He is that Light, of Whom the Prophet that was given of old time sang in the Psalms, when he said : &quot; For with Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy Light shall we see light.&quot; (Ps. xxxv. 10.) Re member ye likewise what the word of God's ancient saints saith of such Light : &quot; O LORD, Thou preservest man and beast -How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, O God!&quot; (7, 8.)  
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<span class="dropcap">H</span>E is therefore the Light by Whom the material light was made.  Him may we love, Him may we long to know, Him may we thirst after ; to Him may His own beams one day lead us, and in Him may we so live that we shall never die ! For He, even He, and none other, He is that Light, of Whom the Prophet that was given of old time sang in the Psalms, when he said : &quot; For with Thee is the fountain of life, and in Thy Light shall we see light.&quot; (Ps. xxxv. 10.) Re member ye likewise what the word of God's ancient saints saith of such Light : &quot; O LORD, Thou preservest man and beast &#8212; How excellent is Thy loving-kindness, O God!&quot; (7, 8.)  
  
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
 
'''Third Responsory.'''

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