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== The Votive Offices. ==
 
== The Votive Offices. ==
  
''Pope Leo XIII. permits that upon all days whatsoever upon which the Psalms of the Week-day are to be said at Mattins, either by reason of the Week-day itself or of a Simple Office, with certain exceptions, there may be substituted for the Office of the day one of the following Votive Offices.  The excepted days are Ash Wednesday, Passiontide, and the 17th to the 14th of December, both inclusive.  Easter and Whitsun weeks are also excepted, because the Office is already Semi-double, and of the Octave of the Feast of the preceding Sunday.''
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''Pope Leo XIII. permits that upon all days whatsoever upon which the Psalms of the Week-day are to be said at Mattins, either by reason of the Week-day itself or of a Simple Office, with certain exceptions, there may be substituted for the Office of the day one of the following Votive Offices.  The excepted days are Ash Wednesday, Passiontide, and the 17th to the 24th of December, both inclusive.  Easter and Whitsun weeks are also excepted, because the Office is already Semi-double, and of the Octave of the Feast of the preceding Sunday.''
  
 
''The Office itself is Semi-double, and its relations to the Office of a Weekday, or of a Simple Feast, or a Semi-double or Double Office on the preceding or succeeding day, are arranged in the same way as if it were a Semi-double Festival; thus, a Simple Office would be commemorated at First Vespers and Lauds, and have the Ninth Lesson, if it had a Lesson or Lessons of its own; and a Greater Week-day would be commemorated at Lauds, and the Ninth Lesson would be of its Homily, while in Advent and Lent the Week-day would be commemorated at both Vespers and Lauds, and have its Homily for the Ninth Lesson.  Preces are said at Compline and Prime, and the Common Commemorations at Vespers and Lauds, except the Commemoration of that which may be the subject of the Votive Office. That is to say, the Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin is omitted if the Office be of the Immaculate Conception, that of St Joseph if the Office be of him, and that of SS. Peter and Paul if the Office be of the Apostles.''
 
''The Office itself is Semi-double, and its relations to the Office of a Weekday, or of a Simple Feast, or a Semi-double or Double Office on the preceding or succeeding day, are arranged in the same way as if it were a Semi-double Festival; thus, a Simple Office would be commemorated at First Vespers and Lauds, and have the Ninth Lesson, if it had a Lesson or Lessons of its own; and a Greater Week-day would be commemorated at Lauds, and the Ninth Lesson would be of its Homily, while in Advent and Lent the Week-day would be commemorated at both Vespers and Lauds, and have its Homily for the Ninth Lesson.  Preces are said at Compline and Prime, and the Common Commemorations at Vespers and Lauds, except the Commemoration of that which may be the subject of the Votive Office. That is to say, the Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin is omitted if the Office be of the Immaculate Conception, that of St Joseph if the Office be of him, and that of SS. Peter and Paul if the Office be of the Apostles.''
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''In England the use of two of these Offices — namely, that of the Most Holy Sacrament for Thursdays and that of the Immaculate Conception for Saturdays, is obligatory upon all persons bound to the recitation of the Divine Office, upon all days permitted by the Pope, except (i) those in Advent and Lent; (2) Eves; (3) Ember Saturday; and (4) days to which the Sunday Office may be transferred according to the Pie, iv. 5. <ref>When these two Votive Offices were introduced by the late Pope Pius IX., and when they seem to have been made obligatory in England, these days were excepted from the Papal permission. The edition of the English Offices now before the writer (Tournay, 1896) excepts only Advent and Lent, but the Catholic Directory shows that Eves also are excepted, and the exceptions would therefore seem to have remained the same as before. Owing to the multiplication of Festal Offices it is very improbable that the contingencies (3) (4) would ever occur.</ref>  On those days on which the use of the Votive Office is permitted by the Pope, but is not made obligatory hi England, its use is optional, as is that of the other Votive Offices on other days.''
 
''In England the use of two of these Offices — namely, that of the Most Holy Sacrament for Thursdays and that of the Immaculate Conception for Saturdays, is obligatory upon all persons bound to the recitation of the Divine Office, upon all days permitted by the Pope, except (i) those in Advent and Lent; (2) Eves; (3) Ember Saturday; and (4) days to which the Sunday Office may be transferred according to the Pie, iv. 5. <ref>When these two Votive Offices were introduced by the late Pope Pius IX., and when they seem to have been made obligatory in England, these days were excepted from the Papal permission. The edition of the English Offices now before the writer (Tournay, 1896) excepts only Advent and Lent, but the Catholic Directory shows that Eves also are excepted, and the exceptions would therefore seem to have remained the same as before. Owing to the multiplication of Festal Offices it is very improbable that the contingencies (3) (4) would ever occur.</ref>  On those days on which the use of the Votive Office is permitted by the Pope, but is not made obligatory hi England, its use is optional, as is that of the other Votive Offices on other days.''
  
©Sice in Honour of tfje Im= maculate Conception of tfje JSlessetr Ftrgin Jfiarg, for Saturtiags.
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''After Septuagesima Sunday to Easter, exclusive, the word &quot;Alleluia&quot; is omitted wherever it is here given in square brackets, thus [ ], and in Paschal-time it is inserted wherever given thus, (P. T. Alleluia.)''
  
Semi-double.
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== Office in Honour of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for Saturdays. ==
  
All from the Common Office for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, {p. 436,) except the following.
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''Semi-double.''
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''All from the Common Office for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, (p. 436,) except the following.''
  
 
====FIRST VESPERS.====
 
====FIRST VESPERS.====
  
Antiphons, Chapter, Verse and Answer, and Prayerfrom Lauds.
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''Antiphons, Chapter, Verse and Answer, and Prayer from Lauds.''
  
''Antiphon at the Song of the Blessed Virgin.''  All generations shall call me blessed, * for He That is mighty hath done to me great things.
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''Antiphon at the Song of the Blessed Virgin.''  All generations shall call me blessed, * for He That is mighty hath done to me great things. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
COMPLINE.
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====COMPLINE.====
  
The last verse ofthe Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.
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''The last verse ofthe Hymn is altered in honour of the Incarnation.''
  
 
====MATTINS.====
 
====MATTINS.====
  
====SECOND VESPERS.====
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''Invitatory.'' Let us tell of the stainless Conception of the Virgin Mary : * let us worship Christ, her Son, and her Lord and ours.  (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
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'''Hymn.''' <ref>Translation by the Rev. E. Caswall.</ref>
  
All as the First, except the follow ing.
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BLEST Guardian of all virgin souls ! <br/>
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Portal of bliss to man forgiven ! <br/>
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Pure Mother of Almighty God ! <br/>
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Thou hope of earth, and joy of Heaven ! <br/>
  
1 Cf. Luke xxiii. 53; Matth. xxvii. 60; Zech. xii. 10, 11 Invitatory. Let us tell of the stainless Conception of the Virgin Mary : * let us worship Christ, her Son, and her Lord and ours.
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Fair Lily, found among the thorns !<br/>
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Most beauteous Dove with wings of gold !<br/>
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Rod from whose tender root upsprang <br/>
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That healing Flower long since foretold !<br/>
  
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. 875 '''Hymn.''' 1 "DLEST Guardian of all virgin souls ! Portal of bliss to man forgiven ! Pure Mother of Almighty God ! Thou hope of earth, and joy of Heaven ! Fair Lily, found among the thorns ! Most beauteous Dove with wings of gold ! Rod from whose tender root upsprang That healing Flower long since foretold ! Thou Tower, against the dragon proof! Thou Star, to storm-toss'd voyagers dear ! Our course lies o'er a treacherous deep ; Thine be the light by which we steer.
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Thou Tower, against the dragon proof! <br/>
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Thou Star, to storm-toss'd voyagers dear ! <br/>
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Our course lies o'er a treacherous deep ; <br/>
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Thine be the light by which we steer.<br/>
  
Scatter the mists that round us hang, Keep far the fatal shoals away ; And while through darkling waves we sweep, Open a path to life and day.
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Scatter the mists that round us hang, <br/>
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Keep far the fatal shoals away ; <br/>
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And while through darkling waves we sweep, <br/>
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Open a path to life and day.<br/>
  
O Jesu, born of Virgin bright ! Immortal glory be to Thee ; Praise to the Father infinite, And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.
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O Jesu, born of Virgin bright ! <br/>
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Immortal glory be to Thee ; <br/>
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Praise to the Father infinite, <br/>
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And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.<br/>
  
 
=====FIRST NOCTURN.=====
 
=====FIRST NOCTURN.=====
  
''First Antiphon.'' O Lord, how excellent is Thy Name * in all the earth, Who hast made Thee a worthy tabernacle in the Virgin Mary.
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''First Antiphon.'' O Lord, how excellent is Thy Name * in all the earth, Who hast made Thee a worthy tabernacle in the Virgin Mary. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Second Antiphon.'' The Lord hath set * His tabernacle in the sun.
 
''Second Antiphon.'' The Lord hath set * His tabernacle in the sun.
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''Third Antiphon.'' Even in her Conception * did Mary receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from the God of her salvation.
 
''Third Antiphon.'' Even in her Conception * did Mary receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from the God of her salvation.
  
''Verse.'' 2 It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xvii. 33.</ref> It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' And maketh my way perfect.
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''Answer.'' And maketh my way perfect. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
Scripture according with the followiiig Lessons from to the Season, Responsories.
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''Lessons from Scripture according to the Season, with the following  Responsories.''
  
 
'''First Responsory.'''
 
'''First Responsory.'''
  
3 By one man sin entered into the Avorld, in whom all have sinned. Fear 1 Translation by the Rev. E. Caswall.
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<ref>Rom. v. 12 ; Luke i. 30.</ref> By one man sin entered into the world, in whom all have sinned. Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.  (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
4 Cf. Ps. lv. 13 ; xvii. 21.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Cf. Ps. lv. 13 ; xvii. 21.</ref> The Lord hath delivered thy soul from death, yea, the Lord was thy stay.
  
* Judith xiii. 18.
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''Answer.'' Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
 
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not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
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''Verse.'' 4 The Lord hath delivered thy soul from death, yea, the Lord was thy stay.
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''Answer.'' Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
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'''Second Responsory.'''
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
  
5 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
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<ref>Ecclus. xxiv. 26 ; Ps. lxv. 16.</ref> Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and I will declare what God hath done for my soul. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Verse.'' 6 As the Lord liveth, by me He hath fulfilled His mercy.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Judith xiii. 18.</ref> As the Lord liveth, by me He hath fulfilled His mercy.
  
''Answer.'' And I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
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''Answer.'' And I will declare what God hath done for my soul. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
  
7 My beloved is white like snow in Lebanon, her lips drop as the honeycomb.
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<ref>Cant. v. 10; iv. 11, 8.</ref> My beloved is white like snow in Lebanon, her lips drop as the honeycomb. Honey and milk are under her tongue. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
 
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Honey and milk are under her tongue.
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''Verse.'' Come from Lebanon, My Spouse, thou shalt be crowned with a crown of grace.
 
''Verse.'' Come from Lebanon, My Spouse, thou shalt be crowned with a crown of grace.
  
''Answer.'' Honey and milk are under her tongue.
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''Answer.'' Honey and milk are under her tongue. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' Honey and milk are under her tongue.
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''Answer.'' Honey and milk are under her tongue. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
=====SECOND NOCTURN.=====
 
=====SECOND NOCTURN.=====
  
''First Antiphon.'' Grace is poured into her Conception, # and she is fairer than the daughters of men.
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''First Antiphon.'' Grace is poured into her Conception, * and she is fairer than the daughters of men. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Second Antiphon.'' God hath holpen her right early, * the Most High hath hallowed His tabernacle.
 
''Second Antiphon.'' God hath holpen her right early, * the Most High hath hallowed His tabernacle.
  
Third A?ztiphon. Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God ; * the Lord hath laid thy foundation in the holy mountains.
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''Third Antiphon.'' Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God ; * the Lord hath laid thy foundation in the holy mountains.
  
2 Ps. xvii. 33. 3 Rom. v. 12 ; Luke i. 30.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xl. 12.</ref> By this I know that Thou favourest me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
5 Ecclus. xxiv. 26 ; Ps. lxv. 16.
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''Answer.'' Because mine enemy cannot triumph over me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
 
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876 THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
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''Verse.'' 1 By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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''Answer.'' Because mine enemy cannot triumph over me.
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'''Fourth Lesson.'''
 
'''Fourth Lesson.'''
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The Lesson is taken from the Dogmatic Bull of Pope Pius IX.
 
The Lesson is taken from the Dogmatic Bull of Pope Pius IX.
  
T T is known to all men, with what care this doctrine of the sinlessness of the conception of the Mother of God hath been handed down, set forth, and defended by the most distinguished Religious Orders, Theologians, Universities, and Doctors skilled in the things of God. All men know likewise how carefully Christian Bishops, even in their public teaching, have professed the doctrine that through the merits of Christ our Lord and Saviour, foreknown by God, the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, was delivered from ever being the victim of original sin, but, on the contrary, had the fruits of redemption applied to her at the very moment of her Conception, and was therefore redeemed in a nobler way than others. But the weightiest fact of all is that the most holy Council of Trent, when, in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, as interpreted by the holy Fathers and the approved Councils, it decreed that all men are conceived in sin, expressly added that it did not mean thereby to say that the blessed and stainless Mary, Mother of God, did not form an exception to the rule. From this declaration of the Fathers of Trent it can clearly be drawn that there is nothing in the Bible, nothing in tradition, and nothing in the Fathers which can rightly be adduced against this prerogative of the most Blessed Virgin, nay, as far as circumstances demanded, they as much as declared her free from the original stain.
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<span class="dropcap">I</span>T is known to all men, with what care this doctrine of the sinlessness of the conception of the Mother of God hath been handed down, set forth, and defended by the most distinguished Religious Orders, Theologians, Universities, and Doctors skilled in the things of God. All men know likewise how carefully Christian Bishops, even in their public teaching, have professed the doctrine that through the merits of Christ our Lord and Saviour, foreknown by God, the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of God, was delivered from ever being the victim of original sin, but, on the contrary, had the fruits of redemption applied to her at the very moment of her Conception, and was therefore redeemed in a nobler way than others. But the weightiest fact of all is that the most holy Council of Trent, when, in accordance with the Holy Scriptures, as interpreted by the holy Fathers and the approved Councils, it decreed that all men are conceived in sin, expressly added that it did not mean thereby to say that the blessed and stainless Mary, Mother of God, did not form an exception to the rule. From this declaration of the Fathers of Trent it can clearly be drawn that there is nothing in the Bible, nothing in tradition, and nothing in the Fathers which can rightly be adduced against this prerogative of the most Blessed Virgin, nay, as far as circumstances demanded, they as much as declared her free from the original stain.
  
 
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
 
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
  
2 I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the first-begotten before every creature. I made the unfading light to arise in the heavens.
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<ref>''I.e.'', Wisdom. Ecclus. xxiv. 5, 6; Prov. viii. 24.</ref> I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the first-begotten before every creature. I made the unfading light to arise in the heavens. When there were no depths I was conceived. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
 
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When there were no depths I was conceived.
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''Verse.'' For the Lord hath created me in righteousness, and hath held mine hand, and hath kept me.
 
''Verse.'' For the Lord hath created me in righteousness, and hath held mine hand, and hath kept me.
  
A?iswer. When there were no depths I was conceived.
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''Answer.'' When there were no depths I was conceived. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Fifth Lesson.'''
 
'''Fifth Lesson.'''
  
T N truth, this doctrine upon the Conception of the most Blessed Virgin is day by day more earnestly set forth by the graver thought of the Church, by her teaching, by her care, by her learning, and by her wisdom.
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<span class="dropcap">I</span>N truth, this doctrine upon the Conception of the most Blessed Virgin is day by day more earnestly set forth by the graver thought of the Church, by her teaching, by her care, by her learning, and by her wisdom. It is explained, taught, confirmed, and wonderfully spread among all peoples and nations of the Catholic world. The Church hath received it from the Fathers, as a part of the original faith, attested strongly by the most ancient and venerable monuments of both the Eastern and Western Churches. Indeed, the Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers, learned in Holy Scripture, are marked by no more earnest feature than that in all their books and Scriptural Commentaries, written for the confirmation of doctrine, and the edification of the faithful, they do all in divers ways preach and teach the excelling holiness of this Virgin, her dignity, her freedom from any stain of sin, and the glory of her victory over the dark enemy of our race.
 
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It is explained, taught, confirmed, and wonderfully spread among all peoples and nations of the Catholic world.
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The Church hath received it from the Fathers, as a part of the original faith, attested strongly by the most ancient and venerable monuments of both the Eastern and Western Churches. Indeed, the Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers, learned in Holy Scripture, are marked by no more earnest feature than that in all their books and Scriptural Commentaries, written for the confirmation of doctrine, and the edification of the faithful, they do all in divers ways preach and teach the excelling holiness of this Virgin, her dignity, her freedom from any stain of sin, and the glory of her victory over the dark enemy of our race.
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1 Ps. xl. 12. 2 I.e., Wisdom. Ecclus. xxiv. 5, 6; Prov. viii. 24.
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IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. S?7 Fifth Responsory .
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'''Fifth Responsory.'''
  
1 No defiled thing can fall into her ; she is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God.
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<ref>Wisd. vii. 25, 26, 29.</ref> No defiled thing can fall into her ; she is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' For she is more beautiful than the sun, and being compared with the light, she is found before it.
 
''Verse.'' For she is more beautiful than the sun, and being compared with the light, she is found before it.
  
''Answer.'' She is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God.
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''Answer.'' She is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
 
'''Sixth Lesson.'''
  
A LL Commentators on the Book of Genesis remark that passage where God at the very time of the Fall speaketh of the Atonement, to the confusion of the lying serpent, and the comfortable hope of man, and saith, " I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed," and all the ancients teach that by this passage is meant the most merciful Saviour of mankind, namely, our Lord JESUS Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, and His most blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, as if the enmity which both He and she felt against the devil was, in a sense, of a kind common to them Both. Christ took our nature upon Him, and is become the Mediator between God and man, (1 Tim. ii. 5,) blotting out the handwriting that was against us, nailing it to His Cross, (Col. ii. 14,) and the most holy Virgin, by that subtle, close, and abiding tie which bindeth mother to Child, feeleth along with Him His truceless enmity to the serpent, and He, through His merits, hath granted to her that moment of victory wherein her stainless foot bruised the serpent's head.
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>LL Commentators on the Book of Genesis remark that passage where God at the very time of the Fall speaketh of the Atonement, to the confusion of the lying serpent, and the comfortable hope of man, and saith, " I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed," and all the ancients teach that by this passage is meant the most merciful Saviour of mankind, namely, our Lord JESUS Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, and His most blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, as if the enmity which both He and she felt against the devil was, in a sense, of a kind common to them Both. Christ took our nature upon Him, and is become the Mediator between God and man, (1 Tim. ii. 5,) blotting out the handwriting that was against us, nailing it to His Cross, (Col. ii. 14,) and the most holy Virgin, by that subtle, close, and abiding tie which bindeth mother to Child, feeleth along with Him His truceless enmity to the serpent, and He, through His merits, hath granted to her that moment of victory wherein her stainless foot bruised the serpent's head.
 
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VOL. IV.
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'''Sixth Responsory.'''
 
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
  
2 There appeared a great wonder in heaven : a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
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''Verse.'' 3 The Lord hath clothed her with the garments of salvation, and hath covered her with the robe of righteousness, yea, as a bride He hath adorned her with jewels.
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''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
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''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
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''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
=====THIRD NOCTURN.=====
 
=====THIRD NOCTURN.=====
  
''First Antiphon.'' Holiness and beauty are in her Conception : * declare her glory among all people.
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''First Antiphon.'' Holiness and beauty are in her Conception : * declare her glory among all people. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Second Antiphon.'' Rejoice ye all in the Lord : * and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
 
''Second Antiphon.'' Rejoice ye all in the Lord : * and give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness.
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''Third Antiphon.'' The Lord hath made known His salvation : * the glory of His Mother hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
 
''Third Antiphon.'' The Lord hath made known His salvation : * the glory of His Mother hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
  
''Verse.'' 4 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xxix. 2.</ref> I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
Aizswer. And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
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''Answer.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Seventh Lesson.'''
 
'''Seventh Lesson.'''
  
The Lesson is taken from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (i. 26.) A T that time : The Angel Gabriel *^^ was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the Virgin's name was Mary. And so on.
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The Lesson is taken from the Holy Gospel according to Luke (i. 26.)  
  
2 Apoc. xii. 1.
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>T that time : The Angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the Virgin's name was Mary. And so on.
  
4 Ps. xxix. 2.
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Homily by St Sophronius, Patriarch [of Jerusalem.] (On the Annunciation.)
  
2 G 878 THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
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Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou hast turned the curse of Eve into a blessing ; thou hast even brought a blessing upon Adam, when he lay smitten by the first sentence of death. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou art the mean whereby the Father's blessing hath come upon man, and delivered him from the old curse. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for by thee thy fathers have found salvation ; the salutation of the Angel telleth thee that thou art about to bear them a Deliverer. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou, not knowing a man, conceivest a Son through Whom the whole earth shall be blessed, and bring forth thorns and thistles no more. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou remainest thyself no more than a woman, and yet art made Mother of God. If That holy Thing Which shall be born of thee be truly God made Man, then art thou truly Mother of God, for God is made thine Offspring.
 
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) Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou hast turned the curse of Eve into a blessing ; thou hast even brought a blessing upon Adam, when he lay smitten by the first sentence of death. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou art the mean whereby the Father's blessing hath come upon man, and delivered him from the old curse.
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Blessed indeed art thou among women, for by thee thy fathers have found salvation ; the salutation of the Angel telleth thee that thou art about to bear them a Deliverer.
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Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou, not knowing a man, conceivest a Son through Whom the whole earth shall be blessed, and bring forth thorns and thistles no more. Blessed indeed art thou among women, for thou remainest thyself no more than a woman, and yet art made Mother of God. If That holy Thing Which shall be born of thee be truly God made Man, then art thou truly Mother of God, for God is made thine Offspring.
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'''Seventh Responsory.'''
 
'''Seventh Responsory.'''
  
1 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed. O Mary, thy perfumes are a garden of delights.
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<ref>Cant. iv. 12, v. 2.</ref> A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed. O Mary, thy perfumes are a garden of delights. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.
 
''Verse.'' Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.
  
''Answer.'' O Mary, thy perfumes are a garden of delights.
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''Answer.'' O Mary, thy perfumes are a garden of delights. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Eighth Lesson.'''
 
'''Eighth Lesson.'''
  
" "pEAR not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God "—abiding grace. Thou hast found grace with God — exceeding grace. Thou hast found grace with God—all desirable grace. Thou hast found grace with God—greater grace than any other.
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"<span class="dropcap">F</span>EAR not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God " — abiding grace. Thou hast found grace with God — exceeding grace. Thou hast found grace with God — all desirable grace. Thou hast found grace with God — greater grace than any other. Thou hast found grace with God —unfailing grace. Thou hast found grace with God—saving grace. Thou hast found grace with God — immoveable grace. Thou hast found grace with God — invincible grace. Thou hast found grace with God — everlasting grace. Before thee there have been others, many others, made wonderful in holiness, but to none hath it been given, as to thee, to be full of grace ; to none hath it been given, as to thee, to attain to such divine riches ; to none, as to thee, to be prevented by purifying grace ; to none, as to thee, to shine from the day-spring with light from heaven ; to none, as to thee, to be exalted above all things before created.
 
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Thou hast found grace with God —unfailing grace. Thou hast found grace with God—saving grace. Thou hast found grace with God—immoveable grace. Thou hast found grace with God—invincible grace. Thou hast found grace with God—everlasting grace. Before thee there have been others, many others, made wonderful in holiness, but to none hath it been given, as to thee, to be full of grace ; to none hath it been given, as to thee, to attain to such divine riches ; to none, as to thee, to be prevented by purifying grace ; to none, as to thee, to shine from the day-spring with light from heaven ; to none, as to thee, to be exalted above all things before created.
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'''Eighth Responsory.'''
 
'''Eighth Responsory.'''
  
My soul doth magnify the Lord ; for He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.
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My soul doth magnify the Lord ; for He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
 
''Verse.'' For, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
  
''Answer.'' For He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.
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''Answer.'' For He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' For He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name.
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''Answer.'' For He That is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is His name. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
'''Ninth Lesson.'''
 
'''Ninth Lesson.'''
  
AND justly ; for none hath ever -^^ drawn so near to God as thou hast ; none hath ever been gifted by God with good gifts as thou hast ; none hath ever received of God's grace as 1 Cant. iv. 12, v. 2.
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>ND justly ; for none hath ever drawn so near to God as thou hast ; none hath ever been gifted by God with good gifts as thou hast ; none hath ever received of God's grace as thou hast. Thou art mightier than all things which are called mighty among men ; thou hast received more than the goodness of God hath conferred on any other. It is indeed because God made His home in thee that thou thus aboundest. There hath never been any save thee that hath comprehended the Incomprehensible ; none save thee that hath enjoyed His presence so much ; none that He hath made so ready therefor ; none on whom the uncreated light hath shone so clearly ; and therefore none who hath, like thee, sheltered the Lord God, the Maker and Lord of all, conceived Him in thy womb, and brought Him into the world, to redeem men lying under the Father's sentence, and to offer to them everlasting- salvation. Wherefore, O Lady, I have already cried unto thee with the Angel, and I will still cry —" Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee ! Blessed art thou among women !"
  
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. 879 thou hast. Thou art mightier than all things which are called mighty among men ; thou hast received more than the goodness of God hath conferred on any other. It is indeed because God made His home in thee that thou thus aboundest. There hath never been any save thee that hath comprehended the Incomprehensible ; none save thee that hath enjoyed His presence so much ; none that He hath made so ready therefor ; none on whom the uncreated light hath shone so clearly ; and therefore none who hath, like thee, sheltered the Lord God, the Maker and Lord of all, conceived Him in thy womb, and brought Him into the world, to redeem men lying under the Father's sentence, and to offer to them everlasting- salvation. Wherefore, O Lady, I have already cried unto thee with the Angel, and I will still cry—" Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee ! Blessed art thou among women ! " The Hymn, " We praise Thee, O God, &c," is said.
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''The Hymn,'' " We praise Thee, O God, &c," ''is said.''
  
 
====LAUDS.====
 
====LAUDS.====
  
''First Antiphon.'' l Thou art all fair, O Mary, * there is no spot of original sin in thee.
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''First Antiphon.'' <ref>Cf. Cant. iv. 7.</ref> Thou art all fair, O Mary, * there is no spot of original sin in thee. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Second Antiphon.'' 2 Thy raiment * is white as snow, and thy countenance as the sun.
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''Second Antiphon.'' <ref>Cf. Matth. xvii. 2.</ref> Thy raiment * is white as snow, and thy countenance as the sun. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Third Antiphon.'' 3 Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, * thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing of our nation.
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''Third Antiphon.'' <ref>Judith xv. 10 ; xiii. 23.</ref> Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, * thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing of our nation. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Fourth Antiphon.'' 3 O Virgin Mary, * blessed art thou of the Most High God, above all the women upon the earth.
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''Fourth Antiphon.'' <ref>Judith xv. 10 ; xiii. 23.</ref> O Virgin Mary, * blessed art thou of the Most High God, above all the women upon the earth. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Fifth Antiphon.'' 4 Draw us, * Maiden undefiled, we will run after thee in the odour of thy perfumes.
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''Fifth Antiphon.'' <ref>Cf. Cant. i. 3, 4.</ref> Draw us, * Maiden undefiled, we will run after thee in the odour of thy perfumes. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Chapter.'' (Prov. viii. 22.) HP HE Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before His works of old. I was ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths I was conceived.
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''Chapter.'' (Prov. viii. 22.)  
  
''Verse.'' Maiden Mother of God, thy stainless conception — ''Answer.'' Was a message of joy to the whole world.
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>HE Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before His works of old. I was ordained from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths I was conceived.
  
''Antiphon at the Song of Zacharias.''
 
  
The Lord God said unto the serpent : I will put enmity between thee and the woman, * and between thy seed and her seed ; she shall bruise thy head.
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''Verse.'' Maiden Mother of God, thy stainless conception — (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
Prayer.
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''Answer.'' Was a message of joy to the whole world. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
r\ GOD, Who didst cause that a ^^^ virgin should be conceived without sin, to the end that she might be made a meet dwelling-place for Thy dear Son ; O God, Who through the precious death of the Same Thy Son foreseen by Thee, didst keep her clean from all stain, hear us, we beseech Thee, and grant that by her prayers, we also who are presently defiled, may finally be made pure, and so with her attain unto Thee.
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''Antiphon at the Song of Zacharias.''  The Lord God said unto the serpent : I will put enmity between thee and the woman, * and between thy seed and her seed ; she shall bruise thy head.  (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
Through the Same 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.
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''Prayer.''
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<span class="dropcap">O</span> GOD, Who didst cause that a virgin should be conceived without sin, to the end that she might be made a meet dwelling-place for Thy dear Son ; O God, Who through the precious death of the Same Thy Son foreseen by Thee, didst keep her clean from all stain, hear us, we beseech Thee, and grant that by her prayers, we also who are presently defiled, may finally be made pure, and so with her attain unto Thee.  Through the Same 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.====
 
====PRIME.====
  
''Antiphon.'' Thou art all fair, &c, {First Antiphon at Lauds.) In the Short Responsory, instead of " Thou That art to come into the world," is said: ''Verse.'' Thou That wast born of the Virgin Mary.
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''Antiphon.'' Thou art all fair, &c, (''First Antiphon at Lauds.'')  
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''In the Short Responsory, instead of'' "Thou That art to come into the world,"'' is said:  
  
1 Cf. Cant. iv. 7. 2 Cf. Matth. xvii. 2, 3 Judith xv. 10 ; xiii. 23. 4 Cf. Cant. i. 3, 4.
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''Verse.'' Thou That wast born of the Virgin Mary.
  
88o THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
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''Chapter at the end.'' (Apoc. xii. i.)
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>HERE appeared a great wonder in heaven : a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
  
Chapter at the eitd. (Apoc. xii. i.) FHERE appeared a great wonder in heaven : a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
 
  
 
====TERCE.====
 
====TERCE.====
  
''Antiphon.'' Thy raiment, &c, {Second Antiphon at Lands.) Chapterfrom Lauds.
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''Antiphon.'' Thy raiment, &c, (''Second Antiphon at Lands.'')  
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''Chapter from Lauds.''
  
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
  
It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
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It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
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''Answer.'' It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' And maketh my way perfect.
 
''Verse.'' And maketh my way perfect.
  
''Answer.'' That girdeth me with strength.
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''Answer.'' That girdeth me with strength. (''Except in Paschal-Time, when it is'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
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''Answer.'' It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
''Verse.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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''Verse.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' Because mine enemy shall not triumph over me.
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''Answer.'' Because mine enemy shall not triumph over me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
====SEXT.====
 
====SEXT.====
  
''Antiphon.'' Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, &c, {Third Antiphon at Lauds. ) ''Chapter.'' (Ezek. xliv. 2.) ''"PHIS gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it ; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut for the Prince ; the Prince, He shall sit in it.
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''Antiphon.'' Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, &c, (''Third Antiphon at Lauds.'')  
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''Chapter.'' (Ezek. xliv. 2.)  
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<span class="dropcap">T</span>HIS gate shall be shut, it shall not be opened, and no man shall enter in by it ; because the Lord, the God of Israel, hath entered in by it, therefore it shall be shut for the Prince ; the Prince, He shall sit in it.
  
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
  
By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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By this I know that Thou favourest me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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''Answer.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Because mine enemy shall not triumph over me.
 
''Verse.'' Because mine enemy shall not triumph over me.
  
''Answer.'' Thou favourest me.
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''Answer.'' Thou favourest me. (''Except in Paschal-Time, when it is'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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''Answer.'' By this I know that Thou favourest me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
''Verse.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Verse.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
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''Answer.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
====NONE.====
 
====NONE.====
  
''Antiphon.'' Draw us, &c, {Fifth A?itipho?i at Lauds.) Chapter as at the end of Prime.
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''Antiphon.'' Draw us, &c, (''Fifth Antiphon at Lauds.'')  
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''Chapter as at the end of Prime.''
  
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
 
'''Short Responsory.'''
  
I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
''Answer.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Answer.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
 
''Verse.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
  
''Answer.'' Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Answer.'' Thou hast lifted me up. (''Except in Paschal-Time, when it is'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
  
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
 
''Verse.'' Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.
  
''Answer.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Answer.'' I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up. (''P. T.'' Alleluia, Alleluia.)
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''Verse.'' Maiden Mother of God, thy stainless conception,  (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
''Verse.'' Maiden Mother of God, thy stainless conception, ''Answer.'' Was a message of joy to the whole world.
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''Answer.'' Was a message of joy to the whole world. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
 
====SECOND VESPERS.====
 
====SECOND VESPERS.====
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''All as the First, except the following.''
 
''All as the First, except the following.''
  
''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 keep the memory of thine holy and stainless conception, feel the might of thine assistance.
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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 keep the memory of thine holy and stainless conception, feel the might of thine assistance. (''P. T.'' Alleluia.)
  
  
 
'''Citations'''
 
'''Citations'''
 
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