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knoweft all things even before they come to pafs, thou knowest they have born false witness against me and behold I am to die, although I have done nothing of all that, which they have maliciously forged against me. And the Lord heard her voice. And as the was led to execution, the Lord raised up the holy fpirit of a youth whofe name was Daniel: and he cried out aloud: I am clear of this woman's blood. And all the people turning towards him, said: What is that which thou haft faid? Who ftanding in the midft of them, faid: Are you fo foolish, you children of Ifrael, that, without judging aright, or discovering the truth, you have condemned a daughter of Ifrael? Return back to judgment, for they have borne false witness against her. Then the people went back in hafte. And Daniel faid to them: Separate them one from another, and I will examine them. And when they were feparated from one another, he called one of them, and faid to him: O thou that art grown old in wickednefs, thy fins are now come out, which thou haft heretofore committed in giving unjust judgments, oppreffing the innocent, and difcharging the guilty; though the Lord hath faid thou shalt not put to death the innocent, nor the righteous man. Now therefore, if thou faweft her, tell me under what tree thou didst fee them talking together? Who answered, under a maftick-tree. Then Daniel faid: Thou haft juftly lied against thy own life. Behold the angel of the Lord, according to the sentence paffed by him, fhall cut thee in two. Then, he being put afide, he commanded the other to come, and said to him: Thou offspring of Canaan, and not of Juda, beauty hath deceived thee, and luft hath perverted thy heart: thus have you done before now with the daughters of Ifrael, and they, through fear, have converfed with you: but this daughter of Juda d Or, come upon thee.

could not bear with your wickedness. Now therefore, tell me under what tree didft thou find them talking together? Who faid, under an holm. Then Daniel faid to him: Thou haft alfo lied juftly against thy own life: for the angel of the Lord is waiting with a fword to cut thee in two, and kill thee. Upon this all the affembly cried out with a loud voice, and bleffed God, who faveth those that hope in him. And they arose against the two Elders; for Daniel had proved them guilty, from their own words, of having borne falfe witnefs. And they did to them, even as they had malicioufly intended against their neighbour, and put them to death; and innocent blood was faved on that day.

GRADUAL. P. 22. Though I fhould walk in the midst of the fhades of death, I will fear no harm, because thou, O Lord, art with me. V. Thy crook and thy ftaff have been my comfort.

GOSPEL. John viii. I, II.

AT that time: Jefus went to mount Olivet: and

early in the morning came again into the temple, and all the people came to him, and fitting down he taught them. And the Scribes and Pharifees bringing to him a woman taken in adultery, and fetting her in the middle, they faid to him: Mafter, this woman hath juft now been taken in adultery. And Mofes in the law hath commanded us to ftone fuch an one. What therefore fayeft thou? This they said tempting him, that they might have fomething to accufe him of. But Jesus tooping down, writ with his finger on the ground. But they continuing to afk him, he lifted himself up, and faid to them: He that is without fin among you, let him throw the firft ftone at her. And again ftooping down, he wrote on the ground. When they heard this, they went away one after another, beginning from the eldeft: and Jefus re

mained alone, and the woman standing in the middle. Then Jefus lifting himself up, faid to her: Woman, where are they that accufed thee? Hath nobody condemned thee? Who faid: Nobody, Lord. And Jefus faid: Neither will I condemn thee: Go, and now fin no more.

OFFERTORY. Pf. 118. Direct my steps according to thy law, that no injustice may reign in me, O Lord.

SECRET.

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Rant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that the offering of this facrifice may cleanse and protect our frail nature from all evil.

Thro'.

COMMUNION. John 8. Woman, hath nobody condemned thee? Nobody, O Lord. Neither will I condemn thee; now fin no more.

POSTCOMMUNION. Quæfumus.

WE

E befeech thee, O Almighty God, that we may be reckoned among his members, whose body and blood we partake of. Who liveth, &c.

Let us pray. Bow down your heads to God.
PRAYER. Pretende, Domine.

Tretch forth, O Lord, over thy people, the right hand of thy heavenly aid, that they may feek thee with their whole heart, and mercifully obtain what they ask for as they ought. Thro'.

The COMMEMORATION at VESPERS.
Ant. Nemo te con-
demnavit, mulier? Ne-
mo, Domine: nec ego
te condemnabo; jam
amplius noli peccare.
PRAYER. Concede. Col-

Anth. Woman, hath nobody condemned thee? Nobody, O Lord: neither will I condemn thee; fin now no more.

V. and R. as p. 27. le&t of to-morrow.

IV.

SUNDAY in LENT.

INSTRUCTION.

HE Church feems to forget, in the Mafs of this

of

with which fhe hath been taken up from the beginning of Lent. The reafon of this is, that formerly fuch as were to receive baptifm at Eafter, were enregistered after having been examined this week. Befides, fhe faw the time now approaching for the reconciliation of the Penitents, whom she had fubjected to publick pennance on Afb-Wednesday. The future birth therefore of thofe, who were judged worthy of the grace of baptifm; and the refurrection to a new life of feveral of her children, who, after having gone aftray, return to God by a fincere converfion, is the subject of the Church's joy on this day.

MASS. INTROIT. Ifaias lxvi. Pf. cxxi.

Rejoice, Ferula Lare, Jerufalem,

lem: and meet together all you who love her. Rejoice exceedingly, you who have been in forrow, that you may leap for joy, and fuck plentifully from her breafts your comfort. Pf. I have rejoiced at what hath been told me: we are to go up to the houfe of the Lord. Glory.

& conventum cite omnes qui diligitis eam: gaudete cum lætitiâ, qui in triftitiâ fuiftis, ut exultetis, & fatiemini ab uberibus confolationis veftræ. P.121. Lætatus fum in his, quæ dicta funt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. V. Gloria.

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COLLECT.

Concede.

Rant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that

demerits, may be relieved by thy comforting grace. Thro'.

EPISTLE. Gal. iv. 22, 31.

BRethren: It is written, that Abraham had two fons; the one by a bond-maid, the other by VOL. II.

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a free-woman.

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But he that was of the bond-woman, was born according to the flesh : but he by the free-woman in virtue of a promife: now thefe things were said by way of allegory *. For these are the two covenants. One made on mount Sinai, which bringeth forth to bondage; and this is Agar. For Sinai is a mountain of Arabia, and hath a reference to Jerufalem, that now is, and is in bondage with her children. But that Jerufalem, which is above, is free, and is our mother. For it is written: Rejoice thou, who art barren, and that beareft not: break forth, and cry out, thou that bringeft not forth: for fhe that had no bufband, bath more children than he that hath a husband. But we, brethren, are the children of the promife, as Ifaac was. But, as then, he who was born according to the flefh, perfecuted him that was born according to the fpirit; fo it is also now. But what faith the fcripture? Caft out the bond-woman and her fon for the fon of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the fon of the free-woman. Therefore, brethren, we are not the children of the bondwoman, but of the free-woman; and it was Chrift that purchased us that freedom.

GRADUA L. P. cxxi. I rejoiced at what had been told me: we are to go up to the houfe of the Lord. V. May peace be on thy ramparts; and plenty within thy walls.

Lætatus fum in his quæ dicta funt mihi: in domum Domini ibimus. V. Fiat pax in virtute tuâ & abundantia in turribus tuis.

TRACT.
They, who truft in

the Lord, are as mount

Pf. cxxiv.

Qui confidunt in Domino, ficut mons Sion:

h Expl. As other mèn are, of a woman within the usual terms of life for bearing children.

Expl. Type and figure.

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