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INTROIT. Misereris amnium. Wisdom II.
THOU hast mercy upon all,
O Lord, and abhorrest nothing which thou hast made, and winkest
at the sins of men, because they should amend, and sparest them:
for thou art the Lord our God. Ps. 57. Be merciful unto me, O
God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee. V. Glory
Almighty and everlasting God, who hatest nothing that thou hast
made, and dost forgive the sins of all those who are penitent:
create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we worthily
lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain
of thee, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness.
FOR EPISTLE. Joel 2:12-17
12 TURN ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting,
and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto
the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14 Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing
behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the
LORD your God?
15 Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts:
let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out
of her closet.
17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the
porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD,
and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should
rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where
is their God?
GRADUAL. Ps. 57. Be merciful unto me, O
God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee. V. He
shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproof of him that
would eat me up.
¶ And this Tract is said on Mondays, Wednesdays, and
Fridays, from today on until Monday in Holy Week, unless a proper
Tract be appointed.
TRACT. Ps. 103. O Lord, deal not with us after
our sins; nor reward us according to wickednesses. V. Ps. 79.
Lord, remember not our old sins, but have mercy upon us, and
that soon: for we are come to great misery. V. (Here genuflect.)
Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy Name, O
Lord: O deliver us and be merciful unto our sins, for thy Name's
GOSPEL. St. Matthew 6:16-21
16 AT that time; Jesus
said unto his disciples: when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites,
of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they
may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father
which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall
reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth
and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither
moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
OFFERTORY. Ps. 30. I will magnify thee,
O Lord, for thou hast set me up, and not made my foes to triumph
over me: O Lord, my God, I cried unto thee, and thou hast healed
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord, that like as we do by these
our oblations bring to remembrance the institution of this holy
Sacrament, so we may by thee be enabled to offer the same according
to thy will. Through.
COMMUNION. Ps. 1. He who doth meditate on the law
of the Lord day and night will bring forth his fruit in due season.
We beseech thee, Lord, mercifully to protect us who have now
received this holy Sacrament: that this our fast may be acceptable
in thy sight, and profitable unto us for the healing of our souls.
¶ Then the Priest without any other Salutation to the
People, shall say: Let us pray. And the Deacon, if any
be ministering in the office of Deacon, shall turn about to the
People with hands joined and say, Bow down before the Lord.
Else shall the Priest himself say thus, standing in the same
place afore the book and not turning about to the people.
Look down in mercy, O Lord, upon us now kneeling before thy majesty:
that we which have been partakers of thy heavenly gifts may evermore
be strengthened with thy heavenly succour. Through.
¶ And this manner of saying the Prayer over the People
is to be observed, in ferial Masses only, until the Wednesday
in Holy Week.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
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