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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 be.

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. [Through.]

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 sake.

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 their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
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 nor steal:
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 me.

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. through.

¶ 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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