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dea and all they that had heard them, laid them up in their hearts, saying: What a one, think ye, shall this child be? For the hand of the Lord was with him. And Zachary his Father was filled with the Holy Ghost; and he prophesied, saying: Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: because he hath visited and wrought the redemption of his people.
SS. Peter and Paul's Day.
O God, who hast consecrated this day by the martyrdom of thy glorious apostles Peter and Paul: grant that thy Church may in all things follow their directions, by whom was laid the foundation of our religion. Thro'.
For the Epistle. Acts xii. 1. 11.
In those days: Herod the king stretched forth his hand to afflict some of the Church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the azymes. And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people. Peter therefore was kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him. And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by him: and a light shined in the room: and he striking Peter on the side, raised him up, saying: Arise quickly. And the chains fell off from his hands. And the angel said to him: Gird thyself, and put on thy sandals. And he did so. And he said to him:
Cast thy garments about thee, and follow me. And going out he followed him, and he knew not that it was true which was done by the angel: but thought he saw a vision. And passing through the first and second ward, they came to the iron gate that leadeth to the city, which of itself opened to them. And going out, they passed on through one street: and immediately the angel departed from him. And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hands of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.
The Gospel. Matt. xvi. 13. 19.
At that time: Jesus came into the quarters of Cesarea Philippi: and he asked bis disciples, saying: Whom do men say that the Son of Man is ? But they said: Some, John the Baptist, and other some, Elias, and others Jeremias, or one of the prophets. Jesus saith to them: But whom do ye say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said: Thou art Christ the Son of the living God. And Jesus answering, said to him: Blessed art thou Simon Bar-Jona: because flesh and blood hath not revealed it to thee, but my Father who is in heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in hea
St. James's Day.
SANCTIFY, O Lord, and preserve thy people: that being assisted by James, thy apostle, they
may please thee in their conduet of life, and always serve thee with a stedfast faith. Thro'.
The Epistle. 1 Cor. iv. 9. 15.
Brethren: I think that God has set forth us apostles, the last, as it were men appointed to death: because we are made a spectacle to the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools
for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ: we are weak, but you are strong: you are honourable, but we are without honour. Even unto this hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked, and are buffetted, and have no fixed abode. And we labour working with our own hands: we are reviled, and we bless: we are persecuted, and we suffer it. We are blasphemed, and we intreat: we are made as the refuse of this world, the offscouring of all even until now. I write not these things to confound you: but I admonish you as my dearest children: for if you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet not many fathers. For in Christ Jesus by the gospel I have begotten you.
The Gospel. Matt. xx. 20. 23.
At that time: There came to him the mother of the sons of Zebedee with her sons, worshipping and desiring something of him. And he said to her: What wilt thou? She saith to him: Say that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left, in thy kingdom. But Jesus answered, and said: You know not what you ask. Can you drink of the chalice that I shall drink? They say to him: We can. He saith to them: Of my chalice indeed you shall drink : but to sit on my right hand or left hand, is got mine to give you, but to them for whom it is prepared by my Father.
St. Anne's Day.
O GOD, who by thy grace was pleased to choose blessed Anne to be the mother of the Virgin Mary; mercifully grant that we, who celebrate her festival, may be helped by her prayers to thee. Thro'.
For the Epistle. Prov. xxxi. 10. 31.
WHO shall find a valiant woman? the price of her is as of things brought from afar off, and from the uttermost coasts. The heart of her husband trusteth in her, and he shall have no need of spoils. She will render him good, and not evil, all the days of her life. She hath sought wool and flax, and hath wrought by the counsel of her hands. She is like the merchant's ship, she bringeth her bread from afar. And she hath risen in the night, and given prey to her household, and victuals to her maidens. She hath considered a field, and bought it; with the fruit of her hands she hath planted a vineyard. She hath girded her loins with strength, and hath strengthened her arm. She hath tasted and seen that her trafic is good; her lamp shall not be put out in the night. She hath put out her hands to strong things, and her fingers have taken hold of the spindle. She hath opened her hand to the needy, and stretched out her hands to the poor. She shall not fear for her house in the cold of snow, for all her domestics are clothed with double garments. She hath made for herself clothing of tapestry fine linen and purple is her covering. Her husband is honourable in the gates, when he sitteth among the senators of the land. She made fine linen, and sold it, and delivered a girdle to the Chananite. Strength and beauty are her clothing, and she shall laugh in the latter day.
She hath opened her mouth to wisdom, and the law of clemency is on her tongue. She hath looked well to the paths of her house, and hath not eaten her bread idle. Her children rose up, and called her blessed her husband, and he praised her. Many daughters have gathered together riches: thou hast surpassed them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: the woman that feareth the Lord she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.
The Gospel. Matt. xiii. 44. 52.
At that time: Jesus spoke to his disciples this parable: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a treasure hidden in a field: which when a inan hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a merchant seeking good pearls. Who when he had found one pearl of great price, went his way, and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like to a net cast into the sea, and gathering together of all kinds of fishes. Which, when it was filled, they drew out, and sitting by the shore, they chose out the good into vessels, but the bad they cast forth. So shall it be at the end of the world. The Angels shall go out, and shall separate the wicked from among the just: And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have ye understood all these things? They said to him; yea. He said to them: Therefore every scribe instructed in the kingdom of heaven, is like to a man that is a householder, who bringeth forth out of his treasures new things and old.