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Double of II Class with simple Octave

INTROIT. Ex ore infantium. Ps. 8.
Out of the mouth of very babes, O God, and of sucklings hast thou perfected praise: because of thine adversaries. Ps. ibid. O Lord our Governour: how excellent is thy Name in all the world. V. Glory be.

Gloria in excelsis is not said, nor Alleluia, nor Depart in peace, unless this Feast occur on Sunday, or be celebrated as a I Class Double; but on Octave they are always said.

Almighty God, who out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast ordained strength, and madest infants to glorify thee by their deaths: mortify and kill all vices in us; and so strengthen us by thy grace, that by the innocency of our lives, and constancy of our faith even unto death, we may glorify thy holy Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. [Who.]

COLLECT OF THE NATIVITY as on Saint Stephen's Day.

EPISTLE. Revelation 14:1-5
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

GRADUAL. Ps. 124. Our souls escaped: even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler. V. The snare is broken and we are delivered. Our help standeth in the name of the Lord, who hath made heaven and earth.

¶ The following Alleluia with its verse is said whenever this Feast falls on a Sunday, or has the rank of Double of I Class. But it is always said on the Octave Day, and in Votive Masses before Septuagesima, and after Pentecost.

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Ps. 113. Praise the Lord, ye children: O praise the Name of the Lord. Alleluia.

The Tract is not said when Alleluia is said as above.

TRACT. Ps. 79. The blood of thy Saints have they shed like water on every side of Jerusalem. V. And there was no man to bury them. Avenge, O Lord, the blood of thy Saints, that is shed upon the earth.

¶ In Votive Masses in Eastertide, instead of the Gradual is said the Alleluia as above, and then

V. Ecclus. 39. Thy Saints, O Lord, shall flourish like the lily, and shall be even as the odour of balsam before thee. Alleluia.

GOSPEL St. Matthew 2:13-18
13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.
17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying,
18 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not. The Creed is said on account of the Octave.

OFFERTORY. Ps. 124. Our soul is escaped even as a bird out of the snare of the fowler: the snare is broken and we are delivered.

Grant, O Lord, we pray thee, that the devout prayers of thy Saints may never fail to succour and defend us: that these our oblations may be rendered acceptable in thy sight; and that we may be made worthy to obtain for our sins the pardon of thy mercy. Through.

SECRET OF THE NATIVITY as on Saint Stephen's Day.

PREFACE and CANON of Christmas.

COMMUNION. St. Matt. 2. In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation and weeping, and great mourning; Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

we beseech thee, O Lord, that the gifts which we have received in these holy mysteries: may at the intercession of thy Saints, effectually avail for our succour both in this life and in that which is to come. Through.


¶ Within the Octave of Holy Innocents nothing is said of that Feast.




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