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self and with all others : Reconciliation to the FATHER, the remission of sins, victory over Satan, subjection of the flesh to the Spirit, and “ good-will” from the ALMIGHTY to all “men of good-will."
O most gracious SAVIOUR, give me this good-will which Thou offerest us, that I may deny my own will, and follow Thine, which is holy, pleasing, and perfect, and the beginning of all good in me.
But who sent these “tidings of great joy ?” The Eternal FATHER, to honour His Son, and to show how He loved the world. I humbly thank Thee, therefore, O Heavenly FATHER, for this gift of Thy dear Son. Well hath He merited that Thou shouldest honour Him, since He hath humbled Himself to honour Thee. And 0 teach me to sing this hymn of Thy Angels, with the same spirit with which they sang it.
O Prince of Peace, lift up my heart that I may glorify Thee upon earth, that whatever I shall say or do, whether of myself, or for others, may be to Thy glory, without seeking mine own; and that from my. mouth and heart this word may never depart, “ Glory to God.” • Glory to the FATHER, for having given us His Son.
Glory to the Son, for having become man for our redemption.
And Glory to the Holy Ghost, from Whose love this work did proceed. Amen.
Make haste and tarry not, O LORD.
Come, LORD, and release Thy people from their sins.
Receive the Word, Virgin Mary, which is sent to thee from the LORD by the Angel, thou shalt conceive and bring forth Him that is both God and man; that thou mayest be called Blessed among women.
For thou shalt bring forth a Son, and suffer no loss of Virginity; thou shalt be with Child, and be the Mother ever undefiled.
The LORD shall arise upon thee, O Jerusalem,
And His Glory shall be seen upon thee.
Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the Just.
Let the earth be opened, and bud forth a SAVIOUR.
Lift up thine eyes, O Jerusalem, and behold the greatness of thy King:
Behold, the SAVIOUR cometh to loose thee from thy chains.
O LORD, show thy mercy upon us.
Remember me, O LORD, according to the favour that Thou bearest unto Thy people.
And visit me with Thy salvation,
Come and deliver us, o LORD God of hosts.
Show the Light of Thy Countenance, and we shall be whole.
The heathen shall fear Thy Name, O LORD;
And all the Kings of the earth Thy Majesty.
Bow down Thine ear, O LORD, to our prayer, we beseech Thee, and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation ; Who livest and reignest with the FATHER and the HOLY SPIRIT, one God, blessed for ever. Amen.
LITANY FOR CHRISTMAS EVE.
Infant, Begotten before the Morning Star;
Infant, Word made flesh;
on us. Have mercy and Have mercy come among us.
Have mercy, and come
Infant, Wisdom of Thy FATHER;
Infant JESUS, L'AMB of God, Whó takest away the sins of the world ;
Have mercy on us. O LORD JESUS, Who didst vouchsafe so to annihilate the greatness of Thy Incarnate Divinity and most Sacred Humanity, as to be born in time, and become a Little Child; grant that we may acknowledge Infinite Wisdom in the silence of a Child, Omnipotence in weakness, Majesty in abasement; so that adoring Thy humiliations on earth, we may contemplate Thy glories in Heaven, Who with the Father and the HOLY GHOST, livest and reignest, God for ever and ever. Amen.
O LORD, be near to us, and to all who look for Thee in truth, that at the Coming of Thy Son our LORD, we may be presented unto Thee with deeds well pleasing in Thy sight, through the same JESUS CHRIST our LORD. Amen.
Grant, O God, that we who celebrate the Nativity of Thine Only-Begotten Son, may have new life in Him, through Whose heavenly mystery we have the true Meat, and the true Drink, even the Body and Blood of Thy Son our LORD. Amen.
Our FATHER, &c.
From the far blazing gate of morn,
To earth's remotest shore,
Whom holy Mary bore.
LORD of eternal years,
A creature's form appears.
With heavenly grace He fills ;
And there in secret dwells.
Becomes, O blest reward !
The temple of the LORD.
By an Archangel's voice;
And in the womb rejotce.
Becomes the Eternal's bed;