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Show the Light of Thy Countenance, and we shall be whole.
The heathen shall fear Thy Name, o 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, LAMB of God, who 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 rejoice.
Becomes the Eternal's bed;
And He who feeds each smallest bird,
Himself with milk is fed.
The hosts angelic sing ;
Their Shepherd and their King.
Thou Virgin's Holy Son !
PSALM XIX. Cæli enarrant.
The Heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth His handywork.
One day telleth another : and one night certifieth another.
There is neither speech nor language: but their voices are heard among them.
Their sound is gone out into all lands: and their words into the ends of the world.
In them hath He set a tabernacle for the sun : which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
He goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again : and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of the LORD is an undefiled law, converting the soul : the testimony of the LORD is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, and rejoice the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
The fear of the LORD is clean, and endureth for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is Thy servant taught: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can tell how oft he offendeth: 0 cleanse Thou me from my secret faults.
Keep Thy servant also from presumptuous
hey get the dominion over me: so shall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart: be always acceptable in Thy sight,
O LORD: my Strength and my Redeemer.
Glory be to the Father, &c.