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quickly turn aside from the way that I have commanded you: and evils shall come upon you in the latter times, when you shall do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him by the works of your hands. Moses therefore spoke, in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel, the words of this cànticle, and finished it even to the end.
TRACT. Deut. xxxi.--Hear, O ye heavens, and I will speak: let the earth give ear to the words of my mouth. V. Let what I say be looked for like rain: and let my words drop down like dew. V. Like the shower upon the grass, and the snow upon the dry herb: for I will call upon the name of the Lord. V. Publish the greatness of our God: he is God; his works are perfect, and all his ways are justice, V. God is faithful, in whom there is no iniquity: the Lord is just and holy. · Pr. Let us pray. Deac. Let us kneel down.
Subd. Stand up again. PRAYER. Deus, celsitudo.- O God, who raisest the humble, and givest strength to the righteous : and who by thy holy servant Moses, wast pleased 80 to instruct thy people by the singing of the sacred canticle, that the repetition of the law might be also our direction: shew thy power to all the multitude of Gentiles justified by thee, and, by mitigating thy terrors, grant them joy: that all their sins heinig pardoned by thee, the threatened vengeance may contribute to their salvation. Tbro'. R. Amen.
XII. PROPHECY. Dan. iii.--In those days : King Nabuchodonosor made a statue of gold, of sixty cubits high, and six cubits broad, and he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babyloni, Then Nabuchodonosor the king sent to call together the nobles, the magistrates, and the judges, the captains, the rulers, and governors, and all, the chief men of the provinces, to come to the dedica
tion of the statue which king Nabuchodonosor had set up. Then the nobles, the magistrates, and the julges, the captains, and rulers, and the great men that were placed in authority, and all the princes of the provinces, were gathered together to come to the delication of the statue which king Nebuchodonosor had set up. And they stood before the statue which king Nabuchodonosor had set up.com Then a herall cried with a strong voice: To you it is' commaniled, 0 nations, tribes, and languages : that in the hour that you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, and ef the flute, and of the harp, of the sackbut, and of the psaltery, and of the symphony, and of all kind of music; je fall down and adore the golden statue which king Nabuchodonosor hath set up. But if any man should not fall down and adore, he shall the same hour be cast into a furnace of burning fire. Upon this, therefore, at the time when all the people heard the sound of the trumpet, the flute and the harp, of the sackbut, and the psaltery, of the symphony, and of all kind of music; all the nations, tribes and languages, fell down and adored the golden statue, which king Nabuchodonosor had set up. And presently, at that very time some Chaldeans came and accused the Jews: and said to king Nabuchoclonoscr: O king, live for erer: Thou, o king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the trumpet, the flute, and the harp, of the sackbut, and the psaltery, of the symphony, and of all kind of music, shall prostrate himself, and adore the golden statue : and that if any inan shall not fall down and adore, he should be cast into a furnace of burning fire. Now there are certain Jews, whom thou hast set over the works of the province of Babylon, Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago: these men, ( king, have slighted thy decree: they worship not thy gods nor do they ariore the goller statue which thou hast set up.com
T'hen Nabuchodonosor, in fury, and in wrath, corn: manded that Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, should be brought; who immediately were brought before the king. And Nabuchodonosor the king spoke to them, and said: Is it true, O Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, that you do not worship my gods, nor adore the golden statue that I have set up? Now therefore if you be ready, at what hour soever you shall hear the sound of the trumpet, flute, harp, sackbut, and psaltery, and symphony, and of all kind of music, prostrate yourselves, and adore the statue which I have made : but if you do not adore, you shall be cast in the same hour into the furnace of burning fire: and who is the God that shall deliver you out of my hand ? Sidrach, Misach, and Abellnago answered and said to king Nabuchodonosor : We have no occasion to answer the concerning this matter. For behold our God, whom we worship, is able to save us from the furnace of burning fire, and to deliver us out of thy hands, o king. But if he will not, be it known to thee, O king, that We will not worship thy gods, nor adore the golden statue which thou hast set up. Then was Nabuchów donosor filled with fury: and the countenance of his face was changed against Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, and he commanded that the furnace should be heated seven times more than it had been accustomed to be heated. And he commanded the strongest men that were in his army, to bind the feet of Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, and to cast them into the furnace of burning fire. And immediately these men were bound and were cast into
the furnace of burning fire, with their coats and their · caps, and their shoes, and their garments. For the
king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace was heated exceedingly. - 'And the flame of the fire alew those men that had cast in Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago. But these three men, that is, Sidrach,
Misach, and Abednago, fell down bound in the midst of the furnace of burning fire. And they walked in the midst of the flame praising God, and blessing the Lord.
Let us pray. Omnipotens. O Almighty and eternal God, the only hope of
the world, who, by the voice of thy prophets, has manifested the mysteries of this present time: graciously increase the desires of thy people ;, since none of the faithful can advance in any virtue with out thy inspiration. Thro'. R. Amen. ,
· The BLESSING of the FONT. Then the Celebrant goes towards the Font, is said the
TRACT. As the heart panteth after the fountains of water;, so my soul panteth after thee, O God, Y. My soul hath thirsted after the living God: when shall I, come and appear before the face of God? V. My tears have been my bread day and night, while they say to me every day: Where is now thy God?, The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit,
Let us pray. Concede. QRANT, we beseech thee, 0 Almighty God,
that we, who celebrate the gift of the Holy Ghost, may, by the inspiration of heaven, earnestly thirst after the fountain of life. Thro'. . . . in unity of the same.
When the Priest comes to the Font. *** The Lord be with you. R. And with thy spirit.
Almighty and eternal God, be present at these V mystcries, be present at these sacraments of • thy great goodness: and send forth the spirit of thy
adoption to regenerate the new people, whom the - font of baptism bringeth forth: that what is to be
done by the ministry of us thy servants, may be accomplished by the effect of thy power. Thro', A Amen.
. The Lord be with you. N. And with thy
spírit. V. Raise up your hearts on high. R. We have them raised up to the Lord. v. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R. It is meet and just. TT is truly meet and just, right and available to I salvation, to give thee thanks always, and in all places, O holy Lord, almighty Father, and eternal God: who, by thy invisible power, dost wonderfully produce the effects of thy sacraments: and, though we are unworthy to administer such great mysteries, yet, as thou dost not abandon the gitts of thy grace, so thou inclinest the ears of thy goodness even to our prayers. O God, whose spirit in the very beginning of the world moved upon the waters; that even then the nature of water might receive the virtue of sanctification: O God, who by water didst wash away the crimes of a guilty world, and by the overflowing of the deluge didst give us & figure of regeneration; that one and the same element inight, in a mystery, be the end of vice, and Ne origin of virtue: look down, O Lord, on thy Church, and niultiply in her thy regenerations, who by the streams of thy abundant grace, fillest thy city with joy, and openest the fonts of baptism all over the world for the renewal of the Gentiles; that by the command of thy majesty it may receive the grace of thy Son from the Holy Ghost. Here the Priest divides the Water in the form of a
Cross. Who, by a secret mixture of his divine virtue, nay render this water fruitful for the regeneration of men: to the end that those, who are to be sancti. fied in the immaculate womb of this divine font, and are to be born again new creatures, may come forth a heavenly offspring; and that all, however, distinguished by age in time, or sex in body, may he brought forth to the same infancy by grace, their spiritual mother. Therefore may all unclean spirits, by thy cominand, O Lord, depart froin hence :