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Lord was pleased to bruise him in infirmity; . if he shall lay down his life for sin, he shall see a long-lived seed; and the will of the Lord shall be prosperous in his hand.
R. All this, O divine Saviour! thou taughtest thy holy prophets, to prepare the world for thy coming. All this and infinitely more hast thou verified in thy sacred person; subjecting thyself, for the love of us, to pains, afflictions and humiliations of every kind. *O all ye that pass by the way, behold and see if there be grief like to my grief!
V. I was betrayed, bound and led away captive; I was reviled, buffeted, and scornfully spit upon; I was scourged and condemned to a cruel death; I was crowned with thorps, and crucified among thieves. O all ye, &c.
Lesson 2.-Jer. 2. Joel 2. Pass over to the isles of Cethim, and see; and send into Cedar and consider diligently; and see if there hath been done any thing like this; if a nation have changed their gods, and
indeed they are not gods; but my people have changed their glory into an idol. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this! and, ye gates thereof, be very desolate! saith the Lord. For my people have done two evils. They have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and have digged to themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which can hold no water. Is Israel a bondman, or a home-born slave? why then is he become a prey? Hath not this been done to thee, because thou hast forsaken the Lord at that time when he led thee by the way? Know thou and see, that it is an evil and a bitter thing to have left the Lord thy God. Now, therefore, saith the Lord; be converted to me with all your heart, in fasting, and in weeping, and in mourning. And rend your hearts and not your garments, and turn to the Lord your God; for he is gracious and merciful, patient and rich in mercy, and ready to repent of the evil. And it shall come to pass, that every one who shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
R. Who will give water to my head, and a fountain of tears to my eyes, that day and night I may mourn for the sufferings of my redeemer, and deplore the sins that caused them! *O adorable Saviour! grant us a hearty sorrow for having offended thee, and the grace to co-operate with thy goodness in the expiation of our sins.
V, Thou hast instructed us how to do this, inculcating by thy own example the practice of self-denial; fasting, praying and humbling thyself unto death, even the death of the cross. O adorable Saviour! grant us. &c.
LESSON 3.—Heb. 5. Every high-priest taken from among men, is appointed for men in the things that appertain to God, that he may offer up gifts and sacrifices for sin: who can have compassion on those who are ignorant and err; because he himself also is encompassed with infirmity; and therefore he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. Neither doth any man take the honor to himself, but he who is called by God, as Aaron was. So also
Christ did not glorify himself to be made a high-priest; but he who said to him: Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place: Thou art a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech. Who in the days of his flesh, offering up prayers and supplications, to him who was able to save him from death, was heard for his reverence. And whereas indeed he was the Son of God, he learned obedience by the things which he suffered: and being consummated, he became the cause of eternal salvation to all those who obey him.
R. Christ being present, a high-priest of the good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, entered once into the sanctuary, having obtained eternal redemption. *He is, therefore, the mediator of the new testament; that, by his death, they who are called may receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
V. If the blood of goats and of oxen sanctifies such as are defiled, to the cleansing of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of
Christ cleanse our consciences from dead works? He is, &c. Glory be to the Father, &c. He is, &c.
Te Deum, 37.
Our Father, &c. 39. Ant. Far be it from us to glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Psalm LXX. Can we rejoice, my soul! on this solemn day? shall we not mourn over the sufferings of our dear redeemer?
How excessive thy goodness, O Lord! to afford us in thy own sorrows a source of joy and happiness!
Thou forbiddest thy followers to weep for thee, and reservest to thyself alone the burthen of thy affliction.
Thou invitest the whole world to glory in