This is the proper from the Sarum missal, which does not correspond with the Rorate Mass in the Roman missal. This Rorate Mass, sometimes called the Golden Mass, was celebrated last Ember Wednesday.
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Fourth Sunday in Advent.
At Mass. Office.
Remember us, O Lord, according to the favour that thou bearest unto thy people ; O visit us with thy salvation ; that we may see the felicity of thy chosen ; and rejoice in the gladness of thy people, and give thanks with thine inheritance.
Ps. We have sinned with our fathers, we have done amiss, and dealt wickedly.
Lord have mercy upon us.
O Lord, raise up, we pray thee, thy power and come, and with great might succour us, that whereas through our sins we are sore let and hindered, thy bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us. Who livest etc.
Epistle. Phil. iv. 4 to 7.
Rejoice in the Lord … in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him : yea, all such as call upon him faithfully. V. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord : and let all flesh give thanks unto his holy name.
Alleluya. V. Come, Lord, and tarry not ; forgive the sins of thy people.
Before the all-creating Lord
Let us rejoice with one accord,
Who made the worlds, the beaming sky,
The stars that glitter variously ;
The sun, creation’s central light.
The moon which softly decks the night,
All other orbs that gleam around.
Sea, land, hills, plains, and deeps profound ;
The air, where fly the feather’d tribes,
The winds go forth, the tempest rides ;
All, now and ever, thee alone.
Ceaselessly praising, Father own ;
Who to this lower earth hast sent
Thine only Son, all innocent.
Bringing salvation from on high,
For our transgressions here to die.
To thee, blest Trinity, we pray,
Guide all our goings in thy way,
Control our wills, our hearts revive,
To our offences pardon give.
Gospel. St. John i. 19 – 28.
The Jews sent . . . John was baptizing.
Be strong, fear not ; behold our God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense ; he will come and save us. V. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.
We beseech thee, O Lord, look graciously upon this present sacrifice, and grant that by it we may be purified to take part in the nativity of thy Son, Through etc.
Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel.
Accompany thy people, we beseech thee, O Lord, with the plenteousness of thy gifts, that they being defended from all evil by the virtue of thy sacraments, may be prepared both in mind and body to celebrate the ineffable mystery. Through etc.