Ave Maria, etc, in silence.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

The Ave Maria is always said at the beginning of each of the Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


V. Convert us, O God, our Saviour.
R. And turn away Thine anger from us.
V. O God, + hasten to mine aid.
R. O Lord, + make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.



Psalm CXXVIII
Confidence in God; the persecutors
of the Church come to nothing


      Often have they fought against me from my youth; let Israel now say.
      Often have they fought against me from my youth; but they could not prevail against me.
      The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have prolonged their iniquity.
      The just Lord hath hewn asunder the necks of sinners : let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Sion.
      Let them be as grass of the house-tops, which withereth before it be plucked up.
      Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand ; nor he that gathereth the sheaves, his bosom.
      And they that pass by say not: The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Psalm CXXIX
Prayer of a sinner trusting in the mercies of God

      Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice.
      O, let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
      If Thou, O Lord, wilt observe iniquities, Lord, who shall stand it?
      For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness; and by reason of Thy law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
      My soul hath relied on His word.
      My soul hath hoped in the Lord.
      From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
      For with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
      And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Psalm CXXX
A psalm of childlike resignation to God's will

      O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; nor are mine eyes lofty.
      Neither do I walk in great matters, nor in things too wonderful for me.
      If I have not been humbly minded, but have lifted up my soul,
      As a child that is weaned upon his mother's breast, so let my reward be in my soul.
      Let Israel hope in the Lord, from this time forth for evermore.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.




Hymn:     

Remember, O Creator Lord,
That in the Virgin's sacred womb
Thou wast conceived, and of her flesh
Didst our mortality assume.

Mother of grace! O Mary blest!
To thee, sweet fount of life, we fly;
Shield us through life, and take us hence
To thy dear bosom, when we die.

O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee ;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.



Little Chapter: Ecclus. xxiv

I am the Mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.

R. Thanks be to God.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Ant. How great the mystery of our inheritance!



Canticle of Simeon: Luke ii.

      Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace:
      Because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation,
      Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples:
      A light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Ant. How great the mystery of our inheritance! The womb of one that knoweth not man hath become the temple of God! He was not defiled in taking flesh of her. All nations shall come and shall say: Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray:


O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast given to mankind the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession for us, by whom we deserved to receive the Author of life, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.

R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.



The Blessing     

May the almighty and merciful Lord, + Father and Son and Holy Ghost, bless and keep us.
R. Amen.



Alma Redemptoris Mater
Anthem of the Blessed Virgin Mary


      Mother of Christ! hear thou thy people's cry.
      Star of the deep, and portal of the sky,
      Mother of Him Who thee from nothing made.
      Sinking we strive and call to thee for aid:
      Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
      Pure Virgin first and last, look on our misery.

Let us pray:

O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast given to mankind the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession for us, by whom we deserved to receive the Author of life, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.

R. Amen.
V. May the divine assistance remain
always with us.
R. Amen.

Pater, Ave, and Credo, in silence.




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