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. Lord, Thou shalt open my lips.
R. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise.
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.

Following the Rubrics:
From Septuagesima Sunday (February 12th, 2017) until Holy Saturday (April 15th, 2017), instead of Alleluia, is said:


Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of
everlasting glory.



Invitatory

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.





Psalm XCIV
An invitation to praise God,
and to obey Him


      O come, let us exult in the Lord; let us rejoice before God our Saviour. Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving; and rejoice before Him with psalms.
      Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
      For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods; for the Lord will not cast off His people, for in His hand are all the ends of the earth ; and the heights of the mountains He beholdeth.
      The Lord is with thee.
      For the sea is His, and He made it; and His hands formed the dryland. Come, let us worship and fall down before God; let us weep before the Lord that made us; for He is the Lord our God; and we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
      Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee.
      Today if ye shall hear His voice, harden not your hearts; as in the provocation, according to the day of temptation in the wilderness: where your fathers tempted Me, proved and saw My works.
      The Lord is with thee.
      Forty years long was I nigh unto that generation, and said: They do always err in their heart; and they have not known My ways, to whom I swore in My wrath that they should not enter into My rest.
      Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

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.

      The Lord is with thee.
      Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.



Hymn

The Lord, Whom earth, and air, and sea
With one adoring voice resound;
Who rules them all in majesty;
In Mary's heart a cloister found.

Lo! in a humble virgin's womb
Overshadowed by almighty power,
He Whom the stars, and sun, and moon,
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O Mother blest, to whom was given
Within thy compass to contain
The Architect of earth and heaven,
Whose hands the universe sustain!

To thee was sent an angel down;
In thee the Spirit was enshrined;
From thee came forth that mighty One,
The long-desired of all mankind.

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





Matins concludes with one of the following
sets of Psalms which correspond
to the day of the week.



Sunday, Monday and Thursday

Tuesday and Friday

Wednesday and Saturday






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