Little Office of the
Blessed Virgin

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Office I (Candlemas to Advent), 1910 Roman calendar

Prayers Before the Office

O Lord, open Thou my mouth, that it may bless Thy holy name; cleanse my heart, too, from all vain, evil, or wandering thoughts. Enlighten mine understanding, kindle mine affections, that I may be able to say this Office meetly with attention and devotion and may deserve to be heard before the presence of Thy divine Majesty. Through Christ our Lord.

℟ Amen.

O Lord, in union with that divine intention wherewith Thou Thyself, while on earth, didst offer praises unto God, I offer these Hours unto Thee.

Introduction

The Hail Mary is prayed silently.

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.

℣ O God, ✠ hasten to mine aid

℟ 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. (outside lent:) Alleluia. (from Septuagesima to Holy Saturday:) Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of glory everlasting.

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 love, 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.

Ant. Thou art beautiful.

Psalm 125

  • When the Lord turned again the captivity of Sion, we became like men consoled.
  • Then was our mouth filled with gladness, and our tongue with joy.
  • Then shall they say among the Gentiles: The Lord hath done great things for them.
  • The Lord hath done great, things for us: we are become joyful.
  • Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as a river in the south.
  • They that sow in tears, shall reap in joy.
  • They went forth on their way and wept, scattering their seed.
  • But returning they shall come with joy, bringing their sheaves with them.
  • 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 126

  • Unless the Lord build a house, they labor in vain that build it.
  • Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.
  • In vain do ye rise before the light: rise not till ye have rested, O ye that eat the bread of sorrow.
  • When He giveth sleep to His beloved: lo, children are an heritage from the Lord, and the fruit of the womb a reward.
  • Like as arrows in the hand of the mighty One, so are the children of those who have been cast out.
  • Blessed is the man whose desire is satisfied with them: he shall not be confounded when he speaketh with his enemies in the gate.
  • 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 127

  • Blessed are all they that fear the Lord, that walk in His ways.
  • For thou shalt eat the labors of thy hands: blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee.
  • Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine on the walls of thy house.
  • Thy children as olive plants, round about thy table.
  • Behold, thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.
  • May the Lord bless thee out of Sion, and mayest thou see the good things of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
  • Mayest thou see thy children's children, and peace upon 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.

Little Chapter

Sirach 24:19-20

In the ways, like cinnamon and aromatic balm, I gave forth a sweet fragrance: like the choicest myrrh, I yielded a sweet smell.

℟ Thanks be to God.

℣ After childbirth, O Virgin, thou didst remain inviolate.

℟ Plead for us, O Mother of God.

Lord, have mercy on us.

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

Prayer

℣ O Lord, hear my prayer.

℟ And let my cry come unto Thee.

Let us pray.

Forgive, O Lord, we beseech Thee, the sins of Thy servants; so that we who cannot become pleasing to Thee from our own actions, may be saved by the pleading of the Mother of Thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.

Amen.

Conclusion

℣ O Lord, hear my prayer.

℟ And let my cry come unto Thee.

℣ Let us bless the Lord.

℟ Thanks be to God.

℣ May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

℟ Amen.

Prayers After the Office

To the most holy and undivided Trinity, to the manhood of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ, to the fruitful virginity of the most blessed and glorious Mary, ever a virgin, to the entire assembly of the saints, be ascribed everlasting praise, honor, power, and glory, by every creature; and to us be granted the remission of all our sins, world without end.

℟ Amen.

℣ Blessed is the Virgin Mary's womb, which bore the Son of the everlasting Father.

℟ And blessed are the breasts which nourished Christ our Lord.

Pater, Ave, and Credo, in silence.

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation: But deliver us from evil. Amen.

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.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried: he descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven; sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty: from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins. The resurrection of the body. And life everlasting. Amen.

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