Little Office of the
Blessed Virgin

Terce

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. The Virgin Mary.

Psalm 119

  • When I was in trouble, I cried unto the Lord: and He heard me.
  • O Lord, deliver my soul from wicked lips and from a deceitful tongue.
  • What shall be given unto Thee, or what shall be added unto Thee, to a deceitful tongue?
  • Sharp arrows of the mighty One, with destroying coals.
  • Woe is me, that my sojourn is prolonged: I have dwelt with the inhabitants of Cedar: my soul hath long been a sojourner.
  • With them that hated peace I was peaceable: when I spake unto them, they fought against me without cause.
  • 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 120

  • I have lifted up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence my help shall come.
  • My help is from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
  • Let Him not suffer thy foot to be moved; neither let Him slumber that keepeth thee.
  • Behold, He that keepeth Israel, shall neither slumber nor sleep.
  • The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy defence upon thy right hand.
  • The sun shall not burn thee by day, nor the moon by night.
  • The Lord keepeth thee from all evil: may the Lord keep thy soul.
  • May the Lord keep thy coming in, and thy going out, 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.

Psalm 121

  • I was glad at the things that were said unto me: We will go into the house of the Lord.
  • Our feet were standing within thy courts, O Jerusalem.
  • Jerusalem, which is built as a city, that is compact together.
  • For thither the tribes went up, the tribes of the Lord: an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
  • For there are setup thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
  • Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem; and plenty be to them that love Thee.
  • Let peace be in Thy stronghold, and plenty in Thy towers.
  • For my brethren and my neighbors' sake, I spake peace concerning thee.
  • For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for 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.

Ant. The Virgin Mary * is taken up into the heavenly bridechamber, where the King of kings sitteth on a starry throne.

Little Chapter

Sirach 24:15

And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested; and my power was in Jerusalem.

℟ Thanks be to God.

℣ Grace is poured forth upon thy lips.

℟ Wherefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

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.

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.

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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