Little Office of the
Blessed Virgin

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Office III (Christmas To Candlemas), 1962 Roman calendar

Introduction

℣ 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. Behold, Mary, hath brought us forth a Saviour, Whom when John saw, he cried aloud, saying: Behold the Lamb of God! Behold Him Who taketh away the sins of the world, Alleluia.

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.

Ant. Behold, Mary, hath brought us forth a Saviour, Whom when John saw, he cried aloud, saying: Behold the Lamb of God! Behold Him Who taketh away the sins of the world, Alleluia.

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.

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.

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