Mary's Little Office

Sunday, December 17, 2017

6 P.M. - Vespers or Evening Prayer

V. O Lady, make speed to befriend me. 
R. From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me. 
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.—Amen. 



Hail, dial of Achaz, 
On thee the true Sun 
Told backward the course 
Which from old he had run. 

And that man might be rais'd. 
Submitting to shame, 
A little more low 
Than the Angels became. 

Thou, wrapt in the blaze
Of His infinite light, 
Dost shine as the morn 
On the confines of night. 

As the moon on the lost 
Through obscurity dawns; 
The serpent's destroyer; 
A lily 'mid thorns.Amen. 

V. I made an unfailing light to arise in heaven. 
R. And, as a mist, I overspread the whole earth. 
V. O Lady, hear my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 

Let Us Pray. 

Holy Mary, Queen of heaven, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despisest no one; look upon me, O Lady, with an eye of pity, and entreat for me, of thy beloved Son, the forgiveness of all my sins; that as I now celebrate with devout affection thy holy and Immaculate Conception, so, hereafter, I may receive the prize of eternal blessedness, by the grace of Him whom thou, in virginity, didst bring forth, Jesus Christ our Lord; Who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end.—Amen. 

V. O Lady, hear my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 
V. Let us bless the Lord. 
R. Thanks be to God. 
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. 
R. Amen.

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