Mary's Little Office

TERCE - 9 A.M.

V. O Lady, make speed to befriend me. 
R. From the hands of the enemy powerfully 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, Solomon's Throne,
     Pure ark of the law,
Fair Rainbow, and Bush
     Which the Patriarch saw.

Hail Gideon's fleece;

     Hail blossoming Rod,
Samson's sweet honeycomb,
     Portal of God.

Well fitting it was,

     That a Son so divine
Should preserve from all touch
     Of original sin,

Nor suffer by smallest
     Defect to be stain'd
That Mother, whom He
     For Himself had ordain'd.

V. I dwell in the highest.
R. And my throne is on the pillar of the clouds.
V. O Lady, recommend my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 

Let Us Pray. 

O Holy Mary, Queen of heaven, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despises 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 Conceptionso 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 unity, God, world without end.  Amen.  

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