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Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday - Morning Prayer

Please note that unless the Saturday Memorial of the Virgin Mary is an obligatory memorial by local rule, it has the rank of an optional memorial and thus may not be celebrated when an Obligatory Memorial, Feast, or Solemnity occurs.

INVITATORY

The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

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Go to the Hymn

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go to the Hymn

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary.
or: Let us sing to the Lord as we keep this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.

HYMN

O Glorious Lady, throned in rest,
Amidst the starry host above,
Who gavest nurture from thy breast
To God, with pure maternal love.

What we had lost through sinful Eve
The Blossom sprung from thee restores,
And, granting bliss to souls that grieve,
Unbars the everlasting doors.

O Gate, through which hath passed the King,
O Hall, whence Light shone though the gloom;
The ransomed nations praise and sing
Life given from the Virgin womb.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesus, Virgin-born to thee!
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen

Tune: Emmanuel L.M.
Music: Carl C. N. Balle, 1806-1855
Text: O gloriosa Domina, Venantius Fortunatus, 530-609
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


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Or:

What gleaming star of charity,
You are, O Mary, for the saints!
To us on earth, you are the fount
Of hope that cannot fade or fail.

Your pow’r such, exalted Queen,
To win the heart of Christ your Son,
That what we ask in faith, through you,
We know we surely shall obtain

Your loving tenderness will aid
Not only those who pray and plead,
But sometimes favors yet unasked
Are granted to the souls in need.

Within your heart true mercy dwells,
In you are glory, greatness, pow’r;
All goodness that creation holds
Is found with plenitude in you.

To God the Father glory be,
The Spirit and the Son be praised,
Who clothed you with a robe of grace,
Immaculate, untouched by sin. Amen.

Tune: Hebron L.M.
Music: Lowell Mason, 1830
Text: Quæ caritatis fulgidum, Anselmo Lentini, OSB, 1901-1989
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Go to Week 1 Psalms

Go to Week 2 Psalms

Go to Week 3 Psalms

Go to Week 4 Psalms

In the Psalter Week 1, the following Psalms are used.

Ant. 1 Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.

Psalm 119:145-152
XIX (Koph)

A meditation on God’s law


Loving God means keeping his commandments (1 John 5:3).

I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me, *
I will keep your commands.
I call upon you, save me *
and I will do your will.

I rise before dawn and cry for help, *
I hope in your word.
My eyes watch through the night *
to ponder your promise.

In your love hear my voice, O Lord; *
give me life by your decrees.
Those who harm me unjustly draw near: *
they are far from your law.

But you, O Lord, are close: *
your commands are truth.
Long have I known that your will *
is established for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Save us by the power of your hand, Father, for our enemies have ignored your words. May the fire of your word consume our sins and its brightness illumine our hearts.

Ant. Dawn finds me ready to welcome you, my God.

Ant. 2 The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, for he has become my Savior.

Canticle: Exodus 15:1-4a, 8-13, 17-18
Hymn of victory after the crossing of the Red Sea


Those who had conquered the beast were singing the song of Moses, God’s servant (see Revelation 15:2-3).

I will sing to the Lord, for he is gloriously triumphant; *
horse and chariot he has cast into the sea.

My strength and my courage is the Lord, *
and he has been my savior.
He is my God, I praise him; *
the God of my father, I praise him.

The Lord is a warrior, *
Lord is his name!
Pharaoh’s chariots and army he hurled into the sea. *
At a breath of your anger the waters piled up,
the flowing waters stood like a mound, *
the flood waters congealed in the midst of the sea.

The enemy boasted, “I will pursue and overtake them;
I will divide the spoils and have my fill of them; *
I will draw my sword; my hand shall despoil them!”
When your wind blew, the sea covered them; *
like lead they sank in the mighty waters.

Who is like to you among the gods, O Lord? *
Who is like to you, magnificent in holiness?
O terrible in renown, worker of wonders, *
when you stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them!

In your mercy you led the people you redeemed; *
in your strength you guided them to your holy dwelling.

And you brought them in and planted them on the mountain of your inheritance— *
the place where you made your seat, O Lord,
the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands established. *
The Lord shall reign forever and ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. The Lord is my strength, and I shall sing his praise, for he has become my Savior.

Ant. 3 O praise the Lord, all you nations.

Psalm 117
Praise for God’s loving compassion


I affirm that . . . the Gentile peoples are to praise God because of his mercy (Romans 15:8-9).

O praise the Lord, all you nations, *
acclaim him, all you peoples!

Strong is his love for us; *
he is faithful for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts for ever.

Ant. O praise the Lord, all you nations.

The Office continues with the Reading and Responsory.

Go to the Conclusion


In the Psalter Week 2, the following Psalms are used.

Ant. 1 As morning breaks we sing of your mercy, Lord, and night will find us proclaiming your fidelity.

Psalm 92
Praise of God the Creator


Sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Saint Athanasius).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.
See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just; *
in him, my rock, there is no wrong.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope, and love in your service.

Ant. As morning breaks we sing of your mercy, Lord, and night will find us proclaiming your fidelity.

Ant. 2 Extol the greatness of our God.

Canticle: Deuteronomy 32:1-12
God’s kindness to his people


How often I have longed to gather your children as a hen gathers her brood under her wing (Matthew 23:37).

Give ear, O heavens, while I speak; *
let the earth hearken to the words of my mouth!
May my instruction soak in like the rain, *
and my discourse permeate like the dew,
like a downpour upon the grass, *
like a shower upon the crops:

For I will sing the Lord’s renown. *
Oh, proclaim the greatness of our God!
The Rock—how faultless are his deeds, *
how right all his ways!
A faithful God, without deceit, *
how just and upright he is!

Yet basely has he been treated by his degenerate children, *
a perverse and crooked race!
Is the Lord to be thus repaid by you, *
O stupid and foolish people?
Is he not your father who created you? *
Has he not made you and established you?

Think back on the days of old, *
reflect on the years of age upon age.
Ask your father and he will inform you, *
ask your elders and they will tell you:

When the Most High assigned the nations their heritage, *
when he parceled out the descendants of Adam,
he set up the boundaries of the peoples *
after the number of the sons of God;
while the Lord’s own portion was Jacob, *
his hereditary share was Israel.

He found them in a wilderness, *
a wasteland of howling desert.
He shielded them and cared for them, *
guarding them as the apple of his eye.

As an eagle incites its nestlings forth *
by hovering over its brood,
so he spread his wings to receive them *
and bore them up on his pinions.
The Lord alone was their leader, *
no strange god was with him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Extol the greatness of our God.

Ant. 3 How wonderful is your name, O Lord, in all creation.

Psalm 8
The majesty of the Lord and man’s dignity


The Father gave Christ lordship of creation and made him head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).

How great is your name, O Lord our God, *
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens; *
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy, *
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, *
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind, *
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god; *
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands, *
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle, *
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish *
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God *
through all the earth!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.

Ant. How wonderful is your name, O Lord, in all creation.

The Office continues with the Reading and Responsory.

Go the the Conclusion


In the Psalter Week 3, the following Psalms are used.

Ant. 1 Lord, you are near to us, and all your ways are true.

Psalm 119:145-152
XIX (Koph)

A meditation on God’s law


Loving God means keeping his commandments (1 John 5:3).

I call with all my heart; Lord, hear me, *
I will keep your commands.
I call upon you, save me *
and I will do your will.

I rise before dawn and cry for help, *
I hope in your word.
My eyes watch through the night *
to ponder your promise.

In your love hear my voice, O Lord; *
give me life by your decrees.
Those who harm me unjustly draw near: *
they are far from your law.

But you, O Lord, are close: *
your commands are truth.
Long have I known that your will *
is established for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Save us by the power of your hand, Father, for our enemies have ignored your words. May the fire of your word consume our sins and its brightness illumine our hearts.

Ant. Lord, you are near to us, and all your ways are true.

Ant. 2 Wisdom of God, be with me, always at work in me.

Canticle: Wisdom 9:1-6, 9-11
Lord, give me wisdom


I will inspire you with wisdom which your adversaries will be unable to resist (Luke 21:15).

God of my fathers, Lord of mercy, *
you who have made all things by your word
and in your wisdom have established man *
to rule the creatures produced by you,
to govern the world in holiness and justice, *
and to render judgment in integrity of heart:

Give me Wisdom, the attendant at your throne, *
and reject me not from among your children;
for I am your servant, the son of your handmaid,
a man weak and short-lived *
and lacking in comprehension of judgment and of laws.

Indeed, though one be perfect among the sons of men,
if Wisdom, who comes from you, be not with him, *
he shall be held in no esteem.

Now with you is Wisdom, who knows your works *
and was present when you made the world;
who understands what is pleasing in your eyes *
and what is conformable with your commands.

Send her forth from your holy heavens *
and from your glorious throne dispatch her
that she may be with me and work with me, *
that I may know what is your pleasure.

For she knows and understands all things,
and will guide me discreetly in my affairs *
and safeguard me by her glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Wisdom of God, be with me, always at work in me.

Ant. 3 The Lord remains faithful to his promise for ever.

Psalm 117
Praise for God’s loving compassion


I affirm that . . . the Gentile peoples are to praise God because of his mercy (Romans 15:8-9).

O praise the Lord, all you nations, *
acclaim him all you peoples!

Strong is his love for us; *
he is faithful for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

God our Father, may all nations and peoples praise you. May Jesus, who is called faithful and true and who lives with you eternally, possess our hearts for ever.

Ant. The Lord remains faithful to his promise for ever.

The Office continues with the Reading and Responsory.

Go to the Conclusion


In the Psalter Week 4, the following Psalms are used.

Ant. 1 We do well to sing to your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Psalm 92
Praise of God the creator


Sing in praise of Christ’s redeeming work (Saint Athanasius).

It is good to give thanks to the Lord, *
to make music to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your love in the morning *
and your truth in the watches of the night,
on the ten-stringed lyre and the lute, *
with the murmuring sound of the harp.

Your deeds, O Lord, have made me glad; *
for the work of your hands I shout with joy.
O Lord, how great are your works! *
How deep are your designs!
The foolish man cannot know this *
and the fool cannot understand.

Though the wicked spring up like grass *
and all who do evil thrive:
they are doomed to be eternally destroyed. *
But you, Lord, are eternally on high.
See how your enemies perish; *
all doers of evil are scattered.

To me you give the wild-ox’s strength; *
you anoint me with the purest oil.
My eyes looked in triumph on my foes; *
my ears heard gladly of their fall.
The just will flourish like the palm-tree *
and grow like a Lebanon cedar.

Planted in the house of the Lord, *
they will flourish in the courts of our God,
still bearing fruit when they are old, *
still full of sap, still green,
to proclaim that the Lord is just. *
In him, my rock, there is no wrong

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Take our shame away from us, Lord, and make us rejoice in your saving works. May all who have been chosen by your Son always abound in works of faith, hope, and love in your service.

Ant. We do well to sing to your name, Most High, and proclaim your mercy at daybreak.

Ant. 2 I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Canticle: Ezekiel 36:24-28
The Lord will renew his people


They will be his own people, and God himself will be with them, their own God (Revelation 21:3).

I will take you away from among the nations,
gather you from all the foreign lands, *
and bring you back to your own land.

I will sprinkle clean water upon you
to cleanse you from all your impurities, *
and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

I will give you a new heart *
and place a new spirit within you,
taking from your bodies your stony hearts *
and giving you natural hearts.

I will put my spirit within you
and make you live by my statutes, *
careful to observe my decrees.

You shall live in the land I gave your fathers;
you shall be my people, *
and I will be your God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. I will create a new heart in you, and breathe into you a new spirit.

Ant. 3 On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.

Psalm 8
The majesty of the Lord and man’s dignity


The Father gave Christ lordship of creation and made him head of the Church (Ephesians 1:22).

How great is your name, O Lord our God, *
through all the earth!

Your majesty is praised above the heavens; *
on the lips of children and of babes
you have found praise to foil your enemy, *
to silence the foe and the rebel.

When I see the heavens, the work of your hands, *
the moon and the stars which you arranged,
what is man that you should keep him in mind, *
mortal man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him little less than a god; *
with glory and honor you crowned him,
gave him power over the works of your hands, *
put all things under his feet.

All of them, sheep and cattle, *
yes, even the savage beasts,
birds of the air, and fish *
that make their way through the waters.

How great is your name, O Lord our God *
through all the earth!

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Almighty Lord, how wonderful is your name. You have made every creature subject to you; make us worthy to give you service.

Ant. On the lips of children and infants you have found perfect praise.


READINGS and RESPONSORIES

Option 1

READING
Galatians 4:4-5


When the designated time had come, God sent forth his Son born of a woman, born under the law, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it, so that we might receive our status as adopted sons.

RESPONSORY

After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.
After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.

Mother of God, intercede for us;
You remained a virgin.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.

Go the Gospel Canticle

Option 2

READING
See Isaiah 61:10


I rejoice heartily in the Lord,
   in my God is the joy of my soul;
For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
   and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.

RESPONSORY

The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.

He has taken her to live with him,
his loved one from the beginning.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.

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Option 3

READING
Revelation 12:1


A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

RESPONSORY

Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
The Lord is with you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

One of the following antiphons is chosen:

1.
Let us celebrate with great devotion this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary; may she intercede for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Lord God Most High has blessed you, Virgin Mary, above all women on the earth.
3. Through you, sinless Virgin, the life we had lost was restored to us; from heaven you received a child, and you gave birth to the Savior of the world.
4. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, alleluia.
5. Holy and sinless Virgin Mary, how shall I find words to praise you, for through you we have received our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the Lord!
6. You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel; you are the fairest honor of our race.

Canticle of Zechariah
Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old
  that he would save us from our enemies, *
  from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight
   all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Antiphon

1. Let us celebrate with great devotion this day in memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary; may she intercede for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. The Lord God Most High has blessed you, Virgin Mary, above all women on the earth.
3. Through you, sinless Virgin, the life we had lost was restored to us; from heaven you received a child, and you gave birth to the Savior of the world.
4. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women, alleluia.
5. Holy and sinless Virgin Mary, how shall I find words to praise you, for through you we have received our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the Lord!
6. You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel; you are the fairest honor of our race.

INTERCESSIONS

Let us glorify our Savior, who chose the Virgin Mary for his mother. Let us ask him:
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Savior of the world, by your redeeming might you preserved your mother beforehand from all stain of sin,
keep watch over us, lest we sin.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

You are our redeemer, who made the immaculate Virgin Mary your purest home and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
make us temples of your Spirit for ever.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Eternal Word, you taught your mother to choose the better part,
grant that in imitating her we may seek the food that brings life everlasting.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

King of kings, you lifted up your mother, body and soul, into heaven;
help us to fix our thoughts on things above.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Lord of heaven and earth, you crowned Mary and set her at your right hand as queen,
make us worthy to share this glory.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Or:

Let us glorify our Savior, who chose the Virgin Mary for his mother. Let us ask him:
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Sun of Justice, the immaculate Virgin was the white dawn announcing your rising,
grant that we may always live in the light of your coming.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Eternal Word, you chose Mary as the uncorrupted ark of your dwelling place,
free us from the corruption of sin.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Savior of mankind, your mother stood at the foot of your cross,
grant, through her intercession, that we may rejoice to share in your passion.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

With ultimate generosity and love, you gave Mary as a mother to your beloved disciple,
help us to live as worthy sons of so noble a mother.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

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.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
take away the sins of your people.
May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us,
for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

God of mercy,
give us strength
May we who honor the memory of the Mother of God
rise above our sins and failings with the help of her prayers.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
may the prayers of the Virgin Mary
bring us protection from danger
and freedom from sin
that we may come to the joy of your peace.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

Lord,
as we honor the glorious memory of the Virgin Mary,
we ask that by the help of her prayers
we too may come to share the fullness of your grace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Or:

All-powerful God,
we rejoice in the protection of the holy Virgin Mary.
May her prayers help to free us from all evils here on earth
and lead us eternal joy in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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