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Hours of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

The most favoured of Marian devotions are the Hours of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They were introduced in Poland by the Jesuits in the sixteenth century. The Hours are an inherent expression of Polish Marian piety and relate only to the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary by the separation into "hours".

 

 

MATINS

Come, my lips, and wide proclaim, - The Blessed Virgin's spotless fame.
O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit:
In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, Queen of the Heavens. Hail, Mistress of earth! - Hail, Virgin most pure, Of immaculate birth!

Clear star of the morning, In beauty enshrin'd! - O Lady, make speed To the help of mankind.

Thee God in the depth Of eternity chose: - And form'd thee all fair As His glorious Spouse.

And call'd thee His Word's Own Mother to be, - By whom he created The earth, sky and sea.

God elected her, and pre-elected her.
- He made her to dwell in His tabernacle.
O Lady, hear my prayer,
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

PRIME

O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit: In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, Virgin most wise! Hail, Deity's shrine! - With seven fair pillars, and table divine!

Preserv'd from the guilt which hath come on us all - Exempt, in the womb, from the taint of the fall

O new star of Jacob! Of Angels the Queen! - O gate of the Saints, O Mother of men!

O terrible as the embattled array, - Be thou of the faithful The refuge and stay.

The Lord Himself created her in the Holy Ghost.
- And poured her out among all His works.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

TIERCE

O Lord, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily, defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit: In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, Solomon's throne! Pure ark of the law! - Fair rainbow! and bush which the Patriarch saw!

Hail, Gedeon's fleece! Hail, blossoming rod! - Samson's sweet honey comb portal of God!

Well fitting it was that a Son so divine - Should preserve from a touch of original sin:

Nor suffer by smallest defect to be stained.  - That Mother whom He for Himself had ordain'd.

I will dwell in the highest.
- And my throne is on the pillar of the clouds.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

SEXT

O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit:
In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, Virginal Mother! Hail, purity's cell! - Fairshrine, where the Trinity loveth to dwell!

Hail, garden of pleasure! Celestial balm! - Cedar of chastity! Martyrdom's palm!

Thou land set apart from uses profane! - And free from the curse which in Adam began!

Thou city of God! Thou gate of the east, - In thee is all grace, O joy of the blest!

As the lily among the thorns,
- So is my beloved among the daughters of Adam.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

AT NONE

O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit:
In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, city of refuge! Hail, David's high tower! - With battlements crown'd and girded with power!

Filled at thy Conception with love and with light! - The dragon by thee
Was shorn of his might!

O Woman most valiant! O Judith thrice blest! - As David was nurs'd
On fair Abisag's breast;

As the Saviour of Egypt upon Rachel's knee:- So the world's great Redeemer as cherish'd by thee.

Thou art all fair, my beloved,
- And the original stain was never in thee.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

VESPERS

O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit:
In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

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

And that man might be raised 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!

I made an unfailing light to arise in heaven.
- And as a mist I overspread the whole earth.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

COMPLINE

My Jesus Christ, thy Son, reconciled by thy prayers, - O Lady, convert our hearts.

O Lady, make speed to befriend me. - From the hands of the enemy mightily defend me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the eternal Son , - and to the Holy Spirit:
In the Godhead one in one.
As it was in the beginning, is now and ever, - May God One in Trinity be known forever.

Hymn

Hail, Mother most pure! Hail, Virgin renown'd - Hail, Queen with the stars as a diadem crown'd!

Above all the Angels, In glory untold. - Standing next to the King in a vesture of gold!

O Mother of mercy! O star of the Wave! - O hope of the guilty! O light of the grave!

Through thee may we come to the haven of rest, - And see heaven's King in the courts of the blest.

Thy name, O Mary, is as oil poured out.
- Thy servants have loved thee exceedingly.
O Lady, hear my prayer.
- 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 forsakes 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 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, lives and reigns, in perfect Trinity, God, world without end. Amen.

O Lady, 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.

 

 

COMMENDATION OF THE HOURS

These praises and prayers I lay at thy feet, - O Virgin of Virgins!
O Mary most sweet!
Be thou my true guide through this pilgrimage here; - And stand by my side when death draweth near.

Antiphon

This is the rod, wherein was neither the knot of original sin, nor the bark of actual sin.
In thy Conception, O Virgin, thou wast immaculate.
- Pray for us to the Father, whose Son thou didst bear.

Let Us Pray
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare a worthy dwelling place for Your Son, we beseech You that, as by the foreseen death of this, Your Son, You did preserve Her from all stain, so too You would permit us, purified through Her intercession, to come unto You. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You world without end. Amen.

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by Dr. Radut.