The Litttle Office Of Mary
God, come to my assistance
Lord, make haste
to help me
Your help, propitious Mother, lend us
And from the
dreadful foe defend us.
Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
help comes from the Lord
Who made heaven and earth.
my eyes towards
whence my deliverance shall
God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
me of my sins and have mercy on me.
I have sinned without number,
forgive me, O Lord.
St. John Chrysostom
Rejoice, mother and
heaven, maiden and cloud, virgin and throne, the boast and foundation
of our Church. Plead earnestly for us that through you we may obtain
mercy on the Day of Judgment and attain the good things reserved for
those who love God, through the grace and love our Lord Jesus Christ,
to whom with the Father and the Holy Spirit be glory, power, and
honor now and for ever and for all eternity. Amen.
Antiphon: Mary received a blessing from the
Lord and loving kindness from God her savior.
Blessed be the
Lord my God,
who teaches my hands to fight,
and my fingers to
My mercy, and my refuge:
my support, and my
My protector, and I have hoped in him:
my people under me.
Lord, what is man, that you are made
known to him?
or the son of man, that you make account of him?
Man is like to vanity:
his days pass away like a shadow.
Lord, bow down your heavens and descend:
mountains, and they shall smoke.
Send forth lighting, and you
shall scatter them:
shoot out your arrows, and you shall trouble
Put forth your hand from on high, take me out,
deliver me from many waters:
from the hand of strange
Whose mouth has spoken vanity:
and their right hand
is the right hand of iniquity.
Antiphon: The Most High
has made his dwelling place a holy temple.
To you, O God, I
will sing a new canticle:
on the psaltery and an instrument of
ten strings I will sing praises to you.
Who gives salvation to
who has redeemed your servant David from the malicious
Deliver me, And rescue me out of the hand of strange
whose mouth has spoken vanity: and their right hand is
the right hand of iniquity:
Whose sons are as new plants in their
Their daughters decked out,
adorned round about after
the similitude of a temple:
Their storehouses full,
out of this into that.
Their sheep fruitful in young,
in their goings forth:
their oxen fat.
There is no breach of
wall, nor passage, nor crying out in their streets.
called the people happy, that have these things:
but happy is
that people whose God is the Lord.
Antiphon: In the
beginning, before time began, the Word was God; today he is born, the
Savior of the world.
Revelation 11; 12
We give you
thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who are, and who was, and who is to
come: because you have taken to you your great power, and you have
reigned. And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the
time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should
render reward to your servants the prophets and the saints, and to
them that fear your name, little and great, and should destroy them
who have corrupted the earth. And the temple of God was opened in
heaven: and the ark of his testament was seen in his temple, and
there were lightnings, and voices, and an earthquake, and great
hail...Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our
God, and the power of his Christ: because the accuser of our brethren
is cast forth, who accused them before our God day and night. And
they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of the
testimony, and they loved not their lives unto death. Therefore
rejoice, O heavens, and you that dwell therein.
Behold what manner of charity the Father has bestowed upon
us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God.
Therefore the world knows not us, because it knew not him. Dearly
beloved, we are now the sons of God; and it has not yet appeared what
we shall be. We know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like to
him: because we shall see him as he is. And every one that has this
hope in him, sanctifies himself, as he also is holy. Whosoever
commits sin commits also iniquity; and sin is iniquity. And you know
that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him there is no sin.
Whosoever abides in him sins not; and whosoever sins, has not seen
him, nor knows him. Little children, let no man deceive you. He that
does justice is just, even as he is just. He that commits sin is of
the devil: for the devil sins from the beginning. For this purpose,
the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the
St. John Chrysostom
Believe what we say about
the Virgin, and do not hesitate to confess her to be both servant and
Mother of God, both virgin and mother. She is a servant as the
creature of him who was born of her; she is the Mother of God
inasmuch as of her God was born in human flesh. She is a virgin
because she did not conceive from the seed of man; she is a mother
because she gave birth and became the mother of him who before all
eternity was begotten of the Father. She is therefore the mother of
the Lord of angels and our mother; from her the Son of God received
the human body in which he consented to be crucified. Do you desire
to know how far the Virgin surpasses the power of heaven? Give me
your attention then. They veil their faces as they hover in fear and
trembling, but she offers the human race to God, and through her we
receive the forgiveness of our sins. She bore him whom the angels
glorified when they came with reverence to be present at his birth.
Glory to God in the highest, they sang, and peace to His people
I shall glorify you, Lord, for you have
You have not let my enemies rejoice over me
you have rescued me.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the
Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever.
I shall glorify you, Lord, for you have rescued
Angel's prayer at Fatima
Trinity--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--I adore Thee profoundly. I
offer Thee the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus
Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation
for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences whereby He is
offended. And through the infinite merits of His Most Sacred Heart
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of
O Queen of Paradise, who
reigns above all the choirs of angels, and who are the nearest of all
creatures to God, I, a miserable sinner, salute you from this valley
of tears, and beseech you to turn your compassionate eyes towards me,
for whichever side they turn they dispense graces. See, O Mary, in
how many dangers I now am, and shall be as long as I live in this
world, of losing my soul, of losing heaven and God. In you O Lady, I
have placed all my hopes. I love you, and sigh to go soon to see you,
and praise you in heaven. Ah, Mary, when will be that happy day on
which I shall see myself safe at your feet, and contemplate my Mother
who has done so much for my salvation? When shall I kiss that hand
which has delivered me so many times from hell, and has dispensed me
so many graces, when, on account of my sins, I deserved to be hated
and abandoned by all? My Lady, in life I have been very ungrateful to
you; but if I reach heaven, I shall no longer be ungrateful: there I
shall love you as much as I can in every moment for all eternity, and
shall make amends for my ingratitude by blessings and thanking you
forever. I thank God with my whole heart, who gives me firm
confidence in the blood of Jesus Christ and in you, and in the
conviction that you will save me; that you will deliver me from my
sins; that you will give me light and strength to execute the divine
will; and, in fine, that you will lead me to the gate of Paradise.
Your servants have hoped for all this, and not one of them was
deceived. No, neither shall I be deceived. O Mary, my full confidence
is that you have to save me. Beseech your Son Jesus, as I also
beseech him, by the merits of his Passion, to preserve and always
increase this confidence in me, and I shall be saved.
My soul now magnifies the Lord.
And my spirit
has rejoiced in God my Savior.
Because he has regarded the
humility of his handmaid;
for behold from henceforth all
generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, has
done great things to me;
and holy is his name.
And his mercy
is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
has shown might in his arm:
he has scattered the proud in the
conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their
and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry
with good things;
and the rich he has sent empty away.
received Israel his servant,
being mindful of his mercy:
he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his seed for
Christ the Lord is born today; today, the Savior has
Earth echoes songs of angel choirs, archangels' joyful
Today on earth his friends exult.
Glory to God in the
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy
Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.
St. Louis de Montfort
Hail, Mary, most
beloved daughter of the eternal Father; hail, Mary, most admirable
mother of the Son; hail, Mary, most faithful spouse of the Holy
Spirit; hail, Mary, Mother most dear, Lady most lovable. Queen most
powerful! Hail, Mary, my joy, my glory, my heart and soul. You are
all mine through God's mercy, but I am all yours in justice. Yet I do
not belong sufficiently to you, and so once again, as a slave who
always belongs to his master, I give myself wholly to you, reserving
nothing for myself or for others.
If you still see anything in me which is not given
to you, please take it now. Make yourself completely owner of all my
capabilities. Destroy in me everything that is displeasing to God.
Uproot it and bring it to nothing. Implant in me all that you deem to
be good; improve it and make it increase in me.
May the light of your faith dispel the darkness of
my mind. May your deep humility take the place of my pride. May your
heavenly contemplation put an end to the distractions of my wandering
imagination. May your continuous vision of God fill my memory with
his presence. May the burning love of your heart inflame the coldness
of mine. May your virtues take the place of my sins. May your merits
be my adornment and make up for my unworthiness before God. Finally,
most dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have
no other spirit but yours to know Jesus and his divine will. May I
have no soul but yours to praise and glorify the Lord. May I have no
heart but yours to love God purely and ardently as you love him.
I do not ask for visions or revelations, for
sensible devotions or even spiritual pleasures. It is your privilege
to see God clearly in perpetual light. It is your privilege to savor
the delights of heaven where nothing is without sweetness. It is your
privilege to triumph gloriously in heaven at the right hand of your
Son without further humiliation, and to command angels, men, and
demons, with readiness on their part. It is your privilege to dispose
at your own choice of all the good gifts of God with no exception.
Such, most holy Mary, is the excellent portion which the Lord has
given you, and which will never be taken from you, and which gives me
great joy. As for my portion here on earth, I wish only to have a
share in yours, that is, to have simple faith without seeing or
tasting, to suffer joyfully without the consolations of men, to die
daily to myself without flinching, to work gallantly for you even
until death without any self-interest, as the most worthless of your
slaves. The only grace I beg you in your kindness to obtain for me is
that every day and moment of my life I may say this threefold Amen:
amen, so be it, to all you did upon earth; Amen, so be it, to all you
are doing now in heaven; Amen, so be it, to all you are doing in my
soul. In that way, you and you alone will fully glorify Jesus in me
during all my life and my eternity.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
Hail, wonderful dial Ezechias of old
when the prophet His destiny told;
The Word, That incarnate in
you did become,
Receded, descending to man's lowly home.
choirs He passed of superior powers,
To take up the tenth in this
nature of ours.
The beams of this sun Are the light of your face,
And you the aurora Preceding his race.
The serpent that lurks
In night's desperate gloom
You crushed, and caused, All beauties
I have caused a never-fading light to rise in
And like a luminous veil have spread it over the earth.