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Carmelites of Blessed Therese of St Augustine and Her Companions, VV &MM


Calendar for November, A.D. 2003
Calendar 12/03-02/05
St Albert's Rule
The Rule
The Little Office of the BVM, according to the Carmelite Usage
The Carmelite Litany of Our Lady
Carmelite Links

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.

R. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb

V. O Lord, open my lips.
R. And my mouth shall shall declare Thy praise.
V. Incline unto my aid, O Lord.
R. O Lord, make haste to help 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. Alleluia.

Antiphon: While the King.

Psalm 109
The Lord said to My Lord: Sit You at my right hand: Until I make Your enemies Your footstool.
The Lord will send forth the sceptre of Your power out of Zion: rule You in the midst of Your enemies.
With You is the principality on the day of Your strength: in the brightness of the saints from the womb before the daystar I begot You.The Lord has sworn, and He will not repent: You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedech.
The Lord at Your right hand has broken kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall judge among nations, He shall fill ruin: He shall crush the heads in the land of many.
He shall drink of the torrent in the way: therefore shall He lift up the head.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon: While the King was reposing, my spikenard yielded the fragrance of sweetness. His left hand.

Psalm 112
Praise the Lord, ye children: praise ye the Name of the Lord.
Blessed be the Name of the Lord, from henceforth now and forever.
From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the Name of the Lord is worthy of praise.
The Lord is high above all nations: and His glory above the heavens.
Who is as the Lord our God, Who dwelleth on high: and looketh down on the low things in heaven and in the earth?
Raising up the needy from the earth, and lifting up the poor out of the dunghill:
That He may place him with princes, with the princes of His people.
Who maketh a barren woman to dwell in a house, the joyful mother of children.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon. His left hand is under my head, and His right hand shall embrace me. I am black.

Psalm 121
I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord.
Our feet were standing in your courts, O Jerusalem.
Jerusalem, which is built as a city, which is compact together.
For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the Name of the Lord.
Because their seats have sat in judgement, seats upon the house of David.
Pray ye for the things that are for the peace of Jerusalem: and abundance for them that love You .
Let the peace be in Your strength: and abundance in Your towers.
For the sake of my brethren and of my neighbors, I spoke peace of You .
Because of the house of the Lord our God, I have sought good things for you .
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon: I am black, but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem: therefore has the King loved me, and brought me into His chamber. Now is the winter past.

Psalm 126
Unless the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it.
Unless the Lord keep the city, he watches in vain that keeps it.
It is vain for you to rise before light: rise after you have rested, you that eat the bread of sorrow.
When He shall give sleep to His beloved: behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb.
As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been cast out.
Blessed is the man that has filled his desire with them; he shall not be confounded when he shall speak to his enemies in the gate.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon: Now is the winter past, the rain is over and gone: arise, my beloved, and come. You are made beauteous.

Psalm 147
Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem: praise they God, O Zion.
Because He has strengthened the bolts of your gates, He has blessed your children within you .
Who has placed peace in your borders: and fills you with the fat of corn.
Who sends forth His speech to the earth: His word runs swiftly.
Who giveth snow like wool: scatters mists like ashes.
He sends His crystal like morsels: who shall stand before the face of His cold?
He shall send out His word, and shall melt them: His wind shall blow, and the waters shall run.
Who declares His word to Jacob: His justices and His judgements to Israel.
He has not done in like manner to every nation: and His judgements He has not made manifest to them.
Glory be to the Father, etc.

The Little Chapter
Ecclesiasticus 24, 14
From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and to the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before Him.

R. Thanks be to God.

Hail, you Star of the ocean!
Portal of the sky!
Ever Virgin Mother
Of the Lord Most High!
Oh! By Gabriel's Ave,
Utter'd long ago,
Eva's name reversing,
Establish peace below.
Break the captive'
s fetters;
Light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling
Every bliss implore.
Show yourself a Mother;
Offer Him our sighs,
Who for us Incarnate
Did not you despise.
Virgin of all virgins!
To your shelter take us:
Gentlest of the gentle!
Chaste and gentle make us.
Still, as on we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with you and Jesus
We rejoice forever.
Through the highest heaven,
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit,
One same glory be.

V. Grace is poured forth on your lips.
R. Therefore has the Lord blessed you forever.

Antiphons for the Magnificat:
Blessed Mother
I n Paschal Time: Queen of Heaven.

The Magnificat, or the Canticle of Our Blessed Lady.
Luke 1, 46-55.
My soul magnifies the Lord.
And my spirit rejoices 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 mercy is from generation to generation, to them that fear Him.
He has showed might in His arm: He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their seat, and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things: and the rich He has received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy.
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon: Blessed Mother and inviolate Virgin, glorious Queen of the world, intercede for us with the Lord.
Antiphon in Paschal Time: Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He Whom you was meet to bear, alleluia, has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray to God for Us. Alleluia.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer
R. And let my cry come to You .

Let us pray
Grant, O Lord, God, we beseech You, to us, Your servants, that we may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and come to the fruition of eternal joys. Through the Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

R. Amen.

Commemoration of Saint Joseph, or another patron saint, as at the end of Compline.

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

If the office finishes here, say Our Father, silently; then say aloud:

V. May the Lord give us His peace.
R. And life everlasting. Amen.

Then is said one of the anthems of the Lady, according to the season, as at the end of Compline.

In Advent

1 Antiphon: the Angel Gabriel was sent to Mary, a Virgin betrothed to Joseph.

Psalm 109

2 Antiphon: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you ; blessed are you among women. Alleluia.

Psalm 112

3 Antiphon: Fear Not, Mary, you have found grace with the Lord: behold, You shall conceive and bear a Son. Alleluia.

Psalm 121

4 Antiphon: The Lord shall give to Him the seat of David, his Father, and He shall reign forever.

Psalm 126

5 Antiphon: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to Your word.

Psalm 147

The Little Chapter
Isaiah 2
There shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root, and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him.

R. Thanks be to God.

Hymn, Versicle and Responses from earlier.
Antiphon for the Magnificat: The Holy Spirit shall come upon you , Mary: fear not, You shall bear in your womb the Son of God. Alleluia. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come to You .

Prayer from the end of None. Commemoration of Saint Joseph and of All Saints. Versicles and Responses from most previous Let us pray.

After Advent

1 Antiphon: O marvelous intercourse! The Creator of mankind taking a body with a living soul, granted to be born of a Virgin, and becoming man without man's concurrence, bestowed upon us His Godhead.

Psalm 109

2 Antiphon: When You were born of a Virgin, after an ineffable manner, then were the Scriptures fulfilled: You did come down like rain upon the fleece, that You might save mankind; we praise You , O our God.

Psalm 112

3 Antiphon: In the bush, which Moses saw unconsumed, we acknowledge your admirable virginity preserved: intercede of us, O Mother of God.

Psalm 121

4 Antiphon: The root of Jesse has budded, a star has risen out of Jacob; a Virgin has borne the Savior: we praise You , O our God.

Psalm 126

5 Antiphon: Behold, Mary has borne us The Savior, Who John beholding, exclaimed saying: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him Who taketh away the sins of the world. Alleluia.

Psalm 147

Then the Little Chapter from earlier is said, followed by the hymn at the beginning of Vespers.
Versicle and Response from previous page.
In place of the Magnificat Antiphon, is said the following:
Antiphon for the Magnificat:
A great mystery of inheritance: the womb of one that knew not man has become the Temple of God; taking flesh of her He was not defiled: all nations shall come, saying, Glory be to You , O Lord.
The Magnificat is now said.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come to You .

Prayer from Terce follows.