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

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Calendar for November, A.D. 2003
Calendar 12/03-02/05
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The Little Office of the BVM, according to the Carmelite Usage
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Compline
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.

 

V. Convert us, O God our Savior.
R. And turn away your anger from us.

Incline to my aid, as on page one.

Psalm 128
Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say.
Often have they fought against me from my youth: but the could not prevail over me.
The wicked have wrought upon my back: they have lengthened their iniquity.
The Lord Who is just will cut the necks of sinners: let them all be confused and confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses: which withers before it be plucked up:
Wherewith the mower fills not his hand; nor he that gathers sheaves, his bosom.
And they that pass by have not said: The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the Name of the Lord.
Glory be to the Father, etc.

Psalm 129
Out of the depths I have cried to You , O Lord: Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If You, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities; Lord, who shall stand it?
For with You there is merciful forgiveness: and by reason of Your Law, I have waited for You , O Lord.
My soul has relied on his word: my soul has hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord, there is mercy: and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Glory be to the Father, etc.

Psalm 130
Lord, my heart is not exalted: nor are my eyes lofty.
Neither have I walked in great matters nor in wonderful things above me.
If I was not humbly minded, but exalted my soul:
As a child that is weaned is towards his mother, so reward in my soul.
Let Israel hope in the Lord, from henceforth now and forever.
Glory be to the Father,
etc.
The Hymn, Remember, O Creator Lord! follows.
I am the Mother of fair love and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope.

R. Thanks be to God.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Antiphon: We fly to your patronage.
Antiphon in Paschal Time: Queen of Heaven.

Canticle of Simeon. Luke 2, 29-32.
Now You dismiss Your servant, O Lord, according to Your word in peace.
Because my eyes have seen Your salvation,
Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples:
A Light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and a glory of Your people Israel.
Glory be to the Father, etc.
Antiphon: We fly to your patronage, O Holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us from all dangers, O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.
Antiphon in Paschal Time: Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He Whom You were meet to bear, alleluia, has arisen, 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
Let the glorious intercession of the blessed and glorious Mary, ever Virgin, protect us, we beseech You , O Lord, and bring us to life everlasting. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

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.

The Blessing
May the Almighty and merciful Lord, Father, and Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.

R. Amen.

Then one of the anthems of Our Lady is said, according to the season, with the versicle and prayer.

In Advent
All the above except the following:

The Little Chapter
Isaiah 7, 14-15.
Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel. Butter and Honey shall He eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.

R. Thanks be to God.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Antiphon: The Holy Spirit shall come upon you , Mary: fear not, You shall bear a in your womb the Son of God. Alleluia.
Canticle of Simeon follows.
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
O God, Who was pleased that Your Word, at the message of the angel should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant to us, your supplicants, that as we believe her to be truly the Mother of God, so we may be assisted by her intercession with You . Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

R. Amen.

Versicle, Response and Blessing from the previous let us pray.

After Advent
Psalms, Hymn, Little Chapter, Versicles and Responses as from before.
Antiphon: 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.
Versicles and Responses as in Advent and Canticle of Simeon follows.

Let us pray
O God, Who, by the fruitful virginity of the Blessed Mary, hast bestowed upon mankind the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we beseech You , that we may feel her intercession for us, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end.

R. Amen.

Versicles, Responses and Blessing from before follow.

Anthems of the Blessed Virgin Mary
From Compline to the Purification of Easter.
Hail, O Queen of Heaven enthroned!
Hail, by angels' mistress owned!
Root of Jesse! Gate of morn!
Whence the world's true Light was born.
Glorious Virgin, joy to you ,
Loveliest whom in heaven they see:
Fairest you where all are fair!
Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

V. Vouchsafe that I may praise you , O sacred Virgin.
R. Give me the strength against your enemies.

Let us pray
Vouchsafe to our weakness, O merciful God, the help of Your protection; that we who commemorate the holy Mother of God, may, by the help of her intercession, arise from our iniquities. Through Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

V. May the divine assistance remain always with us.

R. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed, in silence.
From Compline of Holy Saturday to None of Saturday before Trinity Sunday.
Joy to You , O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia.
He Whom You were meet to bear. Alleluia.
As He promised has arisen. Alleluia.
Pour for us to Him your glad prayer. Alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. For the Lord has risen indeed. Alleluia.

Let us Pray
O God, Who hast deigned to give joy to the world by the Resurrection of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ; grant we beseech You , that through His Virgin Mother Mary, we may obtain the joys of life eternal. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.
V. May the Divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.

Hail Mary, Our Father, Creed, in silence.
From Compline of Saturday before Trinity Sunday until Advent.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail our Life, our sweetness, and our hope. To you do we cry poor banished children of Eve; to you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile show to us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O Clement, O Loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray
Almighty, everlasting God, Who, by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, prepared the body and Soul of the glorious Virgin Mother Mary, to become a habitation meet for Your Son; grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration, we may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from the present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.
V. May the Divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed, in silence.
From Vespers of Saturday before First Sunday of Advent to the Purification inclusive.
Mother of Christ! Hear your people'
s cry,
Star of deep, and portal of the Sky!
Mother of Him who you from nothing made,
Sinking we strive and call to you for aid;
Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to you ,
You Virgin first and last, let us your mercy see.

V. The angel of the Lord declared to Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray
Pour forth, we beseech You , O Lord, Your grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may, by his Passion and Cross, be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.
V. May the Divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed, in silence.
From the Vigil of Christmas to the Purification.

V. After Childbirth you did remain a pure Virgin.
R. Intercede for us, O Mother of God.

Let us pray
O God, Who, by the fruitful virginity of the Blessed Mary, hast bestowed upon mankind the rewards of eternal salvation; grant, we beseech You , that we may feel her intercession for us, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.

R. Amen.
V. May the Divine assistance remain always with us.
R. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary, Creed, in silence.

Prayer after the Office

To the most holy and undivided Trinity, to the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, crucified, to the spotless maternity of the most blessed and glorious ever Virgin Mary, and to the whole assembly of the Saints, be everlasting praise, honor, power and glory from every creature, and to us forgiveness of all our sins for ever and ever.

R. Amen
V. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father.
R. And blessed are the beasts, which nourished our Lord.
(Our Father, Hail Mary, silently)