Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Hours of Mary

A kind gentlemen sent me a book called "Servants of Mary" which is a reprint (with permission) of the Servite Manual which is a treasure for those with a devotion to the sorrows of Mary. Most readers of this blog will be acquainted with Office prayers of the church. I used to pray the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary but fell away from the practice. In the Servite Manual there is published a little known "Little Office of our Lady of Seven Dolors" This is posted below:


First Dolor - The Prophecy of Simeon

Hail Mary...
V. O Lord, open Thou my lips. R. And my mouth shall declare Thy praise.
V. O God, come unto mine aid. R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Alleluia.

From Septuagesima to Easter, instead of Alleluia, is said:

Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.

HAIL to Thee, Christ's Mother dearest,
Who, by sad prophetic word,
In the sacred temple hearest
Of the keen heart -piercing sword,
Make me mindful of Thy sorrow,
Guard me, that, the valley past,
I may, in the eternal morrow,
Give Thee thanks in heaven at last.

Antiphon: LAM ii. 13: To what shall I compare thee, or to what shall I liken thee, O daughter of Jerusalem? To what shall I equal thee, that I may comfort thee, O virgin daughter of Sion? For great as the sea is thy destruction.

V. Thine own soul a sword shall pierce.
R. That out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.

Let us pray

O Lord Jesus Christ, we beseech Thee that the blessed Virgin Mary, Thy Mother,whose most holy soul was pierced by the sword of sorrow in the hour of Thy Passion, may appeal for us to Thy clemency, now and at the hour of our death. Through Thee, Jesus Christ, Saviour of the world, who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest, world without end. Amen+


Second Dolor - The Flight into Egypt

Hail Mary...
V. O God, come unto mine aid. R. O Lord, make haste to help me.
V. Glory Be... R. As it was in the beginning, etc. Alleluia or Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.

HAIL, thou Christ's sweet Mother, flying
From an angry tyrant's hand,
In thy heart's deep sorrow sighing,
Banished from thy fatherland.
O thou Queen of blessed spirits,
Exiles never seek in vain;
Safe from evil man inherits
Grant me with thy Son to reign.
Antiphon: LAM i. 20: Behold, O Lord, for I am in distress; my bowels are troubled, my heart in turned within me, for I am full of bitterness: abroad the sword destroyeth, and at home there is death alike.
V. Lord, all my desire is before Thee.
R. And my groaning is not hidden from Thee.
Prayer as above


Third dolor - The Loss of the Child Jesus
Hail Mary...
V. O God, come unto mind aid. As above.
HAIL, to thee, Christ's Mother sweetest,
When was lost thy Son, thy King,
Thou, with mother's woe completest,
Three days sought Him sorrowing.
Ne'er be this remembrance over,
Let me find thy Son by grace,
And when I have found my lover,
Hold Him in a long embrace.

Antiphon: LAM i. 2: Weeping she hath wept in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: there is none to comfort her among all them that were dear to her.
V. He hath made me desolate.
R. Wasted with sorrow all the day long.

Prayer as above


Fourth dolor - The Meeting of Jesus carrying His cross

Hail Mary...
V. O Lord, come unto mine aid. As above

HAIL, Christ's sweetest Mother, looking
While thy Son was led along,
And from cruel hands was brooking
Blows and thorns and torture-thong.
By the pains which ne'er another
Bare as He, may we find peace;
By the love of His dear Mother
Suffering, may our love increase.

Antiphon: LAM i. 9-10: Behold, O Lord, my affliction, because the enemy is lifted up: the enemy hath put out his hand to all her desirable things.

V. Who will give water to my head and a fountain of tears to my eyes?
R. And I will weep day and night.

Prayer as above

Fifth Dolor - The Crucifixion & Death of Jesus
Hail Mary...
V. O God, come unto mine aid. As above

HAIL, Christ's sweetest Mother sighing
'Neath the cross predestined tree,
When thy Son, so sadly dying,
Turned His eyes to look on thee.
By the sword of bitter sorrow,
Which then cleft thy soul in twain,
Grant that I love's might may borrow,
and o'er death the victory gain.
Antiphon: LAM i. 12: O all ye that pass by the way, attend and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow.
V. All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands at thee.
R. They have hissed, and wagged their head at the daughter of Jerusalem.

Prayer as above


Sixth Dolor - Christ's descent from the Cross

Hail Mary...
V. O God, come unto mine aid. As above

HAIL, Christ's sweetest Mother, craving
Dead, thy Son, let down fron rood,
In thine arms to bear, and laving
Him with thy tears' holy flood.
May the power of that great anguish,
Mary Mother full of grace,
Keep me, when in death I languish,
Till I se my Saviour's face.

Antiphon: RUTH i. 20: Call me not Noemi (that is, beautiful), but call me Mara (that is, bitter), for the Almighty hath quite filled me with bitterness.

V. A bundle of myrrh is my Beloved to me.
R. He shall abide between my breasts.

Prayer as above


Seventh Dolor - The Burial of Jesus

Hail Mary...
V. Convert us, O God our Saviour.
R. And turn off Thine anger from us.
V. O God, come unto mine aid. As above


HAIL, Christ's sweetest Mother, weeping
Jesus hidden in the tomb,
Done to death and lowly sleeping,
Thou dost mourn His early doom.
By the might of anguished hours,
Suffered with a constant heart,
'Gainst the force of evil powers,
Help us bear a manly part;
Till with Saints on heavenly towers
We may join thee where thou art.

Antiphon: LAM i. 16: Therefore do I weep, and my eyes run down with water, because the Comforter, the relief of my soul, is far from me.

V. My eyes have failed with weeping.
R. My bowels are troubled.

Prayer as above

To thee, O Blessed Virgin, I recite
Prayers that are fitting for each holy rite;
May'st thou with loving mother's heart by nigh
To be my help, what time I come to die. Amen+


Michele said...

What a beautiful meditation and devotion to Our Lady of Sorrows. I find such comfort when I unite my sufferings to those of Mary, and Our Saviour.
Have you read Mark Mallet's recent post "The Rescuer"? It is in our trials that Christ is sanctifying our souls..
May God continue to bless you!

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

You really are a beautiful person SB...:)

Great post!

Sanctus Belle said...

Thank you for your kind comments. Michele - yes I read every one of Mark Mallett's posts. All we can do is watch, pray and go to confession often.

If even just one person persists in the practice of saying this office after finding it here, then this blog has actually served a purpose.

Br. Rupert said...

After seeing it here I also found the Latin version of this Office here;


Very many thanks for drawing my attention to this splendid Office for the most wonderful of devotions!

Stewart said...

What do you see in Padre Pio's cell?


Michael Cole said...

As the apostasy spreads, check out what the head of the German Bishop's Conference is saying:

Tuesday April 21, 2009

"Christ did not die for the sins of the people": Head of German Catholic Bishops' Conference on TV

By Hilary White

FREIBURG, Germany April 21, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - According to the chairman of the Catholic bishops' conference of Germany, the death of Jesus Christ was not a redemptive act of God to liberate human beings from the bondage of sin and open the gates of heaven. The Archbishop of Freiburg, Robert Zollitsch, known for his liberal views, publicly denied the fundamental Christian dogma of the sacrificial nature of Christ's death in a recent interview with a German television station.

Zollitsch said that Christ "did not die for the sins of the people as if God had provided a sacrificial offering, like a scapegoat."

Instead, Jesus had offered only "solidarity" with the poor and suffering. Zollitsch said "that is this great perspective, this tremendous solidarity."

The interviewer asked, "You would now no longer describe it in such a way that God gave his own son, because we humans were so sinful? You would no longer describe it like this?"

Monsignor Zollitsch responded, "No."

Archbishop Robert Zollitsch was appointed to the See of Freiburg im Breisgau in 2003 under Pope John Paul II. He is he sitting Chairman of the German Episcopal Conference, to which he was elected in 2008 and is regarded as a "liberal" in the German episcopate.

In February 2008 he said that priestly celibacy should be voluntary and that it is not "theologically necessary." Zollitsch has also said he accepts homosexual civil unions by states, but is against same-sex "marriage."

He told Meinhard Schmidt-Degenhard, the program's host, that God gave "his own son in solidarity with us unto this last death agony to show: 'So much are you worth to me, I go with you, and I am totally with you in every situation'."

"He has become involved with me out of solidarity - from free will."

Christ, he said, had "taken up what I have been blamed for, including the evil that I have caused, and also to take it back into the world of God and hence to show me the way out of sin, guilt and from death to life."

However, Article 613 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the definitive work issued by the Church explaining the dogmas and doctrines of the Catholic religion, describes the death of Christ as "both the Paschal sacrifice that accomplishes the definitive redemption of men, through 'the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world', the sacrifice of the New Covenant, which restores man to communion with God by reconciling him to God through the 'blood of the covenant, which was poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins'."

The Catechism continues, "This sacrifice of Christ is unique; it completes and surpasses all other sacrifices. First, it is a gift from God the Father himself, for the Father handed his Son over to sinners in order to reconcile us with himself. At the same time it is the offering of the Son of God made man, who in freedom and love offered his life to his Father through the Holy Spirit in reparation for our disobedience."

To express concerns:

Congregation for Bishops
Giovanni Battista Re, Cardinal, Prefect
Palazzo della Congregazioni,
00193 Roma,
Piazza Pio XII, 10

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
William Joseph Levada, Cardinal, Prefect
Piazza del S. Uffizio,
11, 00193
Roma, Italy

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Fr. Esper tells the story, "A young man visited a hermit with a reputation for great holiness, seeking to learn from him, and this holy desert father taught him many methods of prayer. One day the disciple asked, 'What can I do to attain God?' The master responded, 'What can you do to make the sun rise?' As the implications of this response sunk in, the disciple became angry and demanded, 'Then why are you giving me all these different ways of praying?' With great wisdom and patience, the desert hermit explained, 'To make sure you're awake when the sun rises.'

We don't earn our salvation, nor do we discover God on our own, but we're called to be awake when He appears in our lives. This means, more than anything else, that we must persevere in our efforts to live out our Faith and to do God's will."

Mother Teresa reminded us that "God does not call us to be successful; He calls us to be faithful." When we feel spiritually dry, as if we have nothing to give, we must give this spiritual aridity to Christ so that He may purify us as through fire.

Our God is a consuming fire St. Paul tells us. Think of it, a consuming fire. When I am weak, it is then that I am strong because His power, his holy fire, is then able to fill me, consume me, and purify me.


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Sanctus Belle: Where are you?

Sanctus Belle said...

overwhelmed with my new job, maybe I'll be able to post soon