The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Monday Prime


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.

Byzantine Troparion
Princes of the heavenly hosts, we, though unworthy, beg you to encircle us through your prayers under the shelter of the wings of your spiritual glory. Guard us as we come to you and sincerely cry: "Deliver us from dangers, O princes of the powers on high!"

Hail, Virginal wisdom; hail, mansion of God, Where sevenfold pillars befit his abode.
All stately without and all perfect within, He chose Him a dwelling undarkened by sin;
For even before your miraculous birth you were free from the stain that has sullied the
earth. Mother of all saints Living and dead, New star that shone Over Israel's head
Sovereign of angels, Terror of hell, Be you our refuge, Who love you so well.

In His Holy Spirit He created Her And exalted Her above all His works.

Psalm 51 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your great mercy.
And according to the multitude of your tender mercies blot out my iniquity.

Wash me yet more from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my iniquity,
and my sin is always before me.

To you only have I sinned,
and have done evil before you:

that you may be justified in your words,
and may overcome when you are judged.

For behold I was conceived in iniquities;
and in sins did my mother conceive me.

For behold you have loved truth:
the uncertain and hidden things of your wisdom you have made manifest to me.

You shall sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be cleansed:
you shall wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow.

To my hearing you shall give joy and gladness:
and the bones that have been humbled shall rejoice.

Turn away your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.

Create a clean heart in me, O God:
and renew a right spirit within my bowels.

Cast me not away from your face;
and take not your holy spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of your salvation,
and strengthen me with a perfect spirit.

I will teach the unjust your ways:
and the wicked shall be converted to you.

Deliver me from blood, O God,
God of my salvation:
and my tongue shall extol your justice.

O Lord, you will open my lips:
and my mouth shall declare your praise.

For if you had desired sacrifice, I would indeed have given it:
with burnt offerings you will not be delighted.

A sacrifice to God is an afflicted spirit:
a contrite and humbled heart, O God, you will not despise.

Deal favorably, O Lord, in your good will with Zion;
that the walls of Jerusalem may be built up.

Then shall you accept the sacrifice of justice,
oblations and whole burnt offerings:
then shall they lay calves upon your altar.

The Trisagion
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.
Holy God, Holy and Mighty, Holy and Immortal, have mercy on us.

It is truly right to bless you, O God-bearing One, as the ever-blessed and immaculate Mother of our God. More honorable than the cherubim and by far more glorious than the seraphim; ever a virgin, you gave birth to God the Word, O true Mother of God, we magnify you.

Angel's prayer at Fatima O my God, I believe, I adore, I hope and I love Thee. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope and do not love Thee.

St. Luis de Leon
Virgin of virgins, you were untouched by that stain of sin, that first of all evils, the sad inheritance of the human race. From my earliest years I have placed my hope in you. Where the power of evil overcomes me and makes my life too sinful for your gaze, all the more will your unbounded compassion show me your generous love, because my suffering is so deep, my sinfulness so unworthy of your aid.

O Mother, how pure you are, you are untouched by sin;
yours was the privilege to carry God within you.

Psalm 90 O Lord, you have been our refuge from generation to generation.
Before the mountains were made, or the earth and the world was formed;
from eternity and to eternity you are God.
Turn not man away to be brought low: and you have said:
Be converted, O you sons of men.
For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday, which is past.
And as a watch in the night, things that are counted nothing, shall their years be.
In the morning man shall grow up like grass;
in the morning he shall flourish and pass away:
in the evening he shall fall, grow dry, and wither.
For in your wrath we have fainted away: and are troubled in your indignation.
You have set our iniquities before your eyes: our life in the light of your countenance.
For all our days are spent; and in your wrath we have fainted away.
Our years shall be considered as a spider: the days of our years in them are threescore and ten years.
But if in the strong they be fourscore years: and what is more of them is labor and sorrow.
For mildness is come upon us: and we shall be corrected.
Who knows the power of your anger, and for your fear can number your wrath?
So make your right hand known: and men learned in heart, in wisdom.
Return, O Lord, how long? and be entreated in favor of your servants.
We are filled in the morning with your mercy: and we have rejoiced, and are delighted all our days.
We have rejoiced for the days in which you have humbled us:
for the years in which we have seen evils.
Look upon your servants and upon their works: and direct their children.
And let the brightness of the Lord our God be upon us:
and direct the work of our hands over us; yea, the work of our hands do direct.

The Lord God Most High has blessed you, Virgin Mary, above all the women of the earth.

Isaiah 42
Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise is from the ends of the earth:
you that go down to the sea, and all that are therein:
you islands, and you inhabitants of them.
Let the desert and the cities thereof be exalted:
Cedar shall dwell in houses:
you inhabitants of Sela, give praise,
they shall cry from the top of the mountains.
They shall give glory to the Lord, and shall declare his praise in the islands.
The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, as a man of war shall he stir up zeal:
he shall shout and cry: he shall prevail against his enemies.
I have always held my peace, I have kept silence, I have
been patient, I will speak now as a woman in labor:
I will destroy, and swallow up at once.
I will lay waste the mountains and hills, and will make all their grass to wither:
and I will turn rivers into islands, and will dry up the standing pools.
And I will lead the blind into the way which they know not:
and in the paths which they were ignorant of I will make them walk:
I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight:
these things have I done to them, and have not forsaken them.

Sinless Virgin, let us follow joyfully in your footsteps; draw us after you in the fragrance of your holiness.

Psalm 146
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
in my life I will praise the Lord:
I will sing to my God as long as I shall be.
Put not your trust in princes: in the children of men, in whom there is no salvation.
His spirit shall go forth, and he shall return into his earth:
in that day all their thoughts shall perish.
Blessed is he who has the God of Jacob for his helper,
whose hope is in the Lord his God:
who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all things that are in them.
Who keeps truth for ever: who executes judgment for them that suffer wrong:
who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord loosens them that are fettered:
the Lord enlightens the blind.
The Lord lifts up them that are cast down;
the Lord loves the just.
The Lord keeps the strangers,
he will support the fatherless and the widow:
and the ways of sinners he will destroy.
The Lord shall reign for ever:
your God, O Zion, unto generation and generation.

And now thus says the Lord that created you, O Jacob, and formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you, and called you by your name: you are mine. Isaiah 43

Proverbs 8
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his ways, before he made any things from the beginning.
I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made.
The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived,
neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out:
The mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established:
before the hills I was brought forth:
He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world.
When he prepared the heavens, I was present:
when with a certain law and compass he enclosed the depths:
When he established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters:
When he compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits:
when he balanced the foundations of the earth;
I was with him forming all things:
and was delighted every day,
playing before him at all times;
Playing in the world:
and my delights were to be with the children of men.

Blessed Lady, sky and stars, earth and rivers, day and night--everything that is subject to the power or use of man--rejoice that through you they are in some sense restored to their lost beauty and are endowed with inexpressible new grace. All creatures were dead, as it were, useless for human beings or for the praise of God who made them. The world, contrary to its true destiny, was corrupted and tainted by the acts of human beings who served idols. Now all creation has been restored to life and rejoices that it is controlled and given splendor by those who believe in God.

The universe rejoices with new and indefinable loveliness. Not only does it feel the unseen presence of God himself, its Creator, it sees him openly, working and making it holy. These great blessings spring from the blessed fruit of Mary's womb. Through the fullness of the grace that was given you, dead things rejoice in their freedom, and those in heaven are glad to be made new. Through the Son who was the glorious fruit of your virgin womb, just souls who died before his life-giving death rejoice as they are freed from captivity, and the angels are glad at the restoration of their shattered domain.

Lady, full and overflowing with grace, all creation received new life from your abundance. Virgin, blessed above all creatures, through your blessing all creation is blessed, not only creation from its Creator, but the Creator himself has been blessed by creation.

St. Anselm
To Mary God gave his only-begotten Son, whom he loved as himself. Through Mary God made himself a Son, not different but the same, by nature Son of God and Son of Mary. The whole universe was created by God, and God was born of Mary. God created all things, and Mary gave birth to God. The God who made all things gave himself form through Mary, and thus he made his own creation. He who could create all things from nothing would not remake his ruined creation without Mary. God, then, is the Father of the created world and Mary the mother of the re-created world. God is the Father by whom all things were given life, and Mary the mother through whom all things were given new life. For God begot the Son, through whom all things were made, and Mary gave birth to him as the Savior of the world. Without God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed. Truly the Lord is with you, to whom the Lord granted that all nature should owe as much to you as to himself.

O Virgin Mary, no other daughter of Jerusalem is your equal, for you are the mother of the King of kings, you are Queen of heaven and of angels.

Tridentine Introit
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. Hail, full of grace; the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, and undivided Unity:
we will give glory to Him, because He has shown His mercy to us.
O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful is Your Name in all the earth!

The Song of Zechariah
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;
because he has visited and wrought the redemption of his people:
And has raised up an horn of salvation to us,
in the house of David his servant:
As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, who are from the beginning:
Salvation from our enemies,
and from the hand of all that hate us:
To perform mercy to our fathers,
and to remember his holy testament,
The oath, which he swore to Abraham our father, that he would grant to us,
That being delivered from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,
In holiness and justice before him, all our days.
And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Highest:
for you shall go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways:
To give knowledge of salvation to his people,
unto the remission of their sins:
Through the bowels of the mercy of our God,
in which the Orient from on high has visited us:
To enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death:
to direct our feet into the way of peace.

The Lord God said to the serpent: I will make you enemies, you and the woman, your offspring and her offspring; she will crush your head, alleluia.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and for ever and ever. Amen.

Father, the image of the Virgin is found in the Church. Mary had a faith that your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for you kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. Trace in our actions the lines of her love, in our hearts her readiness of faith. Prepare once again a world for your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.


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