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TREASURES OF TRADITION
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Vol. 24, no. 159

Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Part Nine: VESPERS

by

Karl D. Keller

    There are many devotions we can practice throughout the day, but one of the most efficacious of these, besides the holy Rosary, is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are various versions - long ones and short ones - dedicated to Our Lady and it is the intention here to share the approved devotion with Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from over a century ago with readers. Here is presented the seventh hour of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Vespers, which is Evensong and, before the evening meal, is usually prayed at 6 p.m. in concert with the Angelus or Regini Coeli in Paschal time. We see here that the tone changes from that of the Little Hours throughout the day. No longer do we focus on waiting for deliverance, but upon the arrival of the Messias and those instruments God so chose including His Immaculate Mother, St. Joseph and the Saints while still utilizing the Psalms of David in this next to last hour of the day.

VESPERS    (6 p.m.)

   After introducing you to the importance of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary in my first installment Our Lady of the Great Event, and providing the First Nocturn and Second and Third Hours of Matins, and recently Lauds followed by Prime then Terce, then Sext and then None. Today I will share with you the significance of the office of Vespers, the evening prayer or Evensong which is longer than the Little Hours and changes in tone as you shall see.

    It is my intention to console Our Lady by helping to make the recitation of Her Little Office more accessible and consoling to others in the hope that more people will pray it and realize how comforting it is to know that the Mother of God Herself, hundreds of years ago, provided this means of grace to Her children. In order to do that, I have put together the following that I will present each week so that all will eventually have access to the Little Office.

    All of the prayers of the Little Office each time will be listed here with a link to the Psalms or other passages of Scripture at drbo.org for the most exact translation of the Douay-Rheims version. Each psalm will be prefaced by some thoughts from Explanation of the Psalms & Canticles in the Divine Office by none other than St. Alphonsus Liguori, translated by the Rev. T. Livius, C.SS.R., with a Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur from 1887. To these are added some of my thoughts on how the same psalms relate to the situation through which we are living, an age of Apostasy, which many, myself included, believe to be the Apostasy foretold by St. Paul. I have tried to organize it in such a way as to keep a smooth flow as I will treat a different nocturn each time.

The Hours

    Once all these installments are published, you'll see where one can pray the Little Office from Matins to Compline straight through in about 90 minutes. Nearly half of that is needed for Matins and Lauds. The "little hours" of Prime, Terce, Sext, and None require only about 7 or 8 minutes each, so all four can be said in around a half hour. These are the hours and psalms for the soldiers of the Church Militant, encouragement for the soldiers of Christ. If your schedule is very crowded and your days very busy, as mine are, and you cannot pray all of the hours, my suggestion is to pray the little hours, either all together in the morning, at noon, or any time really, or at three a.m. (Lauds), six a.m. (Prime), nine a.m. (Tierce), noon (Sext), three p.m. (None), six p.m. (Vespers) and finally Compline just before going to bed or nine p.m.

    During Advent and Christmastide, the antiphons for Vespers are the same ones used at Lauds and the little hours. During the time before Advent, which is most of the year, Vespers has unique antiphons. While those used at Lauds are also used, one each, at the little hours, the antiphons for Vespers are distinct. Try to discover the relationship between the antiphons used and the psalms. Notice the change in tone, which is quite noticeable, from the psalms of the little hours. No longer are they the psalms of captivity and awaiting deliverance, rather, they seem to reflect the attitude of those who have conquered and are at rest knowing that the enemy is vanquished. It helps to think about why the Holy Ghost led the Church to give us these particular psalms in this particular order, since the Church only gives Her children good things to eat, it helps to meditate on the connection between the psalms. Also remember that Our Lady of the Great Event wanted Mother Mariana de Jesus Torres and her sisters to recite the Little Office for our sake. That is, for the sake of those living through this great Apostasy of the 20th and 21st centuries.

    Consider also the antiphons from Vespers for each of the three parts of the year, starting with Advent. The Antiphons for Vespers during Advent:

      1. The angel Gabriel was sent to Mary, a Virgin espoused to Joseph.

      2. Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; Blessed art thou among women.

      3. Fear not Mary. Thou hast found grace with the Lord. Behold thou shalt conceive and bear a Son.

      4. The Lord shall give to Him the throne of David, His father, and He shall reign forever.

      5. Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

    Notice how the antiphons relate the events of the Annunciation/Incarnation during Advent. The Antiphons focus our attention on the first coming of Christ, especially on the moment with the Word became Flesh and dwelt among us.

    While the Antiphons for Vespers during Christmastide focus on the Nativity:

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

      2. When Thou wast born of a Virgin, after an ineffable manner, then were the scriptures fulfilled: Thou didst come down like rain upon the fleece, that Thou mightest save mankind; we praise Thee, O our God.

      3. In the bush which Moses saw unconsumed, we acknowledge thy admirable virginity preserved; intercede for us, O Mother of God.

      4. The Root of Jesse hath budded, a star hath risen out of Jacob; a Virgin hath borne the Saviour, we praise Thee, O our God.

      5. Behold, Mary hath borne us the Savior, whom John beholding, exclaimed, saying, Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. Alleluia.

    After Christmas, the Antiphons marvel at the goodness of God at sending His only begotten Son to redeem us, and He came through the Immaculate Virgin Mary, who remained a Virgin before and after His birth as we see in the Antiphons for Vespers between the Feast of the Purification and Advent:

      1. Whilst the King was reposing, my spikenard yielded the odor of sweetness.

      2. His left hand is under my head and His right hand shall embrace me.

      3. I am black but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem; therefore hath the King loved me and brought me into His chamber.

      4. Now is winter past. The rain is over and gone; arise my beloved, and come.

      5. Thou art made beauteous and sweet in thy delights, O Holy Mother of God.

    At first glance, these Antiphons seem to be odd and random. But consider them again and see how astoundingly beautiful they are and how appropriate for us in our days. See why Our Lady wants us to pray these; why she was so insistent that Mother Mariana and the other sisters pray, and that we pray the Little Office. Let us look at these more in detail:

1. Whilst the King was reposing, my spikenard yielded the odor of sweetness.

    The King is, of course, Christ. He is in heaven during the long ages of the Church's sojourn through this valley of tears. But even as the Church Militant is fighting the good fight, she gives off the odor of sweetness. Although the Church is as terrible as an army set in array, yet She is still the Immaculate Bride of Christ with all the beauty that that entails. Christ the King is in His heavenly chamber awaiting the coming of His Bride, the Church.

2. His left hand is under my head and His right hand shall embrace me.

    As a bridegroom lifting up his bride, so Christ the King will raise up His Church and bring Her to Heaven to be with Him. Christ loves the Church as His Bride and wants nothing more than that She come to Him.

3. I am black but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem; therefore hath the King loved me and brought me into His chamber.

    The Church is in eclipse, in the shadows, hidden. Her color is not black, she is spotless, immaculate, brighter than the sun; No, She is black because she is hidden, but despite that, She is beautiful and therefore, Christ loves Her and will bring her to Heaven, His chamber.

4. Now is winter past. The rain is over and gone; arise my beloved, and come.

    But soon, the cold, grey, dark winter will be over and gone; the rain, snow, and clouds have dissipated and the Sun has returned. The eclipse will end, the apostasy will be crushed, the enemies of Christ will be scattered and all things will be restored in Christ. The darkness will cease and Christ will say to His Bride, Come to Me!

5. Thou art made beauteous and sweet in thy delights, O Holy Mother of God.

    Just as Our Holy Mother, Mary, the Queen of Heaven and Earth is made beauteous and sweet, so will our Holy Mother the Church be restored more glorious than ever. Such that all will wonder at Her beauty and will ask, Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?

Vespers

    Hail Mary, secretly, which is said always at the beginning of all the Hours.

    V. Come + unto my help, O God.
    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.

(Thus is said Alleluia at all the Hours throughout the year, except from Septuagesima to Holy Saturday; for then is said: Praise be to Thee, O Lord, King of everlasting glory.)

Psalm 109
Dixit Dominus
The Messiah, King and Priest, victorious over His enemies.

    The Psalmist here speaks of the reign of Jesus Christ, of His eternal and temporal generation, of His Priesthood, and of His Passion. This Psalm must be understood literally of our Divine Savior, since it is recorded in the Gospel that He applied it to Himself (Matt. xxii. 44) in order to convince the Jews that He was truly the Son of God: after drawing from them the avowal that the Messias must be the Son of David, He asked them how it was, then, David called Him his Lord: "The Lord said unto my Lord," and thereupon followed up the argument by asking them how the same Messias Whom David called his Lord, was his Son: If David then call Him Lord, how is He his Son?" The Jews did not answer that the Messias could not be the Lord of David, as true God; but they would not allow that Jesus was the Messias or Christ of Whom David had spoken. We Christians all believe that Jesus Christ was the true Messias. This ought to convince the Arians, who deny that Jesus Christ is true Son of God and true God as His Father: how in fact can they deny this verity, seeing that David called Him his Lord, Who was to be his Son?

    At Evensong (vespers) time our Lord Jesus Christ on Maundy Thursday supped with His Apostles, and ordained the Holy Sacrament of His Body and Blood (St. Matt. xxvi. 20). The same hour on Good Friday He was taken down from the Cross (St. Matt. xxvii. 57). And on Easter Day the same hour He met with two of His disciples going towards Emmaus, and made Himself known to them in the breaking of bread (St. Luke xxiv. 13). (The Myrroure of Our Lady)

    Christ the King hath overthrown kings in the day of His wrath! He shall smite asunder the heads in the land of many. The world has fought against Christ the King since Adam's fall. But, after the Great Event, He shall have His vengeance. Amidst the brightness of those who have persevered through the Apostasy and remained faithful to the Church, He shall lay waste His enemies. He has allowed the weeds to remain in the midst of the wheat until it appeared that the wheat had disappeared and there was nothing left but weeds. But now He will separate the weeds and throw them into the unquenchable fire. The Lord shall send forth the scepter of His power out of [the Church]and shall rule.

    Ant. Whilst the King.

    Ant. Advent: The angel Gabriel was sent.

    Ant. After Advent: O marvelous intercourse.

Then go to Psalm 109.
Complete the Psalm with Glory Be...

    Ant. Whilst the King was reposing, my spikenard yielded the odor of sweetness.

    Ant. Advent: The angel Gabriel was sent to Mary, a Virgin espoused to Joseph.

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


Psalm 112
Laudate, pueri
Glory to God, so infinitely great and so admirably condescending.

    The Psalmist invites the just to praise God for the care that He takes of all His creatures, even of the meanest.

    The Lord is sovereign, supreme over all the nations: His glory surpasses that of the heavens. Who can ever compare with the Lord our God, Whose goodness is such that, from the highest heaven where he dwells, He does not disdain to look upon the creatures that are the most lowly in heaven and on earth? He it is Who, beholding the spouse full of sadness in her house, at seeing herself barren, without offspring, makes her become the joyful mother of many children. This verse applies well to Jesus Christ, Who, when the Church was bereaved of children by the perversion of the Jews, made her, by His redemption, the mother of all the faithful.

    We, the children of Holy Mother Church, we, the poor, who are living in the midst of the dunghill of apostasy brought about once again by the machinations of the "perversion of the Jews" who have taken over the Vatican and the chanceries and every parish on earth; we the needy might well have wondered, if we had not the promise of Christ that the gates of hell would not prevail, whether the Church would be left childless, barren in the world. Christ Himself wondered if He would find faith on earth on His return. Our Mother has even been thrown from her house; all the structures of the Church, built by the blood, sweat and tears of our ancestors are occupied by our enemies. But the Lord will make the "barren woman" to dwell in her house once more, the joyful mother of children. No longer will we occupy the dunghills, we shall be set with princes, the saints who have gone before us. Notice the antiphon for the time before Advent: His left hand is under my head, and His right hand shall embrace me. Christ King, embracing His spouse, the Church and lifting her up to be beside Him for eternity. No, this exile will not last forever. It will end in the flash of a lightning bolt, in the wink of an eye. The event will come as Our Lady promised.

    Ant. His left hand.

    Ant. Advent: Hail Mary.

    Ant. After Advent: When Thou wast born.

Then go to Psalm 112.
Complete the Psalm with Glory Be...

    Ant. His left hand is under my head, and His right hand shall embrace me.

    Ant. Advent: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, Alleluia.

    Ant. After Advent: When Thou wast born of a Virgin, after an ineffable manner, then were the Scriptures fulfilled: Thou didst come down like rain upon the fleece, that Thou mightiest save mankind; we praise Thee, O our God.


Psalm 121
Laetate sum
Song of the pilgrims in honor of Jerusalem.

    The joy of the Jews, on hearing that they are about to be released from the captivity of Babylon. Christians should by this Psalm enkindle anew their desires for Heaven.

    How strongly we can understand the suffering of the Hebrews as they awaited the Messias; as they awaited their release from the captivity that was brought about by their own sins! We ourselves are suffering the same fate. We are exiled from our churches, we have lost everything from the top down: We have no pope, no bishops, almost no priests, hardly any Masses or Sacraments, the doctrine has been poisoned with the heresy of heresies - Modernism. And yet - we hope! We must hope! Especially since we know that we return to rest in the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church. We will go into the House of the Lord. Throughout the history of the Church, those called and chosen by God have ascended into heaven by being joined to the Mystical Body of Christ. We must pray - especially the Little Office and the Holy Rosary - for the things that are for the peace of the Church and those that love Her. We must pray for the salvation of our neighbors for the love of God. This is Charity.

    This is the second time this psalm is prayed, the first time being at the hour of sext. It must be very important to Holy Mother Church that we keep it in our hearts. It is terribly important that we nurture a strong desire to be with Christ. It is said in the lives of the saints that a certain person spent much time in purgatory because he did not have an intense desire to be with Christ! We must pray for the gift of a strong desire for the coming of Christ. It is easy to get used to anything, even living through the Apostasy because God has given us this strength so we can endure, but we must take care not to begin to take is as the way things should be. We must be glad at the very mention of the Holy Name of Jesus, at the word Catholic our heart should beat a little faster, our ears should perk up, we should be glad at the things that are said about the Faith, the Church, Our Lady and Our Lord. Let us not become lackadaisical but let our desire be for the courts of the Lord!

    Ant. I am black.

    Ant. Advent: Fear not, Mary.

    Ant. After Advent: In the bush which Moses saw.

Then go to Psalm 121.
Complete the Psalm with Glory Be...

    Ant. I am black, but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem: therefore hath the King loved me, and brought me into His chamber.

    Ant. Advent: Fear not, Mary, thou hast found grace with the Lord: behold thou shalt conceive and bear a Son. Alleluia.

    Ant. After Advent: In the bush which Moses saw unconsumed, we acknowledge thy admirable virginity preserved; intercede for us, O Mother of God.


Psalm 126
Nisi Dominus
Man can do nothing without God's help.

    The Jews, on their return from Babylon, wish to rebuild the city of Jerusalem and the Temple, but are hindered by the incursions of their enemies; the Psalmist exhorts them to trust in God.

    4 - 6. After the Lord shall have given to His beloved, that is, to His people, sleep, viz., peace by means of the promised Redeemer. - Then shall appear the inheritance of Jesus Christ the Lord, an inheritance which shall consist in the multitude of the children born in His Church according to the prophecy: "Ask of Me, and I will give Thee the Gentiles for Thine inheritance (Ps. ii. 8.) - The recompense of Christ the Lord shall be the fruit of the womb, that is, these same children shall be the recompense of Jesus Christ according to another prophecy: If He shall lay down His life for sin, He shall see a long-lived seed." (Is. liii. 10). This is well expressed in the Greek version in this sense: The multitude of children shall be the inheritance of the Lord and the recompense of Jesus Christ, Who was properly the fruit of Mary's womb. These children, tormented by persecutions, shall be against their enemies as so many arrows in the hand of a strong man. Blessed is the man who shall see his desire satisfied by the birth of so many children; he shall not suffer confusion when he shall have to treat with his enemies before the gate of the city, that is, according to St. Robert Bellarmine, at the last judgment, which shall take place at the great gate, or at the assize of the whole world, when Jesus Christ shall confound the demons, who thought to drag the entire human race down to hell.

    We see this psalm also for a second time. The Church, then, wants us to recall that Her enemies shall not prevail. Consider the beauty of the Antiphon for the time before Advent: Now is the winter past, the rain is over and gone: arise, my beloved, and come. This should make our heart skip a beat! The winter refers to the time when the Church was in the darkness of the Apostasy, kicked out of our houses and living in the wilderness, in the cold, dark winter. But now, the winter is past, the Lord comes to lift us, to embrace us as was mentioned in the previous antiphon. The cold rain is gone, the eclipsed sun comes out again, Christ says to His Bride, "Arise, my beloved, and come!"

    Ant. Now is the winter past.

    Ant. Advent: The Lord shall give unto Him.

    Ant. After Advent: The Root of Jesse hath budded.

Then go to Psalm 126.
Complete the Psalm with Glory Be...

    Ant. Now is the winter past, the rain is over and gone: arise, my beloved, and come.

    Ant. Advent: The Lord shall give unto Him the throne of David His father, and He shall reign forever.

    Ant. After Advent: The Root of Jesse hath budded, a star hath risen out of Jacob; a Virgin hath borne the Savioir, we praise Thee, O our God.


Psalm 147
Lauda, Jerusalem
Thanksgiving for the restoration of Jerusalem.

    The Psalmist exhorts the people of God to thank Him for His benefits. This Psalm regards the Jews now returned from captivity, and in the sweet enjoyment of peace.

    [The Lord] covers the earth with ice as with pieces of crystal; how shall he wo is exposed to such great cold be able to endure it? Then the Lord will issue another command and will cause the snow to melt, for He will send forth the South wind, and the snows will thaw into water.

    In this psalm, the metaphor of an icy winter being warmed into spring which we saw in the previous antiphon is expanded upon. He hath strengthened the bars of thy gates, He hath blessed thy children within thee. The Lord supported us during the frigid winter of our exile during the eclipse of the Church, when the warmth of the Sun was blocked and we lived only on Faith that the Sun was there, since the warmth of His rays were blocked by the false church which stood where it ought not to have been. He sustained us, even when we wondered, "How will we survive before the face of His cold?" But, He sends forth His word and shall melt them, His wind shall blow and the [frozen] waters shall run. The Church shall come out from the eclipse and the brightness will once again warm the world. It will have been so long since She showed her face that people will not recognize Her and will ask, "Who is she that cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?" The earth will be renewed and the mists of error, heresy, schism and apostasy will be scattered like ashes.

    Ant. Thou art made beauteous.

    Ant. Advent: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

    Ant. After Advent: Behold Mary.

Then go to Psalm 147.
Complete the Psalm with Glory Be...

    Ant. Thou art made beauteous and sweet in thy delights, O holy Mother of God.

    Ant. Advent: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word.

    Ant. After Advent: Behold, Mary hat borne us the Saviour, whom John beholding, exclaimed, saying: Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who taketh away the sins of the world. Alleluia.



The Little Chapter - Eccli. 24: 14

From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto 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.

Hymn (Ave Maris Stella)

      Hail, thou Star of 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 captives' fetters;
      Light on blindness pour;
      All our ills expelling,
      Every bliss implore.

      Show thyself a Mother;
      Offer Him our sighs,
      Who for us Incarnate
      Did not thee despise.

      Virgin of all virgins!
      To thy shelter take us:
      Gentlest of the gentle!
      Chaste and gentle make us.

      Still, as on we journey,
      Help our weak endeavor,
      Till with thee and Jesus
      We rejoice forever.

      Through the highest Heaven,
      To the Almighty Three,
      Father, Son, and Spirit,
      One same glory be. Amen.

      V. Grace is poured forth on thy lips.
      R. Therefore hath the Lord blessed thee forever.


Magnificat or Song of the Blessed Virgin Mary Lk 1: 46-55

    The Magnificat is one of the most beautiful and consoling prayers, if not the most beautiful. It is wondrously appropriate, I think, to remember that Our Lady is a type of the Church. As such we can read this prayer as if it were being prayed by the Church Herself.

    I will not give any further comment, but I beg you to prayerfully and lovingly imagine the Church, after these long millennia of trial, struggle, suffering, and triumph singing in soft, loving tones, this hymn to Her heavenly Spouse - Christ the King.

    Ant. Blessed Mother.

    Ant. In Paschal time: Queene of Heaven.

    Ant. Advent: The Holy Ghost.

    Ant. After Advent: A great mystery of inheritance.

    46. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
    47. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.
    48. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
    49. Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is His name.
    50. And His mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear Him.
    51. He hath shewed might in His arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
    52. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
    53. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich He hath sent empty away.
    54. He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy:
    55. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.

Complete the Magnificat with Glory Be...

    Ant. Blessed Mother and inviolate Virgin, glorious Queen of the world, intercede for us with the Lord.

    Ant. In Paschal time: Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia. For He Whom thou wast meant to bear, alleluia. Hath arisen, as He said, alleluia. Pray to God for us, alleluia.

    Ant. Advent: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, Mary: fear not, thou shalt bear in thy womb the Son of God. Alleluia.

    Ant. After Advent: A great mystery of inheritance! The womb of one that knew not man hath become the Temple of God; taking flesh of her He was not defiled. All nations shall come, saying, Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.

    V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
    R. And let my cry come unto Thee.

    Let us pray. Vouchsafe, O Lord God, we beseech Thee, to us, Thy 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 our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost God, world without end.


Commemoration of St. Joseph Luke 12: 42

    Ant. Thou art made beauteous.

    V. Glory and wealth shall be in his home.
    R. And his justice remains forever and ever. (Psalm 111:3)

    Prayer - O God, Who, in Thy wonderful providence, didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most Holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, to us who venerate him as our protector on earth, to be found worthy of having him for our advocate in Heaven.


Commemoration of the Saints Before and After Advent

    Ant. O all ye Saints of God, vouchsafe to intercede for our salvation, and that of all mankind.

    V. Rejoice in the Lord, and be glad, ye just.
    R. And glory, all ye that are right of heart.

    Let us pray. Protect Thy people, O Lord, and preserve them by They continual defence, who trust in the Patronage of Peter and Paul, and all Thy other Apostles. Let all Thy Saints, we beseech Thee, O Lord, assist us everywhere; that, while we venerate their merits, we may experience their patronage; grant us Thy peace in our times, and drive away all wickedness from Thy Church; dispose our way, our acts, and wills, and those of all Thy servants, in the good success of Thy salvation; render to our benefactors everlasting blessings, and grant to all the faithful departed eternal rest. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

    Our Father, secretly

    Ant. Advent Behold the Lord shall come, and all His Saints with Him; and in that day, there shall be a great light. Alleluia.

    V. Behold the Lord shall appear upon a shining cloud.
    R. And with Him thousands of Saints.

    Let us pray. Purify our consciences, we beseech Thee, O Lord, by Thy visitation; that when Thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord shall come with all his Saints, He may find a mansion prepared in us for Himself Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

    V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
    R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
    V. Let us bless the Lord.
    R. Thanks be to God.

    V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    R. Amen.

    In the next installment we will treat the Eighth and final Office of the Day - Compline, which is normally said at 9 p.m. or before retiring at night. I encourage you to allot time in the future to include this meaningful practice in your life for saying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I know She'll greatly appreciate it and respond with many graces.

Karl D. Keller


      Karl D. Keller is a Catholic trying to live and die as a loyal son of Holy Mother Church. A father of nine, grandfather of five (so far!), he believes all things revealed by God through His One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He rejects anything else, even if it comes from men who do not keep the Catholic Faith and pretend that they can change it. Only Catholics can hold office in the Church. His goal is to encourage others who are trying to keep the Faith not to despair, but to persevere, with the help of The Mother of God, by promoting the recitation of Her Little Office, and the apparitions in Quito, Ecuador in the 1600s, where she described herself as, Nuestra Señora del Buen Suceso, which does not mean Our Lady of Good Success, but rather, Our Lady of the Good/Great Event, referring to the Triumph of Her Immaculate Heart and the Reign of Christ the King. ¡Viva Cristo Rey!


Treasures of Tradition
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