Dominant idea of the day's Office:

Devotion to Mary.

Prayer Before Reciting The Office

O LORD, open my mouth to bless Thy holy name; cleanse my heart too, from all vain, perverse, and distracting thoughts; enlighten my understanding, inflame my affections: that I may recite this Office with worthy attention and devotion, and may merit to be heard in the sight of Thy Divine majesty.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen. 

Lord, I offer Thee these Hours in union with that Divine intention wherewith Thou didst offer praise to God while Thou wert on earth. 


(In petition for an increase in the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity)

Hear me, my brothers, children of the Lord, give ear to my words, incline the ear of your heart, and obey the voice of the Son of God… 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


Keep His commandments with all your heart, and comply with His counsels in a perfect spirit.  Proclaim it that He is good, and exalt Him in what you do…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


For He has sent you out over the world so that you might testify to His voice by what you say and do, and have everybody learn that there is no one Almighty but He…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


Persevere under discipline and holy obedience.  What you have promised Him, keep with a good and determined resolution… 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


The Lord God acts with you as with sons.  (Letter the General Chapter)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be



(In petition for the needs of soul and body)

Be praised, my Lord, for our Brother the Death of the Body,

Which no man among the living can escape.

Unhappy they who will die in mortal sin.

Blessed those who shall be found in Thy Most Holy Pleasure,

For the second death shall do no harm to them

(Canticle of the Sun) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


(In petition for copious graces)

Hail, Holy Lady, Most Holy Queen, Mother of God, Mary, a virgin forever, elected by the Most Holy Father in Heaven and consecrated by Him together with his Most Holy Beloved Son and the Spirit, the Paraclete.  

(Salute to Mary)

 Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be



(In petition for the Spirit of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience)

O Holy Virgin Mary, there is nobody like Thee born among women on earth.  Daughter and handmaiden of the Most High King, pray for us to Thy Most Holy and Beloved Son, Our Lord and Master.  (Office of the Passion) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


(In petition for the gifts of the Holy Ghost)

The Most High Father announced the coming of this Word of the Father from Heaven, through his archangel St. Gabriel, to the Holy and Glorious Virgin Mary, from whose womb He received the flesh of our human nature and frailty.  

(Letter to All the Faithful) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be



(In petition for the spirit of prayer)

If the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored so much — and rightly so — because She bore Christ in Her Holy Womb, how holy, just and worthy ought not anyone be who takes up Christ in his mouth and heart — Christ who is to live forever, Christ glorified on whom the angles yearn to cast their glance?  

(Letter to the General Chapter) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be



(In petition for missions and missionaries)

We are Our Lord’s mothers when we carry Him about in our heart and person by means of love and a clean and sincere conscience, and we give birth to Him by means of our holy actions, which should shine as an example to others.  

(Letter to All the Faithful) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


(In petition for a happy death)

Almighty and Eternal God, grant that we may follow the footsteps of Thy Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord, and by means of Thy soul-saving grace come to Thee, the Most High, who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity live and reign and have all Glory as God of all Might, world without end.  Amen.  

(Letter to the General Chapter) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Prayer After Reciting The Office



to the humanity of our crucified Lord Jesus Christ, to the fruitful purity of the most glorious and blessed Mary ever Virgin, and to all the Saints, be everlasting praise, honor, power and glory rendered by every creature, and to us be given the remission of all our sins, for all eternity.  Amen. 

V. Blessed womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father, 

R. And blessed breasts, which nursed the Christ Our Lord.  

Our Father, Hail Mary

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