WEDNESDAY

Dominant idea of the day's Office:

Prayer as the safeguard of our friendship with God.

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. 

MATINS

(In gratitude for my creation, redemption and sacrification)

Our Father Most Holy, our Creator, our Redeemer and Savior, our Consoler…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be


Hallowed be Thy Name: may we have a clearer knowledge of Thee, so that we may understand the breath of Thy blessings, the length of Thy promises, the height of Thy Majesty and the depth of Thy judgments… 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

Thy kingdom come: so that Thou mayest rule in us through grace and have us reach Thy Kingdom…

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

Where there is the open sight of Thee, the perfect love of Thee, blissful association with Thee, everlasting enjoyment of Thee… 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

May Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven: may we love Thee with all our heart by always thinking of Thee, with all our soul by always craving for Thee, with all our mind by making Thee the aim of all our intentions and seeking Thy honor in everything.  (The Lord’s Praises in the Our Father) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

LAUDS

(In gratitude for the Glory of Christ's Humanity in Heaven)

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water,

Most useful is she, and humble, and precious and chaste.

Be praised, my Lord for Brother Fire,

By which Thou lightest up the night;

And it is fair and gay, and hardy and strong.

(Canticle of the Sun)  

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

PRIME

(In gratitude for Bishops and Priests)

Where there is quiet and meditation, there is neither worry nor dissipation. (Twenty seventh Admonition) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

TIERCE

(In gratitude for protection from great evils of soul and body)

Where there is fear of the Lord to guard the gateway, there the Enemy can get no hold for an entry.  (Twenty-seventh Admonition) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

SEXT

(In gratitude for all gifts of Grace especially vocations to T.O.)

Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor loss of composure.  (Twenty-seventh Admonition)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

NONE

(In gratitude for all benefits to mankind)

Blessed is the servant that treasures up for Heaven the favors God extends to him, and that has no desire to disclose them to people in hope of recompense, because the Most High Himself will make His work known to whomever He wishes.  (Twenty eighth Admonition) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

 

VESPERS

(In gratitude for the Spiritual Treasury of the Church)

The brethren should do their work with fidelity and devotion in such a way that they do not extinguish in themselves the spirit of holy prayer and recollection, to which all other things temporal should minister.  (Second Rule, Ch. 5)

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

COMPLINE

(In gratitude for Faith)

And since we are not fit to mention Thy Name, we humbly entreat that Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Beloved Son, may render Thee thanks that please Thee, for everything; for He, through whom Thou hast done so much for us, always suffices Thee for everything.  (First Rule, Ch. 23) 

Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be

Prayer After Reciting The Office

 

TO THE MOST HOLY AND UNDIVIDED TRINITY,

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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