Friday, 19 May 2017

Saturday of Our Lady: Reading for the third week of May

The reading for the Office of Our Lady on Saturday is from the Homily of St Cyril of alexandria against Nestorius.

Sit tibi sancta Dei Mater laus. Mater et Virgo; tu benedictus, qui venit in nomine Domini, in sanctis Evangeliis nominatur. Per te Trinitas sanctificatur: per te crux pretiosa celebratur et adoratur in toto orbe terrarum. Per te exsultat coelum, laetantur Angeli et Archangeli, fugantur daemones, et homo ipse ad coelum revocatur. Per te omnis creatura idolorum errore detenta, conversa est ad agnitionem veritatis, et fideles homines ad sanctum baptisma pervenerunt, atque in toto orbe terrarum constructae sunt ecclesiae. Te adjutrice Gentes veniunt ad poenitentiam. Per te unigenitus Dei Filius vera illa lux effulsit sedentibus in tenebris et umbra mortis. Amen.
Praise be to thee, Holy Mother of God! Mother and Maiden, where through cometh He of whom the Gospels tell, that Blessed One Who cometh in the Name of the Lord ! Through thee is the name of the Trinity hallowed, through thee is the precious Cross preached and worshipped throughout all the world. Through thee there is joy in heaven, through thee Angels and Archangels shout aloud, through thee the devils are put to flight, and man is recalled to Paradise. Through thee every creature once in bondage to idols turneth to the knowledge of the truth, through thee believers come to holy Baptism, through thee Churches are built in all the earth. By thy help, the heathen turn to repentance. Through thee the Only-begotten Son of God, He in Whom is Life, and the Life is the Light of men, hath shined upon them that sat in darkness and in the shadow of death. Amen.

The responsory:

R. Felix namque es, sacra Virgo Maria, et omni laude dignissima:
* Quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae, * Christus Deus noster.
V. Ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum juvamen, quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem.
R. Quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae.
V. Gloria Patri
R. Christus Deus noster.
R. O holy Virgin Mary, happy indeed art thou, and right worthy of all praise * For out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God.
V. Pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for all women vowed to God. Let all that are making this holy memorial of thee feel the might of thine assistance.
R. For out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness
V. Glory be...
R. Even Christ our God.

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