Office of Our Lady on Saturday - Saturday 4 of April

Reading: Sermon of St Bernard of Clairvaux - Why should human frailty waiver before Mary?  There is no sternness n her, no terror: she is altogether, offering milk and wool to all.  Attentively review the entire sequence of Gospel events and see if there is any chiding, any harshness, or any sign of even the slightest anger in Mary, or anything that should cause you to be suspicious or afraid to approach her.  But if you find that she is full of every pity and grace, of mercy and gentleness, as indeed she is, then give thanks to him who of his tender mercy foresaw your need of such a mediator.  In short she became all things to all, and of her great charity she has made herself debtor to all, both wise and foolish.  She opened her bosom of mercy to all, so that of her fullness all might receive: the captive redemption, the sick healing, the sad consolation, the sinner pardon, the just grace, the angel joy.  She does not investigate past deserts but to all shows herself most vulnerable to entreaty, to all renders herself merciful, and pities the needs of all with the greatest feeling.

(Sermon for the Sunday within the Octave of the Assumption, trans Irene Edmonds OCSO, in Sermons for the Autumn Season)

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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