Universalis
Saturday 30 May 2015    (other days)
Saturday memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 or Saturday of week 8 in Ordinary Time

Morning Prayer (Lauds)

If this is the first Hour that you are reciting today, you should precede it with the Invitatory Psalm.


INTRODUCTION
O God, come to our aid.
  O Lord, make haste to help us.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen. Alleluia.

Hymn
Mary Immaculate, star of the morning,
  Chosen before the creation began,
Chosen to bring in the light of thy dawning,
  Woe to the serpent and rescue to man.
Here, in this world of both shadow and sadness
  Veiling thy splendour, thy course hast thou run:
Now thou art throned in all glory and gladness,
  Crowned by the hand of thy Saviour and Son.
Sinners, we worship thy sinless perfection;
  Fallen and weak, for thy pity we plead:
Grant us the shield of thy sov’reign protection,
  Measure thine aid by the depth of our need.
Bend from thy throne at the voice of our crying,
  Bend to this earth which thy footsteps have trod:
Stretch out thine arms to us, living and dying,
  Mary Immaculate, Mother of God.

Psalm 91 (92)
Praise of God, the Creator
It is good to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning.
It is good to praise the Lord,
  and to sing psalms to your name, O Most High,
to proclaim your mercy in the morning
  and your faithfulness by night;
on the ten-stringed lyre and the harp,
  with songs upon the lyre.
For you give me joy, Lord, in your creation:
  I rejoice in the work of your hands.
How great are your works, O Lord,
  how immeasurably deep your thoughts.
The fool does not hear,
  the slow-witted do not understand.
When the wicked sprout up like grass,
  and the doers of evil are in full bloom,
it will come to nothing, for they will perish for ever and ever;
  but you, Lord, are the Highest eternally.
For behold, Lord, your enemies, how your enemies will perish,
  how wrongdoers will be scattered.
You will give me strength as the wild oxen have;
  I have been anointed with the purest oil.
I will look down upon my enemies,
  and hear the plans of those who plot evil against me.
The just will flourish like the palm tree,
  grow tall like the cedar of Lebanon.
They will be planted in the house of the Lord;
  in the courts of our God they will flourish.
They will bear fruit even when old,
  fresh and luxuriant through all their days.
They will proclaim how just is the Lord, my refuge,
  for in him there is no unrighteousness.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
It is good to make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning.

CanticleEzekiel 36
The Lord will renew his people
I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you.
I will take you from among the Gentiles,
  I will bring you together from all the earth,
  I will lead you into your own land.
I will pour clean water on you,
  and you will be cleansed from your filth:
  from all your worship of idols I will cleanse you.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.
I will take the stone heart from your breast and put a heart of flesh in its place.
I will put my spirit among you,
  so that you will walk in the paths of my law,
  keep my judgements and obey them.
You shall live in the land I gave to your fathers.
You shall be a people for me, and I will be your God.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
I will give you a new heart, and put a new spirit in you.

Psalm 8
The greatness of God, the dignity of man
On the lips of children and of babes you have found praise, Lord.
How wonderful is your name over all the earth,
  O Lord, our Lord!
How exalted is your glory
  above the sky!
Out of the mouths of children and infants you have brought praise,
  to confound your enemies, to destroy your vengeful foes.
When I see the heavens, the work of your fingers,
  the moon and stars, which you set in their place –
what is man, that you should take thought for him?
  what is the son of man, that you should look after him?
You have made him but one step lower than the angels;
  you have crowned him with glory and honour;
  you have set him over the works of your hands.
You have put everything beneath his feet,
  cattle and sheep and the beasts of the field,
the birds in the air and the fish in the sea,
  whatever passes along the paths of the waters.
How wonderful is your name above all the earth,
  O Lord, our Lord!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
On the lips of children and of babes you have found praise, Lord.

Short ReadingApocalypse 12:1 ©
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.

Short Responsory
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.
You are most blessed of all women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with you.

CanticleBenedictus
The Messiah and his forerunner
Let us celebrate the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she may intercede for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Or:
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, above all women on earth. The Lord God himself has chosen you.
Or:
Through you, immaculate Virgin, the life we had lost was returned to us. You received a child from heaven, and brought forth to the world a Saviour.
Or:
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you. You are the most blessed of all women, alleluia.
Or:
How shall I fittingly praise you, holy and immaculate virginity of Mary? Through you we received our Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Or:
You are the glory of Jerusalem! You are the joy of Israel! You are the highest honour of our race.
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
  for he has come to his people and brought about their redemption.
He has raised up the sign of salvation
  in the house of his servant David,
as he promised through the mouth of the holy ones,
  his prophets through the ages:
to rescue us from our enemies
  and all who hate us,
to take pity on our fathers,
  to remember his holy covenant
and the oath he swore to Abraham our father,
  that he would give himself to us,
that we could serve him without fear
 – freed from the hands of our enemies –
in uprightness and holiness before him,
  for all of our days.
And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:
  for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his path,
to let his people know their salvation,
  so that their sins may be forgiven.
Through the bottomless mercy of our God,
  one born on high will visit us
to give light to those who walk in darkness,
  who live in the shadow of death;
  to lead our feet in the path of peace.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
  as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
  world without end.
Amen.
Let us celebrate the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she may intercede for us with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Or:
Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, above all women on earth. The Lord God himself has chosen you.
Or:
Through you, immaculate Virgin, the life we had lost was returned to us. You received a child from heaven, and brought forth to the world a Saviour.
Or:
Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you. You are the most blessed of all women, alleluia.
Or:
How shall I fittingly praise you, holy and immaculate virginity of Mary? Through you we received our Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Or:
You are the glory of Jerusalem! You are the joy of Israel! You are the highest honour of our race.

Prayers and intercessions
Let us proclaim the greatness of our Saviour who chose to be born of the Virgin Mary. Confident that he will hear us, we ask:
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Saviour of the world, by your redemptive power you preserved your mother Mary from every stain of sin;
  deliver us from the evil that lies hidden in our hearts.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Christ our Redeemer, you made the Virgin Mary the sanctuary of your presence and the temple of the Spirit;
  make us bearers of your Spirit, in mind, heart and body.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
Eternal Word, you taught your mother Mary to choose the part that was best;
  let us follow her example and hunger for the food of everlasting life.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
King of kings, you assumed Mary into heaven to be with you completely in body and soul;
  may we seek the things that are above and keep our lives fixed on you.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.
King of heaven and earth, you placed Mary at your side to reign as queen for ever;
  grant us the joy of sharing in your glory.
Lord, may your mother pray for us.

Our Father, who art in heaven,
  hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
  Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
  and forgive us our trespasses,
  as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
  but deliver us from evil.

Let the gracious intercession of Blessed Mary ever-virgin help us, Lord:
  may she protect us in all dangers
  and make us rejoice in your peace.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
  who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
  one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

The Lord bless us, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

AMEN

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