Afternoon Prayers




I opened the window to the gentle rain
and said my prayers there.


V. O Lady, make speed to befriend me. 
R. From the hands of the enemy powerfully defend me. 
V. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. 
R. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

Alleluia. 

Hymn  

Hail, city of refuge,
     Hail, David's high tower,
With battlements crown'd,
     And girded with power.

Fill'd at thy Conception
     With love and with light,
The dragon by thee
     Was shorn of his might.
O Woman, most valiant,
     O Judith thrice blest,
As David was nurs'd
     In fair Abisag's breast.
As the saviour of Egypt
     Upon Rachael's knee;
So the world's great Redeemer
     Was cherished by thee.
V. Thou art all fair, my beloved.
R. And the original stain was never in thee.
V. O Lady, recommend my prayer. 
R. And let my cry come unto thee. 

Let Us Pray. 

     O Holy Mary, Queen of heaven, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Mistress of the world, who forsakest no one, and despises no one; look upon me, O Lady, with an eye of pity, and entreat for me, of thy beloved Son, the forgiveness of all my sins; that, as I now celebrate with devout affection THY HOLY AND IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, so hereafter, I may receive the prize of eternal blessedness, by the grace of Him whom thou, in virginity, didst bring forth, Jesus Christ our Lord; who, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, in perfect unity, God, world without end.  Amen.  



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