Friday, September 08, 2006

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Interestingly, this feast originated in the East before finding a place in the Roman liturgy in the 7th Century. This date served to fix that of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8.

Introit: Hail, holy Mother, thou who didst bring forth the King, who ruleth heaven and earth for ever and ever. Ps. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.

Collect: We bessech Thee, O Lord, grant to Thy servants the gift of Thy heavenly grace: that as the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, so the joyful festival of her Nativity may bring us an increase of peace.

Alleluia: Alleluia, alleluia. Happy indeed art thou, O sacred Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all high praise: for out of thee hath risen the sun of justice, Christ who is our God. Allleluia.

Sancta Maria Virgine. Ora Pro Nobis

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