Wednesday, February 01, 2006

candlemas - the feast of the purification of the blessed virgin / presentation of our lord in the temple

Today being Candlemas, I thought I would post the text of the Alma Redemptoris Mater. I have been trying, by God's grace, to say the final Antiphons of the BVM after Evensong, and the Alma Redemptoris Mater is dispensed with after the second Evensong of Candlemas (the first Evensong being on the eve of the Feast, and hence Candlemas having already begun as I write), until Advent. The text that followeth is taken from the Anglican Breviary. Say goodbye, beloved, to the Alma Redemptoris Mater until Advent! (Though, praise God, we needn't say goodbye to our Lady. We will hail her in prayer, beginning at Compline tomorrow and until Wednesday in Holy Week, with the Ave, Regina Caelorum). Anyway, the Alma Redemptoris Mater:

Kindly Mother of our Redeemer; great portal of heaven ever open, the sea's far-shining star: O succour thy people who though fallen strive to rise again. O thou who hast brought forth, to all nature's wonder, nature's Lord, thine own Creator: Mother yet a Virgin ever more, who at Gabriel's speaking didst receive the Ave: towards us sinners shew thy pity.

V. After child-bearing thou remainedst a pure Virgin. R. Mother of God, intercede for us.

Let us pray.
O God, who by the child-bearing of a pure Virgin hast bestowed upon all mankind the rewards of everlasting life: grant, we beseech thee; that we may know the succour of her intercession, though whom we have been found worthy to receive the Author of life, even Jesus Chgrist thy Son our Lord. R. Amen.

V. May help divine + be with us all, for ever abiding. R. Amen.

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