Tuesday, 7 December 2010

The Vigil of the Immaculate Conception of the BVM

O pure and immaculate
and likewise blessed Virgin, 
who art the sinless Mother of thy Son,
the mighty Lord of the universe, 
thou who art inviolate and altogether holy,
the hope of the hopeless and sinful, 
we sing thy praises. 
We bless thee, as full of every grace,
thou who didst bear the God-Man: 
we bow low before thee; 
we invoke thee and implore thine aid.
Rescue us, O holy and inviolate Virgin, 
from every necessity that presses upon us 
and from all the temptations of the devil.

Be our intercessor and advocate
at the hour of death and judgement; 
deliver us from the fire 
that is not extinguished 
and from the outer darkness; 
make us worthy of the glory of thy Son,
O dearest and most clement Virgin Mother. 
Thou indeed art our only hope most sure 
and sacred in God's sight, 
to Whom be honour and glory and majesty and dominion
for ever and ever world without end. Amen.
Ephrem the Syrian (306-373)

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