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to ourselves, that we may live wholly unto thee; who livest and reignest, &c.
II. The Ascension.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst descend upon earth to be our sacrifice, and hast ascended into heaven to be our eternal Priest and Advocate; grant us grace, that, being detached from all earthly things, we may in heart and mind thither ascend, whither thou art gone before, and with thee continually dwell; who livest and reignest, &c. Amen.
III. The Descent of the Holy Ghost. O Lord Jesus Christ, to whom is given all power in heaven and on earth; send down upon us the Holy Ghost the Comforter, which may guide, support, and purify the souls of thy servants, and of thy whole Church; who livest and reignest, &c. Amen.
IV. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who, when the work of her perfection was accomplished, didst call to thyself the soul of thy most holy Mother, and didst not suffer her body to see corruption; grant us, we beseech thee, the desire of perfection, and daily to purify ourselves more and more from all our faults and imperfections; so that at the hour of death we may be found worthy to pass to the blessed vision of thy glory; who livest and reignest, &c. Amen.
V. The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who hast said, "In my Father's house are many mansions, I go to prepare a place for you grant us, we beseech thee, so to copy in our lives the holy virtues of thy blessed Mother, that, through her glorious intercession with thee, we may attain the place prepared for us in thy kingdom from the foundation of the world; who livest and reignest, &c. Amen.
Salve Regina, &c.; Hail holy Queen, &c.
Let us pray.
0 God, whose only-begotten Son, by his life, death, and resurrection, hath laid open to us the rewards of everlasting life; grant, we beseech thee, that pondering in our hearts these Mysteries in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may imitate what they set forth, and obtain what they promise; through the same our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ Amen.
A SHORT PARAPHRASE
OF THE LITANY OF LORETTO.
Kyrie eleison. Lord God the Father, have mercy upon us. Chrisle eleison. Lord God the Son, have mercy upon us. Kyrie eleison. Lord God the Holy Ghost, hav?. mercy upon us.
Christe audi nos. Christ, our anointed Priest, hear these our prayers.
Christe exaudi nos. Christ, our anointed King, hear our petition.
Pater de calls Deus, miserere nobis. O God the Father, of heaven, have mercy on us.
Fili Redemptor mundi Deus. O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
Spirilus Sancte Deus. O God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Sancta Trinitas unus Deus. Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Sancta Maria. Holy Mary, by thy name of sweetness, after the name of Jesus most venerable, pray for us.
Sancta Dei Genetrix. Holy Mother of God, from whose own flesh was formed God's sacred body, pray for us.
Sancta Virgo Virginum. Holy Virgin of virgins, as the lily amongst '.horns, so is my beloved among the virgin daughters; pray for us.
Mater Christi. Mother of Christ, of the Anointed One, thou didst stand by the altar of the cross; pray for us.
Mater Divina gratia. Mother of Divine grace, by thee did grace come down from heaven; pray for us.
Mater purissima. Mother most pure, exempted from all stain of sin; pray for us.
Mater castissima. Mother most chaste, without all sting of concupiscence; pray for us.
Mater inviolata. Mother inviolate; Mother, yet ever Virgin; pray for us.
Mater intemerata. Mother undented by any the slightest breath of evil; pray for us.
Mater amabilis. Mother most amiable, thou art the Mother of incarnate love; pray for us.
Mater admirabilu. Mother most admirable, for God himself could form no greater Mother than his own; pray for us.
Mater Creatoris. Mother of our Creator, at thy virgin breast He who sustains the world was nourished; pray for us.
Mater Salvatcris. Mother of our Saviour; thou of whom was formed that very blood that hath redeemed the world; pray for us.
Virgo prudentissima. Virgin most prudent, taught by Heaven, the whilst thou didst keep silence and ponder in thy heart; pray for us.
Virgo veneranda. Virgin most venerable; thou whom all generations shall call blessed; pray for us.
Virgo pradicanda. Thou who art worthy that thy glory should be extolled and celebrated through the whole world; pray for us.
Virgo potens. Virgin most powerful, by thy prayers omnipotent with God; pray for us.
Virgo Clemens. Virgin most merciful; who can declare thy love for souls redeemed by Jesus' Blood ?—pray for us.
Virgo fidelis. Virgin most faithful; for thy love was strong as death, as thou didst stand by the cross of Jesus, faithful to the last; pray for us.
Speculum justifies. Mirror of justice; for who so perfectly reflects the image of Jesus as his holy "Mother ?—pray for us.
Sedes sapientia. Seat of wisdom, since in thy arms the Eternal Wisdom of the Father was enthroned; pray for us.
Causa nostrte latitice. Rainbow of peace, and of good tidings of great joy to a storm-tossed world; pray for us.
Vas spirituale. Spiritual vessel "full of grace," from thee all grace hath issued forth; pray for us.
Vas honora'iUe. Vessel of honour and election, formed of the purest gold, fit for the service of the King of Heaven; pray for us.
Vas insigne devotionis. Vessel of singular devotion, after whose form each vessel of election must be fashioned; pray for us.
Rosa myslica. Mystical rose, exhaling the sweet odour of all virtues, yet circled by the thorns of tribulation; pray for us.
Turris Davidica. Tower of David, built against the enemies of God, in the city of the mystical Jerusalem; pray for us.
Turns eburnea. Tower of ivory; for in the Canticles thou art that tower of ivory whereto the fair neck of the bride is likened; for through thee all graces pass from Christ the Head unto the Church his Body; pray for us.
Damns aurea. House of gold, palace adorned in every part with the symbolic gold of charity; pray for us.
Foederis area. Ark of the covenant, formed of fairest workmanship, not for the tables of the law, but for the Lord of the Law himself; pray for us.
Janua caeli. Gate of heaven, since through thee salvation came into the world, and none can enter heaven but by thee; pray for us.
Stella matutina. Morning star, thou didst appear at length above the darkness of this world, sure forerunner of the Sun of justice; pray for us.
Salus infirmorum. Health of the sick, since in thee do we behold strength in the midst of weakness; pray for us.
Refugium peccatorum. Refuge of sinners, if by sin we have again and again trampled under foot the Blood of Jesus, yet in thee shall we find a gentle advocate with him; pray for us.
Consolatrix afflictorum. Comforter of the afflicted, thou hast watched beside, and suffered with the Man of Sorrows, and hast learned how to console the miserable; pray for us.
Auxilium Christianorum. Help of Christians ; they who are called by Christ's own name shall ever find in thee their tenderest mother; pray for us.
Regina Angelorum. Queen of Angels, since the King of Heaven, who had the Angels for his ministering servants, called thee his Mother; pray for us.
Regina Patriarcharum. Queen of Patriarchs, thou who wast foreshewn in type and figure, and seen in their vision of desire by all the patriarchs of old ; pray for us.
Regina Prophetarum. Queen of Prophets, and thyself a mighty prophetess,* thou didst bring to its fulfilment that which they foretold; pray for us.
Regina Apostolorum. Queen of Apostles, and thyself the first apostle of the grace of Christ, when thou didst bring our Lord to visit St. Elisabeth; pray for us.
Regina Martyrum. Queen of Martyrs, thou whose exist
* The Magnificat, a prophecy of the Church's progress, and of Christ's kingdom upon earth.
ence upon earth was a life-long martyrdom, through whose soul the sword of sorrow pierced ; pray lor us.
Regina Confessorum. Queen of Confessors, in whose breast, when all forsook and fled, the Church's faith stood firm; thou to whom all who confess the name of Jesus look for aid, and take thy life as a model for their own; pray for us.
Regina Virginum. Queen of Virgins, lily of holy purity, first example and great encouragement to virginity professed for Christ's own love; pray for us.
Regina Sanctorum omnium. Queen of all Saints, for all the Saints in heaven, hurning with the eternal love of Jesus, have ever found in thee a guide, a loving advocate, and a most tender mother; pray for us.
Regina nine taoe oriymali concepta. Queen conceived without sin, singular glory of thy Son, not only redeemed by him from sin, but by his special grace exempted and preserved from ever having contracted the least stain, thy last title, yet most glorious of all. By thy immaculate heart, fit temple for God's Holy Dove, sweet Mary, pray for us.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, parce nobis, Domine. 0 Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, exaudi nos, Domine. 0 Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, hear us, O Lord.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis, O Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
Sub tuum prasidium, S[c. We fly to thy patronage, 0 holy Mother of God, despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.