The many faces of St. Francis from the Basilica

Revelation 12:1
There appeared a great portent in heaven, a woman robed with the sun, beneath her feet the moon, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.


 

A reading from the Gospel of Luke, the first chapter beginning with the twenty-sixth verse

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent form God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
with a message for a virgin espoused to a man named Joesph, a descendant of David.
The Virgin's name was Mary.
The angel appeared to her saying, "Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you." She was deeply troubled by the angel's message, wondering what manner of greeting this may be.
Then the angel said to her, "Do not fear, Mary, thou hast found favor with God. Thou shalt conceive and bear in thy womb a son, and thou shalt call him Jesus for he will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will rule over Israel forever."
And Mary said, "How can this be as I know not a man?"
The angel answered, "The Holy Ghost shall come unto thee and the power of God will overshadow thee, and for that reason the holy child whom thou shalt bear will be called the Son of God. Moreover, your kinswoman, Elizabeth, has conceived a child in her old age. She who was barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing with God shall be impossible."
"I am the handmaid of the Lord," Mary said, "Be it unto me according to thy word."
 

Elizabeth's greeting to Our Lady, Luke 1:42
Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
 

Mary's own song from Luke 1:46-55
Known as The Magnificat.

My soul doth magnify the Lord
And my spirit doth rejoice in God my Savior
Because He hath considered the lowliness of His handmaiden;
For, behold from henceforth all generations shall call me Blessed.
He who is mighty hath done great things for me, and Holy is His Name.
His mercy is from generation to generation on those who fear Him.
He hast scattered the proud in the conceits of their heart.
He hath put down the mighty from their thrones,
and He hath exalted the lowly.
He hath filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He hath holpen his servant Israel, mindful of His mercy,
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
 

The Ave Maria

Hail Mary, full of grace,
The Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. AMEN.


THE ANGELUS

[This prayer is often said morning, noon and evening in memory of the Incarnation of God, except during Eastertide, when the Regina Coeli is substituted]

V. The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary,
R. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

V. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
Blessed art thou among women,
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord;
R. Be it unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary . . .

V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary . . .

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his + cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

REGINA COELI

[Said During Eastertide, until First Vespers of Trinity Sunday]
O Queen of Heaven, be joyful, alleluia;
Because he whom so meetly thou barest, alleluia,
Hath arisen, as he promised, alleluia:
Pray for us to the Father, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia

Let us pray.
O God, who, by the resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ didst vouchsafe to give gladness unto the world: Grant, we beseech thee, that we, being holpen by the Virgin Mary, his Mother, may attain unto the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

MARIAN ANTIPHONS
ANTIPHON I
[Said from Evening Prayer of the Saturday before I Sunday in Advent through Evening Prayer of Feb. 2]
Kindly Mother of our Redeemer, pray for us who, though fallen, strive to rise again. You, who brought forth, to all nature's wonder, nature's Lord, your own creator: Mother yet a virgin ever more, who at Gabriel's speaking received the Ave; towards us sinners show your pity.

[Said from Evening Prayer of the Saturday before the I Sunday in Advent through Morning Prayer of the Vigil of Christmas]
V. The Angel of the Lord brought tidings of Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts: that, as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an Angel; so by his Cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

[Said from Evening Prayer of the Vigil of Christmas through Evening Prayer on Feb. 2]
V. After Child-bearing you remained a pure Virgin.
R. Mother of God, intercede for us.

O God, who by the child-bearing of a pure Virgin has bestowed on all mankind the rewards of everlasting life: grant, that we may know the succor of her intercession, through whom we have been found worthy to receive the Author of life, even Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord. Amen.
 


ANTIPHON II
[Said from Morning Prayer of Feb. 3 to Evening Prayer of Wednesday in Holy Week]

Hail, O Queen, on high enthroned,
Hail, O Lady, by Angels owned;
Jesse's rod; yea heaven's portal
Whence hath shone earth's Light immortal:
Hail, O Virgin, most renowned,
Hail, O truly worthy Maiden:
Pray Christ for us so burden-laden.

V. Accept my praise, O hallowed Virgin.
R. Pray that I may have strength against your enemies.

Lord, mercifully assist us in our infirmity: that like as we do now commemorate blessed Mary Ever-Virgin, Mother of God; so by the help of her prayers we may die to our former sins and rise again to newness of life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 


ANTIPHON III
[Said from Evening Prayer of Holy Saturday through Morning Prayer of the Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity]

Rejoice, Queen Mother of heaven, alleluia;
Christ whom meetly thou bearest is risen, alleluia;
His forsaying thus fulfilling, alleluia:
Offer to God thy praying, alleluia.

V. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.

O God, who by the resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ has given joy to the world: grant that, through the prayers of his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
 


ANTIPHON IV
[Said from Evening Prayer of the Vigil of the Most Holy Trinity through Morning Prayer of the Saturday before the I Sunday of Advent]

All hail, O holy Queen, Mother exceeding merciful; Life's spring, sweet comfort, our Hope-bearer, all hail. To thee our plaint we lift, children of Eve yet in exile. To thee our aspiring, and longing and weeping, lift we from this vale of sorrow. Ah then, Mary, be our intercessor; hither vouchsafe to turn thine eyes compassionate, and look upon us. And Jesus, blessed offspring of thy womb, O Mother, show thou to us when earthly exile endeth. O gentle, O loving, O gracious Virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Almighty, everlasting God, who by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit prepared the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to become a dwelling place meet for your son: grant that as we rejoice in her commemoration; so by her fervent intercession we may be delivered from present evils and from everlasting death. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

A hymn

Hail, thou star of the ocean,
Portal of the sky,
Virgin, and yet Mother
Of the Lord Most High!

Oh, by Gabriel's Ave,
Uttered long ago,
Eva's name reversing
Establish peace below

Break the captives' fetters,
Light on blindness pour;
All our ills expelling,
Ever bliss implore

Show thyself a mother,
Offer him our sighs
Who for us incarnate
Did not thee despise

Virgin of all virgins,
To thy shelter take us.
Gentlest of the gentle,
Chaste and gentle make us

Still as we journey,
Help our weak endeavor,
Till with thee and Jesus
We rejoice forever.

Through the highest Heaven,
To the almighty Three,
Father, Son, and Spirit
One same glory be.

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Mother of Christ, hear thy people's cry,
Star of the deep, and portal of the sky,
Mother of Him who thee from nothing made,
Sinking, we strive and call to thee for aid.
Oh, by that joy which Gabriel brought to thee,
Thou Virgin first and last, let us thy mercy see.
 


 

A hymn
The Lord, who earth and sea and sky
With one adoring voice proclaim;
Who rules them all in majesty
Enclosed himself in Mary's frame

Lo, in a humble Virgin's womb
Overshadowed by almighty power,
He, whom the stars and sun and moon
Each serve in their appointed hour!

O Mother blest, to whom was given
Within thy body to contain
The Architect of earth and heaven
Whose hands the universe sustain:

To thee was sent an angel down,
In thee the Spirit was enshrined,
Of thee was born that mighty One,
The long desired of all mankind.

O Jesus, born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to thee;
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost Eternally. Amen.
 

A hymn

Remember, O Creator Lord,
That in the Virgin's sacred womb,
Thou wast conceived and of her flesh
our mortality assume

Mother of Grace, O Mary blest,
to thee, sweet fount of love, we fly
Shield us through life, and take us hence
To thy dear bosom when we die.



 
 


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