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''Invitatory.'' Let us tell of the stainless Conception of the Virgin Mary : * let us worship Christ, her Son, and her Lord and ours.
 
''Invitatory.'' Let us tell of the stainless Conception of the Virgin Mary : * let us worship Christ, her Son, and her Lord and ours.
  
'''Hymn.''' 1
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'''Hymn.''' <ref>Translation by the Rev. E. Caswall.</ref>
  
 
BLEST Guardian of all virgin souls ! <br/>
 
BLEST Guardian of all virgin souls ! <br/>
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''Third Antiphon.'' Even in her Conception * did Mary receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from the God of her salvation.
 
''Third Antiphon.'' Even in her Conception * did Mary receive a blessing from the Lord, and mercy from the God of her salvation.
  
''Verse.'' 2 It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xvii. 33.</ref> It is Almighty God That girdeth me with strength.
  
 
''Answer.'' And maketh my way perfect.
 
''Answer.'' And maketh my way perfect.
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'''First Responsory.'''
 
'''First Responsory.'''
  
3 By one man sin entered into the Avorld, in whom all have sinned. Fear  
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<ref>Rom. v. 12 ; Luke i. 30.</ref> By one man sin entered into the world, in whom all have sinned. Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
  
 
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''Verse.'' <ref>Cf. Ps. lv. 13 ; xvii. 21.</ref> The Lord hath delivered thy soul from death, yea, the Lord was thy stay.
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* Judith xiii. 18.
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not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
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''Verse.'' 4 The Lord hath delivered thy soul from death, yea, the Lord was thy stay.
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''Answer.'' Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
 
''Answer.'' Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
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'''Second Responsory.'''
 
'''Second Responsory.'''
  
5 Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
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<ref>Ecclus. xxiv. 26 ; Ps. lxv. 16.</ref> Come unto me, all ye that be desirous of me, and I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
  
''Verse.'' 6 As the Lord liveth, by me He hath fulfilled His mercy.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Judith xiii. 18.</ref> As the Lord liveth, by me He hath fulfilled His mercy.
  
 
''Answer.'' And I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
 
''Answer.'' And I will declare what God hath done for my soul.
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'''Third Responsory.'''
 
'''Third Responsory.'''
  
7 My beloved is white like snow in Lebanon, her lips drop as the honeycomb.  Honey and milk are under her tongue.
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<ref>Cant. v. 10; iv. 11, 8.</ref> My beloved is white like snow in Lebanon, her lips drop as the honeycomb.  Honey and milk are under her tongue.
  
 
''Verse.'' Come from Lebanon, My Spouse, thou shalt be crowned with a crown of grace.
 
''Verse.'' Come from Lebanon, My Spouse, thou shalt be crowned with a crown of grace.
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''Third Antiphon.'' Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God ; * the Lord hath laid thy foundation in the holy mountains.
 
''Third Antiphon.'' Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God ; * the Lord hath laid thy foundation in the holy mountains.
  
 
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xl. 12.</ref> By this I know that Thou favourest me.
 
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2 Ps. xvii. 33. 3 Rom. v. 12 ; Luke i. 30.
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5 Ecclus. xxiv. 26 ; Ps. lxv. 16.
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876 THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
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''Verse.'' 1 By this I know that Thou favourest me.
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''Answer.'' Because mine enemy cannot triumph over me.
 
''Answer.'' Because mine enemy cannot triumph over me.
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'''Fourth Responsory.'''
 
'''Fourth Responsory.'''
  
2 I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the first-begotten before every creature. I made the unfading light to arise in the heavens.  When there were no depths I was conceived.
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<ref>''I.e.'', Wisdom. Ecclus. xxiv. 5, 6; Prov. viii. 24.</ref> I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the first-begotten before every creature. I made the unfading light to arise in the heavens.  When there were no depths I was conceived.
  
 
''Verse.'' For the Lord hath created me in righteousness, and hath held mine hand, and hath kept me.
 
''Verse.'' For the Lord hath created me in righteousness, and hath held mine hand, and hath kept me.
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<span class="dropcap">I</span>N truth, this doctrine upon the Conception of the most Blessed Virgin is day by day more earnestly set forth by the graver thought of the Church, by her teaching, by her care, by her learning, and by her wisdom.  It is explained, taught, confirmed, and wonderfully spread among all peoples and nations of the Catholic world.  The Church hath received it from the Fathers, as a part of the original faith, attested strongly by the most ancient and venerable monuments of both the Eastern and Western Churches. Indeed, the Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers, learned in Holy Scripture, are marked by no more earnest feature than that in all their books and Scriptural Commentaries, written for the confirmation of doctrine, and the edification of the faithful, they do all in divers ways preach and teach the excelling holiness of this Virgin, her dignity, her freedom from any stain of sin, and the glory of her victory over the dark enemy of our race.
 
<span class="dropcap">I</span>N truth, this doctrine upon the Conception of the most Blessed Virgin is day by day more earnestly set forth by the graver thought of the Church, by her teaching, by her care, by her learning, and by her wisdom.  It is explained, taught, confirmed, and wonderfully spread among all peoples and nations of the Catholic world.  The Church hath received it from the Fathers, as a part of the original faith, attested strongly by the most ancient and venerable monuments of both the Eastern and Western Churches. Indeed, the Fathers and Ecclesiastical writers, learned in Holy Scripture, are marked by no more earnest feature than that in all their books and Scriptural Commentaries, written for the confirmation of doctrine, and the edification of the faithful, they do all in divers ways preach and teach the excelling holiness of this Virgin, her dignity, her freedom from any stain of sin, and the glory of her victory over the dark enemy of our race.
 
 
 
1 Ps. xl. 12. 2 I.e., Wisdom. Ecclus. xxiv. 5, 6; Prov. viii. 24.
 
 
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN. S?7
 
 
  
 
'''Fifth Responsory.'''
 
'''Fifth Responsory.'''
  
1 No defiled thing can fall into her ; she is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God.
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<ref>Wisd. vii. 25, 26, 29.</ref> No defiled thing can fall into her ; she is the brightness of the everlasting light, and the unspotted mirror of the power of God.
  
 
''Verse.'' For she is more beautiful than the sun, and being compared with the light, she is found before it.
 
''Verse.'' For she is more beautiful than the sun, and being compared with the light, she is found before it.
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>LL Commentators on the Book of Genesis remark that passage where God at the very time of the Fall speaketh of the Atonement, to the confusion of the lying serpent, and the comfortable hope of man, and saith, " I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed," and all the ancients teach that by this passage is meant the most merciful Saviour of mankind, namely, our Lord JESUS Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, and His most blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, as if the enmity which both He and she felt against the devil was, in a sense, of a kind common to them Both. Christ took our nature upon Him, and is become the Mediator between God and man, (1 Tim. ii. 5,) blotting out the handwriting that was against us, nailing it to His Cross, (Col. ii. 14,) and the most holy Virgin, by that subtle, close, and abiding tie which bindeth mother to Child, feeleth along with Him His truceless enmity to the serpent, and He, through His merits, hath granted to her that moment of victory wherein her stainless foot bruised the serpent's head.
 
<span class="dropcap">A</span>LL Commentators on the Book of Genesis remark that passage where God at the very time of the Fall speaketh of the Atonement, to the confusion of the lying serpent, and the comfortable hope of man, and saith, " I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed," and all the ancients teach that by this passage is meant the most merciful Saviour of mankind, namely, our Lord JESUS Christ, the Only-begotten Son of God, and His most blessed Mother the Virgin Mary, as if the enmity which both He and she felt against the devil was, in a sense, of a kind common to them Both. Christ took our nature upon Him, and is become the Mediator between God and man, (1 Tim. ii. 5,) blotting out the handwriting that was against us, nailing it to His Cross, (Col. ii. 14,) and the most holy Virgin, by that subtle, close, and abiding tie which bindeth mother to Child, feeleth along with Him His truceless enmity to the serpent, and He, through His merits, hath granted to her that moment of victory wherein her stainless foot bruised the serpent's head.
 
 
1 Wisd. vii. 25, 26, 29.
 
 
3 Cf. Isa. lxi. 10.
 
 
VOL. IV.
 
 
 
  
 
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
 
'''Sixth Responsory.'''
  
2 There appeared a great wonder in heaven : a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
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<ref>Apoc. xii. 1.</ref> There appeared a great wonder in heaven : a Woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
  
''Verse.'' 3 The Lord hath clothed her with the garments of salvation, and hath covered her with the robe of righteousness, yea, as a bride He hath adorned her with jewels.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Cf. Isa. lxi. 10.</ref> The Lord hath clothed her with the garments of salvation, and hath covered her with the robe of righteousness, yea, as a bride He hath adorned her with jewels.
  
 
''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
 
''Answer.'' And upon her head a crown of twelve stars.
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''Third Antiphon.'' The Lord hath made known His salvation : * the glory of His Mother hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
 
''Third Antiphon.'' The Lord hath made known His salvation : * the glory of His Mother hath He openly showed in the sight of the heathen.
  
''Verse.'' 4 I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
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''Verse.'' <ref>Ps. xxix. 2.</ref> I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast lifted me up.
  
 
''Answer.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
 
''Answer.'' And hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>T that time : The Angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the Virgin's name was Mary. And so on.
 
<span class="dropcap">A</span>T that time : The Angel Gabriel was sent from God, unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a Virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David, and the Virgin's name was Mary. And so on.
 
 
2 Apoc. xii. 1.
 
 
4 Ps. xxix. 2.
 
 
2 G 878 THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
 
 
 
  
 
Homily by St Sophronius, Patriarch [of Jerusalem.] (On the Annunciation.)
 
Homily by St Sophronius, Patriarch [of Jerusalem.] (On the Annunciation.)
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'''Seventh Responsory.'''
 
'''Seventh Responsory.'''
  
1 A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a garden enclosed, a fountain sealed. O Mary, thy perfumes are a garden of delights.
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''Verse.'' Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.
 
''Verse.'' Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled.
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'''Ninth Lesson.'''
 
'''Ninth Lesson.'''
  
<span class="dropcap">A</span>ND justly ; for none hath ever drawn so near to God as thou hast ; none hath ever been gifted by God with good gifts as thou hast ; none hath ever received of God's grace as  
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<span class="dropcap">A</span>ND justly ; for none hath ever drawn so near to God as thou hast ; none hath ever been gifted by God with good gifts as thou hast ; none hath ever received of God's grace as thou hast. Thou art mightier than all things which are called mighty among men ; thou hast received more than the goodness of God hath conferred on any other. It is indeed because God made His home in thee that thou thus aboundest. There hath never been any save thee that hath comprehended the Incomprehensible ; none save thee that hath enjoyed His presence so much ; none that He hath made so ready therefor ; none on whom the uncreated light hath shone so clearly ; and therefore none who hath, like thee, sheltered the Lord God, the Maker and Lord of all, conceived Him in thy womb, and brought Him into the world, to redeem men lying under the Father's sentence, and to offer to them everlasting- salvation. Wherefore, O Lady, I have already cried unto thee with the Angel, and I will still cry —" Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee ! Blessed art thou among women !"  
 
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thou hast. Thou art mightier than all things which are called mighty among men ; thou hast received more than the goodness of God hath conferred on any other. It is indeed because God made His home in thee that thou thus aboundest. There hath never been any save thee that hath comprehended the Incomprehensible ; none save thee that hath enjoyed His presence so much ; none that He hath made so ready therefor ; none on whom the uncreated light hath shone so clearly ; and therefore none who hath, like thee, sheltered the Lord God, the Maker and Lord of all, conceived Him in thy womb, and brought Him into the world, to redeem men lying under the Father's sentence, and to offer to them everlasting- salvation. Wherefore, O Lady, I have already cried unto thee with the Angel, and I will still cry —" Hail, thou that art full of grace, the Lord is with thee ! Blessed art thou among women !"  
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''The Hymn,'' " We praise Thee, O God, &c," ''is said.''
 
''The Hymn,'' " We praise Thee, O God, &c," ''is said.''
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====LAUDS.====
  
''First Antiphon.'' l Thou art all fair, O Mary, * there is no spot of original sin in thee.
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''Second Antiphon.'' 2 Thy raiment * is white as snow, and thy countenance as the sun.
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''Third Antiphon.'' 3 Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, * thou art the great glory of Israel, thou art the great rejoicing of our nation.
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''Fourth Antiphon.'' 3 O Virgin Mary, * blessed art thou of the Most High God, above all the women upon the earth.
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''Fourth Antiphon.'' <ref>Judith xv. 10 ; xiii. 23.</ref> O Virgin Mary, * blessed art thou of the Most High God, above all the women upon the earth.
  
''Fifth Antiphon.'' 4 Draw us, * Maiden undefiled, we will run after thee in the odour of thy perfumes.
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''Chapter.'' (Prov. viii. 22.)  
 
''Chapter.'' (Prov. viii. 22.)  
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''Antiphon.'' Thou art all fair, &c, (''First Antiphon at Lauds.'')  
 
''Antiphon.'' Thou art all fair, &c, (''First Antiphon at Lauds.'')  
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''In the Short Responsory, instead of'' "Thou That art to come into the world,"'' is said:  
 
''In the Short Responsory, instead of'' "Thou That art to come into the world,"'' is said:  
  
 
''Verse.'' Thou That wast born of the Virgin Mary.
 
''Verse.'' Thou That wast born of the Virgin Mary.
 
 
 
1 Cf. Cant. iv. 7. 2 Cf. Matth. xvii. 2, 3 Judith xv. 10 ; xiii. 23. 4 Cf. Cant. i. 3, 4.
 
 
88o THE VOTIVE OFFICES.
 
 
 
  
 
''Chapter at the end.'' (Apoc. xii. i.)  
 
''Chapter at the end.'' (Apoc. xii. i.)  

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