08 September 2011

Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Birth of the Virgin, Murillo, 1660

Lord God,
the day of our salvation dawned
when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to your Son.
As we celebrate her nativity
grant us your grace and your peace.
We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

(From the Divine Office approved by the Episcopal Conferences of Australia, England and Wales, Ireland, Scotland).

Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae,
ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.

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