Saturday, February 11, 2006

Saturday - Day of Our Lady

Fifth week after Epiphany. Apparition of Blessed Virgin Mary at Lourdes. The Roman Breviary. Part 3 Winter. Burns Oates & Washbourne, 1936
Lesson 4
In the fourth year after the definition of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed Virgin, that Virgin vouchsafed to appear on several occasion to a certain pious and innocent girl named Bernadette in the vernacular tongue, in a rocky cavern overlooking the grotto of Massabielle, on the banks of the river Gave, near the town of Lourdes in the diocese of Tarbes in France.The immaculate Virgin showed herself as a young and gracious figure, robed in white, with a white veil and blue girdle, and golden roses on her bare feet. At first apparition on February 11, 1858, she taught the child to make the sign of the cross correctly and devoutly, and, taking a chaplet from her own arm, encouraged her by example to say her rosary; this was also repeated in the subsequent apparitions. On the second day the girl, who feared an illusion of the devil, in all simplicity cast holy water at the Virgin, who smiled more graciously than before. At the third apparition, the girl was invited to repeat her visits to the grotto for fifteen days. During this time the Virgin conversed with her, exhorted her to pray for sinners, kiss the ground and do penance; and finally commanded her to tell the priests, that a chapel was to be built in that place, and that it should be approached with solemnities of prayer. She was also bidden drink and wash in the water from the spring, until then invisible, which soon gushed out of the ground. On the feast of the Annunciation, the girl earnestly begged the Virgin, who had so often visited her, to reveal her name, and joining her hands and rising her eyes to heaven, she said: I am the immaculate Conception.
R. Who is she, that cometh forth as the rising morn, Fair as the moon, bright as the sun?
V. She is my dove, my perfect one, my spotless one.

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the virgin didst prepare a worthy habitation for Thy Son; we humbly beseech Thee, that we who celebrate the feast of the Apparition of the same holy Virgin, may obtain health both of soul and body. Through the same ou Lord.

Tota Pulchra
V.Tota Pulchra es Maria
R. Tota Pulchra es Maria
V. Et macula originalis non est in te
R. Et macula originalis non est in te
V. Tu gloria Jerusalem.
R. Tu laetitia Israel.
V. Tu honorificentia populi nostri.
R. Tu advocata peccatorum.
V. O Maria.
R. O Maria.
V. Virgo prudentissima
R. Mater clementissima.
V. Ora pro nobis.
R. Intercede pro nobis ad Dominum Jesum Christum.
V. In conceptione tua, Virgo, Immaculata fuisti.
R. Ora pro nobis Patrem cujus Filium peperisti.

Let us pray.
O God, who by the Virgin's Immaculate conception didst prepare a worthy dwelling for thy Son, we beseech thee, that thou, who, by the death of the same Son of thine, foreseen by thee, didst preserve her from every stain, wouldst grant by her intercession that we also may be purified, and so to thee.