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The Liturgical Year - Friday in Ember Week

by Ian on December 16, 2011

Prope est jam Dominus;
venite, adoremus.
The Lord is now nigh;
come let us adore.
Church of the Holy Apostles in Rome

Church of the Holy Apostles in Rome

The Church does not read anything from the prophet Isaias to-day; she merely gives, in the Office of Matins, a sentence of that chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, which relates the mystery of our Lady's Visitation: and to this she subjoins a fragment of St. Ambrose's homily upon that passage. The considerations and affections with which this important event of Our Lady's life ought to inspire the faithful, will be given further on in the proper of the saints.

The Station for to-day is in the church of the Holy Apostles, which many suppose to have been first built by Constantine. The glorious bodies of the two holy apostles Philip and James the Less, lie buried under the altar, awaiting the second coming of Him who chose them as His co-operators in the work of the first, and who will give them, on the last day, to sit upon thrones near His own, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. ยน

That we may better conform to the intentions of our holy mother the Church, who otters to our contemplation the Visitation of the blessed Virgin, let us recite the following hymn, composed in honour of this mystery during the ages of faith.

A PROSE IN HONOUR OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
(Taken from the ancient Roman-French missals)

Ave, Verbi Dei parens,
Virginis humilitas.
Ave, omni node carens
Humilis virginitas.Gaude, quae sic gravidaris
Nec gravaris Filio:
Gaude quae sic oneraris
Onere gratissimo.
Salve, Jesse stirpe orta
Virgula fructifera.
Salve, clausa templi porta,
Soli Deo pervia.
Plaude, voiles Gedeonis,
Rore madens Pneumatis.
Plaude, pellis Salomonis,
Pulchrior prae caeteris.Vale, Jacob micans stella,
Circumlustrans maria.
Vale consignata cella,
Rubus in vi flammea.
Euge, sole quod amieta
Solem gignis stellula.
Euge, quod sis praeelecta,
Scala coeli fulgida.

Pange, aurora consurgens
Luce novi sideris;
Pange, arca trina ferens
Charismata miseris.

Eia! magnificat tua
Jesum Christum anima;
Eia! tecum ut laudemus
Ora, dulcis Maria. Amen.

Hail, Mother of the divine
Word! Hail, most humble
and most spotless Virgin!Rejoice, thou Mother of a
Son who supports thee!
Rejoice, thy burden is a burden
most sweet to bear!
Hail, branch of Jesse,
Fruit-bearing branch! Hail
gate of the temple, closed to
all but God!
Be glad, thou fleece of
Gedeon, full of the dew of
the holy Spirit! Be glad,
thou tent of Solomon, of all
the first in beauty!
Hail, shining star of Jacob,
lighting up the sea! Hail,
thou sealed-up sanctuary,
thou burning bush!
What bliss is thine, that,
thou the humble star shouldst
be clad with the Sun, and then
bring forth the Sun! What
bliss is thine, that thou
shouldst be elected the bright
ladder reaching up to heaven!
Sing to thy God, thou
aurora rising in the light of
the new Star! Sing, thou ark
of the covenant, bearing unto
us sinners thy three treasures.
Oh! let thy soul magnify
Jesus! and oh! sweet Mary,
pray that, with thee, we too
may magnify him. Amen.

PRAYER FROM THE GALLICAN SACRAMENTARY
(In Adventu Domini, Collect)

Purifica, Domino Deus,
Pater omnipotens, pectorum
arcana nostrorum, cunctasque
propitius maculas ablue
peccatorum: ac praesta,
Domine, ut benedictione pietatis
tuae a nostris criminibus
mundati, metuendum
terribilemque adventum Domini
nostri Jesu Christi
exspectemus interriti.
0 Lord God, Father
almighty, purify the recesses of
our heart, and mercifully
wash away all the stains of
our sins; and grant, 0 Lord,
that, cleansed from our sins
by thy merciful blessing, we
may await in confidence the
dread and terrible coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. St. Matt. xix.28.

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