Contents Commemoratio Beatae Virginis Mariae
Commemoration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This commemoration was once recited at the end of Vespers from the Third Sunday after Epiphany to the Fourth Sunday of Lent and from the Third Sunday to the Last Sunday after Pentecost inclusively, except on Doubles and within Octaves. The opening prayer was composed by Bishop Fulbert of Chartres (ca 951-ca 1029) and is used for various Marian feasts.

SANCTA Maria, succurre miseris, iuva pusillanimes, refove flebiles, ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum iuvamen, quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem. Amen. HOLY Mary, be thou a help to the helpless, strength to the fearful, comfort to the sorrowful, pray for the people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all holy women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy sacred commemoration feel the might of thine assistance. Amen
V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Concede nos famulos tuos, quaesumus Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et corporis sanitate gaudere: et gloriosa beatae Mariae semper virginis intercessione, a praesenti liberari tristitia, et aeterna perfrui laetitia. Amen.
Let us pray
Grant, O Lord, God, we beseech Thee, that we Thy servants may rejoice in continual health of mind and body; and through the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, be freed from present sorrow and enjoy eternal happiness. Amen.
From the Third Sunday after Epiphany to the Purification the above versicle and prayer is replaced by: From the Third Sunday after Epiphany to the Purification the above versicle and prayer is replaced by:
V. Post partum virgo inviolata permansisti.
R. Dei Genetrix, intercede pro nobis.
V. After childbirth, thou didst remain a pure Virgin.
R. O Mother of God, intercede for us.
Deus, qui salutis aeternae, beatae Mariae virginitate fecundae, humano generi praemia praestitisti: tribue, quaesumus, ut ipsam pro nobis intercedere sentiamus, per quam meruimus auctorem vitae suscipere, Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum. Amen.
Let us pray
O God, who by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary hast given unto mankind the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may feel that she intercedes for us, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son. Amen.

From the Manual of Prayers, Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, 1888

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