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tuam, ut nostræ Congregationis fratres, sorores, propinquos, et benefactores, qui ex hoc sæculo transierunt, beata Maria semper virgine intercedente cum omnibus sanctis tuis, ad perpetuæ beatitudinis consortium pervenire concedas.
we humbly beseech Thy mercy in behalf of the brothers, sisters, relatives, and benefactors of our congregation, who have passed from this world; that, through the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, and all the Saints, Thou wouldst permit them to come to the full participation of everlasting happiness.
The Tertiaries being assembled in the Chapel, the Father Director, in surplice and stole, and kneeling at the foot of the altar, intones the Veni Creator, which the Tertiaries continue after the first line of the first verse. After that they recite the following Antiphons, and the Father Director says the versicles and prayers: Sub tuum præsidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix: nostras deprecationes ne despicias in necessitatibus nostris; sed a periculis cunctis libera nos semper, Virgo gloriosa et benedicta.
Respice, beate Pater Francisce, de excelso cœlorum habitaculo, et deprecare pro populo tuo, populo quem elegisti, ut serviat coram te, omni tempore, in ministerio
R. Et renovabis faciem terræ.
V. Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.
R. Da contra hostes tuos.
V. Ora pro nobis, beate Pater Francisce.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God: despise not our petitions in our necessities; but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Look down, O blessed Father Francis, from heaven, thy dwelling-place on high, and intercede for thy people whom thou hast chosen that theymay ever serve before thee in the ministry of the Lord's sanctuary.
V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
V. Make me worthy to praise thee, O sacred Virgin.
R. Give me strength against thine enemies. V. Pray for us, O blessed Father Francis.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
V. Domine, exaudi orationem meam.
R. Et clamor meus ad te veniat.
V. Dominus vobiscum.
Deus, qui corda Fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti, da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejusdem semper consolatione gaudere.
Concede nos famulos tuos, quæsumus, Domine Deus, perpetua mentis et corporis sanitate gaudere, et gloriosa beatæ Mariæ semper virginis intercessione, a præsenti liberari tristitia, et æterna perfrui lætitia.
Deus, qui Ecclesiam tuam, beati Patris nostris Francisci meritis fœtu novæ prolis amplificas; tribue nobis ex ejus imitatione terrena despicere, et cœlestium donorum sem
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V. Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant to us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and ever to rejoice in His consolation.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants may enjoy perpetual health of mind and body; and, by the intercession of the Blessed Mary ever Virgin, may be delivered from present sorrow, and obtain eternal joy.
O God, who by the merits of our blessed Father Francis dost increase Thy Church with a new progeny; grant us by imitating him to despise earthly things, and ever to rejoice
At the conclusion of these prayers the Sisters recite the Office of the Blessed Virgin according to the statutes of the Third Order (chap. xiii.). The Father Director then gives an instruction, reads the notices required by circumstances, and announces the Clothings and Professions for the next assembly, &c. He also, if there be occasion, gives the Holy Habit to the Postulants, and admits the Novices to their Professions, &c. After this, kneeling at the foot of the Altar, he recites the following prayers alternately with the Choir:
V. Thou art all fair, O Mary.
R. And the original stain is not in thee.
V. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem.
R. Thou art the joy of Israel.
V. Thou our people's special honour.
R. Thou the advocate of sinners.
V. O Mary! O Mary!
Conceptio tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo, gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo; ex te enim ortus est Sol justitiæ, Christus Deus noster, qui solvens maledictionem, dedit benedictionem, et confundens mortem, donavit nobis vitam sempiternam.
Thy Conception, O Virgin Mother of God, was the herald of joy to the whole world; since from thee arose the Sun of Justice, Christ our God, who, destroying the curse, bestowed the blessing, and confounding death, gifted us with life everlasting.
LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN.