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Saturday, February 21, 2015

10. Saturday, First Week of Lent

Let Us Have Recourse to Mary

This is Saturday; let us have recourse to Mary, the refuge of sinners. Let us put under her maternal protection the humble penances we are now going through.

Hail Mary, full of grace! dear Mother of Jesus, and hope of the world!

O gate of heaven! O temple of God! O haven of the sea, where sinners confidently seek shelter and repose.

Thou didst speak thy word, and then conceivedst the Word; thou didst give birth to the King of kings, thou that was a pure Virgin.

Thou wast ever faithful to this King, thy Child; and, using a mother's privilege, thou didst feed him at thy breast.

Now, thou art united with him, and in reward for thy merits, thou art made the Queen of heaven and earth.

Then pray for us, O Queen, to him that is our King, beseeching him to pardon us poor fallen sinners.

Show us thy wonted clemency, and, having obtained us the new life of remission of our sins, bring us to the kingdom, there to reign for ever.  Amen.

The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Guéranger O.S.B. Volume 5 Lent, page 185

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