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THE LITTLE OFFICE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Join with me in a Prayer of Praise


WHAT IS THE LITTLE OFFICE OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY?

The Little Office of Mary began as an office of the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is found in the Roman Breviary and was used on the feasts of Mary. In the Middle Ages the Little Office of Mary was considered a votive office. Just as there existed a votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, a votive office for Mary also existed. 

The tenth century saw widespread recitation of the Little Office of Mary. St. Peter Damian went so far as to recommend its daily use in the eleventh century. The following century the Little Office was used extensively in Europe as well as the daily obligation for some diocesan and religious clergy with the the only exception being feast days. 

The Little Office of Mary was greatly curtailed with the reforms of the Council of Trent with greater emphasis being placed on the Divine Office, the Liturgy of the Hours or prayer of the Church. The Little Office, since the Council of Trent, was added to the Divine Office by many religious and prayed primarily as a devotional office by non-clerical congregations. 

The Little Office was revised in 1952 and incorporated many new texts, readings, responsories, antiphons, and prayers. The psalms, canticles, and hymns of the Little Office were retained. The Second Vatican Council emphasized the Little Office had to adhere to the Liturgy of the Hours, the Divine Office guidelines and conform to the general presentation of the Liturgy of the Hours assuring that it would be a prayer of the Church.

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is presented as Morning and Evening Prayers for each day of the week and are taken from the Liturgy of the Hours as they appear for the feasts of Mary. Additional selections from other liturgical hours have also been provided.

Devotions to Mary are very special to me and I invite each of you to join with me in this prayer of praise.

The Little Office of Mary has the following hours: (a summary of each hour)

The Morning and Evening Prayer, as with the Liturgy of the Hours, are now considered the two pivots on which the Little Office turns.

The Morning Prayer is suggested as you start your day and begins with the verse "God, come to my assistance. Lord make haste to help me." The elements or outline of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary  shown below, are provided to help with the recitation of prayers for both the Morning and Evening Prayers. The Evening Prayer concludes with the recitation of "May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen."

For Mary's role in salvation one may wish to give thanks and praise to God with a devotion called Thanksgiving for Mary's Fiat. This devotion may be said at any time and consists of canticles, gospel readings, hymn of praise and prayers. A very beautiful devotion.

Several well known and some not so well known Prayers to Mary are included in this Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The following is a suggested meditation for each day of the week and includes the Morning and Evenings prayers for that day, taken from one of my favorite prayers, the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary:  

Sunday - Mother of the Church
Monday - Immaculate Conception
Tuesday - Annunciation 
Wednesday - Visitation
Thursday - Birth of Jesus
Friday - Sorrowful Mother
Saturday - Assumption 

Elements of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Morning Prayer

 

Daytime Prayer

Evening Prayer

Night Prayer

Introduction

 

Introduction

Introduction

Introduction

 Verse

 

 Verse

 Verse

 Verse

 Doxology

 

 Doxology

 Doxology

 Doxology

 Hymn

 

 Hymn

 Hymn

Examine Conscience

Psalmody

 

Psalmody  

Psalmody  

 Penitential Prayer

 Antiphon1

 

 Antiphon1

 Antiphon1

 Hymn

 Psalm

 

 Psalm

 Psalm

Psalmody

 Antiphon 2

 

Antiphon 2

 Antiphon 2

 Antiphon 1

 OT Canticle

 

 Psalm

 Psalm

  Psalm

 Antiphon 3

 

 Antiphon 3

 Antiphon 3

  1st Reading

 Psalm

 

 Psalm

 NT Canticle

  2nd Reading

 1st Reading

 

 1st Reading

 1st Reading

 Responsory

2nd Reading 

 

 2nd Reading

 2nd Reading

 Antiphon 2

 Responsory

 

 Responsory

 Responsory

 Simeon's Canticle

 Antiphon 4  Antiphon 4  Concluding Prayer  

 Zechariah's Canticle

 

 

 Mary's Canticle

  Blessing

 Intercessions

 

 

 Intercessions

 

 Concluding Prayer

 

 Concluding Prayer

 Concluding Prayer

 Antiphon of Mary

 Conclusion

 

 Conclusion

 Conclusion

 Conclusion

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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