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Little Office


OPEN, Lord, my mouth that I may bless Thy Holy Name: cleanse my heart from all vain, perverse, and hurtful thoughts: enlighten mine understanding, kindle mine affections, that I may say this Office worthily, attentively, and devoutly, and merit to be heard before the Presence of Thy Divine Majesty. Through the Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, in union with that Divine Intention wherewith Thou Thyself, whilst on earth, didst pay praises to God, I pay these Hours to Thee.


In respect of which Pope Leo X. has granted to all persons who, after saying the Office, shall devoutly recite it on their knees, forgiveness of the shortcomings and faults of human weakness committed by them in saying the Office.

TO the most holy and undivided Trinity:
To the Manhood of our Lord Jesus Christ crucified:
To the fruitful Virginity of the most blessed and most glorious Mary, always a virgin:
And to the whole body of all the Saints:
Be praise everlasting, honour and glory from all creatures:
And to us the forgiveness of all our sins. World without end. R. Amen.

V. Blessed be the womb of the Virgin Mary which bore the Son of the Eternal Father.

R. And blessed be the breasts that gave suck to Christ the Lord.

V. Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, On earth as it is in Heaven. R. Give us this day, our daily bread, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

V. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. R. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.