Thursday, January 1, 2009

The New Year

As always, we begin with a prayer:

The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to thy word.

And the Word was made flesh
and dwells among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee,
blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Pray for us O holy Mother of God
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Pour forth, we beseech thee O Lord, thy grace into our hearts that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ thy Son was made known by the message of angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Veni Sancte Spiritus, veni per Mariam