Monday, July 3, 2017
Office of Vespers for the Patronal Feast of the Abbey of Our Lady of Consolation at Stanbrook (Worcestershire)

::First Vespers::


1 Who is she who cometh forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array.


2 Shew me thy face, let thy voice sound in my ears: for thy voice is sweet and thy face comely.


3 To thee we cried, O holy Mother of God, and through thee came the help of God to us.


4 Put forth flowers like the lily, and give a sweet smell; bud forth in comeliness, and sing together a canticle, and proclaim Mary blessed in her works.


LITTLE CHAPTER - Ecclus. xxiv
COME over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits: for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb.

Short Responsory
THY consolations * O Virgin Mother of God. Thy consolations. V. Have given joy to my soul. O Virgin. Glory. Thy consolations.

HYMNUS: Ave maris stella
Hail, O Star of the ocean, God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin, gate of heav'nly rest.

Taking that sweet Ave, which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us, changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters, make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us, for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother, may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling, mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless, make our way secure
till we find in Jesus, joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father, honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit, be the glory one.

V. O let thy mercy be for my comfort. R. According to thy word unto thy servant.

My soul † * doth magnify the Lord.
2 And my spirit hath rejoiced * in God my Saviour.
3 For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden : * for behold, from henceforth * all generations shall call me blessed.
4 For he that is mighty hath magnified me; * (Here all make a profound reverence) and holy is his Name.
5 And his mercy is on them that fear him * throughout all generations.
6 He hath shewed strength with his arm; * he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
7 He hath put down the mighty from their seat, * and hath exalted the humble and meek.
8 He hath filled the hungry with good things; * and the rich he hath sent empty away.
9 He remembering his mercy * hath holpen his servant Israel.
10 As he promised to our forefathers, * Abraham and his seed for ever.
11 Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, * and to the Holy Ghost.
12 As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, * world without end. Amen.

Ant. I called to mind Mary's humility and thy judgments, O Lord, in her greatness, and I was comforted.


O GOD, the Father of mercies and author of all consolation, who art pleased that all who call upon thee in whatever tribulation, shall receive wonderful comfort through the Mother of thine only-begotten Son; grant in thy mercy that we who rightly glory in her powerful patronage may never cease to follow in her footsteps. Through the same.

In 1652, Pope Innocent X founded the confraternity of Our Lady of Consolation. In 1652, Pope Innocent X founded the confraternity of Our Lady of Consolation.

::At II Vespers::
All as at First Vespers, except the following:

V. Thy rod and thy staff.
R. They have comforted me.

At the Magnificat
Ant. O immaculate Mother of God, who didst often console Jesus, weeping, console us at our last hour.

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