March 31, 2013

Hymns and Marian Antiphons from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Alphabetical index of all hymns and Marian Antiphons included in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1988) , by the Catholic Book Publishing Company. The Little Office is a variation of the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours and is prayed in addition to the Divine Office. Rather than the 4 week cycle of the Breviary, it follows a simpler 1 week cycle. For those interested in the Divine Office but are unsure about the cost of a Breviary and it's complexity, the Little Office of the B.V.M. provides new comers an easy to use and affordable alternative. The earliest recorded use of the devotion was in the 8th century at the Benedictine Monastery of Monte Cassino when the practice received approval from Pope Zachary (679-752). From there it spread to other Monastic communities, often with considerable variation, and eventually became popular with secular clergy, Third Orders, and devout Laity. It was standardized by St. Pius V (1504-1572) in 1585 and revised by St. Pius X (1835-1914) in 1910. The reforms of Vatican II recommended the use of the Liturgy of the Hours in place of the Little Office, and consequently did not revise it. None the less, Religious Orders and publishers have produced new versions approved for private or community devotions. As well, Benedict XVI's 2007 Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum made it again possible for the approved use of the 1961 Latin text of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Related Post: Index of Marian Hymns and Antiphons.

Alma Redemptoris Mater
Ave Maria
Ave Regina Caelorum
Breathe On Me, Breath of God
Firmly I Believe and Truly
From All That Dwell Below the Skies
Hail, Holy Queen
Hail, Queen of Heaven, the Ocean Star
Help Us, O Lord
Lord God and Maker of All Things
Lord of All Hopefulness
Mary, Crowned with Living Light
Mary Immaculate, Star of the Morning
Mary the Dawn
O Christ, You are the Light and Day
O Mary, of All Women
Praise to Mary, Heaven's Gate
Regina Caeli
Salve Regina
The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky
Virgin-Born, We Bow Before You
What Child is This
Ye Who Own the Faith of Jesus

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