Saturday, July 25, 2009

St Anne

While to-day is the feast of St James Matamoros, and commemoration of St Christopher the great martyr, to-morrow (but for it being Sunday) would be the feast of St Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin. As the Latin Mass community in Perth is still in process of moving to their new church of St Anne (the restoration of which has taken far longer than anticipated, for reasons beyond anyone's control), I offer the following apposite prayer, taken from an old edition of the Raccolta:

Ave gratia plena, Dominus tecum, tua gratia sit mecum; benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedicta sit Sancta Anna mater tua, ex qua sine macula et peccato processisti, Virgo Maria; ex te autem natus est Jesus Christus Filius Dei vivi. Amen.

(Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; may thy grace be with me. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is holy Anne thy mother, from whom, O Virgin Mary, thou didst come forth free from all stain of sin; then of thee was born Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. Amen.)

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