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Carmelite Prayer

Carmelite "Saturday Station"

This is prayed at Aylesford Priory in Kent and in various Carmelite communities around the world each Saturday after Night Prayer. It is based on the tradition of the Carmelites 'keeping station' with Mary on the Saturday between the death of her son Jesus on Good Friday and his Resurrection on Easter Sunday. It recalls how the hope of the Resurrection was kept alive in the heart of Mary.

 

Friars gathered at the Shrine of the Assumption

at Aylesford for the Saturday Station

 

 

After an antiphon to Our Lady (such as the Salve Regina or Regina Coeli) the following prayer is said:

 

Almighty Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

you have revealed the beauty of your power by exalting

the lowly maiden of Nazareth and making her

the Mother of our Saviour.

May the prayers of this woman, clothed with the sun,

and with the moon beneath her feet,

bring Jesus to the waiting world

and fill the hearts of all with the presence of her child,

who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

 

The asperges (sprinkling with water) follows as a Psalm is prayed:

 

Antiphon:   Purify me, Lord, with hyssop until I am clean;

                   wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

Psalm:       Have mercy on me, God in your kindness,

                   in your compassion blot out my offence.

 

                   Indeed you love truth in the heart;

                   then in the secret of my heart teach me wisdom.

 

                   Glory be to the Father…

 

                   As it was in the beginning…

 

Antiphon:   Purify me, Lord, with hyssop until I am clean;

                   wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

 

V. Lord, show us your mercy and love.

R. And grant us your salvation.

 

Let us pray:

O Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,

hear us, and in your kindness

send your holy angel from heaven to guide,

support, protect, visit and defend all those

who live in this house.

We ask this in the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

 

Prior:          May the faithful departed, through the mercy of God,

                   rest in peace. Amen.

 

The Flos Carmeli (Flower of Carmel) is now said or sung.

 

V. Holy Mary, Mother of Christ, hear the cry of your servants.

R. And bring down heavenly aid in answer to our prayer.

V. Lord, hear my prayer.

R. And let my cry come unto you.

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And also with you.

 

Let us pray:

By a special priviledge, Lord,

you have adorned our Order with the name of your mother,

the most glorious Virgin Mary:

as we faithfully remember this honour

grant that in these days we may receive her protection,

and in the days to come be brought, through her prayers,

to the joy of heaven.

And we ask this of you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

 

V. May the blessed Virgin Mary help us in every trial and danger.

R. Amen.

V. May God grant us peace.

R. And everlasting life. Amen.



Pilgrims gathered with the friar community at the Shrine of the Assumption

at Aylesford for the Saturday Station