The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
Be it done to me according to thy Word.
And the Word was made flesh,
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
LET US PRAY: Pour forth we beseech You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts that we to whom the incarnation of Christ Your Son was made known by the message of an angel may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to… (3x)
REGINA COELI (Easter Season)
Queen of heaven, rejoice, ALLELUIA
For He whom You merited to bear, ALLELUIA
Has risen as He said, ALLELUIA
Pray for us to God, ALLELUIA
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, ALLELUIA!
For the Lord has truly risen, ALLELUIA.
LET US PRAY: O God, Who by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, have deigned to give joy to the world. Grant, we beseech You, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, His mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
SUB TUUM PRAESIDIUM
Sub tuum praesidium
Sancta Dei Genetrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta
PRAYER AFTER RECITING THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Let us bless our Lord and God, living and true; to Him we must attribute all praise, glory, honor, blessing and every good forever. Amen.
PRAYER FOR A BROTHER’S OWN VOCATION
Father of love and mercy, You who directed us to follow St. Francis in the life and poverty of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, renew within us the dedication and desire to walk this way of Seraphic Love.
May St. Francis, our Founder and inspiration, remind us of the beauty and power of the Franciscan life so that with thanksgiving and praise we may always be willing to encourage others to follow Christ as we do.
May our Lady of Lourdes, our Mother and Patroness of our Province, be the pattern of our Capuchin life and the joy of our vocation by keeping us true to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit by her powerful intercession through Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS
O Christ Jesus, You called our Blessed Father Francis to evangelical perfection under the banner of poverty and had during his lifetime wonderfully multiplied his disciples, the Friars Minor, speak to the hearts of young men of our time and give them a love for our Capuchin life and the courage to answer Your call, in order that as brothers minor they may soon labor with us in sanctity, prayer and the apostolate, to gather a plentiful harvest for Your glory.
We earnestly beseech You through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Queen of our Order and Patroness of our Province, and of our Seraphic Father, St. Francis. Amen.
FORMULA FOR THE RENEWAL OF PROFESSION In different circumstances
Almighty, most holy, most high and supreme God,
Father, holy and just, Lord and King
of heaven and earth,
I bless and thank you for having called me
By the power of your love
To follow in the footsteps of your beloved Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the pattern of life
which you inspired in your servant Francis.
With the strength of the Holy Spirit
I renew to you today, with all my heart
My vow to live in obedience,
With nothing of my own, and in chastity.
At the same time I confirm my commitment
To profess the life and Rule of the Friars Minor
Confirmed by Pope Honorius
According to the Constitutions of our Order.
Holy Father, grant that,
sustained by Mary Immaculate,
The Virgin made Church
and model of consecrated life,
Through the intercession of Father Francis
and of all the Saints,
and with the help of the brothers,
I may persevere to the end in this holy purpose,
And by your grace alone attain to you, Most High,
Who in perfect Trinity and simple Unity
Live and reign in glory forever and ever. Amen.
Then the celebrant says:
Praise glory, honor and thanksgiving be to our God.
And may you who have renewed your commitment
To observe the pattern of life
of our Father Saint Francis,
Written for the salvation of your soul/s,
Be blessed in heaven with the blessing
of God the Most High, and on earth
with the blessing of His beloved Son,
With the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Amen.