O loving Mother of our Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
Hasten to aid thy fallen people
who strive to rise once more.
Thou who brought forth thy holy Creator,
all creation wondering,
Yet remainest ever Virgin,
taking from Gabriel’s lips
that joyful “Hail!”:
be merciful to us sinners.
Until the day before Christmas Eve:
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts, that we,
to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy 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.
From Christmas Eve onwards:
V. Thou gavest birth without loss of thy virginity:
R. Intercede for us, O holy Mother of God.
Let us pray.
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O God, Who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary
hast offered unto the human race
the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech Thee,
that we may know the effects of her intercession,
through whom we have deserved to receive the author of life,
our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son.