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Oratio Sancti Sophronii ad Benedictam
Prayer of St. Sophronius to the Blessed Virgin Mary
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This prayer is taken from the writings of St. Sophronius (c 560-638), Patriarch of Jerusalem. The prayer here appears in the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary and in the second reading of the Office of the Readings for the common of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Liturgy of the Hours.

VERE benedicta tu in mulieribus, quoniam Evae maledictionem in benedictionem commutasti; quoniam Adam, qui prius iacebat exsecratione perculsus, ut per te benediceretur, effecisti. TRULY, thou art blessed among women, for thou hast changed Eve's curse into a blessing; and Adam, who hitherto lay under a curse, has been blessed because of thee.
VERE benedicta tu in mulieribus, quoniam benedictio Patris per te affulsit hominibus, eosque a vetere maledicto liberavit. TRULY, thou are blessed among women, for through thee the Father's blessing has shone forth on mankind, setting them free of their ancient curse.
VERE benedicta tu in mulieribus, quia per te progenitores tui salutem inveniunt; tu siquidem genitura es Servatorem, qui divinam ipsis salutem comparabit. TRULY, thou are blessed among women, for through thee thy forebears have found salvation. For thou wert to give birth to the Savior who was to win them salvation.
VERE benedicta tu in mulieribus, quoniam sine semine eum protulisti fructum, qui benedictionem terrarum orbi elargitur, ipsumque a maledictione spinas germinante redimit. TRULY, thou are blessed among women, for without seed thou hast borne, as thy fruit, Him who bestows blessings on the whole world and redeems it from that curse that made it sprout horns.
VERE benedicta tu in mulieribus, quia, mulier naturali condicione cum sis, Dei tamen Genetrix re ipsa fies. Etenim si qui ex te nasciturus est, secundum veritatem, Deus est incarnatus, ipsa iure meritoque diceris Deipara, quippe quae Deum verissime paris. Amen. TRULY, thou are blessed among women, for, though just a woman by nature, thou wilt become, in reality, the Mother of God. If He whom thou art to bear is truly God made flesh, then rightly do we call thee, Mother of God, for thou hast truly given birth to God. Amen.

Liturgia Horarum, (tr MWM).



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