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The Leonine Prayers

Prayers after the Low Mass

The Leonine Prayers were prescribed by Pope Leo XIII to be said by the priest and congregation after Low Mass. The original intention was the defense of the temporal sovereignty of the Holy See. In 1904, St. Pius X granted permission to add at the conclusion of the Leonine Prayers a threefold invocation, "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.” In 1929, Pius XI ordered that the prayers should be said for conversion of Russia, alluding to the request of Our Lady in Fatima. They are customarily said kneeling.
After Vatican II, the prayers were no longer said. Vatican II had refused to condemn Communism, while Paul VI after his election in 1963 began to approach communist countries with the “Vatican Ostpolitik” – the policy of deténte with Communism. Since the Leonine Prayers were a reminder of Moscow’s plans for universal expansion, they were among the first things to go.
Illuminated manuscript motif
Illuminated manuscript motif
illuminated manuscript motif

Ave María - Hail Mary (3 times)

Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum, benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus frúctus véntris tui, Jésus.

Sáncta María, Mater Déi, ora pro nóbis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nóstrae. Amen.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Salve Regina - Hail Holy Queen

Sálve Regina, Máter misericórdiae, vita, dulcédo, et spes nóstra, sálve. Ad te clamámus, éxsules filii Evae. Ad te suspirámus geméntes et fientes in hac lacrymárum valle. Eia ergo, advocáta nóstra, illos tuos misericórdes óculos ad nos convérte. Et Jésum, benedíctum frúctum véntris tui, nóbis, post hoc exilium osténde. O clémens, o pía, o dúlcis Virgo María. Ora pro nóbis, Sáncta Déi Génitrix. Ut dígni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi.

Orémus.
Deus, refúgium nóstrum et vírtus, pópulum ad te clamántem propítius réspice; et intercedénte gloriósa, et immaculáta Virgine Dei Genitríce María, cum beáto Joseph, ejus Spónso, ac beátis Apóstolis tuis Petro et Paulo, et ómnibus Sánctis, quas pro conversióne peccatórum, pro libertáte et exaltatióne sanctae Matris Ecclésiae, preces effúndimus, miséricors et benígnus exáudi. Per eúndum Chrístum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee to we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O pious, O sweet Virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
O God, our refuge and our strength, look down with mercy upon the people who cry to Thee; and by the intercession of the glorious and immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of Saint Joseph her spouse, of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, in Thy mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of the Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

Sáncte Micháel Archángele, defénde nos in proélio; contra nequítiam et insídias diáboli esto praesídium. Impéret illi Deus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, Prínceps milítiae caeléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in mundo, divína virtúte in inférnum detrúde. Amen.

V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum.
R. Miserére nobis.
V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum.
R. Miserére nobis.
V. Cor Jesu sacratíssimum.
R. Miserére nobis.
Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the Devil. May God restrain him, we humbly pray: and do thou, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.
Amen.

V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R. Have mercy on us.
V. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
R. Have mercy on us.
Posted October 6, 2012

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