Concluding Monday Compline: The Ave Maria

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.…

Monday Compline Collect

Oremus. Quiétem, Dómine, corpóribus nostris tríbue salutárem, et quæ fúdimus hódie sémina per labórem, fac ut messem gérminent sempitérnam. Per Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen. Let us pray. Lord, grant healthful rest to our bodies, and the seeds which we have scattered through work today, make them sprout forth an eternal harvest. Through Christ our Lord.…

Quod parásti * ante fáciem ómnium populórum

Quod parásti * ante fáciem ómnium populórum. Which you have prepared * before the face of all the peoples. Simeon continues his prayer, proving to us that salutare of the previous phrase must in fact be a neuter noun, for were it not, what would be the antecedent of quod? Quod parasti = which you…

Quia vidérunt óculi mei * salutáre tuum

Quia vidérunt óculi mei * salutáre tuum. For my eyes have seen your salvation. Quite literally, Simeon’s eyes see God’s salvation: He looks upon the infant Christ. Jesus is the cause of salvation for every person who will be saved: “Nor is there any other name under heaven (nec enim aliud nomen est sub caelo)…

Salva nos, Dómine, vigilántes, custódi nos dormiéntes, ut vigilémus cum Christo et requiescámus in pace

This post, and the several which follow, will translate and explain the Latin of the Gospel canticle used invariably during the Church’s night prayer, in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms. The full text to be studied (and prayed) is: Ant. Salva nos, Dómine, vigilántes, custódi nos dormiéntes, ut vigilémus cum Christo et requiescámus in…

In manus tuas, Dómine, comméndo spíritum meum

This post and the two that follow will cover the responsory, or Responsorium breve for Night Prayer. This prayer is prayed daily throughout the year and does not vary, with the exception of the Allelulia’s added during the Easter season. The full text to be prayed is as follows: V. In manus tuas, Dómine, *…