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The Collects of the Little Office

August 26, 2013

In my continuing work on the Little Office, today I found myself looking for translations for its collects in the Missal by Fr. Lasance (available here or here). To do this, I needed to discover which Masses the collects of the Little Office were taken from. Here are the results of my investigations:

Ad Laudes: Deus qui de B. M. V. utero – March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation (collect)

Ad Primam: Deus qui virginalem aulam – August 14th, the Vigil of the Assumption (collect)

Ad Tertiam: Deus qui salutis aeternae – January 1st, the Octave of the Nativity of Our Lord (collect)

Ad Sextam: Concede misericors Deus – August 14th, the Vigil of the Assumption (postcommunion)

Ad Nonam: Famulorum tuorum – August 15th, the Feast of the Assumption (collect, from the older Mass of this day, back when the introit was Gaudeamus. see, for example, the Liber 1903)

Ad Vesperas: Concede nos famulos tuos – Common of Feasts of Our Lady (collect)

Ad Completorium: Beatae et gloriosaethis article which I just found claims that it is proper to the Little Office, which seems about right, given that it is rather short (no flex) and that I haven’t found it anywhere else. Also, I have thought that Compline is the most peculiar of the hours of the Little Office, least resembling its counterparts in either the secular or monastic offices.

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