The Office of the Passion - 141 


1Holy Virgin Mary,
among the women born into the world,
there is no one like you.
2Daughter and servant
of the most high and supreme King
and of the Father in heaven,
Mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ,
Spouse of the Holy Spirit,
3pray for us
with Saint Michael the Archangel,
all the powers of heaven
and all the saints,
at the side of your most holy beloved Son,
our Lord and Teacher.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

[Note: the preceding antiphon is recited at all hours and is said in place of the antiphon, chapter, hymn, versicle and prayers, both at Matins and, likewise, at all the hours. Francis did not say anything else in these hours except this antiphon with its psalms. At the conclusion of the office, Francis used to say:]


Let us bless
the Lord God living and true! 1 Thes 1:9
Let us always render Him
praise, glory, honor, blessing Rv 4:9 and every good.
Amen. Amen.
So be it. So be it. Ps 41:14 [Vulgate, Ps 40:14]




Officium passionis domini, Fontes Franciscani, p. 146-147


1Sancta Maria virgo,
non est tibi similis
nata in mundo in mulieribus,
2filia et ancilla
altissimi summi Regis
Patris caelestis,
mater sanctissimi Domini nostri Jesu Christi,
sponsa Spiritus Sancti:
3ora pro nobis
cum S. Michaele archangelo
et omnibus virtutibus caelorum
et omnibus sanctis
apud tuum sanctissimum dilectum Filium,
Dominum et magistrum.
Gloria Patri.
Sicut erat.

[Nota: quod haec antiphona supradicta dicitur ad omnes horas; et dicitur pro antiphona, capitulo, hymno, versiculo et oratione; et ad matutinum et ad omnes horas similiter. Nihil aliud in ipsis dicebat nisi hanc antiphonam cum suis psalmis. Ad absolutionem officii semper dicebat beatus Franciscus:]

Domino Deo vivo et vero:
laudem, gloriam, honorem, benedictionem et omnia bona
referamus ei semper.
Amen. Amen.
Fiat. Fiat.

Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, vol. 1, p. 141