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Witness of Rome.

Titles by which the Bleffed Virgin is addreffed by Romish Canonized Saints, and in the authorized Books of Prayer; "Precious Pearl of the earth Glorious Queen of the world

Ark of the Covenant Sweet Parent of Mercy Bleffed Gate of Heaven Bright Palace of Light Tabernacle of the Holy


Queen of Angels, and of Archangels, of Patriarchs, Prophets, Apoftles, Martyrs, Confeffors, Angelical Principalities, Powers, Dominations, Thrones, the Holy Cherubims, and the Fiery Seraphims, &c.

Comfortrefs of the Afflicted

Window of Heaven
Gate of Paradise
Heavenly Ladder
Mother and Lady of the
Tabernacle of God

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Witness of Rome. Abode of Divine Grace Mother of Grace Mother of unlimited Power

Dispenser of spiritual

with innumerable others, afcribing to her these highest attributes of omniprefence, wisdom, mercy, grace, unlimited power, etc. which belong to God only.

The following are a few of the prayers, hymns and leffons from the public Offices in which the is worshipped;

"Hail, Star of the Sea, and nurfing mother of God, perpetual Virgin, and bleffed Gate of heaven, loose the bands of guilty finners, enlighten the eyes of the blind, drive from us all evils, afk all good things for us. Show that thou art the mother of Christ, and let Him who was born of thee for us, and vouchfafed to be thy Son, receive our prayers through

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* Breviarium Romanum Officium Beatæ Mariæ. In Sabbato.

+ Breviarium Parifienfe Officium Beatæ Mariæ. In fefto Conceptionis, p. 402.

John xiv.

"O glorious Lady, who fittest among the ftars on high, thou didst nurse thy Son who created thee with the milk of thy breasts. Thou restorest to us by the holy branch what unhappy Eve deprived us of; thou art the window of heaven that penitents may enter in. Thou art the Gate of the great King,

and the bright Door of Acts x. 25, light. O redeemed nations, rejoice in the life


9 Acts iv. 12.

$ Acts xiv.


t Rom. i. 23,


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And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,who is blessed for ever. Amen.t

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The Spirit Itfelf bear

Witness of Rome.

given to you by the Virgin.'


"O bleffed Mary, who can worthily offer to thee praise and thanksgiving, who by Thy fingular affent haft fuccoured a loft world? What

praifes can the weakness

of human nature pay to thee who haft found the way of recovery only by thy commerce? Receive therefore our thanksgiving, however unworthy, and unequal to thy me

rits; and when thou doft accept our vows, excuse our faulty prayers. O admit our fupplications within the fanctuary of thy hearing, and return to us the antidote of reconciliation.+

“O immaculate, holy and chafte Mary: who art the bright effective gate of Heaven. O sweet

*Breviarium Monafticum, Ed. 1617. Hymn O Gloriofa Domina. Off. B. M. in Sabbato-lxxii.

Ibid. Octa. Nat. B. M. p. 692.

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