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Holy Mary, Fountain of Light and Life

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Hail, Mother of light:
a virgin, you gave birth to Christ,
and became the model of the Church, our mother,
bringing to new birth in the chaste waters of Baptism a people of faith, alleluia.

COLLECT

Lord, from the chaste womb of the baptismal font
the Church, our mother, has given to children of this earth
a new birth as children of heaven.
Grant that through the life-giving Gospel
and your grace-filled sacraments
the Church may form its daughters and sons
in the likeness of Christ, its founder,
who was born of a Virgin Mother
as the firstborn of many brothers and sisters
and the Savior of the whole human race.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Acts 2:14a, 36-40a, 41-42

Everyone must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up with the Eleven,
   raised his voice, and proclaimed:
   “Let the whole house of Israel know for certain
   that God has made him both Lord and Messiah,
   this Jesus whom you crucified.”

Now when the people heard this, they were cut to the heart,
   and they asked Peter and the other apostles,
   “What are we to do, my brothers?”
Peter said to them,
   “Repent and be baptized, every one of you,
   in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins;
   and you will receive the gift of the holy Spirit.
For the promise is made to you and to your children
   and to all those far off,
   whomever the Lord our God will call.”
Peter testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them.
Those who accepted his message were baptized,
   and about three thousand persons were added that day.

They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles
   and to the communal life,
   to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 8, 9

R. (6a) Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

I will bless the LORD at all times;
   praise shall be always in my mouth.
My soul will glory in the LORD
   that the poor may hear and be glad.

R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

Look to God that you may be radiant with joy
   and your faces may not blush for shame.
In my misfortune I called,
   the LORD heard and saved me from all distress.

R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

The angel of the LORD, who encamps with them,
   delivers all who fear God.

R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

Learn to savor how good the LORD is;
   happy are those who take refuge in him.

R. Look to the Lord and be filled with light.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary,
from you rose the sun of justice, Christ the Lord;
whoever follows him will have the light of life.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 12:44-50

I, the light, have come into the world.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus cried out and said,
   “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me
   but also in the one who sent me,
   and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.
I came into the world as light,
   so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.
And if any hear my words and do not observe them,
   I do not condemn them,
   for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world.
Those who reject me and do not accept my words
   have something to judge them: the word that I spoke,
   it will condemn them on the last day,
   because I did not speak on my own,
   but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and speak.
And I know that his commandment is eternal life.
So what I say, I say as the Father told me.”

Or:

Jn 3:1-6

What is born of the Spirit is spirit.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
He came to Jesus at night and said to him,
   “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God,
   for no one can do these signs that you are doing
   unless God is with that person.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
   “Amen, amen, I say to you,
   no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”
Nicodemus said to him,
   “How can a person once grown old be born again?
Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?”
Jesus answered,
   “Amen, amen, I say to you,
   no one can enter the kingdom of God
   without being born of water and Spirit.
What is born of flesh is flesh
   and what is born of spirit is spirit.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

All-holy Father,
receive this offering
which the Church, our virginal mother,
makes in imitation of the Mother of Christ,
so that, gathered into unity
from every people and nation,
the Church may become one body,
living by the one Spirit.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Fountain of Light and Life
The Role of the Blessed Virgin in the Sacraments of Christian Initiation

V.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

By the marvelous gift of your loving kindness
you decreed that the mysteries
accomplished already in the Blessed Virgin
should be accomplished in sign
through the sacraments of the Church:
for from the baptismal font the Church brings to birth
new sons and daughters conceived in fruitful virginity
through faith and the Holy Spirit.

These newborn children the Church anoints
with the precious oil of sacred chrism,
so that the Spirit,
who filled the Blessed Virgin
with an abundance of gifts,
may come down to bless them
with an outpouring of grace.

Each day the Church also prepares for its children
the table where it nourishes them with the Bread of Heaven,
born of the Virgin Mary for the life of the world:
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Through him the Angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voices be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn of praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Blessed are you, Virgin Mary:
you were overshadowed by the Holy Spirit
and bore in your virginal womb the Son of the eternal Father
and so became the sanctuary of the mysteries of God, alleluia.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord our God,
fill with the Spirit of Christ
those you have nourished with his Body,
so that our actions may always be guided
by that same Spirit,
who shines upon the pathways of the Church
and who sanctified the entire life of the Virgin Mother.
Through Christ our Lord.

SOLEMN BLESSING

The following Solemn Blessing may be used:


The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Deacon or, in his absence, the Priest himself, says the invitation:

Bow down for the blessing.

Then the Priest, with hands outstretched over the people, says

God the Father, through the Resurrection of his Son,
gladdened the Blessed Virgin and the infant Church;
may he fill you with every spiritual joy and peace.
R. Amen.

Jesus Christ, who was born of a spotless Virgin,
arose incorruptible from the grave;
may he preserve undiminished in your hearts the fullness of your baptismal faith.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
whose coming the Blessed Virgin, with the Apostles,
awaited in sure faith,
dwell with you to purify your hearts.
R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
R. Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Or:

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or:

Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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