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Prayers

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Apostles

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. Acts 1:14


The disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer
with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, alleluia.

COLLECT

O God, who gave the Holy Spirit to your Apostles
as they joined in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus,
grant through her intercession
we may faithfully serve your majesty
and extend, by word and example, the glory of your name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4

With one heart the disciples continued in steadfast prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

After Jesus had been taken up into heaven,
   the apostles returned to Jerusalem
   from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
   a sabbath day’s journey away.

When the apostles entered the city
   they went to the upper room where they were staying,
   Peter and John and James and Andrew,
   Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
   James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
   and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
   together with some women,
   and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
   the apostles were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
   a noise like a strong driving wind,
   and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
   which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit
   and began to speak in different tongues,
   as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

R. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

The LORD loves the city
   founded on holy mountains,
loves the gates of Zion
   more than any dwelling in Jacob.

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

Glorious things are said of you,
   O city of God!
But of Zion it must be said:
   “They all were born right here.”

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

The Most High confirms this;
   the LORD notes in the register of the peoples:
   “This one was born here.”
So all sing in their festive dance:
   “Within you is my true home.”

R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

There by the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ
stood holy Mary, mournful mother,
queen of heaven and earth.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 19:25-27

Woman, this is your son. This is your mother.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
   and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
   and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
   he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
   “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

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

By your favor, O Lord,
and through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
may our offering obtain for your Church this grace,
that she may grow in the number of the faithful
and be ever radiant with an abundance of virtues.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Queen of Apostles
The Blessed Virgin as Queen of Apostles

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,
on this memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the first to proclaim Christ,
even before the Apostles.

Guided by the Holy Spirit,
she hastened to bring her Son to John,
that he might be sanctified and filled with joy.
It was the same Spirit
who made Peter and the other Apostles
fearless in preaching the Gospel to all nations,
with its saving message of life in Christ.

In our own day the Blessed Virgin
inspires by her example new preachers of the Gospel,
cherishes them with a mother’s love,
and sustains them by her unceasing prayer,
so that they may bring the Good News of Christ the Savior
to all the world.

With all the Saints and Angels
we praise you for ever:

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

Cf. Luke 11: 27-28


Blessed is the womb that bore Christ the Lord;
blessed, rather, are those who hear the word of God and keep it.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Having partaken, O Lord, of these helps to our salvation
on this memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Queen of Apostles,
we humbly beseech you, that,
persevering in your will
and in service of the human family,
your people may draw ever closer to salvation.
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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