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Holy Mary, Mother of the Lord

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. Judith 13: 18-19


Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord God Most High,
above all women on the earth;
for he has so exalted your name
that your praise shall be undying on our lips.

COLLECT

As we venerate the glorious memory
of the most holy Virgin Mary, Mother of the Lord,
grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession,
that we, too, may merit to receive
from the fullness of your grace.
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
1 Chr 15:3-4, 15-16; 16:1-2

Mary, whose womb bore the Lord, is hailed as the ark of the Lord.

A reading from the first Book of Chronicles

David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the ark of the LORD
   to the place which he had prepared for it.
David also called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites.
The Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with poles,
   as Moses had ordained according to the word of the LORD.

David commanded the chiefs of the Levites
   to appoint their relatives as chanters,
   to play on musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals
   to make a loud sound of rejoicing.

They brought in the ark of God and set it within the tent
   which David had pitched for it.
Then they offered up holocausts and peace offerings to God.
When David had finished offering up the holocausts and peace offerings,
   he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 132:11, 13-14, 17-18

R. (11b) I will set on your throne a son, the fruit of your womb.

The LORD swore an oath to David,
   a pledge never to be broken:
“Your own offspring
   I will set upon your throne.”

R. I will set on your throne a son, the fruit of your womb.

Yes, the LORD has chosen Zion,
   desired it for a dwelling:
“This is my resting place forever;
   here I will dwell, for I desire it.

R. I will set on your throne a son, the fruit of your womb.

There I will make a horn sprout for David’s line;
   I will set a lamp for my anointed.
His foes I will clothe with shame,
   but on him my crown shall gleam.”

R. I will set on your throne a son, the fruit of your womb.

Or:

Ex 3:1-8

Your blessed and fruitful virginity is like the bush which Moses saw on Horeb: though on fire, the bush was not consumed.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law Jethro,
   the priest of Midian.
Leading the flock across the desert, he came to Horeb,
   the mountain of God.
There an angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in fire flaming out of a bush.
As he looked on, he was surprised to see that the bush,
   though on fire, was not consumed.
So Moses decided,
   “I must go over to look at this remarkable sight,
   and see why the bush is not burned.”

When the LORD saw Moses coming over to look at it more closely,
   God called out to him from the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
Moses answered, “Here I am.”
God said, “Come no nearer!
Remove the sandals from your feet,
   for the place where you stand is holy ground.
I am the God of your ancestor,” he continued,
   “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.
Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.
But the LORD said,
   “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt
   and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers,
   so I know well what they are suffering.
Therefore I have come down to rescue them
   from the hands of the Egyptians and lead them out of that land into a good and spacious land,
   a land flowing with milk and honey.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8 and 11

R. (8a) The Lord is kind and merciful.

Bless the LORD, my soul;
   all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, my soul;
   do not forget all the gifts of God.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Who pardons all your sins,
   heals all your ills,
delivers your life from the pit,
   surrounds you with love and compassion.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

The LORD does righteous deeds,
   brings justice to all the oppressed.
God’s ways were revealed to Moses,
   mighty deeds to the people of Israel.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
As the heavens tower over the earth,
   so God’s love towers over the faithful.

R. The Lord is kind and merciful.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Virgin Mother of God,
he whom the whole world cannot contain
enclosed himself as a child within your womb.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL

Lk 1:39-47

Blessed is the fruit of your womb.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Mary set out
   and traveled to the hill country in haste
   to a town of Judah,
   where she entered the house of Zechariah
   and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
   the infant leaped in her womb,
   and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit,
   cried out in a loud voice and said,
   “Most blessed are you among women,
   and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
   that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
   the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
   that what was spoken to you by the Lord
   would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
   “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
      my spirit rejoices in God ,my savior.”

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

We offer you the sacrifice of praise, O Lord,
as we rejoice in commemorating the Mother of your Son,
grant, we pray,
that through this most holy exchange
we may advance towards eternal redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother of the Lord
The Mother of the Lord is Entrusted with the Distribution of Divine Grace.

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.

For in the Mother of your Son
you showed the wonders of your power
and through her you still continue
to accomplish in us our salvation.

In your wisdom and love
she fulfills a mother’s role
in the household of the Church
and is entrusted with the distribution of grace.

Through her words you instruct us,
through her example you draw us to follow her Son,
through her prayers you grant us forgiveness.

With thankful praise,
in company with the choirs of heaven,
we glorify your power as we sing with one voice:

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 1: 48


All generations will call me blessed,
for God has looked on his lowly handmaid.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Having received this heavenly Sacrament,
we humbly pray, O Lord
that we, who reverently celebrate
the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
may merit to be partakers at your eternal banquet.
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

Ordinary Time I

May the Father of all mercy,
through the love with which he cherished
the Mother of his Son,
bless you with health of mind and body.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb,
adorn you with the virtues
that will make you more pleasing to him.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
whose power overshadowed the Blessed Virgin,
give you serenity and peace,
that you may live as one in mind and heart
in the household of the Church.
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.

Ordinary Time II

May God, who through the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary
willed in his great kindness to redeem the human race,
be pleased to enrich you with his blessing.
R. Amen.

May you know always and everywhere the protection of her,
through whom you have been found worthy to receive the author of life.
R. Amen.

May you, who have devoutly gathered to celebrate this memorial of our Lady,
carry away with you the gifts of spiritual joys and heavenly rewards.
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.

Ordinary Time III

May the Father of mercies bless you
through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin
through whom he chose to remedy the fall of our first parents.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, who in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
became our brother and our Savior,
free your hearts from every trace of sin.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit
increase in you the grace of true faith and of hope for heaven,
that you may walk in the ways of the Gospel
and so reach your eternal home.
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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