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The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Sirach 24: 25


In me is all the grace of the way and the truth,
in me is all hope of life and of strength.

COLLECT

Lord our God,
you made the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
the home of your eternal Word
and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit.
Give us a heart that is free from sin
and attentive to your will,
that, faithful to your commandments,
we may love you above all things
and seek to help others in their need.
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
Jdt 13:17-20; 15:9

You are the highest honor of our race.

A reading from the Book of Judith

All the people were greatly astonished.
They bowed down and worshiped God, saying with one accord,
   “Blessed are you, our God,
   who today have brought to naught the enemies of your people.”
Then Uzziah said to her:
   “Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
   above all the women on earth;
   and blessed be the LORD God,
   the creator of heaven and earth,
   who guided your blow at the head of the chief of our enemies.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
   by those who tell of the might of God.
May God make this redound to your everlasting honor,
   rewarding you with blessings,
   because you risked your life
   when your people were being oppressed,
   and you averted our disaster,
   walking uprightly before our God.”
And all the people answered, “Amen! Amen!”

When they had visited her, all with one accord blessed her, saying:
   “You are the glory of Jerusalem,
      the surpassing joy of Israel;
      you are the splendid boast of our people.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Lk 1:46-48a, 48b-49, 50-51, 52-53, 54-55

R. (49) The Almighty has done great things for me.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;

R. The Almighty has done great things for me.

Behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
   and holy is his name.

R. The Almighty has done great things for me.

The Lord’s mercy is from age to age
   to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
   dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.

R. The Almighty has done great things for me.

He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
   but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
   the rich he has sent away empty.

R. The Almighty has done great things for me.

The Lord has helped Israel his servant,
   remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our ancestors,
   to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.

R. The Almighty has done great things for me.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary,
who bore the Son of the eternal Father.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Lk 11:27-28

Blessed is the womb that bore you.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

While Jesus was speaking,
   a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
   “Blessed is the womb that carried you
   and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied,
   “Rather, blessed are those
   who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Or:

Lk 2:46-51

The mother of Jesus treasured all these things in her heart.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

After three days Jesus’ parents found him in the temple,
   sitting in the midst of the teachers,
   listening to them and asking them questions,
   and all who heard him were astounded
   at his understanding and his answers.
When Jesus’ parents saw him,
   they were astonished,
   and his mother said to him,
   “Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And Jesus said to them,
   “Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But his parents did not understand what he said to them.
Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth,
   and was obedient to them;
   and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

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

Lord, look with favor on the gifts we bring
as we celebrate this memorial
of the Blessed Virgin Mary;
grant that, as we follow her example,
we may faithfully cherish and continually ponder
the riches of grace that we owe to your Son.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

PREFACE: The Immaculate Heart of Mary
The Heart of Mary Is the Heart of One Who Lives by the New Law.

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,
through Christ our Lord.

For you gave the Blessed Virgin Mary
a wise and obedient heart,
that she might perfectly carry out your will,
a new and gentle heart,
in which you were well pleased
and on which you inscribed
the law of the New Covenant.

You gave her an undivided and pure heart,
that she might be worthy
to be the Virgin Mother of your Son
and to rejoice to see you for ever.

You gave her a steadfast and watchful heart,
so that she could endure without fear the sword of sorrow
and await in faith the Resurrection of her Son.

With the whole company of the Angels
we sing your praises
in their canticle of joy:

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

Luke 2: 19


Mary treasured all these words,
reflecting on them in her heart.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Having been made partakers of eternal redemption,
we pray, O Lord,
that we, who commemorate the Mother of your Son,
may glory in the fullness of your grace
and experience its continued increase for our 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

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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