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The Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of All Creation

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Psalm 45: 10


At your right sstands the queen in robes of gold,
finely arrayed.

COLLECT

O God, who made the Mother of your Son
to be our Mother and our Queen,
graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession,
we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom
the glory promised to your children.
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
Is 9:1-3, 5-6

The dominion of the Lord is boundless.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
   a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
   and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
   as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
   the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
   you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
   upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
   Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
   and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
   which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
   both now and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

Continue with the Responsorial Psalm

Or: Zec 9:9-10

Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zechariah

The LORD says:
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
   shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
   a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
   on a colt, the foal of an ass.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
   and the horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior’s bow shall be banished,
   and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

R. (7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

O God, give your judgment to the king;
   your justice to the son of kings;
that he may govern your people with justice,
   your oppressed with right judgment.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

That abundance may flourish in his days,
   great bounty, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
   from the river to the ends of the earth.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

For he rescues the poor when they cry out,
   the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor
   and saves the lives of the poor.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

May his name be blessed forever;
   as long as the sun, may his name endure.
May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name;
   may all the nations regard him as favored.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Continue with the Gospel Acclamation

Or: 1 Cor 15:20-26

As members of Christ all people will be raised, Christ first, and after him all who belong to him.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Christ has been raised from the dead,
   the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a human being,
   the resurrection of the dead came also through a human being.
For just as in Adam all die,
   so too in Christ shall all be brought to life,
   but each one in proper order:
   Christ the firstfruits;
   then, at his coming, those who belong to Christ;
   then comes the end,
   when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father,
   when he has destroyed every sovereignty
   and every authority and power.
For Christ must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 16:5 and 8, 9-10, 11

R. (1) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
   you have made my destiny secure.
I keep the LORD always before me;
   with the Lord at my right, I shall never be shaken.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
   my body also dwells secure,
for you will not abandon me to Sheol,
   nor let your faithful servant see the pit.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

You will show me the path to life,
   abounding joy in your presence,
   the delights at your right hand forever.

R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

Continue with the Gospel Acclamation

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 45:11-12, 14-15, 16-17, 18

R. (11a) Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

Listen, my daughter, and understand;
   pay me careful heed.
Forget your people and your father’s house,
   that the king might desire your beauty.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

All glorious is the king’s daughter as she enters,
   her raiment threaded with gold;
in embroidered apparel she is led to the king.
   The maids of her train are presented to the king.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

They are led in with glad and joyous acclaim;
   they enter the palace of the king.
The throne of your fathers your sons will have;
   you shall make them princes through all the land.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

I will make your name renowned through all generations;
   thus nations shall praise you forever.

R. Listen to me, daughter; see and bend your ear.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Luke 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Lk 1:26-38

You will conceive and bear a son.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
   to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
   to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
   of the house of David,
   and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to Mary, the angel said,
   “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But Mary was greatly troubled at what was said
   and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
   “Do not be afraid, Mary,
   for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
   and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
   and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
   and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
   and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
   “How can this be,
   since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
   “The holy Spirit will come upon you,
   and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
   will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
   has also conceived a son in her old age,
   and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
   for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

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

As we observe this memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we bring you our offerings, O Lord,
praying to be given strength by the humanity of Christ,
who offered himself to you on the Cross
as the unblemished oblation.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

PREFACE: Mary, Queen of All Creation
The Lowly Handmaid of the Lord is Exalted as Queen of Heaven.

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 are merciful and just,
scattering the proud and raising up the broken-hearted.
When your Son humbled himself and accepted death
you crowned him with glory and honor
and seated him at your right hand
as King of kings and Lord of lords.

When the Blessed Virgin, your lowly handmaid,
endured with patient suffering
the shame of her Son’s Crucifixion
you exalted her above all the choirs of Angels
to reign with him in glory
and to intercede for all your children,
our advocate of grace
and the queen of all creation.

With the whole host of Angels
we proclaim your greatness
as we praise you 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: 45


Blessed are you who have believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

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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