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The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Divine Hope

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people:
you come to the aid of all who have no hope,
you look with love on all who seek your help.

COLLECT

Lord our God, you give us the joy
of honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary
as Mother of divine hope.
In your mercy
grant that, through her prayers and help,
we may always live as good citizens of this world,
with our hearts fixed on the world to come,
and so receive what we look forward to in faith,
the fulfillment of all our hope.
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.

Or:

Lord God,
you have given the Blessed Virgin Mary to your Church
as a beacon of unfailing hope.
In your goodness
grant that those who are burdened by life’s cares
may find in her consolation and strength
and those who despair of salvation
may find their hearts warmed and uplifted
as they turn to her 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
Sir 24:9-12, 18-21

I am the mother of divine hope.

A reading from the Book of Sirach

Before all ages, in the beginning, God created me,
   and through all ages I shall not cease to be.
In the holy tent I ministered before him,
   and in Zion I fixed my abode.
Thus in the chosen city God has given me rest,
   in Jerusalem is my domain.
I have struck root among the glorious people,
   in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.

Come to me, all you that yearn for me,
   and be filled with my fruits.
You will remember me as sweeter than honey,
   better to have than the honeycomb.
Whoever eats of me will hunger still,
   whoever drinks of me will thirst for more;
whoever obeys me will not be put to shame,
   whoever serves me will never fail.

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

R. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

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. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

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. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

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. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

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. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

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. Hail, Virgin Mary, hope of God’s people.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mother and Virgin and Queen of the world,
pray for your children to God who chose you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL

Jn 2:1-11
The mother of Jesus was at the wedding feast with him.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee,
   and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short,
   the mother of Jesus said to him,
   “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
   “Woman, how does your concern affect me?
My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
   “Do whatever he tells you.”
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
   each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told the servers,
   “Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then Jesus told them,
   “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
   without knowing where it came from
   (although the servers who had drawn the water knew),
   the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
   “Everyone serves good wine first,
   and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
   but you have kept the good wine until now.”
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee
   and so revealed his glory,
   and his disciples began to believe in him.

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

Receive, O Lord, we ask, the prayers of your people
with the sacrificial offerings,
that, through the intercession of Blessed Mary,
the Mother of your Son,
no petition may go unanswered,
no request be made in vain.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother of Divine Hope
Mary Is an Example of Hope in God.

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 truly right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
to give you thanks with all our hearts, Lord, holy Father,
for your gift to our human family
of Jesus Christ, the author of our salvation,
and of Mary, his Mother, the model of divine hope.

Your lowly handmaid
placed all her trust in you:
she awaited in hope
and conceived in faith the Son of Man,
whom the prophets had foretold.

With untiring love
she gave herself to his service
and became the Mother of all the living.

Mary, the fairest fruit of Christ’s redeeming love,
is a sister to all the children of Adam
as they journey toward the fullness of freedom
and raise their eyes to her,
the sign of sure hope and comfort,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.

In our joy we sing
with all the choirs of Angels:

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 1: 45


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

Or: Titus 2: 12-13

Let us live justly and devoutly in this age,
as we await blessed hope
and the coming of the glory of our great God
and of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Having received the Sacrament of salvation and faith,
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,
that we, who honor the Blessed Virgin, Mother of our hope,
may be worthy to share with her in the charity of heaven.
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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