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The Blessed Virgin Mary, Help of Christians

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. Judith 13: 19


People will never cease to praise you,
as they recall the power of the Lord for ever.

COLLECT

Lord our God,
you chose the Mother of your beloved Son
to be the Mother and help of Christians;
grant that we may live under her protection
and that your Church may enjoy unbroken peace.
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
Rev 12:1-3, 7-12ab, 17

A great sign appeared in the sky.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

A great sign appeared in the sky,
   a woman clothed with the sun,
   with the moon under her feet,
   and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child
   and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.
Then another sign appeared in the sky;
   it was a huge red dragon,
   with seven heads and ten horns,
   and on its heads were seven diadems.

War broke out in heaven;
   Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
   but they did not prevail
   and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
   who is called the Devil and Satan,
   who deceived the whole world,
   was thrown down to earth,
   and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I, John, heard a loud voice in heaven say:
   “Now have salvation and power come,
   and the kingdom of our God
   and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers and sisters is cast out,
   who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
   and by the word of their testimony;
   love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
   and you who dwell in them.”

Then the dragon became angry with the woman
   and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring,
   those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.

Or: Gen 3:1-6, 13-15

I will put enmity between you and the woman.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

Now the serpent was the most cunning of all the animals
   that the LORD God had made.
The serpent asked the woman,
   “Did God really tell you not to eat
   from any of the trees in the garden?”
The woman answered the serpent:
   “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;
   it is only about the fruit of the tree
   in the middle of the garden that God said,
   ‘You shall not eat it or even touch it, lest you die.’”
But the serpent said to the woman:
   “You certainly will not die!
No, God knows well that the moment you eat of it
   your eyes will be opened and you will be like gods
   who know what is good and what is evil.”
The woman saw that the tree was good for food,
   pleasing to the eyes, and desirable for gaining wisdom.
So the woman took some of its fruit and ate it;
   and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her,
   and he ate it.

The LORD God then asked the woman,
   “Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”
Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
   “Because you have done this, you shall be banned
   from all the animals
   and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
   and dirt shall you eat
   all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
   and between your offspring and hers;
her offspring will strike at your head,
   while you strike at their heel.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Jdt 16:13, 14, 15

R. (2d) Rejoice and call on the name of the Lord.

A new hymn I will sing to my God.
O LORD, great are you and glorious,
   wonderful in power and unsurpassable.

R. Rejoice and call on the name of the Lord.

Let your every creature serve you;
   for you spoke, and they were made,
you sent forth your spirit, and they were created;
   no one can resist your word.

R. Rejoice and call on the name of the Lord.

The mountains to their bases, and the seas, are shaken;
   the rocks, like wax, melt before your glance.
But to those who fear you,
   you are very merciful.

R. Rejoice and call on the name of the Lord.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Lk 1:45

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for firmly believing
that the promises of the Lord would be fulfilled.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 2:1-11

This was the first of Jesus’ signs.

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

Lord, we offer you this sacrifice of praise
as we rejoice in this memorial of the Mother of your Son;
grant that through the help of so great a mother
we may find you coming to our rescue in every trial.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Help of Christians
The Blessed Virgin as the Mother and Help of Christians.

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,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

For you chose the Immaculate Virgin Mary,
the Mother of your Son,
to be the Mother and help of Christians,
so that under her protection
we might be fearless in waging the battle of faith,
steadfast in holding the teaching of the Apostles,
and tranquil in spirit in the storms of this world,
until we reach the joy of your heavenly city.

With steadfast love
we sing your unending praise;
we join with the hosts of heaven
in their triumphant song:

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

Deuteronomy 10: 21a


The Lord, who has done great things for you,
is your praise and your God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God, refreshed by this heavenly Sacrament
and relying on the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we ask that we may cast aside the old ways of sin
and put on Jesus Christ,
the author of the new creation.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

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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