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Our Lady of Ransom

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Lk 1: 46a, 54-55a


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel,
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise made to our ancestors.

COLLECT

God, the Father of mercies,
you sent your Son into the world
as Redeemer of the human race;
grant that we who honor his Mother as Our Lady of Ransom
may faithfully protect
and seek to spread to all peoples
the true liberty of your children,
which Christ the Lord merited by his sacrifice.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Jdt 15:8-10; 16:13-14

The hand of the Lord strengthened me.

A reading from the Book of Judith

The high priest Joakim and the elders of the Israelites,
      who dwelt in Jerusalem,
   came to see for themselves the good things that
   the LORD had done for Israel,
   and to meet and congratulate Judith.
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.
   With your own hand you have done all this;
      you have done good to Israel,
      and God is pleased with what you have wrought.
   May you be blessed by the LORD Almighty
      forever and ever!”
And all the people answered, “Amen!”

Judith then said:
   “A new hymn I will sing to my God.
   O LORD, great are you and glorious,
   wonderful in power and unsurpassable.
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.”

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

R. The Lord had mercy on his 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. The Lord had mercy on his 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. The Lord had mercy on his 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. The Lord had mercy on his 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. The Lord had mercy on his 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. The Lord had mercy on his people.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

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 19:25-27

Woman, this is your son.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
   and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
   and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
   he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
   “Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

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, the offerings of our devotion,
and grant that we, who celebrate
your Son’s work of boundless charity,
may, through the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
be confirmed in love of you and of our neighbor.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Our Lady of Ransom
Holy Mary as Mother of the Redeemer and Handmaid of Redemption.

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.

For in your wise and provident plan
you joined the Blessed Virgin
so closely to your Son
in the work of redemption
that she was with him
as a loving mother in his infancy,
stood by his Cross
as the faithful companion in his Passion,
and, assumed into heaven,
became our advocate,
and the handmaid of our redemption.

She cares unceasingly with a mother’s love
for all your children in their need,
breaking the chains of every form of captivity,
that they might enjoy full liberty of body and spirit.

Now, with the Angels and all the Saints
we praise the redeeming love of your Son
and through him we proclaim your greatness,
as we cry out 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

John 2: 5


The Mother of Jesus said to the attendants:
Do whatever he tells you.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God,
we have received the Sacrament of redemption and life
and now pray that through the intercession
of Our Lady of Ransom,
whom in your mercy you gave us
as our loving Mother and patroness in heaven,
we may serve ever more strenuously
the mystery of salvation on earth
and be at last admitted into your heavenly kingdom.
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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