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Our Lady of Nazareth

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Proverbs 23: 24a, 25


Great joy fills a father’s heart when his son is righteous.
Let your father and mother be glad,
let the one who gave you birth rejoice.

COLLECT

All-holy Father, in the wonder of your wisdom and love
you decreed that your Son should be born of a woman,
and be subject to her guidance;
grant that we may enter more and more
into the mystery of your incarnate Word
and with him lead a hidden life on earth
until, escorted by his Virgin Mother,
we may joyously enter your home in heaven.
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.

Go to Schema II

Schema I

FIRST READING
Gal 4:4-7

God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians

Brothers and sisters:
When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
   born of a woman, born under the law,
   to ransom those under the law,
   so that we might receive adoption.
As proof that you are children,
   God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts,
   crying out, “Abba, Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a child,
   and if a child then also an heir, through God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 131:1, 2, 3

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

LORD, my heart is not proud;
   nor are my eyes haughty;
I do not busy myself with great matters,
   with things too sublime for me.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

Rather, I have stilled my soul,
   hushed it like a weaned child.
Like a weaned child on its mother’s lap,
   so is my soul within me.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

Israel, hope in the LORD,
   now and forever.

R. In you, Lord, I have found my peace.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Virgin Mother of God,
he whom the whole world cannot contain
enclosed himself as a child within your womb.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Lk 2:22, 39-40

They returned to their own home of Nazareth. The child grew to maturity, and he was filled with wisdom.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the days were completed for their purification
   according to the law of Moses,
   Mary and Joseph took Jesus up to Jerusalem
   to present him to the Lord.

When Mary and Joseph had fulfilled all the prescriptions
   of the law of the Lord,
   they returned to Galilee,
   to their own town of Nazareth.
The child, Jesus, grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
   and the favor of God was upon him.

Or: Lk 2:41-52

Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth, where he was subject to them.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
   and when Jesus was twelve years old,
   they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
   the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
   but his parents did not know it.

Thinking that Jesus was in the caravan,
   they journeyed for a day
   and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
   but not finding him,
   they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found Jesus 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.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
   before God and people.

Continue with the Prayer Over the Gifts


Schema II

FIRST READING
Col 3:12-17

May the fullness of Christ’s message live within you.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Colossians

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
   heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
   bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
   if one has a grievance against another;
   as the Lord has forgiven you,
   so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
   that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
   the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
   as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
   singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
   with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
   do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
   giving thanks to God the Father through him.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10

R. (See 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

How lovely your dwelling,
   O LORD of hosts!
My soul yearns and pines
   for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and flesh cry
   out for the living God.

R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Happy are those who dwell in your house!
   They never cease to praise you.
Happy are those who find refuge in you,
   whose hearts are set on pilgrim roads.

R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

LORD of hosts, hear my prayer;
   listen, God of Jacob.
O God, look kindly on our shield;
   look upon the face of your anointed.

R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
Col 3:15a, 16a

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts
and the fullness of his message live within you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

He went and lived in a town called Nazareth.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When the magi had departed,
   behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
   “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
   and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
   and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
   that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
   “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

When Herod had died, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
   to Joseph in Egypt and said,
   “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
   for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
Joseph rose, took the child and his mother,
   and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
   in place of his father Herod,
   Joseph was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
   he departed for the region of Galilee.
Joseph went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
   so that what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled,
   “He shall be called a Nazorean.”

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

We offer you, O Lord,
these offerings of conciliation and praise,
humbly asking that,
following the example of the Virgin of Nazareth
we may present our very selves
as a holy sacrifice pleasing to you.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Our Lady of Nazareth
The Daily Life of Our Lady in the Home at Nazareth.

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 to give you thanks,
truly just to give you glory Father most holy,
on this celebration of the glorious Virgin Mary.

For at Nazareth she receives with faith
the message of Gabriel
and becomes the Mother of your Son,
begotten by you before the ages,
now born into this world of time
as our Savior and our brother.

At Nazareth too,
in loving communion with her Son,
she watches over the growing Church
in the person of her child
and hands on to
us the shining example of her life.

In the holy house of Nazareth,
as the first disciple of her Son,
she receives the message of the Gospel,
treasures it in her heart,
and reflects on it in her mind.

At Nazareth also this purest of virgins,
united with Joseph, the just man,
in an unbreakable bond of chaste love,
praises you in song,
worships you in silence,
honors you by her daily life,
and gives you glory as she cares for her family.

Now, with all the Saints and Angels,
we praise you for ever:

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

Lk 2:51


Jesus went down with them and came to Nazareth,
where he was subject to them.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

All-holy Father,
look with kindness on those you have strengthened
with the Sacrament from heaven,
so that, through the example
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may work silently
at building up your kingdom on earth
and so enjoy its fulfillment in heaven,
in the company of your Son.
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

May God, who through the motherhood of the Virgin Mary
dispelled the darkness of ages past,
enlighten your minds with the radiance of the sun of justice.
R. Amen.

May God, who sent his Son as the Redeemer of the world,
refashion your minds and hearts in the image of Christ.
R. Amen.

Like Mary, Mother of Wisdom,
may you gratefully ponder in your hearts
the wonder of Gods blessings
and may you find in Christ and the Blessed Virgin
the model of your way of life.
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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