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The Blessed Virgin Mary at the Foot of the Cross II

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ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Luke 2: 34-35


Simeon said to Mary: Behold, this child is destined
for the ruin and rising of many in Israel,
and to be a sign of contradiction;
and your own soul a sword will pierce.

COLLECT

Lord our God,
you placed at the side of your suffering Son
his Mother to suffer with him,
so that the human race,
deceived by the wiles of the devil,
might become a new and resplendent creation.
Grant that your people may put aside their inheritance of sin
and put on the newness of life won
by Christ the Redeemer.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Or:

Lord God,
you decreed that the Mother of your Son
should stand by his Cross, suffering with him.
Safeguard in your family
the fruits of your great work of redemption
and in your goodness
make them grow daily more and more.
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
Jt 13:17-20

You have averted our ruin before our God.

A reading from the Book of Judith

All the people were greatly astonished.
   They bowed down and worshiped God, saying with one accord,
   “Blessed are you, our God,
   who today have brought to naught the enemies of your people.”
Then Uzziah said to her:
   “Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
   above all the women on earth;
   and blessed be the LORD God,
   the creator of heaven and earth,
   who guided your blow at the head of the chief of our enemies.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
   by those who tell of the might of God.
May God make this redound to your everlasting honor,
   rewarding you with blessings,
   because you risked your life
   when your people were being oppressed,
   and you averted our disaster
   walking uprightly before our God.”
And all the people answered, “Amen! Amen!”

Continue with the Responsorial Psalm

Or: Gen 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18

You have not withheld your only son.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

God put Abraham to the test.
   He called to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” Abraham replied.
Then God said: “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love,
   and go to the land of Moriah.
There you shall offer Isaac up as a holocaust
   on a height that I will point out to you.”

When Abraham and Isaac came to the place of which God had told him,
   Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it.
Next he tied up his son Isaac,
   and put him on top of the wood on the altar.
Then Abraham reached out and took the knife to slaughter his son.
But the LORD’S messenger called to him from heaven,
   “Abraham, Abraham!”
“Yes, Lord,” Abraham answered.
“Do not lay your hand on the boy,” said the messenger.
“Do not do the least thing to him.
I know now how devoted you are to God,
   since you did not withhold from me your own beloved son.”
As Abraham looked about,
   he spied a ram caught by its horns in a thicket.
So he went and took the ram
   and offered it up as a holocaust in place of his son.
Again the LORD’S messenger called to Abraham from heaven and said:
   “I swear by myself, declares the LORD,
   that because you acted as you did
   in not withholding from me your beloved son,
   I will bless you abundantly
   and make your descendants as countless
   as the stars of the sky and the sands of the seashore;
   your descendants shall take possession
   of the gates of their enemies,
   and in your descendants all the nations of the earth shall find blessing—
   all this because you obeyed my command.”

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 Verse Before the Gospel

Or: Heb 5:7-9

He learned obedience and became the source of eternal life.

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
   In the days when Christ Jesus was in the flesh,
   he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears
   to the one who was able to save him from death,
   and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, Christ Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered;
   and when he was made perfect,
   he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 31:2-3b, 3c-4, 5-6, 15-16, 20

R. (17b) Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

In you, LORD, I take refuge;
   let me never be put to shame.
In your justice deliver me;
   incline your ear to me;
   make haste to rescue me!

R. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

Be my rock of refuge,
   a stronghold to save me.
You are my rock and my fortress;
   for your name’s sake lead and guide me.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

Free me from the net they have set for me,
   for you are my refuge.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
   you will redeem me, LORD, faithful God.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

But I trust in you, LORD; I say,
   “You are my God.”
My times are in your hands;
   rescue me from my enemies,
   from the hands of my pursuers.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

How great is your goodness, Lord,
   stored up for those who fear you.
You display it for those who trust you,
   in the sight of all the people.

R. Save me, O Lord, in your steadfast love.

Continue with the Verse Before the Gospel

TEXT

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Lord, let our gifts be consumed
by the fire of the Holy Spirit,
so that the sacrifice of the altar,
offered in union with the Virgin,
may wipe away our sins
and open for us the gates of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary at the Foot of the Cross II
By a Gift of God’s Love Our Lady Shared in the Passion of Her Son.

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.

In your divine wisdom
you planned the redemption of the human race
and decreed that the new Eve
should stand by the Cross of the new Adam:
as she became his Mother
by the power of the Holy Spirit,
so, by a new gift of your love,
she was to be a partner in his Passion,
and she who had given him birth
without the pains of childbirth
was to endure the greatest of pains
in bringing forth to new life
the family of your Church.

Now, with Angels and Archangels,
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

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

How blessed was the Virgin Mary in her sufferings:
she gained the palm of living martyrdom
at the foot of the Cross of her Son.

COMMUNION ANTIPHON

1 Peter 4: 13


Rejoice when you share in the sufferings of Christ,
that you may also rejoice exultantly
when his glory is revealed.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God, protect your servants,
whose hunger and thirst
you have satisfied in this Sacrament;
as we call to mind Mary’s suffering with Christ,
grant that by carrying our cross each day
we may come to share in his Resurrection.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
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

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

Through the sacrifice of Christ,
to which his sorrowful Mother united her own loving heart,
God chose to redeem the human race.
May he draw you deeply into that great mystery of salvation.
R. Amen.

God led the Blessed Virgin Mary to advance even further
in faith and in sorrow
until at the foot of the Cross
   she reached the perfection of charity.
May he make your faith ever stronger
and inspire you to love him
with your whole heart and soul and strength.
R. Amen.

And when the days of your life are ended,
may you reflect the image of Christ in his Passion,
that you may become sharers in his glory.
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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