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Prayers

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Reconciliation

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Ps 145: 8-9


The Lord is kind and full of compassion,
slow to anger, abounding in mercy.
How good is the Lord to all,
compassionate to all his creatures.

Or:

Hail, full of grace;
you are called upon by sinners because you are merciful
and look on our distress with compassion.

COLLECT

Lord our God, through the Precious Blood of your Son
you reconciled the world to yourself
and at the foot of his Cross
you chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be the Mother of reconciliation for sinners;
grant through her intercession
that we may obtain pardon for our sins.
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
2 Cor 5:17-21

On behalf of Christ we implore you to be reconciled to God.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Whoever is in Christ is a new creation:
   the old things have passed away;
   behold, new things have come.
And all this is from God,
   who has reconciled us to himself through Christ
   and given us the ministry of reconciliation,
   namely, God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
   not counting their trespasses against them
   and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
So we are ambassadors for Christ,
   as if God were appealing through us.
We implore you on behalf of Christ,
   be reconciled to God.
For our sake God made Christ to be sin who did not know sin,
   so that in Christ we might become the righteousness of God.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-9, 13-14, 17-18a

R. (1a) O bless the Lord, my soul.

Bless the LORD, my soul;
   all my being, bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, my soul;
   do not forget all the gifts of God.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

Who pardons all your sins,
   heals all your ills,
delivers your life from the pit,
   surrounds you with love and compassion.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

Merciful and gracious is the LORD,
   slow to anger, abounding in kindness.
God does not always rebuke,
   nurses no lasting anger.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

As a father has compassion on his children,
   so the LORD has compassion on the faithful.
For he knows how we are formed,
   remembers that we are dust.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

But the LORD’S kindness is forever
   toward the faithful from age to age.
God favors the children's children
   of those who keep the covenant.

R. O bless the Lord, my soul.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Genesis 9:17

The cross of Christ is the sign of the covenant
I have established between me and all living things on earth.

GOSPEL
Jn 19:25-27

This is your son. This is your mother.

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.

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 these gifts
of reconciliation and praise,
that through the intercession
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, refuge of sinners,
you may in your mercy pardon our sins
and steady our wavering hearts.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother of Reconciliation
The Blessed Virgin as the Refuge of Sinners and Mother of Reconciliation.

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, almighty and eternal God,
to give you thanks in all things and for all things
and to proclaim your mighty deeds.

For in your infinite goodness
you do not abandon those who stray from you,
but in marvelous ways you call them back to your love:
you gave the Blessed Virgin Mary,
sinless as she was,
a heart of compassion for sinners;
seeing her love as their mother,
they turn to her with trust
as they ask your forgiveness;
seeing her beauty of spirit,
they seek to turn away from sin in its ugliness;
taking to heart her words and example,
they learn to keep your Son’s commandments.

Through him the Angels of heaven
offer their prayer of adoration
as they rejoice in your presence for ever.
May our voices be one with theirs
in their triumphant hymn of 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

Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary,
for from you arose the sun of justice,
Christ our God.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord our God,
we have received the Body and Blood of your Son,
the sacrament of our reconciliation;
grant through the intercession
of the Blessed Virgin Mary
that this Sacrament may bring us
the grace of your loving forgiveness
and the reward of eternal redemption.
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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