Readings

Antiphon and Prayer after Communion

Antiphon

Cf. Lk 11: 27

Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary,
which bore the Son of the eternal Father.

Or: [Schema 2] Lk 1: 49

He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

Or: [Schema 3] Cf. Lk 1: 48

All generations will call me blessed,
for God has looked on his lowly handmaid.

Or: [Schema 4]

Praise the Lord our God,
for in Mary his handmaid
he has fulfilled his promise of mercy to the house of Israel.

Or: [Schema 5] Cf. Ps 87 (86): 3; Lk 1: 49

Glorious things are spoken of you, O Virgin Mary,
for he who is mighty has done great things for you.

Or: [Schema 6] Ps 45 (44): 3

Graciousness is poured out upon your lips,
for God has blessed you for ever more.

Or: [Schema 7] Lk 2: 19

Mary treasured all these words,
reflecting on them in her heart.

Or: [Schema 8] Cf. Lk 1: 48

The Lord has looked on his lowly handmaid;
behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.


Prayer after Communion

As we receive this heavenly Sacrament,
we beseech O Lord, your mercy,
that we, who rejoice in commemorating the Blessed Virgin Mary,
may, by imitating her
serve worthily the mystery of our redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 2]

Having been made partakers of eternal redemption,
we pray, O Lord,
that we, who commemorate the Mother of your Son,
may glory in the fullness of your grace
and experience its continued increase for our salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 3]

Renewed with this heavenly food,
we humbly implore you, O Lord,
that, having received your Son, born of the tender Virgin,
under sacramental signs,
we may profess him in words
and hold fast to him in deeds.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Or: [Schema 4]

Having received the Sacrament of salvation and of faith,
we humbly beseech you, O Lord,
that we, who devoutly honor the Blessed Virgin Mary,
may be worthy to share with her in the charity of heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 5]

Grant to your Church, O Lord,
that, strengthened by the power of this Sacrament,
she may eagerly walk in the pathways of the Gospel,
until she reaches the blessed vision of peace,
which the Virgin Mary, your lowly handmaid,
already enjoys eternally in glory.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 6]

Having nourished us with this heavenly food, O Lord,
grant that, according to the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may serve you in purity of life
and magnify you, with her, in wholehearted praise.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 7]

Having been made partakers of this spiritual food,
we pray, O Lord our God,
that, steadily imitating the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may always be found intent on service of the Church
and may know the joys of doing your will.
Through Christ our Lord.

Or: [Schema 8]

Renewed by the Sacrament of salvation,
we humbly beseech you, Lord,
that we, who have honored in veneration
the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
may merit to experience in perpetuity the fruits of your redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.

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