Prayers

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The following selections are provided from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

1. To aid those who may wish to use different texts than those provided in the Office of the day
2. To assist those who may wish to celebrate a mystery in the life of the Blessed Virgin, or a particular title under which she is venerated, and which is an optional memorial, or on a local calendar
3. To assist those praying in a community or group celebrating an Office different from that provided in the iBreviary.

For most celebrations of the Blessed Virgin, nearly the entire Office is taken from the Common with the exception of the Concluding Prayer, and (occasionally) the Antiphon to the Gospel Canticle. Thus it is possible to join in a different Office recited in community using the texts below.


INVITATORY

OFFICE OF READINGS

MORNING PRAYER (Lauds)

DAYTIME PRAYER

EVENING PRAYER (Vespers) II


EVENING PRAYER I (for Solemnities)


INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

Joy of poor sinners, fairest Star of heaven,
Sun of true justice, chose your as his mother;
Save us who perish, raise the sadly fallen,
     Mary, pure Virgin.

You were the ladder by which God descended,
Through you the Highest came to seek the lowest;
By your protection, help us as we journey
     Onwards to heaven.

Choirs of bright angels throng with joy to meet you,
Saints of the Old Law, prophets and apostles,
Hasten to lead you to your throne of glory
     Next to the Godhead.

Praise be for ever Trinity most holy,
Who crowned you, Mary, Virgin pure and sinless,
And gave you to us, Queen and loving Mother,
     Now and for ever. Amen.

Tune: Flemming 11.11.11.5
Music: Friedrich F. Flemming, 1811
Text: Gaudium mundi, Saint Peter Damian, 1007-1072
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission


PSALMODY

Ant. 1 Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for you carried the Creator of the world in your womb (alleluia).

Psalm 113
Praise the name of the Lord


He has cast down the mighty and has lifted up the lowly (Luke 1:52).

Praise, O servants of the Lord, *
praise the name of the Lord!
May the name of the Lord be blessed *
both now and for evermore!
From the rising of the sun to its setting *
praised be the name of the Lord!

High above all nations is the Lord, *
above the heavens his glory.
Who is like the Lord, our God, *
who has risen on high to his throne
yet stoops from the heights to look down, *
to look down upon heaven and earth?

From the dust he lifts up the lowly, *
from his misery he raises the poor
to set him in the company of princes, *
yes, with the princes of his people.
To the childless wife he gives a home *
and gladdens her heart with children.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord Jesus, Word of God, surrendering the brightness of your glory you became man so that we may be raised from the dust to share your very being. May there be innumerable children of the Church to offer homage to your name from the rising of the sun to its setting.

Ant. Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for you carried the Creator of the world in your womb (alleluia).

Ant. 2 You are the mother of your Maker, yet you remain a virgin for ever (alleluia).

Psalm 147:12-20
The restoration of Jerusalem


Come, I will show you the bride of the Lamb (Revelation 21:9).

O praise the Lord, Jerusalem! *
Zion, praise your God!

He has strengthened the bars of your gates, *
he has blessed the children within you.
He established peace on your borders, *
he feeds you with finest wheat.

He sends out his word to the earth *
and swiftly runs his command.
He showers down snow white as wool, *
he scatters hoar-frost like ashes.

He hurls down hailstones like crumbs. *
The waters are frozen at his touch;
he sends forth his word and it melts them: *
at the breath of his mouth the waters flow.

He makes his word known to Jacob, *
to Israel his laws and decrees.
He has not dealt thus with other nations; *
he has not taught them his decrees.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

All-powerful God, it is through your Church, generously endowed with gifts of grace and fortified by the Holy Spirit, that you send out your word to all nations. Strengthen your Church with the best of all food and make it dauntless in faith. Multiply its children to celebrate with one accord the mysteries of your love at the altar on high.

Ant. You are the mother of your Maker, yet you remain a virgin for ever (alleluia).

Ant. 3 We share the fruit of life through you, O daughter blessed by the Lord (alleluia).

Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
God our savior


Praised be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has bestowed on us in Christ *
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him
before the world began *
to be holy
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ, *
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor *
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood, we have been redeemed, *
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous *
is God’s favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom *
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased *
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out *
in Christ, in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. We share the fruit of life through you, O daughter blessed by the Lord (alleluia).

READING
Galatians 4:4-5

When the designated time had come, God sent forth his Son born of a woman, born under the law, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it, so that we might receive our status as adopted sons.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:

After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.
After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.

Mother of God, intercede for us.
you remained a virgin.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin.

During the Easter Season:

After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin, alleluia, alleluia.
After the birth of your son, you remained a virgin, alleluia, alleluia.

Mother of God, intercede for us,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, alleluia, alleluia.

Go to the Conclusion


INVITATORY


The Invitatory is said when this is the first ‘hour’ of the day.

Lord, + open my lips.
And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

The antiphon is repeated. In individual recitation, the antiphon may be said only at the beginning of the psalm; it need not be repeated after each strophe.

Go to Psalm 24

Go to Psalm 67

Go to Psalm 100

Psalm 95
A call to praise God


Encourage each other daily while it is still today (Hebrews 3:13).

Come, let us sing to the Lord *
  and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving *
  and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

The Lord is God, the mighty God, *
  the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth *
  and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea; it belongs to him, *
  the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Come, then, let us bow down and worship, *
  bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people, *
  the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did
  in the wilderness, *
when at Meriba and Massah
  they challenged me and provoked me, *
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Forty years I endured that generation. *
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
  and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger, *
  “They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Irenaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Psalm 67
People of all nations will worship the Lord


You must know that God is offering his salvation to all the world (Acts 28:28).

O God, be gracious and bless us *
and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth *
and all nations learn your saving help.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Let the nations be glad and exult *
for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples, *
you guide the nations on earth.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

The earth has yielded its fruit *
for God, our God, has blessed us.
May God still give us his blessing *
till the ends of the earth revere him.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Psalm 100
The joyful song of those entering God’s temple


The Lord calls his ransomed people to sing songs of victory (Saint Athanasius).

Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness. *
Come before him, singing for joy.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Know that he, the Lord, is God.
He made us, we belong to him, *
we are his people, the sheep of his flock.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Go within his gates, giving thanks.
Enter his courts with songs of praise. *
Give thanks to him and bless his name.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Indeed, how good is the Lord,
eternal his merciful love. *
He is faithful from age to age.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Come, let us worship Christ, the Son of Mary, (alleluia).
Or: Come, let us sing to the Lord as we celebrate this feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, (alleluia).


OFFICE of READINGS


Go to the Psalmody

Go to the First Reading

Go to the Second Reading

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

The God whom earth and sea and sky,
Adore and laud and magnify,
Whose might they own, whose praise they tell,
In Mary’s body deigned to dwell.

O Mother blest! the chosen shrine
Wherein the Architect divine,
Whose hand contains the earth and sky,
Vouchsafed in hidden guise to lie:

Blest in the message Gabriel brought;
Blest in the work the Spirit wrought;
Most blest, to bring to human birth
The long desired of all the earth

O Lord, the Virgin-born, to thee
Eternal praise and glory be,
Whom with the Father we adore
And Holy Ghost for evermore.

Tune: Eisenach L.M.
Music: Johan H. Schein, 1586-1630
Text: Venantius Fortunatus
Translation: John Mason Neale, 1818-1866


Or:

You who own the faith of Jesus,
Sing the wonders that were done
When the love of God the Father
O’er our sin the victory won,
When he made the Virgin Mary
Mother of his only Son.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.

Blessed were the chosen people
Out of whom the Lord did come;
Blessed was the land of promise
Fashioned for his earthly home;
But more blessed far the mother,
She who bore him in her womb.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.

Wherefore let all faithful people
Tell the honor of her name,
Let the Church, in her foreshadowed,
Part in her thanksgiving claim;
What Christ’s mother sang in gladness
Let Christ’s people sing the same.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.

Praise, O Mary, praise the Father,
Praise your Savior and your Son,
Praise the everlasting Spirit,
Who has made thee ark and throne
O’er all creatures high exalted,
Lowly praise the Three in One.
Hail, Mary, full of grace.

Tune: Den das Vaters Sinn geboren 87.87.876
Music: J.A. Freylinghausen, 1670-1739
Text: V.S.S. Coles, 1845-1929

PSALMODY (for Solemnities and Feasts)

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday.


Ant. 1 Mary received a blessing from the Lord and loving kindness from God her savior (alleluia).

If Psalm 24 is used as the Invitatory Psalm, then Psalm 95, above, is used as the first psalm of the Office of Readings.

Psalm 24
The Lord’s entry into his temple


Christ opened heaven for us in the manhood he assumed (Saint Iranaeus).

The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, *
the world and all its peoples.
It is he who set it on the seas; *
on the waters he made it firm.

Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? *
Who shall stand in his holy place?
The man with clean hands and pure heart,
who desires not worthless things, *
who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor.

He shall receive blessings from the Lord *
and reward from the God who saves him.
Such are the men who seek him, *
seek the face of the God of Jacob.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is the king of glory?
The Lord, the mighty, the valiant, *
the Lord, the valiant in war.

O gates, lift high your heads;
grow higher, ancient doors. *
Let him enter, the king of glory!

Who is he, the king of glory?
He, the Lord of armies, *
he is the king of glory.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

When your Son was unjustly condemned, Lord God, and surrounded by the impious, he cried to you, and you set him free. Watch over your people as the treasure of your heart and guide their steps along safe paths that they may see your face.

Ant. Mary received a blessing from the Lord and loving kindness from God her savior (alleluia).

Ant. 2 The Most High has made his dwelling place a holy temple (alleluia).

Psalm 46
God our refuge and strength


He shall be called Emmanuel, which means: God-with-us (Matthew 1:23).

God is for us a refuge and strength, *
a helper close at hand, in time of distress:
so we shall not fear though the earth should rock, *
though the mountains fall into the depths of the sea,
even though its waters rage and foam, *
even though the mountains be shaken by its waves.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

The waters of a river give joy to God’s city, *
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within, it cannot be shaken; *
God will help it at the dawning of the day.
Nations are in tumult, kingdoms are shaken: *
he lifts his voice, the earth shrinks away.

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, consider the works of the Lord, *
the redoubtable deeds he has done on the earth.
He puts an end to wars over all the earth;
the bow he breaks, the spear he snaps. *
He burns the shields with fire.
“Be still and know that I am God, *
supreme among the nations, supreme on the earth!”

The Lord of hosts is with us: *
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

All-powerful Father, the refuge and strength of your people, you protect in adversity and defend in prosperity those who put their trust in you. May they persevere in seeking your will and find their way to you through obedience.

Ant. The Most High has made his dwelling place a holy temple (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Glorious things are said of you, O Virgin Mary (alleluia).

Psalm 87
Jerusalem is mother of us all


The heavenly Jerusalem is a free woman; she is our mother (Galatians 4:26).

On the holy mountain is his city *
cherished by the Lord.
The Lord prefers the gates of Zion *
to all Jacob’s dwellings.
Of you are told glorious things, *
O city of God!

“Babylon and Egypt I will count *
among those who know me;
Philistia, Tyre, Ethiopia, *
these will be her children
and Zion shall be called ‘Mother’ *
for all shall be her children.”

It is he, the Lord Most High, *
who gives each his place.
In his register of peoples he writes: *
“These are her children,”
and while they dance they will sing: *
“In you all find their home.”

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Lord God, your only Son wept over ancient Jerusalem, soon to be destroyed for its lack of faith. He established the new Jerusalem firmly upon rock and made it the mother of the faithful. Make us rejoice in your Church, and grant that all people may be reborn into the freedom of your Spirit.

Ant. Glorious things are said of you, O Virgin Mary (alleluia).

Blessed are those who hear the word of God (alleluia).
And cherish it in their hearts (alleluia).

READINGS

For Memorials, the First Reading is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and Feasts, one of the following is used:

FIRST READING

Outside of Lent and Easter:


From the book of the prophet Isaiah
7:10-14; 8:10b; 11:1-9

Emmanuel, the King of Peace


The Lord spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!”

Then Isaiah said: Listen, house of David! Is it not enough that you weary human beings? Must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, shall name him Immanuel, for “With us is God!”

But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
   and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
   a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
   a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
   and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.

Not by appearance shall he judge,
   nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
   and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
   and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
   and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
   and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
   with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall graze,
   together their young shall lie down;
   the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the viper’s den,
   and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
They shall not harm or destroy on all my holy mountain;
   for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the Lord,
   as water covers the sea.

RESPONSORY
Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, 7


Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son;
he shall be called Wonderful, the almighty God.

He shall sit on the throne of David
and reign over his kingdom for ever.
He shall be called Wonderful, the almighty God.

Alternative:

From the letter of the apostle Paul to the Galatians
3:22-4:7

Through faith we are the sons and heirs of God


Scripture confined all things under the power of sin, that through faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe.

Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian. For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

I mean that as long as the heir is not of age, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything, but he is under the supervision of guardians and administrators until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the world. But 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.

RESPONSORY
See Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 2:4; Romans 8:3


When the fullness of time had come,
God sent to earth his own Son,
born of a woman, subject to the law;
to deliver those under the law.

Because of his great love for us,
God sent his own Son
in the likeness of our sinful flesh.
To deliver those under the law.

During Lent:

From the first book of Chronicles
17:1-15

A prophecy concerning David’s son


After David had taken up residence in his house, he said to Nathan the prophet, “See, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tentcloth.” Nathan replied to David, “Whatever is in your heart, go and do, for God is with you.”

But that same night the word of God came to Nathan: “Go and tell David my servant, Thus says the Lord: It is not you who are to build the house for me to dwell in. For I have never dwelt in a house, from the day I brought Israel up, even to this day, but I have been lodging in tent or tabernacle. As long as I have wandered about with all Israel, did I ever say a word to any of the judges of Israel whom I commanded to shepherd my people, Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”

Now then, speak thus to my servant David, Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the flock, to become ruler over my people Israel. I was with you wherever you went, and I cut down all your enemies before you. I will make your name like that of the greatest on the earth. I will assign a place for my people Israel and I will plant them in it to dwell there; they will never again be disturbed, nor shall the wicked ever again oppress them, as they did at the beginning, and during all the time when I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies.

Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house: when your days have been completed and you must join your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you who will be one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. He it is who shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me, and I will not withdraw my favor from him as I withdrew it from the one who was before you; but I will maintain him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be firmly established forever.”

In accordance with all these words and this whole vision Nathan spoke to David.

RESPONSORY

How blessed are you, Virgin Mary,
for you carried within you the Lord, the Creator of the world.
Mother of your Maker, you remain a virgin for ever.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Mother of your Maker, you remain a virgin for ever.

During Easter:

From the book of Revelation
11:19-12:17a

The great sign of the woman in the heavens


God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth. Then another sign appeared in the sky; it was a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads were seven diadems. Its tail swept away a third of the stars in the sky and hurled them down to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God, that there she might be taken care of for twelve hundred and sixty days.

Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.

   Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
   “Now have salvation and power come,
      and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed.
   For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
      who accuses them before our God day and night.
   They conquered him by the blood of the Lamb
      and by the word of their testimony;
      love for life did not deter them from death.
   Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
      and you who dwell in them.
   But woe to you, earth and sea,
      for the devil has come down to you in great fury,
      for he knows he has but a short time.”

When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly to her place in the desert, where, far from the serpent, she was taken care of for a year, two years, and a half-year. The serpent, however, spewed a torrent of water out of his mouth after the woman to sweep her away with the current. But the earth helped the woman and opened its mouth and swallowed the flood that the dragon spewed out of its mouth. Then the dragon became angry with the woman and went off to wage war against the rest of her offspring, those who keep God’s commandments and bear witness to Jesus.

RESPONSORY
1 Corinthians 15:54, 57; Revelation 12:1


When this mortal body has put on immortality,
then the Scripture will be fulfilled which says:
Death is swallowed up in victory.
Give thanks to God who has given us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia.

A great sign appeared in the heavens:
a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Give thanks to God who has given us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ, alleluia.


SECOND READING

If there is no proper Second Reading, one of the following readings is chosen:


From a sermon by Saint Sophronius, bishop:
(Oratio 2, in sanctissime Deiparae Annuntiatione, 21-22. 26: PG 87, 3, 3242, 3250)

Through Mary the Father’s blessing has shone forth on mankind


Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. What joy could surpass this, O Virgin Mother? What grace can excel that which God has granted to you alone? What could be imagined more dazzling or more delightful? Before the miracle we witness in you, all else pales; all else is inferior when compared with the grace you have been given. All else, even what is most desirable, must take second place and enjoy a lesser importance.

The Lord is with you. Who would dare challenge you? You are God’s mother; who would not immediately defer to you and be glad to accord you a greater primacy and honor? For this reason, when I look upon the privilege you have above all creatures, I extol you with the highest praise: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. On your account joy has not only graced men, but is also granted to the powers of heaven.

Truly, you are blessed among women. For you have changed Eve’s curse into a blessing; and Adam, who hitherto lay under a curse, has been blessed because of you.

Truly, you are blessed among women. Through you the Father’s blessing has shone forth on mankind, setting them free of their ancient curse.

Truly, you are blessed among women, because through you your forbears have found salvation. For you were to give birth to the Savior who was to win them salvation.

Truly, you are blessed among women, for without seed you have borne, as your fruit, him who bestows blessings on the whole world and redeems it from that curse that made it sprout thorns.

Truly, you are blessed among women, because, though a woman by nature, you will become, in reality, God’s mother. If he whom you are to bear is truly God made flesh, then rightly do we call you God’s mother. For you have truly given birth to God.

Enclosed within your womb is God himself. He makes his abode in you and comes forth from you like a bridegroom, winning joy for all and bestowing God’s light on all.

You, O Virgin, are like a clear and shining sky, in which God has set his tent. From you he comes forth like a bridegroom leaving his chamber. Like a giant running his course, he will run the course of his life which will bring salvation for all who will ever live, and extending from the highest heavens to the end of them, it will fill all things with divine warmth and with life-giving brightness.

RESPONSORY

Truly you are the most favored of women;
where Eve brought a curse, you have brought a blessing.
Through you the Father’s Gift has been bestowed on us, (alleluia).

Through you, your ancestors have found salvation.
Through you the Father’s Gift has been bestowed on us, (alleluia).

Or:

From a Sermon by Saint Aelred, abbot
(Sermo 20, in Nativitate beatae Mariae: PL 195, 322-324)

Mary our mother

Let us come to his bride, his mother, his perfect handmaid, for the blessed Mary is all of this.

But what are we to do for her? What kind of gifts shall we offer her? Would that we could at least return what we are in duty bound to do, for we owe her honor and service, we owe her love and praise. We owe her honor, for she is the mother of our Lord. He who fails to honor the mother clearly dishonors the son. Also, Scripture says: Honor you father and your mother.

What then, my brothers, shall we say? Is she not our mother? Yes, my brothers, she is indeed our mother, for through her we have been born, not for the world but for God.

Once we all lay in death, as you know and believe, in sin, in darkness, in misery. In death, because we had lost the Lord; in sin, because of our corruption; in darkness, for we were without the light of wisdom, and thus had perished utterly.

But then we were born, far better than through Eve, through Mary the blessed, because Christ was born of her. We have recovered new life in place of sin, immortality instead of mortality, light in place of darkness.

She is our mother—the mother of our life, the mother of our incarnation, the mother of our light. As the Apostle says of our Lord, he became for us by God’s power our wisdom and justice, and holiness and redemption.

She then, as mother of Christ, is the mother of our wisdom and justice, of our holiness and redemption. She is more our mother than the mother of our flesh. Our birth from her is better, for from her is born our holiness, our wisdom, our justice, our sanctification, our redemption.

Praise the Lord in his holy ones, say the Scriptures. If our Lord is to be praised in those holy ones through whom he brings to being deeds of power and miracles, how much more is he to be praised in her in whom he fashioned himself, who is wonderful beyond all wonders.

RESPONSORY

Happy are you, holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise;
from your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
Through him we have salvation and deliverance, (alleluia).

Let us celebrate with joy this feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
From your womb Christ the Sun of Justice has risen.
Through him we have salvation and deliverance, (alleluia).

Or:

From the dogmatic constitution on the Church of the Second Vatican Council
(Lumen Gentium, nn. 61-62)

Mary’s motherhood in the order of grace


The Blessed Virgin Mary was predestined from eternity by that decree of divine providence which determined the incarnation of the Word to be the Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin was on this earth the virgin Mother of the Redeemer, and above all others and in a singular way the generous associate and humble handmaid of the Lord. She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.

This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation.

By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home.

Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. This, however, is to be so understood that it neither takes away from nor adds anything to the dignity and efficaciousness of Christ the one Mediator.

For no creature could ever be counted as equal with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer. Just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by the ministers and by the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is really communicated in different ways to His creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

The Church does not hesitate to profess this subordinate role of Mary. It knows it through unfailing experience of it and commends it to the hearts of the faithful, so that encouraged by this maternal help they may the more intimately adhere to the Mediator and Redeemer.

RESPONSORY

O pure and holy Virgin, how can I find words to praise your beauty?
The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb, (alleluia).

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
The highest heavens cannot contain God whom you carried in your womb, (alleluia).

On Solemnities and feasts, the Te Deum is said.

Go to the Te Deum

OPTIONAL VIGIL

CANTICLES


Ant. Be glad, Virgin Mary, for you have deserved to bear the Christ, the creator of heaven and earth; you have brought forth the Savior of the world (alleluia).

Canticle I: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
The prophet rejoices over the new Jerusalem

I saw the new Jerusalem, the holy city, prepared as a bride adorned for her bridegroom (Revelation 21:2).

I rejoice heartily in the Lord, *
   in my God is the joy of my soul;
For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, *
   and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem, *
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.

As the earth brings forth its plants, *
   and a garden makes its growth spring up,
So will the Lord God make justice and praise *
   spring up before all the nations.

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent, *
   for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
Until her vindication shines forth like the dawn *
   and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication, *
   and all kings your glory;
You shall be called by a new name *
   pronounced by the mouth of the Lord

You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord, *
   a royal diadem held by your God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Canticle II: Isaiah 62:4-7
The glory of the new Jerusalem

Here lives God among men. He will make his home among them (Revelation 21:3).

No more shall men call you “Forsaken,” *
   or your land “Desolate,”
But you shall be called “My Delight,” *
   and your land “Espoused.”
For the Lord delights in you, *
   and makes your land his spouse.

As a young man marries a virgin, *
   your Builder shall marry you;
And as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride *
   so shall your God rejoice in you.

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, *
   I have stationed watchmen;
Never, by day or by night, *
   shall they be silent.

O you who are to remind the Lord, *
   take no rest
And give no rest to him, *
   until he re-establishes Jerusalem
and makes of it *
   the pride of the earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Canticle III: Sirach 39:13-16a
How praiseworthy are the works of the Lord!

Thanks be to God who through us is spreading the knowledge of himself like a pleasant fragrance (2 Corinthians 2:14).

Listen, my faithful children: open up your petals, *
like roses planted near running waters;
send up the sweet odor of incense, *
break forth in blossoms like the lily.

Send up the sweet odor of your hymn of praise; *
bless the Lord for all he has done!

Proclaim the greatness of his name,
loudly sing his praises, *
with music on the harp and all stringed instruments;
sing out with joy as you proclaim: *
The works of God are all of them good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Be glad, Virgin Mary, for you have deserved to bear the Christ, the creator of heaven and earth; you have brought forth the Savior of the world (alleluia).

THE HOLY GOSPEL

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
1:1-16, 18-23

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her


The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
   Isaac the father of Jacob,
   Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
   whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
   Hezron the father of Ram,
   Ram the father of Amminadab.
   Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
   Nahshon the father of Salmon,
   Salmon the father of Boaz,
   whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
   whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
   Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
   Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
   Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
   Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
   Jotham the father of Ahaz,
   Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
   Manasseh the father of Amos,
   Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
   at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
   Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
   Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
   Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
   Eliakim the father of Azor,
   Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
   Achim the father of Eliud,
   Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
   Matthan the father of Jacob,
   Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
   but before they lived together,
   she was found with child through the holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
   yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
   decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
    “Joseph, son of David,
   do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
   that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
   because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
   what the Lord had said through the prophet:

      Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
           and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”

Or:

[Short Form]

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
1:18-23

For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her.


Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
   but before they lived together,
   she was found with child through the holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
   yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
   decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
   the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
    “Joseph, son of David,
   do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
   that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
   because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
   what the Lord had said through the prophet:

      Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
           and they shall name him Emmanuel,


which means “God is with us.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
2:13-15; 19-23

Take the child and his mother and flee to Egypt


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.”
He 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,
   he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
   he departed for the region of Galilee.
He 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.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew
12:46-50

“Here are my mother and brothers.”


While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
   his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
   wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
   asking to speak with you.”
But he said in reply to the one who told him,
   “Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
   “Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
   is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
1:25-38

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son.


The angel Gabriel was sent from God
   to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
   to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
   of the house of David,
   and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And coming to her, he said,
   “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
   and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her,
   “Do not be afraid, Mary,
   for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
   and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
   and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
   and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
   and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

But Mary said to the angel,
   “How can this be,
   since I have no relations with a man?”*
And the angel said to her in reply,
   “The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
   and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
   has also conceived a son in her old age,
   and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
   for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

Then the angel departed from her.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
1:39-47

Blessed is she who believed.


Mary set out
   and traveled to the hill country in haste
   to a town of Judah,
   where she entered the house of Zechariah
   and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
   cried out in a loud voice and said,
   “Most blessed are you among women,
   and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
   that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
   the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
   that what was spoken to you by the Lord
   would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
    “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
   my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
2:1-14

She gave birth to her firstborn son.


In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
   that the whole world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment,
   when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.

And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth
   to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem,
   because he was of the house and family of David,
   to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.
While they were there,
   the time came for her to have her child,
   and she gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger,
   because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields
   and keeping the night watch over their flock.
The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
   and they were struck with great fear.
The angel said to them,
   “Do not be afraid;
   for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy
   that will be for all the people.
For today in the city of David
   a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.
And this will be a sign for you:
   you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes
   and lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
   praising God and saying:

      “Glory to God in the highest
      and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
2:15b-19

Mary kept all these things reflecting on them in her heart


The shepherds said to one another,
   “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem
   to see this thing that has taken place,
   which the Lord has made known to us.”
So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph,
   and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
   they made known the message
   that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
   by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
   reflecting on them in her heart.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
2:27-35

You yourself a sword will pierce


Simeon came in the Spirit into the temple;
   and when the parents brought in the child Jesus
   to perform the custom of the law in regard to him,
he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying:

“Lord, now let your servant go in peace;
   your word has been fulfilled;
my eyes have seen the salvation,
   which you prepared in sight of every people:
a light to revel you to the nations
   and the glory of your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him;
   and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
   “Behold, this child is destined
   for the fall and rise of many in Israel,
   and to be a sign that will be contradicted
   and you yourself a sword will pierce
    so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
2:41-52

Your father and I have been looking for you


Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
   and when he 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 he 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 him 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 his 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 he said to them,
   “Why were you looking for me?
   Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”*
But they did not understand what he said to them.

He 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 man.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke
11:27-28

Blessed is the womb that carried you


While Jesus was speaking,
   a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
“Blessed is the womb that carried you
   and the breasts at which you nursed.”
He replied, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
2:1-11

The mother of Jesus was there


There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee,
and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him,
    “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her,
   “Woman, how does your concern affect me?
   My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers,
   “Do whatever he tells you.”

Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,
   each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them,
   “Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them,
   “Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter.”
So they took it.

And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,
   without knowing where it came from
   although the servers who had drawn the water knew ,  
   the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,
   “Everyone serves good wine first,
   and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;
   but you have kept the good wine until now.”

Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee
   and so revealed his glory,
   and his disciples began to believe in him.

Go to the Te Deum

Or:

+ A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
19:25-27

Behold, your son. Behold, your mother


Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
   and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
   and Mary Magdalene.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved,
   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.

A homily on the gospel may be given.


TE DEUM

You are God: we praise you;
You are the Lord: we acclaim you;
You are the eternal Father:
All creation worships you.

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:
   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
   heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.
The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.
The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you:
   Father, of majesty unbounded,
   your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,
   and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

You, Christ, are the king of glory,
the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free
you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death,
and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.
We believe that you will come, and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,
bought with the price of your own blood,
and bring us with your saints
to glory everlasting.

V. Save your people, Lord, and bless your inheritance.
R. Govern and uphold them now and always.
V. Day by day we bless you.
R. We praise your name for ever.
V. Keep us today, Lord, from all sin.
R. Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy.
V. Lord, show us your love and mercy;
R. for we put our trust in you.
V. In you, Lord, is our hope:
R. and we shall never hope in vain.

The concluding part of the hymn may be omitted.

Let us pray.

Go to the Concluding Prayer


MORNING PRAYER


Go to the Psalmody

Go to the Conclusion

If the Invitatory is not said, then the following is used:

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

O Glorious Lady, throned in rest,
Amidst the starry host above,
Who gavest nurture from thy breast
To God, with pure maternal love.

What we had lost through sinful Eve
The Blossom sprung from thee restores,
And, granting bliss to souls that grieve,
Unbars the everlasting doors.

O Gate, through which hath passed the King,
O Hall, whence Light shone though the gloom;
The ransomed nations praise and sing
Life given from the Virgin womb.

All honor, laud, and glory be,
O Jesus, Virgin-born to thee!
All glory, as is ever meet,
To Father and to Paraclete. Amen

Tune: Emmanuel L.M.
Music: Carl C. N. Balle, 1806-1855
Text: O gloriosa Domina, Venantius Fortunatus, 530-609
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission.

PSALMODY

On Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and Feasts, the following is used:

Ant. 1 Blessed are you, O Mary, for the world’s salvation came forth from you; now in glory, you rejoice for ever with the Lord. Intercede for us with your Son, (alleluia).

Psalm 63:2-9
A soul thirsting for God


Whoever has left the darkness of sin yearns for God.

O God, you are my God, for you I long; *
for you my soul is thirsting.
My body pines for you *
like a dry, weary land without water.
So I gaze on you in the sanctuary *
to see your strength and your glory.

For your love is better than life, *
my lips will speak your praise.
So I will bless you all my life, *
in your name I will lift up my hands.
My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, *
my mouth shall praise you with joy.

On my bed I remember you. *
On you I muse through the night
for you have been my help; *
in the shadow of your wings I rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
your right hand holds me fast.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Father, creator of unfailing light, give that same light to those who call to you. May our lips praise you; our lives proclaim your goodness; our work give you honor, and our voices celebrate you for ever.

Ant. Blessed are you, O Mary, for the world’s salvation came forth from you; now in glory, you rejoice for ever with the Lord. Intercede for us with your Son, (alleluia).

Ant. 2 You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel; you are the fairest honor of our race, (alleluia).

Canticle: Daniel 3:57-88, 56
Let all creatures praise the Lord


All you servants of the Lord, sing praise to him (Revelation 19:5).

Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Angels of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
You heavens, bless the Lord.
All you waters above the heavens, bless the Lord. *
All you hosts of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Sun and moon, bless the Lord. *
Stars of heaven, bless the Lord.

Every shower and dew, bless the Lord. *
All you winds, bless the Lord.
Fire and heat, bless the Lord. *
Cold and chill, bless the Lord.
Dew and rain, bless the Lord. *
Frost and chill, bless the Lord.
Ice and snow, bless the Lord. *
Nights and days, bless the Lord.
Light and darkness, bless the Lord. *
Lightnings and clouds, bless the Lord.

Let the earth bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Mountains and hills, bless the Lord. *
Everything growing from the earth, bless the Lord.
You springs, bless the Lord. *
Seas and rivers, bless the Lord.
You dolphins and all water creatures, bless the Lord. *
All you birds of the air, bless the Lord.
All you beasts, wild and tame, bless the Lord. *
You sons of men, bless the Lord.

O Israel, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.
Priests of the Lord, bless the Lord. *
Servants of the Lord, bless the Lord.
Spirits and souls of the just, bless the Lord. *
Holy men of humble heart, bless the Lord.
Hananiah, Azariah, Mishael, bless the Lord. *
Praise and exalt him above all forever.

Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. *
Let us praise and exalt him above all forever.
Blessed are you, Lord, in the firmament of heaven. *
Praiseworthy and glorious and exalted above all forever.

Ant. You are the glory of Jerusalem, the joy of Israel; you are the fairest honor of our race, (alleluia).

Ant. 3 O Virgin Mary, how great your cause for joy; God found you worthy to bear Christ our Savior, (alleluia).

Psalm 149
The joy of God’s holy people.


Let the sons of the Church, the children of the new people, rejoice in Christ, their King (Hesychius).

Sing a new song to the Lord, *
his praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel rejoice in its maker, *
let Zion’s sons exult in their king.
Let them praise his name with dancing *
and make music with timbrel and harp.

For the Lord takes delight in his people. *
He crowns the poor with salvation.
Let the faithful rejoice in their glory, *
shout for joy and take their rest.
Let the praise of God be on their lips *
and a two-edged sword in their hand,

to deal out vengeance to the nations *
and punishment on all the peoples;
to bind their kings in chains *
and their nobles in fetters of iron;
to carry out the sentence pre-ordained; *
this honor is for all his faithful.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

Let Israel rejoice in you, Lord, and acknowledge you as creator and redeemer. We put our trust in your faithfulness and proclaim the wonderful truths of salvation. May your loving kindness embrace us now and for ever.

Ant. O Virgin Mary, how great your cause for joy; God found you worthy to bear Christ our Savior, (alleluia).

READING
See Isaiah 61:10

I rejoice heartily in the Lord,
   in my God is the joy of my soul;
For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
   and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter season:

The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.

He has taken her to live with him,
his loved one from the beginning.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning.

During the Easter season:

The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.

He has taken her to live with him.
Alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord has chosen her,
his loved one from the beginning, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. Eve shut all her children out of Paradise; the Virgin Mary opened wide its gates, (alleluia).

Canticle of Zechariah
Luke 1:68-79
The Messiah and his forerunner


Blessed + be the Lord, the God of Israel; *
he has come to his people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty savior, *
born of the house of his servant David.

Through his holy prophets he promised of old *
that he would save us from our enemies, *
from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers *
and to remember his holy covenant.

This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: *
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear, *
holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; *
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation *
by the forgiveness of their sins.

In the tender compassion of our God *
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, *
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Eve shut all her children out of Paradise; the Virgin Mary opened wide its gates, (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

Let us glorify our Savior, who chose the Virgin Mary for his mother. Let us ask him:
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Savior of the world, by your redeeming might you preserved your mother beforehand from all stain of sin,
keep watch over us, lest we sin.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

You are our redeemer, who made the immaculate Virgin Mary your purest home and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit,
make us temples of your Spirit for ever.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Eternal Word, you taught your mother to choose the better part,
grant that in imitating her we may seek the food that brings life everlasting.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

King of kings, you lifted up your mother, body and soul, into heaven;
help us to fix our thoughts on things above.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Lord of heaven and earth, you crowned Mary and set her at your right hand as queen,
make us worthy to share this glory.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Or:

Let us glorify our Savior, who chose the Virgin Mary for his mother. Let us ask him:
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Sun of Justice, the immaculate Virgin was the white dawn announcing your rising,
grant that we may always live in the light of your coming.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Eternal Word, you chose Mary as the uncorrupted ark of your dwelling place,
free us from the corruption of sin.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

Savior of mankind, your mother stood at the foot of your cross,
grant, through her intercession, that we may rejoice to share in your passion.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

With ultimate generosity and love, you gave Mary as a mother to your beloved disciple,
help us to live as worthy sons of so noble a mother.
May your mother intercede for us, Lord.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Go to the Concluding Prayer


DAYTIME PRAYER


For Memorials, the entire Daytime Office is taken from the current weekday.

INTRODUCTION

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

At Midmorning

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Fill me with life anew,
That I may love the things you love,
And do what you would do.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
Until my heart is pure,
Until with you I have one will,
To live and to endure.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
My soul with grace refine,
Until this earthly part of me
Glows with your fire divine.

Breathe on me, breath of God,
So I shall never die,
But live with you the perfect life
In your eternity.

Tune: Yattendon 64 S.M.
Music: H. E. Woodbridge, 1845-1917
Text: Edwin Hatch, 1835-1889 adapted by Anthony G. Petti


At Midday

Almighty Ruler, God of truth,
Who guide and master all,
The rays with which you gild the dawn
With noonday heat now fall.

O quench the fires of hatred, Lord,
Of anger and of strife;
Bring health to every mind and heart
That peace may enter life.

Most holy Father, grant our prayer
Through Christ your only Son,
That in your Spirit we may live
And praise you ever one.

Tune: Ballerma C.M.
Music: F. Barthelemon, 1774-1808
Text: Ralph Wright, O.S.B.


At Midafternoon

Lord God and Maker of all things,
Creation is upheld by you.
While all must change and know decay,
You are unchanging, always new.

You are man’s solace and his shield
His rock secure on which to build;
You are the spirit’s tranquil home;
In you alone is hope fulfilled.

To God the Father, and the Son
And Holy Spirit render praise,
Blest Trinity, from age to age
The strength of all our living days.

Tune: Auctoritate Saeculi L.M.
Music: Poitiers Antiphoner, 1746
Text: © Stanbrook Abbey, used with permission


PSALMODY

For Solemnities, the Gradual Psalms are used. In place of Psalm 122, Psalm 129 is used, and in place of Psalm 127, Psalm 131 may be used . For Feasts, the Psalms of the day with their antiphons are used. For Solemnities and Feasts the Readings and Concluding Prayers are proper.

MIDMORNING

Ant. All of them, united in heart, continued in prayer, with Mary, the mother of Jesus (alleluia).

READING
Zephaniah 3:14, 15


Shout for joy, O daughter Zion!
   sing joyfully, O Israel!
Be glad and exult with all your heart,
   O daughter Jerusalem!
The King of Israel, the Lord,
is in your midst.

Blessed are those who hear the word of God (alleluia).
And cherish it in their hearts (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDDAY

Ant. The mother of Jesus said: Do whatever he asks of you (alleluia).

READING
Zechariah 9:9


Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion!
   shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem.
See, your king comes to you;
   a just savior is he.

Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary (alleluia).
Who bore the Son of the eternal Father (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion

MIDAFTERNOON

Ant. The Lord said to his mother: Woman, this is your son, and to the disciple: This is your mother (alleluia).

READING
Judith 13:31


Blessed are you in every tent of Judah; and in every foreign nation, all who hear of you will be struck with terror.

Blessed are you among women (alleluia).
And blessed is the fruit of your womb (alleluia).

Let us pray.

Go to the Conclusion


EVENING PRAYER II


INTRODUCTION

Go to the Psalmody

Go to the Conclusion

God, + come to my assistance.
Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, will be for ever. Amen. (Alleluia).

HYMN

He whom the earth, the sea and sky
By their own beauty can proclaim
Whom they thus serve and venerate
Enshrines himself in Mary’s womb.

He whom the sun, the moon, the stars
Obey as centuries pass by,
Lies hid within a Virgin’s womb
Made fruitful by divine decree.

The mighty God who made the world,
And lovingly sustains it still,
Selects as mother, maiden pure
And rests within her chaste abode.

The angels call her full of grace,
As chosen by the Spirit’s love,
For she will soon enrich the world
With him whom ev’ry heart desires.

All glory, Jesus be to you
Once born of Virgin undefiled,
Who, with the Spirit of your Love
And God the Father, ever reign. Amen.

Tune: Maria, quae mortalium L.M.
Text: Quem terra, Venantius Fortunatus, 530-609
Translation: © the Benedictines of Saint Cecilia’s Abbey, Ryde, UK, used with permission.

PSALMODY

For Memorials, the Psalmody is taken from the current weekday. For Solemnities and feasts, the following is used:

Ant. 1 Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you (alleluia).

Psalm 122
Holy city Jerusalem


You have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).

I rejoiced when I heard them say: *
Let us go to God’s house.
And now our feet are standing *
within your gates, O Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is built as a city *
strongly compact.
It is there that the tribes go up, *
the tribes of the Lord.

For Israel’s law it is, *
there to praise the Lord’s name.
There were set the thrones of judgment *
of the house of David.

For the peace of Jerusalem pray: *
“Peace be to your homes!
May peace reign in your walls, *
in your palaces, peace!”

For love of my brethren and friends *
I say: “Peace upon you.”
For love of the house of the Lord *
I will ask for your good.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

When you rose from the dead, Lord Jesus, you formed the Church into your new body, and made of it the new Jerusalem, united in your Spirit. Give us peace in our day. Make all nations come to your Church to share in your gifts in fellowship, that they may render you thanks without end and come to your eternal city.

Ant. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you (alleluia).

Ant. 2 I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let is be done to me as you have said (alleluia).

Psalm 127
Apart from God our labors are worthless


You are God’s building (1 Corinthians 3:9).

If the Lord does not build the house, *
in vain do its builders labor;
if the Lord does not watch over the city, *
in vain does the watchman keep vigil.

In vain is your earlier rising, *
your going later to rest,
you who toil for the bread you eat, *
when he pours gifts on his beloved while they slumber.

Truly sons are a gift from the Lord, *
a blessing, the fruit of the womb.
Indeed the sons of youth *
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

O the happiness of the man *
who has filled his quiver with these arrows!
He will have no cause for shame *
when he disputes with his foes in the gateways.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Psalm Prayer

You command the seed to rise, Lord God, though the farmer is unaware. Grant that those who labor for you may trust not in their own work but in your help. Remembering that the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with those of your Son, may the Church rely only upon your gifts.

Ant. I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let is be done to me as you have said (alleluia).

Ant. 3 Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (alleluia).

Canticle: Ephesians 1:3-10
God our Savior


Praised be the God and Father *
of our Lord Jesus Christ
who has bestowed on us in Christ *
every spiritual blessing in the heavens.

God chose us in him *
before the world began
to be holy *
and blameless in his sight.

He predestined us
to be his adopted sons through Jesus Christ, *
such was his will and pleasure,
that all might praise the glorious favor *
he has bestowed on us in his beloved.

In him and through his blood,we have been redeemed, *
and our sins forgiven,
so immeasurably generous *
is God's favor to us.

God has given us the wisdom *
to understand fully the mystery,
the plan he was pleased *
to decree in Christ.

A plan to be carried out in Christ, *
in the fullness of time,
to bring all things into one in him, *
in the heavens and on earth.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (alleluia).

READING
Galatians 4:4-5

When the designated time had come, God sent forth his Son born of a woman, born under the law, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it, so that we might receive our status as adopted sons.

RESPONSORY

Outside the Easter Season:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
The Lord is with you.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.

During the Easter Season:

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, alleluia, alleluia.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb,
alleluia, alleluia.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL CANTICLE

Ant. EP I: The Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant; the Almighty has done great things for me (alleluia).
Or: All generations will call me blessed: the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant (alleluia).
EP II: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for your great faith; all that the Lord promised you will come to pass through you (alleluia).

Canticle of Mary
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord


My + soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior *
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me, *
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him *
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm, *
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, *
and has lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things, *
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel *
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers, *
to Abraham and his children for ever.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. EP I: The Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant; the Almighty has done great things for me (alleluia).
Or: All generations will call me blessed: the Lord has looked with favor on his lowly servant (alleluia).
EP II: Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for your great faith; all that the Lord promised you will come to pass through you (alleluia).

INTERCESSIONS

Let us praise God our Almighty Father, who wished that Mary, his Son’s mother, be celebrated by each generation. Now in need we ask:
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

O God, worker of miracles, you made the Immaculate Virgin Mary share body and soul in your Son’s glory in heaven,
direct the hearts of your children to that same glory.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You made Mary our mother. Through her intercession grant strength to the weak, comfort to the sorrowing, pardon to sinners,
salvation and peace to all.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You made Mary full of grace,
grant to all men the joyful abundance of your grace.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

Make your Church of one mind and one heart in love,
and help all those who believe to be one in prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You crowned Mary queen of heaven,
may all the dead rejoice in your kingdom with the saints for ever.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

Or:

Let us praise God our almighty Father, who wished that Mary, his Son’s mother, be celebrated by each generation. Now in need, we ask:
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You made Mary the mother of mercy,
may all who are faced with trials feel her motherly love.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You wished Mary to be the mother of the family in the home of Jesus and Joseph,
may all mothers of families foster love and holiness through her intercession.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You gave Mary strength at the foot of the cross and filled her with joy at the resurrection of your Son,
lighten the hardships of those who are burdened and deepen their sense of hope.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You made Mary open to your word and faithful as your servant,
through her intercession make us servants and true followers of your Son.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

You crowned Mary queen of heaven,
may all the dead rejoice in your kingdom with the saints for ever.
Mary, full of grace, intercede for us.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

(Gathering our prayer and praises into one, let us offer the prayer Christ himself taught us:)

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

The Concluding Prayer is proper. When there is no proper prayer, one of the following is used. For Daytime Prayer, the short conclusions are used.

Concluding Prayers of the Roman Missal [2011]

Ordinary Time [1975]:

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord God,
give to your people the joy
of continual health in mind and body.
With the prayers of the Virgin Mary to help us,
guide us through the sorrows of this life
to eternal happiness in the life to come.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
take away the sins of your people.
May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us,
for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

God of mercy,
give us strength
May we who honor the memory of the Mother of God
rise above our sins and failings with the help of her prayers.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
may the prayers of the Virgin Mary
bring us protection from danger
and freedom from sin
that we may come to the joy of your peace.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
as we honor the glorious memory of the Virgin Mary,
we ask that by the help of her prayers
we too may come to share the fullness of your grace.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

All-powerful God,
we rejoice in the protection of the holy Virgin Mary.
May her prayers help to free us from all evils here on earth
and lead us eternal joy in heaven.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Advent:

Father,
in your plan for our salvation
your Word became man,
announced by an angel and born of the Virgin Mary.
May we who believe that she is the Mother of God
receive the help of her prayers.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Christmas Season:

Father,
you gave the human race eternal salvation
through the motherhood of the Virgin Mary.
May we experience the help of her prayers in our lives,
for through her we received the very source of life,
your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Lent:

Lord,
fill our hearts with your love,
and as you revealed to us by an angel
the coming of your Son as man,
so lead us through his suffering and death
to the glory of his resurrection,
for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Lord,
take away the sins of your people.
May the prayers of Mary the mother of your Son help us,
for alone and unaided we cannot hope to please you.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Easter Season:

God our Father,
you gave joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

God our Father,
you gave the Holy Spirit to your apostles
as they joined in prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
By the help of her prayers
keep us faithful in your service
and let our words and actions be so inspired
as to bring glory to your name.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning or Evening Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Concluding Prayers from the Roman Missal [2011]

Ordinary Time:

Grant, Lord God, that we, your servants,
may rejoice in unfailing health of mind and body,
and, through the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
may we be set free from present sorrow
and come to enjoy eternal happiness.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Grant us, O merciful God,
protection in our weakness,
that we, who keep the Memorial of the holy Mother of God,
may, with the help of her intercession,
rise up from our iniquities.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

As we venerate the glorious memory
of the most holy Virgin Mary,
grant, we pray, O Lord, through her intercession,
that we, too, may merit to receive
from the fullness of your grace.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Pardon the faults of your servants, we pray, O Lord,
that we, who cannot please you by our own deeds,
may be saved through the intercession
of the Mother of your Son and our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary,
foremost among the poor and humble,
to be the Mother of the Savior,
grant, we pray, that, following her example,
we may offer you the homage of sincere faith
and place in you all our hope of salvation.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

May the venerable intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin
come to our aid, we pray, O Lord,
and free us from every danger,
so that we may rejoice in your peace.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who were pleased to choose Blessed Mary
as the virginal chamber where your Word would dwell,
grant, we pray, that under her protection,
we may participate joyfully in her commemoration.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that your faithful,
who rejoice under the patronage of the most holy Virgin Mary,
may be freed by her motherly intercession
from all evils on earth
and merit the attainment of eternal joys 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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal ]Morning/Evening Prayer]

Advent:

O God, who willed that at the message of an Angel
your Word should take flesh
in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grant that we, who pray to you
and believe her to be truly the Mother of God,
may be helped by her interceding before you.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who, fulfilling the promise made to our Fathers,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
to become the Mother of the Savior,
grant that we may follow her example,
for her humility was pleasing to you
and her obedience profitable to us.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Christmas:

O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary
bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation,
grant, we pray,
that we may experience the intercession of her,
through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life,
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Or:

O God, who willed that your Word, begotten from all eternity,
should come forth from the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grant, we pray, through her intercession,
that he may light up our darkness
with the splendor of his presence,
and from his fullness give us joy and peace.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

Easter:

O God, who have been pleased to gladden the world
by the Resurrection of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant, we pray,
that through his Mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may receive the joys of everlasting life.
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.
Amen.

Acclamation [Office of Readings/Daytime Prayer]

Dismissal [Morning/Evening Prayer]

ACCLAMATION

Let us praise the Lord.
And give him thanks.

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DISMISSAL

If a priest or deacon presides, he dismisses the people:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.

May almighty God bless you,
the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Another form of the blessing may be used, as at Mass.

Then he adds:


Go in peace.
Thanks be to God.

In the absence of a priest or deacon and in individual recitation, Morning or Evening Prayer concludes:

May the Lord + bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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