Masses of the BVM: 01 The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel


Cf. Zephaniah 3: 14; Haggai 2: 8

Rejoice and be glad with all your heart,
daughter of Jerusalem;
the Desired of all nations is coming,
and the house of the Lord will be filled with glory.


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,
God, for ever and ever.


O God, who, fulfilling the promise made to our Fathers,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the noble daughter of Zion,
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,
God, for ever and ever.

Gen 12:1-7

God spoke to our ancestors, to Abraham and his seed for ever.

A reading from the Book of Genesis

The LORD said to Abram:
   “Go forth from the land of your kinsfolk
   and from your father’s house to a land that I will show you.

   “I will make of you a great nation,
      and I will bless you;
   I will make your name great,
      so that you will be a blessing.
   I will bless those who bless you
      and curse those who curse you.
   All the communities of the earth
      shall find blessing in you.”

Abram went as the LORD directed him, and Lot went with him.
Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran.
Abram took his wife Sarai, his brother’s son Lot,
   all the possessions that they had accumulated,
   and the persons they had acquired in Haran,
   and they set out for the land of Canaan.
When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land
   as far as the sacred place at Shechem,
   by the terebinth of Moreh.
(The Canaanites were then in the land.)

The LORD appeared to Abram and said,
   “To your descendants I will give this land.”
So Abram built an altar there to the LORD who had appeared to him.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm


2 Sm 7:1-5, 8ab-11, 11, 16

The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David.

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

When King David was settled in his palace,
   and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
   he said to Nathan the prophet,
“Here I am living in a house of cedar,
   while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”
Nathan answered the king,
   “Go, do whatever you have in mind,
   for the LORD is with you.”
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
   “Go tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:
   Should you build me a house to dwell in?

“‘It was I who took you from the pasture
   and from the care of the flock
   to be commander of my people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you went,
   and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
   I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
   without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
   since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies.
The LORD also reveals to you
   that he will establish a house for you.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
   your throne shall stand firm forever.’”

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm


Ruth 2:1-2, 8-11; 4:13-17

The Lord enabled her to conceive and bear a son, whom they named Obed; he was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

A reading from the Book of Ruth

Naomi had a prominent kinsman named Boaz,
   of the clan of her husband Elimelech.
Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi,
   “Let me go and glean ears of grain in the field
   of anyone who will allow me that favor.”
Naomi said to her, “Go, my daughter.”

Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen, my daughter!
Do not go to glean in anyone else’s field;
   you are not to leave here.
Stay here with my women servants.
Watch to see which field is to be harvested, and follow them;
   I have commanded the young men to do you no harm.
When you are thirsty, you may go and drink from the vessels the young men have filled.”
Casting herself prostrate upon the ground, Ruth said to him,
   “Why should I, a foreigner, be favored with your notice?”
Boaz answered her:
   “I have had a complete account of what you have done
   for your mother-in-law after your husband’s death;
   you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth,
   and have come to a people whom you did not know previously.”

Boaz took Ruth.
When they came together as man and wife,
   the LORD enabled her to conceive and she bore a son.
Then the women said to Naomi,
   “Blessed is the LORD who has not failed
   to provide you today with an heir!
May he become famous in Israel!
He will be your comfort and the support of your old age,
   for his mother is the daughter-in-law who loves you.
She is worth more to you than seven sons!”
Naomi took the child, placed him on her lap, and became his nurse.
And the neighbor women gave him his name,
   at the news that a grandson had been born to Naomi.
They called him Obed.
He was the father of Jesse, the father of David.

The word of the Lord.


1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

℟. (see 1a) My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

My heart exults in the LORD,
   my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
   I rejoice in my victory.

℟. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

The bows of the mighty are broken
   while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
   while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
   while the mother of many languishes.

℟. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

The LORD puts to death and gives life;
   he casts down to the nether world;
   he raises up again.
The LORD make poor and makes rich,
   he humbles, he also exalts.

℟. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

He raises the needy from the dust;
   from the ash heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
   and make a glorious throne their heritage.

℟. My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.

Verse Before the Gospel


Ps 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

℟. (2) Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Praise, you servants of the LORD,
   praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
   both now and forever.

℟. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

From the rising of the sun to its setting
   let the name of the LORD be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
   above the heavens God’s glory.

℟. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

Who is like the LORD,
   our God enthroned on high,
   looking down on heaven and earth?

℟. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.

The LORD raises the needy from the dust,
   lifts the poor from the ash heap,
   seats them with princes, the princes of the people.

℟. Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever.


Alleluia, alleluia.

Come, Flower of Jesse’s stem,
sign of God’s love for all peoples:
save us without delay!

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Mt 1:1-17

A genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

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 Mary was born Jesus who is called the Messiah.

Thus the total number of generations
   from Abraham to David
   is fourteen generations;
   from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
   from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah,
   fourteen generations.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.


Accept, O Lord, these offerings,
and by your power change them
into the Sacrament of salvation,
in which, fulfilling the sacrifices of the Fathers,
is offered the true Lamb, Jesus Christ your Son,
born of the ever-Virgin Mary in a way beyond all telling.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

PREFACE: Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel
Our Lady Is Daughter of Adam, Child of Abraham, Branch of Jesse.

The Lord be with you.
℟. And with your spirit.
℣. Lift up your hearts.
℟. We lift them up to the Lord.
℣. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
℟. It is right and just.

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you chose the Blessed Virgin Mary
as the crown of Israel and the beginning of the Church,
to reveal to all peoples that salvation is born from Israel
and that your new family springs from a chosen root.

She is by nature the daughter of Adam,
who by her sinlessness undid the sin of Eve.
She is by faith the true child of Abraham,
who first believed and so conceived.
She is by descent the branch from the root of Jesse,
bearing the flower that is Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts.
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.


Rejoice and be glad, O joy of Israel!
Through the angel you received the world’s joy!
Rejoice and be glad,
for you brought to birth for us the Bread of Life!


Refreshed, Lord God, by this life-giving Sacrament,
we call out to you and pray
that as we see in Christ, born of the Virgin,
the promise to Israel fulfilled,
so in his Second Coming we may attain
the joyful fulfillment of all our hope.
Through Christ our Lord.

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