Masses of the BVM: 17 Our Lady of the Cenacle


Cf. Acts 1: 14

The disciples devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary,
the Mother of Jesus, alleluia.


Lord our God,
as the Blessed Virgin was at prayer with the Apostles
you poured out on her in abundance
the gifts of the Holy Spirit;
grant through her intercession
that we too, being filled with the same Spirit,
may persevere with one mind in prayer
and bring to the world around us
the Good News 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.

Acts 1:6-14

You will receive the power of the Holy Spirit.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

After the resurrection of Jesus,
   the apostles gathered around him and asked,
   “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Jesus answered them,
   “It is not for you to know the times or seasons
   that the Father has established by his own authority.
But you will receive power when the holy Spirit comes upon you,
   and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
   throughout Judea and Samaria,
   and to the ends of the earth.”
When Jesus had said this, as the apostles were looking on,
   he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight.
While the apostles were looking intently at the sky as Jesus was going,
   suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them.
They said, “Men of Galilee,
   why are you standing there looking at the sky?
This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven
   will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.”
Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem
   from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem,
   a sabbath day’s journey away.

When the apostles entered the city
   they went to the upper room where they were staying,
   Peter and John and James and Andrew,
   Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
   James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot,
   and Judas son of James.
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer,
   together with some women,
   and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

The word of the Lord.

Ps 81:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

℟. (3) Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

The LORD loves the city
   founded on holy mountains,
loves the gates of Zion
   more than any dwelling in Jacob.

℟. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

Glorious things are said of you,
   O city of God!
But of Zion it must be said:
   “They all were born here.”

℟. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.

The Most High confirms this;
   the LORD notes in the register of the peoples:
“This one was born right here.”
   So all sing in their festive dance:
“Within you is my true home.”

℟. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.


[For Luke 8]

See Luke 2:19

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God
and pondered it in her heart

[For Luke 24]

See John 14:16

I shall ask the Father,
and the Father shall give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 8:19-21

My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and put it into practice.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to Jesus
   but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told,
   “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
   and they wish to see you.”
Jesus said to them in reply,
   “My mother and my brothers are those
   who hear the word of God and act on it.”


Lk 24:44-53

Stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Jesus said to the eleven and those with him:
   “These are my words that I spoke to you
   while I was still with you,
   that everything written about me in the law of Moses
   and in the prophets and psalms must be fulfilled.”
Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures.
And Jesus said to them,
   “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer
   and rise from the dead on the third day
   and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins,
   would be preached in his name to all the nations,
   beginning from Jerusalem.
You are witnesses of these things.
And behold I am sending the promise of my Father upon you;
   but stay in the city
   until you are clothed with power from on high.”

Then Jesus led them out as far as Bethany,
   raised his hands, and blessed them.
As he blessed them he parted from them
   and was taken up to heaven.
The disciples did Jesus homage
   and then returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
   and they were continually in the temple praising God.

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.


All-holy Father,
receive these gifts from joyful
hearts and grant that we may follow closely
the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by obeying the voice of the Spirit
and seeking to praise your glory in all things.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Our Lady of the Cenacle
The Blessed Virgin, at Prayer with the Apostles, Awaits the Coming of the Paraclete

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.

How wonderful is the example you have given us
of harmony and prayer in the Church at its beginning:
you show us the Mother of Jesus
as she prays with the Apostles
in oneness of mind and heart.

She who waited in prayer for the coming of Christ
is still at prayer
as she calls upon the promised Paraclete;
she who was overshadowed by the Spirit
at the Incarnation of the Word
is once more filled with your Gift from on high
at the birth of God’s new people.

As she keeps vigil in prayer,
her heart on fire with love,
she is the model of the Church,
enriched by the gifts of the Spirit
and keeping watch for the Second Coming of Christ.

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.


Cf. Acts 2: 42

The disciples continued steadfast in the teaching of the Apostles,
in communion of spirit, in the breaking of bread,
and in the practice of prayer, alleluia.


Lord God,
you have fed your holy people
with the one Bread of life;
renew us by the one gift of the Holy Spirit
and grant that under the protection of the Blessed Virgin
we may work for the unity and peace of all those
for whom your Son offered himself
as the sacrifice of our redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.


The following Solemn Blessing may be used:

The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

The Deacon or, in his absence, the Priest himself, says the invitation:

Bow down for the blessing.

Then the Priest, with hands outstretched over the people, says

God the Father, through the Resurrection of his Son,
gladdened the Blessed Virgin and the infant Church;
may he fill you with every spiritual joy and peace.
℟. Amen.

Jesus Christ, who was born of a spotless Virgin,
arose incorruptible from the grave;
may he preserve undiminished in your hearts the fullness of your baptismal faith.
℟. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
whose coming the Blessed Virgin, with the Apostles,
awaited in sure faith,
dwell with you to purify your hearts.
℟. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
℟. Amen.

Then the Deacon, or the Priest himself, with hands joined and facing the people, says:

Go forth, the Mass is ended.


Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.


Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.


Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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