Prayers

Mary, the New Eve

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Revelation 12: 1


A great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

COLLECT

Lord our God, you chose the Blessed Virgin,
formed by the Holy Spirit,
as the firstfruits of the new creation;
grant that we may reject the old ways of sin,
embrace wholeheartedly the new life of the Gospel,
and honor faithfully the new commandment of love.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Rev 21:1-5a

I saw the new Jerusalem, as beautiful as a bride all dressed for her husband.

A reading from the Book of Revelation

I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth.
The former heaven and the former earth had passed away,
   and the sea was no more.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem,
   coming down out of heaven from God,
   prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
   “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.
God will dwell with them and they will be his people
   and God himself will always be with them as their God.
God will wipe every tear from their eyes,
   and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
   for the old order has passed away.”

The One who sat on the throne said,
   “Behold, I make all things new.”

Continue with the Responsorial Psalm

Or: Rom 5:12, 17-19

Where sin increased, there grace abounded all the more.

A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans

Brothers and sisters:
Through one person sin entered the world,
   and through sin, death,
   and thus death came to all,
   inasmuch as all sinned.

For if, by the transgression of one person,
   death came to reign through that one,
   how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace
   and of the gift of justification
   come to reign in life through the one person Jesus Christ.
In conclusion, just as through one transgression
   condemnation came upon all,
   so, through one righteous act,
   acquittal and life came to all.
For just as through the disobedience of one person
   the many were made sinners,
   so, through the obedience of the one,
   the many will be made righteous.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11

R. (See 8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Sacrifice and offering you do not want;
   but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts and sin-offerings you do not require;
   so I said, “Here I am.”

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Your commands for me are written in the scroll.
To do your will is my delight;
   my God, your law is in my heart!

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

I announced your deed to a great assembly;
I did not restrain my lips;
   you, LORD, are my witness.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Your deed I did not hide within my heart;
   your loyal deliverance I have proclaimed.
I made no secret of your enduring kindness
   to a great assembly.

R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.

Or: Eph 1:3-6, 11-12

Before the world was made, God chose us in Christ.

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   who has blessed us in Christ
   with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
   as God chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world,
   to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love God destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
   in accord with the favor of his will,
   for the praise of the glory of God’s grace
   that he granted us in the beloved.

In Christ we were also chosen,
   destined in accord with the purpose of the One
   who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
   so that we might exist for the praise of God’s glory,
   we who first hoped in Christ.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Is 61:10a-d and f, 11; 62:2-3

R. (See Ephesians 1:4) God chose us in Christ to be holy and without flaw.

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,
l   ike a bride bedecked with her jewels.

R. God chose us in Christ to be holy and without flaw.

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.

R. God chose us in Christ to be holy and without flaw.

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.

R. God chose us in Christ to be holy and without flaw.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Is 61:10a-d and f, 11; 62:2-3

R. O Mary, you are the new earth in whom justice dwells.

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.

R. O Mary, you are the new earth in whom justice dwells.

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.

R. O Mary, you are the new earth in whom justice dwells.

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.

R. O Mary, you are the new earth in whom justice dwells.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Glorious are you, holy Mary, the new Eve.
From you the new Adam, Christ Jesus, was born.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Lk 1:26-38

Hail, full of grace.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

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 Mary, the angel said,
   “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”
But Mary 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.

Or:

Jn 2:1-11

The mother of Jesus said to the attendants: Do whatever he tells you.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

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 the servers,
   “Fill the jars with water.”
So they filled them to the brim.
Then Jesus 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.

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

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

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

PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS

Lord,
as we celebrate the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and her complete self-giving
to the sacrifice of the New Law,
we offer you these gifts as a sign of our worship
and ask that by the power of your grace
we may walk all our days in the new life you have given us.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, the New Eve
Mary, the New Eve, is the First Disciple of the New Law.

V.
The Lord be with you.
R. And with your spirit.

V. Lift up your hearts.
R. We lift them up to the Lord.

V. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
R. It is 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, through Christ our Lord.

For you gave to Christ, author of the New Covenant,
the Blessed Virgin Mary as his Mother and companion
and you made her the firstfruits of your new people.

Conceived without stain,
enriched by gifts of grace,
she is indeed the new woman,
the first disciple of the New Law.

She is a woman who finds joy in your service,
who is attentive to the voice of the Spirit,
who is always ready to obey your word.

She is a woman blest for her faith,
a woman blest in her child,
a woman raised up from among the lowly.

She is a woman standing firm in adversity,
keeping faith by the Cross of her Son,
entering into glory at the end of her days.

With the whole company of the Angels
we praise you with one voice:

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


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Cf. Psalm 87: 3; Luke 1: 49


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

Or:

Blessed are you, Virgin Mary:
through you God has given us the Savior of the world,
through you Christ has prepared the new wine for the Church.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord our God,
in the Blessed Virgin Mary
you formed a new heart for the second Eve;
grant that by the grace of this Sacrament
we may be obedient to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit
and grow more and more each day
in the likeness of Christ, the second Adam.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

SOLEMN BLESSING

The following Solemn Blessing may be used:


The Lord be with you.

The people reply:

And with your spirit.

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

Bow down for the blessing.

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

Ordinary Time I

May the Father of all mercy,
through the love with which he cherished
the Mother of his Son,
bless you with health of mind and body.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, the blessed fruit of Mary’s womb,
adorn you with the virtues
that will make you more pleasing to him.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
whose power overshadowed the Blessed Virgin,
give you serenity and peace,
that you may live as one in mind and heart
in the household of the Church.
R. Amen.

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

Ordinary Time II

May God, who through the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary
willed in his great kindness to redeem the human race,
be pleased to enrich you with his blessing.
R. Amen.

May you know always and everywhere the protection of her,
through whom you have been found worthy to receive the author of life.
R. Amen.

May you, who have devoutly gathered to celebrate this memorial of our Lady,
carry away with you the gifts of spiritual joys and heavenly rewards.
R. Amen.

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

Ordinary Time III

May the Father of mercies bless you
through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin
through whom he chose to remedy the fall of our first parents.
R. Amen.

May Jesus Christ, who in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
became our brother and our Savior,
free your hearts from every trace of sin.
R. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit
increase in you the grace of true faith and of hope for heaven,
that you may walk in the ways of the Gospel
and so reach your eternal home.
R. Amen.

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

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

Go forth, the Mass is ended.

Or:

Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.

Or:

Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.

Or:

Go in peace.

The people reply:

Thanks be to God.

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