Prayers

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Fountain of Salvation

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. Isaiah 44: 3-4


I will pour water over the thirsty land,
I will pour my Spirit on your descendants,
my blessing on your children,
and they will grow like poplars beside flowing streams.

Or: Psalm 46: 5-6a

The streams of a river make glad the city of God,
the holy dwelling-place of the Most High.
God is within the city; it will remain unshaken for ever.

COLLECT

All-holy Lord and Father,
through the Blessed Virgin Mary
you have unsealed for us the fountain of salvation,
Jesus Christ, your Son;
grant that we who celebrate the memory of our Lady
may always draw from this wellspring of life
and bring forth a rich harvest
of the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
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.

Go to Schema II

Schema I

FIRST READING
Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12

I saw water flowing from the temple, and all who were touched by it were saved.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel

The angel brought me, Ezekiel,
   back to the entrance of the temple of the LORD,
   and I saw water flowing out
   from beneath the threshold of the temple toward the east,
   for the facade of the temple was toward the east;
   the water flowed down from the southern side of the temple,
   south of the altar.
The angel led me outside by the north gate,
   and around to the outer gate facing the east,
   where I saw water trickling from the southern side.
The angel said to me,
   “This water flows into the eastern district down upon the Arabah,
   and empties into the sea, the salt waters, which it makes fresh.
Wherever the river flows,
   every sort of living creature that can multiply shall live,
   and there shall be abundant fish,
   for wherever this water comes the sea shall be made fresh.
Along both banks of the river, fruit trees of every kind shall grow;
   their leaves shall not fade, nor their fruit fail.
Every month they shall bear fresh fruit,
   for they shall be watered by the flow from the sanctuary.
Their fruit shall serve for food, and their leaves for medicine.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Is 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

R. (3) You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

God indeed is my savior;
   I am confident and unafraid.
My strength and my courage is the Lord,
   and he has been my savior.
With joy you will draw water
   at the fountain of salvation.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Give thanks to the Lord, acclaim his name;
   among the nations make known his deeds,
   proclaim how exalted is his name.

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement;
   let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
   for great in your midst
   is the Holy One of Israel!

R. You will draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you among women,
for you gave birth to Christ, the Son of God
and Redeemer of us all.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 19:25-37

One of the soldiers pierced his side with a lance, and immediately there came out blood and water.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
   and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
   and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
   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.
After this, aware that everything was now finished,
   in order that the scripture might be fulfilled,
   Jesus said, “I thirst.”
There was a vessel filled with common wine.
So they put a sponge soaked in wine on a sprig of hyssop
   and put it up to his mouth.
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said,
   “It is finished.”
And bowing his head, he handed over the spirit.

Now since it was preparation day,
   in order that the bodies might not remain on the cross on the sabbath,
   for the sabbath day of that week was a solemn one,
   the Jews asked Pilate that their legs be broken
   and they be taken down.
So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first
   and then of the other one who was crucified with Jesus.
But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead,
   they did not break his legs,
   but one soldier thrust his lance into his side,
   and immediately blood and water flowed out.
An eyewitness has testified, and his testimony is true;
   he knows that he is speaking the truth,
   so that you also may come to believe.
For this happened so that the scripture passage might be fulfilled:
   “Not a bone of it will be broken.”
And again another passage says:
   “They will look upon him whom they have pierced.”

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.

Continue with the Prayer Over the Gifts


Schema II

FIRST READING
Sg 4:6-7, 9, 12-15

Fountain of the garden, well of living water.

A reading from the Song of Songs

Until the day breathes cool and the shadows lengthen,
I will go to the mountain of myrrh,
   to the hill of incense.
You are all-beautiful, my beloved,
   and there is no blemish in you.

You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride;
   you have ravished my heart with one glance of your eyes,
   with one bead of your necklace.

You are an enclosed garden, my sister, my bride,
   an enclosed garden, a fountain sealed.
You are a park that puts forth pomegranates,
   with all choice fruits;
nard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon,
   with all kinds of incense;
myrrh and aloes,
   with all the finest spices.
You are a garden fountain, a well of water
   flowing fresh from Lebanon.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Jdt 13:18bcde, 19

R. (15:9d) You are the highest honor of our race.

Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
   above all women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God,
   the creator of heaven and earth.

R. You are the highest honor of our race.

Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
   by those who tell of the might of God.

R. You are the highest honor of our race.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Luke 1:45, 49

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for firmly believing
that the Almighty has done great things for you.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 7:37-39a

Streams of living water shall flow from his heart.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

On the last and greatest day of the feast,
Jesus stood up and exclaimed,
   “Let anyone who thirsts come to me and drink.
Whoever believes in me, as scripture says:
   Rivers of living water will flow from within him.”
Jesus said this in reference to the Spirit
   that those who came to believe in him were to receive.

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, change into the Sacrament of salvation
the gifts we joyously present
on this memorial of the most holy Virgin Mary,
for it was through her intercession
that your Son worked the first of his great signs,
changing an abundance of water into wine.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Fountain of Salvation
The Blessed Virgin Brought Forth Jesus Christ, the Fountain of Living Water.

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, and, as we celebrate the glory of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
to proclaim with fitting praise
the greatness of your name.

In the great mystery of the Incarnation
the Holy Spirit overshadowed the Blessed Virgin
and she brought forth your eternal Word,
Jesus Christ, the fountain of living water,
from which all may satisfy their thirst
to be one with you in a communion of love.

The Church also provided for all the faithful
the waters flowing from Christ’s side.
These are the rich, life-giving waters
served in the sacraments,
so that those who share in them with faith
may be filled with the Holy Spirit
and may find Christ, their Savior.

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.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

John 7: 37


Let anyone who thirsts and believes in me, says the Lord,
come to me and drink.

Or: Isaiah 55: 1

All you that thirst, come to the waters;
buy and eat, come, buy wine and milk, without payment, without cost.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God, you have refreshed us
at your banquet of salvation
where we have drawn water in joy
from the fountain of the Savior;
grant that as we celebrate the memory of Blessed Mary
the Sacrament we have received
may be a spring of water
welling up to eternal life.
Through Christ our Lord.

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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