Prayers

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Good Counsel

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Wisdom 7: 7b, 13


I called upon God, and there came to me the spirit of wisdom;
I learned wisdom in simplicity of heart,
I hand it on ungrudgingly, I do not hide away its riches.

COLLECT

Lord, you know that our thoughts on earth
are full of fear and uncertainty;
through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
from whom your Son took flesh and blood,
send us the gift of counsel
to teach us how to discern your
will and to guide us in all we do.
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
Is 9:1-3, 5-6

The Wonderful Counsellor is given to us.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom
   a light has shone.
You have brought them abundant joy
   and great rejoicing,
as they rejoice before you as at the harvest,
   as people make merry when dividing spoils.
For the yoke that burdened them,
   the pole on their shoulder,
and the rod of their taskmaster
   you have smashed, as on the day of Midian.
For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
   upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
   Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.
His dominion is vast
   and forever peaceful,
from David’s throne, and over his kingdom,
   which he confirms and sustains
by judgment and justice,
   both now and forever.
The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!

Or: Acts 1:12-14; 2:1-4

With one heart the disciples continued in steadfast prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

After Jesus had been taken up into heaven,
   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.

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,
   the apostles were all in one place together.
And suddenly there came from the sky
   a noise like a strong driving wind,
   and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,
   which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
And they were all filled with the holy Spirit
   and began to speak in different tongues,
   as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Sir 14:20, 21-22, 23-25, 26-27

R. (20a) Blessed are those who meditate on wisdom.

Happy those who meditate on wisdom,
   and reflect on knowledge.

R. Blessed are those who meditate on wisdom.

Who ponder her ways in their hearts,
   and understand her paths.

R. Blessed are those who meditate on wisdom.

Who peep through her windows,
   and listen at her doors;
who encamp near her house,
   and fasten their tent pegs next to her walls;
who pitch their tents beside her,
   and live as her welcome neighbors.

R. Blessed are those who meditate on wisdom.

Who build their nests in her leafage,
   and lodge in her branches;
who take shelter with her from the heat,
   and dwell in her home.

R. Blessed are those who meditate on wisdom.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
Prv 8:14

R.
Alleluia, alleluia.

To me belong counsel and prudence;
understanding and strength are mine.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
John 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, let the Spirit of counsel,
who so wonderfully overshadowed your handmaid,
the Blessed Virgin,
come upon the gifts we present in worship
and make them pleasing to you.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother of Good Counsel
Our Lady Gave Herself Wholeheartedly to God’s Loving Plan.

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 truly 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.

How generously you poured out
the gifts of your Holy Spirit
upon the Blessed Virgin Mary
to make her worthy
to be the Mother and companion of the Redeemer.

Enlightened by these gifts,
she sought your will unceasingly
and obeyed it with fidelity.
In her canticle of joy
she proclaimed the greatness of your mercy
and gave herself wholeheartedly
to your wise and loving plan
for renewing all things in 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.


COMMUNION ANTIPHON

Cf. John 2: 5


The Mother of Jesus said to the servants:
Do whatever he tells you.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord our God,
we have shared in your mysteries
on this memorial of our Lady, Mother of Good Counsel.
Grant that we may learn what is pleasing to you
and receive salvation from your Son,
whom you gave us through the Blessed Virgin Mary
to be our Wonderful Counselor.
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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