Prayers

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Consolation

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. 2 Corinthians 1: 3


Blessed be God,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who consoles us in all our afflictions.

COLLECT

Lord our God,
through the Virgin Mary
you graciously sent Jesus Christ
to be the consolation of your people;
grant that, through her intercession,
we may be filled with all consolation
and share it among our brothers and sisters.
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 61:1-3, 10-11

The Spirit of the Lord sent me to comfort the brokenhearted.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
   because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,
   to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
   and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
   and a day of vindication by our God,
   to comfort all who mourn;
to place on those who mourn in Zion
   a diadem instead of ashes,
to give them oil of gladness in place of mourning,
   a glorious mantle instead of a listless spirit.
They will be called oaks of justice,
   planted by the Lord to show his glory.

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 bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
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.

Or: 2 Cor 1:3-7

God comforts us that we might comfort others in their sorrows.

A reading from the second Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
   the Father of compassion and the God of all encouragement,
   who encourages us in our every affliction,
   so that we may be able to encourage
   those who are in any affliction
   with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.
For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us,
   so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted,
   it is for your encouragement and salvation;
   if we are encouraged,
   it is for your encouragement,
   which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
Our hope for you is firm,
   for we know that as you share in the sufferings,
   you also share in the encouragement.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Is 12:1, 2-3, 4bcd, 5-6

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

I give thanks, O LORD;
   though you have been angry with me,
   your anger has abated, and you have consoled me.

R. 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
Mt 5:5

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they shall be comforted.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mt 5:1-12

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,
   and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

   “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   Blessed are they who mourn,
      for they will be comforted.
   Blessed are the meek,
      for they will inherit the land.
   Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
      for they will be satisfied.
   Blessed are the merciful,
      for they will be shown mercy.
   Blessed are the clean of heart,
      for they will see God.
   Blessed are the peacemakers,
      for they will be called children of God.
   Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
   Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
      and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
   Rejoice and be glad,
      for your reward will be great in heaven.
   Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Or: Jn 14:15-21, 25-27

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

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
And I will ask the Father,
   and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,
   the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,
   because it neither sees nor knows it.
But you know the Spirit, because it remains with you,
   and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans;
   I will come to you.
In a little while the world will no longer see me,
   but you will see me, because I live and you will live.
On that day you will realize that I am in my Father
   and you are in me and I in you.
Those who have my commandments and observe them
   are the ones who love me.
And those who love me will be loved by my Father,
   and I will love them and reveal myself to them.

“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the holy Spirit—
   whom the Father will send in my name—
   will teach you everything
   and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give peace to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

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

Receive, holy Father, this offering of our humility,
which we bring you with joy
on this memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and grant, we pray, that it may be for us,
who are joined to the sacrifice of Christ,
our consolation on earth and our eternal salvation.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother of Consolation
The Blessed Virgin, Consoled by the Lord, in Her Turn Consoles Her Children.

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 to give you thanks,
and to bless and praise you, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

He was received with joy by the Blessed Virgin
and brought to birth from her chaste womb
as the consolation of the world.

As she endured her bitter agony
at the Cross of her Son,
she was consoled by you
with the hope of his Resurrection.

In company with the Apostles
she earnestly prayed and awaited with trust
the coming of the Spirit of consolation and peace.

Now, assumed into heaven,
she consoles with a mother’s love
all who turn to her with faith,
until the day of the Lord dawns in glory.

Now with all the Saints and Angels,
we praise you for ever:

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, 7


Glorious things are spoken of you, Virgin Mary;
in you all rejoice to find their home.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Renewed by this Paschal Sacrament,
we pray, O Lord,
that we, who honor the memory of the Mother of your Son
experiencing each day the mystery of death in our bodies,
may be uplifted by hope from heaven
and show forth in our daily lives
the Good News of the Resurrection.
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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