Masses of the BVM: 02 The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Annunciation of the Lord


Cf. Isaiah 45: 8

Drop down dew from above, you heavens,
and let the clouds rain down the Just One;
let the earth be opened and bring forth a Savior.

Or: Cf. Luke 1: 30-32

The angel said to Mary: You have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive and bear a son,
and he will be called Son of the Most High.


O God, who willed that at the message of an Angel
your Word should take flesh
in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grant that we, who pray to you
and believe her to be truly the Mother of God
may be helped by her interceding before you.
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.

Is 7:10-14; 8:10c

The virgin will conceive.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The LORD spoke to Ahaz:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
   let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
   “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
   Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
   must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
   the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
   and shall name him Immanuel, which means “With us is God!”

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Is 11:1-5, 10

A shoot shall come forth from the stump of Jesse.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

On that day,
   a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
   and from his roots a bud shall blossom.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:
   a spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
a spirit of counsel and of strength,
   a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD,
   and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
   nor by hearsay shall he decide,
but he shall judge the poor with justice,
   and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
   and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
   and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

      On that day,
the root of Jesse,
   set up as a signal for the nations,
the Gentiles shall seek out,
   for his dwelling shall be glorious.

The word of the Lord.

Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17

℟. (7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

O God, give your judgment to the king;
   your justice to the son of kings;
that he may govern your people with justice,
   your oppressed with right judgment.

℟. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

That abundance may flourish in his days,
   great bounty, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
   from the river to the ends of the earth.

℟. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

For he rescues the poor when they cry out,
   the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor
   and saves the lives of the poor.

℟. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

May his name be blessed forever;
   as long as the sun, may his name endure.
May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name;
   may all the nations regard him as favored.

R. Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

Verse Before the Gospel

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

℟. (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.

℟. 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!”

℟. 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.

℟. 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.

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

Jn 1:14ab

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we saw his glory.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

Lk 1:26-38

You will conceive and bear a son.

A 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.

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.


May the Holy Spirit, O Lord,
sanctify these gifts laid upon your altar,
just as he filled with his power the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary and the Annunciation of the Lord
The Blessed Virgin Received the Angel’s Message in Faith.

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 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.

For the Virgin Mary heard with faith
that the Christ was to be born among men and for men’s sake
by the overshadowing power of the Holy spirit.
Lovingly she bore him in her immaculate womb,
that the promises to the children of Israel might come about
and the hope of nations be accomplished beyond all telling.

Through him the host of Angels adores your majesty
and rejoices in your presence for ever.
May our voices, we pray, join with theirs
in one chorus of exultant praise, as we acclaim:

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. Isaiah 7: 14

Behold, a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son;
and his name will be called Emmanuel.


May the mysteries we have received,
O Lord our God,
always show forth your mercy in us,
that we, who honor the Mother of your Son
may be saved by his incarnation.
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

May you be filled with the grace of God the Father,
whose Word was conceived in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
to become the Savior of the human race.
℟. Amen.

May your hearts never lose the peace of Christ,
whose coming the Blessed Virgin, daughter of Zion,
so joyously awaited.
℟. Amen.

May the light and grace of the Holy Spirit remain with you,
that you may await the Second Coming of Christ
vigilant in prayer and with songs of praise on your lips.
℟. 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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