Prayers

Our Lady of Cana

ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Cf. John 2: 1, 11


There was a wedding at Cana of Galilee,
and the Mother of Jesus was there:
Christ revealed his glory,
and his disciples believed in him.

COLLECT

All-holy Father,
in your divine wisdom and love
you chose that the Blessed Virgin Mary
should play her part
in the mysteries of our salvation;
grant that by heeding the words of Christ’s Mother
we may do what he commands
in the Gospel he has given.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Ex 19:3-8a

Whatever the Lord has spoken, we will do.

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Moses went up the mountain to God.
Then the LORD called to him and said,
   “Thus shall you say to the house of Jacob;
   tell the Israelites:
   You have seen for yourselves how I treated the Egyptians
   and how I bore you up on eagle wings
   and brought you here to myself.
Therefore, if you hearken to my voice and keep my covenant,
   you shall be my special possession,
   dearer to me than all other people,
   though all the earth is mine.
You shall be to me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation.
That is what you must tell the Israelites.”
So Moses went and summoned the elders of the people.
When he set before them
   all that the LORD had ordered him to tell them,
   the people all answered together,
   “Everything the LORD has said, we will do.”

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 119:1-2, 10-11, 12 and 14, 15-16

R. (4) O Lord, you commanded that your precepts be kept with care.

Happy those whose way is blameless,
   who walk by the teaching of the LORD.
Happy those who observe God's decrees,
   who seek the Lord with all their heart.

R. O Lord, you commanded that your precepts be kept with care.

With all my heart I seek you;
   do not let me stray from your commands.
In my heart I treasure your promise,
   that I may not sin against you.

R. O Lord, you commanded that your precepts be kept with care.

Blessed are you, O LORD;
   teach me your laws.
I find joy in the way of your decrees
   more than in all riches.

R. O Lord, you commanded that your precepts be kept with care.

I will ponder your precepts
   and consider your paths.
In your laws I take delight;
   I will never forget your word.

R. O Lord, you commanded that your precepts be kept with care.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL

See Lk 11:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.
Blessed is holy Mary who fully obeyed God’s will.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Jn 2:1-11

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,
with loving hearts we bring you these gifts;
change them into the Body and Blood
of Jesus Christ, your Son,
who at the request of his Mother
changed water into wine
and by this miraculous sign
foreshadowed the hour of his Death and Resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Our Lady of Cana
Our Lady Tells the Attendants to Do What Her Son Commands.

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 to give you thanks,
truly just to give you glory, Father most holy,
on this celebration of the glorious Virgin Mary.

For with loving care for the bridegroom and his bride
she turns to her Son for help
and tells the servants to do what he commands.
Water is changed into wine,
the wedding guests rejoice,
as Christ foreshadows the wedding feast
that is his daily gift to his Bride, the Church.

In this great sign
the presence of the Messiah is proclaimed,
the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is foretold,
and the hour of salvation is foreshadowed
when Christ will clothe himself
with the royal robes of his Passion
to shed his Blood on the Cross
for his Bride, the Church.

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

Blessed are you, Virgin Mary:
through you your Son gave the first of his signs;
the Bridegroom prepared the new wine for his Bride;
through you the disciples learned to believe in their Master.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Filled, Lord God, with the sacrificial meal
of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we ask that, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
we may follow Christ faithfully,
provide for the needs of the Church,
and together foreshadow the coming of your kingdom
by our unity of mind and heart.
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

May God, who through the motherhood of the Virgin Mary
dispelled the darkness of ages past,
enlighten your minds with the radiance of the sun of justice.
R. Amen.

May God, who sent his Son as the Redeemer of the world,
refashion your minds and hearts in the image of Christ.
R. Amen.

Like Mary, Mother of Wisdom,
may you gratefully ponder in your hearts
the wonder of Gods blessings
and may you find in Christ and the Blessed Virgin
the model of your way of life.
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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