12. Votive Mass of Saint John the Baptist


Lk 1: 15, 14

He will be great in the sight of the Lord
and will be filled with the Holy Spirit,
even from his mother's womb;
and many will rejoice at his birth.


Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that your family may walk in the way of salvation
and, attentive to what Saint John the Precursor urged,
may come safely to the One he foretold,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, for ever and ever.


Jeremiah 1

Is 49:1-6

I will make you a light to the nations.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Hear me, O coastlands,
   listen, O distant peoples.
The LORD called me from birth,
   from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.
He made of me a sharp-edged sword
   and concealed me in the shadow of his arm.
He made me a polished arrow,
   in his quiver he hid me.
You are my servant, he said to me,
   Israel, through whom I show my glory.

Though I thought I had toiled in vain,
   and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength,
yet my reward is with the LORD,
   my recompense is with my God.
For now the LORD has spoken
   who formed me as his servant from the womb,
that Jacob may be brought back to him
   and Israel gathered to him;
and I am made glorious in the sight of the LORD,
   and my God is now my strength!
It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant,
   to raise up the tribes of Jacob,
   and restore the survivors of Israel;
I will make you a light to the nations,
   that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.

The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm

Jer 1:4-10

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

In the days of King Josiah, the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

   Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
      before you were born I dedicated you,
      a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

   “Ah, Lord GOD!” I said,
      “I know not how to speak; I am too young.”
   But the LORD answered me,
   Say not, “I am too young.”
      To whomever I send you, you shall go;
      whatever I command you, you shall speak.
   Have no fear before them,
      because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,

   See, I place my words in your mouth!
      This day I set you
      over nations and over kingdoms,
   to root up and to tear down,
      to destroy and to demolish,
      to build and to plant.

The word of the Lord.


Psalm 139

Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5-6ab. 15ab and 17

℟. (6) Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
℟. (see 15ab)
I will sing your salvation.

In you, O LORD, I take refuge;
   let me never be put to shame.
In your justice rescue me, and deliver me;
   incline your ear to me, and save me.

℟. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
I will sing your salvation.

Be my rock of refuge,
   a stronghold to give me safety,
   for you are my rock and my fortress.
O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked.

℟. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
I will sing your salvation.

For you are my hope, O LORD;
   my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
On you I depend from birth;
   from my mother’s womb you are my strength.

℟. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
I will sing your salvation.

My mouth shall declare your justice,
   day by day your salvation.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
   and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.

℟. Since my mother’s womb, you have been my strength.
I will sing your salvation.

Reading II
Verse Before the Gospel

Ps 139: 1-3, 13-14, 14-15

℟. (14a) I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

O LORD, you have probed me and you know me;
   you know when I sit and when I stand;
   you understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
   with all my ways you are familiar.

℟. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

Truly you have formed my inmost being;
   you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I give thanks that I am fearfully, wonderfully made;
   wonderful are your works.

℟. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.

My soul also you knew full well;
   nor was my frame unknown to you
when I was made in secret,
   when I was fashioned in the depths of the earth.

℟. I praise you, for I am wonderfully made.


1 Peter

Acts 13:22-26

John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance.

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

In those days, Paul said:
“God raised up David as their king;
   of him he testified, ‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
   he will carry out my every wish.’
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
   has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
   to all the people of Israel;
   and as John was completing his course, he would say,
   ‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
   I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’

“My brothers, children of the family of Abraham,
   and those others among you who are God-fearing,
   to us this word of salvation has been sent.

The word of the Lord.

Verse Before the Gospel

1 Pt 1:8-12

The prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and investigated it.

A reading from the first Letter of Saint Peter

Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him;
   even though you do not see him now yet believe in him,
   you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,
   as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation,
   prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours
   searched and investigated it,
   investigating the time and circumstances
   that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated
   when he testified in advance
   to the sufferings destined for Christ
   and the glories to follow them.
It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you
   with regard to the things that have now been announced to you
   by those who preached the Good News to you
   through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven,
   things into which angels longed to look.

The word of the Lord.


℟. Alleluia, alleluia.

1. Mt 5:10

Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.

2. Cf. Lk 1:76

You, child, will be called prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

3. He came to testify to the light,
to prepare a people fit for the Lord.

℟. Alleluia, alleluia.


Mark 6
Luke 1:5
Luke 1:57

Mk 6:17-29

I want you to give me at once on a platter the head of John the Baptist.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

Herod was the one who had John arrested and bound in prison
   on account of Herodias,
   the wife of his brother Philip, whom he had married.
John had said to Herod,
   “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”
Herodias harbored a grudge against him
   and wanted to kill him but was unable to do so.
Herod feared John, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man,
   and kept him in custody.
When he heard him speak he was very much perplexed,
   yet he liked to listen to him.
She had an opportunity one day when Herod, on his birthday,
   gave a banquet for his courtiers,
   his military officers, and the leading men of Galilee.
Herodias’ own daughter came in
   and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.
The king said to the girl,
   “Ask of me whatever you wish and I will grant it to you.”
He even swore many things to her,
   “I will grant you whatever you ask of me,
   even to half of my kingdom.”
She went out and said to her mother,
   “What shall I ask for?”
She replied, “The head of John the Baptist.”
The girl hurried back to the king’s presence and made her request,
   “I want you to give me at once
   on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was deeply distressed,
   but because of his oaths and the guests
   he did not wish to break his word to her.
So he promptly dispatched an executioner with orders
   to bring back his head.
He went off and beheaded him in the prison.
He brought in the head on a platter and gave it to the girl.
The girl in turn gave it to her mother.
When his disciples heard about it,
   they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Prayer Over the Offerings

Lk 1:5-17

Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son and you shall name him John.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

In the days of Herod, King of Judea,
   there was a priest named Zechariah
   of the priestly division of Abijah;
   his wife was from the daughters of Aaron,
   and her name was Elizabeth.
Both were righteous in the eyes of God,
   observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly.
But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren
   and both were advanced in years.
Once when he was serving
   as priest in his division’s turn before God,
   according to the practice of the priestly service,
   he was chosen by lot
   to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense.
Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside
   at the hour of the incense offering,
   the angel of the Lord appeared to him,
   standing at the right of the altar of incense.
Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him.
But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah,
   because your prayer has been heard.
Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
   and you shall name him John.
And you will have joy and gladness,
   and many will rejoice at his birth,
   for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.
John will drink neither wine nor strong drink.
He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb,
   and he will turn many of the children of Israel
   to the Lord their God.
He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah
   to turn their hearts toward their children
   and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous,
   to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

Prayer Over the Offerings

Lk 1:57-66, 80

John is his name.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
   she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
   that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
   and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
   they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
   but his mother said in reply,
   “No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
   “There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
   and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
   and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
   and all these matters were discussed
   throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
   “What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

The child grew and became strong in spirit,
   and he was in the desert until the day
   of his manifestation to Israel.

The Gospel of the Lord.


Look with favor, O Lord,
upon the offerings made by your people
in commemoration of Saint John the Baptist,
and grant that what we celebrate in mystery
we may follow with deeds of devoted service.
Through Christ our Lord.

Preface of Saint John the Baptist.


The mission of the Precursor.

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 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.

In his Precursor, Saint John the Baptist,
we praise your great glory,
for you consecrated him for a single honor
among those born of women.

His birth brought great rejoicing;
even in the womb he leapt for joy
at the coming of human salvation.
He alone of all the prophets
pointed out the Lamb of redemption.

And to make holy the flowing waters
he baptized the very author of Baptism
and was privileged to bear him the supreme witness
by the shedding of his blood.

And so, with the powers of heaven,
we worship you constantly on earth,
and before your majesty
without end 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.


Lk 1: 68

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel!
He has visited his people and redeemed them.


May the marvelous prayer of Saint John the Baptist
accompany us who have eaten our fill
at this sacrificial feast, O Lord,
and, since Saint John proclaimed your Son
to be the Lamb who would take away our sins,
may he implore now for us your favor.
Through Christ our Lord.

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