SOLEMNITY OF MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD.
Mass and readings.
Salve, sancta Parens, eníxa puérpera Regem, qui cælum terrámque regit in sæcula sæculórum.
Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King, who rules heaven and earth forever.
Lux fulgébit hódie super nos, quia natus est nobis Dóminus; et vocábitur admirábilis, Deus, Princeps pacis, Pater futúri saéculi: cuius regni non erit finis.
Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of peace, Father of future ages: his reign will be without end.
The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is said.
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who ·lives and reigns with you.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
First reading: Numbers 6:22–27
The Lord said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them. The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
R/. Responsorial Psalm
R. May God bless us in his mercy.
May God have pity on us and bless us;
may he let his face shine upon us.
So may your way be known upon earth;
among all nations, your salvation. R.
May the nations be glad and exult
because you rule the peoples in equity;
the nations on the earth you guide. R.
May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you!
May God bless us,
and may all the ends of the earth fear him! R.
Second reading: A reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Galatians 4:4–7
Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. As proof that you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir, through God.
The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
Alleluia. In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets; now he speaks to us through his Son. Alleluia
The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit..
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 2:16–21
Glory to you, Lord.
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Creed is said.
PRAYER OVER THE OFFERINGS
O God, who in your kindness begin all good things and bring them to fulfillment, grant to us who find joy in the Solemnity of the holy Mother of God, that, just as we glory in the beginnings of your grace, so one day we may rejoice in its completion. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Eucharistic Prayer]
Preface of Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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, and to praise, bless, and glorify your name on the Solemnity of the Motherhood of the Blessed ever-Virgin Mary.
For by the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit she conceived your Only Begotten Son, and without losing the glory of virginity, brought forth into the world the eternal Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him the Angels praise your majesty, Dominions adore and Powers tremble before you. Heaven and the Virtues of heaven and the blessed Seraphim worship together with exultation. May our voices, we pray, join with theirs in humble praise as we acclaim:
[–» Holy, holy, holy…]
Iesus Christus heri et hódie, ipse et in saécula.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
We have received this heavenly Sacrament with joy, O Lord: grant, we pray, that it may lead us to ever-living life, for we rejoice to proclaim the blessed ever-Virgin Mary Mother of your Son and Mother of the Church. Through Christ our Lord.
[–» Concluding Rite]
A formula of Solemn Blessing may be used.
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