ENTRANCE ANTIPHON

Psalm 34: 12; Isaiah 2: 3

Come to me, children, and listen:
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
and we shall walk in his ways.

COLLECT

May the venerable intercession of the glorious Virgin Mary
come to our aid, we pray, O Lord,
so that, fortified by her protection,
we may reach the mountain which is Christ.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

FIRST READING
Prv 8:17-21, 34-35

Whoever finds me, finds life.

A reading from the Book of Proverbs

Wisdom says:
“Those who love me, I also love,
and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than gold,
yes, than pure gold,
and my revenue than choice silver.
On the way of duty I walk,
along the paths of justice,
granting wealth to those who love me,
and filling their treasuries.

“Happy the person watching daily at my gates,
waiting at my doorposts;
for the one who finds me finds life,
and wins favor from the LORD.”

Or: Is 56:1, 6-7

My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the LORD:
Observe what is right, do what is just;
for my salvation is about to come,
my justice, about to be revealed.

The foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
ministering to him,
loving the name of the LORD,
and becoming his servants—
all who keep the sabbath free from profanation
and hold to my covenant,
them I will bring to my holy mountain
and make joyful in my house of prayer;
their holocausts and sacrifices
will be acceptable on my altar,
for my house shall be called
a house of prayer for all peoples.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM
Ps 15:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5

R. (see lb) The just shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Whoever walks without blame,
doing what is right,
speaking truth from the heart;
who does not slander a neighbor.

R. The just shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Who does no harm to another,
never defames a friend;
who disdains the wicked,
but honors those who fear the LORD.

R. The just shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

Who keeps an oath despite the cost,
lends no money at interest,
accepts no bribe against the innocent.
Whoever acts like this
shall never be shaken.

R. The just shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.

VERSE BEFORE THE GOSPEL
See Lk 2:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God
and pondered it in her heart.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL
Mt 12:46-50

Extending his hands toward the disciples, he said: Here are my mother and my brothers.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

While Jesus was speaking to the crowds,
his mother and his brothers appeared outside,
wishing to speak with him.
Someone told him, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside,
asking to speak with you.”
But Jesus said in reply to the one who told him,
“Who is my mother? Who are my brothers?”
And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of my heavenly Father
is my brother, and sister, and mother.”

Or: Jn 19:25-27

Woman, this is your son. This is your mother.

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to John

Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother
and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas,
and Mary of Magdala.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her,
he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
Then he said to the disciple,
“Behold, your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.

Or: Mk 3:31-35

Whoever has done the will of God is my brother, my sister, and my mother

croce_vangelo.pngA reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark

The mother of Jesus and his brothers arrived at the house.
Standing outside, they sent word to Jesus and called him.
A crowd seated around Jesus told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But Jesus said to them in reply,
“Who are my mother and my brothers and my sisters?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle Jesus said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers and my sisters.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother.”

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, we offer these gifts from joyful hearts;
through them sanctify your servants,
whom the Blessed Virgin instructs by her example
and watches over by her patronage,
so that, faithful to our baptismal promises,
we may serve you and our neighbor with sincerity of heart.
Through Christ our Lord.

PREFACE: Mary, Mother and Teacher in the Spirit
The Blessed Virgin, Our Mother, Lovingly Encourages Her Children and Guides Them by Her Example.

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 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,
and, as we celebrate the memory of Blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
to praise, to bless, and to proclaim your holy name.

So intimately does she share in the mystery of Christ
that she is still a mother,
continuing to give you children with the Church,
encouraging them by her love,
and drawing them by her example
to pursue perfect charity.

She is the model
of all who live by the spirit of the Gospel;
as we look up to her in prayer
we learn from her mind
to love you above all things,
from her spirit
to be rapt in contemplation of your Word,
and from her heart
to serve the needs of others.

In our joy we sing to your glory
with all the choirs of Angels:

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

Luke 2: 19

Mary treasured all these words,
reflecting on them in her heart.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Lord God,
you have given us new strength
through the Sacrament
of the Sacred Body and Precious Blood of your Son;
grant that this gift of your love
may be our lasting protection
and inspire us to follow faithfully
in the footsteps of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by imitating her virtues.
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.