I will greatly receive the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God: for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, and with the robe of justiceHe hath covered me, as a bride adorned with her jewels. (Psalm) I will extol Thee, O Lord, for Thou hast upheld me: and hast not made mine enemies to rejoice over me. Glory be to the Father. I will…
O God, Who, by the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, didst prepare for Thy Son a worthy habitation, we beseech Thee, that as Thou didst preserve her from every stain by the foreseen death of this Thy Son, so Thou wouldst grant that we also being cleansed from guilt by her intercession, may come to Thee. Through the same our Lord.
Epistle – Proverbs 8:22-35
The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made any thing from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived; neither had the fountains of waters as yet sprung out; the mountains with their huge bulk had not as yet been established: before the hills I was brought forth.
He had not yet made the earth, nor the rivers, nor the poles of the world. When He prepared the heavens, I was there; when with a certain law and compass He enclosed the depths: When He established the sky above, and poised the fountains of waters; When He compassed the sea with its bounds, and set a law to the waters that they should not pass their limits; when He balanced the foundations of the earth; I was with Him forming all things: and was delighted every day, playing before Him at all times;
Playing in the world: and my delights were to be with the children of men. Now therefore, ye children, hear me: Blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, and that watcheth daily at my gates, and waiteth at the posts of my doors. He that shall find me, shall find life, and shall have salvation from the Lord
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people.
Alleluia, alleluia. Thou art all fair, O Mary, and the original stain was never in thee. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 1:26-28
At that time: the Angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’ s name was Mary. And the Angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
Hail, Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, alleluia.
Receive the saving Victim, which we offer to Thee, O Lord, on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the blessed Virgin Mary: and grant that, as we confess that by Thy preserving grace she was kept free from every stain; so that by her intercession, we may be delivered from all our faults. Through our Lord.
Glorious things are told of thee, O Mary, for He Who is mighty hath done great things to thee.
May the Sacraments which we have received, O Lord, our God, heal in us the wounds of that sin, from which Thou didst uniquely preserve blessed Mary, conceived immaculate. Through our Lord.