Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain the just: let the earth be opened and bud forth a Savior. (Psalm) Lord, Thou hast blessed Thy land: Thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob. Glory be to the Father. Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above…
O God, Who wast pleased that, at the message of an Angel, Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary, grant to us Thy supplicants, that we, who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through the same our Lord.
Epistle – Ecclesiasticus 24:14-16
From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before Him. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem.
And I took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and mine abode is in the full assembly of saints.
Blessed and venerable art thou, O Virgin Mary: who without loss of purity wert found to be the Mother of our Savior. Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world cannot hold enclosed Himself in the womb, and became man.
Alleluia, alleluia. After His birth a Virgin entire thou didst remain: O Mother of God, intercede for us. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 11:27-28
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore Thee and the paps that give Thee suck. But He said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
By Thy gracious mercy, O Lord, and the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, may this offering be of avail to us for welfare and peace now and for evermore. Through our Lord.
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the Eternal Father.
O Lord, grant, we beseech Thee, that we who have received these aids unto salvation, may be always and everywhere protected by the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, in whose honor we offered this Sacrifice to Thy Majesty. Through our Lord.