All the rich among the people shall entreat Thy countenance: after her shall virgins be brought to the King: her companions shall be brought to thee in gladness and rejoicing. (Psalm) My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be to the Father. All the rich…
O God, Who through the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast given to mankind the rewards of eternal salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience her intercession for us through whom we were made worthy to receive the Author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son: Who with Thee liveth and reigneth.
Epistle – Titus 3:4-7
Dearly beloved: the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared: not by the works of justice which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us by the laver of regeneration and renovation of the Holy Ghost, Whom He hath poured forth upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior: that, being justified by His grace, we may be heirs according to hope of life everlasting: in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Thou art beautiful above the sons of men: grace is poured abroad in thy lips. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King: my tongue is the pen of a scrivener that writeth swiftly.
Alleluia, alleluia. After childbirth thou didst remain a virgin: O Mother of God, intercede for us. Alleluia.
Gospel – Luke 2:15-20
At that time the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath showed to us.
And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in the manger. And seeing they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this Child. And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
For thou art happy, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise: because from thee arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
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.
May this Communion, O Lord, cleanse us from guilt: and through the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, make us sharers of the heavenly remedy. Through the same our Lord.