INTROIT Isa. 61:10
rejoice greatly in the Lord, and my soul shall be joyful in my God,
for He has clothed me with the garment of salvation and covered me with
the robe of justice, like a bride adorned with her jewels.
Ps. 29:2. I will extol You, O Lord, for You have upheld me, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
V. Glory be . . .
O God, by foreseen merits of the death
of Christ, You shielded Mary from all stain of sin and preserved the
Virgin Mother immaculate at her conception so that she might be a
fitting dwelling place for Your Son. Cleanse us from sin through her
intercession so that we also may come to You untainted by sin. Through
Our Lord . . .
Commemoration of the Second Sunday of Advent
Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Your only-begotten Son, so that through His coming we may be able to serve You with purified minds. Who livest...
EPISTLE Prov. 8:22-35
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
present: 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.
GRADUAL Judith 13:23; 15:10
By the Lord the Most High God you are blessed, O Virgin Mary, above all women upon earth.
V. You are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the honor of our people.
Alleluia, alleluia! V. Cant. 4:7
You are all fair, O Mary, and there is in you no stain of original sin.
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
OFFERTORY ANTIPHON Luke 1:28
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women. Alleluia!
Accept this saving host, O Lord, which
we offer you on the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed
Virgin Mary. We firmly believe that she was shielded from all stain of
sin by Your prevenient grace; may we be freed from all our faults
through her holy intercession. Through Our Lord . . .
Commemoration of the Second Sunday in Advent
Be appeased, we beseech You, O Lord, by the prayers and offerings of our human frailty, and where the support of our own merits is lacking, come to our assistance with Your protection. Through Jesus Christ...
Glorious things are said of you, O Mary, for He who is mighty has done great things for you.
O Lord our God, may the Sacrament that
we have received heal in us the wounds of that sin from which blessed
Mary alone was preserved by her Immaculate Conception. Through Our Lord .