Of the BVM in Advent
O God, who wast pleased that thy Word should take flesh in the womb of blessed Mary ever-virgin, through the message of an angel, grant unto us thy suppliants,
that as we believe her to be truly the mother of God, so we may be aided by her intercessions before thee. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord who liveth and reigneth with thee and Holy Ghost one God unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Lesson. Isaiah vii. 10-15
In those days, the Lord spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. Luke i, 26-38
At that time, the Angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named 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 came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Of the BVM in Christmastide to Candelmass
O God, who by the fruitful virginity of blessed Mary hast bestowed upon mankind the reward of eternal salvation ; grant to us ,we beseech thee, to perceive that
she intercedes for us, by whom we have been counted worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Goast one God unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Epistle. Titus iii, 4-7
Beloved, the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Gospel. Luke ii. 15-20
At that time, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Of the BVM from Candelmass to Advent
Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord God, that we thy servants may enjoy continual health of mind and body ; and through the glorious intercession of the blessed ever-
virgin Mary, may be delivered from present sorrow, and may have the fruition of everlasting joy. Through Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son. Who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Goast one God unto the ages of ages. Amen.
The Lesson. Ecclus. xxiv. 9-12
He created me from the beginning before the world, and I shall never fail. In the holy tabernacle I served before him; and so was I established in Sion. Likewise in the beloved city he gave me rest, and in Jerusalem was my power. And I took root in an honourable people, even in the portion of the Lord’s inheritance, and my abode is in the full congregation of the saints.
Luke xi. 27, 28
At that time, it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
John xix. 25-27
At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.