Carissimi; Today’s Mass: The Annunciation of the BVM

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In Annuntiatione Beate Mariæ Virgine (transferred): Missa Vultum Tuum

This feast, prepared by that of St. Gabriel, recalls the greatest event in history, the Incarnation of our Lord (Gospel) in the womb of a Virgin (Epistle). On this day the Word was made flesh, and united to itself for ever the humanity of Jesus. March 25th is indeed the anniversary of the ordination of Christ as priest, for it is by the anointing of the divinity that He has become Supreme Pontiff, Mediator between God and man.

The mystery of the Incarnation has earned for Blessed Mary her most glorious title, that of “Mother of God” (Collect), in Greek “Theotokos” a name which the Eastern Church always inscribed in letters of gold, like a diadem on the forehead of her images or statues. “Standing on the threshold of divinity” since she gave to the Word of God the flesh to which He was hypostatically united, the Virgin has always been honored by a supereminent worship, that of hyperdulia. “The Son of the Father and the Son of the Virgin naturally become a single and identical son, ” says St. Anselm : hence Mary is queen of the human race and is to be venerated by all (Introit).

To March 25th will correspond, nine months later, December 25th, the day on which will be manifested to the world the miracle as yet only known to Heaven and to the humble Virgin.

Since the title of Mother of God makes Mary all powerful with her Son, let us have recourse to her intercession with Him (Collect), so that by the merits of His passion and crucifixion we may have part in the glory of His resurrection (Postcommunion). Every parish priest celebrates Mass for the people of his parish.

INTROIT  Psalm 44: 13, 15, 16

All the rich among the people shall entreat Thy countenance: after her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbors shall be brought to Thee in gladness and rejoicing. (Psalm 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. V. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Repeat All the rich…

COLLECT

O God, who didst will that Thy Word should take flesh, at the message of an Angel, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grant to Thy suppliant people, that we who believe her to be truly the Mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R.Amen.

Commemoratio Sabbato infra Hebdomadam III in Quadragesima
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that we who chastise our flesh by abstaining from food, may fast from sin by striving after righteousness. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.
R. Amen.

EPISTLE Isaias 7: 10-15

Lesson from the Prophet Isaias. In those days the Lord spoke to Achaz, saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God, either unto the depth of hell, or unto the height above. And Achaz said: I will not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord. And He said: hear ye therefore, O house of David: Is it a small thing for you to be grievous to men, that you are grievous to my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat butter and honey, that He may know to refuse the evil, and to choose the good.

ALLELUIA

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Lk. 1:28 Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women. Alleluia. Num. 17:8 The rod of Jesse has blossomed: a virgin has brought forth God and man: God has given peace, reconciling the lowest with the highest in Himself. Alleluia.

GOSPEL Luke 1: 26-28

At that time: And in the sixth month, 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. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren. Because no word shall be impossible with God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word.

OFFERTORY Luke 1: 28,42

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb. alleluia.

SECRET

May the offering of our service and the prayer of the blessed Archangel Gabriel be acceptable in Thy sight, O Lord ; that he whom we venerate on earth, may be our advocate before Thee in Heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God Forever and ever. R. Amen.

Commemoratio Sabbato infra Hebdomadam III in Quadragesima
Grant, we beseech You, almighty God, that the offering of this sacrifice may always cleanse and strengthen the weakness of our nature. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. R. Amen.

PREFACE of the BVM

It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Annunciation of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:  HOLY, HOLY, HOLY…

COMMUNION Isaias 7: 14

Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel. alleluia.

POSTCOMMUNION

Having partaken in the mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, we implore Thy clemency, O Lord our God ; that we to whom Thy clememcy, O Lord our God; that we to whom Thine Incarnation was made known by the message of Gabriel, may likewise obtain through his help the benefits of that same Incarnation. Who livest and reignest, with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God For ever and ever. R. Amen.

Commemoratio Sabbato infra Hebdomadam III in Quadragesima
We beseech You, almighty God, that we may be numbered among the members of Him, Whose Body and Blood we receive in communion. Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. R. Amen

PROPER LAST GOSPEL John 8:1-11
At that time, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. And at daybreak He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and sitting down He began to teach them. Now the Scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and setting her in the midst, said to Him, Master, this woman has just now been caught in adultery. And in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such persons. What, therefore, do You say? Now they were saying this to test Him, in order that they might be able to accuse Him. But Jesus, stooping down, began to write with His finger on the ground. But when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself and said to them, Let him who is without sin among you be the first to cast a stone at her. And again stooping down, He began to write on the ground. But hearing this, they went away, one by one, beginning with the eldest. And Jesus remained alone, with the woman standing in the midst. And Jesus, raising Himself, said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She said, No one, Lord. Then Jesus said, Neither will I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on sin no more.
R. Thanks be to God.

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