Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Introit • Sedulius
Let all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whose Assumption the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God. (Ps. 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
O God, Who hast honored the Order of the most blessed Mary, ever a virgin, Thy mother, with the special title of Carmel, graciously grant that we, who this day celebrate her commemoration with solemn service, may being protected by her care, be worthy to attain to everlasting joys. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.
Epistle • Ecclus. 24: 23-31
Lesson from the Book of Ecclesiasticus
As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way ad of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honeycomb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that harkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
Blessed and venerable art thou, O Virgin Mary, Who, without spot, wast found the Mother of the Savior. Virgin Mother of God, He Whom the whole world containeth not, being made man, shut Himself in they womb.
Alleluia, alleluia. Mother of God, the life that had been lost was given us through thee, who didst receive thine offspring from Heaven, and dist bring forth a Savior unto the world. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 11: 27-28
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
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 breasts that gave Thee suck. But He said, Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.
Offertory • Jeremiah 18: 20
Remember, O Virgin Mother, that thou speak good things for us in the sight of God, that HE turn away His wrath from us.
Sanctify, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the sacrifices we offer, and, by the most salutary intercession of blessed Mary, Mother of God grant them to be effectual for our salvation. Through our Lord.
Most worthy queen of the world, Mary, ever a virgin, intercede for our peace and safety, who didst bring forth Christ, Our Lord, the Savior of all.
May the august intercession of Mary, Thy glorious Mother, ever a virgin, help us, O Lord, that those whom is hath heaped with benefits it may deliver from all peril and by her tender kindness, make to be of one mind. Who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.