Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (Aug 15)
Introit • Apoc. 12, 1
A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelves stars. Ps. 97, 1. Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. Glory be …
Almighty, everlasting God, who hath taken up the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of Thy Son, with body and soul into heavenly glory: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may always, intent on higher things, deserve to be partakers of her glory. Through the same.
Epistle • Judith 13, 22-25; 15, 10
Lesson from the Book of Judith.
The Lord hath blessed thee by his power, because by thee he hath brought our enemies to nought. And Ozias the prince of the people of Israel, said to her: Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord who made heaven and earth, who hath directed thee to the cutting off the head of the prince of our enemies. Because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever, for that thou hast not spared thy life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. And when she was come out to him, they all blessed her with one voice, saying: Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people.
Gradual • Ps. 44, 11, 12, 14
Hearken O daughter, and see, incline thy ear: and the King shall greatly desire thy beauty. The daughter of the King comes in, all beautiful: her robes are golden cloth.
Alleluia, alleluia. Mary has been taken up into heaven, the choirs of angles rejoice. Alleluia.
Gospel • Luke 1, 41-50
Continuation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Luke.
[The conception of John the Baptist, and of Christ. The visitation and canticle of the Blessed Virgin. The birth of the Baptist and the canticle of Zachary.]
At that time, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
Offertory • Gen III, 15
I will put enmities between thee and the Women, and between thy seed and her Seed.
May the offering of our devotion ascend to Thee, O Lord: and through the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into heaven, may our hearts be inflamed with the fire of love, and continually long for Thee. Through our Lord.
Communion • Luke 1, 48-49
All generation shall call me blessed, because He that is mighty hath done great things to me.
Now that we have received, O Lord, the Sacrament of salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the merits and the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into heaven, we may be brought to the glory of the resurrection. Through our Lord.