Prayers and Reading for Today’s MASS (March 25)
Introit • Ps. 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. (p. T. alleluia, alleluia.) Ps. 44, 2. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. Glory be …
O God, Who didst will that at the message of an angel Thy word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary: grant that we, Thy suppliants, who believe her to be truly the mother of God, may be helped by her intercession with Thee. Through the same.
Epistle • Isaias 7, 10-15
Lesson from Isaias the Prophet.
[The prophet assures king Achaz that the two kings his enemies shall not take Jerusalem. A virgin shall conceive and bear a son.]
In those days, the Lord spoke unto 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.
Gradual • Ps. 44, 3-5
Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee forever. Because of truth, and meekness, and justice: and thy right hand shall conduct thee wonderfully.
Tract. Ps. 44, 11,13
Harken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear: for the King hath greatly desired thy beauty. Ps. 44, 13, 10. All the rich among the people shall entreat thy countenance: the daughters of kings in thy honor. Ps. 44, 15, 16. After her shall virgins be brought to the King: her neighbors shall be brought to thee. Thy shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing; they shall be brought into the temple of the King.
Gospel • Luke 1, 26-38
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, 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 is the fruit of thy womb. (P. T. Alleluia.)
Confirm, O Lord, in our minds, we beseech thee, the mysteries of the true faith; that we who confess Him Who was conceived of a virgin to be true God and man, may deserve to arrive at eternal joy, by the power of His saving resurrection. Through the same.
Communion • Is. 7, 14
Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bring forth a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.
Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hears, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known by the message of an angel, may, by His passion and cross, be brought to the glory of This resurrection. Through the same.