Hail, Holy Mother, who gave birth to the King, who rules heaven and earth forever.
O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on the human race the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life, our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
First Reading Numbers 6:22-27
The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: « This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace. » This is how they are to call down my name of the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 66:2-184.108.40.206
R:O God, be gracious and bless us.
1. O God be gracious and bless us, and let your face shed its light upon us.
So will your ways be known upon earth, and all nations learn your saving help.
2. Let the nations be glad and exult, for you rule the world with justice.
With fairness you rule the peoples,you guide the nations on earth.
3. Let the peoples praise you, O God;let all peoples praise you.
May God still give us his blessing, till the ends of the earth revere him.
Second Reading Galatians 4:4-7
When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father,’ and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave anymore; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.
Gospel Acclamation : Heb1:1-2
Alleluia, alleluia! At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son. Alleluia!
Gospel Luke 2:16-21
The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told. When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.
Prayer over the Offerings
O God, who in your kindness begin all good things and bring them to fulfilment, grant to us, who find joy in the Solemnity of the holy Mother of God, that, just as we glory in the beginnings of your grace, so one day we may rejoice in its completion. Through Christ our Lord.
Communion Antiphon : Heb 13: 8
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.
Prayer after Communion
We have received this heavenly Sacrament with joy, O Lord: grant, we pray, that it may lead us to eternal life, for we rejoice to proclaim the blessed ever-Virgin Mary Mother of your Son and Mother of the Church. Through Christ our Lord.
Today we are invited to honour the role which Mary played in the history of salvation. Mary looked beyond herself, not limiting her horizons to what is only humanly possible. She benefits from the blessing which expresses God’s continuous care for his people. As mother she focuses on everyday happenings in her life. She finds her identity by agreeing to be the Mother of the Messiah. We too need to go beyond our positions, status, gifts and talents. These are meant to help us direct our gaze at the needs of others. That is how we get to play our own role in God’s plan. And part of that plan is that we should be instruments of peace.