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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary [Vigil Mass]

Liturgical Color: White [Note: "On solemn occasions more precious vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day." GIRM #309]

Themes & Motives: preparation, Mary's honor

All honor to you, Mary! Today you were raised above the choirs of angels to lasting glory with Christ.

Opening Prayer:
Almighty God,
you gave a humble virgin
the privilege of being the mother of your Son,
and crowned her with the glory of heaven.
May the prayers of the Virgin Mary
bring us to the salvation of Christ
and raise us up to eternal life.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Lectionary Readings:
  • I Chronicles 15:3-4,15-16; 16:1-2 [They brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it. /v.1]
  • Psalm 132:6-7 / 9-10 / 13-14 [R. Lord, go up to the place of your rest, you and the ark of your holiness. /v.8]
  • I Corinthians 15:54-57 [He gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. /v.57]
  • Gospel Verse: Luke 11:28 [Blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.]
  • Luke 11:27-28 [Blessed is the womb that bore You. /v.27]
       See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels - Third Edition CNP Catalog #3012-3

Offertory Antiphon: **
Blessed are you, Virgin Mary, who bore the Lord, the Creator of the world: you brought forth the One who made you, and you remained a Virgin forever.
     Verses of  Psalm 96  can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Prayer over the Gifts:
receive this sacrifice of praise and peace
in honor of the assumption of the Mother of God.
May our offering bring us pardon
and make our lives a thanksgiving to you.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.

Preface of the Assumption: [Mary assumed into glory]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Today the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven
to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection,
and a sign of hope and comfort for your people on their pilgrim way.
You would not allow decay to touch her body,
for she had given birth to your Son, the Lord of all life,
in the glory of the incarnation.

In our joy we sing to your glory
with all the choirs of angels:

  Holy, holy, holy Lord...

Communion Antiphon:
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary; she carried the Son of the eternal Father. (See Lk 11:27)

Prayer after Communion:
God of mercy,
we rejoice because Mary, the mother of our Lord,
was taken into the glory of heaven.
May the holy food which we receive at this table
free us from evil.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is cited in Latin (Beata es, Virgo Maria) in the Graduale Romanum.
The English is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

The English translation of the Introit, Opening Prayer, Psalm Refrain, Gospel Verse, Prayer over the Gifts, Preface, Communion Antiphon, Prayer after Communion, and Solemn Blessing from The Roman Missal, Copyright 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from the First Reading, Second Reading and Gospel are taken from the New American Standard Bible ® © Copyright 1973 The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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