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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (ABC)

Liturgical Color: White [Note: The color blue is not an authorized liturgical color for the Roman Rite in the United States. Its unfortunate occurrence during the season of Advent or for Marian feasts is not legitimate.]

Themes: Mary, purity, the benevolence of God

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

I rejoice heartily in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul; for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation, and wrapped me in a mantle of justice, like a bride adorned with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10 [Roman Missal]

Gaudens gaudebo in Domino et exsultabit anima mea in Deo meo: quia induit me vestimentis salutis, et indumento iustitiæ circumdedit me, quasi sponsam ornatam monilibus suis.
Ps. Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam suscepisti me: nec delecasti inimicos meos super me. [Graduale Romanum, p.628]

Gaudens gaudebo in Domino et exsultabit anima mea in Deo meo: quia induit me vestimentis salutis, et indumento iustitiæ circumdedit me, quasi sponsam ornatam monilibus suis.
Ps. Exaltabo te, Domine, quoniam suscepisti me: nec delecasti inimicos meos super me. [Gregorian Missal, p.673]

Tota pulchra es Maria, et macula originalis non est in te. [Graduale simplex, p.323]
The Canticle of Isaiah (Is 61) can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Collect:

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin
prepared a worthy dwelling for your Son,

grant, we pray,
that, as you preserved her from every stain
by virtue of the Death of your Son, which you fore-saw,

so, through her intercessions,
we, too, may be cleansed and admitted to your presence.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Ho-ly Spirit,
one God, for ev-er and ev-er. A-men.

Lectionary Readings:

  • Genesis 3:9-15,20 [I will put enmity between you and the woman. /v.15]
  • Psalm 98:1 / 2-3 / 3-4 [R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds. /v.1]
  • Ephesians 1:3-6,11-12 [God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world. /v.4]
  • Gospel Verse: Luke 1:28 [Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women.]
  • Luke 1:26-38 [Mary, you have found favor with God. /v.30]
      See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels – Fourth Edition

Offertory Antiphon:

Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.Luke1:28 **
Verses of Psalm 45 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.

Ave Maria, gratia plena: Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, alleluia. [Graduale Romanum, p.630]

Ave Maria, gratia plena: Dominus tecum: benedicta tu in mulieribus, alleluia. [Gregorian Missal, p.676]

Sanctificavit tabernaculum suum Altissimus. [Graduale simplex, p.326]

Prayer over the Offerings:

Gra-ciously accept the saving sacrifice
which we offer you, O Lord,
on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Ma-ry,

and grant that, as we profess her,
on account of your prevenient grace,
to be untouched by any stain of sin,

so, through her intercession,
we may be delivered from all our faults.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface of the Immaculate Conception: [The mystery of Mary and the Church]

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.

For you preserved the most Blessed Virgin Mary
from all stain of original sin,
so that in her, endowed with the rich fullness of your grace,
you might prepare a worthy Mother for your Son
and signify the beginning of the Church,
his beautiful Bride without spot or wrinkle.

She, the most pure Virgin, was to bring forth a Son,
the innocent Lamb who would wipe away our offenses;
you placed her above all others
to be for your people an advocate of grace
and a model of holiness.

And so, in company with the choirs of Angels,
we praise you, and with joy we proclaim:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…

Communion Antiphon:

Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary, for from you arose the sun of justice, Christ our God. Psalm 87:3; Luke 1:49 [Roman Missal]

Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, Maria: quia fecit tibi magna qui potens est. Psalm 87:3; Luke 1:49 [Graduale Romanum, p.631]
The Magnificat [Luke 1:46-47,48 50,51,52,53,54,55] can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Gloriosa dicta sunt de te, Maria: quia fecit tibi magna qui potens est. Psalm 87:3; Luke 1:49 [Gregorian Missal, p.677]

Gloriosa prædicentur de te, Virgo Maria. [Graduale simplex, pp.327]
The Magnificat [Luke 1:46-47,48 50,51,52,53,54,55] can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Prayer after Communion:

May the Sacrament we have received,
O Lord our God,

heal in us the wounds of that fault
from which in a singular way
you preserved Blessed Mary in her Immacu-late Con-ception.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Solemn Blessing: [15. The Blessed Virgin Mary]

May God, who through the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary
willed in his great kindness to redeem the human race,
be pleased to enrich you with his blessing.
Amen.

May you know always and everywhere the protection of her,
through whom you have been found worthy
to receive the author of life.
Amen.

May you, who have devoutly gathered on this day,
carry away with you the gifts of spiritual joys
and heavenly rewards.
Amen.

** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published. The offertory antiphon used here is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.

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