Friday, 18 December 2009

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This is the title of the third of the Masses for the Advent Season in the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary. See my earlier posts for the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Annunciation of the Lord and for the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Chosen Daughter of Israel.
Father, all powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

By your Holy Spirit
you inspired Elizabeth
to reveal the surpassing honour
you have given to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary is rightly hailed as blessed
because she believed your promise of salvation;
in her act of loving service
she is greeted as mother of the Lord
by the mother of Christ's herald.

We make our own the canticle of joy
on the lips of God's Virgin Mother,
and in her lowliness we too proclaim you greatness
in the never-ending hymn
of the whole company of angels and saints
as they cry out:

Holy, Holy ...
The Opening Prayer of the Mass is:
Lord our God,
Saviour of the human family,
you brought salvation and joy
to the home of Elizabeth
through the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the ark of the New Covenant.

We ask that, in obdience
to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
we too may bring Christ to others
and proclaim your greatness
by the praise of our lips
and the holiness of our lives.

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