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

Liturgical Color: White [Note: On more solemn days, festive, that is, more precious, sacred vestments may be used, even if not the color of the day [GIRM #346-g]. The colors gold or silver may be worn on more solemn occasions [GIRM #346-h].

Themes: preparation, Mary's honor

Entrance Antiphon [Introit]:

Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary,
Who today were exalted above the choirs of Angels
into eternal triumph with Christ. [Roman Missal]

Vultum tuum deprecabuntur omnes divites plebis: adducentur regi virgines post eam: proximæ eius adducentur tibi in lætitia et exsultatione.
Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi. [Graduale Romanum, p.404]

Vultum tuum deprecabuntur omnes divites plebis: adducentur regi virgines post eam: proximæ eius adducentur tibi in lætitia et exsultatione.
Ps. Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea regi. [Gregorian Missal, p.650]

Assumpta est Maria in cælum: gaudent Angeli, laudantes benedicunt Dominum. [Graduale simplex, pp.294]
Psalm 98, verses 1-11

Collect:

O God, who, looking on the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
raised her to this grace,
that your Only Begotten Son was born of her according to the flesh
and that she was crowned this day with surpassing glo- ry,

grant through her prayers,
that, saved by the mystery of your redemption,
we may merit to be exalted by you on high.

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:

  • 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 - 4th Edition

Offertory Antiphon:

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, for you have carried the Creator of the universe: you gave birth to your Creator and you remain a virgin for all eternity.

Beata es, Virgo Maria, quæ omnium portasti Creatorem: genuisti qui te fecit, et in æternum permanes Virgo. [Graduale Romanum, p.420]

Beata es, Virgo Maria, quæ omnium portasti Creatorem: genuisti qui te fecit, et in æternum permanes Virgo. [Gregorian Missal, p.653]

Paradisi portæ per te nobis apertæ sunt, quæ hodie gloriosa cum angelis triumphas. [Graduale simplex, pp.299]
Psalm 96

Prayer over the Offerings:

Re- ceive, we pray, O Lord,
the sacrifice of conciliation and praise,
which we celebrate on the Assumption of the holy Mother of God,

that it may lead us to your pardon
and confirm us in perpetu- al thanks- giving.

Through Christ our Lord. A-men.

Preface of the Assumption: [The Glory of Mary assumed into heaven]

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,
through Christ our Lord.

For today the Virgin Mother of God
was assumed into heaven
as the beginning and image
of your Church's coming to perfection
and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people;
rightly you would not allow her
to see the corruption of the tomb
since from her own body she marvelously brought forth
your incarnate Son, the Author of all life.

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:

Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary,
which bore the Son of the eternal Father. Luke 11:27 [Roman Missal]

Beata viscera Mariæ Virginis, quæ portaverunt æterni Patris Filium. Luke 11:27 [Graduale Romanum, p.423]
Psalm 45:2ab,10b,11,12,13,14,15,16 -or- The Magnificat [Lk 1:46-47,48,49,50,51,52,53,54,55 can also be sung between repetitions of this antiphon.

Beata viscera Mariæ Virginis, quæ portaverunt æterni Patris Filium. Luke 11:27 [Gregorian Missal, p.654]

Beatam me dicent omnes generationes, quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est, alleluia. [Graduale simplex, p.300]
Canticle of BVM

Prayer after Communion:

Hav- ing partaken of this heavenly table,
we beseech your mercy, Lord our God,

that we, who honor the Assumption of the Mother of God
may be freed from every threat of harm.

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.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever.
Amen.

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