ANNUNCIATION OF OUR LORD
JESUS CHRIST TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord,
that we who have known the incarnation
of your Son Jesus Christ,
announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary,
may by his cross and passion
be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
READING FROM THE BOOK OF ISAIAH
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your
God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I
will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah
said: "Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you
to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord
himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child
and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel."
I love to do your will, O my God.
things are they that you have done, O Lord my God! how great your
wonders and your plans for us! there is none who can be compared
that I could make them known and tell them! but they are more than
I can count. R
sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure (you have given me
ears to hear you);
and sin-offering you have not required, and so I said,
"Behold, I come. R
the roll of the book it is written concerning me: 'I love to do
your will, O my God; your law is deep in my heart.'"
proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I did
not restrain my lips; and that, O Lord, you know. R
righteousness have I not hidden in my heart; I have spoken of your
faithfulness and your deliverance; I have not concealed your love
and faithfulness from the great congregation. R
READING FROM THE LETTER TO THE HEBREWS
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away
sins. Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,
"Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body
you have prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you
have taken no pleasure. Then I said, 'See, God, I have come to do
your will, O God' in the scroll of the book it is written of
me)." When he said above, "You have neither desired nor
taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and
sin offerings" (these are offered according to the law), then
he added, "See, I have come to do your will." He
abolishes the first in order to establish the second. And it is by
God's will that we have been sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
ACCORDING TO LUKE
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in
Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name
was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And
he came to her and said, "Greetings, favoured one! The Lord
is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and
pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to
her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with
God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and
you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the
Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne
of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob
forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said
to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"
The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the
child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And
now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a
son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be
barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary
said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me
according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
OVER THE GIFTS
so fill us with your grace,
that we in all things may accept your holy will
and with the Virgin Mary, full of grace,
rejoice in your salvation;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
your word proclaims our salvation;
your table gives us life.
Grant us the humble obedience we see in Mary,
that we too may respond as willing servants.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord.