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PRAYER TO THE IMMACULATE HEART

Almighty and everlasting God, you prepared in the heart of the blessed Virgin Mary a dwelling worthy of the Holy Spirit; grant that, as we devoutly celebrate the feast of her immaculate heart may we have the grace to live always in harmony with the wishes of your own heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY)

THE ALMIGHTY HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME, HE HAS EXALTED THE LOWLY.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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TODAY’S GOSPEL READING (JOHN 15:9-17)

(St Matthias, Apostle; Feast)

I SHALL NOT CALL YOU SERVANTS ANY MORE; I CALL YOU FRIENDS.

Jesus said to his disciples: As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love! You will remain in my love if you keep my commandments, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.

I have told you all this, that my own joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. This is my commandment: Love one another as I have loved you! There is no greater love than this, to give one’s life for one’s friends; and you are my friends, if you do what I command you.

I shall not call you servants any more, because servants do not know what their master is about. Instead I have called you friends, since I have made known to you everything I learned from my Father.

You did not chose me; it was I who chose you and sent you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. And everything you ask my Father in my name, he will give to you.
This is my command, that you love one another.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

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THE FEAST OF THE CHAIR OF ST PETER – PRAYER

Let us pray. O God, in entrusting the keys of your heavenly kingdom to your blessed Apostle Peter, you gave him the power to bind and to loose; by the help of his intercession may we be set free from the bonds of our sins. You who live and reign with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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