The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Najświętszej Maryi Panny, Matki Kościoła)

Monday after Pentecost
The BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
MOTHER of the CHURCH
Feast
In the Archdiocese of Szczecin-Kamień and Dioceses of Drohiczyn and Ełk: primary patron of the archdiocese and diocese – Solemnity

Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, except:

OFFICE OF READINGS

HYMN

Sing, o Church, joyfully
In honour of Virgin Mary,
For she bore Christ
And became your Mother.

The human flesh born of Mary
And the Holy Spirit’s breath.
The Mystical Body born on the cross
By shedding blood and water.

Mother of Jesus, women, disciples,
The Twelve Apostles
Stayed with one accord to ardent prayer,
In their home – the Cenacle.

The Spirit Comforter, like a violent breeze,
Lit the fire in their hearts.
And you, o Church, began your work
Of the salvation of all man.

So sing now with Mary, your Mother,
And ask her with great hope
To intercede for you before the Son
And protect your fidelity.

To the Father, Son and Holy Spirit
May there be humble homage.
The triumphant Church, and militant and penitent
Give thanks for her Mother. Amen.

FIRST READING

From the letter to the Galatians 3:22-4:7
Through faith we are all children of God and heirs

Brothers! Scripture confined all things under the power of sin, that through faith in Jesus Christ the promise might be given to those who believe.

Before faith came, we were held in custody under law, confined for the faith that was to be revealed. Consequently, the law was our disciplinarian for Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a disciplinarian. For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.

For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise.

I mean that as long as the heir is not of age, he is no different from a slave, although he is the owner of everything, but he is under the supervision of guardians and administrators until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were not of age, were enslaved to the elemental powers of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption.

As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

RESPONSORY Cf Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 2:4; Romans 8:3

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,
 To ransom those under the law.

God, because of the great love he had for us, sent his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh.
To ransom those under the law.

SECOND READING

From the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church Lumen Gentium
Mary as the type of the Church

By reason of the gift and role of divine maternity, by which she is united with her Son, the Redeemer, and with His singular graces and functions, the Blessed Virgin is also intimately united with the Church. As St. Ambrose taught, the Mother of God is a type of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ.

For in the mystery of the Church, which is itself rightly called mother and virgin, the Blessed Virgin stands out in eminent and singular fashion as exemplar both of virgin and mother. By her belief and obedience, not knowing man but overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, as the new Eve she brought forth on earth the very Son of the Father, showing an undefiled faith, not in the word of the ancient serpent, but in that of God’s messenger. The Son whom she brought forth is He whom God placed as the first-born among many brethren, namely the faithful, in whose birth and education she cooperates with a maternal love.

The Church indeed, contemplating her hidden sanctity, imitating her charity and faithfully fulfilling the Father’s will, by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By her preaching she brings forth to a new and immortal life the sons who are born to her in baptism, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of God. She herself is a virgin, who keeps the faith given to her by her Spouse whole and entire. Imitating the mother of her Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, she keeps with virginal purity an entire faith, a firm hope and a sincere charity.

But while in the most holy Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she is without spot or wrinkle, the followers of Christ still strive to increase in holiness by conquering sin. And so they turn their eyes to Mary who shines forth to the whole community of the elect as the model of virtues. Piously meditating on her and contemplating her in the light of the Word made man, the Church with reverence enters more intimately into the great mystery of the Incarnation and becomes more and more like her Spouse.

For Mary, who since her entry into salvation history unites in herself and re-echoes the greatest teachings of the faith as she is proclaimed and venerated, calls the faithful to her Son and His sacrifice and to the love of the Father. Seeking after the glory of Christ, the Church becomes more like her exalted Type, and continually progresses in faith, hope and charity, seeking and doing the will of God in all things.

Hence the Church, in her apostolic work also, justly looks to her, who, conceived of the Holy Spirit, brought forth Christ, who was born of the Virgin that through the Church He may be born and may increase in the hearts of the faithful also. The Virgin in her own life lived an example of that maternal love, by which it behooves that all should be animated who cooperate in the apostolic mission of the Church for the regeneration of men.

RESPONSORY

The salvation of the world is manifested to the faithful by Virgin Mary.
 Her immaculate life shines on all churches.

Let us glorify the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Her immaculate life shines on all churches.

TE DEUM You are God: we praise you.

CONCLUDING PRAYER as in Morning Prayer.

 MORNING PRAYER

HYMN

O Mary, pure Virgin,
A shining morning star of salvation,
Cause of our joy,
The Church praises you humbly.

You accepted God’s message
And became Christ’s Mother,
And along with His human body
You gave birth to the Mystical one.

When Jesus was dying on the cross
To reconcile us with the Father,
You alone carried in your heart
The faith of the entire Church.

You were with the Church
When the Flame took it over,
Being for the Master’s disciples
The gift of Divine goodness.

O Mary, protect us,
Who in the Church’s Body
Are members of the Lord,
Being one by love.

Eternal glory be
To the Father, the Son and the Spirit,
And may the Church in the light of the dawn
Praise her Mother. Amen.

CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH

Ant. Blessed are you, God, for you gave the Church protection in the Mother of Your Son.

CONCLUDING PRAYER

O God, merciful Father,
your Son, nailed to the cross, made His mother, Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother,
grant that through the intercession of the loving Mother, your Church may grow, rejoice in the light of her children and draw to herself all nations.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Amen.

EVENING PRAYER

CANTICLE OF MARY

Ant. O Most Blessed Virgin, Holy Mother of the Church, you protect in us the gifts of your Son, Jesus Christ.

CONCLUDING PRAYER as above.

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