Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Good Counsel, upon which the angels rejoice and praise the Son of God. [Ps.] My heart overflows with good tidings; I sing my song to the king. Glory be. Let us all rejoice.
OGod, Thou hast given us the Mother of Thy beloved Son, Jesus Christ to be our Mother, and Thou hast been pleased to honor her beautiful picture by a wonderful sign; grant, we beseech Thee, that by always adhering to her counsels, we may be able to live according to Thine own heart, and happily win our place in heaven.
Epistle: Ecclus xvi: 23-31
A reading from the wisdom books:
I,Wisdom, dwell with experience, and judicious knowledge I attain. v. Happy the man who obeys me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at my doorposts.
Alleluia, Alleluia. [Proverbs viii: 35] He who finds me finds life, and wins favor from the Lord. Alleluia.
Tract: Proverbs viii: 14, 17, 20, 21
Mine are counsel and advice; mine is strength.; I am understanding. v. Those who love me I also love, and those who seek me from early in the morning find me. v. On the way of duty I walk, along the paths of justice. v. Granting wealth to those who love me, and filling their treasures.
Alleluia, Alleluia. v. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with The; blessed art thou amongst women. Alleluia! v. Through thee, O Mother of God, life which had been lost was given to us; thou who hast received an offspring from heaven, and brought forth to the world a Savior. Alleluia!
The Gospel: Luke i: 26-33
At that time, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And when the angel had come to her, he said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women. When she had heard him, she was troubled at his word, and kept pondering what manner of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shall bring forth a Son; and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His Father, and He shall be king over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end."
Offertory: Jeremias xvii: 20
Remember, O Virgin Mother, to speak good things on our behalf before the face of God, that He may turn away His anger from us. (P.T. Alleluia)
Sanctify the gifts we offer Thee, O Lord, and grant that they may bring us closer to salvation through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother of God, Mother of Good Counsel.
Most worthy Queen of the world, Mary, ever Virgin, who brought forth Christ the Lord and Savior of all mankind, pray for our peace and salvation. (P.T. Alleluia)
May the holy intercession of Thy glorious Mother, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of Good Counsel, help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that those upon whom she has lavished unceasing favors, may know our duty and have the strength to perform it.
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On the Feast of Saint Mark, April 25 1467, in Genazzano, Italy, a cloud descended upon an ancient church dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When the cloud disappeared, an image of Our Lady and the Child Jesus, on a paper-thin sheet, was revealed which had not been there before. After the image's appearance many miracles were attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Pope Paul II ordered an investigation and the results have been preserved.
It was later discovered that the very same image had been seen in a church dedicated to the Annunciation in Scutari, Albania, having arrived there in a miraculous manner. Now, the image had been transported from Albania miraculously to avoid sacrilege from Moslem invasion. A commission of enquiry determined that a portrait from the church was indeed missing. An empty space the same size as the portrait was displayed for all to see.
Many miracles continue to be attributed to Our Lady of Good Counsel. Pope Saint Pius V, for example, credited victory in the Battle of Lepanto to Her intercession. Several Popes have approved the miraculous image. On July 2 1753 Pope Benedict XIV approved the Scapular of Our Lady of Good Counsel, and was the first to wear it. In 1884 a special Mass and Office of the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel was approved by Pope Leo XIII.