Circumcision of Our Lord
Introit: Isaias ix: 6
A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us; whose government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, the Angel of great counsel. [Ps.] Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. Glory be.... A child.
O God, who by the fruitful virginity of the blessed Mary hast bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may experience the intercession of her, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the author of life, Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord....
Epistle: Titus ii: 11-15
A reading from the epistle of blessed
Paul the Apostle to Titus:
Gradual: Ps. xcvii 3-4 & 2
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to God, all the earth. The Lord hath made known His salvation: He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the nations.
Alleluia, Alleluia. God, who in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days has spoken to us by His Son. Alleluia.
Gospel: Luke ii 21
+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to
Offertory: Psalm cxxxviii: 12 & 15
Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the earth, the world and the fullness thereof, Thou hast founded: justice and judgment are the preparation of Thy throne.
Receive, we beseech Thee, O Lord, our offerings and prayers, cleansing us by these heavenly mysteries, and mercifully hearing us.
Communion: Psalm xcvii: 3
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
May this communion, O Lord, purify us from sin; and through the intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, make us partakers of the heavenly remedy.