Introit: Psalm xliv: 13, 15, 16
All the rich among the people seek Thy favor. Behind her the virgins of her train are brought to the King. They are borne in to Thee with gladness and joy. [Ps. ibid. 2] My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King. V. Glory be.... All the rich....
God, who didst determine to redeem human nature with grace through the fecundity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant, that we, who call her Mother of Grace on earth, may rejoice in the eternal happiness of her friendship in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ....
Of Ss. Primus and Felician, Martyrs
Grant us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, ever to observe worthily the festival of Thy holy martyrs, Primus and Felician, by whose intercession may we experience the gifts of Thy protection.
Epistle: Ecclesiasticus: xxiv: 23-31
reading from the wisdom books:
Mary, blessed and venerable art thou: without blemish to thy maidenhood, thou
didst become the mother of the Savior. O Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole
world cannot contain, being made man, shut Himself up within thy womb.
Gospel: Luke i: 26-38
+ The continuation of
the Holy Gospel according to Luke:
Offertory: Luke i: 28, 42
Hail, Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
Through Thy clemency, O Lord, and by the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, may this offering avail unto our prosperity and peace, now and for evermore.
Of the Holy Martyrs:
May the offering be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, which is to be consecrated on the festival of the precious martyrdom, that it may both purify us of our sins and commend to Thee the prayers of Thy servants.
Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary, which bore the Son of the eternal Father.
Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that having received these helps unto salvation we may everywhere be protected by the patronage of blessed Mary ever Virgin, in veneration of whom we have offered this sacrifice to Thy majesty.
Of the Holy Martyrs:
We beseech Thee, O almighty God, that the solemnity of Thy holy martyrs, Primus and Felician, celebrated with heavenly mysteries, may gain for us the pardon of Thy mercy. Through our Lord.