September 15th & Friday after Passion Sunday
Introit John xix: 25
There stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Salome, and Mary Magdalen. [V.] "Woman, behold thy Son," said Jesus; to the disciple, however, "Behold thy mother." Glory be.... "There stood...."
Collect (except during Lent):
O God, at whose passion, as Simeon foretold, the most sweet soul of Mary, Thy glorious Virgin Mother, was pierced by a sword of sorrow; mercifully grant that we who reverently meditate upon her sorrows may reap the happy fruit of Thy passion: Who livest and reignest....
Collect during Lent:
O God, at whose passion, as Simeon foretold, the most sweet soul of Mary, Thy glorious Virgin Mother, was pierced by a sword of sorrow; mercifully grant that we who call to mind with veneration her soul thus transfixed, through the glorious merits and prayers of all the saints faithfully standing by Thy Cross, may obtain the blessed result of Thy passion.
Epistle: Judith xiii: 22-25
A reading from the book of Judith:
art sorrowful and tearful, O Virgin Mary, standing by the cross of the Lord
Jesus, thy Son, our Redeemer. O
Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world doth not contain, beareth this
punishment of the cross; He the author of life made man.
Septuagesima until Easter
Holy Mary, the Queen of heaven, and mistress of the world, stood by the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, full of sadness. O all ye that pass by the way, attend, and see if there be any sorrow like my sorrow.
Sequence: Stabat Mater
1. At the cross her station keeping,
Through her heart, His sorrow sharing,
3. Oh, how sad and sore distress'd
4. Christ above in torment hangs;
5. Is there one who would not weep
6. Can the human heart refrain
7. Bruis'd derided, curs'd, defil'd,
8. For the sins of His own nation,
9. O thou Mother! Font of love!
10. Make me feel as thou hast felt;
11. Holy Mother! Pierce me through;
12. Let me share with thee His pain,
13. Let me mingle tears with thee,
14. By the cross with thee to stay,
15. Virgin of all virgins best,
16. Let me to my latest breath,
17. Wounded with His every wound,
18. Be to me, O Virgin, nigh,
Christ, when Thou shalt call me hence,
20 While my body here decays,
At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Salome, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen His mother, and the disciple standing, whom He loved, He said to His mother, "Woman, behold thy Son." After that He said to disciple, "Behold thy mother." And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.
Offertory Jeremias: xviii: 20
Be mindful, O Virgin Mother of God, when thou standest in the sight of the Lord, to speak good things for us, and to turn away His anger from us.
We offer unto Thee our prayers and oblations, O Lord Jesus Christ, humbly beseeching Thee, that we who recall in our prayers the piercing of the most sweet soul of blessed Mary, Thy mother, through the merits of Thy death, and the manifold intercession of Thy mother and her holy companions at the foot of the Cross, may share the reward of the blessed.... Who with Thee liveth and reigneth in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.
Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "That on the Transfixion...."
Blessed is the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who without dying earned the palm of martyrdom beneath the cross of our Lord.
May the divine sacrifice, O Lord Jesus Christ, of which we, commemorating the transfixion of Thy virgin Mother, have partaken, obtain for us from Thy mercy every good and salutary gift. Who livest and reignest with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end.