15 August 2012

Assumption: The English Missal

The Dormition and Assumption of the Virgin Mary, by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci; from the Gradual of Santa Maria degli Angeli, ca. 1370, now in the British Library.
Introit. Rev. 12:1. Signum magnum. 
A great wonder appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. Ps. 98:1. O sing unto the Lord a new song: for he hath done marvellous things. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. A great wonder appeared in heaven . . . 

The Collect. 
Almighty and everlasting God, who didst assume the immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of thy Son, in body and soul to heavenly glory: grant, we beseech thee; that we, ever setting our affections on things above, may likewise be partakers of that glory in the world to come. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Epistle. Judith 13:22-25;15:10. 
The Lesson from the book of Judith. 
The Lord hath blessed thee by his power, because through thee he hath brought our enemies to nought. O daughter, blessed art thou of the most high God, above all the women upon the earth. And blessed be the Lord, who hath created the heavens and the earth, who directed thee to the wounding of the head of the prince of our enemies; because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart from the mouth of men which remember the power of the Lord for ever, for whom thou hast not spared thy life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast averted our ruin, in the presence of our God. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honour of our people.

The Gradual. Ps. 45:11-12,14. Audi, filia. 
Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear, so shall the king have pleasure in thy beauty. V. All glorious the king's daughter entereth in, her clothing is of wrought gold.

Alleluia. Maria est assumpta. 
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Mary is taken up into heaven: the host of Angels rejoiceth. Alleluia.

The Gospel. Luke 1:41-50. 
The Continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke. 
At that time: Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and she spake out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed, for there shall be a performance of those things, which were told her from the Lord. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord; and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour; for he hath rejoiced in the lowliness of his handmaiden, for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things, and holy is his name, and his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Offertory. Gen:3:15. Inimicitias ponam. 
I will put enmity between thee and the Woman, and between thy seed and her Seed.

Let this oblation of our bounden duty ascend unto thee, O Lord, and, at the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary, whom thou hast assumed into heaven, may our hearts, enkindled with the fire of thy love, continually long after thee. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Preface of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
(And that on the Assumption . . .) 

Communion. Luke 1:48-49. Beatam me. 
All generations shall call me blessed, for he that is mighty hath done to me great things.

Grant, we beseech thee, O Lord: that we, who have received this Sacrament of our salvation; may, through the merits and intercession of the blessed Virgin Mary, whom thou hast assumed into heaven, be brought unto the glory of the resurrection. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.