Our Lady of Mount Carmel Propers

The following are the English propers (“the readings”) for this Mass. The English of the fixed, ordinary parts of the Mass are available for a Low Mass, High Mass and Solemn Mass.

Introitus

Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on whose solemnity the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God.
Ps 44:2
My heart overflows with a goodly theme; as I sing my ode to the King.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, on whose solemnity the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God.

Collect
O God, who has honored the Order of Carmel with the special title of Thy most Blessed Mother Mary, ever Virgin: mercifully grant, that we who celebrate her memory this day with solemn office, may be shielded by her protection and deserve to come to everlasting joys: Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Lesson
Lesson from the book of Ecclesiasticus
Ecclus 24:23-31
As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and mine inheritance above honey and the honey-comb. My memory is unto everlasting generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger; and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that hearkeneth to me shall not be confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me shall have life everlasting.
R. Thanks be to God.

Gradual
O Virgin Mary, blessed and venerable art thou: who without blemish to thy maiden- hood, didst become the Mother of the Savior. O Virgin Mother of God, He whom the whole world cannot contain, enclosed Himself within thy womb, and became man. Alleluia, alleluia. Through thee, O Mother of God, has the life we had lost been restored: from heaven didst thou beget thy Child, to the world brought forth a Savior. Alleluia.

Gospel
Continuation ✠ of the Holy Gospel according to Luke
R. Glory be to Thee, O Lord.
Luke 11:27-28
At that time, as Jesus was speaking to the multitudes, a certain woman from the crowd lifted up her voice and said to Him, Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts that nursed You. But He said, Rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.
R. Praise be to Thee, O Christ.
S. By the words of the Gospel may our sins be blotted out.

Offertorium
Be mindful, O Virgin Mother, to speak good things before God’s face in our behalf, that He may turn away His anger from us.

Secreta
Sanctify, O Lord, the Sacrifice we bring; and by the most salutary intercession of Blessed Mary Mother of God, grant that it may avail us unto salvation.
Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.

Prefatio
Blessed Virgin
It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Feast of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise: 

Communio

Most noble Queen of the world, Mary ever Virgin, intercede for our peace and salva- tion, who didst bring forth Christ our Lord, the Savior of all mankind.

Postcommunio
Let us pray.
May the holy intercession of Thy glorious Mother Mary, ever Virgin, help us, we beseech Thee, O Lord, that those on whom she has lavished unceasing favors, may be freed from all dangers, and by her loving kindness become of one mind: Who livest and reignest with God the Father, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end.
R. Amen.