Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Double of I Class with common Octave

INTROIT. Gaudens gaudebo. Is. 61:10.
I WILL greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God: for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation: he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bride adorneth herself with jewels. Ps. 30. I will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up: and not made my foes to triumph over me. V. Glory be.

O GOD, who in the foreknowledge of thy Son's most precious death didst consecrate for him a dwelling-place by the spotless Conception of the Blessed Virgin: mercifully grant that she who was preserved from all defilement; may evermore pray for us until we attain unto thee in purity of heart. [Through the same]

Commemoration of the Feria.

For the Epistle. Proverbs 8:22-35
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.
32 Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.
33 Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.
34 Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
35 For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.

GRADUAL. Judith 13:18. Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, of the most high God, above all the women upon the earth. V. Ibid. 15.9. Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, thou art the great glory of Israel: thou art the great rejoicing of our nation.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Cant.4. Thou art all fair, O Mary: and there is no spot of sin in thee. Alleluia.

In Votive Masses, after Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia, and verse following is said:

TRACT. Ps. 87. Her foundations are upon the holy hills: the Lord loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. V. Ibid. Glorious things of thee are spoken, thou city of God. V. Ibid. He was born in her, and the most High shall stablish her.

In Eastertide the Gradual is omitted, and in its place is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Thou art the exaltation of Jerusalem, thou art the great glory of Israel: thou art the great rejoicing of our nation. Alleluia. V. Thou art all fair, O Mary, and there is no spot of sin in thee. Alleluia.

GOSPEL. St Luke 1:26-28
26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

OFFERTORY. St. Luke 1. Hail, Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women, alleluia.

ACCEPT, O Lord, the sacrifice of our salvation, which we offer unto thee on this feast of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: and grant that, like as we do confess her by the prevention of thy grace to have been preserved from every stain of sin; so by her intercession we may be delivered from all our iniquities. Through.

PREFACE of our Lady, And that on the Conception, which is said throughout the whole Octave, even on Feast occurring therein, save in Masses of the Season, or on Feasts requiring another Preface

COMMUNION. Glorious things of thee are spoken, O Mary: because he that is might hath magnified thee.

O LORD, who in her Conception didst wondrously preserve the Blessed Virgin Mary from all sin: grant, we beseech thee; that the Sacrament, which we have received, may heal in us the wounds of the sins which we have committed. Through.

¶ Within the Octave and on the Octave Day itself Mass is said as on the Feast, but within the Octave Collect 2 is of the Feria, but Collect 3, if there be no commemoration of a simple Feast, or of a Feast treated as such, is of the Holy Ghost (or of Advent Sunday)



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