Collects, Epistles and Gospels
for the Proper of Saints

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

[Common II of the B.V.M.]

INTROIT. Salve, sancta parens. Sedulius
HAIL, O Mother most holy, who didst give birth to the monarch, reigning o'er heaven and earth, world without end (alleluia, alleluia). Pa. 45. My heart is inditing of a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made unto the king. V. Glory be.

The Collect.
WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour into our hearts the abundance of thy heavenly grace: that like as the child-bearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary was unto us thy servants the beginning of salvation,, so the devout observance of her nativity may avail for the increasing of our peace. Through.

For the Epistle. Proverb 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. Blessed and worshipful art thou, O Virgin Mary: who a maiden undefil'd hast our Saviour for thy child. V. Virgin Mother of God, the whole world cannot contain him: yet, made man for our sake, hidden he lies in thy womb.
Alleluia, alleluia. V. Blessed art thou, O holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of all praise: for out of thee arose the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God. Alleluia.

After Septuagesima, instead of the Alleluia, and verse following, is said:

TRACT. Rejoice, O Mary, thou alone all heresy dost slay. V. Thou the Archangel Gabriel's message didst obey. V. He who is God and man was born thy son: yet art thou still a maid, O spotless One. V. Mother of God, intercede for us.

In Eastertide, instead of the Gradual, is said:

Alleluia, alleluia. V. Num 17. Now hath blossomed Jesse's rod: a Virgin bears both Man and God:P God restoreth peace to men, high and low are one again. Alleluia. V. St. Luke Hail Mary, full of grace: the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Alleluia.

The Gospel. St Matthew 1:1-16
1 The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2 Abraham begat Isaac; and Isaac begat Jacob; and Jacob begat Judas and his brethren;
3 And Judas begat Phares and Zara of Thamar; and Phares begat Esrom; and Esrom begat Aram;
4 And Aram begat Aminadab; and Aminadab begat Naasson; and Naasson begat Salmon;
5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
6 And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias;
7 And Solomon begat Roboam; and Roboam begat Abia; and Abia begat Asa;
8 And Asa begat Josaphat; and Josaphat begat Joram; and Joram begat Ozias;
9 And Ozias begat Joatham; and Joatham begat Achaz; and Achaz begat Ezekias;
10 And Ezekias begat Manasses; and Manasses begat Amon; and Amon begat Josias;
11 And Josias begat Jechonias and his brethren, about the time they were carried away to Babylon:
12 And after they were brought to Babylon, Jechonias begat Salathiel; and Salathiel begat Zorobabel;
13 And Zorobabel begat Abiud; and Abiud begat Eliakim; and Eliakim begat Azor;
14 And Azor begat Sadoc; and Sadoc begat Achim; and Achim begat Eliud;
15 And Eliud begat Eleazar; and Eleazar begat Matthan; and Matthan begat Jacob;
16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

OFFERTORY. Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst bear the Creator of all things: thou didst give birth to thy Maker, and for ever remainest a Virgin. (alleluia).

We beseech thee, O Lord, that the manhood of thine only-begotten Son may in such wise avail for our succour: that even as he, being born of a Virgin, destroyed not but hallowed the innocence of his Mother; so on this feast of her nativity, he may deliver us from all our offenses, and render us an oblation acceptable unto thee. Through the same.

PREFACE of our Lady, And that on the N.

COMMUNION. Blessed is the womb of the Virgin Mary that bore the Son of the everlasting Father. (alleluia).

GRANT, we beseech thee, O Lord: that the Sacrament which we have received in thy mysteries on this yearly festival, may both in this life and in that which is to come be profitable unto us for the healing of our souls. Through.