Daily Readings

Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto 

Lectionary: 689B

Below are the readings suggested for  today's Memorial. However, readings for the Memorial may also be taken from the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, #707-712.

Reading 1 

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said: 
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us!” 

(49)  The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

or:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

 

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

or:

  1. O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

    “For he has looked upon his lowly servant.
    From this day all generations will call me blessed:
    the Almighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his Name.”

    The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

    or:

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

     

    “He has mercy on those who fear him
    in every generation.
    He has shown the strength of his arm,
    he has scattered the proud in their conceit.”

    The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

    or:

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

    “He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
    and has lifted up the lowly.
    He has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.”

    The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

    or:

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

    “He has come to the help of his servant Israel
    for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
    the promise he made to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his children forever.”

    The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

    or:

    O Blessed Virgin Mary, you carried the Son of the eternal Father.

     

Alleluia

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

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