Readings on the Memorial Of The Immaculate Heart of Mary

First Reading
Is 61:9-11

I rejoice heartily in the LORD.

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Thus says the Lord:
The descendants of my people shall be renowned among the nations,
   and their offspring among the peoples;
All who see them shall acknowledge them
   as a race the LORD has blessed.

I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
   in my God is the joy of my soul;
For he has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
   and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
Like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
   like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
   and a garden makes its growth spring up,
So will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
   spring up before all the nations.

Responsorial Psalm
1 Sm 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

R. :

R. (See 1) My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.

“My heart exults in the LORD,
   my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
   I rejoice in my victory.”

R. My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.

“The bows of the mighty are broken,
   while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
   while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
   while the mother of many languishes.”

R. My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.

“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
   he casts down to the nether world;
   he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
   he humbles, he also exalts.”

R. My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.

“He raises the needy from the dust;
   from the ash heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
   and make a glorious throne their heritage.”

R. My heart rejoices in the Lord, my Savior.

Gospel Acclamation
See Luke 2:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Blessed is the Virgin Mary who kept the word of God
and pondered it in her heart.

R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Luke 2:41-51

His mother kept all these things in her heart.

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover,
   and when he was twelve years old,
   they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
   the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
   but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
   they journeyed for a day
   and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
   but not finding him,
   they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
   sitting in the midst of the teachers,
   listening to them and asking them questions,
   and all who heard him were astounded
   at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
   they were astonished,
   and his mother said to him,
   “Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
   “Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
   and was obedient to them;
   and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

At the end of the Gospel, the Deacon, or the Priest, acclaims:

The Gospel of the Lord.

All reply:

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Then he kisses the book, saying quietly:

Through the words of the Gospel
may our sins be wiped away.

Homilies / Gospel Reflections


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