Mass of the Most Holy Name of Mary

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Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary
by the Lord, the Most High God,
above all other women on earth;
for God has so magnified your name,
that your praise shall never depart
from the mouth of men (Jud 13:18, 20).


Grant, we beseech you, almighty God,
that to all who are celebrating her glorious name,
the Blessed Virgin Mary herself
may dispense the benefits of your mercy.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God, forever and ever.


That the pilgrim Church,
faithful to the invocation of the Most Holy Name of Mary,
may find in her a shining star,
a refuge in time of distress,
and a mother quick to help in every need,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the world may be spared further war, violence, and bloodshed
and the leaders of nations moved to persevere in seeking a lasting peace,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That those who struggle on the stormy seas of life
may look to Mary as to their star, and so avert shipwreck;
that those who are tossed on the winds of temptation,
may call on Mary and be comforted in their weakness;
and that the dying may find in the Holy Name of Mary
light and peace,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That all who bear the sweet name of Mary
may be inwardly conformed to her virtues
and, at every moment, honour the name
that fills heaven and earth with gladness,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.

That all who invoke the Holy Name of Mary
may experience her nearness now and at the hour of death;
and that the praise of God may never depart
from the lips of those who celebrate her Name today,
to the Lord we pray: Christ, hear us. R. CHRIST, GRACIOUSLY HEAR US.


Almighty and ever-living God,
who, in the Blessed Virgin Mary,
were pleased to give us a star
shining over life’s vast and stormy sea;
mercifully grant that when the winds of temptation arise
and we run upon the rocks of tribulation,
we may with confidence look at that star,
think of Mary, and call on her by name,
and so learn, with all the saints,
how rightly it is said that “the Virgin’s name was Mary.”
Through Christ our Lord.

(Cf. Saint Bernard, Sermon Two on the Glories of the Virgin Mother)


Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:
blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Lk 1:28, 42).


We beseech you, Lord,
that the intercession of blessed Mary ever-virgin,
may commend our gifts to you;
and, that as we venerate her name,
you would make us acceptable to your majesty.
Through Christ our Lord.


It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.

In whose name is all salvation,
at whose command every knee must bend,
in heaven, on earth, and under the earth.

But by your loving providence you have decreed
that the name of the Virgin Mary also
should sound and resound in the mouth of your faithful
who look to her as to a shining star,
call upon her as mother in danger,
and fly to her protection in their needs.

Therefore, we give you thanks,
praising your power as with the Angels we sing:


All generations will call me blessed,
for God has looked with favour on his lowly handmaid (Lk 1:48).


With Mary the Mother of God interceding for us,
may your grace, O Lord, follow upon your blessings,
that in all our necessities we may receive
the help of her whose venerable name we celebrate.
Through Christ our Lord.

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About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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