Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God


Attn. Presiders:

Please inform the Organist which of the Formats for the GLORIA (page 2) you intend to use.


CM    Welcome to Malate Church.

As we begin this New Year we join Mary and Joseph on their way to the Temple to have their child circumcised. And we sing, O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL.


Our lives are made of place and TIME,
of days and nights,
of seasons and years,
for we are part of a universe of suns and moons and planets.
We celebrate endings…. and we make beginnings…..
in all, we praise God. (pause)
May the Lord of the Universe be with you.

Brothers and sisters in Christ:
As we begin this new year allow me to greet you
and pray for you in the words of St Paul:

“May God fulfill all your needs out of the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory forever and ever.   Amen.” [Phil 4:19]

May God be with you.

Introduction to the Celebration

On this day, as we celebrate the feast of Mary, Mother of God,
we commemorate the occasion on which her Son was circumcised
and given the name JESUS “which is above all other names”.

Litany of Praise

Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of peace:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God and Son of Mary:

Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, you are Word made flesh and radiance of God’s glory.

Lord, have mercy.


Let us praise the Lord of TIME…..   of days and seasons and years,
as we sing, “Glory to God in the highest.”                                                             



 This alternative Format is designed to replace the GLORIA.
Legend: PPresider; AyAssembly

 Today the angels sing in the heavens –
sing with them!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

Today the shepherds come to Bethlehem –
come with them!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth. Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!        

They seek and find Joseph, Mary and the newborn child –
seek with them!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.    Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!       

They marvel and give glory to God for all that they have seen and heard –
give glory to God!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.    Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!      

The Virgin Mary treasures all these things in her heart –
pray with her!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.      Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!

On the eighth day Jesus was circumcised and was given the name Jesus –
call him Jesus!

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to God’s people on earth.        Papuri sa Diyos sa kaitaasan!   

Opening Prayer

  • Eucharistic Liturgies – 1969

 Grateful for the blessings in the year gone by,
and filled with hope as a new year begins, let us pray:

Father, with you there is no beginning and no end
for you are the origin and goal of all creation.
Yours are the heavens and yours is the earth;
you have founded the world in all its fullness.

We open this New Year with a prayer
and look ahead with confidence
knowing that we have a companion on the journey,
Jesus Christ –
– the same yesterday, today and forever.
We ask all this in his name. AMEN.

  • ICEL   1997

Most high God,
you come near to us this Christmas season
in the child born of the Virgin Mary.
In darkness, she gave birth to light;
in silence, she brought forth the Word.

Grant that we who ponder these things in our hearts
may recognize her child
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,
living with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. AMEN.

First Reading.

The text listed in the Ordo, (Numbers 6: 22-27 ),will be used as the Final Blessing.  

 In its place, we use one from the Book of Ecclesiastes – found overleaf.

First Reading

A Reading from the Book of Ecclesiastes
[ Eccl.3: 1-8, 11,14]

For everything there is a season,
and a time for every matter under heaven;

a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up what is planted;
a time to break down,
and a time to build up;
a time to mourn,
and a time to dance;
a time to seek,
and a time to lose;
a time to keep,
and a time to throw away;
a time to tear,
and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak;
a time to love,
and a time to hate;
a time for war,
and a time for peace.

God has made everything suitable for its time;
moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds,
yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

I know that what whatever God does endures forever;
nothing can be added to it;
nor anything taken from it;
God has done this, so that all should stand in awe before him.

The Word of the Lord.

‘Responsorial Song‘Let heaven rejoice..’ verses 6 & 8

 CM      Together we sing::

Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad; let all creation sing.
Let children proclaim through ev’ry land: “Hosanna to our King.”

  1. Songs of angels, “Glory on high, and peace to all on earth.
    I bear glad tidings: born this day, your Savior and your God”   Ref.
  1. Joseph, Mary, after eight days, in obedience to the law
    named him ‘Jesus’ in the temple, and had him circumcised. Ref.

Second Reading

A Reading from the letter of St. Paul to the Church in Galatia

Brothers and sisters:

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son,
born of a woman, born under the law,
in order to redeem those who were under the law,
so that we might receive adoption as children.

And because you are children,
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts,
crying, “Abba! Father!”
So you are no longer a slave but a child,
and if a child then also an heir, through God.

The Word of the Lord.

Celtic Alleluia!


Down through the years God has spoken
a message of love through the prophets;
and God still speaks today through Christ his Son.



A reading from the holy gospel according to Luke.
[Luke 2: 16-21]

The shepherds went with haste to Bethlehem
and found Mary and Joseph,
and the child lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known what had been told them about this child;
and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.

But Mary treasured all these words
and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen,
as it had been told them.   [pause]

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child:
and he was called Jesus,
the name given by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.

The gospel of the Lord.

                          GENERAL INTERCESSIONS

P       Let us give glory to Christ who was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. In him we have become children of the heavenly Father and have the confidence to pray:

CM      Jesus, Son of Mary, hear us!

  1. For a Church that will be renewed from within by the Holy Spirit,
    a church that is a leaven of renewal for the whole world. (pause)
    Let us pray:
  2. For leaders of nations: (pause)
    may they dedicate this New Year to a more intensive search for peace.
    Let us pray:
  3. For all mothers and all who care for children: (pause)
    may they be rewarded for their love and selflessness. Let us pray:
  4. For all Christians: (pause)
    that encouraged by the example of Mary, we will be faithful to our calling
    and so lead others to know and love Jesus, her Son. Let us pray:

                        [ The Presider may add a petition that is relevant / local ]

P       In your mercy, Lord, you have brought us to this New Year. Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, guide us on the road to your Peace. We ask this through Christ your Son and our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer over the Gifts

Lord of All Creation,
as we begin this New Year,
we present you with the bread and wine,
that you have already blessed through sun, rain and earth.

Let us never stop saying thanks
for all the Blessings of Life
that you have given us.

We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

Optional     Intro to the Eucharistic Prayer

St. Luke tells us that Mary gave praise and thanks to God when she said:

     “The Lord has done great things for me”    

Let us reflect for a moment …. asking ourselves this question:

‘What has God done in my life during the Year 20__ that makes me want to give thanks during this Mass’ ?

After about ½ minute the Presider continues……

Let us now join the shepherds in glorifying and praising God
for all that we have seen and heard.


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
as we celebrate the divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
she became the virgin mother of your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who is for ever the light of the world.

Now, with the angels and archangels
and the whole company of heaven,
we sing the unending hymn of your praise:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts….

You are indeed Holy, O Lord,
the fount of all holiness.

 [Christmas and its Octave:

We gather here together before you
in communion with the whole church,
and we celebrate the most holy day
when Mary, in her glorious virginity,
gave birth to the Savior of the world.
Through him, our Redeemer and our Lord, we pray:]

Send down your Spirit upon these gifts
to make them holy
that they may become for us
the body + and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed
and entered willingly into his Passion,
he took bread and,
giving thanks,
broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:


In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the cup
and, once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:


The mystery of faith.

A      We proclaim your death, O Lord…..      

B     When we eat this bread and drink this cup…..

C       Save us, Savior of the world……

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection,
we offer you, Lord,
the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
giving thanks
that you have deemed us worthy
to stand in your presence and serve you.

Humbly we pray that,
partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,
we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,
spread throughout the world,
and bring her to the fullness of love,
together with N., our Pope,
N., our bishop,
and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep
in the hope of the resurrection,
and all who have died in your mercy:
welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,
that with the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
with blessed Joseph, her Spouse,
with the blessed Apostles,
and all the Saints,
who had found favor with you throughout the ages,
we may share eternal life with them
and may praise and glorify you
through your Son, Jesus Christ.


Through him, and with him, and in him,
O God, almighty Father,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
all glory and honor is yours,
for ever and ever. AMEN.

Invitation to the Lord’s Prayer

Through the Spirit of Jesus,
we, his brothers and sisters, pray with him to our Abba, Father:

Deliver us

Lord, as we begin this new year,
deliver us from every evil.
In your mercy keep us free
from violence and war,
from disease and accidents,
and help us prepare in hope and joy
for the full coming among us
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus, at your birth the angels sang:

‘Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.’

Look not on our sins in the year that has passed
but rather on the hope we have for the future.
For we are no longer slaves but your children
and heirs to the kingdom where you live for ever and ever.

Invitation to share the gift of peace

We are the adopted brothers and sisters of Jesus,
so let us now offer each other a sign of his peace.

   e.g. Happy New Year!


Invitation to Communion

Behold Mary’s child, the promised Savior,
of whose fullness we have all received.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Post Communion Prayer

Creator God,
you crown the year with your goodness.

May the Bread of Life which we have received
bring healing and peace to us
and to all in our broken world.

Send the Spirit of your Son into our hearts
so that we can be instruments of your peace
and heralds of the Good News.

All this we ask in the name of him who is our brother –
Jesus Christ, our Lord.   AMEN.

Solemn Blessing   [Taken from the first official reading for January 01]   [It may be sung by the Choir]

CM    The Lord spoke to Moses:

“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying,
‘Thus you shall bless the Israelites:
you shall say to them:

P       May the Lord bless you and keep you.   AMEN.

P       May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.     AMEN.

P       May God look upon you with kindness, and give you his peace.   AMEN.

And may God bless you……


A         [Presider’s own words]

B       Rejoicing in EMMANUEL, God-is-with-us, go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

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