August 22

The Feast of the Immaculate Heart of the B. V. Mary


Double of the Second Class

   Mary began her journey along the way to perfection at a height to which other Saints arrived only at the end of a long life of saintliness. In all other children of Adam original sin prevented the divine generosity from having a free course. But Mary was was created immaculate, and therefore the grace of God streamed into her soul without check or hindrance. Her sinlessness, her heavenly purity, directed every action, every movement to God. Her Heart was the pattern and model of all virtues, of all purity! "Blessed are the pure in heart."

INTROIT Hebrews 4. 16

Adeamus cum fiducia ad thronum gratiae ut misericordiam consequamur, et gratiam inveniamus in auxilio opportuno. -- Eructavit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego opera mea Regi. -- Beatus vir, qui timet Dominum: in mandatis ejus cupit nimis. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Adeamus cum fiducia . . . Let us come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and may find grace for a timely help. -- (Ps. 44. 2). My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Let us come with confidence . . .


COLLECT.--Almighty and everlasting God, who in the heart of the blessed Virgin Mary didst prepare a dwelling worthy of the Holy Ghost; grant in Thy mercy, that we who with devout minds celebrate the festival of that immaculate heart, may be able to live accoding to Thine own Heart. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .

   Commemoration of Sts. Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorian, Martyrs:
2nd COLLECT.--O Lord, we beseech Thee, mercifully lend us Thy help: and through the intercession of Thy blessed Martyrs, Timothy, Hippolytus, and Symphorian, stretch forth upon us the right hand of Thy loving kindness. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee . . .


EPISTLE Wisdom 24. 23-31
Lesson from the Book of Wisdom.

[As Wisdom the Blessed Virgin sets forth her origin, her dwelling, her dignity, and her fruits.]

As the vine I have brought forth a pleasant odor, and my flowers are the fruit of honor and riches. I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge, and of holy hope. In me is all grace of the way and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue. Come over to me, all ye that desire me, and be filled with my fruits; for my spirit is sweet above honey, and my inheritance above honey and the honey-comb. My memory is unto everlasing generations. They that eat me, shall yet hunger: and they that drink me, shall yet thirst. He that heakeneth to me, shall not be confounded, and they that work by me, shall not sin. They that explain me, shall have life everlasting.


GRADUAL Ps. 12. 6

Exaltabit cor meum in salutari tuo: cantabo Domino qui bona tribuit mihi: et psallam Nomini Domini altissimi. V.: Memores erunt nominis tui in omni generatione et generationem, propterea populi confitebuntur tibi in aeternum.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.: Magnificat anima mea Dominum: et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo. Alleluia.
My heart shall rejoice in Thy salvation: I will sing to the Lord, Who giveth me good things: yea I will sing to the name of the Lord the most High. V.(Ps. 44. 18). They shall remember Thy name throughout all generations. Therefore shall people praise thee for ever.
   Alleluia, alleluia. V.(Luke 1. 46-47). My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my savior. Alleluia.


GOSPEL John 19. 25-27
† Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. John.

[Jesus said to St. John, who personified all Christians: "Behold thy Mother."]

At that time, there stood by the cross of Jesus, His Mother and His mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When Jesus therefore had seen His Mother and the disciple standing whom He loved, He saith to His Mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that He saith to the disciple: Behold thy Mother. And from that hour the disciple took her to his own.


OFFERTORY Luke 1. 46

Exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo: quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est et sanctum Nomen ejus. My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior: because He that is mighty hath done great things to me and holy is His Name.


SECRET.--We who offer to Thy majesty the Lamb without spot, beseech Thee, O Lord, that our hearts may be kindled by the divine fire which in an ineffable manner inflamed the heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son . . .

   Commemoration of Sts. Timothy and Companions:
2nd SECRET.--May the Sacrifice of Thy holy people be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, for the honor of Thy Saints: through whose merits they know that they have received help in tribulation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .


Preface of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Et te in Assumptione beatae Mariae semper Virginis collaudare, benedicere, et praedicare. Quae et Unigenitum tuum Sancti Spiritus obumbratione concepit: et virginitatis gloria permanente, lumen aeternum mundo effudit, Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim, socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti jubeas deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes: It is truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise:


COMMUNION John 19. 27

Dixit Jesus matri suae: Mulier, ecce filius tuus: deinde dixit discipulo: Ecce Mater tua. Et ex illa hora accepit eam discipulus in sua. Jesus saith to His mother: Woman, behold thy son. After that, He saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.


POSTCOMMUNION.--Refreshed by those divine Gifts, we humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, that by the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the solemn feast of whose immaculate heart we now celebrate, we may be delivered from present dangers, and obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost . . .

   Commemoration of Sts. Timothy and Companions:
2nd POSTCOMMUNION.--We who are filled with the bounty of this diving Gift, beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that through the intercession of Thy holy Martyrs, Timothy, Hippolytus and Symphorian, we may partake thereof for evermore. Through our Lord Jesus Christ . . .