Spirit of the living God,
Come fill us with your wisdom.
Mary, woman of the word,
Teach us to listen with open hearts.



A great song fills my heart. I will sing in praise of my God.

A great song fills my heart,
I will recite it
to the king,
my tongue as skilled as the
scribal pen.

Unrivaled in beauty,
cious in speech –
how God has blessed you!

Hero, take
up your sword,
in your armor.
Ride on for truth,
show justice
to the poor,
wield your
power boldly.

Your weapons are ready;
nations fall be
neath your might,
your ene
mies lose heart.

Your throne is as lasting
as the ever
lasting God.
Integrity is the law
of your land.

Because you love justice
and hate evil,
God, your God, anoints you
above your peers with
festive oil.

Your clothes are fragrant
myrrh and aloes
and cin
namon flowers.
Music of strings welcomes you
to the
ivory palace
lifts your heart.

Royal women
honor you.
On your right hand the queen,
gold of Ophir.

Mark these words, daughter:
leave your fam
ily behind,
forget your
father’s house.

The king desires your beauty.
is your lord.
Tyre comes with gifts,
the wealthy
honor you.

The robes of the queen
are embroi
dered with gold.
In brilliant attire
she is led
to the king;
her at
tendants follow.
In high spirits
they enter the
royal palace.

Your sons will inherit
throne your
fathers held.
They shall reign through
out the land.

Every age will re
call your name.
This song will fix it
in their memory.

ISAIAH 66:10-14a

As a child nestles in the arms of its mother, I rest in you, my God.

with Jerusalem!
Be glad for her,
all who love her.
Share her great joy,
all who
know her sadness.

Now drink your fill
from her com
forting breast,
enjoy her plen
tiful milk.

For this is what the Lord says:
“Look! to her I extend
like a river,
the wealth of the nations
like a stream
in full flood.
you will drink!

I will carry you
on my shoulders,
cuddle you
on my lap.
I will comfort you
as a mother nur
ses her child.

“Jerusalem will
be your joy.
Your heart will re
joice to see it.
You will flourish like
grass in spring.”

READING: Isaiah 7:10-14

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.”


His mother treasured all these things in her heart.


Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.


Loving God, you have given us Mary to be
the model of the contemplation and action that
are at the heart of our vocation to Mercy. May
we learn from her the way of faithfulness.

Mary, you were blessed in you humility:
May we also seek to be servants of God’s people.

Mary, you journeyed to Elizabeth in her time of joy and expectation:
May we have a tender care for all women awaiting the birth of their

Mary, you pondered all things in your heart:
May we learn to see the face of God in our experience.

Mary, you saw the needs of the bridal couple at Cana:
May we never be blind to the needs of the persons around us.

Mary, you felt the pain of seeing your child rejected and killed:
May we share the pain of mothers who see their children die through
violence or hunger.

Mary, you placed your trust in God even when you did not understand:
May we have confidence in the saving providence of God, even in times of darkness or confusion.



God of mercy, and compassion, fill us with the same spirit of obedience and love that filled the heart of Mary. Through her intercession may we be people of mercy and justice. Mary placed her trust in you, and all creation rejoiced in the birth of its Savior, Jesus Christ. Give us the confidence in you that will sustain us and give us life. May your desires come to fulfillment in us. Amen.


Bless us, O God, with faith. Amen.
Bless us, O God, with mercy.
Bless us, O God, with the energy and vision of the gospel.