THE PURIFICATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (CANDLEMAS DAY) – MASS PROPERS

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Fra Angelico

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Fra Angelico

THE PURIFICATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – CANDLEMAS DAY

                   Violet Vestments

THE BLESSING OF THE CANDLES            

V. The Lord be with you.

R. And with thy spirit.

FIRST PRAYER

Holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God, who hast created all things out of nothing, and by Thy command hast caused this liquid to become perfect wax by the labor of bees: and who, on this day didst fulfil the petition of the righteous man, Simeon: we humbly entreat Thee, that by the invocation of Thy most holy Name and through the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin whose feast is today devoutly observed, and by the prayers of all Thy Saints, Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and sanctify these candles for the service of men and for the health of their bodies and souls, whether on land or on sea: and that Thou wouldst hear from Thy holy heaven, and from the throne of Thy Majesty the voices of this Thy people, who desire to carry them in their hands with honour, and to sing Your praises; and that You would look with favor on all who call upon You, whom You have redeemed  with the precious blood of Your Son, who being God, lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Ghost, world without end. Amen.

SECOND PRAYER 

Almighty and everlasting God, who on this day didst present Thine only-begotten Son in Thy holy temple to be received in the arms of holy Simeon: we humbly entreat Thy clemency that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bless and sanctify and to kindle with the light of Thy heavenly benediction these candles, which we, Thy servants, desire to receive and to bear lighted in the honour of Thy Name: that, by offering them to Thee our Lord God, being worthily inflamed with the holy fire of Thy most sweet charity, we may deserve to be presented in the holy temple of Thy glory. Through the same our Lord. Amen.

THIRD PRAYER 

Lord Jesus Christ, the true Light who enlightenest every man that cometh into this world: pour forth Thy blessing upon these candles, and sanctify them with the light of Thy grace, and mercifully grant, that as these lights enkindled with visible fire dispel the darkness of night, so our hearts illumined by invisible fire, that is, by the splendor of the Holy Spirit, may be free from the blindness of all vice, that the eye of our mind being cleansed, we may be able to discern what is pleasing to Thee and profitable to our salvation; so that after the perilous darkness of this life we may deserve to attain to never-failing light: through Thee, O Christ Jesus, Savior of the world, who in the perfect Trinity, livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.

FOURTH PRAYER 

O almighty and everlasting God, who by Thy servant Moses didst command the purest oil to be prepared for lamps to burn continuously before Thee: vouchsafe to pour forth the grace of Thy blessing upon these candles: that they may so afford us light outwardly that by Thy gift, the gift of Thy Spirit may never be wanting inwardly to our minds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ… in the unity of the same Holy Spirit… Amen.

FIFTH PRAYER 

O Lord Jesus Christ, who appearing on this day among men in the substance of our flesh, wast presented by Thy parents in the temple: whom the venerable and aged Simeon, illuminated by the light of Thy Spirit, recognized, received into his arms, and blessed: mercifully grant that, enlightened and taught by the grace of the same Holy Ghost, we may truly acknowledge Thee and faithfully love Thee; Who with God the Father in the unity of the same Holy Ghost livest and reignest, God, world without end. Amen.

The Priest sprinkles the candles three times with holy water, saying the Antiphon, Asperges me Dómine, without chant nor psalm and he incenses the candles three times. When the distribution begins, the choir sings as follows:

ANTIPHON

Luke 2: 32 

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

This Antiphon is repeated after each verse of the following Canticle:

THE CANTICLE OF SIMEON

Luke 2: 29-32 

Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace.

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

Because mine eyes have seen Thy salvation.

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

Which Thou hast prepared, before the face of all peoples.

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A light for the revelation of the Gentiles: and for the glory of Thy people Israel.

After the distribution this Antiphon is sung:

ANTIPHON

Psalm 43: 26, 2 

Arise, O Lord, help us and deliver us for Thy Name’s sake. Ps. 43: 2. We have heard, O God, with our ears: our fathers have declared to us. Glory be to the Father. Arise, O Lord.

The Antiphon: Asperges me Dómine, is repeated.

If after Septuagesima, and not on a Sunday he adds:

Let us kneel.

Arise.

PRAYER

Hear Thy people we beseech Thee, O Lord, and grant that we may obtain those things within, by the light of Thy grace, which thou permittest us outwardly to venerate in this yearly devotion Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

THE PROCESSION

The Deacon turns to the people and says:

Let us go forth in peace.

In the Name of Christ. Amen.

All bear lighted candles in their hands; the following anthems from the Greek liturgy are sung:

FIRST ANTIPHON

O Sion, adorn thy bridal chamber, and welcome Christ the King: embrace Mary for she is the very gate of heaven; bringeth to Thee the glorious King of the new light: remaining ever a Virgin yet she bearest in her arms the Son begotten before the day-star: even the Child, whom Simeon receiving into his arms, declared unto all peoples to be the Lord of life and death, and the Savior of the world.

SECOND ANTIPHON

Luke 2. 26, 27, 28-29

Simeon received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord; and when they brought the Child into the temple, he took Him into His arms, and blessed God, and said: Now dost Thou dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, in peace.

When His parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him into His arms.

When the procession re-enters the church, the choir sings the following:

RESPONSORY

Luke 2: 22-24 

They offered for Him to the Lord a pair of turtle doves, or two young pigeons:

As it is written in the Law of the Lord.

After the days of the purification of Mary, according to the law of Moses, were fulfilled, they carried Jesus to Jerusalem, to present Him to the Lord.

As it is written in the law of the Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost.

As it is written in the law of the Lord.

HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS, FROM THE RISING OF THE SUN AND EVEN TO IT'S GOING DOWN, MY NAME WILL BE GREAT...

            MASS

  Double of the Second Class

          White vestments

 Missa ‘Suscepimus’

INTROIT

Psalm 47:10-11 

Suscepimus, Deus, misericórdiam tuam in médio templi tui: secúndum nomen tuum, Deus, ita et laus tua in fines terræ: justítia plena est déxtera tua. Ps. 47: 2. Magnus Dóminus, et laudábilis nimis: in civitáte Dei nostri, in monte sancto ejus. V. Gloria Patri.

We have received Thy mercy, O God, in the midst of Thy temple; according to Thy name, O God, so also is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth: Thy right hand is full of justice. Ps. Great is the Lord, and exceedingly to be praised, in the city of God, in his holy mountain. V. Glory be to the Father.

COLLECT

Almighty and everlasting God, we humbly beseech Thy majesty; that as Thine only- begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so too Thou wouldst grant us to be presented unto Thee with purified souls. Through the same Lord.

Madonna between the Forerunner St. John the Baptist and St. Sebastian by Pietro Perugino

Madonna between the Forerunner St. John the Baptist and St. Sebastian by Pietro Perugino

EPISTLE  

Malach. 3: 1-4 

Lesson from the Prophet Malachias.

Thus saith the Lord God: Behold I send My Angel, and he shall prepare the way before My face; and presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the Angel of the Testament, whom you desire, shall come to His temple. Behold He cometh, saith the Lord of Hosts; and who shall be able to think of the day of His coming? and who shall stand to see Him? for He is like a refining fire, and like the fuller’s herb; and He shall sit refining and cleansing the silver, and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and shall refine them as gold, and as silver, and they shall offer sacrifices to the Lord in justice. And the sacrifice of Juda and of Jerusalem shall please the Lord, as in the days of old, and in the ancient years; saith the Lord almighty.

GRADUAL

Psalm 47: 10-11, 9

We have received Thy mercy, O God, in the midst of Thy temple: according to Thy name, O God, so also is Thy praise unto the ends of the earth. V. As we have heard, so have we seen, in the city of our God, and in His holy mountain.

TRACT

Luke 2: 29-32

Now Thou dost dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, according to Thy word in peace. V. Because my eyes have seen Thy salvation. V. Which Thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples. V. Light to the revelation of the Gentiles and the glory of Thy people Israel.

The blessed candle should be lighted in the hand during the Gospel and also from the Sanctus to the Communion.

Presentation in the Temple, Simon Vouet - 1640-41

GOSPEL

Luke 2: 22-32

Continuation of the holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

And after the days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the womb shall be called holy to the Lord: And to offer a sacrifice, according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons:  And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Christ of the Lord.  And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, He also took him into his arms, and blessed God, and said:  Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

OFFERTORY 

Psalm 44: 3

Grace is poured abroad in thy lips: therefore hath God blessed thee for ever, and for ages and ages.

SECRET 

Graciously hear our prayers, O Lord; and that the gifts we offer in the sight of Thy majesty may be found worthy, extend to us the help of Thy mercy. Through our Lord.

PREFACE FOR CHRISTMAS 

It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty and everlasting God.  Because by the mystery of the Word made flesh the light of Thy glory hath shone anew upon the eyes of our mind: that while we acknowledge Him to be God seen by men, we may be drawn by Him to the love of things unseen. And therefore with angels and archangels, with thrones and dominions, and with all the heavenly hosts, we sing a hymn to Thy glory, saying without ceasing:

holy sacrifice of the mass 4

SANCTUS

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dóminus Deus Sábaoth. Pleni sunt cæli et terra glória tua. Hosánna in excélsis. Benedíctus qui venit in nómine Dómini. Hosánna in excélsis.

COMMUNION

Luke 2: 26

Simeon received an answer from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, until he had seen the Christ of the Lord.

Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Vittore Carpaccio, 1510

POSTCOMMUNION

We beseech Thee, O Lord our God, that by the intercession of blessed Mary ever Virgin, Thou wouldst make the most holy mysteries, which Thou hast conferred upon us for the preservation of our spiritual life, both a present and future remedy. Through our Lord.

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