Liturgy of the Memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Monday after Pentecost Sunday)

Liturgy of the Memorial of Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (Monday after Pentecost Sunday)

On Saturday 3rd March 2018, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ decision that the Church celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as “Mother of the Church” every year on the Monday after Pentecost, as a way to foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church.

The decree establishing the memorial was published March 3 in a letter from Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

As Sarah explained, Pope Francis added the memorial to the Roman Calendar after carefully considering how the promotion of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary under this particular title might encourage growth in “the maternal sense of the Church” and in “genuine Marian piety.”

“This celebration will help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed,” Sarah wrote.

The Cardinal noted that the “joyous veneration given to the Mother of God by the contemporary Church, in light of reflection on the mystery of Christ and on his nature, cannot ignore the figure of a woman, the Virgin Mary, who is both the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church.”

The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. The Latin text has been published though we have not received it yet, the translations is expected to be prepared by the bishops conference and approved by the congregation. Usually the International Commission on English in Liturgy (ICEL) prepares the English translation which will be sent to CBCN for vetting, observations and comments. After that, it will be sent to the Congregation for Divine Worship for confirmation.

Please note that this year 2018, the memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, will be celebrated on Monday, May 21st.

The Mass is “Our Lady, Mother of the Church” NUMBER B (on pages 1155 – 1157), in the Roman Missal. It has its own Preface.

The readings and Gospel acclamation are as follows:

First Reading (from common of Blessed Virgin Mary no. 707 (1) in the Lectionary)

Genesis 3: 9-15, 20 (Mother of all the living) or

Acts 1:12-14 (From common of Blessed Virgin Mary no. 708 (1) in the Lectionary)

(All devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus)

Responsorial Psalm. Psalm 87: 1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7

Response: Glorious things are told of you, O city of God

Gospel Acclamation

O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord, Blessed Mother of the Church, you warm our hearts with the spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.

Gospel Reading

John 19: 25-34 (Extended version of no 712 (12) from the common of the BVM)

(Behold your son, behold your Mother)

The Colour of the vestment is White

Liturgy of the Hours

The proper texts for the liturgy of the hours are being translated by the International Commission on English in Liturgy. After the translation, it will be presented to CBCN for approval before being sent to the Holy See for confirmation. Meanwhile, the Psalmody and other elements are from the Psalms of the day and the common of the Blessed Virgin Mary except the following;


O God, Father of mercies,
whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
to be our Mother also,
grant, we pray, that with her loving help
your Church may be more fruitful day by day
and, exulting in the holiness of her children,
may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Kindly help to spread this information around.
+ Most Rev. E.A. Badejo
Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Oyo.

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