Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary — Candlemas

Introit

Psalm 47:10-11

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.

Epistle

Malachias 3:1-4

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.

Alleluia

Alleluia, alleluia. V. The old man carried the Child: but the Child governed the old man.Alleluia.

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.

Gospel

Luke 2:22-32

At that time, after the days of Mary’s purification, according to the law of Moses, were accomplished, they carried Jesus 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 turtle doves 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.

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

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 spiri-tual life, both a present and future remedy. Through our Lord.