Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Genesis 3.9-15, 20

The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”
The man said, “I heard your voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
God said, “Who told you that you were naked?
Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”
The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
The Lord God said to the woman, “What have you done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed above all livestock, and above every animal of the field.
You shall go on your belly and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.
I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”

The man called his wife Eve because she would be the mother of all the living.

Responsorial – Psalm 98.1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 Resp. 1

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
because he has done wonderful things.
His right hand has saved,
and his holy arm.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

The Lord has made known his salvation.
he has revealed his justice in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his mercy and his fidelity
toward the house of Israel.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to God, all the earth;
make melody, rejoice and sing.

R. Sing to the Lord a new song, because he has done wonderful things.

Reading 2 – Ephesians 1.3-6, 11-12

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,
that we would be holy and without defect before him.
In love, having predestined us for adoption as children through Jesus Christ to himself,
according to the good pleasure of his desire,
to the praise of the glory of his grace,
by which he freely gave us favor in the Beloved,

In him we were assigned an inheritance,
having been foreordained according to the purpose of him
who does all things after the counsel of his will;
to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory,
we who had before hoped in Christ.

Gospel – Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.
The virgin’s name was Mary.
Having come, the angel said to her, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of greeting this might be.
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and give birth to a son, and will name him ‘Jesus.’
He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David,
and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. There will be no end to his Kingdom.”
Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not have relations with a man?”
The angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come on you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore also the one who is born from you will be called holy, the Son of God.
Behold, Elizabeth, your relative, also has conceived a son in her old age;
and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren.
For God is not incapable of anything.”
Mary said, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.

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