The Introit

And a great sign appeared in | heaven:*
a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of | twelve stars.

Oh sing to the Lord a | new song,*
for he has done | marvelous things!
Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be forever. Amen.

And a great sign appeared in | heaven:*
a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of | twelve stars.

The Collect of the Day

Almighty God, You chose the virgin Mary to be the mother of Your only Son. Grant that we, who are redeemed by His blood, may share with her in the glory of Your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 
The Virgin Mother  , 1854-1855, Thomas Vernon, English, from  the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Virgin Mother, 1854-1855, Thomas Vernon, English, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Gradual

All glorious is the princess in her | chamber,*
with robes interwo- | ven with gold.
In many-colored robes she is led | to the king,*
with her virgin companions following be- | hind her.

The First Lesson 

Isaiah 67:7-11

Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery for burnt offering;
I will direct their work in truth,
And will make with them an everlasting covenant.
Their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles,
And their offspring among the people.
All who see them shall acknowledge them,
That they are the posterity whom the Lord has blessed.”

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
He has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its bud,
As the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth,
So the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.

The Epistle

Galatians 4:4-7

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

 
Dormition of the Virgin  , c. 1425, by Fra Angelico, Italy from the  Philadelphia Museum of Art   

Dormition of the Virgin, c. 1425, by Fra Angelico, Italy from the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The Holy Gospel

Luke 1 :46-55

Alleluia! Mary, the Mother of God is at rest: the host of angels rejoice! Alleluia!

And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
And the rich He has sent away empty.
He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.”