Liturgy Planning

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2024

Year ABC - Lectionary [18]

First Reading

They are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them | Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: “This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. 

May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. 

May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”

This is how they are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’


O God, be gracious and bless us. | Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8

O God, be gracious and bless us

  and let your face shed its light upon us.

So will your ways be known upon earth

  and all nations learn your saving help.

O God, be gracious and bless us.

Let the nations be glad and exult

  for you rule the world with justice.

With fairness you rule the peoples,

  you guide the nations on earth.

O God, be gracious and bless us.

Let the peoples praise you, O God;

  let all the peoples praise you.

May God still give us his blessing

  till the ends of the earth revere him.

O God, be gracious and bless us.

Second Reading

God sent his Son, born of a woman | Galatians 4:4-7

When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.

Gospel Acclamation

At various times in the past and in various different ways, God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; but in our own time, the last days, he has spoken to us through his Son.

Hebrews 1:1-2


The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and found the baby lying in the manger | Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.

  When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.

'Scripture readings taken from The Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright 1966 by Darton, Longman and Todd Ltd, and used by permission of the publishers'


Psalm 67: May God Bless Us in His Mercy
Composer: Guimont, Michel
Publisher: GIA

Hymns & Songs

Come and Eat This Living Bread
Text: Glover, Rob
Publisher: GIA
I Sing a Maid
Composer: Traditional Celtic Melody
Text: Ridge, M.D.
Publisher: GIA
Immaculate Mary
Text: Cummings, Jeremiah / Foley, Brian
Now Thank We All Our God
Text: Rinckart, Martin
O Mary of Promise
Composer: Gaelic folk hymn
Text: Warner, Steven C.
Sing We of the Blessed Mother
Text: Timms, George B.
Publisher: GIA
Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly
Text: Palmer, Roland F.