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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8, 2023

Year ABC - Lectionary [689]

First Reading

I will put enmity between your offspring and hers. | Genesis 3:9-15, 20

After Adam had eaten of the tree the Lord God called to him. ‘Where are you?’ he asked. ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden;’ he replied ‘I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid.’ ‘Who told you that you were naked?’ he asked ‘Have you been eating of the tree I forbade you to eat?’ The man replied, ‘It was the woman you put with me; she gave me the fruit, and I ate it.’ Then the Lord God asked the woman, ‘What is this you have done?’ The woman replied, ‘The serpent tempted me and I ate.’

  Then the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this,

‘Be accursed beyond all cattle,

all wild beasts.

You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust

every day of your life.

I will make you enemies of each other:

you and the woman,

your offspring and her offspring.

It will crush your head

and you will strike its heel.’

The man named his wife ‘Eve’ because she was the mother of all those who live.


Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.  | Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4

Sing a new song to the Lord

  for he has worked wonders.

His right hand and his holy arm

  have brought salvation.

Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

The Lord has made known his salvation;

  has shown his justice to the nations.

He has remembered his truth and love

  for the house of Israel.

Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

All the ends of the earth have seen

  the salvation of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth,

  ring out your joy.

Sing a new song to the Lord for he has worked wonders.

Second Reading

Before the world was made, God chose us in Christ | Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us with all the spiritual blessings of heaven in Christ.

Before the world was made, he chose us, chose us in Christ,

to be holy and spotless, and to live through love in his presence,

determining that we should become his adopted sons, through Jesus Christ

for his own kind purposes,

to make us praise the glory of his grace,

his free gift to us in the Beloved,

And it is in him that we were claimed as God’s own,

chosen from the beginning,

under the predetermined plan of the one who guides all things

as he decides by his own will;

chosen to be,

for his greater glory,

the people who would put their hopes in Christ before he came.

Gospel Acclamation

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women.

Luke 1:28


'I am the handmaid of the Lord' | Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.




'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 39/40: Here I Am, O God
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Psalm 45: The Queen Stands at Your Right Hand
Composer: Kodner, Diana
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 98: All the Ends of the Earth (Haugen)
Composer: Haas, David / Haugen, Marty / Kodner, Diana
Publisher: GIA
Psalm 98: Sing a New Song unto the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP

Hymns & Songs

Ave Maria
Composer: Kantor, Dan
Text: Kantor, Dan
Publisher: GIA
Canticle of the Turning
Composer: Irish Traditional
Text: Cooney, Rory
Publisher: GIA
Hail Mary
Composer: Steven C. Warner
Hail Mary: Gentle Woman
Composer: Landry, Carey
Text: Landry, Carey
Publisher: OCP
Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above
Text: Hermanus Contractus
Here I Am, Lord
Composer: Schutte, Dan
Text: Schutte, Dan
Publisher: OCP
I Say Yes, Lord / Digo Si Senor
Composer: Pena, Donna
Text: Pena, Donna
I Sing a Maid
Composer: Traditional Celtic Melody
Text: Ridge, M.D.
Publisher: GIA
Immaculate Mary
Text: Cummings, Jeremiah / Foley, Brian
Magnificat (Joncas)
Composer: Joncas, Michael
Text: Luke 1:46-55; Mueller, J.T.
Publisher: GIA
Nada Te Turbe / Nothing Can Trouble
Composer: Berthier, Jacques
Text: Taize Community
Publisher: GIA
Notre Dame, Our Mother
Composer: Joseph J. Casasanta
Text: Rev. Charles L. O’Donnell
Psalm 98: Sing a New Song unto the Lord
Composer: Warner, Steven C.
Publisher: WLP
Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly
Text: Palmer, Roland F.