Monday after Pentecost: Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – TEXTS

People are sending me email about what to do on the Monday after Pentecost. Pope Francis designated that day as Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church.

NB: In the traditional Roman calendar that day is, of course, Monday in the Octave of Pentecost, 1st Class, which cannot be bumped or substituted.  I don’t think the weight of the day allows for the doubling up of orations.

Here is a PDF from the Congregation with the LATIN texts for the Novus Ordo. HERE

As far as I can tell, the Mass formulary is essentially Votive Mass #10 of the BVM: Our Lady, Mother of the Church but with new proper readings.

First Reading – Genesis 3:9-15, 20
The mother of all the living.
or: Acts 1:12-14
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer with Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 87:1-2, 3 and 5, 6-7
R. Glorious things are told of you, O city of God.
Gospel Acclamation
O happy Virgin, you gave birth to the Lord;
O blessed mother of the Church,
you warm our hearts with the Spirit of your Son Jesus Christ.
Gospel – John 19:25-34
Behold, your Son. Behold, your mother.


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  1. StephenCordova says:

    The hymns for the office of readings and matins are Latin translations of lines 1-39 from canto 33 of Dante’s _Paradiso_, Bernard of Clairvaux’s salutation of the Virgin.

  2. Joe in Canada says:

    I guess this means that those in the Ordinary Form can no longer have the option of Pentecost Monday which is mentioned in the Missal. I guess we can take “or even Tuesday” and have Pentecost Tuesday.

  3. richiedel says:

    The above post actually pertains only to the readings. Here is the Collect which the USCCB has published.

    O God, Father of mercies,
    whose Only Begotten Son, as he hung upon the Cross,
    chose the Blessed Virgin Mary, his Mother,
    to be our Mother also,
    grant, we pray, that with her loving help
    your Church may be more fruitful day by day
    and, exulting in the holiness of her children,
    may draw to her embrace all the families of the peoples.
    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
    one God, for ever and ever.


  4. Geoffrey says:

    Mater Ecclesiae… Mother of the Church, is an image not only from St John’s Gospel, but also from the Acts of the Apostles, when the 11 were gathered with the Mother of the infant Church awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit. It makes sense to place this feast close to Pentecost, but I would like to have seen it on the Saturday after Ascension Thursday or on the Saturday before Pentecost. Nevertheless, I look forward to observing it in the Liturgy of the Hours.

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  6. barryaltarserver1985 says:

    In my own parish today, we did not observe the memorial but celebrated the Mass for the Monday of the 7th Week of ‘Ordinary’ Time. However, and I would like to ask Father if this was okay, I observed the memorial when I prayed the Liturgy of the Hours

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