Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Holy Communion on the Feast of S:Mary, Mother of our Lord - August 15, 2021 9:30 am

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August 15, 2021, 9:30 a.m.

St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord



The color white, used for festivals and commemorations of the saints, represents the purity and holiness of life in Christ’s Spirit.


In the person of the Virgin Mary, the church has seen an image of itself, the representative of the community of the faithful, a model of what each Christian ought to be: prayerful, humble, joyfully submissive to the will and word of God, devoted to her Son and loyal to him even when she did not understand him. The honor paid to her goes back to the earliest days of Christianity, and because she is the mother of the Redeemer she is accounted preeminent among the saints. The words of the song ascribed to her, the Magnificat, as well as her humble acceptance of the will of God bear more than accidental similarity to the Lord’s Prayer and the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5:1-11). More is known about her than about most of the apostles.


‘Mary the mother of Jesus is mentioned in a number of places in the Gospels and the book of Acts, and a dozen incidents of her life are recorded; her betrothal to Joseph (Matt. 1:18); the annunciation by the angel that she was to bear the Messiah (Luke 1:25-39); her visitation to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1:39-45); the birth of her Son (Matt 1:24-25, Luke 2:1-7); the visits of the shepherds (Luke 2:8-20) and of the Magi (Matt. 2:1-12); the presentation of the infant Jesus in the Temple in accordance with the Law (Luke 2:22-38); the flight into Egypt (Matt. 2:13-15); the Passover visit to Jerusalem when Jesus was twelve (Luke 2:41-51); the wedding at Cana in Galilee (John 2:1-11); her presence at the crucifixion when her Son commended her to the care of St. John (John 19:25-27); and meeting with the apostles in the upper room after the ascension, waiting for the promised Spirit (Acts 1:14). She is thus pictured as being present at all the important events of her Son’s life.


‘‘The other books of the New Testament are silent about Mary. St. Paul, not recording her name, says simply that Jesus was ‘born of a woman’ (Gal. 4:4). Little is known about the rest of her life, which traditions say she spent in Jerusalem (the tomb of the Virgin is shown in the Kidron Valley) or Ephesus. The second-century Protoevangelium of James identifies her parents as Anne and Joachim.’           

                                                Philip Pfatteicher, New Festivals and Commemorations

OPENING MUSIC        Two Pieces Based on Antiphons - Marcel Dupre

I. My Soul doth Magnify the Lord                       II. He rememb’ring his servant Israel

My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord - Jean Langlais





X HYMN                                                                     Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones



Text: J. Athelstan Riley, 1858-1945                          Tune: LASST UNS ERFREUEN


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

  And also with you.



Almighty God, you chose the virgin Mary

to be the mother of your only Son.

  Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood,

  may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.




The Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise

to spring up before all the nations.                                                         Isaiah 61:11

  Let us hear the Word of the Lord.




First READING                                                                         Isaiah 61:7-11


7Because [the] shame [of God’s people] was double,
  and dishonor was proclaimed as their lot,
 therefore they shall possess a double portion;
  everlasting joy shall be theirs.
8For I the Lord love justice,
  I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
 I will faithfully give them their recompense,
  and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
  and their offspring among the peoples;
 all who see them shall acknowledge
  that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
  my whole being shall exult 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 a garland,
  and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
  and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
 so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
  to spring up before all the nations.


The Word of the Lord.                                                                                                  

  Thanks be to God.


PSALM 45:11-16

Sung responsively between pastor and congregation.



11 "Hear, O daughter; consider and | listen closely;*

                forget your people and your | father's house.

12 The king will have pleasure | in your beauty;*

                he is your master; therefore | do him honor.

13 The people of Tyre are here | with a gift;*

                the rich among the people | seek your favor."

14 All glorious is the princess | as she enters;*

                her gown is | cloth-of-gold.

15 In embroidered apparel she is brought | to the king;*

                after her the bridesmaids follow | in procession.

16 With joy and gladness | they are brought,*

                and enter into the palace | of the king.                                 R


  SECOND READING                                                    Galatians 4:4-7


4When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.


The Word of the Lord.                                                  Thanks be to God.


Luke 1:48-49                                                              Setting by Richard Hillert

Sung by the Cantor                            

Alleluia. Behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. Alleluia.


Gospel                                                                                Luke 1:46-55


The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke.

46Mary said,
 “My soul magnifies the Lord,
  47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
  and holy is his name.
50His mercy is for those who fear him
  from generation to generation.
51He has shown strength with his arm;
  he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
  and lifted up the lowly;
53he has filled the hungry with good things,
  and sent the rich away empty.
54He has helped his servant Israel,
  in remembrance of his mercy,
55according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
  to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”


The Gospel of the Lord.                







X HYMN OF THE DAY                                     My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord



Text: Stephanie K. Frey, b. 1952, based on the Magnificat

Tune: Heinrich Schutz, 1585-1672




The pastor and people confess the faith of the Church in the words of the Nicene Creed.


X At the words ‘For us and for our salvation,’ and continuing through ‘and was made man,’ a solemn bow is appropriate to praise the incarnation of our Lord.


We believe in one God,

                the Father, the Almighty,            

                                maker of heaven and earth,

                                of all that is, seen and unseen.


We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

                the only Son of God,

                eternally begotten of the Father,

                God from God, Light from Light,

                true God from true God,

                begotten, not made,

                of one Being with the Father.

                Through him all things were made.

                X For us and for our salvation

                                he came down from heaven;

                                by the power of the Holy Spirit

                                he became incarnate from the virgin Mary,                                                       and was made man. X

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

                                he suffered death and was buried.

                On the third day he rose again

                                                in accordance with the Scriptures;

                                he ascended into heaven

                                                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

                He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

                                and his kingdom will have no end.


We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

                who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

                With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

                He has spoken through the prophets.

                We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

                We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

                We look for the resurrection of the dead,

                                and the life of the world to come. Amen





Almighty God, merciful Father: you called Mary to be the mother of your only Son and gave her a heart that magnified you in prayer and praise. Give your Church that same heart, and in this time of grace receive our petitions.


A brief silence


We pray for the Church here and around the world. Give your peace and blessing to those who are gathered here. Bless those who preach the Word and all who hear it. As the beloved disciple took Mary into his own home, help us to care for each other as you care for us. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for mothers everywhere. Taking the Virgin Mary as their example, may they bring their children up in your knowledge and love, and give them strength for their high and holy calling. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We pray for the peoples of the world for which your Son gave his life. Give them wise leaders, good government, fair weather, and make their citizens faithful and dutiful so that they may serve each other in their communities and become good neighbors to each other. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


Let your healing Spirit be upon those in need, and give your blessing to all who seek you. Hear our prayer for those for whom we have been called to pray.


The pastor reads the names on the prayer list and invites spoken and silent intercession.


Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.


We give you thanks for the saints, for Mary, the Mother of our Lord, and for all who have died in your peace. Help us to follow them in lives of faith and commitment, that, when our last day comes, we may join them in your endless praise. Lord, in your mercy,

  hear our prayer.

Hear our prayers, Father, through Jesus Christ your beloved Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.




The peace of the Lord be with you always.

  And also with you.


The people exchange a sign of peace with the simple words, Peace be with you.



The Lord’s Table is prepared.



OFFERTORY  Psalm 113:5-8                            Setting by Richard Hillert

Sung by the Cantor

Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down upon the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit on thrones and with the rulers of his people.



As the grain once scattered in the fields

and the grapes once dispersed on the hillside

are now reunited on this table in bread and wine,

so, Lord, may your whole Church be gathered together

from the corners of the earth into your kingdom.






 The Lord be with you.                                   

  And also with you.                     

Lift up your hearts.                                         

  We lift them to the Lord.                        

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.                                  

  It is right to give him thanks and praise.


It is indeed right and salutary that we should at all times

and in all places offer thanks and praise to you, O Lord, holy Father, through Christ our Lord;

  You chose a lowly woman to be the bearer of your only Son, and through her he took upon himself our human nature. In her humility and obedience, we find an example, so that, like her, we may be your dwelling places, filled with the Spirit of her Son.

  And so, with Mary, the God-bearer, and Joseph, her husband, with the Church on earth and the hosts of heaven, we praise your name and join their unending hymn:


Holy, holy, holy LORD, God of power and might!

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest!

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!

                Hosanna in the highest!

Holy God, mighty Lord, gracious Father:

                Endless is your mercy and eternal your reign.

You have filled all creation with light and life;

                heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Through Abraham you promised to bless all nations.

                You rescued Israel, your chosen people.

Through the prophets you renewed your promise;

                and, at this end of all the ages, you sent your Son,

                who in words and deeds proclaimed your kingdom

                and was obedient to your will, even to giving his life.


In the night in which he was betrayed,

                our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

                broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

                Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

                and gave it for all to drink, saying:

                This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup

                we proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.

  Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.


Therefore, gracious Father, with this bread and cup

                we remember the life our Lord offered for us.

And, believing the witness of his resurrection,

we await his coming in power

                to share with us the great and promised feast.

  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.


Send now, we pray, your Holy Spirit,

                the spirit of our Lord and of his resurrection,

                that we who receive the Lord's body and blood

                may live to the praise of your glory

                and receive our inheritance with all your saints in light.

  Amen. Come, Holy Spirit.




Join our prayers with those of your servants

of every time and every place,

and unite them with the ceaseless petitions

of our great high priest

until he comes as victorious Lord of all. 

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father, now and forever. Amen


Christ is in our midst.

By the power of the Spirit,

we pray to his Father, saying:


Our Father, who art in heaven,

                                hallowed be thy name,

                                thy kingdom come,

                                thy will be done,

                                                on earth as it is in heaven.

                Give us this day our daily bread;

                and forgive us our trespasses,

                                as we forgive those who trespass against us;

                and lead us not into temptation,

                                but deliver us from evil.

                For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

                                forever and ever. Amen


God has lifted up the lowly

and filled the hungry with good things.

  Thanks be to God.                                                                                   Luke 1:52-53


 AGNUS DEI (Lamb of God)          

 Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.




Admission to the Sacrament is by invitation of the Lord, presented through the Church to those who are baptized. They may receive the Lord’s Body and Blood who are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, who commune in their home churches, and who believe that Jesus Christ, crucified and risen, is truly present in, with, and under the forms of bread and wine for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.


The communicants will be invited forward one family unit at a time. Please do not come forward until the pastor directs you to come forward, do not approach all the way to the table until the pastor has retreated.


 When the pastor says ‘The body of Christ, given for you,’ eat the bread. When the pastor says, ‘The blood of Christ, shed for you,’ drink the wine.  Please take the plate and the glass(es) and place them on the table that is indicated.



Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Sung by the congregation.



Text: Marcus Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348-413; tr. composite



After all have returned to their places, the congregation stands at the direction of the pastor.


The body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace.



The Nunc Dimmitis is sung (Now, Lord, You Let Your Servant Go in Peace) 

Pour out upon us the Spirit of your love, O Lord, and unite the wills of those whom you have fed with one heavenly food, through Jesus Christ our Lord.










The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make his face to shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.




Go in peace. Serve the Lord.                                        

  Thanks be to God!