Lectio unica: Sermo sancti Bedae Venerabilis Presbyteri - Magnificat anima mea Dominum. Et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo. Quae cum omnibus perfectis verba recte conveniant, maxime tamen ea beatam Dei genitricem proferre decebat, quae meriti privilegio singularis spirituali ipsius dilectione flagrabat, cuius corporali conceptione gaudebat. Quae iure in Iesu, id est, in salutari suo speciali prae caeteris sanctis gaudio potuit exultare, quia quem perpetuum salutis auctorem noverat, hunc ipsum temporali ortu de carne sua nasciturum esse sciebat quatenus in una eademque persona veraciter suus et filius esset et Dominus.
Single reading: Sermon of St Bede the Venerable, priest* - My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. These words might be proper and appropriate for all the perfect; nonetheless, it was especially proper and appropriate for the blessed mother of God to bring them forward, since in view of her singular privilege she was rightly on fire with spiritual love for him in whose bodily conception she was rejoicing. More so than the rest of the saints, she could rightfully exult with joy in Jesus, that is, in her special savior, because she was aware that the very one whom she had known as the everlasting Author of salvation was, in his temporal beginning, to be born of her flesh, so that in one and the same person he would truthfully be both her son and her Lord.
*Trans Lawrence T Martin and David Hurst, Bede the Venerable Homilies on the Gospels, Book I Advent to Lent, Cistercian Publications, 1991, Homily 1.4.
R. Felix namque es, sacra Virgo Maria, et omni laude dignissima: * Quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae, * Christus Deus noster.
V. Ora pro populo, interveni pro clero, intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum juvamen, quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem.
R. Quia ex te ortus est sol justitiae.
V. Gloria Patri
R. Christus Deus noster.
R. O holy Virgin Mary, happy indeed art thou, and right worthy of all praise * For out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness, even Christ our God.
V. Pray for the people, plead for the clergy, make intercession for all women vowed to God. Let all that are making this holy memorial of thee feel the might of thine assistance.
R. For out of thee rose the Sun of righteousness
V. Glory be...
R. Even Christ our God.