Pietà
Michelangelo
1498-1499
St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
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The Collect

O God, thou hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thine incarnate Son: Grant that we, who hath been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Epistle – Galatians 4:4-7

BUT when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

The Psalm – Psalm 34

The Gospel – Luke 1:46-55

MY soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
For he hath regarded : the lowliness of his handmaiden.
For behold, from henceforth : all generations shall call me blessed.
For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his Name.
And his mercy is on them that fear him : throughout all generations.
He hath showed strength with his arm : he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He hath put down the mighty from their seat : and hath exalted the humble and meek.
He hath filled the hungry with good things : and the rich he hath sent empty away.
He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel : as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed, for ever.