Liturgy Alive Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


November 21


There is no indication whatsoever in the scriptures that Mary was presented in the Temple. But this pious legend wants to state something real: that Mary followed her Son, that her mentality and attitude was that of Jesus, and that like her Son she was entirely set on seeking God's will in everything. She was a true relative of Jesus mentally and spiritually, in the spirit of the Gospel of today.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
you know and you love us;
like Mary we know that whatever happens to us
we are in your hands.
Wherever you lead us,
you know here you want us to go.
We ask you for trust and faith.
Make your will our will,
that you may lead us to your home
under the guidance of him
who did your will in everything
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading: Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20

In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, 
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon came 
and laid siege to Jerusalem. 
The Lord handed over to him Jehoiakim, king of Judah, 
and some of the vessels of the temple of God; 
he carried them off to the land of Shinar, 
and placed the vessels in the temple treasury of his god. 
The king told Ashpenaz, his chief chamberlain, 
to bring in some of the children of Israel of royal blood 
and of the nobility, young men without any defect, 
handsome, intelligent and wise, 
quick to learn, and prudent in judgment, 
such as could take their place in the king’s palace; 
they were to be taught the language and literature of the Chaldeans; 
after three years’ training they were to enter the king’s service. 
The king allotted them a daily portion of food and wine 
from the royal table. 
Among these were men of Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, 
Mishael, and Azariah. 
But Daniel was resolved not to defile himself 
with the king’s food or wine; 
so he begged the chief chamberlain to spare him this defilement. 
Though God had given Daniel the favor and sympathy 
of the chief chamberlain, he nevertheless said to Daniel, 
“I am afraid of my lord the king; 
it is he who allotted your food and drink. 
If he sees that you look wretched 
by comparison with the other young men of your age, 
you will endanger my life with the king.” 
Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief chamberlain 
had put in charge of Daniel, Hananiah, 
Mishael, and Azariah, 
“Please test your servants for ten days. 
Give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. 
Then see how we look in comparison with the other young men 
who eat from the royal table, 
and treat your servants according to what you see.” 
He acceded to this request, and tested them for ten days; 
after ten days they looked healthier and better fed 
than any of the young men who ate from the royal table. 
So the steward continued to take away 
the food and wine they were to receive, and gave them vegetables. 
To these four young men God gave knowledge and proficiency 
in all literature and science, 
and to Daniel the understanding of all visions and dreams. 
At the end of the time the king had specified for their preparation, 
the chief chamberlain brought them before Nebuchadnezzar. 
When the king had spoken with all of them, 
none was found equal to Daniel, Hananiah, 
Mishael, and Azariah; 
and so they entered the king’s service. 
In any question of wisdom or prudence which the king put to them, 
he found them ten times better 
than all the magicians and enchanters in his kingdom.

Responsorial Psalm: Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56

R./ Glory and praise for ever! 

“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers, 
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever; 
And blessed is your holy and glorious name, 
praiseworthy and exalted above all for all ages.” 
R./ Glory and praise for ever! 

“Blessed are you in the temple of your holy glory, 
praiseworthy and glorious above all forever.” 
R./ Glory and praise for ever! 

“Blessed are you on the throne of your Kingdom, 
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” 
R./ Glory and praise for ever! 

“Blessed are you who look into the depths 
from your throne upon the cherubim, 
praiseworthy and exalted above all forever.” 
R./ Glory and praise for ever!

“Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven, 
praiseworthy and glorious forever.” 
R./ Glory and praise for ever!

Gospel Reading: Lk 21:1-4

When Jesus looked up he saw some wealthy people 
putting their offerings into the treasury 
and he noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins. 
He said, “I tell you truly, 
this poor widow put in more than all the rest; 
for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, 
but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”

Prayer over the Gifts

Almighty Father,
this bread and this wine
are signs that with Jesus and with Mary
we are ready to seek your will.
Allow us to share his table
as his brothers and sisters
and to follow him on his loyal way
to you, our God for ever.

Prayer after Communion

Lord, our God and Father,
with Mary we want to be
your true relatives, your mother,
your brothers, your sisters.
Make us capable of seeking your will
with the eagerness of Mary,
who did all the common tasks uncommonly well
because she knew she was serving you
as she served Jesus and his mission
with all that was in her.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

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