A handful of parishioners managed to make their way through the snow and icy roads this morning to celebrate the feast. 

We began Mass with the traditional favourite ‘Hail, Queen of Heaven’  and, since there were only eight of us,  sang the response to the St Andrew Gloria but spoke the rest of that lovely hymn of praise.
The 1st reading was from Genesis 3:9-15.20 and the Psalm was Noel Donnelly’s setting of Psalm 44

The 2nd reading was taken from the Letter to the Ephesians 1: 3-6. 11-12

The Gospel Acclamation was: Alleluia, alleluia.  Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.   Alleluia, alleluia.
The Gospel passage was from Luke 1:26-38

Among the Intercessions we included one for Catherine Joyce and all who mourn for her,  since her anniversary falls today.

The hymn during the Preparation of the Gifts was ‘Mary, the Dawn and Christ the Light of Day.’

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Mary the Dawn and Christ the Light of Day,
Mary the Gate and Christ the Heav’nly Way,
Mary the Root and Christ the Mystic Vine,
Mary the Grape and Christ the Sacred Vine,
Mary the Beacon, Christ the Haven’s Rest,
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision Blest.

 Woman of love who Son of God conceived.
Woman of faith, “blest since you have believed.”
Woman of sorrows, standing by the cross,
woman of prayer with Church at Pentecost.
Mother of Christ, our brother, friend and king!
Mother of God, with you to God we sing!                 

The Sanctus and Memorial were taken from Gerry Fitzpatrick’s  Jubilee’ setting, and the Doxology and Great Amen were plainsong.
The Agnus Dei was from the Kelvinhall Mass, and for our Communion Antiphon we used a verse of James Quinn’s ‘This is my Will.’

We concluded Mass with the plainsong hymn ‘Salve Regina’

Mary the Dawn: Words of verse 1 source unknown.  Used in “Mary for all Christians” John McQuarrie ã Harper Collins. Music and verse 2 (c) Noel Donnelly.
Music for  the Gloria, the psalm,  Mary the Dawn, the Sanctus and memorial  can be found at stmungomusic.org.uk