[Most Catholics and many priests are unaware of the existence of the two volume Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary consisting of a sacramentary — a book of antiphons, prayers and the Mass– and a lectionary — the readings used during Mass. There are 46 different Masses with their own prayers and a preface for the eucharistic prayer that can be used on a weekday or Saturday mornings under certain conditions. The Marian sacramentary is a must for anyone with a deep love for Mary and the liturgy of the Church. Here is the preface for the Mass: Mary, Image and Mother of the Church, I.]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks;
we especially praise you and proclaim your glory
as we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary.
She received your Word in purity of her heart
and, conceiving in her virgin womb,
gave birth to our Savior
and so nurtured the Church at it’s very beginning.
She accepted God’s parting gift of love
as she stood beneath the Cross
and so became the mother of all those
who were brought to life
through the death of her only Son.
She joined her prayers with those of the apostles,
as together they awaited the coming of your Spirit,
and so became the perfect pattern of the Church at prayer.
Raised to the glory of heaven,
she cares for the pilgrim Church with a mother’s love,
following it’s progress homeward
until the day of the Lord dawns in splendor.
Now, with all the angels and saints,
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise.