San Ferdinando
Università Bocconi
Orari Chiesa

December 18th, 2022 – Sixth Sunday of Advent: Sunday of the Incarnation, or Sunday of the Divine Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Elizabeth said to Mary: ‘Why have you come to me, Mother of my Lord? If I had known, I would have come out to meet you. You carry the King of the universe in your womb, I only a prophet; you the one who gives the law, I the one who observes it; you the Word that saves, I am the voice that proclaims its coming.’

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the communion of the Holy Spirit

be with you all.

And with your spirit.

Brethren (brothers and sisters), let us acknowledge our sins,

and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.

I confess to almighty God

and to you, my brothers and sisters,

that I have greatly sinned,

in my thoughts and in my words,

in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,

[All strike their breast]

through my fault, through my fault,

through my most grievous fault;

therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,

all the Angels and Saints,

and you, my brothers and sisters,

to pray for me to the Lord our God.

May almighty God have mercy on us,

forgive us our sins,

and bring us to everlasting life.



Let us pray.

O God, who through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary bestowed on mankind the grace of eternal salvation, grant, we pray, that we may enjoy her intercession who bore for us the Author of life, Jesus Christ. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.




A reading from the Prophet Isaiah (Is 62:10-63:3b)

Pass through, pass through the gates, prepare a way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, raise up a standard over the nations. The LORD has proclaimed to the ends of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your saviour comes! See, his reward is with him, his recompense before him.’ They shall be called ‘The Holy People,’ ‘The Redeemed of the LORD.’ And you shall be called ‘Cared For,’ ‘A City Not Forsaken.’ Who is this that comes from Edom, in crimsoned garments, from Bozrah? Who is this, glorious in his apparel, striding in the greatness of his strength? ‘It is I, I who announce vindication, mighty to save.’ Why is your apparel red, and your garments like one who treads the wine press? ‘The wine press I have trodden alone, and from the peoples no one was with me.’

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Psalm 71 (72)

R. Rejoice, O holy ones; your Saviour is nigh.

May the mountains yield their bounty for the people,

and the hills great abundance.

May he defend the oppressed among the people,

save the children of the poor and crush the oppressor. R.

May he be like rain coming down upon the fields,

like showers watering the earth,

That abundance may flourish in his days,

great bounty, till the moon be no more.

May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name;

may all the nations regard him as favoured. R.

Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,

who alone does wonderful deeds.

Blessed be his glorious name forever;

may he fill all the earth with his glory. R.


A reading from the Letter of St Paul to the Philippians (4:4-9)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Be it done unto me according to Thy word.



The Lord be with you

And with your spirit.

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (1:26-38a)

Glory to you, O Lord.

In those days. In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, ‘Hail, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ But Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?’ And the angel said to her in reply, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.’ Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.


From heaven our Saviour descended into Mary’s womb. He is praised by the angels and called Sovereign God.


Dear brothers and sisters, filled with paschal joy,

let us pray more earnestly to God that he, who graciously listened

to the prayers and supplications of his beloved Son,

may now be pleased to look upon us in our lowliness.

Lord, in your mercy

Hear our prayer


Almighty God, you created us and sent us your Word made man in the womb of the Virgin Mary. Look graciously upon your people and listen to our humble pleas. Through Christ our Lord.



Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,

for through your goodness we have received

the bread we offer you:

fruit of the earth and work of human hands,

it will become for us the bread of life.

Blessed be God forever.

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation,

for through your goodness we have received

this wine we offer you:

fruit of the vine and work of human hands,

it will become our spiritual drink.

Blessed be God forever.


I believe in one God,

the Father almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,

the Only begotten Son of God,

born of the Father before all ages.

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us men and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried,

and rose again on the third day

in accordance with the Scriptures.

He ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified.

who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.

I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins

and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead

and the life of the world to come. Amen.


May your Spirit, O almighty God, which in glory descended unto the Virgin Mary, accept our offerings and fill them with his grace. Through Christ our Lord.



The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right and just.

It is truly right and just,

Our duty and our salvation,

Always and everywhere to give you thanks, O Lord,

And proclaim your might in the solemn celebration of the mystery of Blessed Mary, Ever-Virgin.

Of her fecundity we have received the fruit which nourishes us with the Bread of angels. The treasure cast aside by sinful Eve is restored to us through Mary: as through a woman the poison of sin penetrated the world, so through a woman the work of salvation is begun. The insidious wiles of the devil are checked by the might of the Redeemer; the motherhood which once bore the mark of death now returns to us the living God through whom mankind rises, freed once more from the ancient oppression of sin. Every woe inherited through Adam is redeemed through the overabundance of the gift of Christ.

Rejoicing in this victory and united with the choirs of angels and saints, we raise our voices to hymn your praise:

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


You are indeed Holy, O Lord,

The fount of all holiness.

Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray,

by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall,

so that they may become for us

the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

At the time he was betrayed

And entered willingly into his Passion,

he took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,

and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and eat of it,

For this is my Body,

Which will be given up for you.

In a similar way, when supper was ended,

he took the chalice

and, once more giving thanks,

he gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it,

for this is the chalice of my Blood,

the Blood of the new and eternal covenant,

Which will be poured out for you and for many

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this in memory of me.

The mystery of faith.

We proclaim your Death, O Lord,

and profess your Resurrection

until you come again.

Therefore, as we celebrate

the memorial of his Death and Resurrection,

we offer you, Lord,

the Bread of life and the Chalice of salvation,

giving thanks that you have held us worthy

to be in your presence and minister to you.

Humbly we pray

that, partaking of the Body and Blood of Christ,

we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit.

Remember, Lord, your Church,

spread throughout the world,

and bring her to the fullness of charity,

together with Francis our Pope

and Mario our Bishop,

and all the clergy.

Remember also our brothers and sisters

who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection,

and all who have died in your mercy:

welcome them into the light of your face.

Have mercy on us all, we pray,

that with the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,

with blessed Joseph, her Spouse

with the blessed Apostles,

and all the Saints who have pleased you throughout the ages,

we may merit to be coheirs to eternal life,

and may praise and glorify you

through your Son, Jesus Christ.

Through him, and with him, and in him,

O God, almighty Father,

In the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all glory and honour is yours,

Forever and ever




Blessed is the womb that bore you, O Christ, and blessed the breasts that gave you suck, O Lord of the World, who deigned to assume our mortal nature to save mankind.

At the Saviour’s command

and formed by divine teaching,

we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come,

thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,

graciously grant peace in our days,

that, by the help of your mercy,

we may be always free from sin

and safe from all distress,

as we await the blessed hope

and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom,

the power and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ,

who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,

but on the faith of Your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity

in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever.


The peace and communion of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.

And with your spirit.

Behold the Lamb of God,

behold him who takes away the sins of the world.

Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

Lord, I am not worthy

that you should enter under my roof,

but only say the word

and my soul shall be healed.


O wonderful exchange! The Creator of mankind, being born of the Ever-Virgin by the work of the Holy Spirit, receives mortal flesh and bestows upon us life divine.

The Body of Christ.



Let us pray.

Stay with us, Almighty God. Through the intercession of Blessed Mary, virgin and mother, may we, through your tireless love, ever treasure the gifts we receive at your table. Through Christ our Lord.


The Lord be with you.

And with your spirit.

Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Kyrie, eleison.

May almighty God bless you,

the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


Go in peace.

In the name of Christ.