Pope and Martyr
OUR LADY OF LORETO
Octave Mass (Mass of the Immaculate Conception), with the following commemoration of OUR LADY OF LORETO AND SAINT MELCHIADES
O Eternal Shepherd, who appointed blessed Melchiades shepherd of the whole Church, let the prayers of this martyr and supreme pontiff move You to look with favor upon Your flock and to keep it under Your continual protection. Through our Lord . . .
O God, who through the Mystery of the Word made flesh, didst in Thy mercy sanctify the House of Blessed Mary the Virgin, and by wondrous means didst place it in the care of Thy Church, grant that we may keep aloof from the tabernacles of sinners, and become worthy habitants of Thy holy house. Through the same our Lord . . .
of the HOLY HOUSE of LORETO