Electronic Prayer Book

10th Day of Christmas Evening

 

 

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

 

O God, come to my assistance,
O Lord, make haste to my help me.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Halleluia.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

Celebrating the prophecies of our Messiah’s coming, His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
  • Mary received into her chaste womb the One who is “fairer in beauty than the sons of men”, and, forever the God-Man for us.
 
  • The home of Mary’s pure womb instantly becomes the temple of God; and she, undefiled and not knowing man, at the Angel’s word conceived a Son.

 

 

  • Lord, I heard Your voice, and I became afraid; I saw Your works and trembled; for between two beasts He lay in the manger and shone into heaven.
 
  • Blessed and worthy of all veneration are you, O Virgin Mary! With your virginity intact, you have become the Mother of the Redeemer; He lay in a manger and shone into heaven.

 

 

  • Let all who put their hope in You, O Lord, be glad and exult forever. You shall dwell in them and they shall glory in You who love Your name.
 
 

From Psalm 15 [16]

 

Our Inheritance: Eternal Life

 

 

Preserve me, O God, for in you I seek refuge.

I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you”.

As for the faithful who dwell in his land, how wonderfully he has fulfilled all my desires.

They multiply their sorrows who follow strange gods. I will not pour out their drink offerings of blood, nor will I take their names upon my lips.

The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup: you are the one who keeps my allotted portion for me.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; and I am greatly pleased with my inheritance.

 

 

I bless the Lord who has given me counsel, because even during the night my heart admonishes me.

I keep the Lord always before me; since he is at my right, I shall not waver.

Therefore my heart rejoices and my soul is glad, and my body, too, rests secure.

For you will not abandon my soul to the abode of the dead, nor will you let your holy one see corruption.

You will show me the way of life, the fullness of joy in your presence, bliss at your right hand forever.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 

Reading — Colossians 3: 12 — 15

 

Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, patience. Bear with one another and forgive one another, if anyone has a grievance against any other; even as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you shall forgive. But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection. And may the peace of Christ reign in your hearts; unto that peace, indeed, you were called in one body. Show yourselves thankful.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

Let all the world, from East to West, sing of Christ the King, the Virgin Mary’s Son.

The blessed maker of the world assumed a servant’s form so as to free man by becoming man and not lose those whom He had created.

Heavenly grace enters the chaste Mother and a Virgin’s womb carries a secret of which she had no previous knowledge.

The home of her pure womb instantly becomes the temple of God, and she, undefiled and not knowing a man, conceived a Son.

 

In childbirth she brought forth the one that Gabriel had foretold and that the Baptist, jumping with joy in his mother’s womb, had recognised as being in Mary’s womb.

He deigned to have hay for a bed, and did not refuse the shelter of a manger. He does not suffer even a bird to hunger, and yet he was fed with a little milk.

The heavenly choir rejoices and Angels sing to the glory of God, and the Shepherd, the Creator of all is made known to the shepherds.

Glory be to You, Jesus, born of the Virgin; and glory be to the Father and the loving Spirit, through endless ages. Amen.

     

V. Tomorrow the iniquity of the earth shall be blotted out.

R. And the Saviour of the world shall rule over us.

     
 
 

Mary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 46 — 55

 

Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist (Luke 1: 41 — 45), acclaimed Mary, warmly with the words: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb” — to which Mary replied in her prophetic hymn.

 
 
 
Antiphon

Mary, O great mystery of our inheritance! The womb of her who knew not man has become the temple of God; by taking flesh of her He was not defiled; all nations shall come and say,  ” Glory be to You, Lord”.

   
       

 

       

My soul magnifies the Lord.

And my spirit rejoices in God my saviour.

Because he has regarded the lowliness of his handmaid, for behold; henceforth all generations shall call me blessed,

Because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear him.

He has shown might with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

 

He has put down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

He has given help to Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy.

(As he promised our fathers) towards Abraham and his descendants forever.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

       
     
Antiphon

Mary, O great mystery of our inheritance! The womb of her who knew not man has become the temple of God; by taking flesh of her He was not defiled; all nations shall come and say,  ” Glory be to You, Lord”.

 
 

The Lord’s Prayer

 
 

Traditional

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.

Amen.

 

Contemporary

Our Father, in heaven,
Hallowed be Your Name,
Your Kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven,
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.

Amen.

 

Prayer

 
 

O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, You bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we request You, that we may feel the power of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord. Who with You, lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

Closing

   
 

V. Our help is in the Name of the Lord.

R. Who made heaven and earth.

   

May the all powerful and merciful
Lord, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
bless and preserve us.

Amen.

 

Part 2. Devotions Throughout Christmastide | Part 3. The Angelus

Part 4. Prayers For Protection