Electronic Prayer Book

11th 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.

 
 
  • Virginity holy and unspotted, I know not how to utter your praises; for you carried in your womb the One whom the heavens cannot contain.
 
  • Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. For you carried in your womb the One whom the heavens cannot contain.

 

 

  • The home of her pure womb instantly becomes the temple of God; and she, undefiled and not knowing man, at the Angel’s word conceived a Son.
 
  • Not knowing man, the virgin Mother gave birth without pain. It was the Saviour of the world, the King of Angels Himself, whom she alone, nursed at her breast that was filled with milk from heaven.

 

  • Blessed is Your name, God of our fathers; for in Your wrath You will remember compassion, and in the time of tribulation you forgive sins. And blessed forever be the name of your majesty, for You alone do wondrous deeds.
 
 

From Psalm 129 [130]

 

A Penitential Prayer

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord, O Lord, hear my voice!

Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.

If you should remember sins, O Lord, O Lord, who could bear it?

But with you is forgiveness, that you may be served with reverence.

 

I hope in the Lord, my soul hopes in his word; my soul waits for the Lord, more than a watchman for the dawn.

More than a watchman for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord, for with the Lord is mercy and with him plenteous redemption: And he shall redeem Israel from all its sins.

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 — 1 Corinthians 3: 16 — 17

 

Do you not know that you are the temple of the God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone destroys the temple of God, him will God destroy; for holy is the temple of God, and this temple are you.

 
 

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