Electronic Prayer Book

12th Day of Christmas Morning

 

 

 

Part 1. From the Divine Office

 

 

Opening

 

O Lord, open my lips.
And my mouth shall proclaim Your praise.

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.

 
 
  • Behold the Lamb of God, behold Him who takes away the sins of the world!
 
  • This He of whom I told you, “He who comes after me has been set above me, and I am not worthy to loose the strap of His sandal”.
 
  • He who is from the earth, speaks of the earth; He who comes from heaven is over all.
 
 

From Psalm 22 [23]

 

The Good Shepherd

 

 

The Lord is my shepherd: I want for nothing; he makes me rest in green pastures.

He leads me to waters where I may rest; he revives my spirit.

He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk in a dark valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.

Your rod and your staff: these comfort me.

 

 

You set a table for me in the sight of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life,

I shall dwell in the house of the Lord, for a long time.

 

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 — Hebrews 1: 1 — 3

 

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all in these days has spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, by whom he also made the world; who, being the brightness of his glory and the image of his substance, and upholding all things by his power,…

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

Jesus, Redeemer of all men, You were begotten by the mighty Father, before light was created, as His equal in glory.

O Light and radiance of the Father, and man’s unfailing hope, accept the prayers of Your servants the world over.

Remember, Creator of the world, that long ago, at Your birth, You took our body’s form from the Virgin’s holy womb.

The present day, as it comes round every year, bears witness to this — that You, the only begotten of the Father, have come to be man’s salvation.

 

The heavens, the earth, the sea and every creature under heaven greet Him with a new song as the author of new salvation.

And we too, cleansed by the redeeming stream of Your holy blood, make this gift of a hymn of praise on Your birthday.

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

     

V. The voice of one crying in thedesert: Make ready the way of the Lord.

R. Make straight His paths.

     
 
 

Zackary’s Hymn of Praise — St. Luke 1: 68 — 79

 

St. Luke records (Luke 1: 67) that the father of John the Baptist, eight days after the birth of his son, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, uttered this prophecy, which has remained a daily prayer for Christians.

 
 
 
Antiphon

A wondrous mystery is revealed this day: natures are renewed, God has become man. He remained what He was and assumed what He has not, undergoing neither confusion nor division.

   
       

 

       

Blessed be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited and wrought redemption for his people,

And has raised up a horn # of salvation for us in the house of David his servant,

As he promised through the mouths of his holy ones the prophets from of old;

Salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all our foes

He has fulfilled his kindness to all our fathers and been mindful of his holy covenant

In the Oath to Abraham our father, by which he swore to grant us

That, delivered from the hands of our enemies, we should serve him without fear.

In holiness and justice before him all our days. —

 

And you, O child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High; for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,

To give his people knowledge of salvation through forgiveness of their sins,

Because of the compassionate kindness of our God with which the Orient from on high will visit us,

To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.

 

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.

       
 

# “Horn of salvation.”

Horn refers originally to the power of an ox. It came to be applied to people and here, to the royal saving power of the messiah.

 
Antiphon

A wondrous mystery is revealed this day: natures are renewed, God has become man. He remained what He was and assumed what He has not, undergoing neither confusion nor division.

 
 

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