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Christmas Day 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.

 

Christmas Day Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • Yours is princely rule in the day of Your power in holy splendour. From the womb before the daystar I have begotten You.
 
  • The Lord has sent deliverance to His people; He has ratified His covenant forever…

 

 

  • With the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption.
 
  • For the upright in heart a light has risen in the darkness: the Lord who is gracious and merciful and just.

 

  • Your own offspring I will set upon your throne.
 
 

From Psalm 109 [110]

 

Messias, King, Priest, Victor

 

 

The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool”.

From Zion the Lord will stretch forth the sceptre of your power; “Rule in the midst of your enemies!

Royal power is yours on the day of your birth in the splendour of holiness: like dew before the daystar, have I begotten you”.

 

 

The Lord has sworn and he will not repent: “You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchisedek”…

 

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

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

 

From Psalm 131 [132]

Devotion to the Church and Holy Eucharist

 

 

The Lord has sworn to David a lasting promise from which he will not depart: “The offspring of your race I will set upon your throne.

If your children will keep my pact, and the precepts which I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit upon your throne”.

For the Lord has chosen Sion, he has desired it for his dwelling place:

“This is my resting place forever, here will I dwell, for I have desired it.

I will abundantly bless its food stock, I will satiate its poor with bread.

Its priests will I clothe with salvation, and its faithful ones shall shout with joy.

There will I exalt the power of David, I will prepare a lamp for my anointed.

His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon him my crown shall shine”.

 

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 — Titus 2: 11 — 15

 

Beloved, The grace of God our Saviour has appeared to all men, instructing us, in order that, rejecting ungodliness and worldly lusts, we may live temperately and justly and piously in this world, looking for the blessed hope and glorious coming of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and cleanse for Himself an acceptable people, pursuing good works. Thus speak, and exhort, in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 
 

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 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

This day Christ is born, this day the Saviour has appeared; this day Angels are singing on earth, this day the just are glad and say. “Glory to God in the highest, Halleluia”.

   
       

 

       

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

This day Christ is born, this day the Saviour has appeared; this day Angels are singing on earth, this day the just are glad and say. “Glory to God in the highest, Halleluia”.

 
 

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

 
 

We entreat You, God all-powerful: may the new and wonderful birth of Your incarnate Son deliver us from the old slavery which holds us down under the yoke of sin! This we ask of You through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. 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