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Christmas Eve Evening

 

[Vigil of Christmas]

 

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 Eve Acclamations For Reflection

Celebrating the beginning of Christmas Day and Christmas Season, His birth, and His return at the end of time.

 
 
  • The king of peace is exalted, and the whole world desires to see his face.
 
  • The king of peace is exalted over all the kings of the whole earth.

 

  • Know that the kingdom of God is at hand; I tell you the solemn truth: There will be no more delay.
 
  • The day came for Mary to Bring forth her firstborn Son.

 

  • Lift up your heads! Look, your redemption is at hand!
 
 

From Psalm 110 [111]

 

The Happiness of the Just Man

 

 

Happy the man who fears the Lord, who greatly delights in his commandments.

His descendants shall be powerful upon earth; the offspring of the righteous shall be blessed..

Wealth and riches shall be in his house, and his liberality shall endure forever.

He rises in the darkness, as a light to the upright, kind and merciful and just.

Fortunate is the man who is kind and lends, who conducts his business justly.

He shall never waver; the just man shall be remembered forever.

 

 

He shall not fear sad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.

His heart is steadfast, he shall not fear, until he sees his enemies defeated.

He gives lavishly to the poor, his generosity shall endure forever; his power shall rise in honour.

The wicked man shall see this and become indignant, he shall gnash his teeth and waste away; the desire of the wicked shall perish.

 

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.

 

Psalm 116[117]

A Short Act of Praise

 

Praise the Lord, all you nations, praise him, all you peoples,

For his goodness manifests itself to us mightily, and the faithfulness of the Lord remains for ever.

 

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

When the sun has risen in the heavens, you shall see the King of kings coming forth from the Father, like a groom from his bridal chamber.

   
       

 

       

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

When the sun has risen in the heavens, you shall see the King of kings coming forth from the Father, like a groom from his bridal chamber.

 
 

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