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Christmas Eve Morning

 

[Vigil of Christmas]

 

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.

 

Vigil Morning Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • This day you shall know that the Lord is coming and tomorrow you shall see His glory.
 
  • Sanctify yourselves today and be prepared, for tomorrow you shall see the majesty of God amongst you.
 
  • Remain firm in your confidence, you will see the Lord’s help coming upon you! O Judea and Jerusalem, do not be afraid: tomorrow you will go forth, and the Lord will be with you.
 
 

Psalm 150

 

Let All Creation Praise God

 

 

Praise the Lord in his sanctuary, praise him in his majestic firmament.

Praise him for his mighty deeds, praise him for his supreme majesty.

Praise him with the blast of the horn, praise him with the harp and lyre.

 

 

Praise him with timbrel and dance, praise him with strings and pipe.

Praise him with loud sounding cymbals, praise him with crashing cymbals: let every being that breathes praise the Lord!

 

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 117 [118]

Prayer of Thanksgiving.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endures forever.

Let the house of Israel declare: “His mercy endures forever”.

Let the house of Aaron declare: “His mercy endures forever.”

Let those who fear the Lord declare: “His mercy endures forever.”

Open to me the gates of justice; I will pass through them and give thanks to the Lord.

This is the gate of the Lord, the just shall enter through it…

 

This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it…

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house of the Lord…

Give thanks to God, for he is good, his mercy endures forever.

 

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.

Reading — St Matthew 1: 18 — 21

 

When Mary, the mother of Jesus, had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. But Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not wishing to expose her to reproach, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought of these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Do not be afraid Joseph, son of David, to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is begotten in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she shall bring forth a Son and you shall call his name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins”.

 
 

Alternative Readings

 
Old Testament The Gospels Epistles of St. Paul Other Epistles
 
 

Hymn as a Prayer

     

1. The Baptist’s message of rebuke rings loud and clear through all the world of darkness: Away with dreams of darkness. Jesus the light is shining in the sky.

2. Let the slothful soul now arise and no longer lie earth-bound, for a new sun is now shining, Christ, who will take away every sin.

3. Behold the Lamb is sent to us to pay freely the debt we owe. Therefore let all of us together, with tears of sorrow, ask for His pardon.

 

4. So that when He comes in glory at the end of time and causes fear in all our hearts, He will not then punish us, as our sins deserve. but in His pity be our protector.

5. Strength, honour, praise, glory be to God the Father together with the Son and Holy Paraclete for ever and ever. 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

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men of goodwill, Halleluia, Halleluia.

   
       

 

       

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

Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men of goodwill, Halleluia, 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