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Christmas Week Morning

 

(Or if a Sunday, go to Sunday During Christmas Week)

 

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.

 
 
  • What a great mystery, what a wonderful sign, that animals should see the Lord, new born, lying in a manger.
 
  • Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was privileged to carry Christ the Lord.
 
  • Hail Mary, full of grace; the Lord is with you.
 
 

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.

 

Psalm 99 [100]

Call to Worshipers Entering Temple

 

Acclaim the Lord, all the earth; serve the Lord with gladness. Go into his presence with great joy.

Know that the Lord is God: he made us and we are his, his people and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with praise, his courts with a hymn; give thanks to him, bless his name.

 

For the Lord is good, his mercy is forever, and his faithfulness is for ages unending.

 

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. John 1: 1 — 14

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and without Him, was made nothing that has been made. In Him was life and the life was the Light of men. And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness grasped it not. There was a man, one sent from God, whose name was John. This man came as a witness concerning the light, that all might believe through him. He was not himself the light, but was to bear witness to the light. It was the true light that enlightens every man who comes into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But to as many as received Him He gave the power of becoming sons of God; to those who believe in His name: who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. And we saw His glory—glory as of the Only-begotten of the Father—full of grace and of truth.

 
 

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 blest maker of the world assumed a servant’s form so as to free man by becoming man and not to 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 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. The Lord has made known, Halleluia…

R. His salvation, Halleluia…

     
 
 

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