Electronic Prayer Book

During Christmas Week Evening

 

[If a Sunday occurs 29th — 31st December.]

 

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.

 

Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • Whom have you seen, O shepherds? Speak, tell us who has appeared on earth? “A Child we saw, and choirs of Angels praising the Lord, Halleluia, Halleluia.”
 
  • The Mother gave birth to the King whose name is eternal, combining the joys of motherhood and the honour of virginity; none like her has ever been seen, nor shall there be another, Halleluia.

 

  • There was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth among men of goodwill, Halleluia”.
 
  • The Angel said to the shepherds, “I bring you good news of great joy: this day is born to you a Saviour of the world, Halleluia.”

 

 

  • A Child is born to us this day, and He shall be called God, the Mighty, Halleluia, Halleluia.
 
 

From Psalm 109 [110]

 

Messiah, King, Priest, Victor

 

 

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

From Sion 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 Melchisedech”…

 

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 Zion, 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 — Galatians 4: 1 — 7

 

Brethren: As long as the heir is a child he differs in no way from a slave, though he is the master of all; but he is under guardians and stewards until the time set by his father. So we too, when we were children, were enslaved under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts crying, “Abba Father.” So that He is no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, an heir also through God.

 
 

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

The boy Jesus advanced in age and wisdom before God and men.

   
       

 

       

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

The boy Jesus advanced in age and wisdom before God and men.

 
 

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

 
 

Almighty, everlasting God, direct our actions according to your good pleasure; that in the Name of Your beloved Son we may be made worthy to abound in all good works. Who lives and reigns with You 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