Electronic Prayer Book

During Christmas Week Morning

 

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

 

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.

 

Glory to God in the highest.

The penitential prelude of Advent sounded in muted, tender and expectant undertones; the Christmas crescendo culminated in a triumphant resounding royal march: the “Glory to God in the highest”. The music of the spheres, the trill of the shepherd’s pipes and the lowing of the cattle swelled the glad chorus of created things. Today Holy Church continues the celebrations of Christmas; today the Sacred Liturgy continues our instruction in the mystery of Christmas, teaching us that the “Spirit of Christmas” is the Spirit of Christianity, (St. John 1: 14)

On each Sunday the “Last Gospel” (St. John 1: 14) read just before the final blessing, reviews our Christmas lesson by reminding us that Jesus Christ “was made flesh and dwelt among us”. These words show us the Bethlehem stable and tell us of the humble “Son of Man” Who has made us the “sons of God”. We kneel in adoration before the Crib, where Mary cradles the Infant King in her arms. Through the Liturgy God speaks, saying: “While all things were in quiet silence, the Word leapt down from heaven. He is clothed with beauty, strength and power.” (Wisdom 18: 14—15) And we hear the Angels message to Joseph: “Take the Child and His Mother and go.” (St. Matthew 2: 20).

As we worship our Lord, enthroned on His Mother’s knees, we renew our faith, love and gratitude; we know that in giving us Himself Christ gives us new life and light, dwells within us, unites us with the Father and shows us “His glory, full of grace and truth.” We rise and go to our daily tasks, secure and strong because we bear the love of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in our hearts.

A sign of wonder and contradiction, the corner stone and support of some, the stumbling block of others, Christ, by His mere presence, implies a choice. It is for us to welcome into our lives Him whom each one, for his salvation or eternal perdition, must receive or reject.

Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • We have received your mercy, O God, within Your temple.
 
  • Profound peace shall flower in the days of the Lord and He shall rule.
 
  • Truth sprang out of the earth and justice looked down from heaven.
 
 

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. Luke 2: 33 — 40

 

At that time, Joseph and Mary, the mother of Jesus, were marvelling at the blessings spoken concerning Him. And Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and for the rise of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be contradicted. And your own soul a sword shall pierce, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed”. There was also Anna, a prophetess, daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her maidenhood, and by herself as a widow to eighty four years. She never left the temple, with fastings and prayers worshipping night and day. And coming up at that very hour, she began to give praise to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem. And when they had fulfilled all things prescribed in the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, into their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong. He was full of wisdom and the grace of God was upon Him.

 
 

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

While all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, Your almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from heaven’s royal throne, 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

While all things were in quiet silence, and the night was in the midst of her course, Your almighty Word, O Lord, leapt down from heaven’s royal throne, 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

 
 

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