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Octave of Christmas Evening

 

8th day of Christmas
(Or if a Sunday, go to Sunday During Christmas Week)

 

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 Day Acclamations For Reflection

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

 
 
  • O wondrous exchange! The Creator of man, having assumed a living body, deigned to be born of a Virgin, and having become man without man’s aid, enriched us with His divinity.
 
  • By Your ineffable birth of a Virgin the Scriptures were fulfilled. Like rain upon the grass You descended to save mankind. Our God, we praise You.

 

  • The root of Jesse has blossomed; the star of Jacob has risen; a Virgin has brought fourth the Saviour. Our God, we praise You.
 
  • We recognise in the bush which Moses saw burning and yet not burnt, your virginity gloriously preserved. Mother of God, intercede for us.

 

  • Behold Mary has given birth to our Saviour. When John saw Him, he exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God; behold Him who takes away the sin of the world, Halleluia”.
 
 

From Psalm 32 [33]

 

A Splendid Poem of Praise, Thanksgiving and Confidence

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord, you just; praise befits the righteous.

Give thanks to the Lord on the lyre, sing praises to him on the ten-stringed harp.

Sing to him a new canticle, play skillfully to him amid shouts of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work trustworthy.

He loves justice and equity: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host thereof by the breath of his mouth.

 

 

He gathers together the waters of the sea as in a bottle: he places the oceans in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord: and all dwellers on earth stand in awe of him.

For he spoke and they were made; he commanded, and they came into being.

The Lord brings to naught the counsel of the nations; he thwarts the designs of the peoples.

The plan of the Lord remains forever: the designs of his heart from age to age.

Blessed is the nation, whose God is the Lord; the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.

 

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 — 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

     

Let all the world, from East to West, sing of Christ the King, the Virgin Mary’s Son.

The blessed maker of the world assumed a servant’s form so as to free man by becoming man and not 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 a 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. 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

Mary, O great mystery of our inheritance! The womb of her who knew not man has become the temple of God; by taking flesh of her He was not defiled; all nations shall come and say, “Glory be to You, Lord”.

   
       

 

       

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

Mary, O great mystery of our inheritance! The womb of her who knew not man has become the temple of God; by taking flesh of her He was not defiled; all nations shall come and say, “Glory be to You, Lord”.

 
 

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

 
 

O God, by the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, You bestowed upon the human race the rewards of eternal salvation; grant we request You, that we may feel the power of her intercession, through whom we have been made worthy to receive the Author of Life, Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord. Who with You, lives and reigns 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