Please note: Since it is Christmas Eve, I have included the morning ma, vigil mass, and night mass in the same post for the convenience of our email subscribers. Have a very merry and blessed Christmas!
Mass in the Morning
Second Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
1:1 Now it happened that, after Saul died, David returned from the slaughter of Amalek, and he remained for two days at Ziklag. 1:2 Then, on the third day, a man appeared, arriving from the camp of Saul, with his garments torn and dust sprinkled on his head. And when he came to David, he fell on his face, and he reverenced. 1:3 And David said to him, “Where have you come from?” And he said to him, “I have fled from the camp of Israel.” 1:4 And David said to him: “What is the word that has happened? Reveal it to me.” And he said: “The people have fled from the battle, and many of the people have fallen and died. Moreover, Saul and his son Jonathan have passed away.” 1:5 And David said to the youth who was reporting to him, “How do you know that Saul and his son Jonathan have died?” 1:8 he said to me, “Who are you?” And I said to him, “I am an Amalekite.” 1:9 And he said to me: “Stand over me, and kill me. For anguish has taken hold of me, and still my whole life is in me.” 1:10 And standing over him, I killed him. For I knew that he was not able to live after the fall. And I took the diadem that was on his head, and the bracelet from his arm, and I have brought them here to you, my lord.” 1:11 Then David, taking hold of his garments, tore them, with all the men who were with him. 1:12 And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until evening, over Saul and over his son Jonathan, and over the people of the Lord and over the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. 1:14 And David said to him, “Why were you not afraid to put forth your hand, so that you would kill the Christ of the Lord?” 1:16 And David said to him: “Your blood is upon your own head. For your own mouth has spoken against you, saying: ‘I have killed the Christ of the Lord.’ ”
The Holy Gospel According to Luke 1: 67-69
|1:67||And his father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit. And he prophesied, saying:|
|1:68||“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel. For he has visited and has wrought the redemption of his people.|
|1:69||And he has raised up a horn of salvation for us, in the house of David his servant,|
|1:70||just as he spoke by the mouth of his holy Prophets, who are from ages past:|
|1:71||salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all those who hate us,|
|1:72||to accomplish mercy with our fathers, and to call to mind his holy testament,|
|1:73||the oath, which he swore to Abraham, our father, that he would grant to us,|
|1:74||so that, having been freed from the hand of our enemies, we may serve him without fear,|
|1:75||in holiness and in justice before him, throughout all our days.|
|1:76||And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High. For you will go before the face of the Lord: to prepare his ways,|
|1:77||to give knowledge of salvation to his people for the remission of their sins,|
|1:78||through the heart of the mercy of our God, by which, descending from on high, he has visited us,|
|1:79||to illuminate those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to direct our feet in the way of peace.”|
Isaiah 62: 1-5
62:1 For the sake of Zion, I will not be silent, and for the sake of Jerusalem, I will not rest, until her Just One advances in splendor, and her Savior is kindled like a lamp. 62:2 And the Gentiles will see your Just One, and all the kings will see your Renown One. And you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will choose. 62:3 And you shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 62:4 You will no longer called Forsaken. And your land will no longer be called Desolate. Instead, you shall be called My Will within it, and your land shall be called Inhabited. For the Lord has been well pleased with you, and your land will be inhabited. 62:5 For the young man will live with the virgin, and your children will live with you. And the groom will rejoice over the bride, and your God will rejoice over you.
Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25
13:16 Then Paul, rising up and motioning for silence with his hand, said: “Men of Israel and you who fear God, listen closely. 13:17 The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people, when they were settlers in the land of Egypt. And with an exalted arm, he led them away from there. 13:22 And having removed him, he raised up for them king David. And offering testimony about him, he said, ‘I have found David, the son of Jesse, to be a man according to my own heart, who will accomplish all that I will.’ 13:23 From his offspring, according to the Promise, God has brought Jesus the Savior to Israel. 13:24 John was preaching, before the face of his advent, a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. 13:25 Then, when John completed his course, he was saying: ‘I am not the one you consider me to be. For behold, one arrives after me, the shoes of whose feet I am not worthy to loosen.’
Matthew 1: 1-25
|1:1||The book of the lineage of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.|
|1:2||Abraham conceived Isaac. And Isaac conceived Jacob. And Jacob conceived Judah and his brothers.|
|1:3||And Judah conceived Perez and Zerah by Tamar. And Perez conceived Hezron. And Hezron conceived Ram.|
|1:4||And Ram conceived Amminadab. And Amminadab conceived Nahshon. And Nahshon conceived Salmon.|
|1:5||And Salmon conceived Boaz by Rahab. And Boaz conceived Obed by Ruth. And Obed conceived Jesse.|
|1:6||And Jesse conceived king David. And king David conceived Solomon, by her who had been the wife of Uriah.|
|1:7||And Solomon conceived Rehoboam. And Rehoboam conceived Abijah. And Abijah conceived Asa.|
|1:8||And Asa conceived Jehoshaphat. And Jehoshaphat conceived Joram. And Joram conceived Uzziah.|
|1:9||And Uzziah conceived Jotham. And Jotham conceived Ahaz. And Ahaz conceived Hezekiah.|
|1:10||And Hezekiah conceived Manasseh. And Manasseh conceived Amos. And Amos conceived Josiah.|
|1:11||And Josiah conceived Jechoniah and his brothers in the transmigration of Babylon.|
|1:12||And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechoniah conceived Shealtiel. And Shealtiel conceived Zerubbabel.|
|1:13||And Zerubbabel conceived Abiud. And Abiud conceived Eliakim. And Eliakim conceived Azor.|
|1:14||And Azor conceived Zadok. And Zadok conceived Achim. And Achim conceived Eliud.|
|1:15||And Eliud conceived Eleazar. And Eleazar conceived Matthan. And Matthan conceived Jacob.|
|1:16||And Jacob conceived Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.|
|1:17||And so, all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the transmigration of Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the transmigration of Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.|
|1:18||Now the procreation of the Christ occurred in this way. After his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they lived together, she was found to have conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit.|
|1:19||Then Joseph, her husband, since he was just and was not willing to hand her over, preferred to send her away secretly.|
|1:20||But while thinking over these things, behold, an Angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to accept Mary as your wife. For what has been formed in her is of the Holy Spirit.|
|1:21||And she shall give birth to a son. And you shall call his name JESUS. For he shall accomplish the salvation of his people from their sins.”|
|1:22||Now all this occurred in order to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:|
|1:23||“Behold, a virgin shall conceive in her womb, and she shall give birth to a son. And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means: God is with us.”|
|1:24||Then Joseph, arising from sleep, did just as the Angel of the Lord had instructed him, and he accepted her as his wife.|
|1:25||And he knew her not, yet she bore her son, the firstborn. And he called his name JESUS.|
Mass during the Night
Isaiah 9: 1-6
9:1 In the earlier time, the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali were lifted up. But in the later time, the way of the sea beyond the Jordan, the Galilee of the Gentiles, was weighed down. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. A light has risen for the inhabitants of the region of the shadow of death. 9:3 You have increased the nation, but you have not increased the rejoicing. They will rejoice before you, like those who rejoice at the harvest, like the victorious exulting after capturing the prey, when they divide the spoils. 9:4 For you have prevailed over the yoke of their burden, and over the rod of their shoulder, and over the scepter of their oppressor, as in the day of Midian. 9:5 For every violent plunder with a tumult, and every garment mixed with blood, will be burned up and will become fuel for the fire. 9:6 For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given. And leadership is placed upon his shoulder. And his name shall be called: wonderful Counselor, mighty God, father of the future age, Prince of Peace.
Titus 2: 11-14
2:11 For the grace of God our Savior has appeared to all men, 2:12 instructing us to reject impiety and worldly desires, so that we may live soberly and justly and piously in this age, 2:13 looking forward to the blessed hope and the advent of the glory of the great God and of our Savior Jesus Christ. 2:14 He gave himself for our sake, so that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse for himself an acceptable people, pursuers of good works.
Luke 2: 1-14
2:1 And it happened in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, so that the whole world would be enrolled.
2:2 This was the first enrollment; it was made by the ruler of Syria, Quirinius.
2:3 And all went to be declared, each one to his own city.
2:4 Then Joseph also ascended from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
2:5 in order to be declared, with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
2:6 Then it happened that, while they were there, the days were completed, so that she would give birth.
2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son. And she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the inn.
2:8 And there were shepherds in the same region, being vigilant and keeping watch in the night over their flock.
2:9 And behold, an Angel of the Lord stood near them, and the brightness of God shone around them, and they were struck with a great fear.
2:10 And the Angel said to them: “Do not be afraid. For, behold, I proclaim to you a great joy, which will be for all the people.
2:11 For today a Saviour has been born for you in the city of David: he is Christ the Lord.
2:12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”
2:13 And suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the celestial army, praising God and saying,
2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will.”