The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings and Antiphons on p 1739 of the Daily Missal
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Let us celebrate with joy the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for from her arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
First Reading: Micah 5:2-5a
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah.
Thus says the Lord:
You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose origin is from of old,
from ancient days.
Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in lavour has brought forth;
then the rest of his brethren shall return
to the people of Israel.
And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now, he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
And this shall be peace.
The Word of the Lord
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 13:5.6 (R. Isaiah 61:10a)
Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:
R/. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.
As for me, I trust in your merciful love.
Let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord
who has been bountiful with me.
R/. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord.
Please stand for the Gospel
Blessed are you, O holy Virgin Mary, and worthy of all praise,
because from you arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16.18-23
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew.
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham was the father of Isaac,
and Isaac the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar,
and Perez the father of Hezron,
and Hezron the father of Ram,
and Ram the father of Amminadab,
and Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
and Nahshon the father of Salmon,
and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab,
and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth,
and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse
the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah,
and Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
and Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
and Abijah the father of Asa,
and Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
and Joram the father of Uzziah,
and Uzziah the father of Jotham,
and Jotham the father of Ahaz,
and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
and Manasseh the father of Amos,
and Amos the father of Josiah,
and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers,
at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
And after the deportation to Babylon:
Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,
and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
and Abiud the father of Eliakim,
and Eliakim the father of Azor,
and Azor the father of Zadok,
and Zadok the father of Achim,
and Achim the father of Eliud,
and Eliud the father of Eleazar,
and Eleazar the father of Matthan,
and Matthan the father of Jacob,
and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary,
of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph
before they came together
she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
and her husband Joseph,
being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame,
resolved to send her away quietly.
But as he considered this, behold,
an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not fear to take Mary your wife,
for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
she will bear a son,
and you shall call his name Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfil
what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and his name shall be called Emmanuel”
(which means, God with us).
The Gospel of the Lord
Behold, the Virgin will bear a son who will save his people from their sins.