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25/12/2021 Day 359

Isaiah 52:7-10; Hebrews 1:1-6; John 1:1-18


The Nativity of our Lord – Mass During the Day
Readings and Antiphons on p. 121 of the Daily Missal.

Entrance Antiphon.

A child is born for us, and a son is given to us; his sceptre of power rests upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Messenger of great counsel.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10

A reading from the Book of Isaiah.

How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good tidings,
who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Listen, your watchmen lift up their voice,
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem;
for the Lord has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

The Word of the Lord.

 

 

 

 

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1.2-3ab.3cd-5.5-6 (R. 3cd)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

O sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has worked wonders.
His right hand and his holy arm
have brought salvation.

The Lord has made known his salvation,
has shown his deliverance to the nations.
He has remembered his merciful love
and his truth for the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song,
and sing out your praise.

Sing psalms to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of song.
With trumpets and the sound of the horn,
raise a shout before the King, the Lord.

R/. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

 

 

Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-6

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews.

In many and various ways
God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets;
but in these last days, he has spoken to us by a Son,
whom he appointed the heir of all things,
through whom also he created the ages.
He reflects the glory of God
and bears the very stamp of his nature,
upholding the universe by his word of power.
When he had made purification for sins,
he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
having become as much superior to angels
as the name he has obtained is more excellent than theirs.

For to what angel did God ever say,
“You are my Son, today I have begotten you”?
Or again,
“I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

The Word of the Lord.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
A hallowed day has shone upon us: come, O nations, and adore the Lord; for today a great light has come down to earth.
Alleluia.

 

 

Gospel: John 1:1-18

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John.

In the beginning, was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God;
all things were made through him,
and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light,
that all might believe through him.
He was not the light
but came to bear witness to the light.

The true light that enlightens every person
was coming into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made through him,
yet the world knew him not.
He came to his own home,
and his own people received him not.
But to all who received him, who believed in his name,
he gave power to become children of God;
who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh
nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
full of grace and truth;
we have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.
(John bore witness to him, and cried,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘He who comes after me ranks before me,
for he was before me.’”)
And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
For the law was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God;
the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father,
he has made him known.

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

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