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29/12/2022 Day 363

1John 2:3-11; Luke 2

The Fifth Day within the Octave of Christmas.
Readings and Antiphons on p. 132 of the Daily Missal.


Entrance Antiphon.
God so loved the world that he gave his Only Son, so that all who believe in him may not perish, but may have eternal life.


First Reading: 1 John 2:3-11

A reading from the First Letter of Saint John.

Brothers and sisters:
By this, we may be sure that we know Jesus Christ
if we keep his commandments.
The one who says “I know him”
but disobeys his commandments is a liar,
and the truth is not in him;
but whoever keeps his word,
in him truly love for God is perfected.
By this we may be sure that we are in him:
the one who says they abide in him
ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Brothers and sisters, I am writing you no new commandment,
but an old commandment which you had from the beginning;
the old commandment is the word which you have heard.

Yet I am writing you a new commandment,
which is true in him and in you
because the darkness is passing away
and the true light is already shining.

The one who says they are in the light and hates their brother or sister
is in the darkness still.
The one who loves their brother or sister abides in the light,
and in it, there is no cause for stumbling.
But the one who hates their brother or sister is in the darkness
and walks in the darkness,
and does not know where they are going,
because the darkness has blinded their eyes.

The Word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 96:1-2a.2b-3.5b-6 (R. 11a)

Let us now pray the Responsorial Psalm:

R/. Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad.

O sing a new song to the Lord;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
O sing to the Lord; bless his name.

Proclaim his salvation day by day.
Tell among the nations his glory,
and his wonders among all the peoples.

It was the Lord who made the heavens.
In his presence are majesty and splendour,
strength and honour in his holy place.

R/. Let the heavens rejoice and earth be glad.

Please stand for the Gospel.

Alleluia, Alleluia.
A light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.


Gospel: Luke 2:22-35

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke.

When the time came for their purification
according to the law of Moses,
the parents of Jesus brought him up to Jerusalem
to present him to the Lord
(as it is written in the law of the Lord,
“Every male that opens the womb
shall be called holy to the Lord”)
and to offer a sacrifice
according to what is said in the law of the Lord,
“a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon,
and this man was righteous and devout,
looking for the consolation of Israel,
and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit
that he should not see death
before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple;
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the law,
he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
“Lord, now let your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marvelled
at what was said about him,
and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother,
“Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising
of many in Israel,
and for a sign that is spoken against
(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also),
that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Communion Antiphon.
Through the heartfelt mercy of our God, the Dawn from on high will visit us.

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