Sacred Liturgy: Liturgy of the Word


THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
MASS AT MIDNIGHT
 

First Reading
A son is given us

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 9:1-6

            The people who walked in darkness have seen a great ligth; upon those who dwell in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing,as they rejoice before you as the harvest, as people make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, and the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulders dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor,  God Hero, Father- Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, from David's Throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will do this!

  


Responsorial Psalm
Ps 96: 1-2, 2-3, 11-12,13

R/. "Today es born our Savior, Christ the Lord" 

Sing to the Lord a new song,

            sing to the Lord, all you lands.

Sing to the Lord; bless his name
R/. "Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"
 

                          

Announce his salvation, day after day.

            Tell his glory among the nations:

            among all peoples, his woundrous deeds.
R/. "Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"
 

 

Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;

            let the sea and what fills it resound;

             let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult.

R/. "Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"

They shall exult before the Lord, for he comes;
            for he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
            and the peoples with his constancy.
R/. "Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord"

 



Second Reading
The
grace of God has appeared to all

A reading for the Letter of Saint Paul to Titus 2: 11-14

            Beloved: The grace of God has appeared, saving alland training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to deliver us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for himself a people as his own, eager to do what is good.


 


Gospel
Today a Savior has been born for you
 

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 2: 1-14

            In those days a decree went out from Cesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrollment. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So all wen to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now  there were shepherds in that region living in he fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of he Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host wih the angel, praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."

 


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