Sunday December 25, 2022
Christmas is an important celebration in the Church. Only Easter carries a greater significance. On this feast we celebrate the incarnation of our Lord – God choosing to become one of us.
Christmas is celebrated as an octave – eight days of observance.
The Christmas season starts on December 25 with the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord . It includes the Feast of the Epiphany.
Mass Readings for the The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
For the Vigil Mass
- First Reading – Isaiah 62:1-5: “As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride so shall your God rejoice in you.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 89: “For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.”
- Second Reading – Acts 13:16-17, 22-25: “From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise, has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.”
- Gospel – Matthew 1:1-25 or Matthew 1:18-25: “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
For Mass During the Night
- First Reading – Isaiah 9:1-6: “For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests.They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace.”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 96: “Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.”
- Second Reading – Titus 2:11-14: “The grace of God has appeared, saving all and 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”
- Gospel – Luke 2:1-14: “For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.”
For Mass at Dawn
- First Reading – Isaiah 62:11-12: “See, the LORD proclaims to the ends of the earth: say to daughter Zion, your savior comes!”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 97: “A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.”
- Second Reading – Titus 3:4-7: “He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.”
- Gospel – Luke 2:15-20: “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
For Mass During the Day
- First Reading – Isaiah 52:7-10: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings glad tidings, announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, and saying to Zion, ‘Your God is King!'”
- Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 98: “All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.”
- Second Reading – Hebrews 1:1-6: “In these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe, who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word.”
- Gospel – John 1:1-18 or John 1:1-5, 9-14: “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”
Resources for Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas emphasizes the religious nature of the holiday. But did you ever notice that Linus drops his blanket during the show?
Imagine trying to come up with the perfect gift for our savior. How did the wise men handle it? A humorous skit.
Christmas Quotes and Social Media Graphics
Contemplating the Baby Jesus, with His humble and infinite love, let us say to Him, very simply: “Thank you for doing all this for me!”Pope Francis
God is in love with us. He draws us to Him with tenderness by being born poor and fragile among us, like one of us.Pope Francis
Faced with our frailties, the Lord does not withdraw. He does not remain in his blessed eternity and in his infinite light, but rather he draws close, he makes himself incarnate, he descends into the darkness. This is God’s work: to come among us.Pope Francis
Sadly, most people’s image of God is jolly Santa, making a list and checking it twice, finding out who’s naughty or nice. It’s certainly not this humble, helpless baby who has come to love us in ways that we’re not ready to be loved.Fr. Richard Rohr
Tonight a light has been lit, a kindly light, reminding us that in our littleness, we are beloved sons and daughters, children of the light. Let us rejoice together, for no one will ever put out this light, the light of Jesus, who tonight shines brightly in our world.Pope Francis
This is the lesson of Christmas: humility is the great condition for faith, for the spiritual life and for holiness. May the Lord grant it to us as a gift.Pope Francis
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