December 2023: Mass Readings and Resources

December 2023 is Advent Year A in the Sunday liturgical cycle and Year 1 in the weekday cycle. See Mass readings resources for specific Sundays and feast days in December 2023 here. Learn more about lectionary cycles for December 2023 from the USCCB.

Sundays and Holy Days in December 2023

1st Sunday of Advent Year B

Sunday December 3, 2023

The Mass readings for the 1st Sunday of Advent Year B emphasize the importance of being alert and ready for the Lord’s coming. They call for a transformation of hearts and a steadfast commitment to discipleship, reminding us to remain watchful and prepared for the unexpected. The themes of readiness, transformation, and being steadfast resonate throughout the readings.

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Friday December 8, 2023

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th commemorates Mary’s conception without original sin, highlighting her role as a pure vessel for Jesus. The readings emphasize Mary’s pivotal role in God’s plan for the world’s salvation, showcasing her humble acceptance of God’s will.

2nd Sunday of Advent Year B

Sunday December 10, 2023

The readings for the 2nd Sunday of Advent Year B center around the figure of John the Baptist and his call to repentance. The readings highlight the importance of baptism, reconciliation, and preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ. Themes such as getting ready, humility, and the sacraments are explored, inviting reflection on these topics during this time of Advent.

3rd Sunday of Advent Year B

Sunday Dec 17, 2023

The readings for the 3rd Sunday of Advent Year B, also known as Gaudete Sunday, emphasize the theme of rejoicing as the coming of our salvation draws near. The readings highlight hopeful waiting, humility, joy, and the recognition of our identity in relation to the Messiah. The homily themes could revolve around the anticipation of Christ’s arrival, the importance of humility, the experience of joy in the midst of waiting, and reflecting on our true identity as children of God.

4th Sunday of Advent Year B

Sunday Dec 24, 2023

The Mass readings for the 4th Sunday of Advent Year B focus on the themes of the original Ark of the Covenant and the Annunciation to Mary, who becomes the new Ark of the Covenant. The readings explore the promises made to David, the praise of God, and the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, revealing her role as the chosen mother of Jesus. Reflecting on the Blessed Virgin Mary, her acceptance of God’s plan (Fiat), and the symbolism of Mary as the Ark of the Covenant can be fruitful points for contemplation.

Christmas Day – The Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord

Monday December 25, 2023

Christmas is a highly significant celebration in the Church, second only to Easter, as it commemorates the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Christmas season, lasting for eight days, emphasizes the themes of God’s choice to dwell among humanity, the concept of solidarity, and a focus on the person of Jesus Christ. In December 2023, Christmas falls on a Monday.

The Feast of the Holy Family Year B

Sunday Dec 31, 2023

The Mass readings for the Feast of the Holy Family Year B highlight the significance of family. The readings present the encounter of Joseph, Mary, and the infant Jesus with Simeon and Anna, shedding light on Jesus’ future. The themes encompass understanding the meaning of belonging to God’s family and recognizing the diverse forms of families, including biological, faith-based, and intentional families.

December 2023

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