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O God, let us listen, help us hear.

(Introductory Prayers)

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THE GOSPEL

Midnight and Christmas Day
Luke 2:1-14 and John 1:1-18 (long form); 1:1-5, 9-14 (short form)

She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

No stunning brilliance 
nor infinite power.
Blinding glory
hidden.
But a
star shines
over the shelter
and we bend our knee
to God in the homeless baby
who needs to be held, loved and fed.

The Word was made flesh and dwells among us.

We are no longer just dwellings, but temples, homes for God,
 filled with endless grace and brilliance within.
All is holy now. Thank you,
Jesus.
THE FIRST READING
Midnight
Isaiah 9:1-6

You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing

Darkness took us in. But now light is come.
The yoke is smashed and broken.
So is the taskmaster’s rod.
 
Mary gave us her son.

Upon his shoulders power rests.
His life is vast and forever peaceful––
now wrapped in soft clothes, cuddled in a manger.

Wonder-Counselor,
God-Hero, Father-Forever
Prince of Peace,
Jesus

Come,
let us adore him.

  

THE SECOND READING
Christmas Dawn and Christmas Day

Isaiah 62:11-12 and Hebrews 1:1-6

For to which of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; this day I have I begotten you”?

 To
our ancestors
God spoke in partial and various ways

Then
God spoke directly through his Son, who is the imprint of
the being, the radiance, the glory, through whom he
created the universe and by whom he sustains
all things in the word. Oh yes, he took
down the wall when he brought
his firstborn into the world
and said to the babe
in the manger,

“You are my son; this day I have begotten you.”

O God, let us listen, help us hear.

Anne Osdieck         
Art by Martin Erspamer, OSB
from Religious Clip Art for the Liturgical Year (A, B, and C). This art may be reproduced only by parishes who purchase the collection in book or CD-ROM form. For more information go http://www.ltp.org