The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Official Translation

Reading 1 - 1 John 2.18-21

Little children, these are the end times,
and as you heard that the Antichrist is coming,
even now many antichrists have appeared.
By this we know that it is the final hour.
They went out from us, but they did not belong to us;
for if they had belonged to us,
they would have continued with us.
But they left, that they might be revealed
as not belonging to us.
You have an anointing from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I have not written to you because
you do not know the truth,
but because you do know it,
and because no lie is of the truth.

Responsorial - Psalm 96.1-2, 11-12, 13 Resp. 11a

R. Let the heavens exult and the earth rejoice.

Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!
Proclaim his salvation from day to day!

R. Let the heavens exult and the earth rejoice.

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice.
Let the sea roar, and its fullness!
Let the field and all that is in it exult!
Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy

R. Let the heavens exult and the earth rejoice.

They will rejoice before the Lord; for he comes,
for he comes to rule the earth.
He will rule the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.

R. Let the heavens exult and the earth rejoice.

Gospel - John 1.1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through him.
Without him nothing was made that has been made.
In him was life, and the life was the light of humans.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

There came a man, sent from God,
whose name was John.
He came as a witness, that he might testify about the light,
that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but was sent that he might testify about the light.
The true light that enlightens everyone
was coming into the world.
He was in the world,
and the world was made through him,
but the world did not recognize him.
He came to his own,
and those who were his own did not receive him.

But as many as received him,
to them he gave the right
to become God’s children,
to those who believe in his name:
who were born not of blood,
nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man,
but of God.

The Word became flesh, and lived among us.
We saw his glory,
such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John testified about him.
He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said,
‘He who comes after me has surpasses me,
for he was before me.’”
From his fullness we all received grace instead of grace.
For the law was given through Moses,
but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The one and only Son, God, who is in the bosom of the Father,
has revealed him.

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