Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord - At the Vigil Mass

Official Translation

Reading 1 - Isaiah 62.1-5

For Zion’s sake will I not be silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her righteousness go out as brightness,
and her salvation as a lamp that burns.
The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name,
which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
You shall also be a crown of beauty
in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem
in the hand of your God.
You shall no longer be called Forsaken,
nor shall your land anymore be called Desolate,
but you shall be called My Delight,
and your land Married;
for the Lord delights in you,
and your land shall be married.
For as a young man marries a virgin,
so your sons shall marry you;
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
so your God will rejoice over you.

Responsorial – Psalm 89.4-5, 16-17, 27, 29

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David, my servant,
‘I will establish your seed forever,
and build up your throne to all generations.’”

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

Blessed are the people who learn to acclaim you.
They walk in the light of your face, O Lord.
In your name they rejoice all day long.
In your righteousness, they are exalted.

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

He will call to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the rock of my salvation!’
I will keep my loving kindness for him forever more.
My covenant will stand firm with him.

R. I will sing of the loving kindness of the Lord forever.

Reading 2 – Acts 13.16-17, 22-25

When Paul came to Antioch of Pisidia,
he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day,
and he stood up, beckoning with his hand, and said,
“Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our fathers,
and exalted the people when they stayed
as foreigners in the land of Egypt,
and with an uplifted arm,
he led them out of it.

When he had removed Saul,
he raised up David to be their king,
to whom he also testified,
‘I have found David the son of Jesse,
a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’
From this man’s seed, according to his promise,
God has brought a Savior, Jesus, to Israel.
Before his coming, John had first preached
the baptism of repentance to Israel.
As John was fulfilling his course, he said,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
But behold, one comes after me
the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.’

Gospel – Matthew 1.1-25 or 18-25

The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.
Abraham became the father of Isaac.
Isaac became the father of Jacob.
Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron.
Hezron became the father of Ram.
Ram became the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon.
Nahshon became the father of Salmon.
Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse.
Jesse became the father of King David.
David became the father of Solomon
by her who had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam.
Rehoboam became the father of Abijah.
Abijah became the father of Asa.
Asa became the father of Jehoshaphat.
Jehoshaphat became the father of Joram.
Joram became the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham.
Jotham became the father of Ahaz.
Ahaz became the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh.
Manasseh became the father of Amon.
Amon became the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers,
at the time of the exile to Babylon.
After the exile to Babylon,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel.
Shealtiel became the father of Zerubbabel.
Zerubbabel became the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim.
Eliakim became the father of Azor.
Azor became the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim.
Achim became the father of Eliud.
Eliud became the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan.
Matthan became the father of Jacob.
Jacob became the father of Joseph,
the husband of Mary,
from whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations;
from David to the exile to Babylon fourteen generations;
and from the carrying away to Babylon to the Christ, fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ happened in this way:
After his mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph,
but before they came together,
she was found pregnant by the Holy Spirit.
Joseph, her husband, being a righteous man,
and unwilling to shame her,
resolved to divorce her secretly.
But while he thought about these things,
behold, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream, saying,
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid
to take in Mary, your wife,
for that which is conceived in her
is of the Holy Spirit.
She shall give birth to a son.
You shall call his name Jesus,
for it is he who shall save his people from their sins.”
Now all this has happened,
that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet,
might be fulfilled:
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child,
and shall give birth to a son.
They shall call his name Emmanuel”;
which means “God with us.”
Joseph arose from his sleep,
and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him,
and took his wife in but did not know her,
until she had given birth to her firstborn son.
He named him Jesus.

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