Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord, Mass at Midnight

Official Translation

Reading 1 – Isaiah 9:1-6

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
On those who lived in the land of the shadow of death,
the light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation.
You have increased their joy.
They rejoice before you as with the harvest joy,
as humans rejoice when they divide plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the staff on their shoulder,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as in the day of Midian.
For all the armor of the armed man
clanging in battle,
and the garments rolled in blood,
will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born. To us a son is given;
and the dominion will be on his shoulders.
His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his dominion and of peace
there shall be no end,
on the throne of David and for his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from that time on, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this!

Responsorial – Psalm 96.1-2, 2-3, 11-12, 13 Resp. Luke 2.11

R. Today there is born for us a Savior, Christ the Lord.

Sing to the Lord a new song!
Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!

R. Today there is born for us a Savior, Christ the Lord.

Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.

R. Today there is born for us a Savior, Christ the Lord.

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. Today there is born for us a Savior, Christ the Lord.

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. Today there is born for us a Savior, Christ the Lord.

Reading 2 – Titus 2.11-14

The grace of God has appeared,
bringing salvation to all humans,
instructing us for the purpose that,
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we shall live soberly, righteously, and godly in this age;
looking for the blessed hope,
the appearance of the glory of
our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify for himself a people for his own possession,
zealous to do good.

Gospel – Luke 2.1-14

Now it happened in those days
that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be enrolled.
This was the first enrollment
made when Quirinius was governor of Syria.
All went to enroll themselves, everyone to his hometown.
Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem,
because he was of the house and family of David;
to enroll himself with Mary, his betrothed, who was pregnant.
It happened, while they were there,
that the day had come when she would give birth.
She gave birth to her firstborn son.
She wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger,
because there was no room for them in the inn.
There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field,
and keeping watch by night over their flock.
Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them,
and the glory of the Lord shone around them,
and they were terrified.
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid,
for behold, I bring you good news of great joy
which will be for all the people.
For there is born to you, this day, in the city of David,
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This is the sign to you: you will find a baby
wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”
Suddenly, there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
“Glory to God in the highest,
on earth peace in humans whom he favors.”

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