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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

CHRISTMAS VIGIL MASS READINGS (24TH DECEMBER, 2011)


FIRST READING 

A reading from the Book of Isaiah (62:11-12)
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” And they shall be called The Holy People, The redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought out, a city not forsaken.  The Word of the Lord

Response Psalm: This day a new light will shine upon the earth: the Lord is born to us.
 
The Lord is King, let earth rejoice, the many coastlands be glad. The skies proclaim his justice; all peoples see his glory. R./

 Light shines forth for the just and joy for the upright of heart. Rejoice, you just, in the Lord; give glory to his holy name. R./

 SECOND READING 

A reading from the Letter of St Paul to Titus (3:4-7)
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life. The Word of the Lord

ACCLAMATION Alleluia, alleluia! 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased! Alleluia! (Lk 2:14) 

GOSPEL 


 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (2:15-20)
When the angels went away from the shepherds into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.  The Gospel of the Lord

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