Program for Christmas Eve 4:00 pm and 10:00 pm Masses

Vigil Mass of Christmas
Rev. Vince Fernandez, celebrant (4:00 pm)
Very Rev. Jack A. Gleason, celebrant (10:00 pm)
December 24, 2020

Jump to:
Liturgy of the Word
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Communion Rite

Prelude

 Hymn

1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

2. How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive Him still the dear Christ enters in.

Text: Philips Brooks, 1835-1893
Tune: ST LOUIS, Lewis H. Redner, 1831-1908

 Carol

On Christmas night all Christians sing to hear the news the angels bring:
news of great joy, news of great mirth, news of our merciful King’s birth.
Then why should we on earth be sad, since our Redeemer made us glad,
when from our sin He set us free, all for to gain our liberty?
When sin departs before His grace, then life and health come in its place;
angels and men with joy may sing, all for to see the newborn King.
All out of darkness we have light, which made the angels sing this night:
“Glory to God in highest heaven, now and forevermore. Amen.”

Text: Luke Wadding, 1628-1691
Tune: SUSSEX CAROL, Traditional English, arr. Elaine Hagenberg

 Hymn

1. Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echo back their joyous strains.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

2. Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Text: 18th c. French carol, trans. from Crown of Jesus Music, London 1862
Tune: GLORIA, French Traditional

 Carol

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head;
the stars in the heavens looked down where He lay,
the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the Baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
and stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

Text: anonymous (v.1-2), John T. McFarland 1851-1913 (v. 3)
Tune: CRADLE SONG, William J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921, arr. Mack Wilberg

 Hymn

1. Good Christian friends, rejoice
With heart and soul and voice;
O give heed to what we say:
Jesus Christ is born today!
Ox and ass before him bow,
And he is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today!

2. Good Christian friends, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Now you hear of endless bliss:
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened heaven’s door,
And we are blest forevermore.
Christ was born for this! Christ was born for this!

Text: In dulci jubilo, 14th c. German/Latin hymn, trans. John M. Meal, 1818-1866
Tune: IN DULCI JUBILO, Klug’s Geistliche Lieder, Wittenberg 1535, harm. Robert L. Pearsall, 1795-1856

 Carol

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, good will to all, from heaven’s all-gracious King.”
The world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing.
Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,
and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world;
Look now, for golden is the hour, come swiftly on the wing.
The Prince was born to bring you peace; of Him the angels sing.
For lo! the days have come to pass by prophets seen of old,
When down into the circling years came Christ as was foretold.
His word of peace shall to the earth God’s ancient promise bring,
And all who take this gift will hear the song the angels sing.

Text: Edmund H. Sears, 1810-1876
Tune: CAROL, Richard S. Willis, 1819-1900, arr. John Leavitt

 Hymn

1. Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

2.Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by, born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth, born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Tune: MENDELSSOHN, Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847; descant with harm. by David Willcocks

 Christmas Proclamation

The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run their course
from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning created heaven and earth,
and formed man in his own likeness; when century upon century had passed
since the Almighty set his bow in the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace;
in the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of Ur of the Chaldees;
in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt;
around the thousandth year since David was anointed King; in the sixty-fifth week of the prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; in the year seven hundred and fifty-two
since the foundation of the City of Rome; in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian Augustus,
the whole world being at peace,
JESUS CHRIST, eternal God and Son of the eternal Father,
desiring to consecrate the world by his most loving presence,
was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine months had passed since his conception,
was born of the Virgin Mary in Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man:
The Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to the flesh.

Text from the Roman Martyrology

Introductory Rite

All stand as the ministers process to the front of the church.

 Hymn

A version with the music printed can be found below the text.

1.  O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him,
born the king of angels.
Refrain:
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

2. God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb.
Very God, begotten not created,
[Refrain]

3. Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;  
[Refrain]

4. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
[Refrain]

Text: Adeste fideles; John F. Wade, 1711-1786; trans. Frederick Oakeley, 1802-1880
Tune: ADESTE FIDELES, John F. Wade, descant with harm. by David Willcocks

 Introit

The Lord said to me: You are my Son: it is I who have begotten you.
V. Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain?

Psalm 2:7
Music: Aristotle A. Esguerra

 Greeting

All make the Sign of the Cross as the priest says:
In the name + of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. R. Amen.
The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

 Penitential Act

The priest asks the faithful to call to mind their sins, saying:
Brothers and sisters, let us acknowledge our sins, and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.
Then all recite together the formula for general confession:
I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters,
that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,
in what I have done, and in what I have failed to do,
And, striking their breast, they say:
through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault;
therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the Angels and Saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.

The absolution by the Priest follows:
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
R. Amen.

 Kyrie

Kyrie eleison. R. Kyrie eleison. (Lord, have mercy)
Christe eleison. R. Christe eleison. (Christ, have mercy)
Kyrie eleison. R. Kyrie eleison. (Lord, have mercy)

Music: Missa ‘de Angelis’

 Gloria

Gloria in excelsis Deo,
et in terra pax hominibus.
We praise you,
we bless you,
we adore you,
we glorify you,
we give you thanks for your great glory,
Lord God, heavenly King,
O God, almighty Father.
Lord Jesus Christ, Only Begotten Son,
Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,
you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us;
you take away the sins of the world,
receive our prayer;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father,
have mercy on us.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father.
Amen.

Music: Mass of the Angels, Richard J. Clark

 

 Collect

When the Gloria is concluded, the Priest, with hands joined, says:

Let us pray.

O God, who gladden us year by year
as we wait in hope for our redemption,
grant that, just as we joyfully welcome
your Only Begotten Son as our Redeemer,
we may also merit to face him confidently
when he comes again as our Judge.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

All are seated for the readings from scripture.

The Liturgy of the Word

 First Reading

Isaiah 62:1-5

A reading from the second book of the prophet Isaiah.

For Zion’s sake I will not be silent,
for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her vindication shines forth like the dawn
and her victory like a burning torch.

Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the LORD.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD,
a royal diadem held by your God.
No more shall people call you “Forsaken,”
or your land “Desolate,”
but you shall be called “My Delight,”
and your land “Espoused.”
For the LORD delights in you
and makes your land his spouse.
As a young man marries a virgin,
your Builder shall marry you;
and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride
so shall your God rejoice in you.

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29
Music: J. Robert Carroll (refrain); Joseph Gelineau, SJ (verses)

The psalm is intoned by the cantor, and all repeat it.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

V. “With my chosen one I have made a covenant;
I have sworn to David my servant:
I will establish your dynasty for ever,
and set up your throne through all ages.”

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

V. Happy the people who acclaim such a king,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
who find their joy every day in your name,
who make your justice the source of their bliss.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

V. He will say to me: “You are my father,
my God, the rock who saves me.”
I will keep my love for him always;
with him my covenant shall last.

R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

 Second Reading

Acts 13:16-17, 22-25

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

When Paul reached Antioch in Pisidia and entered the synagogue,
he stood up, motioned with his hand, and said,
“Fellow Israelites and you others who are God-fearing, listen.
The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors
and exalted the people during their sojourn in the land of Egypt.
With uplifted arm he led them out of it.
Then he removed Saul and raised up David as king;
of him he testified,
‘I have found David, son of Jesse, a man after my own heart;
he will carry out my every wish.’
From this man’s descendants God, according to his promise,
has brought to Israel a savior, Jesus.
John heralded his coming by proclaiming a baptism of repentance
to all the people of Israel;
and as John was completing his course, he would say,
‘What do you suppose that I am? I am not he.
Behold, one is coming after me;
I am not worthy to unfasten the sandals of his feet.’”

The word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.

 Gospel Acclamation

All stand as the deacon asks the priest for his blessing to proclaim the Gospel.
Meanwhile, the cantor intones the Gospel Acclamation, and all repeat it:

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

V. Tomorrow the wickedness of the earth will be destroyed:
the Savior of the world will reign over us.

 

R. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

 Gospel

Matthew 1:1-25

For shorter version, omit text in brackets.

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
The beginning of the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. R. Glory to you, O Lord.

[The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,
the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham became the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers.
Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah,
whose mother was Tamar.
Perez became the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz,
whose mother was Rahab.
Boaz became the father of Obed,
whose mother was Ruth.
Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah.
Solomon became the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah.
Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah.
Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amos,

Amos the father of Josiah.
Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers
at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile,
Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud.
Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
Azor the father of Zadok.
Zadok became the father of Achim,
Achim the father of Eliud,
Eliud the father of Eleazar.
Eleazar became the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David
is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile,
fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ,
fourteen generations.]

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

The Gospel of the Lord. R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

After the Book of the Gospels has been returned to its place, all are seated for the homily.

 Homily
 Profession of Faith (Nicene Creed)

All stand as the priest introduces the Profession of Faith.

I believe in one God,
the Father almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
At the words that follow, up to and including and became man, all kneel.
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church.
I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins
and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 The Universal Prayer (Prayers of the Faithful)

After each petition, all respond Lord, hear our prayer.

The Liturgy of the Eucharist

 Offertory Motet

Ave Maria, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum.
Benedicta tu in mulieribus,
et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.

Sancta Maria, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus,
nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with you.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Music: Franz Biebl

 Offertory Antiphon

O magnum mysterium,
et admirabile sacramentum,
ut animalia viderunt Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio.
O beata Virgo, cujus viscera meruerunt portare Dominum Jusum Christum.
Alleluia.

O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the new-born Lord, lying in a manger!
Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear our Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

Music: Francis Poulenc

 Prayer over the offerings

All stand as the priest asks God to bless the offerings of bread and wine:
Pray, my brothers and sisters, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable to God, the almighty Father.
R. May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his holy Church.

As we look forward, O Lord,
to the coming festivities,
may we serve you all the more eagerly
for knowing that in them
you make manifest the beginnings of our redemption.
Through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen.

 Preface Dialogue

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts. R. We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. R. It is right and just.

 Preface

It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation,
always and everywhere to give you thanks,
Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God,
through Christ our Lord.
For on the feast of this awe-filled mystery,
though invisible in his own divine nature,
he has appeared visibly in ours;
and begotten before all ages,
he has begun to exist in time;
so that, raising up in himself all that was cast down,
he might restore unity to all creation
and call straying humanity back to the heavenly Kingdom.
And so, with all the Angels, we praise you,
as in joyful celebration we acclaim:

 Sanctus

Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
Dominus Deus sabaoth.
Pleni sunt coeli et terra gloria tua.
Hosanna in excelsis.
Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini.
Hosanna in excelsis.

Music: Missa Orientalis

All kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer.

 The Eucharistic Prayer

To you, therefore, most merciful Father, we make humble prayer and petition through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord: that you accept and bless these gifts, these offerings, these holy and unblemished sacrifices, which we offer you firstly for your holy catholic Church.
Be pleased to grant her peace, to guard, unite and govern her throughout the whole world, together with your servant Francis our Pope and David our Bishop, and all those who, holding to the truth, hand on the catholic and apostolic faith.
Remember, Lord, your servants gathered here, whose faith and devotion are known to you. For them we offer you this sacrifice of praise or they offer it for themselves and all who are dear to them: for the redemption of their souls, in hope of health and well-being, and paying their homage to you, the eternal God, living and true.
Celebrating the most sacred night on which blessed Mary the immaculate Virgin brought forth the Savior for this world, and in communion with those whose memory we venerate, especially the glorious ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ, and blessed Joseph, her Spouse; your blessed Apostles and Martyrs,
Peter and Paul, Andrew, James, John, Thomas, James, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Simon and Jude; Linus, Cletus, Clement, Sixtus, Cornelius, Cyprian, Lawrence, Chrysogonus, John and Paul, Cosmas and Damian and all your Saints; we ask that through their merits and prayers, in all things we may be defended by your protecting help.
Therefore, Lord, we pray: graciously accept this oblation of our service, that of your whole family; order our days in your peace, and command that we be delivered from eternal damnation and counted among the flock of those you have chosen.
Be pleased, O God, we pray, to bless, acknowledge, and approve this offering in every respect; make it spiritual and acceptable, so that it may become for us the Body and Blood of your most beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
On the day before he was to suffer, he took bread in his holy and venerable hands, and with eyes raised to heaven to you, O God, his almighty Father, giving you thanks, he said the blessing, broke the bread and gave it to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND EAT OF IT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY,
WHICH WILL BE GIVEN UP FOR YOU.
In a similar way, when supper was ended, he took this precious chalice in his holy and venerable hands, and once more giving you thanks, he said the blessing and gave the chalice to his disciples, saying:
TAKE THIS, ALL OF YOU, AND DRINK FROM IT, FOR THIS IS THE CHALICE OF MY BLOOD, THE BLOOD OF THE NEW AND ETERNAL COVENANT, WHICH WILL BE POURED OUT FOR YOU AND FOR MANY FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS.
DO THIS IN MEMORY OF ME.

The mystery of faith.

Therefore, O Lord, as we celebrate the memorial of the blessed Passion, the Resurrection from the dead, and the glorious Ascension into heaven of Christ, your Son, our Lord, we, your servants and your holy people, offer to your glorious majesty from the gifts that you have given us, this pure victim, this holy victim, this spotless victim, the holy Bread of eternal life and the Chalice of everlasting salvation.
Be pleased to look upon these offerings with a serene and kindly countenance, and to accept them, as once you were pleased to accept the gifts of your servant Abel the just, the sacrifice of Abraham, our father in faith, and the offering of your high priest Melchizedek, a holy sacrifice, a spotless victim.
In humble prayer we ask you, almighty God: command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your holy Angel to your altar on high in the sight of your divine majesty, so that all of us, who through this participation at the altar receive the most holy Body and Blood of your Son, may be filled with every grace and heavenly blessing.
Remember also, Lord, your servants who have gone before us with the sign of faith and rest in the sleep of peace. Grant them, O Lord, we pray, and all who sleep in Christ, a place of refreshment, light and peace.
To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies, graciously grant some share and fellowship with your holy Apostles and Martyrs: with John the Baptist, Stephen, Matthias, Barnabas, Ignatius, Alexander, Marcellinus, Peter, Felicity, Perpetua, Agatha, Lucy, Agnes, Cecilia, Anastasia and all your Saints; admit us, we beseech you, into their company, not weighing our merits, but granting us your pardon, through Christ our Lord.
Through whom you continue to make all these good things, O Lord; you sanctify them, fill them with life, bless them, and bestow them upon us.
Through him, and with him, and in him, O God, almighty Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honor and glory is yours,

Holy Communion

 The Lord’s Prayer

All stand as the priest introduces the Lord’s Prayer:
At the Savior’s command, and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come, thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles: Peace I leave you, my peace I give you, look not on our sins, but on the faith of your Church, and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will. Who live and reign for ever and ever. R. Amen.

The peace of the Lord be with you always. R. And with your spirit.

 Agnus Dei

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona nobis pacem.

Music: Missa Orientalis

The priest genuflects and takes the host and presents it to the people, saying:
Behold the Lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sins of the world.
Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
R: Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.

 Communion Antiphon

Let heaven rejoice and earth be glad before the Lord, for he has come!

Music: Aristotle A. Esguerra

 Communion Motet

A spotless Rose is blowing, Sprung from a tender root,
Of ancient seers’ foreshowing, Of Jesse promised fruit;
It’s fairest bud unfolds to light Amid the cold winter,
And in the dark midnight.
The Rose which I am singing, Whereof Isaiah said,
Is from its sweet root springing, In Mary, purest Maid;
For through God’s great love and might
The Blessed Babe she bare us, In a cold winter’s night.

Text: 15th c. German, trans. Catherine Winkworth
Music: Tom Shelton

 Communion Hymn

Text and music: Daniel Kantor, b. 1960

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
’round yon virgin mother and child!
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
heav’nly hosts sing: “Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born!”

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Text: Stille nacht, Joseph Mohr, 1792-1849, trans. John F. Young, 1820-1885
Tune: STILLE NACHT, Franz X. Gruber, 1787-1863

 Marian Antiphon

Loving mother of the Redeemer, gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again,
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before,
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting, have pity on us poor sinners.

 Prayer after Communion

A period of silent prayer follows. Then, all stand as the priest says:

Let us pray.

Grant, O Lord, we pray,
that we may draw new vigor
from celebrating the Nativity of your Only Begotten Son,
by whose heavenly mystery we receive both food and drink.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
R. Amen.

 Solemn Blessing and Dismissal

The Lord be with you. R. And with your spirit.

The priest may optionally use this formula for Solemn Blessing, in which case the deacon says Bow down for the blessing, while the priest continues:

May the God of infinite goodness,
who by the Incarnation of his Son has driven darkness from the world
and by that glorious Birth has illumined this most holy night (day),
drive far from you the darkness of vice
and illumine your hearts with the light of virtue. R. Amen.

May God, who willed that the great joy
of his Son’s saving Birth
be announced to shepherds by the Angel,
fill your minds with the gladness he gives
and make you heralds of his Gospel.
 R. Amen.

And may God, who by the Incarnation
brought together the earthly and heavenly realm,
fill you with the gift of his peace and favor
and make you sharers with the Church in heaven.
 R. Amen.

And may the blessing of almighty God,
the Father, and the Son, + and the Holy Spirit,
come down on you and remain with you for ever. R. Amen.

The deacon chants: Go in peace. To which the people respond: Thanks be to God.

 Closing Hymn

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Tune: ANTIOCH, arr. from George F. Handel, 1685-1759 in T. Hawkes’ Collection of Tunes, 1833

 Postlude

Joy to the World (arranged by Sue Mitchell-Wallace and John Head)

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