Saturday, September 8, 2018

Pope Francis to Bishops - "How many hours a day do you pray?" FULL TEXT + Video

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE BISHOPS OF THE MISSION TERRITORIES
PARTICIPANTS IN THE SEMINAR PROMOTED BY THE CONGREGATION
FOR THE EVANGELIZATION OF PEOPLE

Clementine Hall
Saturday, September 8th 2018

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Dear Brothers, good morning!

I am pleased to meet you at your training seminar. With you I greet the communities entrusted to you: the priests, the men and women religious, the catechists and the lay faithful. I am grateful to Cardinal Filoni for the words he addressed to me and I also thank Archbishop Rugambwa and Mons. Dal Toso.

Who is the bishop? Let us question ourselves about our identity as pastors in order to have more awareness of them, even if we know that there is no identical model-standard in all places. The ministry of the bishop shudders, so great is the mystery that it carries within itself. Thanks to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the bishop is configured to Christ the Shepherd and Priest. It is called, that is, to have the features of the Good Shepherd and to make the heart of the priesthood, that is, the offering of life. Therefore, it does not live for itself, but strives to give life to sheep, in particular to those weak and endangered. For this reason the bishop nourishes a real compassion for the crowds of brothers who are like sheep without a shepherd (cf. Mk 6:34) and for those who in various ways are discarded. I ask you to have gestures and words of special comfort for those who experience marginality and decay; more than others, they need to perceive the Lord's predilection, of which you are the caring hands.

Who is the bishop? I would like to sketch three essential traits with you: a man of prayer, a man of proclamation and a man of communion.

Praying man. The bishop is the successor of the Apostles and how the Apostles are called by Jesus to stay with him (cf. Mk 3:14). There he finds his strength and his trust. In front of the tabernacle he learns to entrust himself and entrust himself to the Lord. Thus matures in him the awareness that even at night, when he sleeps, or during the day, between fatigue and sweat in the field he cultivates, the seed matures (cf. Mk 4: 26-29). Prayer is not for the bishop devotion, but necessity; not a commitment among many, but an indispensable ministry of intercession: he must bring people and situations every day before God. Like Moses, he extends his hands to heaven in favor of his people (cf. Ex 17,8-13) and is able to insist with the Lord (cf. Ex 33,11-14), to negotiate with the Lord, like Abraham. The parrhesia of prayer. A prayer without parrhesia is not prayer. This is the Pastor who prays! One who has the courage to discuss with God for his flock. Active in prayer, he shares the passion and the cross of his Lord. Never satisfied, he constantly tries to assimilate himself to him, on the way to become like Jesus the victim and altar for the salvation of his people. And this does not come from knowing many things, but from knowing one thing every day in prayer: "Jesus Christ, and Christ crucified" (1 Cor 2: 2). Because it is easy to carry a cross on the chest, but the Lord asks us to bring a much heavier on his shoulders and on his heart: he asks us to share his cross. Peter, when he explained to the faithful what the newly created deacons had to do, he added - and also applies to us, bishops: "Prayer and the proclamation of the Word". In the first place, prayer. I like to ask the question to every bishop: "How many hours a day do you pray?".

Ad man. Successor of the Apostles, the bishop perceives as precisely the mandate that Jesus gave them: "Go and proclaim the Gospel" (Mk 16:15). "Go": the Gospel does not announce itself while sitting, but on the way. The bishop does not live in the office, as a company administrator, but among the people, on the streets of the world, like Jesus. He carries his Lord where he is not known, where he is disfigured and persecuted. And coming out of itself, he finds himself. He does not like comfort, he does not like the quiet life and does not spare his energies, he does not feel like a prince, he works for others, abandoning himself to God's faithfulness. If he seeks worldly apprehensions and assurances, he would not be a true apostle of the Gospel.

And what is the style of the ad? Witness humbly the love of God, just as Jesus did, who was humbled by love. The proclamation of the Gospel suffers the temptations of power, of contentment, of the return of image, of worldliness. Worldliness. Beware of the worldliness. There is always the risk of curing the form of the substance, of turning into actors rather than witnesses, of watering down the Word of salvation by proposing a Gospel without the crucified and risen Jesus. But you are called to be living memories of the Lord, to remind the Church that to announce means to give life, without half measures, even ready to accept total self-sacrifice.

And third, a man of communion. The bishop can not have all the gifts, all the charisms - some believe they have, poor things! - but he is called to have the charism of the whole, that is, to hold together, to cement the communion. The Church needs union, not soloists out of the chorus or of leaders of personal battles. The Pastor gathers: a bishop for his faithful, he is a Christian with his faithful. He does not make news in the newspapers, he does not seek the consent of the world, he is not interested in protecting his good name, but he loves to weave the communion by involving himself in the first person and acting with a dismissal. He does not suffer from lack of protagonism, but lives rooted in the territory, rejecting the temptation to move away frequently from the Diocese - the temptation of the "airport bishops" - and fleeing the search for his own glories.

Do not get tired of listening. It is not based on projects made at the table, but lets itself be questioned by the voice of the Spirit, who loves to speak through the faith of the simple. Become one with his people and above all with his presbytery, always available to receive and encourage his priests. He promotes by example, rather than by words, a genuine priestly fraternity, showing priests that they are Pastors for the flock, not for reasons of prestige or career, which is so bad. Do not be climbers, please, nor ambitious: feed the flock of God "not as masters of the people entrusted to you, but making you models of the flock" (1 Pet 5,3).

And then, dear brothers, flee clericalism, "anomalous way of understanding authority in the Church, very common in many communities in which behaviors of abuse of power, conscience and sexuality have occurred". Clericalism - corrodes communion, inasmuch as it "generates a division in the ecclesial body that foments and helps to perpetuate many of the evils that we today denounce. Saying no to abuse - either of power, of conscience, any abuse - means strongly saying no to any form of clericalism "(Letter to the People of God, 20 August 2018). Therefore you do not feel lords of the flock - you are not the owner of the flock - even if others did it or if certain local customs favored it. The people of God, for whom and to whom you are ordained, feel you fathers, not masters; thoughtful fathers: no one should show attitudes of subjection to you. In this historical juncture certain tendencies of "leaderism" seem to be accentuated in various parts. To show oneself to be strong men, who keep their distance and command over others, could appear comfortable and captivating, but it is not evangelical. It often damages irreparable damage to the flock, for which Christ gave his life with love, lowering himself and annihilating himself. Be therefore men poor in possessions and rich in relationship, never harsh and grumpy, but affable, patient, simple and open.

I would also like to ask you to take care, in particular, of some realities:

The families. Although penalized by a culture that transmits the logic of the provisional and favors individual rights, they remain the first cells of every society and the first Churches, because they are domestic churches. Promote courses of preparation for marriage and accompaniment for families: will be sows that will bear fruit at the time. Defend the life of the conceived as that of the elderly, support parents and grandparents in their mission.

The seminars. They are the nurseries of tomorrow. There you are at home. Carefully check that they are guided by men of God, capable and mature educators, who with the help of the best human sciences guarantee the formation of healthy, open, authentic, sincere human profiles. Give priority to vocational discernment to help young people recognize the voice of God among the many that reverberate in the ears and in the heart.

Young people, therefore, to whom the upcoming Synod will be dedicated. Let us listen, let ourselves be provoked by them, welcome desires, doubts, criticisms and crises. They are the future of the Church, they are the future of society: a better world depends on them. Even when they seem to be infected by the viruses of consumerism and hedonism, we never put them in quarantine; let's try them, we feel their heart begging for life and begging for freedom. We offer them the Gospel with courage.

Poors. To love them means to fight against all poverty, spiritual and material. Dedicate time and energy to the last, without fear of getting your hands dirty. As apostles of charity, you reach the human and existential peripheries of your Dioceses.

Finally, dear brothers, be wary, I beg you, of the lukewarmness that leads to mediocrity and sloth, that "noon day devil". Be wary of that. Beware of the tranquility that dodges the sacrifice; of pastoral haste that leads to intolerance; of the abundance of goods that disfigures the Gospel. Do not forget that the devil enters from his pockets! I wish you instead the holy restlessness for the Gospel, the only restlessness that gives peace. I thank you for listening and blessing you, in the joy of having you as dearest among the brothers. And I ask you, please, not to forget to pray and to pray for me. Thank you.
 TEXT SOURCE: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

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Pope Francis "The daily celebration of Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours puts you at the heart of the Church’s life." to Benedictines FULL Official Text

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISTO PARTICIPANTS AT THE COMMUNIO INTERNATIONALIS BENEDICTINARUM SYMPOSIUM
Consistory Hall
Saturday, 8 September 2018
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Dear Father Abbot Primate,
Sister Judith Ann
and Benedictine nuns and sisters
,
Welcome to Rome! I thank Father Primate for his words of introduction: I have told him that his Italian has improved! Your Symposium is a good occasion for Benedictine nuns and sisters from all over the world to experience together a period of prayer to reflect on the various ways in which the spirit of Saint Benedict, after fifteen hundred years, continues to be vibrant and fruitful today. I am spiritually close to you during these days of your meeting.
For your theme, you have taken an exhortation from the fifty-third chapter of the Rule of Saint Benedict: “All are to be welcomed as Christ”. This expression has given the Benedictine Order a remarkable vocation to hospitality, in obedience to those words of the Lord Jesus which are an integral part of his “rule of conduct” found in Saint Matthew’s Gospel: “I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (25:35; cf. Gaudete et Exsultate, 102-103). Today there are many people in the world who seek to reflect in their lives the tenderness, compassion, mercy and acceptance of Christ in their lives. To them you offer the precious gift of your witness, as you are instruments of God’s tenderness to those who are in need. Your welcoming of persons of different religious traditions helps to advance with spiritual anointing ecumenism and interreligious dialogue. For centuries, Benedictine houses have been known as places of welcome, prayer and generous hospitality. I hope that by reflecting on this theme and sharing your experiences, you may find new ways of furthering this essential work of evangelization in your various monasteries.
The motto Ora et Labora places prayer at the centre of your lives. The daily celebration of Holy Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours puts you at the heart of the Church’s life. Every day, your prayer enriches, in a manner of speaking, the “breathing” of the Church. It is a prayer of praise to express the voice of all humanity and all creation. It is a prayer of thanksgiving for the countless and continued blessings of the Lord. It is a prayer of supplication for the sufferings and anxieties of the men and women of our time, especially the poor. It is a prayer of intercession for those who endure injustice, wars and violence, and see their dignity violated. You do not meet these people personally, but you are their sisters in the Faith and in the Body of Christ. The value of your prayer is incalculable, yet surely it is a most precious gift. God always hears the prayers of hearts that are humble and full of compassion.
I want to thank you for the special care you show towards the environment and for your efforts to protect the gifts of the earth, so that they can be shared by all. I know that the Benedictine nuns and sisters in the world are good administrators of God’s gifts. As women, you feel and appreciate especially the beauty and harmony of creation. Your monasteries are often found in places of great beauty where people go to pray, to find silence and to contemplate the marvels of creation. I encourage you to continue this style and service, so that God’s wonderful works can be admired and speak of him to many persons.
Your life in community bears witness to the importance of mutual love and respect. You come from different places and experiences, and each of you is different, and so the way you accept one another is the first sign you offer in a world that finds it hard to live out this value. We are all children of God and your prayer, your work, your hospitality, your generosity, all combine to reveal a communion in diversity that expresses God’s hope for our world: a unity made of peace, mutual welcome and fraternal love.
Dear Sisters, I accompany you with my prayers. You bring a precious gift to the life of the Church through your feminine witness of goodness, faith and generosity, imitating the Holy Mother of the Church, the Virgin Mary. You are icons of the Church and of our Blessed Mother: do not forget this. Icons. Who sees you, sees the Church as Mother and Mary as Mother of Christ. For this we praise the Lord and we thank you. I ask you please to pray for me and I cordially bless you and your communities, and all whom you serve in the name of Christ. Thank you!
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OFFICIAL #Novena Birth of Mary Blessed Virgin to SHARE with Plenary Indulgence

To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -
i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.

ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which each Novena respectively has reference, or on some one day in its Octave, after Confession and Communion, pray to our Lord and to the Blessed Virgin ac cording to the pious intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.

 FOR THE FEAST OF OUR LADY’S NATIVITY.


Veni Sancte Spiritus, reple tuorum corda fidelium, et tui amoris in eis ignem accende.
V. Emitte Spiritum tuum, et creabuntur.
R. Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful, and kindle in them the fire of Thy love.

V. Send forth Thy Spirit, and they shall be created.
R. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.
O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Most holy Mary, Elect One, predestined from all eternity by the Most Holy Trinity to be Mother of the only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, foretold by the Prophets, expected by the Patriarchs, desired by all nations, Sanctuary and living Temple of the Holy Ghost, Sun without stain, conceived free from original sin, Mistress of Heaven and of Earth, Queen of angels:- humbly prostrate at thy feet we give thee our homage, rejoicing that the year has brought round again the memory of thy most happy Nativity; and we pray thee with all our hearts to vouchsafe in thy goodness now to come down again and be reborn spiritually in our souls, that, led captive by thy loveliness and sweetness, they may ever live united to thy most sweet and loving heart.

i. So now whilst we say nine angelic salutations, we will direct our thoughts to the nine months which thou didst pass enclosed in thy mother’s womb; celebrating at the same time thy descent from the royal house of David, and how thou didst come forth to the light of heaven with high honour from the womb of holy Anna, thy most happy mother.
Ave Maria.

ii. We hail thee, heavenly Babe, white Dove of purity; who in spite of the serpent wast conceived free from original sin.
Ave Maria.

iii. We hail thee, bright Morn; who, forerunner of the Heavenly Sun of Justice, didst bring the first light to earth.
Ave Maria.

iv. We hail thee, Elect; who, like the untarnished Sun, didst burst forth in the dark night of sin.
Ave Maria.

v. We hail thee, beauteous Moon; who didst shed light upon a world wrapt in the darkness of idolatry.
Ave Maria.

vi. We hail thee, dread Warrior-Queen; who, in thyself a host, didst put to flight all hell.
Ave Maria.

vii. We hail thee, fair Soul of Mary; who from eternity wast possessed by God and God alone.
Ave Maria.

viii. We hail thee, dear Child, and we humbly venerate thy most holy infant body, the sacred swaddling-clothes wherewith they bound thee, the sacred crib wherein they laid thee, and we bless the hour and the day when thou wast born.
Ave Maria.

ix. We hail thee, much-loved Infant, adorned with every virtue immeasurably above all saints, and therefore worthy Mother of the Saviour of the world; who, having been made fruitful by the Holy Spirit, didst bring forth the Word Incarnate.
Ave Maria.

PRAYER

O most lovely Infant, who by thy holy birth hast comforted the world, made glad the heavens, struck terror into hell, brought help to the fallen, consolation to the sad, salvation to the weak, joy to all men living; we entreat thee, with the most fervent love and gratitude, to be spiritually reborn in our souls by means of thy most holy love; renew our spirits to thy service, rekindle in our hearts the fire of charity, bid all the virtues blossom there, that so we may find more and more favour in thy gracious eyes. Mary! be thou our Mary, and may we feel the saving power of thy sweetest name; may it ever be our comfort to call on that name in all our troubles; may it be our hope in dangers, our shield in temptation, and our last utterance in death. Sit nomen Mariae mel in ore, melos in aure, et jubilus in corde. Amen. Let the name of Mary be honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, joy in the heart. Amen.

V. Nativitas tua, Dei Genitrix Virgo.
R. Gaudium annuntiavit universo mundo.

Oremus.
Famulis tuis, quaesumus Domine, coelestis gratiae munus impertire: ut quibus Beata Virginis partus extitit salutis exordium, nativitatis ejus votiva solemnitas pacis tribuat incrementum.

Oremus.
Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

TRANSLATION.

V. Thy Nativity, O Virgin Mother of God.
R. Hath brought joy to the whole world.

Let us pray.
Grant to us Thy servants, we beseech Thee, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace; that to all those for whom the delivery of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, this her votive festival may give increase of peace. Through, &c.

Let us pray.


O God, who hast taught the hearts of Thy faithful people by the light of the Holy Spirit; grant us in the same Spirit to relish what is right, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

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This Breathtaking Motet was by composer Josquin des Prez in the 15th century.
Lyrics: Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, Virgo serena.

Ave cujus conceptio, solemni plena gaudio, celestia, terrestria, nova replet letitia.


Ave cujus nativitas, nostra fuit solemnitas, ut lucifer lux oriens verum solem preveniens.


Ave pia humilitas, sine viro fecunditas,cuius annunciatio nostra fuit salvatio.


Ave vera virginitas,immaculata castitas,cuius purificatio nostra fuit purgatio.


Ave preclara omnibus, angelicis virtutibus, cuius fuit assumptio nostra glorificatio.


O Mater Dei, memento mei. Amen.
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Translation
Hail Mary, full of grace, The Lord is with thee, serene Virgin.
Hail, thou whose Conception, Full of great joy,
Fills heaven and earth With new gladness. Hail, thou whose Nativity
Became our great celebration, As the light-bearing Morning Star
anticipates the true Sun. Hail, faithful humility, Fruitful without man,
Whose Annunciation Was our salvation. Hail, true virginity,
Immaculate chastity, Whose Purification Was our cleansing.
Hail, glorious one In all angelic virtues, Whose Assumption
Was our glorification. O Mother of God,
Remember me. Amen.

Pope Francis "Dear parents, children are the most precious gift you have received." to Families FULL TEXT

ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE ITALIAN PARENTS ASSOCIATION

Paul VI Hall
Friday, 7 September 2018

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Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

I am pleased to welcome all of you, representatives of AGE, the Italian Parents Association, which this year is 50 years old. A nice goal! It is a precious opportunity to confirm the motivations of your commitment to the family and education: a commitment that is carried out according to the principles of Christian ethics, so that the family is an increasingly recognized subject and protagonist in social life.

Many of your energies are dedicated to supporting and supporting parents in their educational task, especially in reference to the school, which has always been the main partner of the family in the education of children. What you do in this field is really meritorious. In fact, when we talk about an educational alliance between school and family, we are talking about it above all to denounce its decline: the educational pact is falling. The family no longer likes the work of teachers - often poorly paid - as they once did, and they feel the presence of parents in schools as annoying intrusiveness, ending up keeping them on the edge or considering them adversaries.

To change this situation, someone must take the first step, winning the fear of the other and holding out their hands generously. For this reason I invite you to cultivate and always nurture trust in the school and teachers: without them you risk remaining alone in your educational activity and being less able to face the new educational challenges that come from contemporary culture, from society, from mass media, from new technologies. Teachers are like you engaged every day in the educational service to your children. If it is right to complain about the possible limits of their action, it is our duty to esteem them as the most precious allies in the educational enterprise that they bring forward together. I allow myself to tell you an anecdote. I was ten, and I said something bad to the teacher. The teacher called my mother. The next day my mother came, and the teacher went to receive her; they talked, then the mother called me, and in front of the teacher reproached me and told me: "Apologize to the teacher". I did it. "Kiss the teacher", my mother told me. And I did it, and then I went back to the classroom, happy, and the story is over. No, it was not over ... The second chapter is when I came home ... This is called "collaboration" in the education of a child: between the family and the teachers.

Your responsible and available presence, a sign of love not only for your children but for the good of all that is school, will help to overcome many divisions and misunderstandings in this area, and to ensure that families are recognized their primary role in the education and education of children and young people. In fact, if you parents need teachers, even the school needs you and can not achieve its goals without constructing a constructive dialogue with those who have the primary responsibility for the growth of their pupils. As the Exhortation Amoris laetitia points out, "the school does not substitute for parents but is complementary to them. This is a basic principle: any other collaborator in the educational process must act on behalf of the parents, with their consent and, to a certain extent, also on their behalf "(No. 84).

Your associative experience has certainly taught you to trust in mutual help. We remember the wise African proverb: "To educate a child takes a village". Therefore, in school education, collaboration between the various components of the educational community must never be lacking. Without frequent communication and without mutual trust, community is not built and without a community it is not possible to educate.

Helping to eliminate the educational solitude of the families is also the task of the Church, which I invite you to always feel at your side in the mission of educating your children and making the whole of society a family-friendly place, so that each person is welcomed, accompanied , oriented towards true values ​​and being able to give the best of itself for common growth. So you have a double strength: the one that comes from being association, that is people who unite not against someone but for the good of all, and the strength you receive from your bond with the Christian community, where you find inspiration, trust, support.

Dear parents, children are the most precious gift you have received. To know how to keep it with commitment and generosity, leaving them the necessary freedom to grow and mature as people who in turn can one day be able to open themselves to the gift of life. The attention with which, as an association, watch over the dangers that threaten the lives of children does not stop you from looking confidently to the world, knowing how to choose and indicate to your children the best opportunities for human, civil and Christian growth. Teaching your children moral discernment, ethical discernment: this is good, this is not so good, and this is bad. That they can distinguish. But this is learned at home and learned at school: together, both.

I thank you for this meeting and I warmly bless you, your families and the whole association. I assure you of my memory in prayer. And you too, please do not forget to pray for me. Thank you!
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Feast of the #Nativity of Mary - Sat. September 8, 2018 - #Eucharist


Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 636

Reading 1MI 5:1-4A

The LORD says:
You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,
too small to be among the clans of Judah,
From you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel;
Whose origin is from of old,
from ancient times.
(Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time
when she who is to give birth has borne,
And the rest of his brethren shall return
to the children of Israel.)
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
And they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.

OrROM 8:28-30


Brothers and sisters:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God,
who are called according to his purpose. 
For those he foreknew he also predestined
to be conformed to the image of his Son,
so that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
And those he predestined he also called;
and those he called he also justified;
and those he justified he also glorified.

Responsorial PsalmPS 13:6AB, 6C

R. (Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
Though I trusted in your mercy,
let my heart rejoice in your salvation.
R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
Let me sing of the LORD, "He has been good to me."
R. With delight I rejoice in the Lord.

Alleluia 

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
from you rose the sun of Justice, Christ our God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.


GospelMT 1:1-16, 18-23 OR 1:18-23

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.

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 be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,


which means “God is with us.” 

or

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 be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,


which means “God is with us.”