Thursday, December 24, 2020

Saint December 25 : Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ - Merry Christmas!

The Birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, took human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and being made man, was born, for the redemption of mankind, at Bethlehem of Judea. Joseph and Mary had come up to Bethlehem to be enrolled, and, unable to find shelter elsewhere, they took refuge in a stable. The Blessed Virgin gave birth and wrapped the Infant in swaddling-clothes, and laid Him in the manger. Poor shepherds were seized with great fear, when heavenly messengers said to them: "Fear not: for behold I bring you good tidings of exceeding great joy, that shall be to all the people. For this day is born to you a Saviour, Who is Christ the Lord, in the  city of David. And this shall be a sign to you: you shall find the Child wrapped in swaddling-clothes, and laid in a manger." The shepherds said to one another: "Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see the word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shown to us." They found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in the manger.

Traditional Christmas Novena : Official Prayer with Plenary Indulgence - 8


A novena is a prayer said over 9 days. 
See links below for the full prayers for the nine days.
It can be said 9 days before or for 9 days after Christmas. (or anytime during the Christmas Season)
This is the Day 8 prayer (Days 1-9 are linked below)
Opening Prayer:
V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without
end.Amen.

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. Amen.

Day 8 Prayers
The Flight into Egypt.
O most sweet infant Jesus, whom Herod tried to slay,
carried by St. Joseph with your Mother into Egypt, saved
from death by flight, and glorified by the blood of the
holy innocents. Have mercy on. us.
O Jesu! born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to thee
Praise to the Father infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally.
Christ is at hand. 0 come, let us worship him.
Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...

 Amen.
FROM THE RACCOLTA OFFICIAL

NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

Pope Francis at Christmas Eve Mass says "God was born a child to move us to care for others." FULL TEXT Homily + Video



HOLY MASS OF THE NIGHT

SOLEMNITY OF THE LORD'S CHRISTMAS

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

Vatican Basilica
Thursday, 24 December 2020

 

On this night the great prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled: "A child is born for us, a son has been given to us" ( Is 9,5).

We have been given a son. It is often said that the greatest joy in life is the birth of a child. It is something extraordinary, which changes everything, sets in motion unexpected energies and overcomes fatigue, discomfort and sleepless wakefulness, because it brings great happiness, in front of which nothing seems to weigh. This is how Christmas is: the birth of Jesus is the novelty that allows us to be reborn within each year, to find in him the strength to face every trial. Yes, because his birth is for us: for me, for you, for all of us, for each one. For He is the word that returns on this holy night: "A child is born for us ", Isaiah prophesied; "Today the Savior is born for us ", we repeated the Psalm; Jesus "gave himself up for us»( Tit 2:14), St. Paul proclaimed; and the angel in the Gospel announced: "Today a Savior is born for you " ( Lk 2:11).  For me, for you.

But what does this want to tell us for us ? That the Son of God, blessed by nature, comes to make us blessed children by grace. Yes, God comes into the world as a son to make us children of God. What a wonderful gift! Today God amazes us and says to each of us: “You are a marvel”. Sister, brother, don't lose heart. Are you tempted to feel wrong? God tells you: "No, you are my son!" You have the feeling of not making it, the fear of being inadequate, the fear of not getting out of the tunnelof the test? God tells you: “Courage, I'm with you”. He does not tell you in words, but by making himself a son like you and for you, to remind you of the starting point of each of your rebirths: recognizing yourself as the son of God, daughter of God. This is the starting point of any rebirth. This is the indestructible heart of our hope, the incandescent core that sustains existence: beneath our qualities and our defects, stronger than the wounds and failures of the past, the fears and anxiety for the future, c 'is this truth: we are beloved children. And God's love for us does not and will never depend on us: it is free love This night finds no explanation elsewhere: only grace. Everything is grace. The gift is free, without the merit of each of us, pure grace. Tonight, Saint Paul told us, "the grace of God appeared" ( Tit 2:11). Nothing is more precious.

We have been given a son . The Father did not give us something, but his own only begotten Son, who is all his joy. Yet, if we look at man's ingratitude towards God and injustice towards so many of our brothers, a doubt arises: did the Lord do well to give us so much, is it right to still have faith in us? Don't you overestimate us? Yes, he overestimates us, and he does it because he loves us to death. He can't help but love us. He is like that, he is so different from us. He always loves us, more good than we manage to have for ourselves. It is his secret to enter our heart. God knows that the only way to save us, to heal ourselves inside, is to love us: there is no other way. He knows that we only improve by welcoming his tireless love, which does not change, but changes us. Only the love of Jesus transforms life, heals the deepest wounds, frees us from the vicious circles of dissatisfaction, anger and complaint.

We have been given a son . In the poor manger of a dark stable there is precisely the Son of God. Another question arises: why did he come to light in the night, without a worthy lodging, in poverty and rejection, when he deserved to be born as the greatest king in the most beautiful of buildings? Because? To make us understand how far our human condition loves: to the point of touching with his concrete loveour worst misery. The Son of God was born discarded to tell us that every discarded person is a child of God. He came into the world as a child comes into the world, weak and fragile, so that we can accept our frailties with tenderness. And to discover an important thing: as in Bethlehem, so also with us God loves to do great things through our poverty. He has put all our salvation in the manger of a stable and does not fear our poverty: let us allow his mercy to transform our miseries!

This is what it means that a child is born to us . But there is still a for , which the angel says to the shepherds: "This is the sign for you: a child lying in a manger" ( Lk 2:12). This sign, the Child in the manger, is also for us, to guide us in life. In Bethlehem, which means "House of bread", God is in a manger, as if to remind us that in order to live we need him as bread to eat. We need to allow ourselves to be crossed by his gratuitous, tireless, concrete loveHow many times, instead, hungry for fun, success and worldliness, we feed life with foods that do not feed and leave the void inside! The Lord, through the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, complained that, while the ox and the donkey know their manger, we, his people, do not know him, the source of our life (cf. Is 1,2-3). It is true: insatiable to have, we throw ourselves into many mangers of vanity , forgetting the manger in Bethlehem. That manger, poor in everything and rich in love, teaches that the nourishment of life is to let ourselves be loved by God and loved others. Jesus gives us the example: He, the Word of God, is an infant; he does not speak, but offers life. We, on the other hand, talk a lot, but we are often illiterate about goodness .

We have been given a son. Anyone with a small child knows how much love and patience it takes. It is necessary to feed it, take care of it, clean it, take care of its fragility and its needs, which are often difficult to understand. A child makes you feel loved, but it also teaches you to love. God was born a child to move us to care for others. Her tender weeping makes us understand how useless so many of our whims are; and we have so many! His disarmed and disarming love reminds us that the time we have does not serve to cry over us, but to console the tears of those who suffer. God takes up residence near us, poor and needy, to tell us that by serving the poor we will love Him. Since tonight, as a poet wrote, “God's residence is next to mine. Furniture is love »(E. Dickinson, Poems , XVII).

We have been given a son . It is You, Jesus, the Son who makes me a son. You love me as I am, not as I dream of being; I know it! Embracing You, Child of the manger, I embrace my life again. By welcoming you, Bread of life, I too want to give my life. You who save me, teach me to serve. You who do not leave me alone, help me to console your brothers, because you know from tonight they are all my brothers.

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The most powerful commercial of the year (2015). This was created by a German supermarket chain Edeka (English subs). It has had almost 20 million views in three days. It is about a Grandfather, (Opa) whose family is always too busy to see him. This will make you call your parents/grandparents/relatives/distant cousins right away. And it may cause a few tears. If only online or by phone because of the pandemic - try to visit your family members. God bless!
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Pope Francis' Letter "In these days, Emmanuel, God-with-us, becomes our neighbour, walking at our side. Trust in his presence..." to People of Lebanon - FULL TEXT



LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

TO LEBANESE PEOPLE

 

To His Beatitude Cardinal Béchara Boutros Raï
Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites
President of the Assembly of the Catholic Patriarchs and Bishops of Lebanon

I would like to address to Your Beatitude and, through you, to the Lebanese people, without distinction of community or religion, a few words of comfort and encouragement as we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.


Beloved sons and daughters of Lebanon
,

I am deeply troubled to see the suffering and anguish that has sapped the native resilience and resourcefulness of the Land of the Cedars. It is even more painful to see you deprived of your precious aspirations to live in peace and to continue being, for our time and our world, a message of freedom and a witness to harmonious coexistence. Sharing as I do your joys as well as your sorrows, I feel deeply the gravity of your loss, especially when I think of the many young people robbed of any hope for a better future.

On this Christmas Day, however, “the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” (Is 9:1): the light that lessens our fears and instils in each of us the sure hope that God’s Providence will never abandon Lebanon and will turn this time of sadness to good.

Lebanon is mentioned frequently in sacred Scripture, yet surely one image of the Psalmist stands out: “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar of Lebanon” (Ps 92:13).

In the Bible, the majestic cedar symbolizes steadfastness, stability and protection. The cedar symbolizes the righteous who are deeply rooted in the Lord, a sign of beauty and prosperity, standing tall and bearing abundant fruit even in old age. In these days, Emmanuel, God-with-us, becomes our neighbour, walking at our side. Trust in his presence and his faithfulness. Like the cedar, draw deeply from the roots of your life in common, so that you may once more be a people of fraternal solidarity. Like the cedar that withstands every storm, may you make the most of present events in order to rediscover your identity, which is to bring to the whole world the sweet fragrance of mutual respect, coexistence and pluralism. Yours is the identity of a people which does not abandon its homes and its heritage, the identity of a people which refuses to renounce the dream of those who believed in the future of a beautiful and prosperous country.

In this regard, I appeal to political and religious leaders in words drawn from a Pastoral Letter of Patriarch Elias Hoyek: “You who are heads of the country, judges of the earth, deputies of the people, who act on their behalf… are obliged, in your official capacity and according to your responsibilities, to seek the best interest of the public. Your time should not be dedicated to pursuing your own gain, your action is not for yourselves, but for the state and the nation you represent”.

Lastly, my affection for the beloved people of Lebanon, whom I hope to visit as soon as possible, and the constant concern that has inspired the actions of my predecessors and of the Apostolic See, impels me to appeal once more to the international community. Let us help Lebanon to stand apart from conflicts and regional tensions. Let us help Lebanon to surmount this grave crisis and resume a normal existence.

Beloved sons and daughters, in the darkness of the night, lift up your gaze. May the star of Bethlehem be your guide and a source of encouragement, so that you may come to understand more fully God’s plan, and so lose neither your way nor your hope.

From the Vatican, 24 December 2020

 

Franciscus

The Best Way to Prepare your Heart for Christmas and the New Year is Confession! Don't be Afraid - Here is an Easy Guide to Share!


This year make your Christmas or New Year's special by going to Confession which is also known as the sacrament of reconciliation. This a great way to clean your soul and prepare your heart for Jesus. It is never too late to go to Confession. Even if you have not been for many years - there is always a time for confession!

What is Confession?
By Confession the Church means: to tell your sins (or wrong things you have done) to a Priest, receive a penance (usually a prayer) and receive forgiveness. Confession, also known as the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Penance, is a sacrament of the Catholic Church; it was instituted by Christ as mentioned in the Bible: 


"Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21 NIV

How often should I go to Confession?
Catholics are obliged to go to Confession at least once per year. However, many people go more often 1 per week, every 2 weeks or every month. The priest is not permitted to reveal your sins to anyone. 
How Should I Make a Confession?
Usually, parishes have scheduled confession times that are written in their bulletins. Or, you might have to approach and ask a priest for a scheduled day and time. If there are regularly scheduled confessions, you might have to line up with others before a confessional and enter when it is your turn. You might enter through a curtain or a small room and kneel down. When you approach as a penitent, the priest might welcome you with words or be silent. Remember: Jesus, the merciful Lord, is present spiritually. 
When ready say "Bless me Father for I have sinned" and make the sign of the cross, saying,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Then say how long it has been since your last confession.
The priest might say these or similar words or be silent:
May God, who has enlightened every heart, help you to know your sins and trust in his
mercy.

At this point you confess your sins. (say what you have done wrong; for example sins that are common include: hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, greed, pride, gluttony, laziness, etc.)
If necessary, the priest helps you with questions and suitable advice. He will ask you to perform a penance, which is usually a prayer.
The priest, then, invites the penitent to manifest repentance by reciting the Act of Contrition or another similar formula:
O my God, I am sorry with all my heart for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to amend my life, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Amen.
Or
Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Or
Lord, remember your love,
your faithfulness enduring forever.
Do not bear in mind my sins:
remember me in your mercy,
for the sake of your goodness, Lord. (Ps 24:6-7)
The priest, might place his hands upon the head of the penitent, or raise his hands in the penitent's direction.
He says, God, the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church
may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins
in the name of the Father and of the Son + and of Holy Spirit.
You respond: Amen.
After absolution the priest continues: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
You respond: His mercy endures forever.
The priest then takes leave of you, saying: The Lord has freed you from your sins. Go in peace. You can say: Thank-you, Fr.
How Should I Prepare for Confession?
When asked about what counsels he would give penitents for a good confession, Pope Francis replied, “They should consider the truth of their lives before God, what they feel, what they think. They should be able to observe themselves and their sin with sincerity. And they should feel themselves to be sinners and let themselves be surprised, amazed by God” (Pope Francis, The Name of God Is Mercy,
pp. 58-59).


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Questions to Ask Yourself before you Go to Confession also known as an "Examination of Conscience"
It consists of asking ourselves about the evil committed and the good omitted in relation to God, our neighbor, and ourselves.
In Relation to God
Do I address God only when I am in need?
Do I take part in the Mass on Sundays and days of obligation?
Do I begin and end my day with prayer?
Have I taken the name of God, Mary, or the saints in vain?
Have I been ashamed to be seen as a Christian?
What do I do to grow spiritually? How? When?
Do I rebel against God’s designs?
Do I expect Him to do my will?
In Relation to Our Neighbor
Am I able to forgive, show compassion for, and help my neighbor?
Have I defamed, robbed, or disdained children and the defenseless?
Am I envious, wrathful, or biased?
Do I take care of the poor and the sick?
Am I ashamed of the humanity of my brother or my sister?
Am I honest and just to everyone or do I foster the “culture of casting aside”?
Have I incited others to do wrong?
Do I observe the Gospel’s moral teaching on marriage and the family?
How do I handle my educational responsibilities towards my children?
Do I honor and respect my parents?
Have I refused newly-conceived life?
Have I extinguished the gift of life?
Have I helped to do so?
Do I respect the environment?
In Relation to Ourselves
Am I a bit worldly and a bit of a believer?
Do I exaggerate in eating, drinking, smoking, and entertainment?
Am I too concerned about my physical health and my possessions?
How do I use my time?
Am I lazy? Do I want to be served?
Do I love and cultivate purity of heart and in thoughts and actions?
Do I think about revenge or hold grudges?
Am I meek and humble, a builder of peace?
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Pope Francis and Religious Leaders Write Christmas Message to Political Leaders of South Sudan - FULL TEXT



CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO SOUTH SUDAN POLITICAL LEADERS

Christmas 2020

Their Excellenties

The Political Leaders of South Sudan

Your Excellencies,

In this Christmas season, we remember that our Lord Jesus Christ came into the world among the least - in a dusty stable with animals. Later, he called those who wish to be great in his kingdom to be the servant of all (Mark 10:43).

We remain prayerfully mindful of the commitments made at the Vatican in April 2019 - yours to bring your country to a smooth implementation of the Peace Agreement, and ours to visit South Sudan in due course, as things return to normalcy. We have been glad to see the small progress you have made, but know it is not enough for your people to feel the full effect of peace. When we visit, we long to bear witness to a changed nation, governed by leaders who, in the words of the Holy Father last year, 'hold hands, united ... as simple citizens' to 'become Fathers (and Mothers) of the Nation'.

We pray, this Christmas, that you will know greater trust among yourselves and a greater generosity of service to your people. We pray you know the peace that surpasses understanding in your own hearts and in the heart of your great nation (Philippians 4:7).

 

Francis

Justin Welby

Martin Fair

 


Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 24 December 2020

Powerful Novena to St. Charbel : a Special Prayer to the Saint known as the Wonderworker!


Day One :Oh. Miraculous Saint Charbel, from whose immaculate body, which overpowers corruption, radiates the scent of heaven, come to my rescue and grant me from God the grace which I am in need of ( name the grace). Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel pray for me.
Oh Lord, who was bestowed on Saint Charbel the grace of faith, I plead to you to grant me through his intercession that divine grace to live according to your commandments and Bible.
The glory is yours till the end. Amen.

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Day Two :Oh, Saint Charbel, Martyr of monastic life, who experienced suffering, and whom Lord Jesus made of you a bright beacon, I resort to you and ask through your intercession the grace (name the grace). I confide in you. Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel, vase of perfume, intercede for me.Oh, God of complete benevolence, who honored Saint Charbel by giving him the grace to perform miracles, have mercy on me and grant me what I ask from you through his intercession.
The Glory is yours till the end. Amen.
(once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory to the father.
Day Three :
Oh, Saint Charbel, the amiable, who shines like a bright star in the church sky,brighten my way, and fortify my hope. From you I ask for the grace (name the grace). Ask for it from Jesus the crucified whom you perpetually worship. Amen.
Oh, Saint Charbel, the example of patience and silence, intercede for me.
Oh, Lord Jesus, who sanctified Saint Charbel and helped him to carry his cross, give me the courage to bear life's difficulties with patience and submission to your divine will through Saint Charbel's intercession, to you is gratefulness forever. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and glory be to the father.

 Day Four :
Oh Father, Saint Charbel, the affectionate, I resort to you. My confidence in you fills my heart. With the power of your intercession with God, I am waiting for the Grace which I ask from you (name the grace). Show me your affection once more.
Oh, Saint Charbel, garden of virtue, intercede for me.
Oh, God, you, who granted Saint Charbel the grace of your resemblance, grant me the help to grow in the Christian virtues and have mercy on me to be able to praise you till the end. Amen.
(Once) Our Father Hail Mary, and Glory to be the Father.
Day Five :
Oh, Saint Charbel, loved by God, enlighten me, help me and teach me how to please God. Hurry to my rescue. Oh affectionate Father; I beg of you to ask God for this grace (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, friend of the crucified, intercede for me.
Oh, God hear my demand through Saint Charbel's intercession. Save my poor heart and give me peace. Calm the troubles of my soul. Glory to you till the end.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.

Day Six :Oh, Saint Charbel, all powerful intercessor, I ask you to fulfill the grace which I am in need of (name the grace). A single word from you to Jesus is enough to forgive me, to have mercy on me and to grant me my wish.
Oh, Saint Charbel, joy of heaven and earth, intercede for me.
Oh, God, who chose Saint Charbel to defend us before your divine power, grant me through his intercession this grace (name the grace) to glorify you with him till the end.
Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Seven : Oh, Saint Charbel, loved by everyone, helper of the needy; I have firm hope in your intercession before God. Fulfill this grace for me (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, a star that counsels the bewildered, intercede for me.
Oh, God, my numerous sins hinder your grace to reach me. Grant me the grace to repent. Answer me through Saint Charbel’s intercession. Return the joy to my sad heart and grant me my demand. You, the embodiment of graces, glory and gratefulness be to you.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Eight :
Oh, Saint Charbel, whenever I see you kneeling down on the cane mat, fasting, abstaining and absorbed in calling God, my hope and my faith in you augment. I beg of you to help me to receive the grace that I am asking for (name the grace).
Oh, Saint Charbel, absorbed in God, intercede for me.
Oh, Jesus, the most peaceful, you who has raised your beloved Charbel to biblical perfection, I solemnly ask you to grant me the grace to spend the rest of my life according to your demand. I love you, oh God, my savior. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
Day Nine :
Oh, Father, Saint Charbel, here I am at the end of the Novena. My heart gets nourished when I speak to you. I have great hope that I will obtain from Jesus the grace I asked for through your intercession. I repent, and I promise that I will never ever fall into sin. I ask you to fulfill my demand (name the demand).
Oh, Saint Charbel, crowned with glory, intercede for me.
Oh, Lord, you listened to Saint Charbel’s prayers, and you fulfilled the grace of unison with you, have mercy on me in my moment of distress. Save me from malice which I cannot bear. Glory and gratefulness be to you till the end. Amen.
(Once) Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father.
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Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Advent Thursday, December 24, 2020 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church



 Thursday in the Fourth Week of Advent - Mass in the Morning
Lectionary: 200
Reading 1
2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16 
When King David was settled in his palace,
and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
he said to Nathan the prophet,
“Here I am living in a house of cedar,
while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” 
Nathan answered the king,
“Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the LORD is with you.” 
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:
Should you build me a house to dwell in?
“‘It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock
to be commander of my people Israel. 
I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. 
 
 And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. 
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies. 
The LORD also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you. 
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his Kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.’”
Responsorial Psalm
PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29
R. (2)  For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The favors of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”
R. For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
 
 
Alleluia  
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 1:67-79
Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, prophesied, saying:
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
for he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty Savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hand of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Prayer to Make a Spiritual Communion-
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I may come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen