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HOLY MASS DECEMBER 24 2014

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The Roman Catholic Church, according to the General Roman Calendar, celebrates the following in Wednesday, 2014-12-24:

  • DECEMBER 24 2014:

    Advent Time.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    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.

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    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.”

  • THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD - CHRISTMAS VIGIL 2014:

    Advent Time.

    FIRST LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Is 62:1-5

    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.

    RESPONSORIAL PSALM

    Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29.

    R. (2a)
    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.
    Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
    in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk.
    At your name they rejoice all the day,
    and through your justice they are exalted.
    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.

    SECOND LECTURE OF THE MASS

    Acts 13:16-17, 22-25

    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.'"

    GOSPEL OF THE MASS

    Mt 1:1-25

    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.

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