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day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you: you shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying: Glory to. God in the highest : and on earth peace to men of good-will.—CREDO.
OFFERT. Ps. xcv.—Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad in the presence of the Lord, for that he is come.
SECRET. Receive, O Lord, the offerings we make to thee on this present solemnity, that by thy grace, through the intercourse of these sacred mysteries, we may be conformable to him, in whom our nature is united to thine. Who liveth.
COMM. Ps. cix.-In the brightness of the saints; froin the womb before the day-star I begot thee.
P. COMM. Da nobis.—Grant, we beseech thee, () Lord our God, that we who celebrate with joy the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, by partaking several times of these sacred mysteries, may, by a worthy conduct of life, come to be united with him. Who liveth. .
II. MASS. At break of day. INTROIT. Is. ix.-A light shall shine upon us this day: because the Lord is born for us: and his name shall be the WONDERFUL ONE, God, the PRINCE OF PEACE, the Father of the WORLD TO COME, of whose reign there shall be no end. Ps. The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty : the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded himself. Glory.
COLLECT. Da nobis.—Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that, as we are enlightened by the new light of thy Word become flesh, we may shew in our actions the effects of that faith that shineih in our minds. Thro' the same.
COLLECT of St. Anastasia. Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that, as we celebrate the solemnity of blessed Anastasia thy martyr, we may be sensible of the effects of her prayers to thee in our behalf. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Tit. iii. 4. 7.—Most dearly beloved · The goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared: not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost, whom he hath poured forth upon us, abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour: that being justified by his grace, we may be heirs according to hope of life everlasting, thro? Jesus Christ our Lord.
GRAD. Ps. cxvii.-Blessed be He that cometh in the name of the Lord. The Lord is our God, and he hath shone upon us. V. This is the Lord's doing, and it is wonderful in our eyes. Alleluia, Alleluia. V. The Lord hath reigned, he is clothed with beauty : the Lord is clothed with strength, and hath girded himself with might. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. Luke ii. 15. 20.-At that time : The shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in a manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard wondered : and at those things that were told them by the shepherds But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. CREDO.
OFFERT. Ps. xcii.-The Lord hath established
the world, which shall all be moved: thy throne, O Lord, is prepared from of old,thou art from everlasting.
SECRET. May the offerings, O Lord, we make, be agreeable to the mystery of this day's birth, and always pour forth peace upon us; that as he, who though born man, shewed himself also God : so may this earthly substance give us that which is divine.
SECRET of St. Anastasia. Graciously receive, O Lord, we beseech thee, our offerings, and grant, by the merits of blessed Anastasia the martyr, that they may avail to our salvation. Thro'.
ČOMM. Zach. ix.—Rejoice, O daughter of Sion, shout for joy, 0 daughter of Jerusalem: behold thy king wul come to thee the just and Saviour of the world.
P. COMM. Hujus nos.—May we, O Lord, always receive new light from this sacrament, which reneweth to us the memory of that wonderful birth, which destroyed the old man. Thro'.
P. COMM. of St. Anast. Thou hast fed, O Lord, thy family with these sacred oblations : ever therefore comfort us with her intercession, whose feast we celebrate. Thro'. III. MASS. On Christmas-day.
INTROIT. Isaias ix. A Child is born t.) us, DUER natus est nobis, h and a Son is given I et Filius datus est to us, and the government nobis : cujus imperium is upon his shoulder: and super humerum ejus, et his name shall be called vocabitur nomen ejus, the Angel of the great Magni Concilii Angelus. Council. Ps. Sing to the Ps. 97. Cantate Domino Lord a new canticle, for canticum novum: quia he hath done wonderful mirabilia fecit... ilings. V. Glory,
COLLECT. Concede.—Grant, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, that we who groan under the old captivity of sin, may be freed therefrom by the birth of thy only begotten Son. Thro'.
EPISTLE. Heb. i. 1, 12.—God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of a}, in those days, hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world: who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right-hand of the majesty on high : being made so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they. For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, “ Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee?” And again: “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a Son?" And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith : “And let all the angels of God adore him." And to the angels indeed he saith: “ He that maketh his angels, spirits: and his ministers a flame of fire." But to the Son: “ Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of justice is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved justice and hated iniquity: therefore, God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." And: “Thou, in the beginning, O Lord, didst found the earth : and the works of thy hands are the heavens. They shall perish, but thou shalt continue: and they shall all grow old as a garment. And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the self-sanie, and thy years shall not fail.”
GRAD. Ps. xcvii.-All the ends of the earth hathi seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to the Lord all the earth. V. The Lord hath made known his salvation: he hath revealed his justice in the sight of the Gentiles. Alleluia.
V. A sanctified day V. Dies sanctificatus hath shone upon us: illuxit nobis : penite Gentes, come, ye Gentiles, and et adorate Dorrinum, quia adore the Lord, for this hodie descendit lux magna day a great light is come super terram. Alleluia. down upon the earth. Alleluia.
GOSPEL. John i. In the beginning, &c. as in the Ordinary, p. xlv.
OFFERT. Ps. lxxxviii.-Thine are the heavens, and thine is the earth; the world and the fulness thereof thou hast founded: Justice and judgment are the preparation of thy throne.
SECRET. Sanctify, O Lord, our offerings, by the new birth of thy only begotten Son, and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Thro'. the same.
COMMUNICANTES, till the Circumcision. DEING united in communion, and celebrating
D this most sacred day, sin the Ist Mass, sacred night,] on which the spotless virginity of the blessed Mary brought forth a Saviour to this world, moreover honouring in the first place, the memory of the same glorious V. M. &c. as in p. xxxiv.
COMM. Ps. xcvii.—The whole earth hath seen the salvation of our God.
P. COMM. Presta, qucsumus.-Grant we be seech thee, O Almighty God, that as the Saviour of the world, who was born this day, procured for us a divine birth, he may also bestow on us immortality. Who liveth. At the end of this Mass is said the Gospel of the
Epiphany, p. 91.
St. STEPHEN the first Martyr.
INTROIT. Ps. cxviii. DRINCES sat, and spoke against me: and sinners
I persecuted me: help me, O Lord my God, for tly servant hath practised thy commandme its. Ps.