Vol: 46, No.5 CHRISTMAS: MASS AT MIDNIGHT ( C) December 24 2018  
 
ENTRANCE ANTIPHON
The Lord said to me; You are my Son. It is I who have begotten you this day. (Ps 2:7)
PENITENTIAL RITE
Dear brothers and sisters, we have come together on this beautiful night to celebrate the birthday of our Lord Jesus Christ. An early Christian hymn familiar to Paul says, ‘Though Jesus was in the form of God, he did not count equality with God but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.’ Humility is the hallmark of Jesus in his birth as well as in his life. He was born in a manger because his mother and foster father Joseph were on a journey to Bethlehem in order to enroll themselves since the Emperor Caesar Augustus had ordered it. This child born in those unusual circumstances is God’s gift to the broken humanity. This child has changed the lives of people and the world. Let us welcome the Child Jesus with a grateful and joyful heart. (Pause)

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,/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.

Glory to God in the highest...
 
COLLECT
O God, who have made this most sacred night radiant with the splendour of the true light, grant, we pray, that we, who have known the mysteries of his light on earth, may also delight in his gladness in heaven. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
FIRST READING
(When the Northern Kingdom was conquered by the Assyrians, the people experienced a period of deep darkness. Isaiah promises them a brighter future and as a sign announces the birth of a child who will deliver them from their woes).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (9:1-6)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased its joy; they rejoice before thee as with joy at the harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as on the day of Midian. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the
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