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Vol: 46, No.6 MASS AT DAWN ( C) December 25 2018  
Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of peace, Father of future ages; and his reign will be without end. (Isa 9:1, 5; Lk 1:33)
Dear brothers and sisters, the Christmas joy that we experienced at the midnight celebration continues to the dawn and day Masses. When the angelic visitors depart, the shepherds decide among themselves to go to Bethlehem. Their decision to set off at night pays rich dividends for they are the first ones to behold the child Jesus together with his parents. Wonder and amazement are the natural reaction in these circumstances. The day Mass brings in another aspect of the mystery of the incarnation with the reading from the Letter to the Hebrews which affirms that the birth of the Lord Jesus has been planned by God in advance. St John writes about the pre-existence of Jesus. In Jesus the divine Logos becomes a human person. Let us allow these mysteries of salvation to sink into our minds and may Jesus our Lord guide us. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/...
Glory to God in the highest...

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, as we are bathed in the new radiance of your incarnate Word, the light of faith, which illumines our minds, may also shine through in our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your
Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
(At the termination of the Babylonian exile prophet Isaiah promises a new beginning for the people. Being freed from the exile they will experience deliverance and salvation).
A reading from the Book of Isaiah (62:11-12)
Behold, the Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to the daughter of Zion, “Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.” And they shall be called The Holy People, The redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought out, a city not forsaken.
The Word of the Lord
PSALM (97)
Response: This day a new light will shine upon the earth: the Lord is born to us.
The Lord is King, let earth rejoice, the many coastlands be glad. The skies proclaim his justice; all peoples see his glory. R/
Light shines forth for the just and joy for the upright of heart. Rejoice, you just, in the Lord; give glory to his holy name. R/
(Paul tells Titus whom he appoints as bishop that God saves His people not because of their good works but because of His immense mercy).
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to Titus (3:4-7)
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