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Vol: 46, No.5 CHRISTMAS: MASS AT MIDNIGHT ( C) December 24 2018  
Spirit,/born of the Virgin Mary,/suffered under Pontius Pilate,/was crucified,/died and was buried;/he descended into hell;/on the third day he rose again from the dead;/he ascended into heaven,/and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;/from there he will come to judge the living and the dead./I believe in the Holy Spirit,/the holy catholic Church,/the communion of saints,/the forgiveness of sins,/the resurrection of the body,/and life everlasting. Amen.
Cel: The birth of the child Jesus whom his mother wrapped in warm clothes and placed in a manger is the event that we celebrate at Christmas. This child is the Son of God who has come to dispel darkness and lead the people to his wonderful light. Like the shepherds who rejoiced at the vision of the Child Jesus, let us ask the Lord Jesus to fill our hearts with joy, saying,
Response: Lord, be our light and life.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the priests and the religious that they may exhort the faithful to live sober, upright and godly lives, we pray … R/
2. For Christians all over the world that the birth of Jesus may encourage them to build up fraternal communion and fellowship among members of the family, relatives, friends and neighbours, we pray … R/
3. For people of other faiths who join their Christian friends and neighbours in celebrating Christmas that these people of goodwill may be blessed by the Lord, we pray … R/
4. For the world leaders that they may become agents of peace, fraternity and freedom which are the values that Jesus inspired in the lives of people to whom he ministered, we pray … R/
5. For all of us present in this Eucharistic
assembly that the celebration of Christmas may make us joyful and that we too may return praise to God through our lives, we pray … R/
(Pause to pray for personal and community needs)
Cel: God our Father, we thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus for leading us from darkness to light. We thank you for the gift of eternal salvation through your Son. Grant us the grace that by faithfully living our lives according to his teaching we may reach safely our eternal home. We make this prayer …
May the oblation of this day’s feast be pleasing to you, O Lord, we pray, that through this most holy exchange we may be found in the likeness of Christ, in whom our nature is united to you. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
PREFACE I (Nativity)
It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God.
For in the mystery of the Word made flesh a new light of your glory has shone upon the eyes of our mind, so that, as we recognize in him God made visible, we may be caught up through him in love of things invisible.
And so, with Angels and Archangels, with Thrones and Dominions, and with all the hosts and Powers of heaven, we sing the hymn of your glory, as without end we acclaim:
All: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts…
The Word became flesh, and we have seen his glory. (Jn 1:14)
Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, that we, who are gladdened by
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