Vol: 44, No.5 CHRISTMAS - DAWN & DAY MASS ( A) December 25 2016  
A reading from the Letter of St Paul to Titus (3:4-7)
When the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
The Word of the Lord
Alleluia, alleluia! Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased! Alleluia! (Lk 2:14)
(The shepherds respond to the angelic message and their “haste” marks their inner disposition to meet and pay homage to the newborn child).
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke (2:15-20)
When the angels went away from the shepherds into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told to them.
The Gospel of the Lord
I believe in God,/...
Cel: Dear brothers and sisters, after the solemn celebration of the nativity of Jesus the preceding night the community of the faithful has assembled again to celebrate the joyful event. It is an opportunity for each one of us to thank the Lord for the gift of life which we have received. Let us pray that the commemoration of the birth of the Lord may bring joy and peace among the faithful, saying,
Response: Lord, may your birth bring joy to our lives.
1. For the pope, the bishops, the clergy and the religious that through simplicity of life and example they may exhort the faithful to live their lives according to the values of the gospel, we pray… R/
2. For peace and harmony in the conflict-ridden countries that create large scale displacements and immense suffering, that the strife-ridden countries may immediately resolve the conflicts and establish conditions for the peaceful cohabitation of peoples, we pray… R/
3. For the terminally ill in our parishes who cannot attend Church on account of their illness that the care of such people and their spiritual nourishment may be taken care of, we pray… R/
4. For peace in the families that there may not be violence or abuse of any sort prevailing within the four walls of the homes, but through the sharing of common meals and the recital of family prayers a conducive atmosphere may be built up in every family, we pray… R/
5. For all of us present in this assembly that the celebration of the Lord’s birth may be an occasion of grace and an incentive for us to recommit ourselves to the vocation we have received, be it married, single, religious or priestly, we pray… R/
(Pray for community and personal needs)
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