Quote of the Week
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace
The Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
25th December 2017
1st Reading / Isa 7: 10- 16; 9: 1-3, 6-7.
A reading from the Book of Prophet Isaiah: Barikh-Mar
Again, the LORD spoke to Ahaz: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as Sheol, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then he said: Listen, house of David! Is it not enough that you weary human beings? Must you also weary my God? Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel. Curds and honey, he will eat so that he may learn to reject evil and choose good; for before the child learns to reject evil and choose good, the land of those two kings whom you dread shall be deserted. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing; They rejoice before you as people rejoice at harvest, as they exult when dividing the spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, the rod of their taskmaster, you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains by judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this! The Lord has sent a word against Jacob, and it falls upon Israel. Amen.
2nd Reading /Gal 4: 4- 7
A reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Galatians: Barikh-Mar.
But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” So, you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
The grace and peace be with you all brothers. Amen.
Gospel Reading/Lk 2: 1-20
A reading from the Holy Gospel According to Saint Luke:
In those days, a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. So, all went to be enrolled, each to his own town. And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So, they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
P: Glory be to God for ever … All: Glory be to the Christ Our Lord
Prayers of the faithful
The response is: Lord hear our prayer
1- For the Holy Father and the bishops who assist him: that their life, teaching, preaching, and pastoral care will proclaim the saving Event of the Incarnation to all: Lord hear us.
2- For our political leaders and all who assist them in governing our country: that they will be strengthened to lead our nation in the ways of enduring righteousness and freedom: Lord hear us.
3- For lasting peace throughout the world: that the com ing of the Prince of Peace will put an end to all enmity and division, and unify the peoples of the world: Lord hear us.
4- For families: that the graces of Christmas will draw family members together in lasting bonds of love: Lord hear us.
5- For the poor, the homeless, the unemployed, and all refugees: that Jesus Christ, who came into the world as one who was destitute and marginalised, will res- cue the needy and show them his love: Lord hear us.
6-That all Christians will be serious in responding to the universal call to holiness by living their faith with fervour and integrity: Lord hear us.