Opening Comment (Presiders)
We celebrate an amazing mystery — God is born in time. The eternal God has taken human flesh, has pitched his tent in the midst of humanity. With joy in our hearts, we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh.
Penitential Rite As we prepare ourselves to ponder the mystery of God’s wonderful love, let us call to mind our sins: (pause) Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace … you are Son of God and Son of Mary … you are Word made flesh and splendour of the Father: Lord, have mercy
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (Night Mass)
Isaiah 9:1-7 The ancient promise of a light in darkness, a child born for us, are fulfilled this Christmas night. Titus 2:11-14 As we wait in hope for the Lord’s coming in glory, we should live good and religious lives. Luke 2:1-14 As Jesus is born in Bethlehem, the shepherds recognise him and the angels echo their joy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings (Day Mass)
Isaiah 52:7-10 Let there be great joy, because we have received Good News: God is consoling his people. Hebrews 1:1-6 Greater than all the angels is the firstborn Son of God, born in time today. John 1:1-18 In beautiful language, John describes the mystery of God taking on human flesh in Jesus.
Introduction (by the Presider) Let us bring our prayers to God, who has shown his salvation to the nations in the birth of Jesus.
- For Christians all over the world, who gather to celebrate the Christmas feast, that they may follow Christ with enthusiasm through the year (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For the people for whom Christmas has little meaning, that they may accept the Good News of the Word made flesh (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those with whom we will spend time this Christmas, that God may bless our families and all those we love (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For ourselves, as we hear the call to be messengers of the Gospel that each day we may spread happiness and bring good news (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For those afflicted by illness or anxiety this Christmas, that the care of those around them may help them see God’s compassion (pause for silent prayer) Lord, hear us.
- For our friends who have died, and for those we have known who have died since last Christmas, that the peace and light of heaven may be theirs (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) O God, your love for your people is sure: hear our prayers and grant us your grace, through Christ our Lord. Amen.