Liturgical Color: White [Note: "On more solemn days, sacred vestments may be used that are festive, that is, more precious, even if not of the color of the day.
Gold or silver colored vestments may be worn on more solemn occasions in the dioceses of the United States of America." GIRM #346]
Christmas - Mass at Midnight (ABC)
Themes & Motives: darkness/light, gladness, joy, glory, mystery, awe
The Lord said to me: You are my Son; this day have I begotten you. (Psalm 2:7)
you make this holy night radiant
with the splendor of Jesus Christ our light.
We welcome him as Lord, the true light of the world.
Bring us to eternal joy in the kingdom of heaven,
where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Offertory Antiphon: **
- Isaiah 9:1-6 [A son will be given to us. /v.6]
- Psalm 96:1-2 / 2-3 / 11-12 / 13 [R. Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord. /Lk 2:11]
- Titus 2:11-14 [The appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus. /v.13]
- Gospel Verse: Luke 2:10-11 [Good news and great joy to all the world: today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord.]
See CNP's Gospel Verses for the Christmas Cycle CNP Catalog #3050
- Luke 2:1-14 [There has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. /v.11]
See CNP's Book of Sung Gospels - Third Edition CNP Catalog #3012-3
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice before the Lord: for he comes.
Verses of Psalm 96 can also be sung between repetitions of the antiphon.
Prayer over the Gifts:
accept our gifts on this joyful feast of our salvation.
By our communion with God made man,
may we become more like him
who joins our lives to yours,
for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Preface for Christmas I: [Christ the Light]
Father, all-powerful and ever-living God,
we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
In the wonder of the Incarnation
your eternal Word has brought to the eyes of faith
a new and radiant vision of your glory.
In him we see our God made visible
and so are caught up in love of the God we cannot see.
And so with all the choirs of angels in heaven
we proclaim your glory
and join in their unending hymn of praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord...
The Word of God became man; we have seen his glory. (John 1:14)
Prayer after Communion:
God our Father,
we rejoice in the birth of our Savior.
May we share his life completely
by living as he has taught.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
When he came to us as man,
the Son of God scattered the darkness of this world,
and filled this holy night with his glory.
May the God of infinite goodness
scatter the darkness of sin
and brighten your hearts with holiness. Amen.
God sent his angels to shepherds
to herald the great joy of the Savior's birth.
May he fill you with joy
and make you heralds of his gospel. Amen.
When the Word became man,
earth was joined to heaven.
May he give you his peace and good will,
and fellowship with all the heavenly host. Amen.
** An official, approved English translation of the Offertory Antiphon has never been published.
The offertory antiphon used here is cited in Latin in the Graduale Romanum.
The English is from the New American Bible, a Scripture translation approved for liturgical use in the United States.
The English translation of the Introit, Opening Prayer, Psalm Refrain, Gospel Verse, Prayer over the Gifts, Preface, Communion Antiphon, Prayer after Communion, and Solemn Blessing from The Roman Missal, © Copyright 1973, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved.
Excerpts from the First Reading, Second Reading and Gospel are taken from the New American Standard Bible ® © Copyright 1973 The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.