Entrance Antiphon: The shepherds went in haste, and found Mary and Joseph and the Infant lying in a manger. (Lk 2: 16)

Collect: O God, who were pleased to give us
the shining example of the Holy Family,
graciously grant that we may imitate them
in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity,
and so, in the joy of your house,
delight one day in eternal rewards.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings Option 1:

First Reading: Gn 15:1-6; 21:1-3

Responsorial Psalm (Option 1): Ps 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8-9

The Lord remembers his covenant for ever. 

Second Reading: Hb 11:8, 11-12, 17-19

Gospel: Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

Readings Option 2:

First Reading: Si 3:2-6, 12-14

Responsorial Psalm (Option 1): Ps 128:1-2, 3, 4-5

Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. 

Second Reading: Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17

Gospel: Lk 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40

Offertory Prayer: We offer you, Lord, the sacrifice of conciliation,
humbly asking that,
through the intercession of the Virgin Mother of God and Saint Joseph,
you may establish our families firmly in your grace and your peace.
Through Christ our Lord.

Communion Antiphon: Our God has appeared on the earth, and lived among us. (Bar 3: 38)

Prayer after Communion: Bring those you refresh with this heavenly Sacrament,
most merciful Father,
to imitate constantly the example of the Holy Family,
so that, after the trials of this world,
we may share their company for ever.
Through Christ our Lord.

Suggested Music:


Processional Hymn: The First Noël

Entrance Antiphon: from the Ignatius Pew Missal 

Responsorial Psalm (Option 1): from the Ignatius Pew Missal 

Responsorial Psalm (Option 2): from the Ignatius Pew Missal

Alleluia: from the Ignatius Pew Missal

Offertory Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Communion Antiphon: from the Ignatius Pew Missal  

A Eucharistic hymn is appropriate during or after communion.

Recessional Hymn: God, Rest You Merry Gentlemen

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