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28 The Nativity of the Lord

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in- to my rest. ” (+) THE NATIVITY

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Spir-it : as it was in the be-gin-ning, is now, and will be
AT VIGILS

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for ev- er. A- men. (+)
Tone for the Invitatory by Fr. Columba Kelly, O.S.B.
Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010 U.S.A.
Used with permission.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
English translation of the Liturgy of the Hours : Antiphons, Responsories, Intercessions, and the
NT Canticle, Copyright © 1970, 1973, 1975, International Committee on English in the Liturgy,
Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Psalm texts © The Grail (England) 1963 and published by Collins, London, 1963. Used with
permission.
Cathedral Church of Saint Mary
English translation of Psalm 94 and Doxology by the International Consultation on English
Texts. Common domain. Diocese of Fargo
Translation of the hymns : Eternal Glory and True Light by the Benedictine Nuns of Ryde Abbey,
Isle of Wight, G. B. Used with permission. Of the Father’s Love Begotten by John Mason Neale
(1818-1866). Common domain.
Chant settings by
Design, layout, typesetting and English chant settings by Samuel F.
Weber, O.S.B., copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010 U.S.A. Fr. Samuel F. Weber, O.S.B.
All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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24 December 2009
At Vigils 27

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before the Lord, our mak-er. For he is our God and we are his

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peo-ple, the flock he shepherds. (+)

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born, as your fathers did in the wild-er-ness, when at Mer-i- ba

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and Mas-sah they challenged me and provoked me, although they

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had seen all of my works. (+)

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are a peo-ple whose hearts go a-stray and they do not know

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my ways. ” So I swore in my an-ger, “ They shall not en- ter
26 The Nativity of the Lord
25 December
Invitatory. IV g
Cantor :
NATIVITY OF THE LOR D
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AT VIGILS
Opening Verse STAND
The Invitatory is repeated by the congregation. Celebrant :

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Psalm 94
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Lord, o-pen my lips.

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Ome, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the

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Lord who saves us. Let us approach him with praise and thanks-
+ And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

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Invitatory. IV g Cantor verses p. 26
Cantor :

giv-ing and sing joy-ful songs to the Lord. (+)


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T HE Lord is God, the might-y God, the great king o- ver all Congregation :

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gods. He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the high-
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Hrist is born to us : Come, let us a- dore him.

Psalm 94
est mountains as well. He made the sea ; it belongs to him, the dry Cantor :

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land, too, for it was formed by his hands. (+)
Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.
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Congregation : Prayer STAND 18

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God our Father, every year we rejoice as we look forward to this feast
of our salvation. * May we welcome Christ as our Redeemer, and


C Cantor :
Hrist is born to us : Come, let us a- dore him.
meet him with confidence when he comes to be our judge, who lives
and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, * one God, for ever and ever.
+ Amen.

After the clergy retire to the sacristy and vest, Midnight Mass will
The Lord is God, the mighty God, commence with a hymn led by the choir.
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well.
He made the sea ; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.
Congregation :

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Cantor :
Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker.
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Congregation :

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Cantor :

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord :


Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah
they challenged me and provoked me,
although they had seen all of my works.
24 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 5
For verse 5 below, the cantor begins Christ, to thee with God the Congregation :
Father, and the congregation continues And, O Holy Ghost, to thee.

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4. O ye heights of heav’n a- dore him; An- gel hosts, Cantor :
5. Christ, to thee with God the Fa- ther, And, O Ho-
Forty years I endured that generation.

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4. his prais- es sing; Pow’rs, do- min- ions, bow be- fore
I said, “ They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways. ”
So I swore in my anger,
“ They shall not enter into my rest. ”
5. ly Ghost, to thee, Hymn and chant and high thanks- giv- Congregation :

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4. him, And ex- tol our God and King: Let no tongue
5. ing, And un- wear- ied prais- es be, Hon- or, glo-

C Cantor :
Hrist is born to us : Come, let us a- dore him.

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4. on earth be si- lent, Ev’- ry voice in con- cert
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit :
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.
5. ry, and do- min- ion, And e- ter- nal vic- to-
Congregation :

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4. ring, Ev- er- more and ev- er- more.
5. ry, Ev- er- more and ev- er- more. A- men.
C Hrist is born to us : Come, let us a- dore him.
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3 STAND Hymn. I After the Gospel Reading, in place of the Te Deum, this hymn may
be sung. The cantor sings the odd numbered verses; the congregation
Candor æternæ Deitatis alme
sings the even numbered verses :

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Corde natus ex Parentis. Mode V
STAND 17

1.
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You came to o- pen heav- en’s
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earth A mes-
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1. Of the Fa- ther’s love be- got- ten Ere the worlds
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1. sus, born in- to our world, You come to heal
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2. sage nev- er heard be- fore: All glo- ry be
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1. the wounds of men, Sal- va- tion’s gate and life
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3. ets Prom- ised in their faith- ful word; Now he shines,
4. our hearts to you And bind them fast with bonds
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1. that are, that have been, And that fu- ture years shall
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1. see, Ev- er- more and ev- er- more.
2. face, Ev- er- more and ev- er- more.
3. Lord, Ev- er- more and ev- er- more.
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nostri, Dó-mi- ne, mi-se- ré-re nostri. Fi- at mise-ri-córdi-a tu-a,

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to- day
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I have be- got-ten you.
Dó-mi-ne, spe-rá- vi : non confún-dar in æ-tér-

O Lord, let thy mercy be upon us, as we have hoped in thee. O Lord, in thee
num. VII d
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have I hoped, let me not be confounded forever. 1 Ant. The Lord said to me : / You are my Son, *
today I have begotten you.
Psalm 2
Cantor : odd numbered verses ; congregation : even numbered verses
1. Why this tumult among nations, *
among peoples this useless murmuring.
2. They arise, the kings of the earth, *
princes plot against the Lord and his Anointed.
3. “ Come, let us break their fetters, *
come, let us cast off their yoke. ”
4. He who sits in the heavens laughs ; *
the Lord is laughing them to scorn.
5. Then he will speak in his anger, *
his rage will strike them with terror.
6. “ It is I who have set up my king *
on Zion, my holy mountain. ”
7. I will announce the decree of the Lord : /
The Lord said to me, / “ You are my Son. *
It is I who have begotten you this day.
8. Ask and I shall bequeath you the nations, *
put the ends of the earth in your possession.
9. With a rod of iron you will break them, *
shatter them like a potter’s jar. ”
8 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 21
10. Now, O kings, understand, *
take warning, rulers of the earth,
11. serve the Lord with awe *
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se- des, in gló-ri- a Patris. Judex cré-de-ris es-se ventú-rus.

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and trembling, pay him your homage
12. lest he be angry and you perish ; *
for suddenly his anger will blaze.
13. Blessed are they * Te ergo quæsumus, tu- is fámu-lis súbve- ni, quos pre-ti- ó- so
who put their trust in God.
14. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit :
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sángui-ne redemísti. Æ-térna fac cum sanctis tu- is in gló-ri- a
15. as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.
Cantor :
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The Lord said to me : You are my Son, to- day

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I have be- got-ten you.

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of God in the glory of the Father. We believe that thou shalt come to be
our Judge. We pray thee, therefore, help thy servants, whom thou hast re-
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in glory everlasting. O Lord, save thy people, and bless thine inheritance.
Govern them and lift them up forever. Day by day we bless thee. And we
praise thy Name forever, yea for ever and ever. Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day
to keep us without sin. O Lord, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.
20 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 9

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Te per orbem ter-ra-rum sancta con-fi- te- tur Eccle- si- a :


from his bridal chamber.
Cantor : odd numbered verses ; congregation : even numbered verses
Psalm 18 A

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1. The heavens proclaim the glory of God *
and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands.
2. Day unto day takes up the story *
Pa-trem imménsæ ma- jestá- tis : Ve-ne-rándum tu- um ve-rum, and night unto night makes known the message.

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3. No speech, no word, no voice is heard /
yet their span extends through all the earth, *
their words to the utmost bounds of the world.
4. There he has placed a tent for the sun ; /

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it comes forth like a bridegroom coming from his tent, *
rejoices like a champion to run its course.
5. At the end of the sky is the rising of the sun ; /
to the furthest end of the sky is its course. *

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There is nothing concealed from its burning heat.
6. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
and to the Holy Spirit :

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7. as it was in the beginning, is now, *
and will be for ever. Amen.
Cantor :

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The white-robed army of martyrs praises thee. The holy Church through-
out all the world doth acknowledge thee, the Father of infinite majesty,
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thy adorable, true, and only Son. And the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Thou art the King of glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting Son of the
Father. Thou, having taken upon thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the
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open the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Thou sittest at the right hand from his bridal chamber.
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Hymn.
The celebrant intones to the *. The cantor continues. The congregation
III & IV

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3 Ant. Your words are filled with grace, *


because God has blessed you for ever.
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æ-térnum Patrem omnis terra vene-rá- tur. Ti- bi omnes An-

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Cantor : odd numbered verses ; congregation : even numbered verses
Psalm 44
1. My heart overflows with noble words. / ge- li, ti-bi Cæ-li et u-nivérsæ Po-testá- tes : Ti-bi Ché-ru-
To the king I must speak the song I have made ; *
my tongue as nimble as the pen of a scribe.
2. You are the fairest of the children of men /
and graciousness is poured upon your lips : *
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bim et Sé-ra-phim incessá-bi- li vo-ce proclá- mant : Sanctus :

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because God has blessed you for evermore.
3. O mighty one, gird your sword upon your thigh ; /
in splendor and state, ride on in triumph *
for the cause of truth and goodness and right. Sanctus : San-ctus Dómi-nus De- us Sá-ba- oth. Ple-ni sunt
4. Take aim with your bow in your dread right hand. /
Your arrows are sharp : / peoples fall beneath you. *
The foes of the king fall down and lose heart.
5. Your throne, O God, shall endure for ever. /
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cæ-li et terra majestá-tis gló-ri- æ tu- æ. Te gló-ri- o-sus
A scepter of justice is the scepter of your kingdom. *
Your love is for justice ; / your hatred for evil.
6. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you /
with the oil of gladness above other kings : *
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your robes are fragrant with aloes and myrrh.
We praise thee, O God, we acknowledge thee to be the Lord. All the
7. From the ivory palace you are greeted with music. / earth doth worship thee, the Father everlasting. To thee all angels cry
The daughters of kings are among your loved ones. * aloud, the heavens and all the powers therein. To thee cherubim and ser-
On your right stands the queen in gold of Ophir. aphim continually do cry : Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts. Heav-
8. Listen, O daughter, give ear to my words : * en and earth are full of the majesty of thy glory. The glorious choir of
forget your own people and your father’s house. apostles praises thee. The admirable company of prophets praises thee.
18 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 11
15 STAND A Reading from the Holy Gospel 9. So will the king desire your beauty : *
According to Matthew he is your lord, pay homage to him.
10. And the people of Tyre shall come with gifts, *
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother the richest of the people shall seek your favor.
Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was
11. The daughter of the king is clothed with splendor, *
found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since her robes embroidered with pearls set in gold.
he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided
to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel 12. She is led to the king with her maiden companions. /
of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “ Joseph, son of Da- They are escorted amid gladness and joy ; *
they pass within the palace of the king.
vid, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is
through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She 13. Sons shall be yours in place of your fathers : *
will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save you will make them princes over all the earth.
his people from their sins. ” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord 14. May this song make your name for ever remembered. *
had said through the prophet : Behold, the virgin shall conceive and May the peoples praise you from age to age.
bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “ God 15. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
is with us. ” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had and to the Holy Spirit :
commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations
16. as it was in the beginning, is now, *
with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.
and will be for ever. Amen.
Cantor :

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because God has blessed you for ever.
Cantor :

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The Word was made man, al- le- lu- ia.
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12 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 17
Congregation : 9. “ All mankind is grass, *

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He lived a-mong us, al- le- lu- ia.
and all their glory like the flower of the field.
10. The grass withers, the flower wilts, /
when the breath of the Lord blows upon it. *
So then the people is the grass.
8 SIT First Reading 11. Though the grass withers and the flower wilts, *
From the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 11 : 1-10 the word of our God stands forever. ”
12. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, *
Thus says the Lord God :
and to the Holy Spirit :
A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse,
and from his roots a bud shall blossom. 13. as it was in the beginning, is now, *
The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him : and will be for ever. Amen.
a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, Cantor :
A spirit of counsel and of strength,
a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord,
and his delight shall be the fear of the Lord.
Not by appearance shall he judge,
nor by hearsay shall he decide,
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His name will be Em-man- u- el, which means
But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
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Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.
Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
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and the leopard shall lie down with the kid ; Ant. His name will be Emmanuel, *
The calf and the young lion shall browse together, which means God-is-with-us.
with a little child to guide them.
The cow and the bear shall be neighbors,
together their young shall rest ;
the lion shall eat hay like the ox.
The baby shall play by the cobra’s den,
and the child lay his hand on the adder’s lair.
There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain ;
for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord
as water covers the sea.
On that day,
The root of Jesse,
set up as a signal for the nations,
The Gentiles shall seek out,
for his dwelling shall be glorious.
16 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 13
II Nocturn Responsory SIT
Cantor : SIT Cantor :

14
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IS name will be * Em-man- u- el, which means

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king-dom.
Ant. His name will be Emmanuel, *
which means God-is-with-us. Congregation :


Isaiah 40 : 1-8
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1. Comfort, give comfort to my people, *
says your God.
2. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her *
that her service is at an end, / her guilt is expiated ; to save mankind.
3. indeed, she has received from the hand of the Lord * Cantor :
double for all her sins.
4. A voice cries out : /
In the desert prepare the way of the Lord ! *
Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God !
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Glo-ry to God in the high-est, and peace to his peo-ple on earth.
5. Every valley shall be filled in, *
Congregation :
every mountain and hill shall be made low ;
6. The rugged land shall be made a plain, *
the rough country a broad valley.
7. Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, /
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and all mankind shall see it together ; *
for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
8. A voice says, “ Cry out ! ” *
I answer, / “ What shall I cry out ? ” to save mankind.
14 The Nativity of the Lord  At Vigils 15
12 SIT Second Reading Responsory SIT
From a Sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope Cantor :
Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born ; let us rejoice. Sadness
should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been
swallowed up ; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happi-
ness. T
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O- day true peace came down to us from heav-en.
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No one is shut out from this joy ; all share the same reason for Congregation :
rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free
from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm
of victory at hand. Let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of
forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.
In the fullness of time, chosen in the unfathomable depths of God’s
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To-day the whole earth was filled with heav-en’s sweetness.
wisdom, the Son of God took for himself our common humanity in Cantor :
order to reconcile it with its creator. He came to overthrow the devil,
the origin of death, in that very nature by which he had overthrown
mankind.
And so at the birth of our Lord the angels sing in joy : Glory to
God in the highest, and they proclaim peace to his people on earth as
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To-day a new day dawns, the day of our redemption, prepared
they see the heavenly Jerusalem being built from all the nations of the
world. When the angels on high are so exultant at this marvelous work
of God’s goodness, what joy should it not bring to the lowly hearts of
men ?
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by God from a- ges past, the beginning of our nev-er end-ing
Beloved, let us give thanks to God the Father, through his Son, in
the Holy Spirit, because in his great love for us he took pity on us, and
when we were dead in our sins he brought us to life with Christ, so that
in him we might be a new creation. Let us throw off our old nature and
all its ways and, as we have come to birth in Christ, let us renounce the
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glad-ness.
works of the flesh.
Christian, remember your dignity, and now that you share in God’s Congregation :
own nature, do not return by sin to your former base condition. Bear
in mind who is your head and of whose body you are a member. Do
not forget that you have been rescued from the power of darkness and
brought into the light of God’s kingdom.
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To-day the whole earth was filled with heav-en’s sweetness.
Through the sacrament of baptism you have become a temple of
the Holy Spirit. Do not drive away so great a guest by evil conduct and
become again a slave to the devil, for your liberty was bought by the
blood of Christ.