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1 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils.

Second Reading 2
Second Reading
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Dear-ly be-lov-ed, to-day our Sav-ior is born let us re-joice.
he is summoned to life. In the fullness of time, chos-en in

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Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The
the un-fath-om- a- ble depths of God’s wis-dom, the Son of God

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fear of death has been swallowed up ; life brings us joy with
took for him-self our common hu-man- i- ty in or-der to re-con-

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this joy ; all share the same rea-son for re-joic-ing. Our Lord,
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vic-tor o-ver sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came
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to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of
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vic- to- ry at hand. Let the sin- ner be glad as he re-ceives


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Je- ru- sa- lem be-ing built from all the nations of the world.When
3 The Nativity of the Lord
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Congregation :
God’s goodness, what joy should it not bring to the low- ly hearts

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To-day the whole earth was filled with heav-en’s sweetness.
of men ? Belov-ed, let us give thanks to God the Father, through
Cantor :

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his Son, in the Ho- ly Spir-it, because in his great love for us
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To-day a new day dawns, the day of our redemption, prepared

he took pit- y on us, and when we were dead in our sins he


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by God from a- ges past, the beginning of our nev-er end-ing

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Congregation :
cre- a- tion.

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To-day the whole earth was filled with heav-en’s sweetness.
Tone for the Second Reading of Christmas Vigils taken from a manuscript of the
monastery of Maria Einsiedeln, as given in Laudes Festivae : Lectionarium et Cantu-
arium pro Diversitate Temporum et Festum, edited by P. Beatus Reiser, O.S.B., Typis
Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1932. Cantilation of the English text arranged by Fr. Samuel F.
Weber, O.S.B., Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-
1010 U.S.A. All rights reserved.

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First Reading
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Thus says the Lord God : A shoot shall sprout from the stump of
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Jes-se, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spir- it
the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt up-on his hips.

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of the Lord shall rest up- on him : a spir- it of wis-dom and of


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un- derstanding, a spir- it of counsel and of strength, a spir-it


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of knowledge and of fear of the Lord, and his delight shall be


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the fear of the Lord. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor


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by hearsay shall he de-cide, But he shall judge the poor with


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There shall be no harm or ru- in on all my ho- ly mountain ;
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for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as

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wa- ter cov-ers the sea. On that day, the root of Jes-se,
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set up as a sig-nal for the na-tions, the Gentiles shall seek


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out, for his dwelling shall be glorious.
king-dom.
Congregation :

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* All the an-gels cry a-loud with joy, for God has come him-self

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to save mankind.
Cantor :

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Glo-ry to God in the high-est, and peace to his peo-ple on earth.
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Tone for the First Reading of Christmas Vigils taken from a manuscript of the monas- Congregation :

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tery of Maria Einsiedeln, as given in Laudes Festivae : Lectionarium et Cantuarium
pro Diversitate Temporum et Festum, edited by P. Beatus Reiser, O.S.B., Typis Poly-
glottis Vaticanis, 1932. Cantilation of the English text arranged by Fr. Samuel F. We-
ber, O.S.B., Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010
U.S.A. All rights reserved. * All the an-gels cry a-loud with joy, for God has come him-self
INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC
Archdiocese of Saint Louis
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119-4330
weber@kenrick.edu
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to save mankind.
1 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils. The Holy Gospel. Solemn Tone 2
Holy Gospel. Solemn Tone VIII
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HE Lord be with you. + And al- so with you.


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A reading from the Ho- ly Gos-pel ac-cord-ing to Mat- thew.


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+ Glo- ry to you, O Lord.


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His is how the birth of Je-sus Christ came a-bout. When


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his moth-er Mar-y was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived
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to-geth-er, she was found with child through the Ho- ly Spir-
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it. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet un-
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willing to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her qui- et- ly.
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Such was his in-ten-tion when, behold, the an-gel of the Lord
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commanded him and took his wife in- to his home. He had no
3 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 4

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re- la-tions with her un- til she bore a son, and he named him

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Je- sus. The Gos-pel of the Lord. + Praise to you, Lord Je-sus

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Christ.

____________________________________________________________________
Tone for the Gospel of Christmas Vigils taken from a manuscript of the monastery
of Maria Einsiedeln, as given in Laudes Festivae : Lectionarium et Cantuarium pro
Diversitate Temporum et Festum, edited by P. Beatus Reiser, O.S.B., Typis Polyglot-
tis Vaticanis, 1932. Cantilation of the English text arranged by Fr. Samuel F. Weber,
O.S.B., Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010
U.S.A. All rights reserved.

INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC


Archdiocese of Saint Louis
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119-4330
weber@kenrick.edu
1 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils. The Holy Gospel. Ancient Tone 2
Holy Gospel. Ancient Tone
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HE Lord be with you. + And al- so with you.


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A reading from the Ho- ly Gos-pel ac-cord-ing to Mat-thew.


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+ Glo- ry to you, O Lord.


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His is how the birth of Je-sus Christ came a-bout. When


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to-geth-er, she was found with child through the Ho- ly Spir-
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commanded him and took his wife in- to his home. He had no
3 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils 4

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re- la-tions with her un- til she bore a son, and he named him

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Je- sus. The Gos-pel of the Lord. + Praise to you, Lord Je-sus

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Christ.

____________________________________________________________________
Tone for the Gospel of Christmas Vigils taken from a manuscript of the monastery
of Maria Einsiedeln, as given in Laudes Festivae : Lectionarium et Cantuarium pro
Diversitate Temporum et Festum, edited by P. Beatus Reiser, O.S.B., Typis Polyglot-
tis Vaticanis, 1932. Cantilation of the English text arranged by Fr. Samuel F. Weber,
O.S.B., Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010
U.S.A. All rights reserved.

INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC


Archdiocese of Saint Louis
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119-4330
weber@kenrick.edu
1 The Nativity of the Lord At Vigils. The Holy Gospel. Recent Tone 2
Holy Gospel. Recent Tone
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HE Lord be with you. + And al- so with you.


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A reading from the Ho- ly Gos-pel ac-cord-ing to Mat-thew.


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+ Glo- ry to you, O Lord.


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willing to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her qui-et- ly.


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commanded him and took his wife in- to his home. He had no
3 The Nativity of the Lord

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re- la-tions with her un- til she bore a son, and he named him

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Je- sus. The Gos-pel of the Lord. + Praise to you, Lord Je-sus

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Christ.

____________________________________________________________________
Tone for the Gospel of Christmas Vigils taken from a manuscript of the monastery
of Maria Einsiedeln, as given in Laudes Festivae : Lectionarium et Cantuarium pro
Diversitate Temporum et Festum, edited by P. Beatus Reiser, O.S.B., Typis Polyglot-
tis Vaticanis, 1932. Cantilation of the English text arranged by Fr. Samuel F. Weber,
O.S.B., Copyright © 2009 Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN 47577-1010
U.S.A. All rights reserved.

INSTITUTE OF SACRED MUSIC


Archdiocese of Saint Louis
5200 Glennon Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119-4330
weber@kenrick.edu