First Sunday after Christmas (Holy Family)

First Sunday after Christmas (Holy Family) – Almighty God, you wonderfully created and yet more wonderfully restored the dignity of human nature. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of Jesus Christ who came to share our humanity, and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God,...

Vespers in the Christmas Octave

Vespers in the Christmas Octave – Princely state is yours on the day you lead your host in holy splendor. From the womb of the morning I have begotten you. ~Responsory

Vespers in the Octave of Christmas

Christmas Vespers – O Savior of our fallen race, O Brightness of the Father’s face, O Son who shared the Father’s might Before the world knew day or night, O Jesus, very Light of light, Our constant star in sin’s deep night: Now hear the prayers your people pray Throughout the world this holy...

The Holy Innocents

December 28 – The Holy Innocents – During this octave of Christmas the Church celebrates the memory of the small children of the neighborhood of Bethlehem put to death by Herod. Sacrificed by a wicked monarch, these innocent lives bear witness to Christ who was persecuted from the time of his birth by a...

Saint John, Apostle & Evangelist

December 27 – St. John, Apostle and Evangelist – Born in Bethsaida, he was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light...

Saint Stephen, Deacon and Martyr

December 26 – St. Stephen, Deacon and Martyr One of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Of the seven deacons, Stephen, is the first mentioned and the best known. At his death, the praying martyr was thrown down; and while the witnesses were thrusting upon him “a stone as much as two...

The Nativity of Our Lord, Dawn

The Nativity of Our Lord, Dawn – Grant, we pray, almighty God, that, as we are bathed in the new radiance of your incarnate Word, the light of faith, which illumines our minds, may also shine through in our deeds. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in...

The Nativity of Our Lord

The Nativity of Our Lord – Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your only Son, Jesus Christ our...

Fourth Sunday in Advent

Fourth Sunday in Advent – Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Who lives and reigns...

Vespers on December 23

Great O Antiphon, December 23 – O Emmanuel, our King and Lawgiver, the Desire of all nations and their Salvation: Come and save us, O Lord our God. ~Magnificat Antiphon