And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. (Luke 1: 4)
(See this earlier post, too, with regard to the Christmas story in the four gospels.)
The Roman Catholic Lectionary provides four sets of readings for the Masses of Christmas, arranged for Masses celebrated at different times of the night and day:
The Vigil Mass
Mass at Midnight
Mass at Dawn
Mass During the Day
The Lectionary also provides for interchanging the lessons based on pastoral needs. At Holy Family Parish we will be using the texts for Midnight Mass at all of our Christmas liturgies except for the 8:00 a.m. Mass on Christmas morning when we will use the readings for the Mass During the Day. Other parishes may observe the selections of texts according to the time of day.
Background material on all these scripture can be found here at the St. Louis University liturgy site.
Posted by Concord Pastor at 11:14 PM