12/21/09

The Scriptures for the Celebration of Christmas



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)


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 texts based on pastoral needs. Some parishes will be using the texts for Midnight Mass at some or all of the other Christmas liturgies while other parishes will use the selections appropriate to the time of day.

Background material on all these scripture can be found here at the St. Louis University liturgy site.

(See this earlier post, too, with regard to the Christmas story in the four gospels.)

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