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December 23

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Let your compassion come upon me, Lord.
- Your salvation, true to your promise.

FIRST READING

From the book of the prophet Isaiah           51:1-11

The salvation promised to the children of Abraham

Listen to me, you who pursue justice,
  who seek the Lord;
Look to the rock from which you were hewn,
  to the pit from which you were quarried;
Look to Abraham, your father,
  and to Sarah, who gave you birth;
When he was but one I called him,
  I blessed him and made him many.
Yes, the Lord shall comfort Zion
  and have pity on all her ruins;
Her deserts he shall make like Eden,
  her wasteland like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness shall be found in her,
  thanksgiving and the sound of song.
 
Be attentive to me, my people;
  my folk, give ear to me.
For law shall go forth from my presence,
  and my judgment, as the light of the peoples.
I will make my justice come speedily;
  my salvation shall go forth
  and my arm shall judge the nations;
In me shall the coastlands hope,
  and my arm they shall await.
 
Raise your eyes to the heavens,
  and look at the earth below;
Though the heavens grow thin like smoke,
  the earth wears out like a garment
  and its inhabitants die like flies,
My salvation shall remain forever
  and my justice shall never be dismayed.

Hear me, you who know justice,
  you people who have my teaching at heart:
Fear not the reproach of men,
  be not dismayed at their revilings.
They shall be like a garment eaten by moths,
  like wool consumed by grubs;
But my justice shall remain forever
  and my salvation, for all generations.
 
Awake, awake, put on strength,
  O arm of the Lord!
Awake as in the days of old,
  in ages long ago!
Was it not you who crushed Rahab,
  you who pierced the dragon?
Was it not you who dried up the sea,
  the waters of the great deep,
Who made the depths of the sea into a way
  for the redeemed to pass over?

Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return
  and enter Zion singing,
  crowned with everlasting joy;
They will meet with joy and gladness,
  sorrow and mourning will flee.


RESPONSORY           See Isaiah 51:4,5; 35:10
My people, listen to me;
hear me, all you who belong to my race;
- close at hand is my Just One, my Savior draws nears.

Now those redeemed by the Lord will come back and enter Zion with songs of praise.
- close at hand is my Just One, my Savior draws nears.


SECOND READING

From a treatise against the heresy of Noetus by Saint Hippolytus, priest
(Cap. 9-12: PG 10, 815-819)

The manifestation of the hidden mystery

There is only one God, brethren, and we learn about him only from sacred Scripture. It is therefore our duty to become acquainted with what Scripture proclaims and to investigate its teachings thoroughly. We should believe them in the sense that the Father wills, thinking of the Son in the way the Father wills, and accepting the teaching he wills to give us with regard to the Holy Spirit. Sacred Scripture is God's gift to us and it should be understood in the way that he intends: we should not do violence to it by interpreting it according to our own preconceived ideas.

God was all alone and nothing existed but himself when he determined to create the world. He thought of it, willed it, spoke the word and so made it. It came into being instantaneously, exactly as he had willed. It is enough then for us to be aware of a single fact: nothing is coeternal with God. Apart from God there was simply nothing else. Yet although he was alone, he was manifold because he lacked neither reason, wisdom, power, nor counsel. All things were in him and he himself was all. At a moment of his own choosing and in a manner determined by himself, God manifested his Word, and through him he made the whole universe.

When the Word was hidden within God himself he was invisible to the created world, but God made him visible. First God gave utterance to his voice, engendering light from light, and then he sent his own mind into the world as its Lord. Visible before to God alone and not to the world, God made him visible so that the world could be saved by seeing him. This mind that entered our world was made known as the Son of God. All things came into being through him; but he alone is begotten by the Father.

The Son gave us the law and the prophets, and he filled the prophets with the Holy Spirit to compel them to speak out. Inspired by the Father's power, they were to proclaim the Father's purpose and his will.

So the Word was made manifest, as Saint John declares when, summing up all the sayings of the prophets, he announces that this is the Word through whom the whole universe was made. He says: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Through him all things came into being; not one thing was created without him. And further on he adds: The world was made through him, and yet the world did not know him. He entered his own creation, and his own did not receive him.


RESPONSORY           See Isaiah 9:6; John 1:4
A little child is born to us,
and he shall be called the mighty God.
- He himself will sit upon the throne of David his father to rule; the authority of David rests on his shoulders.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. - He himself will sit upon the throne of David his father to rule; the authority of David rests on his shoulders.


COLLECT
Almighty ever-living God,
as we see how the Nativity of your Son
according to the flesh draws near,
we pray that to us, your unworthy servants,
mercy may flow from your Word,
who chose to become flesh of the Virgin Mary
and establish among us his dwelling,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.





The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

 
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