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The Church in the Philippines is making some changes in the liturgy for Christmas this year, and it is about the re-introduction of the Christmas Vigil Mass on December 24.  Confusion may arise regarding this since from the 70’s the December 24 Christmas vigil mass practically disappeared.  During Martial Law, there was a midnight curfew, so the Christmas Midnight Mass was celebrated earlier, 10 PM on December 24.  This practically took the place of the Christmas Vigil.  Even during the time when the MN curfew was lifted, the Christmas Midnight Mass continued to be celebrated on an earlier hour because the bishops didn’t want the faithful to go Church at a time when firecrackers were being exploded on the streets.  Given this situation, the Christmas Vigil Mass was practically unheard off for more than thirty years.  So this year, when the bishops announce that there is no Gloria during the evening Mass of December 24, they have in mind the Christmas Vigil Mass.

The Christmas season ends with the Feast of Epiphany, which falls on January 3 this year.  The Feast of the Holy Family falls on December 27 this year; January 1 is the Solemnity of the Mother of God.

The readings for Christmas are as follows:

Midnight Mass:

Isaiah 9:1-6/Psalm 96/Titus 2:11-14/Luke 2:1-14

Dawn Mass

Isaiah 62:11-12/Ps. 97/Titus 3:4-7/Luke 2:15-20

Explanations for the Gospel readings are Luke 2:1-21" href="http://biblista.net/main/luke2_1-21" target="_blank">found in this page.

Day Mass

Isaiah 52:7-10/Ps. 98/Hebrews 1:1-6/John 1:1-18

On December 27, the following will be the readings:

Sirach 3:2-6.12-14/Psalm 128/Colossians 3:12-21/Luke 2:41-52

An explanation for the Gospel reading is found here.

The readings for January 1 are as follows:

Nm. 6:22-27/Ps. 67/Galatians 4:4-7/Luke 2:16-21

The gospel reading is from a selection that was already read for Christmas.  You can find an explanation for it here.

For the feast of the Epiphany (January 3), the following will be read:

Isaiah 60:1-6/Ps. 72/Ephesians 3:2-3.5-6/Matthew 2:1-12

An explanation for the Gospel reading is given in this page.

January 10 is the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord which begins Ordinary Time, Year C.  Readings for this date will be posted at the BibleWorkshop (http://bws.biblista.net)

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Isaiah 9:1-6
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1At the first time the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephtali was lightly touched: and at the last the way of the sea beyond the Jordan of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded.
2The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.
3Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not increased the joy. They shall rejoice before thee, as they that rejoice in the harvest, as conquerors rejoice after taking a prey, when they divide the spoils.
4For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou best overcome, as in the day of Median.
5For every violent taking of spoils, with tumult, and garment mingled with blood, shall be burnt, and be fuel for the fire.
6For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.
Titus 2:11-14
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11For the grace of God our Saviour hath appeared to all men;
12Instructing us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and godly in this world,
13Looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ,
14Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works.
Luke 2:1-14
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1And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
2This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
3And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,
5To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
6And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock.
9And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear.
10And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
11For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
12And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
14Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.
Isaiah 62:11-12
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11Behold the Lord hath made it to be heard in the ends of the earth, tell the daughter of Sion: Behold thy Saviour cometh: behold his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12And they shall call them, The holy people, the redeemed of the Lord. But thou shalt be called: A city sought after, and not forsaken.
Titus 3:4-7
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4But when the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared:
5Not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost;
6Whom he hath poured forth upon us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour:
7That, being justified by his grace, we may be heirs, according to hope of life everlasting.
Luke 2:15-20
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15And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
16And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
17And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
18And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
19But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Luke 2:1-21
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1And it came to pass, that in those days there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that the whole world should be enrolled.
2This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria.
3And all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city.
4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,
5To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.
6And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.
7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock.
9And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear.
10And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people:
11For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David.
12And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.
13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
14Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.
15And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us.
16And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
17And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
18And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
19But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.
Isaiah 52:7-10
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7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, and that preacheth peace: of him that sheweth forth good, that preacheth salvation, that saith to Sion: Thy God shall reign!
8The voice of thy watchmen: they have lifted up their voice, they shall praise together: for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord shall convert Sion.
9Rejoice, and give praise together, O ye deserts of Jerusalem: for the Lord hath comforted his people: he hath redeemed Jerusalem.
10The Lord hath prepared his holy arm in the sight of all the Gentiles: and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Hebrews 1:1-6
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1God, who, at sundry times and in divers manners, spoke in times past to the fathers by the prophets, last of all,
2In these days hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world.
3Who being the brightness of his glory, and the figure of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, making purgation of sins, sitteth on the right hand of the majesty on high.
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.
5For to which of the angels hath he said at any time, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith: And let all the angels of God adore him.
John 1:1-18
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1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2The same was in the beginning with God.
3All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made.
4In him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him.
8He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light.
9That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world.
10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name.
13Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
15John beareth witness of him, and crieth out, saying: This was he of whom I spoke: He that shall come after me, is preferred before me: because he was before me.
16And of his fulness we all have received, and grace for grace.
17For the law was given by Moses; grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
18No man hath seen God at any time: the only begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Sirach 3:2-6
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2Children, hear the judgment of your father, and so do that you may be saved.
3For God hath made the father honourable to the children: and seeking the judgment of the mothers, hath confirmed it upon the children.
4He that loveth God, shall obtain pardon for his sins by prayer, and shall refrain himself from them, and shall be heard in the prayer of days.
5And he that honoureth his mother is as one that layeth up a treasure.
6He that honoureth his father shall have joy in his own children, and in the day of his prayer he shall be heard.
Colossians 3:12-21
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12Put ye on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, the bowels of mercy, benignity, humility, modesty, patience:
13Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if any have a complaint against another: even as the Lord hath forgiven you, so do you also.
14But above all these things have charity, which is the bond of perfection:
15And let the peace of Christ rejoice in your hearts, wherein also you are called in one body: and be ye thankful.
16Let the word of Christ dwell in you abundantly, in all wisdom: teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing in grace in your hearts to God.
17All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it behoveth in the Lord.
19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them.
20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord.
21Fathers, provoke not your children to indignation, lest they be discouraged.
Luke 2:41-52
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41And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch,
42And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast,
43And having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not.
44And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance.
45And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him.
46And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions.
47And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers.
48And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
49And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business?
50And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them.
51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart.
52And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
Galatians 4:4-7
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4But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law:
5That he might redeem them who were under the law: that we might receive the adoption of sons.
6And because you are sons, God hath sent the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying: Abba, Father.
7Therefore now he is not a servant, but a son. And if a son, an heir also through God.
Luke 2:16-21
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16And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
17And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child.
18And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds.
19But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart.
20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
21And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb.
Isaiah 60:1-6
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1Arise, be enlightened, O Jerusalem: for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
2For behold darkness shall cover the earth, and a mist the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
3And the Gentiles shall walk in thy light, and kings in the brightness of thy rising.
4Lift up thy eyes round about, and see: all these are gathered together, they are come to thee: thy sons shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall rise up at thy side.
5Then shalt thou see, and abound, and thy heart shall wonder and be enlarged, when the multitude of the sea shall be converted to thee, the. strength of the Gentiles shall come to thee.
6The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Madian and Epha: all they from Saba shall come, bringing gold and frankincense: and shewing forth praise to the Lord.
Ephesians 3:2-3
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2If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me towards you:
3How that, according to revelation, the mystery has been made known to me, as I have written above in a few words;
Matthew 2:1-12
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1When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda, in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
2Saying, Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to adore him.
3And king Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
4And assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born.
5But they said to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the prophet:
6And thou Bethlehem the land of Juda art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the captain that shall rule my people Israel.
7Then Herod, privately calling the wise men, learned diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them;
8And sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the child, and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also may come to adore him.
9Who having heard the king, went their way; and behold the star which they had seen in the east, went before them, until it came and stood over where the child was.
10And seeing the star they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
11And entering into the house, they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored him; and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12And having received an answer in sleep that they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their country.

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