Reading for Christmas Vigil Mass Year C. Liturgical Colour: white

¤First Reading: (Isaiah 62: 1-5)

¤Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 89: 4-5, 16-17, 27, 29 (2a))

¤Second Reading: (Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25)

¤Gospel: (Matthew 1: 1-25)

First Reading: (Isaiah 62: 1-5)
For Sion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem, I will not rest till her just one come forth as brightness, and her saviour be lighted as a lamp.

And the Gentiles shall see thy just one, and all kings thy glorious one: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. And thou shalt be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.

Thou shalt no more be called Forsaken: and thy land shall no more be called Desolate: but thou shalt be called My pleasure in her, and thy land inhabited. Because the Lord hath been well pleased with thee: and thy land shall be inhabited.

For the young man shall dwell with the virgin, and thy children shall dwell in thee. And the bridegroom shall rejoice over the bride, and thy God shall rejoice over thee.

Responsorial Psalm: (Psalms 89: 4-5, 16-17, 27, 29 (2a))
I have made a covenant with my elect: I have sworn to David my servant: Thy seed will I settle for ever.

And I will build up thy throne unto generation and generation.

Blessed is the people that knoweth jubilation.

They shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance: And in thy name they shall rejoice all the day, and in thy justice they shall be exalted.

He shall cry out to me: Thou art my father: my God, and the support of my salvation.

I will keep my mercy for him for ever: and my covenant faithful to him.

(The mercies of the Lord I will sing for ever.)

Second Reading: (Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25)
Then Paul rising up, and with his hand bespeaking silence, said: Ye men of Israel, and you that fear God, give ear.

The God of the people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they were sojourners in the land of Egypt, and with an high arm brought them out from thence, And when he had removed him, he raised them up David to be king: to whom giving testimony, he said: I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man according to my own heart, who shall do all my wills.

Of this man’s seed God according to his promise, hath raised up to Israel a Saviour, Jesus: John first preaching, before his coming, the baptism of penance to all the people of Israel.

And when John was fulfilling his course, he said: I am not he, whom you think me to be: but behold, there cometh one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.

Gospel: (Matthew 1: 1-25)
The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham: Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren. And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.

And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon. And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse. And Jesse begot David the king.

And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias. And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa. And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.

And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias. And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manasses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias. And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon.

And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel. And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor. And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.

And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

So all the generations, from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.

Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.

Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.

But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

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  1. […] HOMILY: Christmas Eve, December 24, (Mt. 1:18-25) In today’s Gospel we have the account of the birth of Jesus, our Savior, the promised Messiah. The birth of the Saviour was filled with drama, not because God wanted a unique and controversial birth for His Son, but to send the message that Jesus’ mission will not have a smooth sailing. The angel revealed God’s plan. Mary will conceive and bear a son, the Son of God and will be named “Jesus” because HE WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS. God has planned this a long long time ago. The coming of the Messiah was foretold. Paul, in the second reading, mentioned John who was tasked to prepare the coming of the Lord. During the Simbang Gabi we listened and reflected on all these circumstances surrounding the birth of Jesus and John. The theme of faith, obedience to the will of God, God’s omnipotence, and possibility of all things for the Lord, were repetitious. These themes were to become the very messages of the life and ministry of Jesus, the Messiah. First and foremost, on this momentous day when we remember and celebrate what God has done through the Lord Jesus, we THANK the Lord for fulfilling His promise of a Saviour and salvation. It is easy to neglect this very important act given the way this day is being celebrated for so many years. I do not know what happened, but Christmas has been symbolized inaccurately and differently. The baby Jesus, while still recognized has been covered with lights, flowers, wrapped gifts, toys, food, money, clothes, gadgets, etc. It is hard to judge what are in the hearts of people but the Church and the Faith had been consistent in its remembrance and celebration. The Eucharist, which means Thanksgiving and is a remembrance, is its perfect celebration. Thanks be to God for being faithful to His promise and for giving His Son to humble Himself and become one like us. “HE WAS BORN TO SAVE!” This is clear in the message of the angel. The one to be born has a mission which His name, “EMMANUEL,” meaning, “God with us.” connotes. Yes, it happened a long time ago, but the celebration of Christmas has become both as a remembrance and an anticipation of the second coming, the end days, or judgment day. Christmas allows us to have a celebration in the spirit of remembering what happened more than two thousand years ago, but it encourages us to dispose ourselves to salvation. While we must always be prepared, our Faith has provided these days, Advent and Christmas, to achieve both goals, celebrate and remember, and prepare for His coming. What must we do? I am sure many of us feel and think of our unworthiness before the Lord. Unworthiness is good if it culminates to true humility and conversion. It is unfortunate if it becomes a source of pride and complete regression. Pride when it is seen as something present and can never be changed. Regression when we decide to continue being bad because that is our fate. “Wala na akong pga-asa.” “Masama ako. Magpapakasama na lang ako.” “Hindi ako matatanggap ng aking mag kakilala kapag naaman nila mag kahinaan ko.” “Di na ako karat-dapat sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.” These are how we see ourselves. But do we see how God sees us? A story is told about Michelangelo, a great sculptor from Rome, who stopped and looked intently on a rough block of marble. Somebody asked him why he was looking at it intently. Michelangelo’s response was, “Because I see a beautiful angel hidden inside that huge block of marble.” We are God’s creation. He sees the angel in each and everyone of us. Like Michelangelo who can carve out of that rough block a beautiful angel with his chisel and hammer, God can also form us to be an angel, a good and perfect disciple. If we will only be obedient to Him, we will not remain “rough blocks of marble”. This is the reason why Jesus became man. He wanted to save us. Tonight, let us approach the crib and offer ourselves to Jesus to be formed and bring out the holiness in us. […]

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