The Nativity of Our Lord – Dawn Mass
First Reading: Book of Isaiah 62:11-12
(With the birth of our Lord the Christian people can taste a great joy, like that of the Jewish exiles returning from Babylon.)
The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth:
Say to daughter Zion, “See, your salvation comes;
his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.”
They shall be called, “The Holy People,
The Redeemed of the Lord;”
and you shall be called, “Sought Out,
A City Not Forsaken.”
Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7
(We did nothing to merit the birth of Christ; rather, God sent his Son out of compassion for us.)
But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Gospel: Luke 2:15-20
(With Mary we are invited to ponder on the deep meaning of the birth of Christ so that, with the shepherds, we may be moved to glorify and praise God.)
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.