Study, Pray, Serve: Christmas

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There are FOUR different options for Mass Readings on the Feast of Christmas! As it depends on the Mass you attend (and the preference of the presider) I will limit my reflection to the Gospel readings.

Vigil Mass – Matthew 1:1-25

  • The Genealogy of Jesus Christ, with fourteen generations between Abraham to David, fourteen generations between David to the Babylonian exile, and fourteen generations between the Babylonian exile to Christ.
  • The passage concludes with the angel’s message in Joseph’s dream to welcome Mary into his home.

Mass at Midnight – Luke 2:1-14

  • Joseph brings Mary to Bethlehem for the census, and there Mary gives birth to Jesus and lays him in swaddling clothes in a manger.
  • The angels proclaim a message of hope to the shepherds nearby, singing “Glory to God in the highest!”

Mass at Dawn – Luke 2:15-20

  • The shepherds go to Bethlehem and find the baby Jesus in the manger.
  • The message of the angels is made known to Mary and Joseph, and the shepherds return home praising God.

Mass during the Day – John 1:1-18

  • The Prologue of John’s Gospel reveals that Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh and came into our world, shining with a light that the darkness can neither understand nor overcome.
  • John the Baptist testifies that Jesus is the Son of God.

Mass Readings – Christmas

Vigil Mass

Mass at Midnight

Mass at Dawn

Mass during the Day


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About Fr. Andrew Ricci

A Catholic priest since 1997, Fr. Andrew Ricci is currently the rector of the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior, WI. His website "Three Great Things" can be found at and his podcasts can be found under "Catholic Inspiration" in the iTunes store. View all posts by Fr. Andrew Ricci

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