Watch Monthly Devotions of Holy Mother Church with Fr. Shannon Collins

Seventh day in the Octave of Christmas

Introit • Isaiah 9:6

A child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: Whose government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called the Angel of great counsel. (Ps. 97:1) Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. Glory be …

Collect (Prayer)

Grant we beseech Thee, almighty God, that the new birth in the flesh of Thine only-begotten Son may set us free, whom the old bondage doth hold under the yoke of sin. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Sylvester I
Eternal Shepherd, directly gently Thy flock, and guard it with an everlasting protection, by the intercession of blessed Sylvester, Thy Sovereign Pontiff, whom Thou hast constituted Shepherd of the whole Church. Through our Lord.

Epistle • Titus 3: 4-7

Dearly beloved: the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared: not 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, Whom He hath poured forth upon us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior: that, being justified by His grace, we may be heirs according to hope of life everlasting: in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Gradual • Ps. 97: 3-4, 2

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God: sing joyfully to God, all the earth. The Lord hath made known His salvation: He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the Gentiles.

Alleluia, alleluia.

A sanctified day hath shone upon us: come, ye Gentiles, and adore the Lord: for this day a great light hath descended upon the earth. Alleluia.


Gospel • Luke 2: 15-20

At that time 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 showed to us. And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the Infant lying in the manger. And seeing they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this Child. And all that heard wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.

Offertory • Psalms 88: 12, 15

Thine are the heavens, and Thine is the earth, the world and the fullness thereof Thou hast founded: justice and judgment are the preparation of Thy throne.

Secret

Sanctify, O Lord, the gifts offered to Thee by the new birth of Thine only-begotten Son: and cleanse us from the stains of our sins. Through our Lord.

Commemoration of St. Sylvester I
By the offered gifts we beg Thee, O Lord, enlighten kindly Thy Church: so that Thy flock everywhere may be increasing, and the Shepherds, under Thy direction, may be pleasing to Thy Name. Through our Lord.

Communion • Psalms 97:3

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our Lord.

Postcommunion

Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, that as the Savior of the world born on this day is the Author of our heavenly birth, so He may Himself also be to us the Giver of immorality: Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Commemoration of St. Sylvester I
O Lord, we beseech Thee, graciously govern Thy Church, which Thou hast fed with a holy meal; so that, directed by a mighty wisdom, she may progress in liberty, and persist in the integrity of faith. Through our Lord.

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