Day 28: Saturday 24 December 2016 (Christmas Eve)


Mass Readings for Saturday 24 December 2016 (Christmas Eve) 
2 Sm 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16. Ps 88:2-5, 27, 29, R/ cf. v 2. Lk 1:67-79.

The tender mercy of our God will bring the rising Sun to shine upon us, to guide our feet into the way of peace. ‘Morning star, sun of justice, come and enlighten those who live in darkness.’


Each day during Advent we brought you an audio Thought for the Day. Today we are featuring video and Father Timothy Bartlett who introduces the World Meeting of Families 2018 Christmas Crib Prayer.

600,000 copies of Pope Francis’ Prayer to the Holy Family have been made available to parishes across Ireland so that families can take a copy home after Christmas Mass from their church’s crib. The prayer is available in eleven languages: English, Irish, Polish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese and in Arabic and the Catholic Church across the world is being asked to place the Prayer to the Holy Family near parish cribs at the Christmas Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve, and also throughout the Christmas season.

Click here to watch the short video explanation of the Christmas Crib Prayer.

For more on the WMOF2018 see


Mary the Chalice

Mary the Dawn, Christ the perfect Day;
Mary the Gate, Christ the heavenly Way.
Mary the Root, Christ the mystic Vine;
Mary the Grape, Christ the sacred Wine.

Mary the Wheat-sheaf, Christ the living Bread;
Mary the Rose tree, Christ the Rose blood-red.
Mary the Font, Christ the cleansing Flood;
Mary the Chalice, Christ the saving Blood.

Mary the Temple, Christ the temple’s Lord;
Mary the Shrine, Christ the God adored.
Mary the Beacon, Christ the haven’s Rest;
Mary the Mirror, Christ the Vision blest.

Medieval Hymn

Season of Christmas

Christmas Time runs from First Vespers (Evening Prayer I) of the Nativity of the Lord up to and including the Sunday after Epiphany or after 6 January. On the day of the Nativity of the Lord, following ancient Roman tradition, Mass may be celebrated three times, that is, in the night, at dawn and during the day.

Mass Readings for Evening Mass on Christmas Eve 
Is 62:1-5. Ps 88:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29, R/ cf. v2. Acts 13:16-17, 22-25. Mt 1:1-25
The Virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they shall call him Emmanuel.

Mass Readings for Midnight Mass of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Is 9:1-7. Ps 95:1-3, 11-13, R/ Lk 2:11. Ti 2:11-14. Lk 2:1-14.
I bring you news of great joy. This night a child is born for us, a son is given to us.

Christmas Greetings 

Wishing you blessings and peace this Christmas Season. Thank you to all who followed our Advent Calendar journey this year – we will definitely repeat it for next year.

You can read a selection of Christmas messages and reflections here

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Advent Music – O Holy Night 

Our final piece of music on this year’s Advent Calendar is a version of O Holy Night by Sharon Lyons. 

This is a new Irish (Gaeilge) translation arranged by Sharon Lyons, which can be found on her new EP ‘Simply Christmas’.

This track features Padraig Meredith on Piano, and David Doyle on Cello, and is recorded in the sublime acoustics of Saint Mary’s Pro Cathedral, Dublin.

Click here to hear this beautiful hymn.



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