Christmas Day: Mass at Dawn (English)

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The Church traditionally celebrates three Masses on Christmas Day. This practice began in the Church at Jerusalem which celebrated Mass in Bethlehem at midnight followed by Mass at the Holy Sepulcher at Dawn (and then a third Mass later in the day). Since the Holy Sepulcher is where our Redemption was wrought, in the Mass at Dawn, we especially commemorate Our Lord’s birth into our own souls - which happens first through the Sacrament of Baptism and later through the Sacrament of Confession.


Entrance Antiphon:

Today, a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of peace, Father of future ages: and his reign will be without end.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Is. 9:1,5; Lk. 1:33

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Offertory Antiphon:

God has established the world, which shall not be moved. Your throne, O God, is prepared from of old. You are from everlasting.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Ps. 92:1-2

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Communion Antiphon:

Rejoice, O Daughter Sion; lift up praise, Daughter Jerusalem: Behold, your King will come, the Holy One and Savior of the world.
— Roman Missal (3rd edition); cf. Zech. 9:9

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